St Annes Catholic Church BUXTON
Tel 01298 23777

Stations 3

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

Readers rota 2017 (23kb)
Cashiers rota (69kb)

IF YOU ARE IN URGENT NEED OF A PRIEST  Contact Canon Bowdren, St Charles Rectory, Woolley Bridge Road, Hadfield SK13 1PQ. Tel 01457 852351.


SATURDAY              5.00 p.m.     Our Polish Community
                  6.40 p.m.    Confessions
  7.00 p.m.    First Eucharist of Sunday – Fr Dennis RIP 

SUNDAY(19th March)       9.40 a.m.    Confessions
                  9.45 a.m.    Session 2 for our First Holy Communion Candidates
                10.00 a.m.    Sunday Eucharist – Fr Dennis – RIP

OFFERTORY   March 11/12th - £592.24p – Many, many thanks

MONDAY            10.00-11.00 a.m. An hour of quiet, private prayer
Today’s Responsorial Psalm (Psalms 89:2-5,27,29) speaks about God’s love for us being ‘steadfast’, always there.  It invites us to sing out about this, to be joyful! 

                12.15-1.30 p.m.      Lenten Lunch at Bath Road Centre 
           7.00 p.m.    Session 4 for the Confirmation Group – Parish Centre

7.30 p.m.    Churches Together in Buxton Lenten Service.  The Green Man Gallery. Theme this week – ‘Sight’

THURSDAY        10.30 a.m.    Mass celebrated by Fr Bowdren
      6.00 p.m.     Cake sale in the Centre (one of the guides) to raise
funds for Down Syndrome charity.  All welcome.

FRIDAY            10.45 a.m.    Funeral Service – Mrs Betty Fitzgerald - RIP  
SATURDAY              5.00 p.m.     Our Polish Community
                  6.40 p.m.    Confessions
  7.00 p.m.    First Eucharist of Sunday–Hugh Fisher, Wife and family  

SUNDAY(26th March)     9.40 a.m.    Confessions
                 10.00 a.m.     Tony Howard – RIP.  
            Masses this weekend will be celebrated by Fr Greg Tobin

JUSTICE AND PEACE  - Next week there will be a Justice and Peace Coffee morning after mass on Sunday, 26th March.  Justice and Peace Stations of the Cross on Palm Sunday: 9th April at 3pm in Church.  This very prayerful occasion leads us into Holy Week and we hope that many people will come along to pray and reflect together.  Art work is provided by former pupils of St Thomas More School.  

‘Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Awareness’ Thursday 20th April 6.30-8.30 p.m. at St Mary’s Catholic Church, New Mills – with Louise Cooke, the Diocesan Justice and Peace Fieldworker.  Registration from 6.00p.m.  Please book your places – contact Louise Cooke – email Tel 07410 411048 or Diane Williams – email Tel 0115 9539841  

CAFOD – Thank you to everyone who gave to the Lenten Fast Day appeal last week.  If you forgot to bring your envelope you can still put it in this weekend’s collection.

CAR PARK  Work is due to start on the car park wall on Monday, 20th March.  Parking will be limited but pedestrian access through the car park to the church will be maintained.  The work will take between 4-6 weeks; please be patient until it is finished.  The plans and breakdown of costs will be displayed at the back of church next week.

EASTER TRIDUUM  There will be a meeting for Readers and Eucharistic Ministers in the Hardwick Room on 2nd April, after the 10.00 a.m. Mass in preparation for the  Easter Triduum.

STATION MASS There will be a Station Mass on Tuesday 4th April at St Anne’s Church with Bishop Patrick.  Confessions will be available beforehand.  Refreshments will be available afterwards in the Centre. 

CONFIRMATION GROUP The group will be attending a Residential Weekend this weekend,  Friday 24th March until Sunday 26th March at the Briars, Crich.  

POLISH COMMUNITY EASTER WALK  from Buxton to Leek on 1st/2nd April 2017.  For further information please contact Monica Paciorek on 07425357710.  

IF YOU ARE IN URGENT NEED OF A PRIEST  Contact Canon Bowdren, St Charles Rectory, Woolley Bridge Road, Hadfield SK13 1PQ. Tel 01457 852351.

Ladies Retreat (375kb)

Dennis Philip Higgins 1932 - 2017

Dennis Philip Higgins
Born 14 January 1932 Nottingham Parents: Ivy and William Higgins Brother: Arnold Higgins, married to Christine. 

Education: Primary School, Nottingham Grammar School, Nottingham   Work Experience.

Studied for the Priesthood: St Mary's College, Oscott, Birmingham Ordained Priest, 05 July 1972, at Holy Cross, Hucknall.

Assistant Priest: St Anne's, Ratcliffe on Trent, 1972 - 1973 Our Lady of Lourdes, Hackenthorpe, 1973 - 1977 St Bernadette's, Ashby, Scunthorpe, 1977 - 1980 St Patrick's Leicester, 1980 - 1985

Parish Priest: St Gregory's, Silby, 1985 - 1987 St Anne's, Buxton 1987 - 2017
" While appearing in the Clergy Review, I introduced the clergy chorus line - dancers, by rendering, "I was born under a   wandering star". As the dancers were awaiting their cue, they debated as to whether I would begin in the right key. I never did, until I got to "wheels were made for rollin'...   However my good friend, Father John Formby, assured me that I did have one thing in common with Jesus; He was born under a wandering star! The rest of the cast unanimously agreed. I have long since wondered why. Perhaps my star came to a halt in 1954 when I became a member of the Catholic Church. Having been reluctantly persuaded by my Parish Priest, to become sacristan to the local church, or he would be saddled with "another". I first realised some of the difficulties priests would have to endure.

In 1962, I decided there must be more to life than making money. I found myself in Aberystwyth, embarking on a two year course of Latin and Humanities. My second year saw me being virtually head cook and bottle washer, along with "holding the prior's hand" whenever the cooks decided to leave. This was an invaluable experience. In 1964, I entered Grove Park, a starter year, before going to St Mary's College, Oscott. From a group of twenty students, we literally knocked together a Football Team to beat an Oscotian Eleven, the first time ever! Drawing the short straw, I had to be the first up each morning and go round to wake the others with " Benedicamus Domino". On feast days, I had to sing it! After the next two years in Oscott, I decided to take two years off. This proved to be quite fortutious; when I returned, the whole procedure had changed. no longer was it a case of what sort of priest you are going to be, but rather asking the question, "what sort of priest are you going to be?"  That was not the end of it all.

Forty years later, I still find myself wandering and wondering. There are still questions to be asked and answered. So there you are. Now should there be any chaps out there wandering and wondering, give it a go. As Father Dandia SJ said to me, " Don't worry, if God wants you as a priest , you will be a priest." Nothing ventured, nothing gained."

D P Higgins, from his 
Ruby Jubilee of Ordination 05 July 2012

Link to video download  "I was born under a   wandering star".


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 - 2017

LAUDATO SI (1003kb)

Places of worship in and around Buxton (147kb)