St. Anne’s

St Anne's
St Anne’s

Parish priest: Rev Monsignor J. M. Walsh

Deacon: Rev. Deacon  John McCarthy

Deacon: Rev Deacon Joe Moreland

Parish Safeguarding Rep: John McCarthy

Dear Parishioners of Our Ladys, St Anne’s and St Jerome’s,

As I write this letter to you, it has just been announced that the number of people allowed to meet indoors is to be reduced from 30 to 6. This represents a dramatic drop. Weddings and funerals are exempted and I presume the celebration of Mass also. However, it is clear that the infection rate and the death rate are climbing again. We are moving towards the winter. I think we all realise that a potentially difficult time lies ahead.

I am apprehensive about what this might mean for public Masses in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we need to look carefully again at the number of people we are permitted to accommodate safely in our churches. This number has been growing recently and some of you have been turned away. This is very difficult and cuts totally against the grain for us. However, safety is paramount, especially in an older community. Therefore we have to be stringent about the numbers we allow into church at any one time. I will keep you all informed of developments as they happen.

In my last letter, I spoke of my intention to improve communication across our Catholic community. Since then, we have been pulling together some new solutions. Here they are;

From this weekend, all Sunday Masses and all Requiem Masses will be live streamed from Our Lady’s and St Jerome’s. Details of how to access the live streaming will follow this letter. 

From this weekend, a new website will be launched for the Formby Catholic community. Presently we have a website for St Jerome’s and St Anne’s and a website for Our Ladys. When you access these websites, you will be redirected to the new website. Eventually, the old websites will go.
Again, details of how to access the new website will follow this letter.

From this weekend, we are producing a new printed newsletter. It will look different to previous parish newsletters which published details of meetings and events which are no longer happening. This newsletter will carry simple news items and information. It is primarily intended for those who cannot access the internet. Perhaps you would be good enough to post one through the door of those who need it? The newsletters will be available to you as you leave church. 

The Formby Catholic Community Facebook page is also up and running for those of you who use social media. The St Jerome’s Facebook page will be taken down soon.

All these initiatives, whilst effective in their own way, cannot replace phone calls and conversations. In large part, we are a well connected community. Perhaps we can consider spreading church news in our conversations. It is a good way of covering all the bases. 

Just to say a big ‘thank you’ to all who have been working behind the scenes to improve our communication outreach. Your efforts are much appreciated by us all.

In the meantime, keep safe and well!

God bless you all,

Father John

Mass Times:
Saturday.              6pm.             –               St. Jerome’s
Sunday.                 9am.             –               Our Lady of Compassion
                              11am.            –               Our Lady of Compassion
Wednesday.        12 noon.        –               Our Lady of Compassion –
Before entering any of the churches please wait to be guided by our stewards, they will take you to your seat where you have to remain until they direct you further, either for Holy Communion or to leave the church. Face masks must be worn at all times while in church, thank you.
Mass from St. Jerome’s is streamed on line and can be found using this link –
Preparing to attend Mass at St. Jerome’s
Please note the change of email address for both St. Anne’s and St. Jerome’s, it is

Universalis: Mass  (please follow this link for readings at Mass)

Coronavirus :-

If anyone has any particular concerns, or need help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact the parish office by phone or by email on the following:

01704 872467


The parish phone and e mails are checked regularly throughout the day.

Let us pray for each other and take care to follow the advice given to us by the authorities. Above all, let us place our trust in the Lord who never abandons His people.

St Jerome and St Anne, pray for us.

God bless you,

Father John

Additional Resources During this time:-

Archdiocesan Resource page. Prayer and Other Resources | Liverpoolcatholic

You may wish to access daily Holy Mass online. Please see the below link contained on “The Word on Fire’ website headed by Bishop Robert Barron who was keynote speaker at ‘Adoremus 2018’

Word on Fire Daily Mass. (Please be aware that this Mass will take place live at 1:15pm each day. It is recorded so will be available at anytime afterwards)

Children’s Liturgy  via the CAFOD Resource Services

Registration Register with this link for emails containing resources

Or go to the main CAFOD home page using the below link

Catholic international development charity | CAFOD


God Our Father,
each person is precious to You.
You are the Giver of life.
Have mercy on us and protect us
at this time, as the Coronavirus
threatens health and life.
You are an ever-present Helper
in time of trouble.
Watch over those who are
suffering, give strength to those
who are aiding the Sick and give courage to all in this time of anxiety.
We ask this of you in the name of your Son Jesus Christ.


The Parishes’ News

Parish Giving: Please follow the link below in order to give to your own parish Parish Giving – online and text

Foodbank:- With the return to church and a relaxing of the lockdown the Foodbank has seen a drop off in donations. Unfortunately donations cannot be taken at the church but thankfully donations can still be dropped off at Alice and Paddy Joyce’s home at 35 Freshfield Road, but they need to be there before 1pm on a Friday. The Foodbank is always in need of the usual things that you give but also toiletries, jams and spreads for sliced bread would be greatly appreciated. Donations can also be left at Waitrose , Tesco and the One Stop shop opposite the Cross House pub.

Men’s Society:- There is a men’s society meeting at the St Jerome’s parish centre this Wednesday 2nd September at 9pm.

Line Dancing:- Line dancing begins again this Thursday 3rd September at St Jerome’s parish centre, please contact the organisers of this event if you are wanting to attend.

Also, you can always donate money to this very worthy cause, using the below link.

Make a donation – The Trussell Trust    This link takes you straight to the donation page.

Foodbank Update – Compassionate

We have been contacted by Richard Owens Chief Executive of, Compassion Acts, Lakeside Church, Fairway, Southport. Compassion Acts is a charity which runs the Foodbank, food pantry and advice services in Southport and for Formby. Richard has written a letter that can be found by using this link – Churches letter

He has also added an appeal to raise funds, the link to view this is – media release

And he has added an information flyer for you to keep either for your own personal information or to enable you to provide information to those who may be in need as to where they may be able to go to for help. need support poster

Catholic Pic – The Catholic Pic  latest edition is available to download here:

Prayers please: Please pray for all our sick and those who are in self isolation due to their underlying medical conditions and frailty.

Lately Dead:

CAFOD – Unite against coronavirus

CAFOD has….”joined forces with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to scale up our response, ensuring that no one is beyond reach of the aid they need to survive.

Our valuable experts on the ground understand the challenges and needs in their respective communities. They are able to respond quickly and are already involved in activities that include:

Delivering food to where it is needed most.

  • Improving hygiene, handwashing and sanitation at the community and household level.
  • Producing radio messages, posters and leaflets in local languages on risks and prevention.
  • Training community volunteers to carry out awareness campaigns.”

We are living through the biggest public health crisis in a century. Right across the UK, coronavirus is having a devastating impact on all of our daily lives, and many people have lost precious loved ones. But in many developing countries where poverty is widespread and healthcare systems are much more fragile, the effects are likely to be disastrous.

We must never forget that we are one global family, united in this struggle. Now is not the time to build barriers, but for the world to unite in love and compassion.

Out of love for our sisters and brothers overseas, sign our petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the most vulnerable people are the priority in the UK’s international efforts as well as at home.

Catholic Pic – The May digital copy can also be found on our website and via Twitter @PicCatholic

Other useful links

The Holy See

Prayer_and_other_resources   (This contains a file containing numerous resources that you can download)

Aid to the Church in Need | Online Masses

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS

Churches Together in England : Coronavirus guidance and prayers

Support Schemes

Advice on Volunteer Support Networks  It is important that we look out for and care for our neighbour. Please view this advice provided by the Chief Operating Officer of The Liverpool Archdiocese, Martin Miller

Covid-19 Southport & Formby Support Group (Corona virus 2020)

The Silver Line 08004708090
Independent Age 08000556112
Friends of the Elderly 030033211110 receive call weekly or fortnightly from volunteer.


Safeguarding Information:

  • Parish Safeguarding Rep: John McCarthy


  • Archdiocese of Liverpool Safeguarding Department: Alexandra Griffiths, Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 0151 522 1043



  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.


  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.



  • Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.



The ‘Mission of St. Anne’ was founded in 1886 and is listed chronologically as the 178thmission in the Directory of the Liverpool Archdiocese. The building on West Lane known as Clarence House and previously as St. George’s was originally constructed as ‘St. Anne’s Convent Orphanage for Girls’ in 1886. It was administered by the Sisters of Charity. The chapel of the convent was dedicated to St. Anne.

The residents of the area attended Mass at the chapel on Sundays and Holy Days, until the headmaster of St. George’s School for Boys found that there was insufficient room to accommodate them. This meant that residents of the area had to make their way to Our Lady of Compassion for Mass, causing distress to the elderly and infirm who could not get there.

A petition was organised for a Chapel-of-Ease to be built and St. Anne’s Church was built in 1933 as that Chapel-of-Ease to the Church of Our Lady of Compassion. It was officially opened on Sunday 10thDecember 1933 by Rev. Fr. J. Gardiner, the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Compassion.

St. Anne’s remained a Chapel-of-Ease until 1947 when the Rev. Fr. Cyril F. Pilson was appointed ‘Priest-in-charge’. The first Parish Priest, Canon John Bennett was appointed in the Spring of 1951.