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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SVP Awareness Month: September 2016
The aim of the month is to promote the SVP as an organisation through which the Catholic laity can respond to God’s call and serve others, especially in this Year of Mercy. The theme of the month, this year, is ‘Who Cares?’ showing how the SVP cares for the lonely, the sick, the hungry and those in financial hardship.
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.”
As you know, a local congregation of Syro-Malabar Catholics use St John’s for their Services. In Britain Syro-Malabar Catholics will gain a new leadership structure with the creation by the Pope of a new eparchy (a territory similar to a diocese usually with a bishop in charge). St Ignatious Church, Preston, recently re-opened to serve this community will become a cathedral. The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is one of 22 Eastern (Oriental) Catholic Churches in full communion with Rome.
Nearly 40,000 Syro-Malabar Catholics live in the UK. They are noted for their devotion and for the seriousness with which they regard family life and the transmission of the faith to their children.
Finance and Building Committee
The minutes of the meeting held on 5 & 15 September are available and can be read by following by following Parish Life>Finance and Building Committee. The next meeting of the Committee is Monday, 17 October 2016 at 7.00pm.