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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention For December

The Future of the Very Young - that every country may determine to take the necessary measure to make the future of the very young, especially those who suffer, a priority.

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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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Advent 2019

Welcome to a lovely, hope filled time of year! Please don’t miss it or think it’s the season of “c, c, ch...” that later event which appears when we’re in the right state of mind and open to what God can bring us to. There are some helps to this during Advent:

CHANGED DATE for Deanery Advent Service

The service will be held at Sacred Heart, Thornton  on Tuesday, 17 December at 6:00pm.

Listen: particularly listen to God’s Word in scripture. Look at the Mass readings before Sunday Mass. The daily Advent Mass readings are brilliant! Go online and you will find plenty about Advent scripture.

The God Who Speaks: as we hear from the bishop, this is a great opportunity to listen to Scripture. Please  look at the Advent scriptures.

  • Advent Series of Scripture Talks At St Wilfrid’s, Preston on 12th, 19th December. Please see notice in church.
  • ADVENT “Individually guided retreat in daily life”. From Sunday, 24 November to week of 16 December. Information on church noticeboard

Children: Bring the children to the Liturgy of the Word at 11:00am and then share this together – what might God want for me during Advent?

Advent Sunday Coffee Helping the Poor

UMOYO DAY CENTRE FOR ORPHANS is a small project run by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary in Lusaka, Zambia. There are so many orphans due to Aids, these children live with extended families often grandparents, aunts or uncles. It’s good that they stay in a family homerather than an orphanage but often their guardians don’t have enough money to feed all the children or they have to leave them unattended while they work. The children go to the centre from 3yrs to 7yrs when they start school , here they are safe and given two meals a day .

The Centre is totally depends on donations, the Nun that runs it says 'A Dollar a Day can change a life for these families' so please help this Advent to change a life by joining us for coffee after 11:00am Mass and donating to the Dollar a Day fund. There will be various things happening for you to spend your money on!

Every Sunday toasted tea cakes and mulled wine: Cake sale, 8th Dec; Raffle,15th Dec; Cake Sale and 22nd Dec a Super 100 Raffle.

Also for this cause; St Johns Super 100 Raffle” buy £5 square winner gets £250 (if all squares are sold) Drawn on Fourth Sunday of Advent. Sold: 2nd Advent Sunday after 11:00am; Third Sunday after Vigil Mass; Fourth Sunday after 9:30am & 11:00am.


Sunday, 15 December, 2:00 - 2:30pm at St Chad's School Playing Field.

  • We need over 1,254 people gathered together in order to break this World Record for Poulton-le- Fylde.
  • You MUST be in costume in order to be counted towards this World Record attempt.
  • You MUST come dressed as an Angel, a Shepherd, a Magi (wise man) or an animal (ie Oxen, Sheep, Donkey) as seen in a Traditional Nativity Scene
  • Any other costumes other than those listed above WILL NOT COUNT towards the final figure for the Record Attempt.
  • We will share in the Nativity Story which will be hopefully led by representatives from our Schools and join in carols led for us by Poulton-le-Fylde Band.

Just come along

Rev Paul Critchley,
Superintendent Methodist Minister


This starts on the first Sunday of Advent. The Bishops of England and Wales ask us to celebrate The God Who Speaks to us in Scripture. During the first and third weeks of Advent there will be a time for scripture reflection and prayer on Monday, 2 December and Monday, 16 December at 7:00 pm in St John’s church. Come along and enjoy an oasis of peace in the busy-ness of our daily lives.

The Social Life of Our Parish

Thanks to the excitable group of parishioners who gather to encourage us to gather socially as God’s people. Thanks, also, to people who accept the invitation to join in with ideas and help. Our Friday meeting planned some events and floated some other for responses from you:

Advent Music and Reflection Evening: Thursday, 5 December. An annual event but given an Advent flavour. With our school musicians and a visiting local choir.

Parish Lunch: This is a long standing and well loved event which is due to be happening on Sunday, 9 February. Details available soon.

Please do talk about these and other thoughts for social events – and pass them on to the Social Planning Members.

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, 7 December 2019 at 1407hrs