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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention For August

That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.

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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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Message From The Bishop

Over recent days and weeks we have become aware through news coverage of the tragic situation in Kerala, India due to excessive rain. So many lives have been lost and so many others are under threat through drowning or the spread of disease.

Tens of thousands have had to abandon their homes. The resources of Government and aid agencies are inadequate to meet the needs. And the rain continues to fall.

The Diocese of Lancaster enjoys a close relationship with Mar Joseph Srampickal, and the Syro-Malabar community, based on our service of the Gospel and evidenced in so many examples in our parishes and Diocese. Now I wish to extend to Mar Joseph, his clergy, religious and lay faithful the support of our prayers as they experience a time of great tragedy. We pray for an end to the rains. We pray that the people of Kerala will be given a spirit of fortitude and co-operation as they work to overcome this natural disaster. May the Father who knows our needs better than we know them ourselves, hear our prayers, and answer them as He knows best.

Bishop of Lancaster

St Martin and St Hilda’s 20 Year Celebrations

On 11 September it will be 20 years since St John’s and St Chad’s entered the agreement to share the chapel in Carleton. On this date this year there will be a prayerful celebration of this sign of Christian collaboration. Please come along.

The two new bishops of Lancaster have been invited: Bishop Jill Duff will be attending, but sadly, Bishop Paul Swarbrick has sent apologies as he has been called to Rome that week for a course on how to be a Bishop! More later.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Our team of Catechists are keen to hear from other parishioners who can help us provide a regular liturgy of the Word for our primary school children.

Children’s Liturgy is exactly that – it is not a play group or creche, but an opportunity for children to develop their faith through sharing the Gospel each week as we adults do (It also allows parents to listen to the scriptures at Mass without distraction!) My experience has been that adults are amazed at how they grow in faith by praying and sharing scripture with children. Don’t be worried if you haven’t done this before – we will train and support leaders – very few Children’s Liturgists I have known have been teachers! Please speak to Fr Peter or existing Liturgists.

If you wish to look further there are guidelines and other resources on our bishops’ liturgy office site: /index.shtml

Preparation For First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion
If you have a child in Year 3 or above and you think they are mature enough to prepare to celebrate these sacraments over the year please speak to them about this as we will be asking for details of those families interested soon. 

Updated: Saturday, 19 August 2018 at 1039hrs