St Catherine's School - Ofsted report

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Congratulations to St Catherine's School following their recent positive Ofsted report. Ofsted described the school as 'a caring and inclusive school based on a strong Catholic ethos', ‘pupils' behaviour is exemplary’, ‘far-reaching and ambitious’, ‘teaching across school is at least good with much that is outstanding.’ The whole report will be available on the Ofsted website and school website next week. A huge thank you to Angela Hill, headteacher, all our staff, Governors and families for the continued success of our school.

Penrith & Eden Refugee Support Network - Volunteers needed in Penrith to help with child care

Following on from the recent and well attended meeting in the Haydock Centre the group formed at that meeting has now been registered as a Support Network with Cumbria CVS with the following broad aims:

  • Being better informed and speaking well of refugees
  • Welcoming Syrian families to Cumbria
  • Exploring City of Sanctuary and other means to co-ordinate our solidarity with refugees and with others around the country and world.
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On a practical level, volunteers are needed to help with the crèche which Barnardos are organising for the intensive Language classes ( ESOL) for the Syrian families in Penrith. These are on a Monday & Tuesday afternoons, as far as we are aware, in Penrith Children’s Centre. We are just awaiting a start date. Volunteers will be needed for the crèche while the parents at language class. If you are interested, please contact Jacquie Baccar, email: Jacquie.baccar@barnardos.org.uk or tel. Office 01228 593810 / 596773 or mobile 07768 504966. If you do volunteer please let our local coordinator, Sarah, know, sarahravenbridge@gmail.com or 01768 870817.

News coming via the Internet

Increasing amount of news and information is coming by the Internet via emails, blogs, etc. in a way that is becoming very impractical and too expensive to print, though highlights can be put into our weekly newsletter.

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The Catholic Bishops Conference for England & Wales newsletter is a typical example: this digital newsletter gives a title and introduction to each article but you need to click the link provided to see the bulk of the article.

It would make sense to distribute such information to those of our parishioners who might be interested probably at the moment via email attachments, though as time progresses there will undoubtedly be more apposite methods. I will ask the PPC to discuss the practicalities of this which would depend on having parishioner email addresses gathered on one distribution list.

It does however concern me that those who do not have the technology or who choose not to use it are ‘getting left behind’, but I can see no alternative for distributing news items which come in this form. Fr Jerome

Your Parish needs You!

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One of the major issues raised at the Parish pastoral Council meeting on Thursday 23rd March was the urgent need for volunteers to support the various activities within the parish - see list below. The PPC is asking for you to consider playing a part in supporting the following parish activities with whatever time you can give:

  • Church Fire Wardens at Mass
  • Organist/Cantor for the Sunday Masses
  • Helpers with post-baptismal programme
  • Group to serve refreshments after 8.30 Sunday Mass
  • Social Activities Co-ordinator
  • Church and grounds maintenance, Gardeners

If you feel you can help in any kind of way with the above then please contact me with your name, contact details and the area you would like to help with and I will get back to you with more information. Many thanks! Lorna Mullett, Secretary to the Parish Pastoral Council. Tel 01768 840903, Email: Wastwater@talktalk.net

Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

CAP is a 20 year old voluntary organisation to support those who seem to be in impossible financial difficulties. Its work is not to pay off whatever is the debt but, in both a professional and befriending way, to support the client to manage the situation.

There are two sides to its work. On the one hand professional advice is obtained with CAP negotiating with the banks, etc on behalf of the client. This financially professional body is based in Bradford. Individuals seeking the assistance of CAP give it authority to negotiate with creditors and organise the client's finances so as to make them debt free within 5 years or negotiate a managed insolvency.

On the other hand in the local regions, for instance in Penrith, there will be people who act as befrienders, that is who "walk with the client" to encourage and support him or her to carry out the plan of action which has been professionally negotiated by Bradford. Then there are others, those "bringing blessings" who give general & practical support to the client and the befriender, for instance preparing a Christmas hamper, or sending birthday greetings.

The emphasis is to reassure the clients they are not alone, and to encourage them to follow the financial plan negotiated by CAP to manage their finances.

CAP is a Christian initiative. Although CAP in Penrith is only a year old nevertheless there have been two successes with two clients completing the process of clearing their debts.

Would you like to know more? Do have a word with John Poland or me. I do think this is one of the surest ways of working together ecumenically with other Christian bodies which our Church encourages us to do. Fr Jerome.