Welcome to the Roman Catholic Church of St Francis in Goosnargh.

Clergy: Fr. Sony Joseph Kadamthodu Tel: 01772 865229

For baptism and other spiritual needs please contact the parish priest on his personal email - jkadamthodu2@gmail.com
In case of emergency and if unable to make contact with Fr Sony please contact:
Fr Dutton 01772 782641 (St Wilfrids) or Fr Doyle 01772 782244 (Our Lady and Saint Michael Alston Lane) 


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 linked with the parish of St Thomas, Claughton also in the diocese of Lancaster.

St Francis Hill Chapel to reopen for Sunday mass.

We are pleased to announce that From July 5th,  our Parish will be open for Sunday mass at 10.30 a.m.

Please note – Dispensation rules still apply and the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.

There will be some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being, there will be no singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance.

We have 12 benches allowing for families and ‘bubbles’. We can probably hold up to 40 people.

Stewards will be on duty to ensure that safety procedures are followed.

Please can we follow these guidelines once entering church:

* Face masks must be worn.

* Sanitise hands on entry.

* Please provide your contact details for Track and Trace purposes, these will be retained for 21 days.

* Some benches have been blocked off to ensure social distancing. Please only use the benches that are not taped off.  It may not be possible to sit in your usual bench.

* High visibility tape on the floor to indicate spaces of  2 metres apart.  Please do keep your distance.  

* Place your collection on the collection plate as you enter.

* Please take a mass sheet and newsletter on entry and take away when leaving.

* Stewards will give guidance on receiving Holy Communion. People on the right hand side will go first and return down the opposite aisle to maintain social distancing. People on the left hand side of church will then do the same procedure in reverse.  Communion will be given in silence.

* When you leave church – please do respect social distancing and do not congregate just outside church.

* Apologies but there will currently be no servers, no childrens corner and no offertory procession.

* There will also be no Prayers of the Faithful but the weekly Bidding Prayers will be on the newsletter.

 Many thanks for your support in helping  us all to keep safe.

 




Here is the Order of Service including the Eulogy to accompany the service on Houghton's facebook page. Fr Pat's address from the service is here .
 
We are sorry to announce the death of Bob Barron on Saturday 13 June.   We extend our condolences to his wife Moira and daughters Louise and  Lucy and their families.  Bob has helped to keep the parish operating  for many years as chair of the Property Group and reader at Mass as well as assisting in many other ways.  He will be greatly missed by all his friends in the parish and beyond. 
The graveside funeral for family and invited friends took place Tuesday 23 June at Hill Chapel.  You  can see the service on the funeral director's facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Funeral-Service---Cemetery/William-Houghton-Funeral-Directors-629837207076516/

Diocesan Covid-19 information - Public church services are now able to resume under carefully controled conditions - see above
 

Our newsletters continue to be published with updated information, please use the Newsletter tab to access them.  Do check out the homilies in the Claughton Newsletters - they are very good.
Resources:
An option to hear mass in these difficult times is to use the mass streaming service available at www.churchservices.tv
Many churches are available at various times. St Claire's at Fulwood is also available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/StClaresChurch/
Mass readings for every day are available at https://www.universalis.com/mass.html

 
Gardening and church cleaning days are cancelled until further notice 

 

Finance -  With the limited services during Covid-19 restrictions we need to try and maintain a means of income to meet the regular costs of church maintenance and other payments: Heating, diocesan levy, clergy costs and church expenses etc.  Whilst we appreciate many of you will also be struggling financially, if you can help by continuing your regular donation or any other way please see details here


And a reminder of happier times....

BVCT organised a celebration of carol singing as part of the Lancashire Sings Christmas event at The Grapes in Goosnargh.  It was very well attended and all enjoyed the event.  Very grateful to The Grapes for hosting the event, the members of Trinity Methodist church for helping organise and Revs Steve Cooper and Keith Borwick for leading the carols.

 

   
 

Nativity Crib Display Our parish invited all the congregation to bring along their family cribs to celebrate the Nativity. They formed an impressive display and many had an interesting story to tell - from distant places, family heirlooms, treasured gifts or hand made. They were displayed and blessed in church on Saturday 23 November with volunteers providing refreshments. The display was so impressive and well attended that we continued the display through Sunday Mass to allow more to enjoy them.
Thanks to all who brought cribs and helped set them up, contributed to the cakes for refreshments, assisted with brewing up and particular thanks to Nicki, Bernadette and Maria for organising the event.  Report and more pictures here

  

 On Sunday 27 October we were delighted that Bishop Paul Swarbrick celebrated mass with us, he was visiting us as part of his regular pastoral visit programme to all parishes in the Diocese. After mass he socialised with the congregation over tea and cake before meeting with the members of the parish committees to discuss parish matters in more depth.
We all found his visit spiritually uplifting and also enjoyed speaking with him more informally on lay matters.

 

 

 







Blessed George Beesley
The picture above 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/
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.
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.”


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