Special SVP Collection for Kerala Flood Victims


Most of you will be aware of the recent distressing floods in Kerala, southern India. Our St Vincent de Paul Conference is twinned with and helps St. George’s Conference in Punnacaud, Kerala, but we have not had news from them recently. However, we do have a number of parishioners from Kerala in St. Catherine’s; in fact two families were on holiday there when the floods reached a dangerous level. One family caught their flight back just 6 hours before the airport was closed but the other had to wait weeks until flights resumed. So we learned at first hand about the devastation and the impact on local people.

The Twinnage Committee of the SVP recognises that people in Kerala will need support for some time to come. With this in mind, we will be holding a special collection after all Masses on Sunday, 30 September and hope that you will give generously. Any money collected will be sent direct to the SVP in India, with no expenses/admin costs being deducted.

Mary Coen, St. Catherine’s SVP Conference.

First Holy Communion 2019


There will be an introductory meeting for parents wishing for their children to begin preparation for First Reconciliation and for First Holy Communion in 2019 on Sunday 30th September at 9.30am in the Haydock Centre.

Please can those interested let me know as soon as possible?

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

News from St Catherine's Primary School


Our busy term has started in such a positive way; this week we have been celebrating Science. Every class has been involved in practical activities exploring the weather. The House Day on Wednesday culminated in a brilliant display of the Water Cycle; St Andrew’s are the rain and sea; St David’s the sun; St George’s the clouds and St Patrick’s the mountains!

On Thursday we held our annual Buddy Assembly. Each Reception child was presented a teddy by their Y6 Buddy; the Y6 Buddies have played a significant part in settling the new starters by reading stories together, playing on the playground and sitting together during singing assembly.

Parents were invited to stay for coffee and homemade biscuits prepared by the Y6 pupils. A lovely welcome for our new parents. Angela Hill Headteacher

Calling all people with 'green fingers’ - Volunteers required.


The two people, Michael and Philip, who have done an excellent job for a long time in keeping the gardens at St Catherine’s looking really nice, are ready to hang up their trowels. Sincere thanks from all in the parish to them for their hard work and commitment!

We are now looking for two new volunteers to maintain the gardens. If you are interested, or want to know a bit more about what is involved, please contact Paul Harper on 01768 897122

Visits by Bishop Paul


As announced, the Bishop visits St Catherine’s on Friday 12th October to celebrate Mass at 10.30am for the parish and school at the start of our three days of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

At the recent PPC meeting, people were also keen to invite Bishop Paul to the parish in 2019 to celebrate a Mass at Alston and Confirmations in Penrith. The Bishop has kindly agreed to both. Please make a note of the following:

  • Vigil Mass at St Wulstan’s Alston, Saturday 19th January at 6pm (our patronal feast day of St.Wulstan).
  • Confirmations at St Catherine’s, Penrith on Tuesday 11th June at 6pm

Talk on the Holy Eucharist


In preparation for this year’s Solemn Exposition of the Blessed sacrament (12-14 October) there will be a talk on Thursday 4 October at 7.30pm in the Haydock Centre. The speaker will be Canon John Watson STL, chaplain at Boarbank Hall and previously parish priest in Carlisle. The title of the talk is ‘The Holy Eucharist and the tradition of Quarant’ore.’ Please make a note of the date.

Cumbria Flooding


Niall McLoughlin is a parishioner of St Catherine's and a young PhD Researcher (ESRC funded) at Bath University. He is asking you to share your thoughts and feelings about flooding, extreme weather and flood risk management in an online survey. The findings from this research will help promote better preparation, responses and community engagement in areas like Cumbria.

The survey can be directly accessed via this link: www.ukfloods.wixsite.com/survey

This research has full ethical approval from the University of Bath Psychology Ethics Committee (Ref: 16-323). For further information, contact: Niall McLoughlin (n.c.mcloughlin@bath.ac.uk) or phone 07944791928. Feel free to share the link with friends, family and anyone else who might be interested in taking part . Thank you. Jennifer McLoughlin

Permanent Diaconate


Bishop Paul has officially accepted parishioner David Greaves on to the formation programme for the Permanent Diaconate in our Diocese. This is a four year part-time programme of spiritual, pastoral and academic formation and discernment towards the vocation of being a deacon. Studies take place at intervals at a centre in Scotland with applicants from several diocese. David attends the introductory meeting on 25th August. As with many applicants and deacons, he continues in full time secular employment.

We assure David and his wife Rebecca and their three children of our prayerful support. Let’s keep them in our daily prayers.  Fr. John