Poetry Evening - Monday 16 May at 8pm

“To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears."

We are thinking of setting up a group that meets monthly to read poems aloud, as poems are meant to be read. The idea is that each month, over a glass of wine and nibbles, we can get together to listen to fellow parishioners reading poems; reading any yourself is optional. Our first meeting will be at 8:00pm in the Haydock Community Centre on Monday, 16 May. Anyone who comes should bring along 3-5 of their favourite poems to this first meeting; we can also discuss how the group could develop further.

If you are interested in the idea, please let Neil McGeown know that you will be coming 01768 398808 or ullswater@gmail.com.

Iona: A Place of Rest and Prayer

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The beautiful Isle of Iona off the Isle of Mull on the West Coast of Scotland is a very popular destination for holidaymakers, and for pilgrims who travel there to honour the memory of St Columba that great Christian missionary who first brought the Faith to what is now Scotland and the North of England. Because it is so popular with pilgrims, the residence there known as The Catholic House of Prayer books up more than a year in advance. So we have taken the chance of booking it for Monday 19th to Friday 21st June 2017. It has two twin bedrooms and four singles at £60 a day, bed, breakfast and evening meal. If needed, there are overflow places in the two small island hotels. There are plenty of places ‘to go on pilgrimage’, so to speak, on the island: the bay where traditionally St Columba landed from Ireland, the restored abbey, martyrs bay, etc. Nothing rivals the journey to Iona, an integral part of the pilgrimage. There are connecting trains from Penrith through Glasgow to Oban through the Western Highlands of Scotland, then the ferry to the isle of Mull, connecting bus to the small ferry which takes you to Iona itself, and then a short walk to the House of Prayer. No visitor cars or traffic is allowed on the Island which best preserves it peace and quiet. If you are interested in coming with us, please phone or speak to John or Maureen Poland on 016974 75825 or Fr Jerome on 01768 862273 as soon as possible.

First Holy Communions

Please pray for those children at our St Catherine’s primary School making their First Communion this Feast of Corpus Christi (29th May). Pray especially for their families that they may be channels of God’s grace for their children as they seek to fulfil the baptismal promise they made when they asked for their child to be christened: to bring their child up in the practice of the Faith.

Supporting the Monze Mission Hospital in southern Zambia

Sister Mariana Chibule Bbalo, the head of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, a native Zambian congregation will be visiting our church and school over the weekend of the 20-23 May. One of the community's major pastoral works is managing the mission hospital in the town of Monze in southern Zambia, between the capital Lusaka and the Victoria Falls. It is a 200+ bed hospital with a children’s ward serving a surrounding area of some townships but mostly villages scattered over a large area.

We have for ten years run a small Charity from our parish: ‘The Helpers of the Holy Spirit Sisters’. The visit of Sr Mariana towould be a good time to revitalise this Charity supporting their management of the Mission Hospital. This revitalisation might take the form of prayer, a monthly Mass for the Sisters’ intentions (which we have been celebrating without interruption), financial support and, learning about their work and personal contact such as Sr Mariana visiting our parish and perhaps some of us going to her community in Zambia as Clare Plasom-Scott did last year. I do intend to be there next year. Are you interested? Do let me know. Fr Jerome.

Family Weekend at Castlerigg Youth Centre, Keswick 6pm Friday 27th-2pm Sunday 29th May

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Come and meet other families and take the opportunity to be fed spiritually and physically whilst taking some time out together. It is a great opportunity for families to be together, share with each other and with other families and draw closer to God together. We begin with a buffet supper, we will then offer time for young people to work with their own age group, time for adults to have space for prayer, input and sharing and time in the weekend to relax together as a family, perhaps taking a walk. £75 per adult, £50 per child.

Sign up now by completing the form on our website: www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/yatm-events/ keswick/family Tel.017687 72711

Buzz Club in the Haydock Centre

YouthAbility Cumbria offer inclusive sessions for young people with disabilities, their siblings and friends.

At the Buzz Club - which runs in the Haydock Centre on Monday nights during term time - they offer a wide range of fun and exciting activities (crafts, games, swimming, archery, cookery etc) plus day and residential trips during the holidays.

For more information, contact Gemma on 07827 995 594 or email Gemma.Hastewell@leonardcheshire.org