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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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A message from Bishop Paul

Along with the latest information from the Hierarchy on the new restrictions, Bishop Paul has also written to the priests of the Diocese, (gently reminding us, I’m sure, that the Grace of Orders does not make us immune to Covid). What he writes, of course, applies to all of us:

“In the light of the new variant of the virus, which is more transmissible, I cannot stress enough the need for all of us to strictly adhere to the rules, and to ensure best hygiene practice in our churches at all times. If you feel unwell, and especially if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, please do not attempt to lead (or partake of) any church services. You may also have noticed that 'shielding' is being re-introduced for the most clinically vulnerable. If you fall into this category, please take appropriate steps to protect yourself. In the spirit of the 'lockdown' rules, I would suggest that only pastoral visits which are absolutely essential are made at this time”.

Messages From Fr Peter

Mass during the week:

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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: 6.00pm Vigil Mass at St John’s

We have had a letter from the Bishop to clarify situations concerning church opening for worship. The governmental guidelines have not changed. However the letter makes clear that it is up to the individual parish priest to decide whether it is safe to continue opening. It is also clear that some parish stewards have asked to stop doing this at the moment.

The letter from the Bishop can be read in the Virus Times of 14 January.

I have looked again at our parish procedures and can see nothing wrong with these at all – though it is true that some people have made the decision not to come to Mass at the moment which is fine.

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 January

Virus Times: 13 January

Virus Times: 14 January

Virus Times: 15 January

Virus Times: 16 January

Virus Times: 17 January 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: https://www.wyre.gov.uk/forms/form/257/en/coronavirus_isolation_support_form

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 jennifer.hillman.sutcliffe@gmail.com 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: Sunday, 17 January 2021 at 1209hrs.