Whether you’re here for the first time and looking to learn more about the Catholic Faith; visiting Blackpool and looking for a Catholic church to be part of, or a Catholic new to living in Blackpool looking for somewhere to call your spiritual home, hopefully, you’ll find everything you need by being part of our Catholic Parish community based at St John Vianney’s Church on the corner of Park Road and Glastonbury Avenue in Marton, Blackpool.
At St John Vianney & St Monica’s, we have a firm faith handed on from the Apostles down through the generations that through Christ Jesus we can know ‘fullness of life’ through listening and responding to the Word of God and celebrating the life of the Sacraments founded by Christ Himself. That’s a life where we can – through God’s grace – rise above our fears and anxieties confident in our identity as children of God, and can live in the joy and peace of that universal vocation to holiness regardless of what pain, anxiety and suffering we may be going through. It’s a life we share in the communion of the entire Catholic Church crossing time and culture where we also have an unshakable confidence that our ultimate destination is our eternal life in heaven with Our Lady and all the martyrs and saints. We have that confidence not because of our own goodness, but because of what Our Lord has done – and continues to do for us – through His life, passion, death and resurrection each and every time we gather to experience the power of the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the other sacraments of the Church.
St John Vianney & St Monica’s serves the colourful and enterprising town of Blackpool, where Catholics have worshipped Almighty God in the Sacraments of the Church for so many centuries in spite of great poverty, isolation and persecution and pledge to continue to do so despite sweeping secularisation, fall-away from practice of the Faith, hedonism, social pressures, family breakdown, homelessness and addiction which painfully affect our people and the wider Blackpool community.
Nonetheless, for the past hundred years Blackpool has maintained its position as the premier seaside resort in England and still attracts millions of visitors each year. From its humble beginnings as a village of two hundred or so cottages, Blackpool has grown into a town with a resident population of over 150,000 people.
Today, Blackpool continues to attract large numbers of visitors despite the competition from package holidays and last-minute online deals. The Pleasure Beach prides itself on its spectacular rides. The trams continue to run and the Tower is still standing, other places would have almost certainly got rid of both of them in the so-called name of progress. As Blackpool tries to renew itself in order to invest in its residents and visitors; imaginatively trying to regenerate the town and supporting new initiatives we seek to proclaim the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ in all that we say and do:
- By offering up the very best of Catholic worship and preaching and by putting God first in our life of discipleship through programmes of faith formation.
- By committing ourselves to building relationships, becoming a visible community, and being a valued part of the Body of Christ at the heart of our town
- By offering a generous welcome and gracious hospitality to everyone.
- By seeking to serve our local community and the wider town both through our life of prayer and also in practical outreach and pastoral care.
- By offering a varied ministry for people of all ages and all walks of life to be involved.
We hope that you will visit us and the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament at our church (which is open throughout the day) and rest for a while in the stillness of this unique house of prayer.