Pilgrimage in honour of Our Lady: Sunday 10th September

The southern part of the diocese make their annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady at Fernyhalgh near Preston; we in the north make our annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Our lady at Cleator, this year with Mass and Blessing of the Sick at 3pm. Leading us this year will be Bishop Michael Campbell.

We are told we live in a ‘post-truth’ society. Trust in politicians and the media is greatly undermined. As we honour Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom-we see her offering us her Son–a more profound truth than this world can offer.

As well as having a beautiful replica of the Lourdes grotto, in the grounds of the shrine at Cleator, are statues of the Cure of Ars and of St Therese of Lisieux. The pilgrimage will be an opportunity not only to honour Mary the Mother of God, but also these two great saints, and to ask their intercession for healing and consolation. All are invited from the parishes in the northern part of our diocese, especially the sick.

As usual we invite the young people of our Diocese to walk in pilgrimage from Honister across Haystacks into Ennerdale then on to Cleator, beginning their journey at Castlerigg Manor on Friday 8th September. This is also an event to make friends and be physically challenged and concludes with the diocesan Mass at Cleator at 3pm. Young people, 16+, can register their interest in joining the walk by contacting Fr John at Castlerigg -tel. 017687 72711.

I will take the car to Cleator, leaving St Catherine’s about 1.30pm and can easily take three others. If you want to join me, let me know. Fr Jerome.

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress, 7th to 9th September 2018

The bishops of England and Wales invite all our people to a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool they will hold next year. Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. The last International Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908 when permission for a public procession of the Blessed Sacrament was refused. Participants will engage in a series of sessions focusing on different dimensions of the Eucharist and the daily celebration and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

On the first day of the Congress, there will be a Theological Symposium, with workshops for parish catechists, (especially for those involved in First Holy Communion programs), RE teachers, Hospital and Prison Chaplains, Seminary Communities and Extraordinary Ministers. The sessions will focus on: (1) Scripture, (2) Ecclesiology, (3) Eucharistic Language and Catechesis, and (4) Rites and Music for Eucharistic Adoration (further explanation of this Congress and its importance to be continued next week)

Refreshments after Sunday Masses

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We are now offering refreshments after the 8.30am Sunday Mass as well as the 10.30am.

Pop in for a cup of tea and put names to the faces which have been so familiar over the years. Fr Jerome.

P.S. We need 1 extra person to help with the coffee rota after 10.30am Mass on a Sunday morning. The commitment would be once every 5 weeks. Also more volunteers to help at the 8.30 refreshments would also be welcome. If you can help, please contact Mary on 01768 891173.

Prayer request

I am sure that many parishioners will remember Roy Mockett who was a parishioner at St Catherine’s for many years. He was particularly involved in dealing with the parish finances and did some excellent work for us. Roy died a couple of years ago and I have just been notified that he has left a very generous legacy to St Catherine’s. Can I ask that you remember him in your prayers. Fr Jerome

Mass in Many Tongues

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After last year's success, we will have a Mass of Many Tongues at the 10.30 Mass on Sunday, 3 September and be followed by a BBQ to give everyone a chance to mix together.

As far as the BBQ is concerned: many hands would make light work, so if you would lend a hand could you put your name on the list in the narthex. And as for the liturgy of the Mass and celebrating its different parts in different languages: could I ask those of our parish but whose mother-tongue is other than English to offer to take part in the celebration.

It would be useful for starters to see how many would take an active part in these two ways, please put your name and tel. no. on the list displayed in the narthex. Thank You. Fr Jerome

Report from Monze, Zambia

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This week I would like to say a little about the third important item dealt with during my visit to Zambia. This was the wish which had been expressed, on both sides, for the twinning of St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School and the Bishop James Corboy School in Mazabuka, southern Zambia. Bishop Corboy was the first bishop of Monze Diocese which is why the Sisters of the Holy Spirit wished to name their new primary school after him.

Our children not only prepared material for me to take to Zambia but took photos and a film of their school life with some children’s interviews. I in my turn visited and spoke to the children in the African school, took photos and some film work which I brought back with me. I hope to show this to you in the Haydock Centre on Tuesday, 18th July at 6.30pm and to the school children, Friday 14th July at 9am. The real challenge will be how we continue and expand this communication. Fr Jerome.

Putting the parish Sunday Mass on your computer or television

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What about giving our parishioners, be they elderly, disabled or housebound, the chance of watching and listening to the Mass transmitted from St Catherine’s church to their computer or television on a Sunday morning?

I am looking into the feasibility and costs of this which involves discretely installing a camera/facilities in the church. The technical term for this is ‘streaming', that is streaming the Mass to your home. This would be an important pastoral support for those who are unable to come to church even on a temporary basis. They would feel less isolated and more part of our parish community.

Please let me know what you think of this idea and to what extent it would be a benefit to parishioners and others. It is an item on the parish pastoral council agenda this coming Thursday giving you the chance to tell me or any PPC member what you think about this opportunity.  Fr Jerome.

Catholic? Going to University this Year?

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Make sure you look out for your Catholic Chaplaincy. Most Universities and HE Institutions have a dedicated Catholic Chaplain based in the university or the local parish. The Chaplaincy is a place for you to explore your faith as a young adult, to meet other young people with similar interests from a great range of backgrounds, and to get involved in activities and social outreach. If you already have a strong faith, this is a chance to deepen it. If you are full of questions and doubts, this is a chance to share them and search for some honest answers about life and faith. Everyone is welcome. To find your local Chaplaincy, visit the Catholics at University website at: www.catholicsatuniversity.org.uk