On behalf of the Religious Sisters of the Holy Spirit, and indeed on my own behalf, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the life, faith and joys shared with you in this Parish, in Alston, and in your individual homes.

During my seven weeks of staying in St Catherine's Parish, I experienced a lot of generosity and genuine hospitality from all of you. I would like to spell out some of the events that will remain outstanding to me:

  • The joyful laughter while having coffee in the Haydock Centre
  • The successful barbecue from which you raised £1,035 for Monze Mission Hospital
  • The hospitality in your homes, where you kept the doors open for me to stay either for days or meals.
  • The sense of belonging that your school provides to the pupils is so evident in the way the children are relaxed and happy in school.

Sincere gratitude to the former Parish Priest, Fr. Jerome Ainsworth who invited me to the Parish, and to his successor Fr. John Winstanley, who warmly welcomed me and has carried on with the 'Helpers of the Holy Spirit Sisters'.

Ndalumba Kapati!!!!!! May the Spirit of God remain present with you always.

Farewell, until we meet again Sr. Juunza C. Mwangani (RSHS)

Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (Quarant’Ore or 40 Hours)


Our annual weekend of Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (Quarant’Ore or 40 Hours) is 12th-14th October 2018. We will start on Friday 12th October with a Mass in St. Catherine’s Church at 10.30am for the Parish and school at which Bishop Paul Swarbrick will kindly preside. There will be set times for watching after the Mass and on the Saturday and Sunday. More details to follow.

Parish Summer Fair


This will take place on Sunday 15 July from after the 8.30 Mass until 2.00pm and we ask everyone to support the event to make it a success - an opportunity to socialise whilst raising funds. Refreshments will be available throughout the event. We would welcome any items that you are able to donate including books, gifts, household items, toys, handbags, jewellery, cakes & produce plus raffle, adult and children’s tombola prizes – sorry we are not able to accept any clothes this time. The cake stall in particular welcomes contributions from all communities within the parish. Items can be dropped off at the Haydock Centre on Saturday afternoon 14 July between 2.00pm and 5.00pm or on the day. Sue 01768 864407 or Lorna 01768 840903

News from St Catherine's Primary School


What a great week for girls sports! Our Y5 & Y6 girls cricket team got through

to the quarter finals of the competition at Temple Sowerby and on Thursday the netballers were through to the finals at Kirby Stephen. Thank you very much to Miss Monaghan, Mrs Glenn and Mrs Reay for your organisation and transportation to ensure our children have great opportunities. On Friday, we launched our ‘Reading Ambassadors’ scheme; next academic year we will be holding lots of events to promote the enjoyment of reading, led by the children Mrs. Proudfoot has interviewed and selected.

Thank you very much for the responses we have received re: the Mission Statement; it is wonderful to have the wider Parish view and we will be working hard to incorporate your ideas and suggestions.

Angela Hill, Headteacher

Recording Songs of Praise in Kendal Parish Church on 3 July 6.30 - 9.30pm


The music will be filmed for BBC One’s Songs of Praise and will be broadcast in future editions of the programme. They are especially keen for enthusiastic singers to join them, to lead the viewers at home in the singing. To apply, please send your name and postcode, voice parts (S,A,T,B) and the number of people taking part to SOPcongregations@avantimedia.tv. Please include ‘Kendal Recording’ in your subject header.

You need to apply for this free event as soon as possible, to enable them to cater for the correct number of people. Any queries, please call 0161 873 7073.

Parish BBQ for Monze - Letter from Judith Bayley

Dear Parishioners,

I am writing this on the evening of our very successful barbecue in aid of the Monze Mission Hospital to thank you all for your donations today. Thank you to those who donated the food for the barbecue, those who made all the delicious cakes and prepared the teas and coffees, those who manned the stalls, those who cooked the food, not forgetting those who washed up and cleaned up afterwards! Your hard work is much appreciated.

Thank you to those who came to support us and share the day with us and who so generously contributed to the amount of £1,035.23 which was raised today. This is without counting the 15% which we shall receive from the sale of the cards. Personally, I am overwhelmed by your generosity and, on behalf of the committee, thank you all once again for your help and kindness.

Judith Bayley (Chair, HHSS)

Lourdes Pilgrimage ... Welcome back!

Our parish Lourdes pilgrims are now back home after their week at Our Lady’s Shrine in Lourdes. We look forward to hearing all about their week and are grateful for their prayers. Petitions from parishioners were taken to the Grotto and a candle lit for the intentions of all parishioners at St. Catherine’s and St. Wulstan’s. Our thanks again to Michelle for leading the group and to Fr. Jerome their chaplain.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham 2018


The dates have changed to 2-5 October. The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Paul Swarbrick. Cost is £280 full board for 3 nights based on people sharing. There will be a pick up point in Penrith. Closing date for bookings is Monday 25 June

. On booking, a non-refundable deposit of £80 is required (cheques made payable to the Office of the New Evangelisation).

See poster in narthex for more details or contact Paul Briers Pilgrimage Organiser 01946 834834, 07773848819 or guildshop@yahoo.co.uk

First Holy Communion Day


We welcomed our 17 young people on their special day, (not forgetting the 3 children who have prepared with them and who will be making their First Holy Communion in India). Please pray for them and their families so all may grow in their love for Jesus in the Eucharist and be strengthened by Him.

A huge thank you to the many who have helped in the preparations for today, most especially our parish catechists David, Sue and Mrs Hill and our school, who together have prepared children and parents for this day.

Thanks also to Lorna who has written out the certificates and the ladies of the Parish who have decorated the church and provided the children’s breakfast and tea & coffee for the adults.

All much appreciated.

Fr. John