18th August 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. Please note there will be no tea etc in July or August.

Welcome Back:
We welcome back Fr David this weekend following his annual holiday. We hope that
he has had a good rest and is feeling refreshed.

Grateful thanks for your weekly donations of grocery items for distribution to those in most need in the South Shore area.

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.

Red Mission Boxes:
The autumn collection will commence in September. If anyone would like a Red Box please ring the number in this weeks buletin.

Over half way through the summer break, we hope our children and young families are having a good time and we pray that forthcoming examination results are good.

Burkina Faso:
Thank you for the donations already received, (£860). Let’s see if we can get to £1,000 before we close the appeal at the end of August, so not long to go now. We hope to raise sufficient money, by private donation, to help with the Bernardine Sisters immediate need of a solar powered oven and a Bee Hive! Envelopes can be found at the back of church and should be returned via the offertory collection.

Parish Council:
There will be a special meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 21 August in the Presbytery at 7:30pm.

Tea And Chat:
This Friday, 23rd at 2.00pm in the Hall. Our next gathering will be on Friday 6‘“ September when Jane Ballard will be entertaining us with song, guitar and singalong. Please come along and join us!

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.

Parish Mass Books:
We are now using volume 2 for Year C. If you have any earlier editions at home please can you return them as soon as possible. Just leave them on the book stand at the back of church.

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.