Good Friday - day of Fasting and Abstinence


Fasting: for those between the ages of 18yrs and 60 years, means having only one full meal, with a little food being taken at breakfast and midday or evening.

Abstinence: for those over the age of 14 years involves abstaining from meat and meat products. In recent years the bishops of England and Wales have asked us to observe this abstinence on all Fridays throughout the year, not just in Lent.

Services this year for Holy Week and Easter Day

Easter vigil

Tuesday Mass at 11am (Lenten Lunch in Haydock Centre 12noon-1.30pm)

6pm Servers/Ministers practice for Maundy Thurs & Good Friday

Spy Wednesday Mass at 9.15am

6.00 to 8.00pm: Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confessions.

Lists for Welcomers during Holy Week & the Maundy Thursday Washing of Feet are in the narthex, and the one for Servers and MCs in the sacristy.

Holy Thursday 11.30am. Mass of Chrism at Cathedral.

Penrith 7pm. Mass of Last Supper with Watching till 11pm.

Good Friday 10.00am. Solemn Stations of the Cross.

12 noon. Penrith Ecumenical Walk of Witness starts at Museum

12 noon. Alston Ecumenical Walk of Witness starts at Friends

3.00pm. Penrith & Alston, Our Celebration of the Lord's Passion.

Holy Saturday 12 noon. Polish traditional of Blessing of Easter Gifts.

3pm. Servers/Ministers Practice in St Catherine's for Vigil Service

9.00pm. Easter Vigil Mass of the Resurrection at St Catherine's

Easter Sunday 8.30am & 10.30am. Masses in Penrith.

4.00pm. Mass in Polish at St Catherine's.

4.30pm. Mass at St Wulstan's, Alston.

Your Parish needs You!

Lord KItchener

One of the major issues raised at the Parish pastoral Council meeting on Thursday 23rd March was the urgent need for volunteers to support the various activities within the parish - see list below. The PPC is asking for you to consider playing a part in supporting the following parish activities with whatever time you can give:

  • Church Fire Wardens at Mass
  • Organist/Cantor for the Sunday Masses
  • Helpers with post-baptismal programme
  • Group to serve refreshments after 8.30 Sunday Mass
  • Social Activities Co-ordinator
  • Church and grounds maintenance, Gardeners

If you feel you can help in any kind of way with the above then please contact me with your name, contact details and the area you would like to help with and I will get back to you with more information. Many thanks! Lorna Mullett, Secretary to the Parish Pastoral Council. Tel 01768 840903, Email:

Gift Aid Envelopes for the year commencing 6th April 2017

The new boxes of yellow offertory envelopes which start with 6th April are now available at the back of church (those for St Wulstan's will be taken to Alston by Fr Jerome).


At this time of the year we are required to remind you that for your offerings, including standing orders, and other donations to qualify for gift aid you must continue to be a taxpayer, paying an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax at least equivalent to the tax to be reclaimed on all your donations given under Gift Aid to the Parish and all other charities in any one tax year. Please ask me if this requires an explanation.

If you are a taxpayer and would like to commence gift-aiding your cash offerings, please ask me for a form and an explanation of the scheme which will add 25p to the Parish income for every £1 donated. If you prefer, you may make your offering by standing order for which I would give you the forms.

Visitors to our Parish who are taxpayers are invited to gift-aid their offerings by using the pink envelopes left out on the pews. The tax reclaimed provides a significant addition to the Parish income for which we are most grateful to our visitors. Philip Holland, Parish Gift Aid Organiser (01768 840788)

Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

CAP is a 20 year old voluntary organisation to support those who seem to be in impossible financial difficulties. Its work is not to pay off whatever is the debt but, in both a professional and befriending way, to support the client to manage the situation.

There are two sides to its work. On the one hand professional advice is obtained with CAP negotiating with the banks, etc on behalf of the client. This financially professional body is based in Bradford. Individuals seeking the assistance of CAP give it authority to negotiate with creditors and organise the client's finances so as to make them debt free within 5 years or negotiate a managed insolvency.

On the other hand in the local regions, for instance in Penrith, there will be people who act as befrienders, that is who "walk with the client" to encourage and support him or her to carry out the plan of action which has been professionally negotiated by Bradford. Then there are others, those "bringing blessings" who give general & practical support to the client and the befriender, for instance preparing a Christmas hamper, or sending birthday greetings.

The emphasis is to reassure the clients they are not alone, and to encourage them to follow the financial plan negotiated by CAP to manage their finances.

CAP is a Christian initiative. Although CAP in Penrith is only a year old nevertheless there have been two successes with two clients completing the process of clearing their debts.

Would you like to know more? Do have a word with John Poland or me. I do think this is one of the surest ways of working together ecumenically with other Christian bodies which our Church encourages us to do. Fr Jerome.

My visit in May this year to Zambia and Monze Mission Hospital


We have recently reformed our support group in the parish for the Congregation of the Holy Spirit Sisters and their management of the Mission Hospital in the township of Monze, southern Zambia. This group generously raised over £800 before Christmas for the Sisters and their work in the hospital. Take a copy from the narthex of their Report of how our last donation was spent. Sr Juunza, the hospital manager, has just sent us a document outlining the project for a new neonatal unit for the hospital.

The Sisters wish for more than our fundraising, though this is important. They wish for our prayers not just for the Mission Hospital but also for their life as a Congregation. We do this every first Thursday Mass in the month. Do join us!

I am travelling to Zambia this May to stay with the Sisters, see their work and spend a longer time at the Hospital as well as visiting the Bishop of Monze diocese. I will speak of our parish, its concern for them and come back with a report of their life and work, especially of the Hospital. I will also invite one or two of the sisters to Penrith.

Please support the fundraising efforts for the Sisters that are taking place during Lent. Thank you. Fr Jerome.