St Anne's & St Joseph's RC Parish

——  Accrington • Diocese of Salford  ——

St Anne's & St Joseph's
RC Parish

—  Accrington • Diocese of Salford  —

Pray for Priests

This Friday is the the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. it is a MEATY FRIDAY!!!! More importantly it is also the world day of prayer for the sanctification of priests. Pray in a special way for your priests on Friday that they will conform themselves more to Christ the Good Shepherd so […]


Our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham takes place this Saturday 4th May. Please be assured of my prayers for you in Walsingham. I am grateful to Fr Ian Kelly who will be celebrating the Saturday Masses and hearing Confessions. BEGINNINGS The Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham was established around 1061 when, according to the text […]

Vocation Thoughts

I believe the “fluffy lambs” approach to the Good Shepherd has not served us well. We tend to get lost in Christ’s parable of the lost sheep carried home over the shoulder by the shepherd who went to find him. It all too cosy and European. This is the Middle East. Shepherds lived in rough […]

Good Shepherd Sunday

Until quite recently and even today when people talk of someone “having a vocation” they usually mean he has gone off to be a priest or she has become a nun. Linked with this has been another all too popular idea. Though they rarely say so, many think that the Church is saying that Priesthood […]

St Bernadette of Lourdes

DEATH OF ST. BERNADETTE On April 16, 1879 (145 years ago) at 3.15pm Bernadette Soubirous, or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order — died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard in Nevers, France. She was only 35 years old. The nuns of the convent knelt around […]


Earlier this week I had my first attempt at making the famous Polish Dish – Pierogi. These are Pierogi z grzybami but as you can see from the recipe various fillings can be used. There are sweet versions too. Why not give them a try? Smacznego! Ingredients For the mushroom and sauerkraut filling 50g/2oz dried […]

Lourdes Mass

We hope that you’ll join us next Tuesday evening as we officially open our Centenary Year celebrations with Mass at St Patrick’s Church, Livesey St, Manchester at 7pm. Canon Cooke VG will now celebrate Mass and refreshments will be available following Mass. We look forward to seeing you.

Divine Mercy Image

In 1931, Our Lord appeared to a young Polish nun, St. Faustina Kowalska, in a vision. She saw Jesus clothed in a white garment with His right hand raised in blessing. His left hand was touching His garment in the area of the heart, from which two large rays came forth, one red and the […]

Happy Easter

Many thanks to all who supported our Memorial Candles this year. I think it was well received. The picture shows the candles after they had been lit following our Easter Vigil. I hope to do the same for Christmas with red candles.

Holy Thursday

As we approach the Sacred Triduum. Here is an explanation of a lesser known liturgy of Holy Week. Holy Thursday – The Stripping of the Altar This mournful rite announces the suspension of the Sacrifice. The altar must remain naked and stripped. Our Lord is in the hands of the Jews, who will strip Him […]


St Anne’s, Cobham Road,
Accrington, BB5 2AD.
Tel: 01254 232 920

St Joseph’s, Belgarth Road,
Accrington, BB5 6AH.


Rev Fr Francis Wadsworth (parish priest)
Rev Fr Robert Livesey (retired)

Parish Administrator

Mrs Siobhan Wood
Tel: 01254 232 920

Office Hours

Mon: 8:30am to 12:30pm
Tues, Thurs: 8:30am to 1:30pm