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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

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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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Message From Fr Peter

Dear All,

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

Never refuse the help others can give. Scripture says: Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” (Heb 13:1)

And pray for me, too. God bless, Fr Peter

 

I will still be providing 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 me.

You can read the Virus Times by clicking on the date from the list below. Also included are some daily reflections.

Virus Times: 30 May

Virus Times: 31 May and Pentecost Material

Virus Times: 1 June

Virus Times: 2 June

Virus Times: 3 June

Virus Times: 4 June

Virus Times: 5 June

​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:

I am pleased to report that both myself and Canon Embery (also had a cycle accident!) are making good progress following our recent accidents. Thank you for your kind messages, gifts and prayers. Much appreciated.

PENTECOST SUNDAY ROSARY RALLY: Monsignor John Armitage, the Rector at the National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, has invited each Diocese to take part in a simple initiative – a Rosary Relay on 31 May 2020. Each Diocese has been asked to encourage their people to pray the Rosary either individually, or where possible in groups, during a designated hour. The Diocese of Lancaster has been asked to pray the Rosary at 5pm. I shall lead the Rosary from St Peter’s Cathedral that evening. The focus will be on promoting the praying of the Rosary at Home and encouraging people to pray the Rosary each day, at a certain hour, and especially during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Re-opening Churches: (For those who ask this is a government planning decision but our E&W’s bishop’s latest response to government is):

“The timing and the manner of the opening of churches touches profound sensitivities and spiritual needs. The Government's document and statements fail to recognise this.

The Government's position, established today, includes these steps aimed at opening churches as soon as possible: the establishment of a task force for places of worship, to work closely with 'stakeholders' in ensuring that premises are COVID- 19 secure; and heeding the experience of other countries in which churches are already open for worship.

In dialogue with the Government, the Catholic Church will continue its engagement in this process and has already submitted a detailed plan, in full accordance with public health guidelines, for churches to be opened for private prayer. The Church is ready to play its full part in the task force, understanding that this includes the possible earlier use of churches for private prayer, as a first safe step towards their use for public worship.”

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 atjennifer.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.

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 https://mcnmedia.tv/camera/christ-the-good-shepherd. 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 mcnmedia.tv and search for the church from there.

For Masses from around the world, visit https://mass-online.org/daily-holy-mass-live-online/

Mass from the shrine at Knock can be viewed at www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live/.

Services from Walsingham can be viewed at https://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/.

Updated: Friday, 5 June 2020 at 1631hrs.