History in Brief:-
St Anne’s Roman Catholic Church is situated to the east of the County town of Stafford, approximately two miles from the town centre. The Parish boundary embraces the areas of Baswich, Weeping Cross, Walton-on-the-Hill, Milford and Brocton.
The Parish of St Annes’ was officially established in 1966 when the Church Hall was built on available land at the side of Lynton Avenue. Prior to this the area was part of St Austin’s Parish, with Sunday Masses being celebrated by Dr. Jones (St Austins PP) in the gymnasium of nearby Leasowes Primary School. Christmas vigils and other masses were celebrated in Baswich Church Hall, next to Holy Trinity Church in Baswich Lane.
With the appointment of a full time Parish Priest (Rev Duggan) in 1964, daily masses were celebrated in the dining room of Father Duggan's house in Bodmin Avenue. By February 1967, the parish had a brand new Church Hall and a substantial mortgage to go with it. In response, the parishioners demonstrated their generosity, not only in the weekly offertory collections, but also with their commitment, time and effort. Fetes, bazaars, jumble sales, bring and buys and coffee mornings, were regular events during the 1960s.
In 1970 Rev Wharburton came to St Annes from St Peters' in Birmingham and in the following years, until 1983, the Presbytery (the Bungalow) and St Anne’s School were built.
The final building to be erected was the Church. Work commenced in March 1986, during Rev Moran's term of office, with a final blessing by Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville, on build completion, Monday the 2nd February 1987.
Our current Parish Priest is Father Edgar Dizon.
Saint Thomas's Priory
The ancient site of St Thomas's priory is situated within the boundaries of our parish and we are very lucky to have members of our congregation who live on the site. For a few years now parishioners from all over Stafford make an annual pilgrimage to commemorate the execution of Blessed Robert Sutton by celebrating Holy Mass in one of the buildings on the site.
Two Saints Way
Running through St Thomas's is a new 88 mile pilgrimage route which has been recreated between the cathedral cities of Chester and Lichfield. Visit the Two Saints Way Website for more information about the route and if you are interested in becoming a 'Pilgrim's friend'.
Our choir are always pleased to see budding new choristers, so why not come along and join the chorus. Use the ‘Contact Form’ messaging facility to make contact initially or the request information.
There is plenty to do in the parish and many hands make lighter work. So if you want to help in any way, we want to hear from you. Examples; flower arranging, Church cleaning, grass cutting, gardening, reading etc...