News & Events
News & Events
NEW TO THE PARISH?
If you are, St. Peter’s would like to warmly welcome you — please make yourself known to a member of the clergy. If you are a taxpayer and would like to help the parish by joining the Gift Aid scheme, please have a word with Deacon Michael.
reconciliation service - tues 20th march - 7pm
On Tuesday 20th March the Lenten Reconciliation service for the Deanery will be held at St. Joseph’s, Ansdell at 7.00pm.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS & BENEDICTION - EVERY SUNDAY
There will be Stations of the Cross followed by Benediction here in church at 4.00pm every Sunday during Lent. This devotion is a good way of preparing ourselves for the great events of Holy Week
catholic women's league AGM - THURS 22ND March 7.30pm
The AGM of the CWL takes place on Thursday 22nd March at 7.30pm in the parish hall.
STREETLIFE SLEEPOUT 2018 - FRI 23RD MARCH
On the night of 23rd March, parishioner Mike Elston will again be sleeping on the streets of Blackpool to raise funds for Streetlife. This year he will be joined by his son Joe (one of our altar servers) and daughter Grace. Streetlife is a fantastic charity that supports young people aged 16-25 at their Day Centre and Night Shelter in Blackpool. The work of the night shelter has been vital in recent weeks given the risk to young people of sleeping rough in freezing conditions. If you are able to offer support, donations can be handed direct to Mike or Pauline at any time (we will have a collection after Mass on 25th March) or made via Just Giving at the address below. Thank you so much. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mikeelstonsleepout18
lytham club day coffee morning - sat 24th march - 10am
To raise funds for this year’s Rose Queen Elect there will be a coffee morning / Spring Fair on Saturday 24th March 10.00 — 12.00 noon at St. Cuthbert’s Church Hall Lytham. This is an Ecumenical coffee morning where each Church involved in Club Day has a stall to help out the Rose Queen Elect. Please come along and support Club Day and the new Rose Queen and her retinue.
PALM SUNDAY MASS - SUNDAY 25TH MARCH
Mass will start at the later time of 10.45am.
The Youth Club is open to all on Thursday evenings at St. Joseph's Church Hall at 6pm, regardless of which is their home parish. Leader: Simon Cox is looking for volunteers to help out when available (ideally 6th form / University age, or a parent of a young family). Also if anyone has any games / table games they no longer use that they would like to donate then they would be gratefully received. Please contact Simon on 07900 225364 if you would like to volunteer your time or your used games. Thank you.
DIVINE MERCY SERVICE SUN 8TH APRIL - 2.15PM
For the third year running we will be holding a Divine Mercy Service here in this church on the Sunday after Easter (called Low Sunday), starting at 2.15pm. Father David and Father Peter Sharp will be available to hear Confessions and Deacon Michael will conduct the Service. There is a picture of the Divine Mercy Image on the wall near the Sacred Heart statue and you will find some free leaflets in the porch with information about this global devotion, there is also a poster on the porch notice board. If you have any queries, please have a word with Deacon Michael.
Diocese of Lancaster Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018
The Lourdes Pilgrimage this year is from 20th—27th July. Lourdes theme for 2018 ‘Do whatever He tells you’ If you wish to join the Pilgrimage there is a poster on the porch notice board and two booking forms in the Sacristy but the form can be completed online at www.tangney-tours.com
overseas mission - ves peru - smarties tube appeal
Some very good news St. Peter’s School is adopting our Overseas Mission in Peru as their Lenten Charity project again this year. Their very successful 2017 campaign raised £932 so please start hoping and praying for a repeat performance in 2018! There are some extra Smarties to cater for those who have no-one at St. Peter’s School to pick up a tube to join in. Please see Jim Smeed at Mass on Sunday. All you have to do is eat the Smarties before Ash Wednesday then fill the empty tube with 20p pieces and return the full tube to church, we’ll do the rest. It’s a fun way to raise funds for our Mission in Peru and makes life that much easier for them. Jim did a presentation at the school's Friday Assembly and had a special mention on the school's blog (click here to read it). You’ll never look at a 20p piece in the same way again!
S.V.P Home Visits
It is thought there might be sick people in our parish who do not receive a home visit — if you are aware of someone who is ill and cannot get to Mass, please either have a word with a member of the clergy or an SVP member. Those who are sick and housebound can get very lonely and might welcome a Eucharistic Minister calling with Holy Communion or perhaps an SVP member just popping in for a chat. As you enter the first porch, on your right, there is a section of the notice board devoted to the SVP.
rosary on the coast - sunday 29th aPRIL 3PM
For more details and full info visit: www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk
Walsingham Pilgrimage 2018
Tuesday 25th—Friday 28th September. Limited availability. The cost is £280 for full board based on sharing. Coach pick up from Workington, Penrith, Lancaster and Preston. For booking form and details contact Paul Briers 01946 834834. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
CAFOD Family Fast Day Despite the harrowing media coverage over the last 3 to 4 weeks in respect of one charity in particular, we are delighted to report that the total amount raised by St. Peter’s in support of the CAFOD Family Fast Day is £1,064.21 and, as you know, this figure will be doubled by the Government. This is an excellent result and our heartfelt thanks go to EVERYONE who made a cash /cheque donation in response to the CAFOD appeal. Thank you also to those who completed the Gift Aid section. The Lenten and Harvest Fast Days are the main source of income for CAFOD. Thank you again
Did you know……...
...more people than ever before are fleeing war, persecution, natural disaster and poverty? CAFOD is inviting parishes and schools to join Share the Journey campaign launched by Pope Francis and take part in a walk to show solidarity with people on the move. Together, we are aiming for 24,900 miles — the distance around the whole world. CAFOD will use this shared journey to deliver a powerful message to world leaders, who meet in September and December 2018 to agree two global agreements on refugees and migration. These agreements must ensure refugees and migrants can live with dignity. Could your parish or school organise a walk? Visit cafod.org.uk/sharethejourney for details.
In other CAFOD news.....
CAFOD is recruiting for a new team of gap year volunteers for Step into the Gap 2018? It’s an opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit an international CAFOD partner. If you know someone aged 18-30 looking to make a real difference, let them know! Alecs Adamczyk CAFOD’s Lancaster’s current gap year volunteer, is visiting CAFOD projects in El Salvador and Nicaragua and witnessing first- hand how they are transforming lives. Applications are open for a September 2018 start — the deadline is 19th February2018. To apply visit CAFOD is recruiting for a new team of gap year volunteers for Step into the Gap 2018? It’s an opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit an international CAFOD partner. If you know someone aged 18-30 looking to make a real difference, let them know! Alecs Adamczyk CAFOD’s Lancaster’s current gap year volunteer, is visiting CAFOD projects in El Salvador and Nicaragua and witnessing first- hand how they are transforming lives. Applications are open for a September 2018 start — the deadline is 19th February2018. To apply visit https://cafod.org.uk/Education/CAFOD-Gap-year
a note from the pastoral parish council
The PPC is looking to welcome some new members. We are a happy group of 13 people who meet alternate months to discuss matters regarding the running of the parish. Would you like to join us? Do you have experience in Health & Safety, buildings maintenance etc? All skills are valuable. More information will follow in the newsletter but please come and speak with Sue Shakespeare (Chairman) or any of the clergy if you have any questions. Thank you.
St. Peter’s Parish Pastoral Council is seeking a volunteer from the parish to assist in overseeing the maintenance of the church buildings. The current holder of this position is looking to retire but is willing to work alongside an assistant and guide him/her into the position over the next year & will be available for advice, if required, in future years. If this task is of interest to you, please refer to the ’advert’ on the outer porch notice board next to the chart with the names & numbers of the parish council members—the advert has much more information. Many thanks.
ST PETER'S OVER 60'S CLUB
The Senior Citizen’s Club meets in the parish hall every Wednesday 2pm-4pm. New members are most welcome.
parish newsletter...did you know?
The weekly newsletter is available each week on the Parish website, a link to the website is also available on the Parish Facebook page and on the Twitter feed. There is also the option to have the newsletter emailed straight to your inbox each week, usually a Saturday morning. If you would like to receive the newsletter electronically, please email Sue at the parish email address at email@example.com No information will be shared or used for any other purpose
SANCTUARY LAMPS - INTENTIONS
We are able to offer the opportunity to have the Sanctuary Lamp burning for intentions each week. Weekly slots can be booked up to a year in advance if you wish to mark a particular anniversary. There is a suggested donation of £5. For more information or to request a Sanctuary Lamp intention please email firstname.lastname@example.org
harbour house - toiletry donations
Harbour House would be delighted to receive any further donations of toiletries, including shampoo and would also welcome cosmetics. There is a box in the church porch for any items you wish to donate. Grateful thanks for your support.
Members of the SVP are still collecting foreign currency so if you do have any currency left from your trips abroad, you will find a jar on the table in the porch every Sunday to place the money in. This cause helps people locally and abroad. Many thanks.