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

 

Clergy: Fr. Sony Joseph Kadamthodu Tel: 01772 865229
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 Thoas, Claughton and both are in 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/


Christian Unity service hosted by St James at Whitechapel is at 3pm on Sunday 20 January
Organised by BVCT, please do try to support and meet parishioners from other parishes.
 
Gardening and church cleaning day, church cleaning will be on Saturday 19 January, (Note change of date!) Please try to attend and help keep our church tidy and welcoming.   
 
We now publish weekly newsletters for our sister parish - St Thomas's, Claughton, see the relevant section for copies.

 

 Congratulations to Oliver Piercy son of David and Angela Piercy who was baptised on Sunday 13 January
 

Pictures below from the rededication of our war memorial following refurbishment with financial help from the War Memorials Trust.  The event was appropriately held on Remembrance Sunday.

 


A Centenary of First World War Armistice Exhibition was held on 19 & 20 October honouring those soldiers of our parish who lost their lives. The event was well supported, see report 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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