** Arrangements for the next few months **

Fr Jerome is recovering well from his surgery and is recuperating outside Cumbria. Please include him in your prayers - if you would like to send a card or message to him please either leave it in the sacristy or post it to St Catherine's Church and we will forward it to him.

As Fr Jerome will be “out of action” for some months, Fr Jim Allen (Dean) from Carlisle has organised a rota of priests to cover the Saturday Vigil Mass at 6pm at Alston each week and also the 8.30 am and 10.30 am Masses on Sundays at St Catherine’s. This will run to and include Epiphany.

During the week at St Catherine's, there is Morning Prayer on Tuesdays at 9.15am and Rosary on Thursdays at 7pm. ** There will be Friday Masses at 12 noon once a month on 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd December. **

On Saturdays there is Morning Prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for vocations from 9am-10am. In addition a priest will come to hear confessions between 9am-10am and celebrate Mass at 10am on 23rd December.

Although it is a bit early to be thinking about Christmas, please note that there will be a Polish Mass at 3.30pm on Christmas Day.

** Advance notice ** CWL Christmas Fair

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We will be holding our annual Christmas Fair on Sunday 10 December in the Haydock Centre which will run from after the 8.30am Mass until 2.00pm so please put this date in your diary and help support this parish event to make it a success - a great opportunity to socialise while raising funds.

We would welcome any items that you are able to donate including books, gifts, household items, toys, handbags, jewellery, cakes & produce plus raffle and tombola prizes. Please note that unfortunately we are not able to accept any clothes this time. All items need to be in a condition that you would be happy to buy or receive yourself.

The cake stall in particular welcomes contributions from all communities within the parish.

Any queries please call Sue on 01768 864407 or Lorna on 01768 840903

Advent Day of Prayer & Reflection - Sat 18 Nov

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All women in the diocese are invited to this event which is being held between 10am and 3.30pm at Our Lady and St Edwards Social Centre in Fullwood. The day will be led by Fr Stephen Patterson SJ, the theme is Ignation Spirituality and costs £5. Please bring a packed lunch (tea/coffee is provided). Booking forms in the narthex or ring 01772 715495.

ACN Talk in Workington - Sun 19 Nov

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Please join the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and the parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Michael, Workington (CA14 3EP) for a talk by Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director of ACN UK. The talk entitled ‘A Star of Hope in the east? Rebuilding faith after suffering in the Middle East and Eastern Europe’ begins at 2pm. Entrance is free; a collection will be taken for ACN’s work with the Suffering Church. All are welcome. ACN literature and trading items will be available. (Poster in narthex)

CAP Christmas Hampers

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Each Christmas through our local CAP debt Centre we love to bless our clients, often facing a Christmas with very little, with a generous hamper with a range of essentials and some goodies thrown. It is amazing to see how much it means to people at a time when anxieties and financial pressure can been increased due to the commercial expectations of the time of year. It is a significant way the church community can express practical love and care. There are a couple of things your church can do to help us make this year's hampers extra special.

1. Could your congregation help supply items for the hampers?

2. Could you provide an attractive invite to any Christmas guest events you have coming up which we can include with the Hamper. You can email art-work and I can print it for you.

Items for the Hampers include: Cheese Crackers, Christmas Puddings, good quality Coffee or Hot Chocolate, Speciality Teas, Chocolates, Shloer or Appletize, Packs of biscuits. (Please ensure all use by dates are 'post Christmas'!)

If you are able to collect items for us we need them bringing to the CAP office at Penrith Methodist Church before Saturday 9th December. Many thanks for your help with this practical opportunity. Jon Cook Centre Manager Eden CAP

Events at Castlerigg Manor - Nov & Dec

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Young Adults Retreat, 17-19 Nov

A weekend retreat for young adults (in year 12 or above) at Castlerigg Manor. An opportunity to step back from our busy lives and reflect on where we are going, with time for reflection, discussion and prayer, and enjoy meeting other young adults. £65.

Advent Retreat, 8-10 December

Take time out from the busy run-up to Christmas to prepare for the Lord’s coming. This weekend retreat, for young people in year 9 and above, will be a fun occasion to meet other young people and, together, reflect on what Christmas is really about through games, workshops, discussions and prayer. £65.

Visit www.castleriggmanor.co.uk to book your place and for more info.

Healthcare events at Boarbank Hall - Dec & Jan

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1st-3rd December 2017: Hope in Health-Advent Reflection on healthcare

This is open to anyone who is interested in healthcare, professional or lay, patient, carer, friend or family. What makes a good nurse or doctor? How do we foster ideals of care? How does this relate to our Christian faith?

8th-13th January 2018: Health & Salvation-Dignity, dependency & dementia

A retreat and holiday for healthcare professionals. During the week there will be talks, discussions and workshops on themes including: Catholic Teaching on Dignity, Old Age in Scripture, Spirituality and Ageing, Honouring the Spirit Within, Dementia Friendly Parishes, Being Dependent and Being Human. If these issues touch you or are your concern you are invited to set time apart in your diary for this week at Boarbank Hall, Grange-over-Sands. Click on the headings for more information.

CWL Book trolley

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The CWL has set up a book trolley in the corridor from the Narthex to the Hall.

Books, DVDs and CDs are for sale and the money raised will go to our local charities, currently, St Catherine's parish, The 'Pride of Cumbria' air ambulance and Hospice at Home.

Do please have a look and buy something from the trolley and then restock with your own pre-read, watched and listened-to books, DVDs and CDs. Many thanks! Sue Chandler

Praying for a New Bishop of Lancaster

Mindful that his retirement is approaching, Bishop Michael has written to all priests asking that the Bidding Prayers at all Sunday Masses until the announcement of the new Bishop is made, are concluded with the following prayer:

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Almighty God, Eternal shepherd and guide. In your love for us, grant to the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster a shepherd who will lead us to be Christ’s heart of mercy, voice of hope, and hands of justice. Help him to fill our minds and hearts with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments, and the desire to build up your holy Church.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

The burial place of George Leo Haydock, parish priest of St Catherine’s

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There are historical references to the burial of Fr George Leo Haydock being within our church building. Though not our first parish priest Fr Haydock was not only responsible for the financing and erection of its building but was a man of some standing in Penrith, among other things he quelled a major riot between hundred of workers about to take place outside the town. He also annotated and, with his brother, edited what is now known as The Haydock Bible, a copy of which was used by president John F Kennedy for the swearing in of his presidency; another copy of which is on display in our church. A Texan, Mr Sidney Ohlhausen, who has made a life long study of the Haydock brothers, recently financed a radar-penetrating survey of the floor of St Catherine's to see if we can locate the burial place of this famous parish priest of ours.

We now have the report of the geophysical survey undertaken on 5th September to investigate the possibility that Fr George Leo Haydock is buried somewhere in the church. The report is lengthy and highly technical and on the nature of the geophysical evidence adduced it does not give a definitive or conclusive verdict on the possibility of the burial. Michael Mullett