Remembrance Sunday


The 10.30am Mass will be celebrated as a Requiem Mass for all who have died in the two World Wars, and in subsequent conflicts.

Penrith Remembrance Sunday

10.40 The Civic Parade to St Andrews Church

11.00am 2 minutes silence followed by laying of wreaths at the Town’s War memorial in St Andrews Churchyard followed by Remembrance Day Service. The procession will then proceed to Castle Park to lay wreaths at the Memorial Gate.

Later in the day, Penrith Town Council will participate in the “Battles Over, a National Tribute’.

At 18.55 The Last Post will be played by bugle at Penrith Beacon. The 201 names of those fallen from Penrith in the First World War, will be read out by the Town’s Mayor, Councillor Scott Jackson.

19.00 –21.00 Penrith Beacon will be lit up as part of the nationwide Beacons of Light project. The beacon of light will extend from the Beacon to St Andrews Church.

19.05 St Andrews Bell Ringers will ring the Church Bells as part of the national ‘Battles Over –Ringing out for Peace’ project, which marks the end of WW1.

Alston Remembrance Sunday

In Alston, there will be a march from the Market Square at 10.30am to the Cairn War Memorial. There will be the two-minute silence at 11.00am.

This year, 12 white doves are to be released in a symbolic act of peace across the world.

News from St Catherine's Catholic Primary School


Throughout the last two weeks, our children have been commemorating Remembrance and reflecting on the sacrifices others have made. Class 4 took part in the service at the Garden of Remembrance on Wednesday and laid a wreath from our school; Mrs. Proudfoot was very proud of the reverence the children showed throughout the ceremony. On Friday, Class 4 shared their prayers and reflections with the whole school and families in a very moving assembly. There are some beautiful examples of the children’s work in the Narthex. I hope you have time to take a look. Children have the great ability to delve really deep and find the true importance of what has happened in the past. Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord. Angela Hill, Headteacher

Christmas Fair - Sunday 2 December


We will be holding our annual Christmas Fair on Sunday 2 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. It is a great an 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 which can be dropped off on Saturday afternoon (1 December) between 2.00pm and 5.00pm or on the day – sorry, we are not able to accept any clothes. 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.

Children’s Liturgy Group - Annual Meeting


This is a reminder to all members of the Children’s Liturgy Group - the Annual meeting will take place in the Quiet Room in the Haydock Centre on Tuesday evening, 13th Nov at 6.30pm. I look forward to seeing you all there. We are always looking for new members to join our rota. If you are interested in being part of our team, please come along to the meeting - you will be most welcome. Anne Grinbergs

Diary Dates


Sun 18 Nov - World Day of Prayer for the Poor. CAP Appeal

Sat 24 Nov - Film Evening for Monze, Haydock Centre, 7pm

Sun 25 Nov - Feast of Christ the King

Tues 27 Nov - Parish Pastoral Council, 6.30pm, Haydock Centre

Sat 1 Dec - From 10am, Celebration of First Reconciliation

Sun 2 Dec - First Sunday of Advent

Sun 2 Dec - Christmas Fair, Haydock Centre, after both Masses

Thurs 6 Dec - Advent Talk on the Wisdom Literature by Bernard Greaves, 7.30 pm, Haydock Centre

Thurs 13 Dec - Advent Talk on LIFE’s Pregnancy Matters work by Jane Plasom-Scott, 7.30pm, Haydock Centre

Wed 19 Dec - St Catherine’s School KS2 Carol Service, 6pm in Church

Mon 24 Dec (Christmas Eve) - 3pm, Vigil Mass at St Wulstan’s (Carols from 2.30pm)

6.30pm, Vigil Mass at St Catherine’s (Carols from 6pm)

Tues 25 Dec (Christmas Day) - 9.30am Mass at St Catherine’s

Fun Film Night, Saturday 24th November


Fun Film Night - ’What We did on Our Holiday’ Hilarious, heart-warming comedy at its best. Starring Billy Connolly, Rosamund Pike & David Tennant. Saturday 24 November at 7pm in the Haydock Centre. Tickets on sale today after both Masses. Adults £7; under 16 £3.50 (PG, 12 years or over) Including refreshments.

In aid of Monze Mission Hospital.

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.

Niall wishes to thank all those who responded to the survey on flooding. A number of responses were received and the feedback has been very useful. There is still more time to participate. The survey can be directly accessed via this link:

This research has full ethical approval from the University of Bath Psychology Ethics Committee (Ref: 16-323). For further information, contact: Niall McLoughlin ( 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

Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament


The three days were very prayerful and we were blessed to have Mass celebrated by Bishop Paul at the beginning. Sincere thanks to the many who visited church for prayer, to our school for all their support, to the Flower Team, Choir and Organists, CWL, Sacristans, Altar Servers, Prayer Group and to all who contributed in any way. A wonderful team effort! Every Blessing,

Fr. John

Altar Serving at Weekday Mass

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It would be a great help if the current adult servers could form a regular rota to set up for and serve the Masses from Tues-Sat. Not all days are covered at present. The preparation of church before Mass would leave Fr. John free for his own personal preparation.

If you can help, please sign the list in the sacristy or speak to Fr. John or Mervyn Edwards. New servers are welcome.

Thank you.

Monze - fundraising for the Neo-Natal Unit


At our recent meeting we shared the following ideas for future events, collecting Smartie tubes again, a talk on Cattle Droving, a whist drive, a race night, a Pudding Evening, a quiz, a Film Evening, Donation Cards, bake sale etc. We intend to organise a Film Evening before Christmas . Also to design and print some Donation Cards which you may wish to offer your friends and family as a Christmas gift or for another occasion. If you have any further ideas for fundraising, and can offer help with future events, please email me at Judith Bayley