National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress 7th-9th September 2018

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This will take place in Liverpool. (The first since 1908). Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of all our people, clergy, religious and laity, which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church with sessions focusing on different aspects of the Eucharist and celebration & adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. There will be prayer and workshops for all involved.

Throughout the first day there will be prayer and worship with workshops especially for parish catechists but also all others to explore Scripture, Ecclesiology, Eucharistic Language and Catechesis and Rites and Music for Eucharistic Adoration.

The Echo Arena in Liverpool-which can accommodate 10,000 pilgrims-will be the home to a six-hour stage programme on day two, which will include a Congress Mass, keynote speakers and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion. The day will conclude with Adoration.

On the third and final day of the Pilgrimage and Congress, Sunday, there will be pilgrimage Masses and a street procession-open to all.

Now is the time for those who may be interested in representing the parish at this Congress (and reporting back to the parish) to come forward. The Congress is over three days and different people could attend on each day if that is their preference. If you would be interested, please speak with me after Mass or call me during the week if you want more detail. Thank you. Fr Jerome

Support in Producing the Weekly Newsletter

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It would be very helpful to have another person who can work with the priest on creating the newsletter - not least because the current volunteer is going to the Antipodes for 5 weeks very soon! Familiarity with word processing and creating documents would be useful, especially with the Publisher software. If you would like to know more, please have a word with me after Mass. Fr Jerome

The Wanderer Returns!

Yes, indeed, the wanderer has returned after four long months and is delighted to be back again at home, albeit for a little while! I want to thank with all my heart the many scores if not hundreds who sent me good wishes for a full recovery from a double coronary bypass. Never having been ill before in any serious way, still less needing to go to hospital, I did not appreciate how much good wishes, prayers and support aided a swift and complete recovery.

I am especially grateful to the may teams of parishioners who served the parish and its mission in my absence. This is truly the mark of God’s spirit working among you. All who are active in the parish in this way know the time it takes to deal with the many details of parish life. Many, many thanks to you all on behalf of the parish as well as myself.

I must also thank the National Health Service (in these times when they receive so much criticism!) They could not have been more care-full and attentive, and need I say SUCCESSFUL! Just to show how small the world is, the surgeon who worked on me had also operated on my brother in law for a similar complaint three years ago in a Belfast Hospital.

Driver for Alston Sat Vigil Mass

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It would be a tremendous help to me if I did not have to drive up to Alston on Saturdays myself. I am therefore asking if there are any drivers who would be prepared to spare a few hours to take me (and bring me back!). I need to leave Penrith by 4pm and would be back by 8pm. I would be grateful if you contacted me even if you could only offer me one return journey. Many thanks Fr Jerome.

Supporting Monze Mission Hospital

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While in Zambia last May (before I knew of my illness) I invited one of the sisters to visit the parish here: Sr Juunza who manages the Monze hospital. She was due for a sabbatical and the Congregation have arranged her to take this in Italy and then to stay here in Penrith. I am delighted she can do this though the logistics have become more complicated! I would like to meet next Sunday (21 January) after 10.30 Mass with all who support the hospital to review how we support this venture and Sr Juunza’s visit.

** We have just heard that there is a cholera epidemic in the Monze area, 70 people have died and all schools are closed - please remember the sisters and the parish in your prayers. **

2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Services in Penrith

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All are welcome to come along to these services:

Thursday 18th Jan  Christ Church

Friday 19th Jan  Society of Friends (Quaker Meeting House)

Saturday 20th Jan  St Andrew’s

Monday 22nd Jan  Salvation Army

Tuesday 23rd Jan  United Reformed Church

Wednesday 24th Jan  St Andrew’s (inc. Iona Ecumenical Communion)

Thursday 25th Jan  Penrith Methodist Church

Please note the service is at 12:30pm each day with drinks served by host venue on the premises at 1.00pm.

Salvation Army Food Bank Appeal

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There are many needy people in Penrith dependent on the town’s Food Bank. Please help by regularly donating non-perishables like: tinned soup, rice pudding, tinned meat/fish, tinned fruit, tinned tomatoes, sponge pudding ; UHT or powdered milk (not fresh); sugar; pasta sauces; fruit juice (cartons only); cereal; tea bags/instant coffee; rice/pasta; jam. Good shelf life essential.

We have received the suggestion from the Salvation Army who manage the Food Bank on behalf of all the churches in Penrith to say that there is a need for rice puddings and for tinned carrots in particular. Other goods are of course very welcome too. Thank you for your continuing support!

Please leave in the Food Bank box in the Narthex.

Wanted for Womens' World Day of Prayer

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We need one or preferably two ladies from St Catherine's to join the inter-denominational team in Penrith who celebrate once a year - on 2nd March 2018 - the international Womens' World Day of Prayer.

Each church or society, St Catherine's, St Andrews, Christchurch, Methodist, URC, Society of Friends, and the Salvation Army, take it in turn to organise and put on the service which is composed by the Christian ladies of a different country each year.

This year it is the turn of the Friends. Involvement takes the form of attending an introductory meeting, 26th January at 2.00pm, a rehearsal, 23rd February at 2.00 pm and the service, 2nd March, 2.00pm all in the Friends Meeting House.

If you are interested please give me a call. Many thanks, Lorna Mullett, 01768 840903

A personal note from Fr Jerome

I wish to say that I have been very grateful to Bishop Michael Campbell for granting me a long convalescence after my heart operation. I am well on the road to full recovery and am to return to the parish after the Feast of the Epiphany, that is on the 7th January.

However, it is with regret that I am to tell you that I am to retire as parish priest, and this to be effective from Thursday 1st March. I am sorry this is the case and to be leaving you. However, I can say that the Bishop is sending you a good priest, a Fr John Winstanley, who will have your true care at heart.

On a lighter note may I finish by saying that Fr John himself was a young parishioner of mine when I was parish priest at St Mary and St Michael’s, Garstang some little time ago.

Thank you.  Fr Jerome