Summer Fair 2017 - this Sunday (16 July)!!


Please come and support the event to make it a success!

It is an ideal opportunity to socialise while raising funds. This year we will be serving tea/ coffee with Danish pastries and croissants after the 8.30 Mass and hotdogs after the 10.30 Mass. There will be stalls selling books, gifts, toys, household, cakes, plants and produce plus raffle and tombola prizes.

Parents - First Holy Communion in Summer 2018

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If you wish your child to make his or her First Holy Communion in Summer 2018 please write a letter to Fr Jerome Ainsworth, The Rectory, Drovers Lane, Penrith CA11 9EL with the following details:

  1. asking for your child to make his/her First Communion next year
  2. giving your address, telephone number and email address
  3. most importantly, explaining in your letter how you would hope to prepare your child at home for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.

Please do this before the end of the school summer term (by July 20th).

Everybody who has their child baptised makes a solemn promise at the time of the christening to bring their child up in the practice of the Faith. This is impossible without the child being prepared for and making their First Holy Communion. The Eucharist is one of the three sacraments of initiation and is essential to the living of our Faith. 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.

Putting the parish Sunday Mass on your computer or television

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What about giving our parishioners, be they elderly, disabled or housebound, the chance of watching and listening to the Mass transmitted from St Catherine’s church to their computer or television on a Sunday morning?

I am looking into the feasibility and costs of this which involves discretely installing a camera/facilities in the church. The technical term for this is ‘streaming', that is streaming the Mass to your home. This would be an important pastoral support for those who are unable to come to church even on a temporary basis. They would feel less isolated and more part of our parish community.

Please let me know what you think of this idea and to what extent it would be a benefit to parishioners and others. It is an item on the parish pastoral council agenda this coming Thursday giving you the chance to tell me or any PPC member what you think about this opportunity.  Fr Jerome.

Catholic? Going to University this Year?


Make sure you look out for your Catholic Chaplaincy. Most Universities and HE Institutions have a dedicated Catholic Chaplain based in the university or the local parish. The Chaplaincy is a place for you to explore your faith as a young adult, to meet other young people with similar interests from a great range of backgrounds, and to get involved in activities and social outreach. If you already have a strong faith, this is a chance to deepen it. If you are full of questions and doubts, this is a chance to share them and search for some honest answers about life and faith. Everyone is welcome. To find your local Chaplaincy, visit the Catholics at University website at:

Monze Mission Hospital


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


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.