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St. John's
Saturday 6.00pm
Sunday  11.00am
In the week 9.30am
St. Martin's
Sunday  9.30am
Wednesday 9.30am


Parish Newsletter 

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention

For March:

That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and community levels.

Pages of Interest

Medieval Vestment



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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We Have A New Bishop

After a long period of waiting in prayer Pope Francis has appointed a priest of our diocese to lead us. He is Fr Paul Swarbrick, who is from Garstang, has been at St Cuthbert’s & St Mary’s School Blackpool, Zambia and is presently priest at Workington. Fr Paul is a well known and loved priest and many people are joyful at his accepting of this post amongst us (A parishioner said she will find it difficult not to use the Easter word during Lent after this news!). He will be ordained Bishop at the Cathedral on Monday 9th April at 11.30am.

If you wish to send your welcome to him his address is: The Priory, Banklands, Workington, CA14 3EP

We heard this week that Fr Paul’s ordination will be a ticket-only event due to numbers. Our parish has three tickets. It is difficult, but I think the only way to share them is to ask who wishes to be put into a hat to draw three people. There may be the chance to share travel with the Deanery.

Please could you let Fr Peter know (on paper, please) if you wish to be considered.

Fr Paul has asked for our prayers and so we can use the one we have been praying over the months: 


‘Almighty God, Eternal shepherd and guide.
In your love for us, grant that our Bishop-Elect,
Fr Paul Swarbrick,
may lead us to be:
Christ’s heart of mercy, voice of hope,
and hands of justice. Help him to fill our minds and hearts
with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments, and the desire to build up your holy Church.
We ask this through Christ
our Lord.


Lent 2018

During Lent: Stations of the Cross on Wednesdays as follows:

  • 12.00noon at St Martin & St Hilda’s Chapel
  • 7.00pm at St John’s

Lenten Sharing Course Churches Together: either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Please see details inside the newsletter. (There is a link to the Newsletter in the side bar on the right of the screen.)

Thursday Early MassMorning Mass on the Thursdays of Lent will be at 8.15am at St John’s. The School has asked so that their staff, children and parents could celebrate. Can you call in on the way to work? 

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 & further information available in the next few weeks. 

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: Sunday, 16 March 2018 at 2242hrs