Summer Fair


This will take place on Sunday 7 July from after the 8.30am Mass until 2.00pm and we ask everyone to support the event to make it a success - an opportunity to socialise whilst raising funds for the parish.

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. Items can be dropped off at the Haydock Centre on Saturday afternoon 6 July between 2pm and 5pm or on the day. Sue & Lorna

Bottles Please! We will be running the bottle tombola at the Summer Fair. We would be grateful for any donations you are able to make. Bottles can be handed in after Mass on Sundays. Mary & Michael Coen

2019 Monze Mission Hospital Appeal - Barbecue


The Barbecue held on Sunday 9th June raised over £800 for the Neo-natal unit! It was a lovely occasion. Thanks to everyone who came and had fun in the sun.

Monze Raffle—Have you collected your prize? Please check the list in the narthex and speak to the welcomers to collect prizes.

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Click here for information about the Monze Mission Hospital Neo-natal unit appeal along with details of how you can support the appeal.

News from St Catherine's Catholic Primary School


This week, the whole school celebrated Benediction for the Feast of Corpus Christi. It was a wonderful opportunity to re-focus on the Year of the Eucharist and the importance of reflection and being still –a massive task for primary age children, but they engaged beautifully.

Congratulations also to Class 4, who took part in the Eycott Nature Reserve Storytelling project. This project has been running for almost two years and involved story writing, puppet design and creation and performance. All of you were a real credit to our school!

Angela Hill, Headteacher

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.

CTiP Refugees Day Out - 8 August


Help is requested for a day for 40-50 Refugee/Asylum Seekers from The Hub at Newcastle. Many are families with children of all ages, plus some single young men. Help is needed with sporting activities, walks, entertaining the younger children, sorting out food etc. The day uses Glenridding Village Hall as a base and starts at 11am, finishing about 5pm.

If you want to know more or offer to help, please contact Rev. Nick Mark: 01228 526162 or

Fire Escape Doorway - the Lady Chapel


Work to install the Fire Exit Door started on Monday 13 May.

Work has been going really well on the project. Unofficially, the door is now available as an emergency exit, if this is required. However, care would need to be taken as the external landscaping has not yet been fully completed. Some instruction will be arranged in the near future so that everyone becomes familiar with the escape route. Internal plastering is yet to be completed, together with the associated fire alarm call point and emergency lighting.

The work is required following a Fire Risk Assessment, under the Parish’s Health & Safety Policy, in August 2017. Planning and Building Regulation applications have been approved by the Local Authority. Approval of the Lancaster Diocese Property Office was given in December 2018. The siting and design of the door was detailed by Graham Rae, a local conservation architect. The door has been manufactured by John Richardson and Sons. The contractor is Atkins & Little Stonemasons.

During the works, every effort is being made to minimise disruption and your understanding is appreciated.

Alan Catterson

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 is this 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.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes


The dates for the Diocesan Pilgrimage are 26 July – 2 August and the pastoral theme this year is “Blessed are the poor, for the Kingdom of God is theirs”.

Please consider coming! We need all pilgrims, especially nurses, carers, brancardier (male carers) & young people. It is through the support of these volunteer groups that we can take sick pilgrims from our diocese.

Do you know of a sick person who would benefit from a week away? Flights are from Manchester Airport. For booking information click here.

Young people (Year10+) travel overland by coach 25 July – 3 August 2019. Please visit

From Bishop Paul

Pray for Yemen


Due to the desperate situation in Yemen, the international development faith agencies CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, World Vision and Islamic Relief are inviting supporters to pray for Yemen.

A prayer for Yemen:

Giver of Life, Who hears the cries from Yemen; of mothers choosing between medicine or food, of parents grieving children lost to starvation, of those who have given up everything in hunger. Hear our cries for hope, for change, for peace. In your mercy, break political deadlocks, soften hardened hearts, change closed minds, open unhearing ears. Let people come before power, let life be holy again, let your justice and peace shape the nation of Yemen and the lives of all people. Amen.