** Summer Fair 2017 ** Advance notice

We will be holding our annual Summer Fair on Sunday 16 July in the Haydock Centre/garden from after the 8.30am Mass until 2.00pm so please put this date in your diary - an opportunity to socialise while raising funds.

We would welcome any items that you are able to donate – books, gifts, toys, cakes, plants and produce plus raffle and tombola prizes. All items need to be in a condition that you would be happy to buy or receive yourself.

There will be updates in future newsletters but in the meantime if you would like any additional information please call Sue on 01768 864407 or Lorna on 01768 840903.

Food Bank donations needed

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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 short of jams, pasta sauces and small pots of custard. **

Thank you!

Please leave in the Food Bank box in the Narthex.

Petition for the beatification of John Bradburne

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John Randal Bradburne was born on 14 June 1921 here in Cumbria very near to Penrith at the Vicarage in Skirwith. Baptized an Anglican he became a Catholic in 1947 and spent his life as a spiritual pilgrim travelling through England, Israel, Italy, Belgium, Greece before eventually settling in a leper colony in what is now Zimbabwe. There is spent the remainder of his life tending with great love and care to the lepers. During the civil war there, and though warned to leave, he continued to care for the lepers for which he was murdered in 1979.

The first step in his canonization would be to receive from the Pope the title of 'Servant of God.

Please consider signing the petition for the beatification of John Bradburne. This can be done here: http://johnbradburne.com/beatification.php or by going to the John Bradburne Memorial Society website at www.johnbradburne.com and clicking on the beatification button to sign the form.

Monze Mission Hospital

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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.

Pray for my safe journeying to Monze over the next few weeks. Fr Jerome

St Catherine's School - Ofsted report

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Congratulations to St Catherine's School following their recent positive Ofsted report. Ofsted described the school as 'a caring and inclusive school based on a strong Catholic ethos', ‘pupils' behaviour is exemplary’, ‘far-reaching and ambitious’, ‘teaching across school is at least good with much that is outstanding.’ The whole report will be available on the Ofsted website and school website next week. A huge thank you to Angela Hill, headteacher, all our staff, Governors and families for the continued success of our school.

Penrith & Eden Refugee Support Network - Volunteers needed in Penrith to help with child care

Following on from the recent and well attended meeting in the Haydock Centre the group formed at that meeting has now been registered as a Support Network with Cumbria CVS with the following broad aims:

  • Being better informed and speaking well of refugees
  • Welcoming Syrian families to Cumbria
  • Exploring City of Sanctuary and other means to co-ordinate our solidarity with refugees and with others around the country and world.
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On a practical level, volunteers are needed to help with the crèche which Barnardos are organising for the intensive Language classes ( ESOL) for the Syrian families in Penrith. These are on a Monday & Tuesday afternoons, as far as we are aware, in Penrith Children’s Centre. We are just awaiting a start date. Volunteers will be needed for the crèche while the parents at language class. If you are interested, please contact Jacquie Baccar, email: Jacquie.baccar@barnardos.org.uk or tel. Office 01228 593810 / 596773 or mobile 07768 504966. If you do volunteer please let our local coordinator, Sarah, know, sarahravenbridge@gmail.com or 01768 870817.