Home Mission Sunday

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The Home Mission Office is a national organisation that helps the local Church engage in the vital mission of Evangelisation. This weekend, they ask for our prayers and our financial support through the second collection.

If you are a tax payer and wish to gift aid your donation, please use one of the blue envelopes. Enter your name, house name or number and post code. The tax reclaimed will be added to parish funds.

First Holy Communion Programme 2020


We will shortly be starting our First Holy Communion Programme for children aged 7 or above.

There will be an introductory meeting for parents who would like their children to begin preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in 2020. This will take place on Sunday 29th September at 9.30am in the Haydock Centre.

Please can those interested let me know as soon as possible, preferably by email? For Children not Baptised at St Catherine’s please can parents bring a copy of their child’s Baptismal certificate to the introductory meeting. David Greaves 07765000316 or davidgreaves12@yahoo.com

September - Awareness Month for St. Vincent de Paul Society


Our main area of activity has been visiting people in their own homes, in hospital and in care homes, some of whom are parishioners and others non parishioners referred to us by agencies such as Age UK or Adult Social Care. We have also provided furniture, large electrical items, cooking utensils, cutlery and clothing for a disadvantaged young person moving into a flat. Each month we donate £40 of food to the Salvation Army Foodbank and at Christmas we provide small presents for the young residents of Eden Rural Foyer, Penrith.

We are twinned with St. George’s Conference in Punnacaud, Kerala, India and as well as our annual twinnage support payment of £150, we have undertaken a special project for the villagers. This is to help people set up small businesses with finance rather than borrowing from moneylenders and being charged extortionate interest rates. We started in 2018 and it will involve paying £313 annually over a three year period.

We thank you most sincerely for your support to our collection box each Sunday. Without your generous donations we would be unable to carry out our work. Mary Coen, Secretary

News from St Catherine's Primary School


On Friday, our Y6 formally welcomed their Reception Buddies to the school at the Buddy Assembly.

Before the Summer break, the older children sent out a welcome prayer card and short message and at the assembly, the Reception children each received a little teddy bear. This is the first year we have had more Y6 pupils and so the competition to be a Buddy is fierce!

During lunchtimes it has made my heart glad to see the Y6 pupils chatting to their buddy and checking they are ok. Angela Hill, Headteacher

Vacancy - Diocesan Schools Commissioner

The Bishop of Lancaster and Trustees of the Diocese seek to appoint an enthusiastic and highly motivated practising Catholic to the post of Diocesan Schools Commissioner to develop, lead and inspire the mission of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Lancaster.

Full time, Leadership Scales 17 – 21, Required for January 2020

Main role:

  • To advise the Episcopal Vicar on matters of education and formation in Diocesan schools.

  • To develop and implement Diocesan policy and strategy for its schools in accordance with the Diocesan Trust Deed.

  • To secure the further development of the Catholic life of Diocesan schools, and the further development of Religious Education.

  • To lead and manage the work of the Diocese of Lancaster Education Service.


A Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form can be obtained by emailing educationservice@lancasterrcdiocese.org.uk or telephone 01524 841190.

Informal conversation is invited before application. Please contact the Episcopal Vicar, Fr. Michael Docherty, educationservice@lancasterrcdiocese.org.uk.
Closing date: 
12:00 noon Wednesday 18th September 2019

Education Mass


All parishioners are invited to join Bishop Paul Swarbrick at the annual Diocese of Lancaster Education Mass at St Peter’s Cathedral, Lancaster LA1 3BT on Friday 4th October 2018 at 7:00 pm.

This invitation extends in a special way to all those involved in education and faith formation; priests, deacons, catechists, youth ministry, children’s liturgy, those in seminary and teachers outside of the Catholic sector. The celebration gives us the opportunity to express our thanks and acknowledge the contribution made by all those in the Diocese involved in the work of education and formation in the faith. Together we ask for God’s blessing on the mission of education and formation in our diocese.

Annual Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament


This takes place at St. Catherine’s from Friday 11th October to Sunday 13th October.

It will begin with Mass on the Friday at 1.30pm for our school and parish and concludes on the Sunday with Benediction at 4pm.

As last year, donations will be invited, in memory of loved ones, for flowers and candles. There will be a watching list for people to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament. Please make a note of these dates.

2019 Monze Mission Hospital Appeal

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Click here for information about the Monze Mission Hospital Neo-natal unit appeal along with details of how you can support the appeal.

See below for the pictures of our recent fundraising BBQ in glorious sunshine!

Bishop Paul’s visit to Monze


Bishop Paul recently returned from a visit to Zambia and his former parish in the Diocese of Monze, you can see more on the Antoomwe website which celebrates the friendship between our two Dioceses. The Bishop took with him some letters from us to Sister Juunza which were gratefully received.

Sister informs us that work on the Neonatal Unit is due to start in September and we look forward to further updates.

One of the Bishop’s party called at the Rectory on the way home to Workington and brought a gift of a clock from the Holy Spirit Sisters for our parish.

On Friday 13 September, a few of us will be going down to Garstang Parish to attend a meeting of their parish group which supports the Chivuna Clinic. We appreciate the kind invitation and feel this will be beneficial in sharing information etc.

Photos from Sr Juunza.


Blessed John Henry Newman (Cardinal Newman) 1801-1890


This great English man, and founder of the Oxford Movement, has been accepted for sainthood by Pope Francis. He will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13 October. Bishop Paul will be amongst the bishops present. Newman was received into the Catholic faith on 8 October 1845 by the Passionist, Fr. Dominic Barberi.

For further information see www.newmancanonisation.com.

John Bradburne’s Cause for Beatification


John Bradburne was born in Cumbria at Skirwith in 1921 and he became a third-order Franciscan missionary. He was killed in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1979 for refusing to abandon the lepers he had looked after for may years.

Since his death, Mutemwa, the leprosy settlement where he worked, has become a major pilgrimage centre. Each year, on the anniversary of his death, 5 September, thousands gather to hear Mass and process up the mountain where he walked and prayed.

This year, the 40th anniversary of John’s assassination, there will be a special ceremony at Mutemwa, where many thousands are expected to attend, including from outside Zimbabwe. Two weeks later, on Saturday 21st September in the afternoon, there will be a Mass at Westminster Cathedral. This will be followed by an exhibition in the hall about John’s life, along with talks and Zimbabwean music. John’s Franciscan habit will be one of the things on display, as well as his beloved typewriter and some of his manuscripts. This will be the first time that John’s relics will be publicly displayed.

There will be a day at St Thomas More Parish Centre, Lancaster on Saturday 7th September from 10am-3pm entitled John Bradburne - the Road to Sanctity which will be led by Prof David Crystal. (See poster in the narthex). It is a free event (donations welcome) and you need to register at here.

As John Bradburne was a local man, I would very much like our parish to form a small informal group of 2 or more people to act as the focus for encouraging knowledge of and devotion to John, as his cause for beatification proceeds. This would involve prayer, research, arranging a parish talk, attending events such as those mentioned in this newsletter etc. One parishioner has kindly offered to help us to get to know the life of John Bradburne better. One or two more parishioners to help with this would be very welcome. please have a word with me after Mass or email the parish office. Thank you, Fr. John

The Carlisle Parishes


The Carlisle City Parishes recently had a letter from Bishop Paul announcing a reduced number of priests to serve in the city and therefore the need to revise the number of Masses.

A copy of the Bishop’s letter is available on the noticeboard at the back of both our churches along with the new schedule for Masses and Confessions in Carlisle itself from 5 October 2019.

Summer Fair


We would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make this both an enjoyable and successful event last Sunday, when we raised £914.55 for parish funds. We are very grateful for all the items that were donated for us to sell, prizes for the raffle and tombola, all the great baking for the cake stall and, of course, our excellent team for all their hard work. Sue & Lorna

NB Raffle prizes from the Fair to be collected. Please speak to a welcomer.