Spiritual Help

Holy Father's Prayer Intentions - October

A Missionary “Spring” in the Church – That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary “spring” in the church.


Right To Life Clitheroe Sponsored Walk 2019

This will take place on Bank Holiday Monday May 6th at 13.00, but please come earlier (12.30) to hear speeches and pre-walk instructions.

We are very grateful to the generosity and dedication of Lord David Alton of Liverpool who is taking part once again.

The walk is a happy, joyful and enjoyable occasion and it is guided by Parish Priest, Mgr. John Corcoran and his team of helpers.  It is an eight mile circular walk, and will start and finish, as in previous years, at St. Michael and St. John’s parish church in Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Clitheroe. Refreshments will be available during and after the event.

If you are able to attend, it is important that you contact Moira Billinge for further information at or 0754 511 8743 as soon as possible and complete to obtain the booking form so that we can make the appropriate catering arrangements for the refreshments, and the sponsor form.  

If you cannot take part on this occasion, perhaps you would consider sponsoring the walk?


Metanoia, Preston


cor et lumem- mens weekend


CAFOD : Lent Family Fast Day


On Friday 15 March, CAFOD supporters will hold ‘Family Fast Days’ around Lancaster Diocese in support of the charity’s annual Lent campaign.

Catholics in parishes and schools across the diocese will be eating a simple meal of bread and soup and donating the money they save to CAFOD.

The money they raise will go to helping people whose lives are being devastated by changing weather, including Mahinur in Bangladesh.

Drought, floods and storms are having a devastating impact on our global family. Mahinur makes a living from fishing but a drought last year killed all the fish, leaving her struggling to support her disabled husband and son.

Mahinur cooks and cleans in neighbours’ homes for a bit of cash but it’s never enough. There are days the family have nothing to eat. But Mahinur’s experience is just one of many. The changing climate is wreaking havoc on hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.

CAFOD’s representative in Lancaster Diocese, Patrick Gardner, said: “The changing weather is devastating lives. The donations of parishioners and schoolchildren in Lancaster Diocese will help people around the world to support themselves, whatever the weather brings.

“Our work is made possible by the support of our volunteers and we are so grateful. This Lent, it is your generosity which will help ensure no one is beyond reach of the love and care they need. Thank you.” Donate to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal at


St Peter's Primary School Lytham: Staff Vacancy

The Headteacher and Governors wish to appoint a Teaching Assistant to work within our busy Reception EYFS classroom (TA 2a 31.25 hours.)  This post is temporary until July 2020 with a view to being extended. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and proficient Early Years practitioner, with a good understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. They will have experience of leading and facilitating learning within an early years setting and be confident to contribute towards assessment.   They will join a supportive and dedicated team. The successful candidate will be willing to complete training relevant to the role including; EYFS cluster meetings, safeguarding and first aid. Please see the school website  for more information and to download an application form. The closing date is Friday 8th March. Interview date will be Wednesday 13th March. 


Faith in Politics

Catholic Parliamentary & Public Affairs Internships

Faith in Politics, the Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs Internship Scheme, which began in 2003, provides up to eight recently graduated Catholics with intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context.

Interns are placed with Christian MPs at Westminster and in public policy and social action roles at the Catholic Education Service (CES), CAFOD, and CSAN. All the internships also involve individually guided retreats and spiritual guidance throughout the year. Each intern will take part in the first year of a part-time Master’s Degree in Catholic Social Teaching at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, at the end of which they will gain a Postgraduate Certificate, with the option of completing the second year.

Additionally, the interns explore the political landscape and the Church’s involvement in social action through a series of events and trips abroad, including a week in Rome. The group will live at More House in Kensington, and at the end of the year will become part of a network of over 100 intern alumni.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 28 February 2019


The Power of the Holy Spirit - Sr. Maria Natella


Saturday, 9 February 2019 at 10:00


St Clare's Catholic Church in Preston, Lancashire






Day of Renewal with Sister Maria. The day starts with Mass in the parish and will include input from Sister Maria, praise and worship, adoration, prayer ministry and an opportunity for reconciliation 


Cor et Lumen Christi Catholic Miracle Rally (North)

9th - 10th March 2019
Our Lady's Catholic High School, Preston

The Catholic Miracle Rally is coming to the North of England! The Catholic Miracle Rally celebrates that Jesus is alive and that the miracle healing, loving power of his Spirit is moving in his church today.

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St Bernadette's Bispham - Pantomime

It's still Panto Season (Oh yes it is)!

St. Bernadette's Parish Players present the first Pantomime under their new name(can you spot the change?), written by Neil Oldham, who used to write for such programmes as "The News Hudlines".  Needles to say the script is full of puns and, in parts, is hysterically funny.

'The Mis-Adventures of Robinson Crusoe' follows the story of how Robinson, and his man Friday, are rescued from their deserted island and reunited with his fiancee, Jane, on a jungle island inhabited by women but ruled over by a monkey King, who also has eyes for Jane. The rescuing Captain and crew, with the help of the local Witch Doctor, thwart the money King's plans, much to the relief of Jane's mother, and Robinson of course. The addition of a couple of suspicious Australian castaways brings more hilarity to an already funny pantomime. Expect a laugh a minute and a play list of music and songs which will leave you happy'

Tickets are available from Ashfield Road Post Office; from Bispham Clothing, in Bispham Village; on-line

Buy tickets for St. Bernadette's Parish Players's forthcoming events. Click the link for further information and to secure your tickets now!

 or from me by ringing 07846629766 and cost £7.00 for adults and £5.00 for 60+ and children. 

Curtain up will be at 7.30pm each evening and at 2.30pm for the Matinee performance on Saturday.  The Production will run from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd February at St. Bernadette's Church Hall, All Hallows Road, Bispham, FY2 0AS.

Please form an orderly queue for tickets.  You won't regret it!


Job Vacancy St Peter's School Lytham

The Headteacher and Governors wish to appoint a part time Teaching Assistant/ Welfare.  This post is temporary for 1 term ( 07/01/2019 - 11/04/2019) with a view to being extended. The successful candidate will be involved in general classroom duties within a Key Stage 1 classroom, with a particular focus upon SEN support.   The lunch time welfare duties require the ability to manage the lunch time routines of the children, support them in the dining room and playground and administer first aid.  The successful candidate will be willing to complete training relevant to the role including; Safeguarding and first aid.

Closing date for applications: 13 December 2018, 10.30am

Interview Date: 17 December 2018


Christmas Concert: Bamber Bridge

The Brownedge Festival’s annual Christmas Concert (with the Lidun Singers of Lytham) will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 12 December at St Mary’s Church, Brownedge, Bamber Bridge. Admission £5 to include refreshments.



Love needs to be organised

Monday 10th December 7.30pm

Preston Citizens UK announces a presentation by John Battle (Former MP) at Tabor, Xaverian Mission Spirituality Centre, 169 Sharoe Green Lane, Preston PR2 8HE.

Introduction from Bishop Paul Swarbrick.

Register your interest to attend

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Ad Limina - Final Statement from Rome

As we end our visit, 'ad limina Apostolorum', we offer these reflections on our days together in Rome. On Friday 28 September, we were immensely privileged to share conversation with Pope Francis for over two hours. It was a most remarkable and intimate experience.

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Augustinian Sisters, Boarbank Hall, Cumbria.




St Peter's School Lytham: Vacancy

We are seeking to appoint two hard-working and enthusiastic team members for The Ark St Peter’s After School Club. This is a wonderful opportunity for the right candidates to join our staff team and be part of our successful out-of-school provision.   A commitment to the Catholic ethos of our school and experience of working with children within the 3 – 11 year age range is essential. Childcare qualifications (NNEB, Level 3 in Childcare) are desirable but not essential for the right candidate. 

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