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Sunday  11.00am
Weekday 9.30am
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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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St Martin and St Hilda’s 20 Year Celebrations

11 September 2018

Thanks to all those from the Catholic and Anglican parishes who gathered to celebrate 20 years of joint ministry in this one building. Thanks to our visiting bishop and various clergy from past and present. The music was good and the refreshments enjoyable – people stayed around to share a glass of fizz and lots of stories!

Of course it was not just about the past. We ask ourselves what the Lord is asking of us tomorrow – not just in our parish, but in other parts of the Diocese. Our Bishop was stuck in Rome – but sent a lovely letter printed here.


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Fr Peter Sharrock invited me to be present with you to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the shared use of St Martin and St Hilda’s Chapel. Sadly I am unable to be with you, but am delighted you have the company of Bishop Jill Duff, the other new bishop of Lancaster! Bishop Jill will nourish you with her own words of encouragement, so I will keep my own words brief.

These days we often hear people saying that buildings are not important! I say they are – when they are at the service of the Gospel. And yours definitely is. Not only does it gather eachdenomination’s worshipping community: it does the extra work ofkeeping us together and that pleases the Lord no end!

One of Christ’s great pastoral themes running through allhe said and did was hospitality. “Make your home in me as I make mine in you”. “Come to me and I will give you rest”. Kindness to strangers, dining with others, making arrangements for the Last Supper in someone else’s upper room and having to be born in someone else’s stable all show how buildings can serve Christ and serve Christians and serve the Gospel.

Hopefully the consequence of what happens when we gather to listen to the Word and celebrate the Eucharist is that we will be moved to become more generous in offering hospitality. We think of refugees from abroad or donating to disaster relief where people have lost their lives, or simply helping the homeless in our own society. May our hearts always be moved to imitate the example of Christ who opens his heart to us and even his home. Remember these beautiful words spoken to the good thief as hehung dying next to Jesus: “today you will be with me in paradise”.What a home-coming!

May the Lord continue to bless you and inspire you in your joint venture in his name. You have my blessing and admiration.


(The other bishop of Lancaster!)


“That Book”

Interestingly, this week two parishioners have asked me the title of that book I said I was reading in a homily recently (one person even accosted me in the street in town!) It is excellent at so many levels – if upsetting at times. Here it is: “East West Street” by Philippe Sands and published by Wiedenfeld and Nicolson 2016.In paperback is costs £9.99.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Our team of Catechists are keen to hear from other parishioners who can help us provide a regular liturgy of the Word for our primary school children.

Children’s Liturgy is exactly that – it is not a play group or creche, but an opportunity for children to develop their faith through sharing the Gospel each week as we adults do (It also allows parents to listen to the scriptures at Mass without distraction!) My experience has been that adults are amazed at how they grow in faith by praying and sharing scripture with children. Don’t be worried if you haven’t done this before – we will train and support leaders – very few Children’s Liturgists I have known have been teachers! Please speak to Fr Peter or existing Liturgists.

If you wish to look further there are guidelines and other resources on our bishops’ liturgy office site: /index.shtml

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: Monday, 17 September 2018 at 1047hrs