Parish Groups

Catholic Women's League

We are actively involved in all  aspects of parish work, PDT, flowers, readers, Eucharistic ministers,  Deanery Council, church housekeeping, etc. 

New members are always very welcome.  

Contact: Lorna Mullett (Chair)  01768 840903

Helpers of the Holy Spirit Sisters, Zambia

The Congregation of the Holy Spirit Sisters are attached to the Catholic  Diocese of Monze in Southern Zambia.  The sisters live in the townships and rural communities, leaving their community each day to work among  the poor in schools, hospitals and rural clinics, visiting the sick,  caring for the orphaned and assisting families afflicted with AIDs.  They draw strength from prayer and their community life.  We support the sisters by our prayer, fundraising and constant interest in their work and life.


North Cumbria LIFE Group

LIFE is a pro-life charity that supports anyone facing a crisis pregnancy, pregnancy loss or after an abortion, and strives to engage, inspire and inform the next generation. 

Locally we run a monthly Drop-In at Waterton Hall, Warwick Square, Carlisle where we can offer a counselling service with skilled listeners (or by appointment with a counsellor). We supply baby clothes and equipment free of charge to anyone in need and we liaise with local agencies to help and support new families.




The St Vincent de Paul Society tackles poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need.

The concept of need is broader than financial hardship, so visiting the sick, the lonely, the addicted, the imprisoned and those suffering from disabilities form a large proportion of our work.

Co-ordinator: Mary Coen

APF/Missio Supporting the Missions


Mill Hill missionaries are sent to the most remote places in the world to show the love of Christ to those who are in need, both spiritually and materially. We publish Mission Today, a quarterly magazine that keeps supporters up to date with mission news and we collect funds for overseas mission through the famous Red Boxes found in over 200,000 homes.

Co-ordinator: Teresa Mathews



We work with partners across the world, wherever the need is greatest, to bring hope, compassion and solidarity to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. We work with people of all faiths and none.

Inspired by Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences and hopes of people living in poverty, CAFOD works for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world.

Co-ordinator: Janice Wrench


Parish Pastoral Council

Our newly formed Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) “is a consultative body to enable the parish priest and people to work together to build up a dynamic Christian community that is characterised by faith, mission, worship and service”.

In particular the PPC facilitates the coordination of parish services regarding:

  1. proclaiming God’s Word and developing faith formation, especially for the young,
  2. fostering sacramental, liturgical and prayer life,
  3. supporting marriage and family life,
  4. enabling the lay faithful in their vocation of shaping society in accordance with the Gospel,
  5. strengthening commitment to social justice in caring for the poor and marginalised

and facilitates:

  1. fostering leadership in reaching out to young people in their journey of faith,
  2. welcoming new members especially those of different nationalities and culture,
  3. encouraging the parish to address social challenges by being sensitive to the needs of all.

The chosen representatives for the PPC are:

  • Secretarial & Financial - Jane Plasom-Scott
  • Fabric - Alan Catterson
  • Haydock Centre Management- Lorna Mullett (Secretary)
  • Safeguarding/Health & Safety - Fiona Roebuck
  • Sacristan & church cleaning - Marie Borradaile
  • Eucharistic ministers & Readers - John Kent
  • Liturgy & church music, servers - Paul Harper (Chair)
  • Prayer groups, ecumenism - Betty Butterworth
  • Sacrament/Programme Catechesis - David Greaves
  • Young people, school governors - Denis Smith
  • Social activity and fundraising - vacant
  • Sodalities eg SVP, LIFE, CWL - Sue Chandler
  • Representing the wider parish - (1) Michael Mullett, (2) Michael Coen, (3) Susanna Cooper (Vice Chair) (4) Jerry Rowan
  • Representing St Wulstan’s, Alston - (1) Paul Parkin (2) Richard Turner
  • President - Fr Jerome Ainsworth

Minutes of the PPC and its sub-committees are available to download:

PPC meeting, 6th November 2015

If you would like the PPC to consider any items at its next meeting please email PPC Chair, Paul Harper on