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 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/


Gardening and church cleaning day, will be on Saturday 30 November,  Please do join us to assist keeping the church and grounds clean, tidy and welcoming for all visitors.  
 

 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.

 

 

 

Congratulations to Andrew and Deborah Dixon on the baptism of their daughter Florence Rae in September. God parents are Adam James Joseph, Hannah and Anna

 Congratulations to Robert & Donna Foy on the baptism of their children Chloe and Stanley at Hill Chapel on 11 August 2019. Their God parents were Laura, Eleanor and Grant Walker and Fr Sony officiated.

 Congratulations to Helen Gornall and Peter Ramsbottom on the baptism at Hill Chapel on 28 July of their son Albert James Ramsbottam.

Italian group visit A group of young pilgrims from Rome called on our parish church and offered an Italian mass on 30th July. They also visited various sites associated with the Lancashire Martyrs, Ladywell, Lancaster Cathedral, the house of St Edmund Arrowsmith, St. Joseph Brindle and Whalley Abbey. It is a pilgrimage with a focus on vocations. Rev. Giuseppe Piervincenzi, parish priest of Santa Rita parish, near Rome, guides the group and Rev. Alan McDonald, born in Preston but is now in Dallas, Texas, also accompanied the pilgrims.
Our parishioners who attended the Mass said that " it was the most spiritual and Joyful mass we had ever attended "

A short video of a particularly dynamic part of the service can be accessed here.

 

The group sent this message after the visit:
"I will not try to express with my poor english the joy and warmth that your community's hospitality gave to us. It's a pleasure to feel the Faith is so alive in your community as in the whole Lancashire!
May our Lord bless you all!
Allesio
"







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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