Lent talk 2019:

The Eucharist foreshadowed

in the Old Testament

Speaker: Canon Luiz Ruscillo, Director of Education for the Diocese and pp in the Lune Valley.

This Thursday 28 March 7.30pm

in the Haydock Centre

All Welcome. Tea and Coffee available.

This Lent do a little less: let Jesus achieve a little more.

(Copies of the full Pastoral letter from Bishop Paul are available in the narthex at both St Catherine’s and St Wulstan’s).

There are some useful notes about Lent on page 147 of the Mass Book. CTS and ‘Day by Day’ publications for Lent are available in the narthex.

Lent Course 2019 - The Pivotal Players (Series by Bishop Robert Barron)

This Wednesday (27 March) we have our second session following the DVD series by Bishop Robert Baron, focusing on St Thomas Aquinas.

Further sessions will be om Wednesday 3 April and Wednesday 17 April on Bl John Henry Newman.

All at 3pm in the Haydock Centre. Tea & biscuits from 2.45pm. Sessions will last 1.5hrs, with a 30 min DVD, discussion in groups and conclude with a summing up.

Enquiries to David Miller: email David at djtmiller@outlook.com

Stations of the Cross

St. Wulstan’s Alston at 4pm on Mondays in Lent: led by parishioners.

St Catherine’s, Penrith after the 12 noon Mass on Fridays in Lent.

CTiP Lent Course ‘Faith in the Real World’ on Mondays, starting 11 March at Christ Church. Coffee from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Please see poster in the narthex for full details.

Frugal Lent Lunch to support Christian Aid this Tuesday 26 March, 12noon-1.30pm, Christ Church, Drovers Lane.

News from St Catherine's Catholic Primary School


Another busy week at St. Catherines!

Well done to our amazing football team who won a trophy for being the ‘Most Respectful Team’ - the perfect trophy for a Catholic School.

Class 2 were joined by Brunswick pupils to host an author’s workshop. Mark Robertson enthralled the children with his stories of dragons and a ‘how to draw a dragon’ session; 80 pupils in the hall and you could have heard a pin drop!

Congratulations to Class 3 for their energetic and entertaining performance of UDance for parents in school and at the Sands Centre in Carlisle. Well done everyone, we are so proud of you! Angela Hill, Headteacher

CAFOD Emergency Appeal for the Cyclone Idai Disaster


There will be a Special Collection at the end of all Masses on the weekend of 6/7 April for CAFOD’s Emergency appeal for the Cyclone Idai Disaster, see here for more information..

‘In recent days, great floods have sowed mourning and devastation in various areas of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. I express my pain and closeness to those dear people.’ Pope Francis



Many thanks to the parishioners who helped with the recent Deanery Conference for the clergy from the Carlisle and West Cumbria deaneries. The lunch was really excellent and the kind hospitality much appreciated.

Many thanks as well to the Monze Group who organised the three Lenten Soup Lunches over the last three weeks. Two raised funds for Monze and one for the CAFOD Lent Fast Day Appeal. Thanks to all who attended and gave generously.

Fr John

Discernment Day for the Priesthood in the Diocese of Lancaster


Young Catholic men (16+) in the Diocese are invited to discern and reflect on this vocation. Come and see on Saturday 30 March at St Joseph’s Church, Lancaster, LA1 2HU. The Day begins with Mass at 10.00am and concludes at 2.00pm. For more information please contact Fr Daniel Etienne on 01253 762227, email frdanieletienne@gmail.com.

Gift Aid


Gift Aid is a scheme that allows the parish to reclaim tax on all offerings made by you inclding standing orders (if you are a UK taxpayer). This means your offerings will be worth 25% more to us at no extra cost to you. So if you give £10, the parish actually receives £12.50.

Please remember that for your offerings to qualify for gift aid you must continue to be a UK tax payer. (Paying tax at least equivalent to the tax to be reclaimed on all your donations to all charities in the year.)

Would you like to give in this way? All enquiries to Philip Holland. Tel. 01768 840788

If you already gift your offerings - named boxes of envelopes for the new tax year are available to be collected from the back of church. Thank you.

Family & Toddler Area at St. Catherine’s


To make way for the new Fire Exit Door in the Lady Chapel, the votive candle stand will need to be moved to the left hand side of the Lady Altar. The children’s toy and book box has been in that position until now. The box will be replaced by some ‘church’ toy sacks which our young children can collect as they come into church.

The new Church Book Sacks are now available for you to use in the Families and Toddlers area in the Lady Chapel. (The sacks are age-appropriate - some for babies, some for older children - so please make sure the correct items are returned to the labeled sacks.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes


The dates for the Diocesan Pilgrimage are 26 July – 2 August and the pastoral theme this year is “Blessed are the poor, for the Kingdom of God is theirs”.

Please consider coming! We need all pilgrims, especially nurses, carers, brancardier (male carers) & young people. It is through the support of these volunteer groups that we can take sick pilgrims from our diocese.

Do you know of a sick person who would benefit from a week away? Flights are from Manchester Airport. For booking information click here.

Young people (Year10+) travel overland by coach 25 July – 3 August 2019. Please visit https://www.castleriggmanor.co.uk.

From Bishop Paul

Pray for Yemen


Due to the desperate situation in Yemen, the international development faith agencies CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, World Vision and Islamic Relief are inviting supporters to pray for Yemen.

A prayer for Yemen:

Giver of Life, Who hears the cries from Yemen; of mothers choosing between medicine or food, of parents grieving children lost to starvation, of those who have given up everything in hunger. Hear our cries for hope, for change, for peace. In your mercy, break political deadlocks, soften hardened hearts, change closed minds, open unhearing ears. Let people come before power, let life be holy again, let your justice and peace shape the nation of Yemen and the lives of all people. Amen.

Alston Moor Schools


Alston Moor Community Energy are supporting the local primary and secondary school to raise funds to install solar panels on the school. They've already raised around £16K from grants from the Esme Fairburn Foundation & the Postcode Local Trust and are now seeking funds from the community to support this fur-ther. The smallest viable project will cost £22K and panels for the maximum roof capacity would cost £35K. Depending on the amount raised, the project is estimated to save the school up to £1,750 a year on energy, £42K over 20 years, plus saving up to 166 tonnes of carbon emissions, and teaching the 200 pupils about climate change and ways to tackle it.

Many thanks for the £75 raised in the retiring collection at the vigil Mass last weekend.

Preparing for the Sacraments


Please keep in your prayers the many in our parish who are preparing for the sacraments at this time.

RCIA: David and Jennifer from our 10.30am congregation are preparing to be received into Full Communion at the Easter Vigil.

First Holy Communion: Eleven young parishioners and their parents are over halfway into the programme. The first names of the candidates are displayed in the narthex.

Confirmation: Nineteen young parishioners from St. Catherine’s, and two from Appleby Parish, have their second preparation meeting this week.

Our thanks and prayers to the catechists who are supporting all of the above.

St Wulstan’s, Alston

Many thanks for the warm welcome given to Bishop Paul on his visit last Saturday for the Feast of St Wulstan and to all who participated in the Mass and to those who provided the lovely refreshments. The Bishop enjoyed his visit very much.

Below is the text from the tablet marking the dedication of the church, over 65 years ago:


To the Glory of God

This Church

Founded by Thomas Edward Bishop of Lancaster

Was dedicated on 20 September 1953

Under the patronage of St Wulstan

In Memory of Thomas Wulstan OSB

First Bishop of Lancaster

who raised his eyes to the eternal hills