Bishop Paul Swarbrick

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Thank you to those who prayed in church at the Holy Hour last Sunday, the day before Bishop Paul’s ordination. Thank you to the four parishioners who represented our two churches at the Episcopal Ordination last Monday in Lancaster Cathedral. It was a wonderful day for our Diocese of Lancaster.

I have written to Bishop Paul to assure him of our encouragement, support and constant prayers. I have also written to Bishop Camp- bell to wish him a happy and fruitful retirement.

A prayer card has been made ready for distribution within all the parishes of our Diocese following the Ordination and Installation of Bishop Paul Swarbrick. These are available in the narthex and some have also been brought to Alston for parishioners at St Wulstan’s.  Fr John


Fire Escape Doorway


A Fire Risk Assessment has been carried out of the Church and Presbytery. This identified the need for a fire escape doorway at the South end of the church. A new door is planned in the South-West wall of the transept between the Lady altar and the stained glass window. The doorway will have an oak door with dressed stone cill and lintels. A planning application has been submitted for the work. Once approved, we need approval from the Diocese to proceed with the work. A plan showing the proposed doorway details is on display on the notice-board at the back of Church. You can view full details on the Eden Council Planning website under planning application ref 18/0241. For any more information, contact Martin Oakley.

Gift Aid Envelopes for the year from Sunday 8th April 2018

The new boxes of yellow offertory envelopes which start with Sunday 8th April are now available at the back of church (those for St Wulstan’s will be taken to Alston by Fr John).


At this time of the year we need to remind you that for your offerings, including standing orders, and other donations to qualify for gift aid you must continue to be a taxpayer, paying an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax at least equivalent to the tax to be reclaimed on all your donations given under Gift Aid to the Parish and all other charities in any one tax year. Please ask me if this requires an explanation.

If you are a taxpayer and would like to start gift-aiding your cash offerings, please ask me for a form and an explanation of the scheme which will add 25p to the Parish income for every £1 donated. If you prefer, you may make your offering by standing order for which I would give you the forms.

Philip Holland, Parish Gift Aid Organiser (01768 840788)

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress 7th-9th September 2018

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This will take place in Liverpool. (The first since 1908). Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of all our people, clergy, religious and laity, which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church with sessions focusing on different aspects of the Eucharist and celebration & adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. There will be prayer and workshops for all involved.

Throughout the first day there will be prayer and worship with workshops especially for parish catechists but also all others to explore Scripture, Ecclesiology, Eucharistic Language and Catechesis and Rites and Music for Eucharistic Adoration.

The Echo Arena in Liverpool-which can accommodate 10,000 pilgrims-will be the home to a six-hour stage programme on day two, which will include a Congress Mass, keynote speakers and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion. The day will conclude with Adoration.

On the third and final day of the Pilgrimage and Congress, Sunday, there will be pilgrimage Masses and a street procession-open to all.

Each parish is invited to have two representatives at this Congress. Please give some thought to attending on behalf of St. Catherine’s and St. Wulstan’s and let Fr. John know.

Fr Jerome's retirement

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Message from Fr Jerome:

As I leave . . . . . . there are so many things I want to thank you for, that I hesitate to make a start: to thank you for all the work and different parish ministries you have engaged in with such energy and enthusiasm, for wise advice given and quiet encouragement, for friendliness & forgiveness, for cheerfulness & laughter even when things didn’t turn out quite as they should. My thanks must also be a plea for your forgiveness for any past wrong or unkindness on my part. Yet I am grateful to you for something more than all this: it is for being a family of faith in which my faith has been strengthened and my ministry as a priest among you has been affirmed. Simply put: for being for me a ‘family’ I could truly call my ‘home’ for nearly thirteen years. Thank you!

Supporting Monze Mission Hospital

As Fr Jerome is retiring we are restructuring the Monze Mission Hospital fundraising group, the new committee members are:

  • Chair: Judith Bayley/Laura Reid
  • Secretary: Teresa Taylor
  • Treasurer: John Poland

If you are interested in being part of this group, either as a committee member or a helper in any other capacity, please contact one of the above. We would really welcome your support in any way.

 Sr Juunza

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The Monze Mission Hospital is in Monze, Zambia and began in 1964 as a small health centre for the local population under the apostolate of Sisters of the Holy Spirit. It has grown into a large district hospital, with 276 beds, providing both midwifery and nurse training in the Southern Province. The Southern Province in Zambia is a vast grassland of many villages and a few small towns. Few people have paid work, most survive by subsistence farming. Malnutrition is widespread with only the basics in schooling and health care. The average life is only 33 years.

Since 2006 our charity “Helpers of the Holy Spirit Sisters” has sent over £70,000 to support this Hospital and their work in education. We will be visited in May by Sr Juunza who manages the hospital, who will let us know of the hospital priorities. We would very much like your continued help in supporting this worthy cause. From next week we plan to have a change bucket in the porch of the church where donations of loose change can be made. We would like your support in terms of your time, your ideas and your prayers. If you would like to help in any way, please contact me by leaving a note with your name in the sacristy. Teresa Taylor, secretary.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham 2018


The 2018 Lancaster Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham will take place from Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 September, led by our new Bishop of Lancaster.

The cost is £280 for full board for three nights based on people sharing a room in the Anglican accommodation centre with a day excursion to Sandringham House. Booking closing date is Monday 25th June by which a non-refundable deposit of £80 is required (cheques made payable to the Office of the New Evangelisation).

If interested, contact Paul Briers on 01946 834834 or email