Talk on Tom Crean, Arctic Explorer

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Talk on Tom Crean (1877-1938) - an unsung hero and Antarctic explorer.

The life and feats of this great Irishman will be the subject of a talk to be given by Peter Roebuck on Friday 2 December at 7.30pm in the Haydock Centre. Admission is free but donations in aid of the hospital run by The Holy Spirit Sisters in Monze would be most welcome. As seating is limited, please book your place early by telephoning Fiona on 016974 73741 or Michael on 01768 891173. Refreshments will be served at the event (wine, tea and coffee).

**Advance notice** Christmas Fair

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We will be holding our annual Christmas Fair on Sunday 11 December in the Haydock Centre which will run from after the 8.30am Mass until 2.00pm so please put this date in your diary and help support this parish event.

We would welcome any items that you are able to donate - books, gifts, toys, cakes, produce plus raffle and tombola prizes. All items need to be in a condition that you would be happy to buy or receive yourself. There will be updates in future newsletters.

Sue 01768 864407 or Lorna 01768 840903.

Travelling Crib

It's time to think about the Parish Advent Travelling Crib which will be making its journey round the parish. There is a list for names and simple service sheets in the narthex for those who wish to receive the Crib into their homes.

It is simple, really. A family with the crib come with it to your house; you welcome them with a cup of tea; then a short prayer for welcome for the crib of the Holy Family; then next day or a few days later you take it to the next home to be welcomed there. Please fill in names as soon as possible. Thank you. Fr Jerome

First Holy Communion, Summer 2017

Do you wish your child to make their First Holy Communion this coming Summer of 2017 or know of any family where this is the case. If so, please send me a letter - before 27th November - to the Rectory, Drovers Lane, Penrith CA11 9EL, requesting the Sacrament for your child. Most importantly, also tell me in your letter how you would hope to prepare your child at home for these Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. Fr Jerome.

Lourdes 2018?

I would like you seriously to consider the possibility of a Parish pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2018. It would be a great opportunity to visit an amazing place; a centre of veneration of Our Lady for Catholics not only from Europe but from all over the world.

Two of us from the parish recently joined a group from Garstang on a pilgrimage and it was an inspiring experience, being both a spiritual renewal as well as relaxing and very enjoyable. There was the chance to meet with people from many different parts of the globe and benefit, in so many ways, from the sense of joy and healing to be found there.

What about a parish pilgrimage in 2018? It would likely last one week which would allow time to experience everything Lourdes has to offer: the Grotto where Our Lady appeared to St Bernadette, the baths, the Basilica Shrine, the underground church which seats 25,000 as well as the different places associated with St Bernadette. It would also give us the chance for a trip to Gavarnie into the Pyrenees mountains to appreciate the countryside where St Bernadette lived. In fact, there is plenty to see and do in the week. Above all, such a pilgrimage would be a time for spiritual renewal for parishioners of any age and background.

About 8 have indicated an interest so far, but I would encourage you to speak to me if you might think of joining us. We need about 20 pilgrims for a viable, independent group forming their own itinerary. It would be good for just parishioners without going further afield. Fr Jerome.

Visit to Lourdes, September 2016

Erica Baxter and I were greatly rewarded in prayer, companionship and spirituality being with the pilgrims from Sts. Mary and Michael’s parish, Garstang. Here are some of the photos.

There are a number of items on sale in the shop which we brought back from Lourdes including statues, rosary beads, pictures, medals etc. There are also some bottles of holy water from Lourdes which are available to those in need.

See later post about having a pilgrimage from the parish in 2018. Fr Jerome