Lourdes Pilgrimage (25 May – 1 June)

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This coming Friday our parish pilgrimage sets off for Lourdes, leaving the Haydock Centre in the very early hours! We wish our pilgrims every blessing. Those of us who are not going on the pilgrimage, including Fr. John, are invited to join the pilgrims in spirit in our daily prayers and at daily Mass. They will, of course, be remembering us in their prayers.

If you would like the group to take your prayer petitions to the Grotto, please write them on a piece of paper and seal them in an envelope. Please get these to the Rectory by 12 noon on Thursday. Paper, envelopes and pens are at the back of both churches if you would like to write your petitions today.

Finally, a huge thank you to Michelle for taking care of much of the organisation and to Fr. Jerome for accompanying the group as chaplain.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
St. Bernadette, pray for us.

News from St Catherine's Primary School

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Congratulations to our Y6 pupils for their resilience and brilliance during the much anticipated SATs week. We were very impressed with how hard you all worked.

We finished the week with a Royal Wedding Picnic! 47 cakes were entered into the cake decorating competition and the standard was very high! Then on Friday, families joined us for a picnic of tea and cake–thank goodness we had such beautiful weather. Angela Hill, Headteacher

As mentioned last week, please take the opportunity to support the school in the process of renewing its Mission Statement. A letter explaining how we can help is in the narthex. Fr. John

Fire Escape Doorway

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A Fire Risk Assessment has been carried out of the Church and Presbytery. This identified the need for a fire escape doorway at the South end of the church. A new door is planned in the South-West wall of the transept between the Lady altar and the stained glass window. The doorway will have an oak door with dressed stone cill and lintels. A planning application has been submitted for the work. Once approved, we need approval from the Diocese to proceed with the work. A plan showing the proposed doorway details is on display on the notice-board at the back of Church. You can view full details on the Eden Council Planning website under planning application ref 18/0241. For any more information, contact Martin Oakley.

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.