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

I have taken Fr. John’s letter from Formby Catholic Community Facebook page where you will find all of the new updates, the letter is below. I am sending this out as I realise some of you do not have Facebook nor do some of you want to have Facebook so I hope this helps.
Also, please note the change of email address for both St. Anne’s and St. Jerome’s, it is
Thank you and God Bless,
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady’s, St Anne’s and St Jerome’s,
This is the first time that I have written to you all since Archbishop Mc Mahon appointed me as Parish Priest of Our Lady’s on July 20th. The sharp eyed among you will notice that I have greeted each parish in the order of the seniority of its foundation. The best way to do it I think!
Now that just one Parish Priest is serving the three parishes of our town, I wanted to create a single means of information for us all, so that there will be as little confusion as possible. We now have a single Facebook page with a new title ‘Formby Catholic Community’. The title speaks for itself and underlines the need for us all to begin working more closely together. I want to thank Siobhan and Karen for previously taking care of the Our Lady’s and St Jerome’s Facebook pages which will now be gradually phased out. I am grateful to Siobhan for agreeing to take the new page forward. Information about how to get in contact and how to share information will appear shortly. I am aware that not everyone is on Facebook and so I am looking at other ways to reach out to as many people as possible electronically. If you have any suggestions about the best way to do this, then please get in touch.
Let me begin by speaking to the parishioners of my new parish of Our Lady’s. Thank you very much for your kind welcome before and after my first Masses last weekend. It was reassuring to see some familiar faces! Although I have been just an occasional visitor to Our Lady’s in the past, I know that the parish has a long and distinguished history, and that the community there is blest with wonderful people. I want to repeat once again my grateful thanks to Father Bernard for his 22 years of dedicated and generous ministry. I am greatly impressed by the beautiful church of Our Lady’s and look forward to ministering there to all of you.
The parishes of St Anne’s and St Jerome’s have been receiving a weekly letter from me since March, sometimes more than weekly. Both parishes are wonderful communities and it has been my joy and privilege to serve both; St Jerome’s for 8 years and St Anne’s for 4 years.
Allow me to say some words to the parishioners of St Anne’s. Thank you for your great patience! You are a wonderful community and I know it has not been easy seeing the other two churches in Formby reopen and St Anne’s remain closed. Parish Priests with more than one church were asked to open just one for the time being. Added to this is the problem we have of being able to accommodate suitable numbers for Mass with COVID restrictions. I am very sensitive to this situation. We must now wait until the Archdiocese gives us further direction. In the meantime, I thank you for your example of patience and forebearance.
What of the future for our three parishes? The pandemic has impacted deeply on parish life. So many familiar things have been taken away from us. We are only now able to gather for Mass again, but even this is a strange and difficult experience. Most experts seem to believe that we are in this for the long haul and the daily news offers little comfort. So our social interaction is likely to be restricted for some time to come. Planning for the future is very difficult. I have been saying for some time that Formby is likely to see three parishes become one at some point in the future. I think that the pandemic is bringing that future to us more quickly than we might have imagined. No one expects that one priest can take care of three parishes, least of all myself! So we can expect to hear more about this in the near future. But for now the summer holidays are keeping everything quiet.
Regardless of what lies ahead, I believe that we are being asked to hold on to, and believe deeply in, the one who always stands at the heart of the Mass and each one of our communities; Jesus. The life and work of each one of our parishes serve him. So let us hold on to him and do our best to take care of each other. I ask for your prayers. But I am greatly encouraged by the wonderful and faithful people of our three parish communities. I ask for your patience in these coming weeks and months and ask you to bear with me as I try my best to serve you well and lead us forward into a very uncertain future.
God bless you all,
Father John

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 of church closures:-

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

Holy Rosary – May

The Holy Father has today issued a letter to the faithful for the month of May in which he encourages us to pray the Rosary. He has also included two prayers which we can say in union with him during the month.

To access the letter and prayers please follow the link

Letter of the Holy Father Francis to the Faithful for the month of May 2020


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


When the Bishops of England and Wales suspended the public celebration of Mass on March 20th, no further Mass Intentions were accepted. All Mass Intentions that were waiting to be said from both Parishes have now been offered. Mass Intentions will be accepted once the Bishops authorise the public celebration of Mass again.

In the meantime, if any members of our Parishes have particular intentions of prayer to share with our communities, then please send them to us through the joint email,

Do you need help and Support: Nichola Taylor of St Jerome’s parish has sent in this message;

I am part of a new community group who are helping the vulnerable in our community. We would like to reach out to as many people as we can so everyone knows that someone is around to help. This could be shopping, prescriptions or just a chat on the phone. We have signed up to the NHS initiative so this will give us guidance on safeguarding etc.

If you know of anyone in the parish that needs this help, could you please let me know.  Also, we have put together a list of local distributors to help people get hold of fresh produce.  I have attached this so could you please to distribute this, along with my details, so we can help as many people as possible at this difficult time.

Kind regards, Nichola Taylor.    Mobile  07891337211

FOODBANK:   Thank you again for donating to the Foodbank sadly they remain in desperate need and they expect this to continue to worsen. The Foodbank are especially short of tinned vegetables and bottles of cordial ie dilutable drinks.

All donated goods can be dropped off at Alice and Paddy Joyce’s home at 35 Freshfield Road. There is no need to knock as a box to put them in is provided. Donations need to be in before 1pm on a Friday, thank you. The Lakeside Food Bank is now open Mon, Wed and Fri from 1-3pm.
Don’t forget, Waitrose, Tesco and One Stop -opp Cross House pub – are still big collection points for the Food Bank.

If you can’t get out, Nichola Taylor (Please see above) has started a home collection service. If you have goods for the Foodbank that need collecting then give her a call on Mobile  07891337211
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

Irenaeus Project 

Next Thursday morning, 21st May, at 10.30 am, Fr Chris is beginning a series of four Zoom Scripture mornings, called ‘If God is for us’ Reflecting on the Letter to the Romans. Places are limited, so if you want to be invited, please email me on

You can read more about the meetings on the Irenaeus Project newsletter for May by clicking here

Thank you for all your support

Keep safe


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

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: Lucy SCOTLAND (Our Lady’s),   Josephine Margaret CULLEN (St. Anne’s), Paul Quirk, William CUSICK (St. Jerome’s), Margaret AINDOW (Our Lady’s), Christopher BYRNE (St Anne’s), Brendan GINTY (Our Lady’s), Gerard CALLAGHAN (St. Anne’s), Anthony McGUINNESS (St. Jerome’s), Marie DEAN (Our Lady’s), Monica THOMAS, Bill RAINFORD (ex – St. Jerome’s), Peter MALONE (Our Lady’s), Paul McAVOY (Godson of Colette Cooper), Patricia CALLAGHAN, Joan McALEAVEY (St. Jerome’s)

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.

General Mass times

All Masses are suspended until further notice


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.