Catholic Schools

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 Bishop Michael has asked for the following to be included in the parish newsletter:

“Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admission cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics.

Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk or search for ‘Catholic education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic Schools.”

The full letter from the Bishop is in the narthex.

CWL Book trolley

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The CWL has set up a book trolley in the corridor from the Narthex to the Hall.

Books, DVDs and CDs are for sale and the money raised will go to our local charities, currently, St Catherine's parish, The 'Pride of Cumbria' air ambulance and Hospice at Home.

Do please have a look and buy something from the trolley and then restock with your own pre-read, watched and listened-to books, DVDs and CDs. Many thanks! Sue Chandler

Praying for a New Bishop of Lancaster

Mindful that his retirement is approaching, Bishop Michael has written to all priests asking that the Bidding Prayers at all Sunday Masses until the announcement of the new Bishop is made, are concluded with the following prayer:

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Almighty God, Eternal shepherd and guide. In your love for us, grant to the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster a shepherd who will lead us to be Christ’s heart of mercy, voice of hope, and hands of justice. Help him to fill our minds and hearts with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments, and the desire to build up your holy Church.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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There are historical references to the burial of Fr George Leo Haydock being within our church building.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

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.