Permanent Diaconate


Bishop Paul has officially accepted parishioner David Greaves on to the formation programme for the Permanent Diaconate in our Diocese. This is a four year part-time programme of spiritual, pastoral and academic formation and discernment towards the vocation of being a deacon. Studies take place at intervals at a centre in Scotland with applicants from several diocese. David attends the introductory meeting on 25th August. As with many applicants and deacons, he continues in full time secular employment.

We assure David and his wife Rebecca and their three children of our prayerful support. Let’s keep them in our daily prayers.  Fr. John

World Meeting of Families

This international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. Pope Francis will be there on 25/26 August.


Official Family Prayer

God, our Father,

We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,

One family, in the Spirit of your love.

Bless us with the joy of love.

Make us patient and kind, gentle and generous, welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care, especially those for whom we now pray: [We pause and remember family members and others by name].

Increase our faith, Strengthen our hope, Keep us safe in your love,

Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.

This we ask, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Penrith Foodbank


The Salvation Army have sent a message of thanks “We wish the parishioners of St Catherine’s and St. Wulstan’s to know how much we appreciate the foodbank donations which you have made.”

We understand that demand is still high at present, so please continue to bring items in especially:

  • Long grain rice
  • Tinned veg (peas, carrots, mixed veg)
  • Small jars of coffee
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Other dried and tinned goods are most welcome too.

Thank you. Fr John

Annual Pilgrimage to the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at Cleator, Sunday 2 September


Mass & Blessing of the Sick – 3pm

Principal Celebrant and Preacher : Bishop Paul Swarbrick

This year’s theme is “Our Lady, Queen of Peace”

We are well aware that too many people in the world are trying to survive war and the effects of war. Too few leaders are looking to promote peace; cooperation is giving way to rivalry. Our Lady’s intercession is needed more now than ever.

As well as a beautiful replica of the Lourdes grotto, there are also statues of the Cure of Ars and St Therese of Lisieux. The pilgrimage will be an opportunity to honour not only Mary, the Mother of God, but also these two great saints, and to ask for their intercession for healing and consolation.

For further details see poster in the narthex.

Young people, age 16+ are invited to walk in pilgrimage from Honister across Haystacks into Ennerdale then on to Cleator. They begin at Castlerigg Manor on Friday 31 August. The walk is about 10 miles each day and concludes with the Diocesan Mass at Cleator at 3pm. To join the walk, contact Fr John Moriarty at Castlerigg 017687 72711.

Feast day of St John Boste — Tuesday 24 July 2018


St John Boste is one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales to be canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1970. Born at Dufton near Appleby in 1544, he was educated at Appleby Grammar School and later became the School’s headmaster. Living during the difficult times of Elizabeth I’s reign, he reverted to Catholicism and travelled to France to be ordained. For the next twelve years he risked his life as a missionary priest in the North of England becoming known as the ‘Stag of The Forest’ to his hunters. Betrayed by a friend, he was captured and imprisoned for several months in the Tower of London and suffered severe torture on the rack. He behaved with undaunted courage and resolution. St John Boste was hung, drawn and quartered near Durham on 24 July 1594 in a most brutal and purposeful manner as a warning to others. His faith never wavered as he recited The Angelus whilst ascending the ladder to his death. An eyewitness to his martyrdom was fellow priest, Blessed Christopher Robinson, who wrote a graphic account of the execution. Christopher was to suffer a similar fate at Carlisle in 1598. St John Boste Pray for Us.

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We had a great walk up High Cup Nick, praying The Angelus at the top, in honour of St John Boste.

Thanks to Peter for organising it!

Visits by Bishop Paul


As announced, the Bishop visits St Catherine’s on Friday 12th October to celebrate Mass at 10.30am for the parish and school at the start of our three days of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

At the recent PPC meeting, people were also keen to invite Bishop Paul to the parish in 2019 to celebrate a Mass at Alston and Confirmations in Penrith. The Bishop has kindly agreed to both. Please make a note of the following:

  • Vigil Mass at St Wulstan’s Alston, Saturday 19th January at 6pm (our patronal feast day of St.Wulstan).
  • Confirmations at St Catherine’s, Penrith on Tuesday 11th June at 6pm

News from St Catherine's Primary School


Another academic year, with all of its challenges and dramas, draws to a close.

Following the celebration of the Y6 Leavers Mass, the staff reminisced about the wonderful children moving onto their new schools; it was lovely to hear the fondness in their conversations. Two of our Y6 pupils shared their memories at the Mass and brought a lump to everyone’s throat. We wish you all lots of love and best wishes for the future ahead.

We would also like to thank Caroline Osbaldestin for her many years of service as a Governor; you will be greatly missed.

This has been an amazingly successful year for St. Catherine’s, thank you all for your prayers and kind words. Have a wonderful summer! Angela Hill, Headteacher



We wish all the pupils and staff a very happy and enjoyable summer holiday. Sincere thanks go to Mrs Hill and all her staff for their hard work and dedication throughout this last academic year. There have been many blessings and achievements during the year, not least the ‘outstanding’ Diocesan RE Inspection in March. Grateful thanks also to all the school governors for what they do to support the school day to day. A number of parishioners carry out the role of ‘foundation governor’ in which they represent the Bishop. Their work is vital in providing Catholic education and in ensuring strong links with our parish community. Many thanks to all. Fr. John

Four months on .......

I came to the parish in March to face with you the worst weather for a while with the ‘beast from the East’! Now I have enjoyed with you the lovely summer sunshine of recent days! Many thanks for your great welcome and for your strong, ongoing, support in our parish life together. I have a couple of outpatient appointments re my voice over the summer, the first next week, so your continued prayers are much appreciated. When Fr. Jerome and I spoke last February, prior to his retirement, it seemed wise that we had a period of transition, for all concerned, before he returned to concelebrate Mass as he would be living in the town. We decided together that July onwards would be a good point for him to return and join us for Mass whenever he wished. I saw him recently and thanked him for his patience! He has, of course, been of great assistance with the recent parish pilgrimage to Lourdes and with Sr. Juunza’s visit from Monze. He has also been helping out in other parishes and has had some holidays and he looks extremely well. Moving forwards, please put in your diary the first visit of Bishop Paul to our parish on Friday 12 October when he will celebrate Mass at 10.30am for parishioners and the school. This is the start of our annual Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. We look forward to welcoming our new Bishop and let’s keep him always in our prayers. Fr. John