** Arrangements for the next few months **

Fr Jerome is recovering well from his surgery and is recuperating outside Cumbria. Please include him in your prayers - if you would like to send a card or message to him please either leave it in the sacristy or post it to St Catherine's Church and we will forward it to him.

As Fr Jerome will be “out of action” for some months, Fr Jim Allen (Dean) from Carlisle has organised a rota of priests to cover the Saturday Vigil Mass at 6pm at Alston each week and also the 8.30 am and 10.30 am Masses on Sundays at St Catherine’s. This will run to and include Epiphany.

During the week at St Catherine's, there is Morning Prayer on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.15am and Rosary on Thursdays at 7pm. There will be Friday Masses at 12 noon once a month on the following dates: 13 October, 10 November and 15 December.

On Saturdays there is Morning Prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for vocations from 9am-10am. In addition a priest will come to hear confessions between 9am-10am and celebrate Mass at 10am on the following Saturdays: 14 October, 11 November and 23 December.

Eucharistic Ministers - While Fr Jerome is unable to visit the sick people in the parish, it would be really helpful if our team of Eucharistic Ministers could provide more support and take communion to them. Please liaise with John Kent (07855 572697) if you are able to help.

Baby Loss Memorial


For the whole of October we have set up a quiet space for reflection and prayer to reach out to everyone affected by baby loss in whatever way. Feel free to take one of the prayer cards. If you, or anyone you know, has been affected by pregnancy loss and would like to talk please take a Pregnancy Matters leaflet and contact card. Thank You. Jane Plasom-Scott, North Cumbria LIFE group.

Apostleship of the Sea Appeal

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The Apostleship of the Sea are appealing for knitted hats, scarves and gloves to distribute to seamen, often from climates much warmer than ours, who handle ships on long-haul cold and wet sea journeys.

There are suggested patterns in a stand in the Narthex, but do use your own pattern if you prefer and then let me have the completed items by 31st October and I will arrange to send them to the AoS depot for distribution to the seamen.

Do please have a go at this and help, even in a small way, to make the lives of these men a little more comfy. Many thanks! Lorna Mullett

Events at Castlerigg Manor

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Young Adults Retreat, 17-19 Nov

A weekend retreat for young adults (in year 12 or above) at Castlerigg Manor. An opportunity to step back from our busy lives and reflect on where we are going, with time for reflection, discussion and prayer, and enjoy meeting other young adults. £65.

Advent Retreat, 8-10 December

Take time out from the busy run-up to Christmas to prepare for the Lord’s coming. This weekend retreat, for young people in year 9 and above, will be a fun occasion to meet other young people and, together, reflect on what Christmas is really about through games, workshops, discussions and prayer. £65.

Visit www.castleriggmanor.co.uk to book your place and for more info.

Healthcare events at Boarbank Hall, Grange over Sands


1st-3rd December 2017: Hope in Health-Advent Reflection on healthcare

This is open to anyone who is interested in healthcare, professional or lay, patient, carer, friend or family. What makes a good nurse or doctor? How do we foster ideals of care? How does this relate to our Christian faith?

8th-13th January 2018: Health & Salvation-Dignity, dependency & dementia

A retreat and holiday for healthcare professionals. During the week there will be talks, discussions and workshops on themes including: Catholic Teaching on Dignity, Old Age in Scripture, Spirituality and Ageing, Honouring the Spirit Within, Dementia Friendly Parishes, Being Dependent and Being Human. If these issues touch you or are your concern you are invited to set time apart in your diary for this week at Boarbank Hall, Grange-over-Sands. Click on the headings for more information.

CWL Book trolley

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The CWL has set up a book trolley in the corridor from the Narthex to the Hall.

Books, DVDs and CDs are for sale and the money raised will go to our local charities, currently, St Catherine's parish, The 'Pride of Cumbria' air ambulance and Hospice at Home.

Do please have a look and buy something from the trolley and then restock with your own pre-read, watched and listened-to books, DVDs and CDs. Many thanks! Sue Chandler

Praying for a New Bishop of Lancaster

Mindful that his retirement is approaching, Bishop Michael has written to all priests asking that the Bidding Prayers at all Sunday Masses until the announcement of the new Bishop is made, are concluded with the following prayer:


Almighty God, Eternal shepherd and guide. In your love for us, grant to the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster a shepherd who will lead us to be Christ’s heart of mercy, voice of hope, and hands of justice. Help him to fill our minds and hearts with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments, and the desire to build up your holy Church.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

The burial place of George Leo Haydock, parish priest of St Catherine’s


There are historical references to the burial of Fr George Leo Haydock being within our church building. Though not our first parish priest Fr Haydock was not only responsible for the financing and erection of its building but was a man of some standing in Penrith, among other things he quelled a major riot between hundred of workers about to take place outside the town. He also annotated and, with his brother, edited what is now known as The Haydock Bible, a copy of which was used by president John F Kennedy for the swearing in of his presidency; another copy of which is on display in our church. A Texan, Mr Sidney Ohlhausen, who has made a life long study of the Haydock brothers, recently financed a radar-penetrating survey of the floor of St Catherine's to see if we can locate the burial place of this famous parish priest of ours.

We now have the report of the geophysical survey undertaken on 5th September to investigate the possibility that Fr George Leo Haydock is buried somewhere in the church. The report is lengthy and highly technical and on the nature of the geophysical evidence adduced it does not give a definitive or conclusive verdict on the possibility of the burial. Michael Mullett

Centenary of the Appearance of Our Lady at Fatima

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The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times between 13th May and 13th October 1917 to three shepherd children: Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta who lived in the small, impoverished village of Fatima. The people of this region had remained faithful to the Catholic Church during what had been the recent persecutions by the Portuguese government.

The Blessed Virgin came with a message not just for the children but for all peoples throughout our times. She promised the world would be at peace and people would be saved if her words were listened to and people turned back to the God who loved them. On the other hand war, hunger, persecution would be the consequence of our sinfulness.

On the occasion of his visit to Fatima Pope St John Paul made it clear that the message of Fatima was more relevant and more urgent in our times than when Our Lady first appeared. It is the anguished appeal of our heavenly mother who sees us in great danger and who comes to offer her prayerful guidance.

Refreshments after Sunday Masses


We are now offering refreshments after the 8.30am Sunday Mass as well as the 10.30am.

Pop in for a cup of tea and put names to the faces which have been so familiar over the years. Fr Jerome.

P.S. We need 1 extra person to help with the coffee rota after 10.30am Mass on a Sunday morning. The commitment would be once every 5 weeks. Also more volunteers to help at the 8.30 refreshments would also be welcome. If you can help, please contact Mary on 01768 891173.

Prayer request

I am sure that many parishioners will remember Roy Mockett who was a parishioner at St Catherine’s for many years. He was particularly involved in dealing with the parish finances and did some excellent work for us. Roy died a couple of years ago and I have just been notified that he has left a very generous legacy to St Catherine’s. Can I ask that you remember him in your prayers. Fr Jerome