St Annes Catholic Church BUXTON
Tel 01298 23777

EUCHARIST CELEBRATIONS (normally) - - - Saturday 7.00pm, - - - Sunday 10.00am - - - Polish Community Saturday 5.00pm

23rd October 2016

                  2.00 p.m.    Baptism – Ellis Jay Hulse
                  5.00 p.m.     Our Polish Community
                  7.00 p.m.    First Eucharist of Sunday –Josie Gorman–RIP (Ireland) 
SUNDAY EUCHARIST    10.00 a.m.    David Plant – RIP (Special Intention)
                  6.00 p.m.    “One World Week” Service at St Peter’s, Fairfield

OFFERTORY   Last Week - £365.02 – Many, many thanks, but oh dear was it the weather, parties, sickness?  I can only hope.

MONDAY            10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.  An hour for quiet, private prayer.
We could pray for Peace in the hearts of the people in Spalding.  Then ask yourselves, “What am I doing for the young, and older people here in Buxton, to bring Compassion, Justice and Peace into their hearts. “Love one another as I have loved you”.
WEDNESDAY     St Chad and St Cedd – Bishops (Memorial)
                10.00 a.m.    Bishop Edward Ellis – RIP (Nottingham)
THURSDAY          N.B.    10.30 a.m.    Funeral Service of Thanksgiving for Maureen Morris 
                  2.00 p.m.    Baptism  - Aidan Joshua Mann
                  5.00 p.m.    Our Polish Community
                   7.00 p.m.    First Eucharist of Sunday – 
Deceased Members of the Doherty Family - RIP
SUNDAY EUCHARIST    10.00 a.m.    Joan Skrobot - RIP

RETIREMENT  After many years of faithful service looking after the Repository Stall, Cath Hobday has retired.  Time flies by and Cath is not too well, and winter approaches.  Cath we will miss your help and all you do.  A BIG THANK YOU. 
Jill Pearson, a PPC Member, and fairly new Parishioner is stepping in to order and sell Repository Goods.  We thank you Jill for stepping in to fill the breach. 

FUTURE PARISH BOOKINGS These are soon to be taken over by the Parish Council.  Booking forms are to be filled in, with all the information needed.  The most important things are ‘Health and Safety’ for all and the protection of the young and vulnerable.
Further notice will be given as to whom to apply, when the Parish Council is set up to go.

STUDENT WELCOME Are you a Catholic student or a young person who has recently moved to Buxton or do you know any who are new to the town?  All are warmly invited to come along to an informal gathering (with tea and cake!) planned to take place on Sunday, 13th November at St Anne’s Parish Centre between 3pm and 5pm.  If you are interested, please contact Rosemary Bibby on Bx 25427, email or Iris Thomson on Bx 26406 or by 6th November. 

LAST CALL FOR 2016 CHRISTMAS PUDDING APPEAL FOR ‘MENINGITIS NOW’ If you wish to support the ‘Meningitis Now’ charity by ordering an Appeal Christmas Pudding, please do so at Buxton Podiatry Practice before 28th October.  Details are at and at the back of church.

HIGH PEAK FOODBANK AND ZINK EMPLOYABILITY Thanks for all the harvest gifts we have received, these keep the foodbank going for the rest of the year.  High Peak Foodbank is participating in ‘Grow Your Tenner’ – this is a way for you to donate and have it matched; with gift aid, your £10 becomes a £21.67p donation to the foodbank.  If you set up a direct debit your donation is matched for three months.  The scheme starts on 18th October and stops when the matched money pot runs out.  To double your donation give online at


Welcome to Paradise by Sophie Etchells

What happens when you invite twelve people who have never met before, to come together for a week of camping in the French mountains? Churches Together in England selected a team of twelve young adults from various Christian backgrounds to experience 'Welcome to Paradise'; a festival hosted at Hautecombe Abbey, by members of a Catholic ecumenical community called Chemin Neuf. The week saw almost two thousand young people from across the world come together for an incredible week of workshops, activities, worship, concerts, and prayer, growing together in friendship and faith.
Each day of the festival consisted of a variety of prayer, core moments, fraternity, evening activities and much more! Morning worship, Mass, and evening prayer and Adoration were held daily in the morning, afternoon and evening, respectively. A large portion of free time was given to festival goers, allowing us the freedom to explore the abbey, talk to Chemin Neuf community members, or try a fitness activity; ranging from paragliding and water skiing to canoeing and archery! The beauty of the festival was its 'a la carte' program; we could choose to go to a workshop, listen to a testimony, take time for personal prayer or simply enjoy our idyllic surroundings! Members of the Team of Twelve could usually be heard erupting in raucous laughter, playing Frisbee and swimming in the lake, building international friendships with festival goers! 
During 'core moments', guest speakers would share their faith testimonies and there would be a time of music and worship. During one of these core moments a sister from the USA talked about her experiences with prisoners and gangs in New York. Sister Faustina, nicknamed Sister O.G (Original Gangster/Of God) was an engaging and inspiring speaker and the stories she told about the young men she had worked with were honest and eye opening. It was incredible to hear the good news about them; when she shared that one who had recently been released from prison had found a new job and had been taken in by a family. Her compassion and desire to help shone out through the work she does, it is truly inspiring! 
In our small fraternity groups, we had the opportunity to discuss and share our experiences of the festival with one another at various points in the week. This opportunity really helped to bond members of the group closer as we opened up and shared more as a group. Our discussions often focused on any personal highlights from the week as well as what we wanted to take with us when the festival ended. We had the chance to listen to what one another was truly thinking and feeling and share with one another in joy and in prayer.
There were several moments in the festival which were beneficial to us as the Team of Twelve, such as when Father Laurent Fabre (founder of the Chemin Neuf community) delivered a workshop about unity between Catholics, Protestants and the Orthodox Church; it was interesting to listen to what movements towards unity had already begun with church leaders. On Wednesday, there was the opportunity for all Christians who weren't Catholic to meet together and share what denomination they were part of; a member of the Salvation Army from our Team of Twelve met two others who were at the festival! Members of the Team of Twelve took an active role in preparing Thursday's evening prayer which was specifically focused on Christian Unity. It was incredible to see fellow members of the Team of Twelve speaking openly about unity, and seeing them all join hands together to say the Lord's Prayer brought to mind Psalm 133: 1 - 'how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!'
Mid-way through the week, we were lead through The Way of the Cross, listening to different testimonies which linked to a group of Stations of the Cross. At one point, men and women lit candles for one another, at another, peace and unity was prayed for between Ukraine and Russia. It was very moving to see two women from these countries stand in front of the crowd and speak about their difficulties and prejudices. The Way of the Cross lead into an evening of Reconciliation, which was a very powerful experience for most people at the festival; there was the opportunity to go to Confession, write letters, talk to Chemin Neuf community members and simply have time with God under the Big Tent. At some point during the evening, everyone was encouraged to light a tea light and place it in front of a large icon of Jesus, the result at the end of the night being truly beautiful as the tent was filled with candlelight. By taking the time to ask for God's forgiveness, and feeling the warmth of his love, there was a renewed sense of spirit in Thursday's evening worship, and some members of the Team of Twelve prayed over one another, silently and aloud, as others at the festival received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Both these evenings truly transformed my own personal relationship with God; clearing away my doubts and strengthening my trust in him.
The week was concluded with an afternoon of 'Olympics' which were played in our fraternity groups, providing a competitive yet celebratory atmosphere, plenty of dancing, and face painting! This led into our final celebration night in the Big Tent which was transformed into a large scale buffet and dance floor which lasted long into the night! The evening was concluded with a short time of worship and prayer of thanksgiving for such an incredible week.
For the team of twelve, going to the festival meant enduring a forty hour round trip by coach together but this gave us plenty of time to get to know one another! By the time the festival ended on Sunday, we had already become closer as a group. The friendships that we formed really helped us understand more about one another’s churches and beliefs which we could talk about freely and openly together. There was a genuine curiosity and desire to learn more about one another’s churches; such as what happened during a church service or meeting and the style of worship.
We are all looking forward to meeting again very soon in Swanwick in September as part of 'The Forum', a Churches Together Conference held every three years. As part of the conference, the Team of Twelve are delivering our own testimonies, about the challenges and hopes for our church. We firmly believe as a group that unity between the churches is possible, and we can be living examples of this if we remind ourselves of a verse from St Paul's Epistle to the Colossians: 'Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.'


The History of St Annes Roman Catholic Church, Terrace Road, BUXTON
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    In 2011, the Catholic Parish Church of Saint Anne in Buxton celebrated its 150th anniversary. However, the parish itself dates back to medieval times. Until the Reformation the parish was centred at the Well Chapel, near to the Crescent. This was closed in 1538 by Thomas Cromwell. Until the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829,(See note below) Catholics could not build churches for public celebrations. The few remaining Catholics in the area met in various private houses on spring Gardens, West Road and High Street.
In the twenty years between 1850 and 1870 the number of parishioners grew from sixty to over two hundred. Most of the new parishioners were Irish immigrants who came to work, first on the building of the railway, and later arrivals (mostly women) to be employed in the hotel trade. The arrival of the railway helped Buxton to grow as a tourist venue.
In 1852, as a temporary measure, a chapel was opened on Scarsdale Place. By 1860 there was felt to be a need for a more substantial church building and work began on the present day church on Terrace Road. The foundation stone was laid by Bishop Roskell, who returned on 16th July 1861,accompanied by the future Cardinal Manning, to open the building. The most prominent Catholic family in the area, the Grimshaws from Errwood Hall, helped to fund the building of the new church. The first parish priest for the new church, appointed in 1850, was Father Edward McGreevey. Before then Mass had been celebrated by visiting priests including Fr.O'Farrell from Leek, and Fr. Collins from New Mills.
Over time, due to the increasing population, it was felt that there would be sufficient demand for children to have a Catholic education. Father Hoeben, Parish Priest in 1885, rented a room in the old Town Hall where a small school was opened, with a Mr and Mrs Gordon as teachers. Saint Annes School moved to a new  building in Hardwick Square in 1887, with Mrs Elizabeth Gordon as the head  teacher. In 1891, the number of pupils averaged fifty-six and by 1903 the school had an average of one hundred and forty pupils. (Burton, Ivor, Education in Buxton Yesterday and Today page 6 unpublished paper Local studies Collection, Buxton Library)  The teaching staff included three Sisters of the Presentation Order, from the convent on Livesey Street in Manchester. (Kelly's Directory 1904) This community of religious sisters opened their convent in Hardwick Square in 1898, where they remained until 2005. In 1972  the school was relocated to Lightwood Road.  In 1959 a new  Catholic Secondary School dedicated to Saint Thomas More was opened on Palace Fields. The first headmaster was Mr Barton. Both schools have worked along with the church to help the Catholic Community to take its place in the town.
The Parish Centre in the old school on Hardwick Square hosts a variety of activities, from dog-obedience classes, to bridge, to Parish Council meetings and Social evenings. 
Saint Annes, therefore, continues to be a lively community. The Eucharist is celebrated in our church: Saturday 5.00pm (in Polish), Saturday 7.00pm, Sunday 10.00am.


Note to History of St Anne. Comments = There is a small mistake in your history.  It was the 1791 Second Catholic Relief ASct which allowed Catholics to build public chapels, not the 1829 Emancipation Act. In 1778 the First Relief Act allowed Mass to be said in private chapels and no longer imposed an automatic life imprisonment sentence on Catholic priests ion England; in 1791 the Second Relief Act allowed public chapels to be built. 1829 allowed Catholic to enter Parliament (both houses). Just thought you would like to have it right. ( grateful thanks to Olive Barnes via email )

Parish Audit 2014 (301kb)

St Annes Parish Priests

From 1837 Mass was celebrated in Buxton by visiting priests each week. A Father O'Farrell was named from 1848, but it was only in 1850 that the first resident priest was appointed.

Father Edward McGreevy 1850 - 1863 (ob. 22 June 1863)
Father William Margison 1863 - 1871
Father Michael O'Driscoll 1871 - 1873
Vacant 1873 - 1875
Father Joseph Reddington 1875
Father John Power 1875 - 1885
Canon John Theodore Hoeben 1885 - 1899 (ob. 11 Aug 1900)
Father Frederick Kind 1900 - 1927 (ob. 31 Mar 1927)
Father Luke A Prendergast 1928 - 1937 (ob. 29 Sept 1937)
Canon Arthur J Bird 1937 - 1941
Father John Toomey 1941 - 1942 (ob. 1 Feb 1942)
Canon Alfred Baldwin 1942 - 1956
Father Philip Morris 1956 - 1957
Father J Paul Klee 1957 - 1959
Father William McEnery 1959 - 1960
Canon David Ryan 1960 - 1967
Father Bernard Doran 1967 (probably only priest in charge)
Father Gerald Collins 1967 - 1971
Father Joseph Duggan 1971 - 1977
Father Andrew Murdoch 1977 - 1978
Father Paul Cullen 1978 - 1987
Father Dennis Higgins 1987 - present

LAUDATO SI (1003kb)

Christ the King

First Holy Communion

Places of worship in and around Buxton (147kb)