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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention For April

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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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Reflection on the Episcopal Ordination

I think I speak for all our representatives from St John’s in saying that we felt privileged to attend thiswonderful event: aware of our responsibility to represent all of you within our parish. At the heart of it all was a human being, small in physical stature but exuding a sense of calm and inner strength – being called to high office within the Church. The Mass celebrated was the Solemnity of the Annunciation and Mary’s response to God in the Gospel reflected what was about to happen: “Let it be done unto meaccording to your Word”

Fr Paul was then questioned publicly on his willingness to:

• Proclaim the Gospel of Christ
• Build up the Church in Lancaster as the Body 
of Christ

• Be faithful in obedience to Pope Francis, the successor of St Peter

• Sustain and guide the people of God
• Show kindness and compassion to the poor, the 
stranger and those in need

• Be a good shepherd, seek out those who stray and gather them into the fold of Christ

• Pray for the people of God and carry out the duties of one who has the fullness of the priesthood.

The Book of the Gospels was held over his head to remind us all of the priestly duty to preach the Gospel, he was anointed with oil, the prayer of consecration was said and he was presented with his own mitre and crozier (shepherd’s crook). He wasthen led to the Bishop’s chair (cathedra) and spontaneous and warm applause broke out.

There was a sense of real joy and hope for the future: a sense of a new beginning. At the end of a long and impressive ceremony, Bishop Paul Swarbrick spoke with dignity respect and humour of his parents, his education and those who had helped him along the way. He thanked everyone present for their attendance, and invited us all no matter who we were - of high office or none - and no matter what was going on in our lives, that “Jesus Christ is risen and is with you NOW”.

A truly momentous occasion for the Diocese of Lancaster and a real sign of hope for the future.

Elaine B

Advance Notice: Parish Dinner

The Annual Parish Dinner will take place on Sunday, 15 April (2:15 for 2:30 pm) at Singleton Lodge. Menu and further information available at the back of Church or click here.

Luncheon Club – Change of Plan

It has been decided to hold the next luncheon club on Monday, 30 April at 12:30pm in the Hall.

Advance Notice: National Eucharistic Congress: 7-9 September 2018

The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool later this year.

Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. The last International Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908.

Participants will engage in a series of sessions focusing on different dimensions of the Eucharist and the daily celebration and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

On the first day of the Congress, there will be a Theological Symposium, with workshops for parish catechists, (especially for those involved in First Holy Communion programs), RE teachers, Hospital and Prison Chaplains, Seminary Communities and Extraordinary Ministers.

The sessions will focus on:

  • Scripture
  • Ecclesiology
  • Eucharistic Language and Catechesis
  • Rites and Music for Eucharistic Adoration

The Echo Arena in Liverpool - which can accommodate 10,000 pilgrims - will be the home to a six-hour stage programme on the second day of the Congress, which will include a Congress Mass, keynote speakers and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion. The day will conclude with Adoration.

On the final day of the Pilgrimage and Congress, Sunday, there will be pilgrimage Masses and a street procession - open to all.

You will find further information in the present edition of the Diocesan Voice newspaper – free. The Deanery parishes are looking at some events to work together on to celebrate this event (More later).

The bishop is encouraging two representatives from each parish in the country to attend this event, prepare us for it and report back afterwards – if you are interested in this please speak to Fr Peter or Deacon Bill.

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, 14 April 2018 at 2044hrs