Could you be a Chair for the Parish Pastoral Council or a Coordinator to organise the work needed on church fabric

This is an issue of particular and important concern for the parish. Since the recent appeal for a co-ordinator for maintenance work on the fabric of our buildings did not bring a response, Paul Harper relinquished his role as Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) to take over this role of co-ordinator. At which point we started to look for a chair for the PPC- could this be a role you could fill?

Alternatively we need someone who would volunteer to be a co-ordinator for the work needed to maintain the church fabric, so that Paul could return to being Chair of the PPC. The role of the co-ordinator would be to oversee the safe maintenance of church and house fabric: lesser work possibly by volunteers from among our parishioners, major work by professional bodies.

Please give careful consideration whether you would support the Church and parish in either of these two ways. For this or for further information, please contact Paul Harper 01768 897122 or myself 01768 862273. Fr Jerome.

Deanery Pilgrimage as part of ‘Year of Mercy’

As part of ‘Year of Mercy’ on Sat 8 October there will be a coach to the Cathedral in Lancaster for our Deanery Pilgrimage. I encourage all parishioners to consider joining this pilgrimage. Please put your name and contact details on the booking sheet in the church narthex and pay the £10 in one of the envelopes provided, signed with your name and phone number and put in the sacristy. We need a parish rep who can liaise with the key organiser in Carlisle. This is also your opportunity to gain the Jubilee Indulgence during this Holy Year of Mercy.

Marriage & Family Life pilgrimage, 12-14 August

A Marriage & Family Life pilgrimage is taking place at Walsingham, 12-14 August. The event aims to celebrate, support and promote marriage and the family. It will be a fun-packed weekend with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of marriage and the family life in the work today. It will be a relaxed weekend for all the family. The Shrine will provide a place to camp and a general schedule for activities. Email family@walsingham.org.uk

Iona: A Place of Rest and Prayer

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The beautiful Isle of Iona off the Isle of Mull on the West Coast of Scotland is a very popular destination for holidaymakers, and for pilgrims who travel there to honour the memory of St Columba that great Christian missionary who first brought the Faith to what is now Scotland and the North of England. Because it is so popular with pilgrims, the residence there known as The Catholic House of Prayer books up more than a year in advance. So we have taken the chance of booking it for Monday 19th to Friday 21st June 2017. It has two twin bedrooms and four singles at £60 a day, bed, breakfast and evening meal. If needed, there are overflow places in the two small island hotels. There are plenty of places ‘to go on pilgrimage’, so to speak, on the island: the bay where traditionally St Columba landed from Ireland, the restored abbey, martyrs bay, etc. Nothing rivals the journey to Iona, an integral part of the pilgrimage. There are connecting trains from Penrith through Glasgow to Oban through the Western Highlands of Scotland, then the ferry to the isle of Mull, connecting bus to the small ferry which takes you to Iona itself, and then a short walk to the House of Prayer. No visitor cars or traffic is allowed on the Island which best preserves it peace and quiet. If you are interested in coming with us, please phone or speak to John or Maureen Poland on 016974 75825 or Fr Jerome on 01768 862273 as soon as possible.

First Holy Communions

Please pray for those children at our St Catherine’s Primary School who made their First Communion on the Feast of Corpus Christi (29th May). Pray especially for their families that they may be channels of God’s grace for their children as they seek to fulfil the baptismal promise they made when they asked for their child to be christened: to bring their child up in the practice of the Faith.

Year of Mercy

Pope Francis calls us during this Year of Mercy to prayerfully focus on three main aspects of the virtue of mercy: recognising God's mercy, receiving God's mercy, and becoming more merciful ourselves.

The Year of Mercy offers us the opportunity to explore the wonder and challenge of this virtue, especially with regard to our families and fellow parishioners on the one hand and, on the other hand, to the poor and the stranger.

This Year of Mercy will be marked in our diocese throughout its twelve months by a series of talks with time for discussion, questions and reflection. Below is a list of all the events at our nearest venue, Carlisle. We are all called to attend these events, as parishioners and through the mission given to us in our baptism.


GRACE BUILDS UPON NATURE. Principals & Practicals for the Year of Mercy, Talks by Sr. Mary Julian RSM

What is the role of Parish Pastoral Councils? Tue 13 Sep. 7pm, Our Lady & St Joseph's Parish Hall

How do we cultivate the sacrament of Confirmation in our Parishes? Tue 18 Oct. 7pm St Margaret Mary's Parish Centre


DAYS OF RECOLLECTION    Led by Diocesan Team at Our Lady and St Joseph's, 11am-4pm. Booking essential. Bring lunch.

Readers, Sat 3 September

Sacristans, Sat 15 October

Parish Finance Council Members, Sat 29 October

Prayer for Priestly Vocations for our Diocese

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Lord of the Harvest, Heavenly Father, your Son Jesus Christ taught us to pray for labourers to be sent into your great harvest. In this Year of Priestly Vocations in the Diocese of Lancaster we ask you to stir up in men’s hearts your call to the priesthood. Send your Holy Spirit, so that those you call will know how to respond with a generous heart.

Father, raise up from among us holy and zealous priests so that the Gospel may be preached, the poor may be served with love, those who are suffering may be comforted and your people may be strengthened by the Sacraments. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

A year for priestly vocations in the Diocese of Lancaster began on Home Mission Sunday 2015.

Food Bank donations needed

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There are many needy people in Penrith dependent on the town’s Food Bank. Please help by regularly donating non-perishables like: tinned soup, rice pudding, tinned meat/fish, tinned fruit, tinned tomatoes, sponge pudding ; UHT or powdered milk (not fresh); sugar; pasta sauces; fruit juice (cartons only); cereal; tea bags/instant coffee; rice/pasta; jam. Good shelf life essential.

Thank you!

Please leave in the Food Bank box in the Narthex.