This is Holy Week

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Today is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. Palms will be blessed at all Masses. The 10.30am Mass will begin in the Haydock Centre with a Solemn Procession outside to the main entrance of the church.

We enter into the ‘Great Week’ in the liturgical year. We celebrate the mysteries of Our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. Over the Triduum the key celebrations are the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday at 7pm, the Solemn Celebration of the Passion on Good Friday at 3pm and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday at 7pm. These three celebrations really form one celebration of our Salvation in Christ.

Please try to attend all three, if you possibly can.

Every Blessing for Holy Week. Fr. John

Holy Week and Easter

Easter Triduum 2019

Maundy Thursday -18 April

11.30am Mass of Chrism, Lancaster Cathedral

All are welcome to this Mass. It will be the first, of course, presided over by Bishop Paul. During the Mass the priests renew their commitment to priestly service and the Holy Oils to be used in the Sacraments are blessed by the Bishop.

7pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Watching List - please sign the list for Watching after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper until Night Prayer at 9.45pm.

Good Friday -19 April

10am Stations of the Cross (Confirmation Group taking part)

Churches Together- Good Friday Walks of Witness

Penrith: From the Tourist Information at 12noon to St Andrews for a Service.

Alston: From the Quaker Meeting House at 12noon.

3pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion (Penrith & Alston)

Holy Saturday -20 April

12 noon Polish Community -Blessing of food

7pm The Easter Vigil Mass (No6pm Mass at Alston on 20 April)

We will begin this Solemn Liturgy with the Blessing of the New Fire in the area outside the Haydock Centre and the Rectory. During the Mass David and Jennifer Berry will be received into the full Communion of the Catholic Church. Please keep them in your prayers.

Easter Sunday -21 April

8.30am Mass

10.30am Mass

3.30pm Mass in Polish

4.00pm Mass at St. Wulstan’s, Alston

Please sign up as soon as possible for the various ministries required for our celebration of Holy Week and Easter. The sheets are on the table in the narthex for Readers, Welcomers, Minsters of Holy Communion and to help with refreshments after the Easter Vigil. The sheet for Altar Servers is in the sacristy. Many thanks.

Easter Flowers collection (St Catherine’s) this Sunday, 7 April. People appreciate the opportunity to make a donation for the Easter Flowers in memory of a loved one. There are forms in the narthex to write down the names of those you wish to be remembered. The names will be displayed for Easter. Donations of greenery welcome - leave outside church 19 April. Thanks! The Flower Team

Parish Easter Celebration Meal

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This year, instead of a Passover Meal in Lent, we are going to have a Celebration Meal together in Eastertide. This is for anyone in the parish or as many as we can reasonably get into the Haydock Centre, on Tuesday 30th April at 6pm. Tickets are £7.00 each for adults and children’s tickets arefree. Tickets are on sale today and will be available for only two more Sundays. If you have any special dietary requirements, please tell us at the time you buy your tickets. There will be lots of gorgeous food, delicious puddings, music and fun. Contacts: Fiona Roebuck 07779 329255 and Kathy Woods 07979 033015.

News from St Catherine's Catholic Primary School

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Everyone at St. Catherine’s School would like to say a huge, ‘Thank you!’ to Maggie and Dave Neale and their small band of volunteers for the incredible work done during the Spring Holiday.

Maggie and Dave have run a very successful Gardening Club for a number of years but these new vegetable beds takes it to a whole new level!

Thank you also to Joan Robinson for securing the grant which paid for this upgrade. Angela Hill, Headteacher

Gift Aid

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Preparing for the Sacraments

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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:

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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

Castlerigg Connections

This year as a Youth Service we are celebrating 50 Years at Castlerigg. As part of our celebration we are producing a book named 'Memories of Castlerigg'. If you have been to Castlerigg Manor on retreat, visited with family, or worked here for any period of time, we want to hear your stories. Your story can be something funny, something profound, stories of meeting your partner or finding your vocation. Whatever it is, we want to hear about it.

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Please send us an email: connection@castleriggmanor.co.uk

Confirmation 2019

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This began on Tuesday 29 January with the first session for candidates in the Haydock Centre 6.30-7.30pm. Over 12 young parishioners have asked to prepare for the sacrament. We are particularly grateful to the adults who are accompanying them on this important stage in their faith journey. Confirmation will be celebrated by Bishop Paul in St. Catherine’s on Tuesday 11 June 2019 at 6pm.

Please keep the candidates and catechists in your prayers.