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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.

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How will our new opening of Mass be?

Since the 19 July we have been allowed to take away the distancing blocks in our churches. This means that we no longer have to prevent people coming into church once the distance number is reached – now it is people’s own choice to remain in church if they see too many people.

Other than this, it is for us to decide how to behave to encourage those who have been afraid of COVID and have not attended Mass for 18 months.

In practice this means:

The bishop wishes Mass attenders to continue to wear masks inside.

We have to continue to give contact details at the door or invite people to use the QR code provided. We will need welcomers on Sunday to achieve this.

Please use the hand sanitizer provided.

We do not need to do a full bench cleanse if there is only one service a day. This is why Mass at St Martin’s is now at 9:00am to allow St Hilda’s congregation to sanitize and ventilate before 11:00am.

We will not come round with a collection basket, but please use the baskets at the back of church.

During Mass we will not be introducing congregational singing for the time being – especially if we wear masks!

Some actions we have been using over COVID are:

Holy Communion:

We are not allowed to re-introduce the chalice at the moment. Whilst this is medically sensible it does take away an important command of the Lord and the presence of a vital Eucharistic Sign. I will continue to leave the chalice at the front of the altar during Communion for us to acknowledge with a simple bow.

Sign of Peace

We are not to re-introduce the physical sign of peace for obvious reasons. However, during COVID, we have found it helpful to acknowledge the presence of Christ within the people who surround us – this is the purpose of the sign of peace anyway. Please simply turn and look at the people around church and gently bow to them. People in the same bubble may, of course, touch.

Holy Water

Please do not look for Holy Water as it could be a natural spreader of the virus.


Mass during the week:


Tuesday: 9:30am St John’s

Wednesday: 9:30am St Martin’s

Thursday: 9:30am St John’s

Friday: 9:30am at St John's

Saturday (Vigil) 6:00pm

Sunday Mass 9:00am St Martin's

Sunday Mass 11:00am St John's

The Virus Times

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: 20 July

Virus Times: 21 July

Virus Times: 22 July

Virus Times: 23 July

Virus Times: 24 July

Virus Times: 25 July and Sunday Material

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 at 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.

Updated: Saturday, 24 July 2021 at 1752hrs.