The burial place of George Leo Haydock, parish priest of St Catherine’s

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There are historical references to the burial of Fr George Leo Haydock being within our church building. Though not our first parish priest Fr Haydock was not only responsible for the financing and erection of its building but was a man of some standing in Penrith, among other things he quelled a major riot between hundred of workers about to take place outside the town. He also annotated and, with his brother, edited what is now known as The Haydock Bible, a copy of which was used by president John F Kennedy for the swearing in of his presidency; another copy of which is on display in our church. A Texan, Mr Sidney Ohlhausen, who has made a life long study of the Haydock brothers, recently financed a radar-penetrating survey of the floor of St Catherine's to see if we can locate the burial place of this famous parish priest of ours.

We now have the report of the geophysical survey undertaken on 5th September to investigate the possibility that Fr George Leo Haydock is buried somewhere in the church. The report is lengthy and highly technical and on the nature of the geophysical evidence adduced it does not give a definitive or conclusive verdict on the possibility of the burial. Michael Mullett

Centenary of the Appearance of Our Lady at Fatima

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The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times between 13th May and 13th October 1917 to three shepherd children: Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta who lived in the small, impoverished village of Fatima. The people of this region had remained faithful to the Catholic Church during what had been the recent persecutions by the Portuguese government.

The Blessed Virgin came with a message not just for the children but for all peoples throughout our times. She promised the world would be at peace and people would be saved if her words were listened to and people turned back to the God who loved them. On the other hand war, hunger, persecution would be the consequence of our sinfulness.

On the occasion of his visit to Fatima Pope St John Paul made it clear that the message of Fatima was more relevant and more urgent in our times than when Our Lady first appeared. It is the anguished appeal of our heavenly mother who sees us in great danger and who comes to offer her prayerful guidance.

Refreshments after Sunday Masses

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We are now offering refreshments after the 8.30am Sunday Mass as well as the 10.30am.

Pop in for a cup of tea and put names to the faces which have been so familiar over the years. Fr Jerome.

P.S. We need 1 extra person to help with the coffee rota after 10.30am Mass on a Sunday morning. The commitment would be once every 5 weeks. Also more volunteers to help at the 8.30 refreshments would also be welcome. If you can help, please contact Mary on 01768 891173.

Prayer request

I am sure that many parishioners will remember Roy Mockett who was a parishioner at St Catherine’s for many years. He was particularly involved in dealing with the parish finances and did some excellent work for us. Roy died a couple of years ago and I have just been notified that he has left a very generous legacy to St Catherine’s. Can I ask that you remember him in your prayers. Fr Jerome

Report from Monze, Zambia

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This week I would like to say a little about the third important item dealt with during my visit to Zambia. This was the wish which had been expressed, on both sides, for the twinning of St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School and the Bishop James Corboy School in Mazabuka, southern Zambia. Bishop Corboy was the first bishop of Monze Diocese which is why the Sisters of the Holy Spirit wished to name their new primary school after him.

Our children not only prepared material for me to take to Zambia but took photos and a film of their school life with some children’s interviews. I in my turn visited and spoke to the children in the African school, took photos and some film work which I brought back with me. I hope to show this to you in the Haydock Centre on Tuesday, 18th July at 6.30pm and to the school children, Friday 14th July at 9am. The real challenge will be how we continue and expand this communication. Fr Jerome.

Monze Mission Hospital

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I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the many generous donations which have come in over the last few weeks in support of this hospital in the town of Monze managed by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit.

As well as the £506.95 from the parish plant sale, £107.24 from the Passover celebration and a £50 donation there have been gifts of £585.13 from the parish in Workington with two magnificent gifts of £1,595 and £1,875 each. This raised the total in our Helpers of the Holy Spirit Sisters Charity to over £11,000.

All this has been most opportune since in January I had asked Sr Juunza, who manages the Monze Hospital, if she had any particular project in hand which needed support. She forwarded the outline of a project for a new neonatal unit and though its cost is far in excess of what we can manage nevertheless our gift of £10,560, which I have just sent out to Zambia, will be a great help.

If you wish to know more about the details, both of our Charity Account and of the project for the new neonatal unit you may find copies for the same in the narthex. You are free to take from these. The former gives details of monies which have come into the Charity since its inception in 2004 - though with names of donors removed. Over £70,000 has been sent out to Zambia in the last thirteen years in the form of sixteen ‘gifts’. The second set of copies are of Sr Juunza’s more detailed account of the project for the neonatal unit. There are also copies of her details for the construction of the Outpatients Department which we previously supported and is now completed.

**  Details of St Catherine's primary school twinning with Bishop James Corboy School in Mazabuka, of the links between our Lancaster Diocese and the Diocese of Monze and not least of our support for the Monze Mission Hospital managed by the Sisters of the Holy Spirit will come soon. **

Fr Jerome

Food Bank donations needed

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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.

** The Salvation army who take in, store and distribute the Penrith Foodbank donations have mentioned that they are particularly short of UHT milk, tinned meat (corned beef, Spam, chicken) tinned custard, tinned rice, tea, coffee, jam and tinned fruit. Help with these items would be much appreciated. At present the foodbank is supporting 17 people including 7 children. **

Thank you!

Please leave in the Food Bank box in the Narthex.

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