Blessed John Henry Newman (Cardinal Newman) 1801-1890


Today (Sunday, 13 October) Blessed John Henry Newman is declared a saint in Rome, a day many have prayed for earnestly.

John Henry Newman was one of the most prominent converts to Catholicism from Anglicism of the 19th century. He was already an esteemed Anglican theologian when he founded the Oxford Movement to return the Church of England to its Catholic roots, before himself converting to the Catholic Faith under the guidance of the Passionist priest Fr Dominic Barberi (now Blessed).

Newman was renowned as a brilliant thinker and was made a cardinal by Pope Leo XIII. He founded the Birmingham Oratory and died in 1890 aged 89 years.

In February, Pope Francis signed a decree recognising a second miracle attributed to Blessed John Henry Newman, the inexplicable healing of a woman with a ’life threatening pregnancy’.

Saint John Henry Newman Pray for us.

Extraordinary Month of Mission


This October, Pope Francis has called the whole Church to reflect upon our response to Jesus Christ's command to 'go and make disciples of all the peoples'.

This 'Extraordinary Month of Mission' is being celebrated in parishes worldwide throughout October 2019. It promises to be a wonderful moment of prayer, joy and solidarity by Catholics across the globe.

For the four weeks of October 2019, four themes have been approved by the Holy Father:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church.

  2. The witness of missionary saints and martyrs.

  3. Biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological formation for mission.

  4. Missionary charity as a commitment to support the Church’s missionary activity and communities too poor to support themselves, through Missio.

Click here to download the EMM2019 leaflet.

Pope Francis invites everyone to join the EMM 2019 Universal Prayer:

God our Father, when your Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he commissioned his followers to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’.

Through our Baptism you send us out to continue this mission among all peoples.

Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous and enthusiastic in bearing witness to the Gospel, so that the mission entrusted to us, which is still far from completion, may bring life and light to the world.

May all peoples experience the saving love and generous mercy of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.


Antiques for Monze, this Tuesday 15 October, 2-4pm in the Haydock Centre

On Tuesday 15th October 2-4 pm Paul Laidlaw, the well known BBC Antiques expert, is coming to the Haydock Centre to give free valuations on any antique/collector's items you bring along.

Your support would be much appreciated for this event to raise funds for the Monze Neo Natal Unit.

Tickets £5 which includes tea/coffee and cakes.

Enquiries to Anne and Chris Broadbent: 01768 881382 or


Castlerigg Events


30th October: Fundraising Piano Concert at Lancaster University Catholic Chaplaincy 7.30pm by Fr Manny Gribben and others. Music by Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms. Free entry, donations to Castlerigg Manor.

30th November: “Radiant” Eucharistic centered event held in Preston.

6th-8th December: Advent Retreat at Castlerigg Manor, Keswick.

For further details, please see posters and visit

The Carlisle Parishes


The Carlisle City Parishes recently had a letter from Bishop Paul announcing a reduced number of priests to serve in the city and therefore the need to revise the number of Masses.

Fr. Jim Allen from St. Bede’s & St. Edmund’s and Fr. Geoffrey Steel from St. Augustine’s both move to new appointments in Lancashire. We offer them our prayers and best wishes. Fr. Jim has served as Dean and was most supportive of our parish and school during the months that Fr. Jerome was convalescing.

With the reduced number of priests in Carlisle, the new times there commence from 5th October. The schedule is on the noticeboards at St Catherine’s and St Wulstan’s.

Vacancy - Diocesan Schools Commissioner

The Bishop of Lancaster and Trustees of the Diocese seek to appoint an enthusiastic and highly motivated practising Catholic to the post of Diocesan Schools Commissioner to develop, lead and inspire the mission of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Lancaster.

Full time, Leadership Scales 17 – 21, Required for January 2020

Main role:

  • To advise the Episcopal Vicar on matters of education and formation in Diocesan schools.

  • To develop and implement Diocesan policy and strategy for its schools in accordance with the Diocesan Trust Deed.

  • To secure the further development of the Catholic life of Diocesan schools, and the further development of Religious Education.

  • To lead and manage the work of the Diocese of Lancaster Education Service.


A Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form can be obtained by emailing or telephone 01524 841190.

Informal conversation is invited before application. Please contact the Episcopal Vicar, Fr. Michael Docherty,
Closing date: 
12:00 noon Wednesday 18th September 2019

2019 Monze Mission Hospital Appeal

neo natal unit

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

See below for the pictures of our recent fundraising BBQ in glorious sunshine!

Bishop Paul’s visit to Monze


Bishop Paul recently returned from a visit to Zambia and his former parish in the Diocese of Monze, you can see more on the Antoomwe website which celebrates the friendship between our two Dioceses. The Bishop took with him some letters from us to Sister Juunza which were gratefully received.

Sister informs us that work on the Neonatal Unit is due to start in September and we look forward to further updates.

One of the Bishop’s party called at the Rectory on the way home to Workington and brought a gift of a clock from the Holy Spirit Sisters for our parish.

On Friday 13 September, a few of us will be going down to Garstang Parish to attend a meeting of their parish group which supports the Chivuna Clinic. We appreciate the kind invitation and feel this will be beneficial in sharing information etc.

Photos from Sr Juunza.


John Bradburne’s Cause for Beatification


John Bradburne was born in Cumbria at Skirwith in 1921 and he became a third-order Franciscan missionary. He was killed in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1979 for refusing to abandon the lepers he had looked after for may years.

Since his death, Mutemwa, the leprosy settlement where he worked, has become a major pilgrimage centre. Each year, on the anniversary of his death, 5 September, thousands gather to hear Mass and process up the mountain where he walked and prayed.

This year, the 40th anniversary of John’s assassination, there will be a special ceremony at Mutemwa, where many thousands are expected to attend, including from outside Zimbabwe. Two weeks later, on Saturday 21st September in the afternoon, there will be a Mass at Westminster Cathedral. This will be followed by an exhibition in the hall about John’s life, along with talks and Zimbabwean music. John’s Franciscan habit will be one of the things on display, as well as his beloved typewriter and some of his manuscripts. This will be the first time that John’s relics will be publicly displayed.

There will be a day at St Thomas More Parish Centre, Lancaster on Saturday 7th September from 10am-3pm entitled John Bradburne - the Road to Sanctity which will be led by Prof David Crystal. (See poster in the narthex). It is a free event (donations welcome) and you need to register at here.

As John Bradburne was a local man, I would very much like our parish to form a small informal group of 2 or more people to act as the focus for encouraging knowledge of and devotion to John, as his cause for beatification proceeds. This would involve prayer, research, arranging a parish talk, attending events such as those mentioned in this newsletter etc. One parishioner has kindly offered to help us to get to know the life of John Bradburne better. One or two more parishioners to help with this would be very welcome. please have a word with me after Mass or email the parish office. Thank you, Fr. John

Fr Jerome's Golden Jubilee, 24 November

Fr Jerome retirement

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.