Lourdes 2018?

I would like you seriously to consider the possibility of a Parish pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2018. It would be a great opportunity to visit an amazing place; a centre of veneration of Our Lady for Catholics not only from Europe but from all over the world.

Two of us from the parish recently joined a group from Garstang on a pilgrimage and it was an inspiring experience, being both a spiritual renewal as well as relaxing and very enjoyable. There was the chance to meet with people from many different parts of the globe and benefit, in so many ways, from the sense of joy and healing to be found there.

What about a parish pilgrimage in 2018? It would likely last one week which would allow time to experience everything Lourdes has to offer: the Grotto where Our Lady appeared to St Bernadette, the baths, the Basilica Shrine, the underground church which seats 25,000 as well as the different places associated with St Bernadette. It would also give us the chance for a trip to Gavarnie into the Pyrenees mountains to appreciate the countryside where St Bernadette lived. In fact, there is plenty to see and do in the week. Above all, such a pilgrimage would be a time for spiritual renewal for parishioners of any age and background.

All that's needed at this stage is an indication who might be interested. For the moment no one need commit to anything, but if you think might be interested then drop me a line by post, email, leave a message in the Sacristy or have a brief word with me to judge the feasibility of forming a parish group for this. What a wonderful opportunity for a group of us to visit a glorious place and reap the benefits of it spiritually, as well as enjoy some relaxation & friendship! Above all, a time to pray for the spiritual welfare of the parish. Fr Jerome.

Vigil of Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament to close of the Year of Mercy. Sat 5th/Sun 6th November

We will close the Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis with a Vigil of prayer and song before the Blessed Sacrament in St Catherine’s Church. The music will be provided by our Polish music group. If we have the names to provide continuous watching before the Blessed Sacrament then our Vigil will close an hour before the Sunday morning 8.30am Mass. Otherwise it will close at 12 midnight. Please append your names as soon as possible, at the latest by Sunday 30 October before Mass.

On the Sunday itself, November 6th, I ask for everyone coming to mass to bring one article of food, of non-perishable type, which we will donate to the Penrith Food Bank as a practical mark of the mercy shown in ‘love your neighbour’.

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

Could you be a Chair for the Parish Pastoral Council or a Coordinator to organise the work needed on church fabric

This is an issue of particular and important concern for the parish. Since the recent appeal for a co-ordinator for maintenance work on the fabric of our buildings did not bring a response, Paul Harper relinquished his role as Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) to take over this role of co-ordinator. At which point we started to look for a chair for the PPC- could this be a role you could fill?

Alternatively we need someone who would volunteer to be a co-ordinator for the work needed to maintain the church fabric, so that Paul could return to being Chair of the PPC. The role of the co-ordinator would be to oversee the safe maintenance of church and house fabric: lesser work possibly by volunteers from among our parishioners, major work by professional bodies.

Please give careful consideration whether you would support the Church and parish in either of these two ways. For this or for further information, please contact Paul Harper 01768 897122 or myself 01768 862273. Fr Jerome.

Iona: A Place of Rest and Prayer


The beautiful Isle of Iona off the Isle of Mull on the West Coast of Scotland is a very popular destination for holidaymakers, and for pilgrims who travel there to honour the memory of St Columba that great Christian missionary who first brought the Faith to what is now Scotland and the North of England. Because it is so popular with pilgrims, the residence there known as The Catholic House of Prayer books up more than a year in advance. So we have taken the chance of booking it for Monday 19th to Friday 21st June 2017. It has two twin bedrooms and four singles at £60 a day, bed, breakfast and evening meal. If needed, there are overflow places in the two small island hotels. There are plenty of places ‘to go on pilgrimage’, so to speak, on the island: the bay where traditionally St Columba landed from Ireland, the restored abbey, martyrs bay, etc. Nothing rivals the journey to Iona, an integral part of the pilgrimage. There are connecting trains from Penrith through Glasgow to Oban through the Western Highlands of Scotland, then the ferry to the isle of Mull, connecting bus to the small ferry which takes you to Iona itself, and then a short walk to the House of Prayer. No visitor cars or traffic is allowed on the Island which best preserves it peace and quiet. If you are interested in coming with us, please phone or speak to John or Maureen Poland on 016974 75825 or Fr Jerome on 01768 862273 as soon as possible.

First Holy Communions

Please pray for those children at our St Catherine’s Primary School who made their First Communion on the Feast of Corpus Christi (29th May). Pray especially for their families that they may be channels of God’s grace for their children as they seek to fulfil the baptismal promise they made when they asked for their child to be christened: to bring their child up in the practice of the Faith.

Food Bank donations needed


There are many needy people in Penrith dependent on the town’s Food Bank. Please help by regularly donating non-perishables like: tinned soup, rice pudding, tinned meat/fish, tinned fruit, tinned tomatoes, sponge pudding ; UHT or powdered milk (not fresh); sugar; pasta sauces; fruit juice (cartons only); cereal; tea bags/instant coffee; rice/pasta; jam. Good shelf life essential.

Thank you!

Please leave in the Food Bank box in the Narthex.