THE OBJECTS OF THE SOCIETY ARE THE SPIRITUAL BENEFITS OF ITS MEMBERS,

both living and dead, and the relief of hardship, wherever it is encountered, by making grants of money.   

THE OBJECTS OF THE SOCIETY ARE THE SPIRITUAL BENEFITS OF ITS MEMBERS,

both living and dead, and the relief of hardship, wherever it is encountered, by making grants of money.   

ABOUT US

OUR HISTORY

 It came into being in the late 18th Century after a smallpox epidemic had ravaged the Broughton district of the Fylde - one of the most intensely Catholic areas in England. (No fewer than seven of the English Martyrs were born within a 7-mile radius of the village). The disease carried off many smallholders, whose families would have been destitute had not the rest of the community helped them with money and by working their lands. 


When the epidemic abated, those good people continued to meet in local farmhouses, some of them Mass centres in penal days, to help the needy and to have Masses said for the living and dead. In time the idea grew up of forming a permanent society. As the Golden Ball at the Broughton crossroads on the present A6 offered a central position, the first meeting took place there on 6 May 1787. 


The priests and laypersons of the Society have dined together in the Broughton area on each Whit Tuesday ever since.​​​​​ 

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ALMSGIVING

Every member of one year's standing may petition for Alms on behalf of some needy person, family or local (i.e. member diocese) worthy charitable cause.  


Such petitions shall be made in writing to the Secretary not later than two weeks after Whit Tuesday. 


They shall provide sufficient details to help the Board in reaching a decision, and if possible shall be supported by the testimony of a priest familiar with the case. Petitions from non-members cannot be considered. 

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 DO YOU QUALIFY FOR MEMBERSHIP?

Membership is open to any person who is of the Roman Catholic Faith, “who was born in or has resided in the diocese of Lancaster, Liverpool, Salford or Shrewsbury” or of parentage of a member diocese.

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OBITUARIES

  

Your prayers are requested for the following deceased Members whose deaths have been reported since the publication of last year's Autumn Newsletter. Each Priest Member has been requested to offer Mass for all the deceased Members of the Society, on or about the Commemoration of All Souls.

REQUIESCANT IN PACE

OBITUARIES AUTUMN 2018

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