The sun shone and Amelia and Brandon both took their First Holy Communion at St Annes. The church was full of family and friends to celebrate and share the wonderful occasion of them taking the Eucharist for the first time. The two children attend other schools but wanted to come to St Annes to make their vow to God, as they are regular attendees to the church. It was lovely to see how they take their commitment to God so seriously after many weeks of preparation from their teacher, Irene Fullerton. After we had refreshments in the garden with cake and coffee. The children ran around in the glorious sunshine feeling love of Christ within their hearts. The parents and grandparents all gathered to congratulate them. It will be lovely to see them take their communion each week and be truly immersed in the church of St Anne.
Masses will commence at Holy Family and St Anne as follows:
Saturday - 6.30pm Vigil Mass at Holy Family
Sunday - 8.45am Mass at St Annes & 10.45am Mass at Holy Family
Weekday Masses - See listings for times in the weekly bulletin.
When attending church, please could you scan the Q.R. code near the entrance to record your attendance, this is done using the new NHS ‘TEST and TRACE’ PHONE APP – If you do not check-in with your phone at church, you will still need to do a manual check-in (i.e. name on a list).
We will have to observe social distancing, spaces in church will be limited, and some of our familiar rituals and ways of doing things in church will need to be different. If you come to mass, please note that face coverings must be worn until further notice. There will be stewards at each church to direct what we need to do. We remain in a stage of transition and the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass still holds. It will take time to get back to normal practice. This particularly apples to anyone who is feeling unwell, shielding or caring for someone in a vulnerable group you are not under an obligation to come to Mass. Fr Jim will continue to stream Sunday Mass from St Anne at 8.45am and Holy Family on Sundays at 10.45am.
Please note the following Guidelines :
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Standing Orders :I know this time isn’t going to be easy for all of us physically, mentally, spiritually and financially but can I make an appeal as your Parish Priest. The Parish is going to be hit financially through this period because there will be no collections, so we are asking if it be possible for our parishioners to contribute by Standing Order. The Parish will be still need to pay the monthly levy to the Diocese. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Your contributions will be very much appreciated.
Mass Offerings : If you would like a mass said for a loved one, please put the offering in an envelope and give it straight to Father Jim. He will then let Mary and Carole know for the bulletin.
Penitential Service in Advent: A penitential service will take place in both churches during Advent with social distancing observed. The dates and times will be announced nearer Advent. Father Jim is always available for private confession in Holy Family Church on Tuesdays between 11am & 12 noon, Thursdays between 6pm & 7pm, and Saturdays between 10am & 11am, plus 6pm just before 6.30pm Mass. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a wonderful sacrament, please take advantage of it!
Please click on the picture below to read a very interesting piece written by Alan Pugh
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On Thursday 11th July, three more of our congregation, Carys, Carla and Georgina, who also happen to be altar servers, took their final sacrament into the Catholic Church by being confirmed at Holy Family Freckleton by Bishop Paul and Father Burns. Bishop Paul said "These events bring natural families and parish families together in a wonderful spirit of joy and life. After a day at work and school, people made the effort to prepare themselves for something very different. The gift of the Holy Spirit is given so that we can give witness to the life of Jesus to those amongst whom we live. It is gift to be generously shared". After the service the congregation and the newly “Confirmed” went to the hall to celebrate some more. All in all its been a busy time but a joyous one. God bless them all and May Gods love surround them always and may many blessings come to them as they follow on life’s way.
You can find more information about St. Anne church on this website but if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to send an email via the Contact page.
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New Parishioners are always welcome
We would love you to join us at St. Anne Church, Westby Mills which is located on Weeton Road, near Wrea Green and is a church where everyone is welcome. After the latest PM’s announcement, thankfully we are able to continue to have public worship and be open for Private Prayer. Sunday Mass is at 08.45am and will continued to be streamed on Facebook. Facebook logo above to watch the mass. Readings for Mass can be found by clicking the box.
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Our Parish has had various events over the years, please click on the above icon to see dates for future gatherings and pictures of our past ones.
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