The Little Flower in Scotland - Visit of the Relics to Carfin

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In 2009 the relics of St Therese of Lisieux were brought to England and Wales. The visit touched many thousands of people. The relics will be brought to Scotland from 30 August to 20 September 2019.

There will be a Pilgrimage from St Catherine’s on Saturday 31 August to join in the event at Carfin Grotto. We will be leaving from St Catherine’s Church at 10am to arrive at Carfin in time for the Solemn High Mass at 1pm. Following the Mass, there will be the opportunity to receive an individual blessing with the relic of St Therese of Lisieux. Confessions will also be available before and after the Mass. We will leave Carfin at 3.30pm to arrive back at St Catherine’s at 5.30pm. The cost of the bus is £15 per person. It would be advisable to take a packed lunch, as the facilities are likely to be very busy at Carfin.

If you would like to join this pilgrimage, please sign the sheet at the back of the church as soon as possible so transport can be confirmed Enquiries to John Poland or David Greaves.

See the poster in the narthex for the full programme at Carfin.

Further details on the visit to Scotland are available here.

Please note there will be no morning Mass, Adoration or Confessions on Saturday 31 August as Fr. John will be joining the pilgrimage to Carfin.

Castlerigg events for young people


Castlerigg Manor are holding a series of events for young people in the Diocese between the ages of 15 and mid-twenties as follows:

22-26 August - Coach to Youth 2000 Walsingham Festival. A celebration of faith. Where hope dwells and the voice of fear weakens.

6-9 September - ’The Big Walk’. A weekend of friendship, fun and faith. Two days of walking through the beautiful countryside of the Lake District, concluding with the Pilgrimage Mass at Cleator. Bishop Paul will be walking with the young people again this year.

14 September - ‘Your Voice’. A day of listening with Bishop Paul and the Diocesan Youth Service.

More information is available in the narthex or on

John Bradburne’s Cause for Beatification


John Bradburne was born in Cumbria at Skirwith in 1921 and he became a third-order Franciscan missionary. He was killed in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1979 for refusing to abandon the lepers he had looked after for may years.

Since his death, Mutemwa, the leprosy settlement where he worked, has become a major pilgrimage centre. Each year, on the anniversary of his death, 5 September, thousands gather to hear Mass and process up the mountain where he walked and prayed.

This year, the 40th anniversary of John’s assassination, there will be a special ceremony at Mutemwa, where many thousands are expected to attend, including from outside Zimbabwe. Two weeks later, on Saturday 21st September in the afternoon, there will be a Mass at Westminster Cathedral. This will be followed by an exhibition in the hall about John’s life, along with talks and Zimbabwean music. John’s Franciscan habit will be one of the things on display, as well as his beloved typewriter and some of his manuscripts. This will be the first time that John’s relics will be publicly displayed.

There will be a day at St Thomas More Parish Centre, Lancaster on Saturday 7th September from 10am-3pm entitled John Bradburne - the Road to Sanctity which will be led by Prof David Crystal. (See poster in the narthex). It is a free event (donations welcome) and you need to register at here.

As John Bradburne was a local man, I would very much like our parish to form a small informal group of 2 or more people to act as the focus for encouraging knowledge of and devotion to John, as his cause for beatification proceeds. This would involve prayer, research, arranging a parish talk, attending events such as those mentioned in this newsletter etc etc. If this appeals to you, please have a word with me after Mass or email the parish office. Thank you, Fr. John

Cleator Pilgrimage, Sunday 8 September


The Cleator Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady at St Mary’s is on Sunday 8 September. The Principal Celebrant and Preacher for the pilgrimage will be Bishop Paul and includes a Mass and Blessing for the Sick at 3pm.

Tea & Coffee are available before and after the pilgrimage in the Cleator Parish Room.

Everyone is welcome.

For further information, please contact St Mary’s Priory, Cleator 01946 810324. email:

Rest in Peace


My Mother and our family thank you most sincerely for your prayers and condolences following the sudden death of Dad, Brian Winstanley, on 12 July, aged 96 years.

Thank you to the parishioners who represented the Parish at his Requiem Mass, to those who took on extra duties when I was called away, and to the priests who kindly supplied.

Your kindness and support is a great comfort to us. Fr John

Summer Fair


We would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make this both an enjoyable and successful event last Sunday, when we raised £914.55 for parish funds. We are very grateful for all the items that were donated for us to sell, prizes for the raffle and tombola, all the great baking for the cake stall and, of course, our excellent team for all their hard work. Sue & Lorna

NB Raffle prizes from the Fair to be collected. Please speak to a welcomer.

Pilgrimage to Rome 11th - 18th May 2020

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Fr Michael Docherty is organising a pilgrimage with flights from Newcastle Airport and accommodation on a half board basis at the Hotel Olympic, near St. Peter’s Basilica. Features include daily Mass, Papal Audience, two half day tours of Rome, a day excursion to Monte Cassino and Sunday Mass at the Venerable English College. Price is estimated at £815 per person [may reduce if enough travel]. Single room supplement £159. If you would like to join the pilgrimage please email ASAP.

Fr Jerome's Golden Jubilee, 24 November

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Our congratulations, thanks and prayers to Fr. Jerome Ainsworth whose Golden Jubilee of priestly ordination was on Friday, 7th June.

With a busy schedule for him over the coming months, Fr. Jerome will celebrate this Jubilee with us at St. Catherine’s later in the year, on Sunday 24th November, Feast of Christ the King. Fr. Jerome will preside at the 10.30am Mass that day, followed by refreshments in the Haydock Centre.

Gift Aid


Gift Aid is a scheme that allows the parish to reclaim tax on all offerings made by you inclding standing orders (if you are a UK taxpayer). This means your offerings will be worth 25% more to us at no extra cost to you. So if you give £10, the parish actually receives £12.50.

Please remember that for your offerings to qualify for gift aid you must continue to be a UK tax payer. (Paying tax at least equivalent to the tax to be reclaimed on all your donations to all charities in the year.)

Would you like to give in this way? All enquiries to Philip Holland. Tel. 01768 840788

If you already gift your offerings - named boxes of envelopes for the new tax year are available to be collected from the back of church. Thank you.

St Wulstan’s, Alston

Many thanks for the warm welcome given to Bishop Paul on his visit last Saturday for the Feast of St Wulstan and to all who participated in the Mass and to those who provided the lovely refreshments. The Bishop enjoyed his visit very much.

Below is the text from the tablet marking the dedication of the church, over 65 years ago:


To the Glory of God

This Church

Founded by Thomas Edward Bishop of Lancaster

Was dedicated on 20 September 1953

Under the patronage of St Wulstan

In Memory of Thomas Wulstan OSB

First Bishop of Lancaster

who raised his eyes to the eternal hills

Parish Records


For many years St Catherine's rectory has housed the archives of our church and school. Consisting of record books, correspondence etc., these archives go back to the earliest days of our community, in the days of Rev. George Leo Haydock (d. 1849). These records have been used by researchers and by visitors enquiring into family history. It has now become clear, however, that from the point of view of security and conservation storing these materials in the rectory is no longer a satisfactory arrangement. Therefore, it has been decided, with the approval of the diocesan authorities, to transfer this archive to the Cumbria Archive Service, Petteril Bank, Carlisle, where they will receive professional curation and be available for historical research. Record material of recent date is exempt from the transfer. The parish retains ultimate ownership of all the material in question. Queries concerning these arrangements can be directed to Lorna Mullett, Michael Mullett or Peter Roebuck.

My thanks to our parish historians for all their knowledge, care and interest with the above. Fr. John

Altar Serving at Weekday Mass

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It would be a great help if the current adult servers could form a regular rota to set up for and serve the Masses from Tues-Sat. Not all days are covered at present. The preparation of church before Mass would leave Fr. John free for his own personal preparation.

If you can help, please sign the list in the sacristy or speak to Fr. John or Mervyn Edwards. New servers are welcome.

Thank you.