Sea Sunday, 14th July

Stella Maris

Today is Sea Sunday, when the church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Without them we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops.

Today’s retiring collection is for Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), the church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. This collection is vital to enable it to continue its work.

Your generosity and prayers for seafarers are appreciated.

St. John Boste Walk

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24 July 2019 marks the Feast Day and the 425th anniversary of the Martyrdom of our local saint, St John Boste of Dufton.

One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, St John Boste was born in Dufton, educated at Appleby Grammar School and was later to become the school’s headmaster. An ordained Catholic Priest under the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st, he was arrested for practising his faith and was cruelly hung, drawn and quartered near Durham on 24 July 1594. He remained faithful to the very end, reciting the Angelus whilst ascending the gallows to his death.


Take in the beautiful views of The Pennines, Eden Valley and the Lake District (weather permitting!) on the 4th annual pilgrimage, this year ascending Great Dun Fell, an area of outstanding natural beauty, which St John Boste will have gazed upon, and may have walked himself, as a young man.

If you would like to join us, meet at Knock Christian Centre car park for 2pm, where you will be given directions to drive further up the fell to a small parking area to start the walk. Total walking distance is about 4 miles and will take 2-3 hours on a fairly steep, tarmac road. Use postcode CA16 6DL for SatNav. Bring suitable footwear and clothing and a little sustenance. See poster.

All are welcome!

Contact: Peter Northgraves 07906 051993.

News from St Catherine's Catholic Primary School


St. Catherine’s very proudly received certificates this week from Cumbria in Bloom and Penrith Town Council, in appreciation of our wonderful garden.

My favourite part of the garden is the newly established Wild Flower area which is just about to explode into colour. Thank you very much to Maggie & Dave and our wonderful gardeners who have worked so hard to make it such a beautiful and bountiful venture.

This week also saw the publishing of the KS2 SATs results. Congratulations to all of our individual pupils! You have worked so hard and made great progress and we are proud of you.

Angela Hill, Headteacher

End of School Year - This coming Thursday at 9.15am we celebrate Mass for Year 6 Leavers with the whole school. Parishioners are very welcome. The school Year ends this Friday. It is a great joy to visit St. Catherine’s School and I would like to thank the staff and governors for all they do throughout the year. A happy holiday to everyone! Fr. John

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.

2019 Monze Mission Hospital Appeal - Barbecue


The Barbecue held on Sunday 9th June raised over £800 for the Neo-natal unit! It was a lovely occasion. Thanks to everyone who came and had fun in the sun.

Monze Raffle—Have you collected your prize? Please check the list in the narthex and speak to the welcomers to collect prizes.

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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.

Pilgrimage to Rome 11th - 18th May 2020

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Fr Michael Docherty is organising a pilgrimage with flights from Newcastle Airport and accommodation on a half board basis at the Hotel Olympic, near St. Peter’s Basilica. Features include daily Mass, Papal Audience, two half day tours of Rome, a day excursion to Monte Cassino and Sunday Mass at the Venerable English College. Price is estimated at £815 per person [may reduce if enough travel]. Single room supplement £159. If you would like to join the pilgrimage please email ASAP.

CTiP Refugees Day Out - 8 August


Help is requested for a day for 40-50 Refugee/Asylum Seekers from The Hub at Newcastle. Many are families with children of all ages, plus some single young men. Help is needed with sporting activities, walks, entertaining the younger children, sorting out food etc. The day uses Glenridding Village Hall as a base and starts at 11am, finishing about 5pm.

If you want to know more or offer to help, please contact Rev. Nick Mark: 01228 526162 or

Fire Escape Doorway - the Lady Chapel


Work to install the Fire Exit Door started on Monday 13 May.

Work has been going really well on the project. Unofficially, the door is now available as an emergency exit, if this is required. However, care would need to be taken as the external landscaping has not yet been fully completed. Some instruction will be arranged in the near future so that everyone becomes familiar with the escape route. Internal plastering is yet to be completed, together with the associated fire alarm call point and emergency lighting.

The work is required following a Fire Risk Assessment, under the Parish’s Health & Safety Policy, in August 2017. Planning and Building Regulation applications have been approved by the Local Authority. Approval of the Lancaster Diocese Property Office was given in December 2018. The siting and design of the door was detailed by Graham Rae, a local conservation architect. The door has been manufactured by John Richardson and Sons. The contractor is Atkins & Little Stonemasons.

During the works, every effort is being made to minimise disruption and your understanding is appreciated.

Alan Catterson

Fr Jerome's Golden Jubilee, 24 November

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Our congratulations, thanks and prayers to Fr. Jerome Ainsworth whose Golden Jubilee of priestly ordination was on Friday, 7th June.

With a busy schedule for him over the coming months, Fr. Jerome will celebrate this Jubilee with us at St. Catherine’s later in the year, on Sunday 24th November, Feast of Christ the King. Fr. Jerome will preside at the 10.30am Mass that day, followed by refreshments in the Haydock Centre.