First Holy Communion 2017

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Please support by your prayers and give welcome to our young candidates on this their special day: Maja Iglikovska, Alice Greaves, Jacob Openshaw, Michal Wiglusz and Julia Ziolkowska.

Pray for their families so all may be strengthened in their love and the knowledge of the Christ received in this Sacrament. Keep in mind the significance of this celebration: to show his love and faithfulness, Christ offers himself to us as food for our journey through this life and the next. We truly and sacramentally receive him, body, blood, soul, and divinity. Have a look at the words inscribed on the wooden reredos behind our altar: Ecce panis angelorum, factus cibus viatorum, meaning: Behold the bread of angels, made for us food for life’s journey.

We extend our grateful thanks to our parish catechists and to our school who have prepared children and parents for this day. We thank those who have decorated the church and those who have prepared the children’s breakfast. You are invited to join them in the Haydock Centre after Mass for light refreshments. Please make the time after Mass the time for your photography.

Fr. Jerome.

Report from Monze, Zambia

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As you know I have recently returned from the Diocese of Monze in Zambia where I met with their bishop, the Rt. Rev. Moses Hamungole, and completed the work I had hoped to do there. In the first place this was to see if Bishop Moses was keen on keeping links between our Lancaster Diocese and that of Monze. He was, and was also keen that they should have their input into the website, Antoomwe, which has been created to link both diocese. I met with the team of priest and professionals he had appointed for this work and spent time with them exploring the management of this new website.

Over the next weeks I will write more on my visit to the Monze Mission Hospital, which we support, and the work on setting up links between our St Catherine’s Primary School and the Bishop James Corboy School in Mazabuka.

I have booked the Haydock Centre to give a talk and show a film on this and on my time in Zambia: Tuesday July 18 at 6.30pm. Do Come!

Fr Jerome.

Day for Life 17/18 June

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In October it will be 50 years since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed. That anniversary will be marked in various ways. This year’s Day for Life provides us with an opportunity to pray for and remember all lives lost before birth and to offer practical and emotional support to women and men worried and concerned about an unexpected pregnancy. For those who have had an abortion, this anniversary year is a reminder that 50 years on: “there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father” (Pope Francis, Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et misera, 12).

There will be a special collection next Sunday to support Day for Life. The proceeds will go to The Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other Church supported life activities.

** Summer Fair 2017 ** Advance notice

We will be holding our annual Summer Fair on Sunday 16 July in the Haydock Centre/garden from after the 8.30am Mass until 2.00pm so please put this date in your diary - an opportunity to socialise while raising funds.

We would welcome any items that you are able to donate – books, gifts, toys, cakes, plants and produce plus raffle and tombola prizes. All items need to be in a condition that you would be happy to buy or receive yourself.

There will be updates in future newsletters but in the meantime if you would like any additional information please call Sue on 01768 864407 or Lorna on 01768 840903.

Your Voice Matters/Mega Youth Poll

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In 2018, Pope Francis will invite Bishops and others to Rome to talk about Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment. At this gathering they will discuss how the Catholic Church can accompany young people in their faith and help them to hear God’s call.

In preparation for the assembly in 2018, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Bishops of England and Wales would like to hear from young people and from those who are regularly in contact with them, so that they can be sure that what they are discussing is both relevant and important. The consultation process is called ‘Your Voice Matters’.

There are TWO key surveys.

The first is a Mega Youth Poll aimed at young people (whether Catholic or not) aged 13-29 living in England & Wales. It is a ‘mega’ poll because it asks a lot of important questions of young people. Questions about their life, experience of the Catholic faith, and how the Catholic Church can help them to hear and respond God’s call. The Mega Youth Poll can be accessed via (closing 30 June 2017).

The second survey is aimed at those who have regular contact with young people in a Catholic context including parents, youth leaders, teachers, chaplains & catechists. Though not formally launched just yet those who would like to take part can register by emailing

Catholic? Going to University this Year?


Make sure you look out for your Catholic Chaplaincy. Most Universities and HE Institutions have a dedicated Catholic Chaplain based in the university or the local parish. The Chaplaincy is a place for you to explore your faith as a young adult, to meet other young people with similar interests from a great range of backgrounds, and to get involved in activities and social outreach. If you already have a strong faith, this is a chance to deepen it. If you are full of questions and doubts, this is a chance to share them and search for some honest answers about life and faith. Everyone is welcome. To find your local Chaplaincy, visit the Catholics at University website at:

FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT - A journey from addiction with the Cenacolo Community

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We welcome you to join us in the Waterton Hall, Carlisle (CA1 1LB), on Saturday 24th June for this talk given by Father Christopher Loughran. Coffee will be served at 10.45 (Mass in Our Lady & St Joseph’s Church at 10.00 am). Please bring some food for a shared lunch. The gathering will start at 11am and finish by 2.00 p.m. approximately. This event is being organised by the Extended Family of The Religious of The Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM St Gabriel’s Sisters).

Please come to an enlightening talk about the work of this community. For further information, please contact: 01228 562756.

Monze Mission Hospital


I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the many generous donations which have come in over the last few weeks in support of this hospital in the town of Monze managed by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit.

As well as the £506.95 from the parish plant sale, £107.24 from the Passover celebration and a £50 donation there have been gifts of £585.13 from the parish in Workington with two magnificent gifts of £1,595 and £1,875 each. This raised the total in our Helpers of the Holy Spirit Sisters Charity to over £11,000.

All this has been most opportune since in January I had asked Sr Juunza, who manages the Monze Hospital, if she had any particular project in hand which needed support. She forwarded the outline of a project for a new neonatal unit and though its cost is far in excess of what we can manage nevertheless our gift of £10,560, which I have just sent out to Zambia, will be a great help.

If you wish to know more about the details, both of our Charity Account and of the project for the new neonatal unit you may find copies for the same in the narthex. You are free to take from these. The former gives details of monies which have come into the Charity since its inception in 2004 - though with names of donors removed. Over £70,000 has been sent out to Zambia in the last thirteen years in the form of sixteen ‘gifts’. The second set of copies are of Sr Juunza’s more detailed account of the project for the neonatal unit. There are also copies of her details for the construction of the Outpatients Department which we previously supported and is now completed.

**  Details of St Catherine's primary school twinning with Bishop James Corboy School in Mazabuka, of the links between our Lancaster Diocese and the Diocese of Monze and not least of our support for the Monze Mission Hospital managed by the Sisters of the Holy Spirit will come soon. **

Fr Jerome

Parish Lourdes pilgrimage 2018


A group of 16 of us, mostly from St Catherine’s Parish have made a firm commitment to go on pilgrimage to Lourdes next year. Our chosen dates are the week from the Friday 25th May to Friday 1st June. We are nearing the cut-off date for making firm arrangements, so if you might be thinking of joining us or know of any who might then do please let me know as soon as possible. Fr Jerome

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.

** The Salvation army who take in, store and distribute the Penrith Foodbank donations have mentioned that they are particularly short of UHT milk, tinned meat (corned beef, Spam, chicken) tinned custard, tinned rice, tea, coffee, jam and tinned fruit. Help with these items would be much appreciated. At present the foodbank is supporting 17 people including 7 children. **

Thank you!

Please leave in the Food Bank box in the Narthex.

Petition for the beatification of John Bradburne


John Randal Bradburne was born on 14 June 1921 here in Cumbria very near to Penrith at the Vicarage in Skirwith. Baptized an Anglican he became a Catholic in 1947 and spent his life as a spiritual pilgrim travelling through England, Israel, Italy, Belgium, Greece before eventually settling in a leper colony in what is now Zimbabwe. There is spent the remainder of his life tending with great love and care to the lepers. During the civil war there, and though warned to leave, he continued to care for the lepers for which he was murdered in 1979.

The first step in his canonization would be to receive from the Pope the title of 'Servant of God.

Please consider signing the petition for the beatification of John Bradburne. This can be done here: or by going to the John Bradburne Memorial Society website at and clicking on the beatification button to sign the form.