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

Please keep in your prayers Jeremy Graham of Alston who will be received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church in St. Wulstan’s at 6pm on Saturday 2 June, the Vigil of Corpus Christi. Please also remember all who were baptised or received into the Church this Easter.

Pray also for Andrew Morton, Elizabeth Millar, Brian Cafferkey, Edna Rowell, Des & Pat Prior, Catherine Wilshaw, Ann Spaldin , Phillip Stockdale, Gareth Butterworth , Barbara Milik, Anne-Marie Lynch, Maureen Richardson, and Asher Baldwin.

Remember also in your prayers:

John Flower: Funeral Service in St Catherine’s on Tuesday 22 May at 12 noon. This follows a committal earlier in the morning at Carlisle Crematorium.

Jean Lynan: Requiem Mass in St. Catherine’s on Wednesday 23 May at 11am followed by burial in Penrith Cemetery.

Mary Margaret (Maureen) Binks formerly of Penrith. Maureen died in Dinnington, North Yorkshire, where her Requiem Mass has been celebrated followed by cremation. There will be a Memorial Service here in St. Catherine’s on Thursday 31 May at 11am followed by the burial of her Ashes in Penrith Cemetery.

also Margaret Ellen Lee, Constance Donoghoe, Angus Brown, George Ensor, Margaret Renwick & James McDonald whose anniversaries occur about this time.

May they rest in peace.

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

See Newsletter


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