Dear Parishioners

A note from Fr Simon Gore, which I include below, reminded me that it is a while since I reported on our parish youth ministry. Mike Price has recently completed 10 years as our Youth Minister. Sometimes I wonder if it is worthwhile but on the other hand, we do have about 30 young people, roughly years 7-10, attending the sessions on Wednesdays, 3.15-5.15, and 20-30 preparing for the Duke of Edinburgh award on Thursday evenings.

This week, for example, we had the first fine weather for a long time on Wednesday. I called in at the Pastoral Centre and must confess to being uplifted by the happy atmosphere and simple enjoyment of the boys and girls: playing outside, organizing their own bingo in the lounge - with prizes! - and some playing games with one another on the computer. As well as this I hope that on Good Friday evening our young people will be leading us in a reflection in St Anne's church as part of our services for Holy Week.

A couple of Sundays ago I was invited to go to Morrisons in Maghull where some of our Faith in Action youngsters were packing bags to raise funds for St Joseph's Hospice. They were hard at it from 9am, till closing time at 4pm. A worthwhile service!

So far more than 25 young people have achieved the Gold DofE awards. Recently, I was invited to St James' Palace where 5 of our parishioners received their awards from the Duke of Wessex. He was a little surprised when our group told him that the organizing body was a parish!

At least we are doing something to support our young people!

Fr Simon Gore, Archdiocesan Youth Chaplain, has sent this note about the Faith in Action Scheme:

The National Faith in Action scheme has grown in strength and numbers since it was launched two years ago. This year we have over 1100 young people taking part. To assist with the award, we are looking for individuals who might have a few hours free in May/June to help moderate the work the young people have done.

Moderators require no specific background in teaching, youth work, or religious studies: we are simply looking for people who can spend time looking at pieces of work and writing a short affirmation of the work the young person has done. Moderation can be done in your own home and in your own time.

If you would like more information, please call Fr Simon Gore on 01744 740467/740460 or email

Godric OSB

Notes on the Sunday Gospels for Lent are available in both churches.

For those who are able to come we shall hold a couple of meetings to reflect on the Sunday Gospels on;
Wednesday 20 March at 2-3.15pm and again that evening 7.30-8.30pm
Wednesday 03 April at the same times. These will take place in St Anne's Pastoral Centre.

Holy Land Pilgrimage 21-28 November 2019

I now have details of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. 5 nights in Bethlehem; 2 nights in Tiberias; Half Board, 4* hotels; return flights Manchester-Tel Aviv, Full pilgrimage programme. Cost 990. Extra: Single room 225; Tips 50; Travel insurance 55 no age limit; travel to Manchester airport. For further details contact St Anne's parish office or sign the form at the back of both churches.

Live Simply - Grow a Garden

The Scouts have begun to turn a plot of derelict land at the side of the Parish Centre into a garden. The plot is all enclosed - a walled garden that can be seen from the windows of the lounge - and full of sun. Click here for further information.


Click here for Syrian resettlement update.

Click here for list of items needed for the home.

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St Anne's Church
St Anne's Priory
23 Prescot Road, Ormskirk, Lancs, L39 4TG
Telephone: 01695 572168
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