Day of Prayer for Racial Justice

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Prayer for those facing exploitation

O God, Gracious God

From your abundance all gifts and skills are bestowed,

Making us participants in your work of creation.

By the word of your Son

Confront our greed;

Challenge us when we treat people as means of profit,

Or discriminate unjustly against our fellow human beings

Raise us up to new life in your service

That in all our works

Begun, continued and ended in you

We may glorify your holy name.

Through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen

Alston Moor Schools

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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. Kit England will speak about this project at the end of the 6pm Vigil Mass at St Wulstan’s this weekend, with a retiring collection for this cause after that Mass. Kit will be available then to respond to any questions.

News from St Catherine's Catholic Primary School

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Our final week of the half term ended with an amazing celebration! Our Choir attended the Young Voices Concert at Manchester Arena; they sang and danced their hearts out along with six thousand enthusiastic children! It really made my heart glad to see them enjoying such an uplifting experience after all of their hard work. Thank you very much to Mrs. Richardson for her time and organisation, ensuring that our pupils access such an important opportunity.

Congratulations to our Y3/Y4 Hockey Team who came third in the mini tournament at Penrith Leisure Centre; Miss Campbell was very impressed with your effort and sportsmanship! Angela Hill, Headteacher

Women’s World Day of Prayer

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This annual event (women led) will be held on Friday, 1st March as follows. This year it has been organised by the Christian ladies of Slovenia.

Penrith: 2pm in the Penrith Methodist Church. This is always an uplifting Service, bringing together ladies and gentlemen of all Christian denominations. Refreshments afterwards. It would be great to see a good number present from St Catherine’s. If any lady would like to join me as a parish representative to the group, please let me know. Lorna Mullett 01768 840903.

Alston: 2.30pm in the Masonic Hall Contact Jeanette Haslam for more information

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. A few of these are being prepared, and some new items have been ordered, and we will see how these work.

Thank you to Anne and Jane for their help and advice with this.

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.