Holy Week and Easter Services, 24 March to 1 April

At St Catherine’s Catholic Church, Penrith

Palm Sunday: 8.30am Mass with Blessing of Palms  10.30am Mass beginning with Procession of Palms in Haydock Centre

Holy Thursday: 7.00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper with ‘Watching’ till 10.00pm

Good Friday: 10.00am. Stations of the Cross. 3.00pm. Service of The Lord’s Passion with Holy Communion

Holy Saturday: 12.00am. Polish traditional blessing of Easter gifts  7.00pm Vigil Mass of the Resurrection

Easter Sunday: 8.30am and 10.30am Easter Day Masses  3.30pm Easter Day Mass in Polish

At St Wulstan’s Catholic Chapel, Alston

Palm Sunday: 6.00pm Saturday Vigil Mass of Palm Sunday

Good Friday: 3.00pm. Service of The Lord’s Passion with Holy Communion

Easter Sunday: 4.00pm Easter Day Mass

Confessions in preparation for Easter

Sat 24th March 9am–10am St Catherine’s & 5.30pm at St Wulstan’s Alston

Wed 28th March 7-8pm, St Catherine’s.

Please note there will be no confessions during the sacred Triduum.

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress 7th-9th September 2018

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This will take place in Liverpool. (The first since 1908). Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of all our people, clergy, religious and laity, which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church with sessions focusing on different aspects of the Eucharist and celebration & adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. There will be prayer and workshops for all involved.

Throughout the first day there will be prayer and worship with workshops especially for parish catechists but also all others to explore Scripture, Ecclesiology, Eucharistic Language and Catechesis and Rites and Music for Eucharistic Adoration.

The Echo Arena in Liverpool-which can accommodate 10,000 pilgrims-will be the home to a six-hour stage programme on day two, which will include a Congress Mass, keynote speakers and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion. The day will conclude with Adoration.

On the third and final day of the Pilgrimage and Congress, Sunday, there will be pilgrimage Masses and a street procession-open to all.

Each parish is invited to have two representatives at this Congress. Please give some thought to attending on behalf of St. Catherine’s and St. Wulstan’s and let Fr. John know.

Bishop’s Ordination


Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has named Canon Paul Swarbrick, at present Parish Priest of Christ the Good Shepherd, Workington and Harrington as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Lancaster. A native son of the Diocese of Lancaster, Bishop-elect Swarbrick comes to the office of bishop with considerable pastoral experience, having served since his ordination in a number of parishes in the Diocese as well as a long period of fifteen years as a fidei donum priest in the rural areas of the Diocese of Monze , Zambia.

We keep our Bishop-elect, Canon Paul Swarbrick, very much in our prayers. His own parishioners of Christ the Good Shepherd in Harrington and Workington have been asked to say an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for him each day leading up to his ordination. Perhaps we could all do the same.

His episcopal ordination will be in Lancaster Cathedral on Monday, 9th April at 11.30 a.m. We have four tickets so if you are interested in attending please let Fr. John know on Sunday. The Bishop-elect is keen for a broad age range so we shall take this into consideration when allocating the tickets.

LENT 2018 - preparation for Easter


Stations of the Cross immediately after the Friday Masses during Lent.

Marian Devotions, rosary with the Thursday evening Mass.

Adoration of Blessed Sacrament & Confessions 9am to 10am on Saturday mornings.

A Lenten daily penance of your choosing: prayer or act of charity.

Prayer Group on Wednesday evenings.

We support each other on the Lenten journey towards Easter.

Fr Jerome's retirement

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Message from Fr Jerome:

As I leave . . . . . . there are so many things I want to thank you for, that I hesitate to make a start: to thank you for all the work and different parish ministries you have engaged in with such energy and enthusiasm, for wise advice given and quiet encouragement, for friendliness & forgiveness, for cheerfulness & laughter even when things didn’t turn out quite as they should. My thanks must also be a plea for your forgiveness for any past wrong or unkindness on my part. Yet I am grateful to you for something more than all this: it is for being a family of faith in which my faith has been strengthened and my ministry as a priest among you has been affirmed. Simply put: for being for me a ‘family’ I could truly call my ‘home’ for nearly thirteen years. Thank you!