Thinking of Others at Christmas

Our SVP Confraternity would like to take a present to those we visit and ask your help in providing this.

Could you donate a small present, wrapped in Christmas paper and marked "male" or "female". (If the parcel contains sweet items, please state "not suitable for diabetics ".) There will be a box at the back of the church on Sunday, 11th December, marked SVP CHRISTMAS PRESENTS.

Thank you.

Christmas Flowers

The Church will be decorated on Wed 21st December.

The Flower Team would like to thank everyone for their generosity throughout 2016. They have decided NOT to hold a Christmas collection this year. However, we are appealing for a selection of seasonal Christmas type greenery, Ivy, Holly and Skimmia etc.

All contributions of greenery to be left on the church lawn a few days prior to this date. Every year the team have to work with a very limited amount of greenery, please check your gardens for suitable materials, all contributions gratefully received.

100 Club 2017

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Join the 100 Club!! It only costs £12 a year to join and every month you could win prizes of £25, £15 and £10. Just pick up an envelope from the Parish shop in the narthex (at St Catherine's) or the back of church (at St Wulstan's), fill in your details and return with your £12 (Cheques payable to St Catherine’s). The first draw will be at the end of January.

Thank you!

Christmas Fair - next Sunday 11 Dec from after the 8.30 Mass until 2.00pm

We will be holding our annual Christmas Fair next Sunday (11 December) in the Haydock Centre from after the 8.30am Mass until 2.00pm. We ask everyone to support the event to make it a success. It will be an opportunity to socialise while raising also funds for the parish. There will be stalls, tombola, raffle, refreshments, and a quiz - something for everyone!

We would welcome any items that you are able to donate - books, gifts, toys, cakes, produce plus raffle and tombola prizes. All items need to be in a condition that you would be happy to buy or receive yourself. These can be dropped off at the Haydock Centre on Saturday afternoon from 2.00 pm or on the day.

Sue 01768 864407 or Lorna 01768 840903.

Travelling Crib

It's time to think about the Parish Advent Travelling Crib which will be making its journey round the parish. There is a list for names and simple service sheets in the narthex for those who wish to receive the Crib into their homes.

It is simple, really. A family with the crib come with it to your house; you welcome them with a cup of tea; then a short prayer for welcome for the crib of the Holy Family; then next day or a few days later you take it to the next home to be welcomed there. Please fill in names as soon as possible. Thank you. Fr Jerome

Lourdes 2018?

Seventeen people from the parish so far have indicated they would wish to go to Lourdes in 2018, or at least have indicated a serious interest. A great response!

However, experience tells me that not all eventually make it, so it would be good to get our number up to, say, twenty five people for the pilgrimage. Therefore, this is a late appeal for more to join us before we arrange our first meeting for all potential pilgrims: would you not consider coming with us, and do you know of anyone else who might be interested? I suggest we all meet together in the Haydock Centre on Wednesday 11th January at 6pm.

Fr Jerome

Visit to Lourdes, September 2016

Erica Baxter and I were greatly rewarded in prayer, companionship and spirituality being with the pilgrims from Sts. Mary and Michael’s parish, Garstang. Here are some of the photos.

There are a number of items on sale in the shop which we brought back from Lourdes including statues, rosary beads, pictures, medals etc. There are also some bottles of holy water from Lourdes which are available to those in need.

See later post about having a pilgrimage from the parish in 2018. Fr Jerome