2019 Monze Mission Hospital Appeal


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

The first AGM of the Monze Mission Hospital Group took place last Sunday. All the Officers were re-elected except Teresa Taylor - Secretary, who has moved to Carlisle. The financial records show that £9,129 was raised in the year and £7,200 was sent to Monze. Copies of the financial statements are displayed in the narthex. Currently there is £4,201 in the bank and we hope to send £5,000 to Monze in the next few weeks. Thank you for all your support during the year.

We hope to welcome everyone to the Barbecue on Sunday 9th June after the 10.30 Mass. Tickets on sale this Sunday 26th and the following two Sundays. Please support this worthwhile cause and help us to raise £10,000 for Monze in the next 12 months. John Poland, Treasurer

Pilgrimage to Rome 11th - 18th May 2020


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 think you would like to join the pilgrimage please email sacredheartcarlisle@icloud.com by 31st May.

First Holy Communion


Last Sunday at the 10.30am Mass eleven young people from our parish received Our Lord in Holy Communion for the first time. They have been well prepared for this day over many months. Thank you to their parents for their guidance and example and special thanks to Mrs Hill, David and Sue for leading the preparation programme. Our thanks to St. Catherine’s School staff for preparing the First Communion Breakfast, served in the School Hall, to the ladies for the lovely flowers in church, and to our choir and musicians.

Please keep these young people in your prayers that this celebration will encourage them to live out their faith each day.

Fr John

News from St Catherine's Catholic Primary School


What a busy last week of the half term we have had!

On Wednesday our KS1 pupils led a beautiful May procession from school round to the Church gardens, thank you to Fr. John and the staff.

Congratulations to our KS2 pupils who represented our school at the Penrith Gala, you were a credit and Mrs. Proudfoot, Mrs. Glen and Miss. Monaghan were very proud!

The week ended with a celebratory Elmer Day; Elmer the elephant is 30 years old this year – if you are not familiar with the books – they follow the adventures of a baby elephant who at first is very upset that because he is so colourful and not grey like the other elephants. The story is one of respect and acceptance and we use it to teach our children that we are all unique and loved by God because all of us are special. Angela Hill, Headteacher

Fire Escape Doorway - the Lady Chapel


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

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 Stone-masons. Following the completion of the installation of the door, certain external hard landscaping works will be carried out to create a level threshold and install vehicle safety barriers.

During the works, every effort will be made to minimise disruption. Alan Catterson

Fr Jerome's Golden Jubilee, 24 November


Thanks to Fr. Jerome Ainsworth for celebrating the 8.30am Mass today on this busy First Holy Communion Sunday, and for the 12 noon Mass on Friday when Fr. John is in Alston for the wedding.

Fr. Jerome celebrates his Golden Jubilee of priestly ordination on 7th June. With a busy schedule for him over the coming months, Fr Jerome will celebrate this special jubilee with us at St. Catherine’s on Sunday 24th November, the Feast of Christ the King, at the 10.30am Mass. There will be refreshments afterwards in the Haydock Centre.

Penrith Foodbank


Parishioners in Penrith and Alston continue to provide much needed support to the Foodbank and your efforts and generosity are much appreciated.

The latest list of urgently needed items is:

  • Tinned Vegetables (Carrots, peas and mixed veg)

  • Tinned Meat (not Fray Bentos Pies as they are expensive to cook)

  • Long Life Milk

  • Sugar (small packs)

  • Men’s toiletries (shower gel, shaving foam, deodorant)

  • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes.

    (NB There is plenty of pasta in stock)

Discovering John Bradburne


“Discovering John Bradburne”, a conference at Boarbank Hall, Grange-over-Sands, 21st-24th June.

Speakers are Professor David Crystal, who is currently editing the poetry of John Bradburne, and Dr Julia Pigott, who runs the charity BeeEd, and works for the National Bee Unit.

John Bradburne (1921-1979) is the nearest thing we have to a modern St Francis, despite his Englishness! Born in Cumbria, at Skirwith, the son of an Anglican vicar, John became a Third Order Franciscan. He was a musician and a poet, and a deep lover of God’s creation, especially birds and bees. He finally found his vocation caring for lepers in Mutemwa in Zimbabwe. Since he was murdered there in 1979 many miracles have been attributed to his intercession. The process for his beatification has begun. More information from Sr Margaret Atkins OSA margaret@boarbankhall.org.uk.

Gift Aid


Gift Aid is a scheme that allows the parish to reclaim tax on all offerings made by you inclding standing orders (if you are a UK taxpayer). This means your offerings will be worth 25% more to us at no extra cost to you. So if you give £10, the parish actually receives £12.50.

Please remember that for your offerings to qualify for gift aid you must continue to be a UK tax payer. (Paying tax at least equivalent to the tax to be reclaimed on all your donations to all charities in the year.)

Would you like to give in this way? All enquiries to Philip Holland. Tel. 01768 840788

If you already gift your offerings - named boxes of envelopes for the new tax year are available to be collected from the back of church. Thank you.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes


The dates for the Diocesan Pilgrimage are 26 July – 2 August and the pastoral theme this year is “Blessed are the poor, for the Kingdom of God is theirs”.

Please consider coming! We need all pilgrims, especially nurses, carers, brancardier (male carers) & young people. It is through the support of these volunteer groups that we can take sick pilgrims from our diocese.

Do you know of a sick person who would benefit from a week away? Flights are from Manchester Airport. For booking information click here.

Young people (Year10+) travel overland by coach 25 July – 3 August 2019. Please visit https://www.castleriggmanor.co.uk.

From Bishop Paul

Pray for Yemen


Due to the desperate situation in Yemen, the international development faith agencies CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, World Vision and Islamic Relief are inviting supporters to pray for Yemen.

A prayer for Yemen:

Giver of Life, Who hears the cries from Yemen; of mothers choosing between medicine or food, of parents grieving children lost to starvation, of those who have given up everything in hunger. Hear our cries for hope, for change, for peace. In your mercy, break political deadlocks, soften hardened hearts, change closed minds, open unhearing ears. Let people come before power, let life be holy again, let your justice and peace shape the nation of Yemen and the lives of all people. Amen.

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:


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

Confirmation 2019


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.