13th October 2019

Tea And Coffee:

Tea and coffee are generally served after 9.15am Mass on Sunday every week. Come and enjoy a cuppa with friends. Everyone is welcome.

Little Joes Craft Club Is Back!

Come into the hall after Mass on Sunday and join in wrt’h the fun crafts for little fingers. All children welcome. It is free of charge with toast and juice available. See you there.


This weekend we continue with our weekly collections for St Cuthbert’s SVP. Thank you for your very generous offerings for Cenacolo last weekend.         

An Invitation:

On Friday 22nd November there is an event in the hall to celebrate 20 years of Tea and Chat and especially to thank the drivers and helpers past and present without whom it could not happen. (taxiing, washing up, serving, assisting with disabilities and befriending). If you have ever helped in any way, we invite you to join us. Please ring the number in this weeks bulletin before October 26th for us to have numbers and for lifts. It would be lovely if some younger members of the parish could make the day “work free” for our helpers, by setting up tables. serving tea and washing up. If you could help please ring this weeks bulletin.

Christmas Dinner:

A list for those interested in helping to continue our efforts to provide a hot meal on Chn‘stmas Day to those on their own or lonely is available at the back of church. This will be the third year we have undertaken this venture, let’s hope we can grow the numbers attending even more. Thank you to all those who have volunteered so far – we couldn’t provide this service without you!

Parish AGM: 

Our Parish AGM will be held this Wednesday 16 October at 7:30pm in the Hall, (tea and coffee from 7pm). This is an important meeting for everyone in the Parish and a good opportunity to hear first hand of what we have achieved and what our future plans are. You will also have the chance to question PC members and put fonrvard your ideas.

Catholic Medical Association:

are having a meeting on Wednesday 16th October beginning with Mass at 6.30pm in the Chapel at Trinity Hospice, to introduce the association to potential new members, and to discern whether there is enough interest to launch a branch here in the Lancaster Diocese. See the poster at the back of church for full details.

Hospice 200 Club:

Subscription time is here and collections will start Sat/Sun 26th/27th October and will continue for the following two weekends. Subscriptions remain at £12 per year, £1 per month, 25p per week! Please continue to support this wonderful cause. Last year we sent £1750 to the Hospice. New members are very welcome. The draw will be at the end of November.

St. Peter’s School:

seek to appoint an After-School Club Assistant to work 16 hours per ,week (between opening times 3-6 pm Mon – Fri) Grade 3 (£8.75 per hour) Level 3 Childcare Qualification required. Visit the school website for more info and to download an application form. Closing date: 26th October 2019. Also, the school have an Open Evening planned for the 6th Nov at 6pm for those interested in a place for Reception 2020.


If you, or someone you know, is going into Blackpool Victoria Hospital please inform the RC Chaplain on 01253 956299 giving the name as known by the hospital and the ward. Should the Chaplain be required urgently please ask the ward staff to contact the on-call RC Chaplain.

Red Mission Boxes:

The special edition magazines celebrating the Extraordinary Month of Mission, together with prayer cards, are available at the back of church for anyone who would like one.

Bookcase / Shelving:

The parish is in need of proper storage facilities for our Parish Mass Books. They are currently stored in plastic boxes under the ringing chamber. We would like to move the books into the Presbytery but need purpose built shelving. If anyone has anything that would fit the bill; that they no longer need, please let us know.


We meet at noon on Thursdays in church to recite the Rosary. This is a very prayerful and contemplative time and everyone is welcome.

Pedestrian Path Lights:

The lights from Woodlands Rd to the Hall have been temporarily disconnected, this is due to vandalism which has exposed some wiring. Replacement lighting is currently being investigated.

Diocesan Schools Commissioner Full Time: 

Leadership scales 17-21 required for Jan 2020. Closing date noon Friday 4th October. For job description, person specification and application form email or call 01524 841190

St. Joseph’s Care:
Thank you — your efforts are really making a difference to those living in the margins in the wider community who are often living in desperate circumstances. Providing help without judging people is a real charitable action.

We are also here to help when you most need it! Helpline open each day from 9am until 7pm Tel: 07840 112 265.

We are always looking for more volunteers to ‘man’ the telephone or help out from time to time with lifts and odd jobs. 80, if you think you could spare an hour here and there please complete the volunteer form at the back of church.

we would be grateful if you could avoid parking over the bus stop on Blackpool Road and over the white T-bars at each of our entrances. We had a complaint from a wheelchair user recently that she was hampered leaving the bus because a car was parked over the bus stop and cars were parked over the T bars and where the kerbs have been lowered.

The re-varnishing of our entrance doors is now complete. We are grateful to Lytham Forge who waived their invoice for the refurbishment of the door handles.

Altar Servers: 

We are looking for more volunteers (from age 8 to 80) to join our committed team. Full training will be given, don’t be shy, this is a great way of serving the Lord and the parish. Just leave your details in the Sacristry or speak to one of the servers.

If you are interested in learning to ring, age no barrier, then contact Richard on the number in this weeks bulletin or just come along to a practice session held each Thursday at 7 pm. This is a really social group who enjoy the art of bellringing in a relaxed and friendly environment. Why not give it a try!

Please don’t forget to let Fr. David know if you are admitted to hospital so that a hospital Chaplaincy visit can be arranged.

We now have coverage externally covering the Hall and the rear of the church as well internally within the Narthex (behind the screen) and the main body of the church. Images are being recorded but viewing of coverage is limited to investigating any misdemeanour.

Piety Stall:
General cards are available as well as rosary beads, prayer books, prayer cards and small gifts..

Pope Francis has announced that Cardinal Newman will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13 October 2019.

More On Safeguarding:
We all have a role to play in safeguarding the young or adults that maybe at risk. It is for this reason that The Catholic Safeguarding Commission have worked with EduCare to bring you an e-learning package that will raise awareness throughout the Catholic Community of England and Wales. The e-learning programme is available to all members of the Catholic Community free of charge. By providing an opportunity to access this free on line training at a time that suits will help individuals . familiarise themselves with safe guarding matters, helping to create a nurturing and safer environment. The Child Exploitation & Online Safety programme will be of particular interest to parents or indeed grandparents, who will be keen to understand how children and young people use technology and better understand the associated risks. Each programme is modular and divided into its sizeable format, to access this training email to register your interest. Your e mail should contain your name e mail address the name of your parish and your role e.g. Parent volunteer etc. On receipt of your email the safeguarding administrator will register your email address with EduCare. Then you will receive a welcome email from EduCare where you will set your own password. Then you will have instant access to the training programmes.

St. Joseph’s Care:
Here to help when you most need it! Helpline open each day from 9am until 7pm Tel: 07840 112 265. Thank you for your continued generosity via the after-Mass collections which are enabling us to support local needs as well as reach out into the wider community and provide help to those who find themselves in desperate circumstances. If you would like to volunteer and help out from time to time please complete the volunteer form at the back of church.

Please don‘t forget to let Fr. David know if you are admitted to hospital so that a hospital Chaplaincy visit can be arranged. Also don’t forget to let the Catholic Chaplaincy team know if you or a member of your family is admitted to hospital, whether it be Blackpool Vic, Clifton, or the Hospice, or any other hospital. Often, the faith of the person is not recorded when they are admitted, especially at times like these when nurses are overstretched. This makes the chaplains role very difficult when visiting wards. The best approach is to inform your parish priest of the details so that these can be passed on to the chaplain of the hospital where your family member is staying.

St. Joseph’s Care:
We are very thankful and fortunate to have a team of telephone operators who ‘man’ our helpline 10 hrs a day and a team of volunteers who give up their time to provide assistance in all sorts of ways when needed. We are also now making outbound calls to our housebound parishioners just to say hello and ensure that they have everything they need. Your generous after Mass offerings are continuing to help us provide direct and practical assistance to those in need within our local community Please continue to support St Joseph’s Care as we strive to allow Christ to work through us so that we can make a real difference. Through St Joseph’s Care we are fulfilling our mission of evangelisation in the local community.

Taking An Active Part In The Parish:
Remember your talent is God’s gift to you and what you do with it is your gift to God. Please consider in what way you might be able to help the parish, practically, administratively or spiritually. Just drop your details in the Suggestion Box and someone will get in touch with you.

Lost Property:
Our lost property box is located in the Sacristry. Please note that items will be retained for 3 months before being disposed of.

St Joseph’s Facebook Page:
We now have over 300 people regularly following us on Facebook which is allowing us to reach out to those in the wider community and fulfil our parish commitment to evangelisation. In the last couple of months we have been able to help a number of people who have sought assistance through this medium.

Used Postage Stamps And Supermarket Vouchers:
Thank you for your continued donations of used postage stamps. St. Peter’s school are very grateful for all your support. The school will be collecting stamps for many years to come. The stamps provide a good source of revenue which is used to further enhance learning for the whole school. Thank you.