Prayer in Christian life


Prayer is turning the heart towards God.

When a person prays he enters into a living relationship with God.

Prayer is the great gate leading into faith. People who pray no longer live on their own, for themselves, and by their own strength. They know there is a God to whom they can talk. People who pray entrust themselves more and more to God.  The effort to pray daily is part of the Christian life. (YouCat 469)

St Catherine's church is always open during daylight hours for private prayer and reflection.

For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.
— St Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)

This week's intentions

Pray for Andrew Morton, Brian Cafferkey, Margaret Bower, Edna Rowell, Des & Pat Prior, Catherine Wilshaw, Ann Spaldin , Jean Lynan, Phillip Stockdale, Gareth Butterworth , Barbara Milik, Anne-Marie Lynch, Maureen Richardson, Emma Rodgers and Mary Winstanley who are sick.

Remember also Bernard Rowan, Lydia Wills, Peter Simonini and Edward Beard whose anniversaries occur about this time.

The Catholic church also has many beautiful formal ways to pray - check the newsletter to confirm times.

Morning and evening prayer of the church

A short 15 minute service of psalms and prayers, appropriate to the time of day.

Tuesdays & Fridays, 11.45am, Saturdays, 9.00am


The simple prayer of the Rosary - with its Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries - marks the rhythm of human life.

Thursdays, 6.45pm followed by Mass

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet is a series of prayers, said using Rosary beads, based on the visions of Saint Mary Faustina, the Apostle of Mercy. More information here.

Fridays, 12 noon


Weekly Prayer group

A small group of parishioners who meet on a regular basis to pray and sing together.

Tuesdays, 10.30am-12 noon and on pre-announced Wednesdays


The traditional liturgical adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

As announced


Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament:

  • for Vocations to the priesthood         Saturdays, 9-10am
  • for pro life intentions 3rd Thursday of month closing the 7pm Mass