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.
This website is always under construction - please be patient if you find gaps or problems, and please let us know if you find any mistakes.
The newsletter for the current week is available under the Parish Life tab. You can view the newsletter online and/or download a copy. Alternatively, click here.
On Wednesday, 11 May, Wyre Borough Council considered an application from Wain Homes to build on land at St John’s. The application was approved. More details will follow in due course.
Finance & Building Committee
St Vincent De Paul Society Appeal
This is parish has an SVP organisation stretching back many years. But now the work is falling on too few veterans and they need some help to continue the good work. We need volunteers to help them to help those people in our parish - in our parish - who are sick or isolated or lonely. Please consider carefully whether or not you could spare a few hours to do someone a good turn and please volunteer to help the SVP.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, recently said, “The SVP provides much needed practical support to those living in poverty. More members are needed to ensure that this work continues to grow and flourish. I urge anyone who has the time to work with the SVP by becoming a volunteer”.
Year of Mercy
Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy that will last until the Feast of Christ the King, 20 November 2016. The motto for this Holy Year is “Merciful like the Father”. There will be many events at the parish, diocesan, national and international level, but if this motto is not engraved on our hearts and lived out in our lives, they will be of no use whatsoever!
It must be truly a year of ‘Merciful like the Father’ for each one of us.
Pope Francis says, “This Year of Mercy is an opportunity to meditate on God’s Mercy for us, and how we can share that mercy with others, through our words and deeds.”
Click on the Parish Life tab and read about the recent Parish walk in aid of CAFOD - great fun was had by all whilst helping a worthy cause. Well done to all who took part.
All sponsored money is now collected and we have raised the magnifcent sum of £1,230.50p. Many thanks to all who walked on the day; and a very big “Thank you!” from the Faith and Justice group to all the generous sponsors who helped to raise this money for CAFOD.
Church Hall Restoration Update
The Hall is a listed building. This means that any restoration has to abide by certain guidelines.
At present we are seeking advice. We have raised £7,000 so far from various events that have been organised within the Parish over the last couple of years. The recent St Patrick's Day celebration raised just over £400 towards the funds. We will need to raise a considerable amount of money in order to complete the Hall to a standard that will accommodate our modern needs.
For the latest on the restoration progress, please see the statement from the Building and Finance Committee by going to Parish Life and then click on Building and Finance Committee.