St John's New Ferry

Memories

                                                                                                                

Church History

The parish was established in 1902 when mass was celebrated for the local people in a nearby café. The original church with school buildings attached, was opened in 1904 but the thriving parish outgrew this and plans were made for a larger church.
The current church was designed by Mr. C Mangan of Preston and being completed in 1934  was solemnly opened by Bishop Moriarty on 4th November that year.  Magner's church history relates: "Many hundreds of people availed themselves of the opportunity to view the spacious, airy and dignified building, which was free from pillars inside, and had a wonderful roof sprung on steel girders".
Being free from debt in 1943 it was consecrated on 4th August of that year while the world war was still raging.
The church has undergone embellishment and several re-orderings in its history and the parish celebrated its centenary in 2002 with a variety of memorable events including a flower festival.

Fr Frank's 60th anniversary

On Monday 8th December, Fr Frank Rice celebrated 60 years of ordained priesthood. His ordination took place in Rome on the 100th anniversary of the definition of the Immaculate Conception.
He was invited back to St John's by our current P.P. Fr Forshaw, to celebrate his diamond jubilee in the parish where he had enjoyed the last 16 years of his active ministry-until December 2013 when he retired aged 85!
Fr.Frank was joined by Bishops Mark and Brian (as well as dozens of his brother priests from across the diocese) for a concelebrated Mass in his honour. The beautiful Mass was followed by an amazing buffet in the parish centre. The centrepiece of this was a cake embellished with the coats of arms of all Fr Frank's places of education from Primary School to the Venerable English College.
All in all it was a truly memorable occasion for both him and all the many people who attended the events.
Pictures of this wonderful event are available here: FR FRANK'S 60th

Confirmations 2007

Confirmation 2007 19 young people who were confirmed on Thursday 17th May 2007 Confirmation 2007 The confirmation catechists from St Johns and St Annes with some of the 50 young people who were confirmed at the service held at St Annes church.

The Zion community retreat day for the youth of St John's 25th Feb 2007.

Youth Day

Diocesan musical “Enter an Angel” 2007 - Rehearsals

3 tenors A magus rides out A wise man Becky and Helen Chris at the keys Fr Jerome gets into his stride Philip holds forth tptlogo.jpg

First Holy Communions 2006

The communion group of 2006. The communion group of 2006. The communion group of 2006. The communion group of 2006.

Confirmation 2006

The confirmation group of 2006. The confirmation group of 2006. The confirmation group of 2006. The confirmation group of 2006. Cathechist Michael Farrell.

Easter 2006

Lectern at Easter Eggcitement! Easter Font Flowers Distributing Easter Eggs Cross

Confirmation 2005

The confirmation group of 2005.

Pentecost 2005

The altar decorated for Pentecost.

Fr Frank's Golden Jubilee 8th December 2004

Fr Frank's Golden Jubilee Fr Frank's Golden Jubilee

Flower Festival 2002

Flowers from our 2002 Flower Festival Flowers from our 2002 Flower Festival Flowers from our 2002 Flower Festival Flowers from our 2002 Flower Festival Flowers from our 2002 Flower Festival

The Church

The striking front gable of our church. The way in to our church. Mosaic outside above the entrance Our eponymous Saint! The altar in our side chapel, used for weekday services.

People

Our very own PP, Fr Frank Rice - in one of his more sombre outfits! A shot of our congregation Some of our Music Group Our summer supply priest Fr Vincent Tobin OSB Frs Frank & Vincent