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St. John's
St. Martin's


Parish Newsletter 

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention For June

For Deacons: We pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church

Pages of Interest

Medieval Vestment


Alleluia. He Is Risen!

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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Opening Churches for Private Prayer

If you wish to drop into church for private prayer then you can do so at the following times: 

  • Wednesdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm
  • Saturdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Please be aware that access to the church will be limited so you may have to wait. In addition, time will be needed to sanitise benches and this may add to the your wait.

You should only visit if you are well and have no ‘flu-like' symptoms.

Please follow the instructions of the stewards who have volunteered so that government rules are followed with regard to distancing, sanitising and number present in church.. The preparation of the church has been done to gain health permissions from the diocese.

St John’s is open under the safeguarding guidance of the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster and the Parish Priest.

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 the parish website. 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.

Virus Times: 26 June

Virus Times: 27 June

Virus Times: 28 June

Virus Times: 29 June

Virus Times: 30 June

Virus Times: 1 July

Virus Times: 2 July


There is a Pastoral Letter from Easter from our Bishop. Click here to read it.

​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.

Messages From Our Bishop:

LOURDES 2020: It is with a heavy heart and after great deliberation I inform you that due to the unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 pilgrimage to Lourdes has been POSTPONED AND RESCHEDULED to 23rd July 2021.

DIOCESAN LOURDES VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE 2020: I wish to bring to your attention that we are proposing a virtual pilgrimage for the diocese. This is currently in its planning stages. ‘I am the Immaculate Conception’ is scheduled to run from

Friday 24th July – Thursday 30th July 2020. Full details to follow.

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: Thursday, 2 July 2020 at 1454hrs.