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Parish Newsletter 

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention For September

Respect for the Planet's Resources:

We pray that the planet's resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.

Pages of Interest

Medieval Vestment



St John's is the Roman Catholic parish in the picturesque market town of Poulton-le-Fylde. The parish has served the local Catholic population since 1813, and the present Church was built in 1912.

The newsletter for the current week is available to view online and/or download a copy. See the sidebar (Newsletter) on the right of this page.


Church Open for Private Prayer and Mass

There are two new messages from our Bishops about liturgy under Covid:

Bad News: From Saturday (8 August), the will congregation have to wear a face covering in church but not to receive Communion. Priests will not have to wear face coveings except when giving Communion. Those reading will not have to wear a face covering when doing the readings.

Good News: We can celebrate Requiem Mass for funerals in church but strictly under 30 people.

Mass will be celebrated on the following occasions during the coming week:

  • Tuesday at 9.30am St John’s 
  • Wednesday at 9.30am St Martin’s 
  • Thursday at 9.30am St John’s 
  • Friday at 9.30am St John’s
  • Saturday at 6.00pm St John’s

At the moment, there will be a limit on the numbers of parishioners (30 Maximum) who can attend each Mass and social distancing measures will be in place. 

These Masses will replace the private prayer time this week.

St Martin & Hildas Open for Private Prayer
Our chapel will be open for private prayer on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm from 24 June.  Great thanks to Joan Swan for organising this under the safeguarding guidelines of the Church of England and the responsibility of the Vicar of St Chad’s.

If you wish to offer any help please contact Joan on 07887 880497.


A weekly bulletin which will be available from a box on the steps of the church. The bulletin will also be available on this website (see Newsletter on the right hand side of the page). If you would like a copy of the bulletin sent to you by email, please contact Fr Peter.

You can read the Virus Times by clicking on the date from the list below. Also included are some daily reflections. Please note, there will not be a Virus Times issued on a Monday.

Virus Times: 12 September

Virus Times: 13 September and Sunday Material

Virus Times: 15 September

Virus Times: 16 September

Virus Times: 17 September

Virus Times: 18 September


The World Day Of Prayer For The Care Of Creation took place on 1 September. You can read the Pope's letter celebrating the day here.

​Material for the Stations of the Cross can be accessed by clicking here. To see pictures of each station, please click here. Please Note: this will involve a download of the presentation. Only click if you want to see the pictures of the Stations of The Cross.

Local COVID19 Helplines

(Official message from our Parish Organisers)

Wyre Council has a dedicated helpline for COVID19 isolation support. If you are struggling to get essential items, or need help, please ring 01253 891000 and select OPTION 7 when prompted. Alternatively, if you have access to the internet, you can fill in the online request for help here:

We have a group of parish volunteers who are going to be working with the council to respond to requests. If anyone would like to offer help, please email Jenny or telephone on 07568502749.

Parish WhatsApp Group: Emily Halliwell (as part of the above group) has set up a closed parish whatsapp account. I have finally been beaten into joining but am a bit of a WhatsApp virgin as yet! Emily says: “My number is 07969643648 if you want to be added just reply with your mobile number or text me."

There is also another local network being organised by the Methodist Church - called POULTONCAN. The helpline there is 01253 670800 between 8am and 10pm, 7 days a week.

Safeguarding: As always be aware of hoax callers. Do not give personal or finance details, or money to anyone – check with the people here or Fr Peter.

Mass Online

During this time, there may be individuals who may feel it best to avoid large gatherings as may be found in places of worship. Not wanting to miss out on the experience of hearing Mass can be avoided by taking part in one of the many online services that are streamed from churches around the country as well as abroad.

The church of Our Lady of The Sea and St Michael in Workington, is just one such church to stream its services. For the time being, Canon Watson has agreed that services will have a Diocesan feel to them. You can find the stream by going to There is a Saturday Mass at 10:00am with Exposition at 10:30am. On a Sunday, Mass is said at 10:30am and at 18:00pm.

Alternatively, visit and search for the church from there.

For Masses from around the world, visit

Mass from the shrine at Knock can be viewed at

Services from Walsingham can be viewed at

Updated: Friday, 18 September 2020 at 1550hrs.