Becoming a dementia friendly church

dementia sufferer

Following the very brief introduction before Christmas from David Richardson on becoming a dementia friendly church, he is returning this coming Thursday, 26th January at 5.30pm to expand the idea.  He will:

  • describe something about dementia (and there are several different kinds);
  • explain what we can do to welcome those with dementia and
  • show how, in common with all churches in Cumbria, we can become a dementia friendly church.

The session will last for one hour. Come, please. It could be you!!     Fiona Roebuck

Lent and Easter

Make Lent Count

Easter Sunday is late this year, not till April 16th and therefore Ash Wednesday is still over a month away, March 1st. Yet this might be a good time to give advance warning, so to speak, so that we have the opportune time to consider how we as a parish, and as individuals, should celebrate this most important time of the Church's liturgical Year.

Our liturgical year, which is our celebration of the mysteries of the life of Christ, begins with Advent which is our waiting for the Lord and then the celebration of his birth and presence among us celebrated in the feast of Christmas.

After a short break, which the Church calls Ordinary Time when green is the liturgical colour, we begin with Lent. Though the word itself derives from the old English word for "lengthen", the days getting longer, it has a more profound meaning for all Christians. It is the time of prayer, penance and charitable giving by which we prepare to celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord in the Triduum of our Holy Week (Maundy Thur, Good Fri, Holy Sat) and then Easter.

Now is the time, well before Lent, to decide how we will use the six weeks of Lent to prepare for Easter. There is of course the Sunday Masses, but we are looking to do something extra!

As a parish we have daily Mass, and the Church's Morning Prayer on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There is Marian devotions on Thursday evening and an hour of watching before the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday morning. Most importantly we should approach the Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession on Saturday mornings), and then there are Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent. I hope during Lent to have a series of reflections on six selected saints of the Church given on DVD by Bishop Robert Barron who gives an excellent presentation, with a similar presentation of "Life in the Spirit" given by our Prayer Group during the Easter Season. Last but not least there is almsgiving, our generosity to those in greater need.

Please give careful thought to how you will prepare for this Easter. Fr Jerome.

Carlisle Refugee Action Group

Two forthcoming events in Carlisle:

One World Book Club to discuss ‘City of Thorns’ by Ben Rawlence (available to order). Friday 27 January, 11.00am, at Carlisle One World Centre. This book about 9 lives in one of the world's largest refugee camps in Kenya has had many great reviews. All are welcome!

Syrian Information Morning, Saturday 11 February, 10.00am-1.00pm, Calva Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria, Fusehill St. There will a speaker from Lifeline Help, the charity to which CRAG has been sending clothes, cash and other items over the past year. There will also be a discussion on how best to help the Syrian refugees when they arrive in Cumbria in March, and CRAG will sign up possible befrienders and language support volunteers.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The week of Prayer for Christian Unity, organised by Churches Together in Penrith, will run from Wednesday 18th to Wednesday 25 January. The following venues will host prayers at 12 noon with refreshments following. You are invited to bring your own packed lunch. This year's theme is “Crossing Barriers”.

Wed 18th Penrith Methodist Church

Thurs 19th St Catherine's (in the church)

Fri 20th Society of Friends (Quaker Meeting House)

Sat 21st Christ Church (Drovers Lane)

Mon 23rd Salvation Army (Hunter Lane)

Tues 24th United Reform Church

Wed 25th 12.30pm St Andrew's Parish Church

Sun 29th 6.30pm CTiP Service in Penrith Methodist Church

We are hosting this gathering for prayer on Thursday 19th January. May I ask for volunteers to welcome those coming to our midday service and also to provide refreshments for afterwards.

Fr Jerome

It's not too late to join the 100 Club 2017


It only costs £12 a year to join and every month you could win prizes of £25, £15 and £10. Just pick up an envelope from the Parish shop in the narthex (at St Catherine's) or the back of church (at St Wulstan's), fill in your details and return with your £12 (Cheques payable to St Catherine’s). The first draw will be at the end of January.

Thank you!

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.

There is still time to join our the pilgrimage from the parish in 2018, contact me as soon as possible if you are interested. Fr Jerome