Welcome to the Roman Catholic Church of St Francis in Goosnargh.
St Francis Hill Chapel is a beautiful historic 'barn style' church set in colourful gardens, it was founded in 1755 and the 16th century Roman Catholic martyr, George Beesley was born on the site on which the church now stands. 

We are a small rural Parish in the heart of the countryside, close to the village of Goosnargh.  The Parish Administrator is Father Sony Joseph, contactable on clergy@stfrancisgoosnargh.org.uk.  The Parish is part of the diocese of Lancaster.

St Francis Catholic Primary school is adjacent to the church. There are very close links with the school and with the community of Goosnargh and Whittingham.  Further information is at www.st-francis.lancsngfl.ac.uk, the headteacher runs a very informative blog of activities at the school this can be found via the school website or direct www.stfranciscatholicprimaryschool.co.uk/category/headteachers-blog/

Gardening and church cleaning day Is on Saturday 27 October. Hope you can help, we aim to start at 10 am children welcome, refreshments will be served.
Tools are available but bring your own if you wish.  Help keep the church and grounds a pleasure to visit.  A report with pictures of the May gardening day is available here


Fr Sony and two of our parishioners attended the Adoremus weekend in Leverpool on Sunday 9 September.  A report with pictures is here.


Hill Chapel
St Francis R.C. Church Goosnargh


1918 - 2018 

Centenary of First World War Armistice
Exhibition honouring those soldiers of our parish who lost their lives.
 (documents,memorabilia and floral displays)

Friday 19th October 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday 20th October 10 am - 3 pm

Light refreshments served
Everyone welcome


Also includes poems and art work by the children of St Francis school; the choir and school band will perform at 2pm on Friday.

Alongside our own stations of the cross which depict Christ’s supreme sacrifice on Calvary, a set of Great War images, reflecting the sacrifices made by so many at that time will be on display alongside them. The images were commissioned by Chester Cathedral where the original 9’ x 4’ tapestries will be displayed in November.


 A triple baptism was held at 12:15 on 30 September.  The newly baptised were Michael Sharrock and Eric Walter & Ted William Walling.  Congratulations to all.


Our school has just begun their Autumn term with a new reception class pictured with some of their buddies from Year 6.

Sunday 10 June was the First Holy Communion celebration for our younger parishioners with Confirmation being celebrated on the 26 June.  A report with group pictures is available here

Blessed George Beesley
The picture is of a stained glass display within the church of Blessed George Beesley, a martyr, who was born about 1562 in the farmhouse that became our Presbytery. 
He died on 2 July 1591, his feast day is 1 July. 

Grateful acknowledgent is given to Anthony Stubenrauch for the design of the stained glass, the drawing of our church in the header and for the millenium plaque in the church grounds.  Sadly Anthony passed away 13 January 2016.

Parish Mission Statement
“Our Parish, guided by the example of our patron, St. Francis, seeks to be a welcoming, Catholic Community, by living, sharing and growing infaith. We strive to deepen our own relationship with Christ and to meet the needs of others.”

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