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, ti 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/

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.”

Data Protection
In May of this year the old data protection legislation is being replaced with the new General Data Protection Regulation which has implications for the operation of the parish.  Please see the Data Protection link on the left for more information.

Ordination of Bishop Swarbrick at Lancaster Cathedral on Monday 9 April 2018
The event was a great success and was well attended with representatives from every parish in the Diocese.  There is a good collection of photographs of the ordination on Flikr

Gardening and church cleaning day
Is Saturday, 26 May, 10:00 - 12:00, do please try to come along and help even for a little time.  Tools are available but bring your own if you wish.  We are intending covering teh flower beds with bark mulch and any help this time woudl be particularly appreciated - bring a barrow if you can.  Help keep the church and grounds a pleasure to visit.


Your Safeguarding Representative is Maria Peel
For contact details please see  the safeguarding poster at the back of church.
Safeguarding Representatives have special responsibility for promoting good and safe practices in all activities involving children, young people and adults at risk.  The Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator can be contacted on 01772 728433
Find out more from http://www.catholicsafeguarding.org.uk  and http://www.lancasterdiocese.org.uk

On Saturday 7 July Jayne Lewis is performing a concert at St Hilda's, Bilsborrow at 7:30pm.  Jayne is an accomplished singer/songwriter from the North east of England. She has been singing since the age of 14, playing piano since the age of 11, and has been teaching herself guitar since the age of 20! Jayne has performed in many venues around the country including the Keswick Convention, she also has 3 solo albums under her belt .
Adults £5 Children 7+ FREE, Tickets are available from Rev Garry Whittaker at the Vicarage 01995 643245

BVCT are holding a meeting at Whalley Abbey on Sunday 22 July.  Meet at 1pm to eat our picnics then we have a short walk and activity trail for youngsters at 2pm.  We return at 4pm for a short service in the Abbey grounds.  Free parking at the Abbey if you mention the purpose of your visit.  If people wants to omit the walk they are welcome to explore the Abbey grounds or Whalley and meet us again later.

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. 
More information at http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-george-beesley/

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