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St. John's
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Sunday  11.00am
Weekday 9.30am
 
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Welcome!

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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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.

The Conference of Bishops of England & Wales

Public Worship

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches

This will begin from Friday evening, 20 March 2020, until further notice.

You can download the letter from the President and Vice President of the Bishops’ Conference and a PDF offering Liturgical Advice:

Public Acts of Worship in Catholic Churches in England and Wales – COVID19

Liturgical Advice – COVID19

When Mass cannot be celebrated publicly (A4)

More information can be read on the website of the Bishop's Conference of England and Wales here.

 

Our bishops continue to highlight the Government’s main guidance of:

• Wash your hands regularly and properly – especially before you come to Mass and receive Holy Communion.

• If you have the symptoms stay at home and follow the current Government Health guide-lines 

• Catch it, Kill it, Bin it.

Message From Fr Peter

Although there will not be public Masses celebrated at St John's, the church will be open during the day for visits and private prayer. There will be prayer and reflection materials at the back of church to take away.

Parish events involving people will, sadly, be postponed. 

I will still be providing a weekly bulletin which will be available at the back of 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.

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: Saturday, 28 March 2020 at 1800hrs.