A Warm Welcome to the Catholic Church in Kendal
We hope you enjoy exploring this website, seeing something of what we do.
We would be delighted if you came to join us in person.
Flood drop-ins: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3.45-6.30pm in the Parish Centre. Hot food, free wifi, a chance to talk. A great deal of information for those who have been flooded, and those who want to help, is sent out several times every week. The new tab on our Home page contains lots of this information, and links to useful websites. Please read latest information on webpage about Flood Forum Drop-in sessions for advice from SLDC
Help for floodies
One of the people coming regularly to our drop-in sessions says she hates being called a ‘flood victim’ – and the women, she says, are ‘floodettes’. More than 2000 households were flooded in Kendal but only 500 or so registration forms have been completed. One very important reason for completing these is getting a proper record of what has happened. We suspect people who are insured have not filled in the forms, but if this is so their understandable reticence disguises the full scale of what has happened. To plan for the future, the community needs to understand how Kendal has been affected – the forms don’t ask merely about carpets and fridges but emotional needs.
The Community Flood Recovery Group has devised an initiative aiming to help as many people as possible during this process with various offers of support such as completing grant application forms, flood resilience measures and providing a van to help with moving etc. The first event is planned for Saturday 23rd April and will focus on the Mintsfeet and Far Cross areas of Kendal which is where the largest proportion of properties were affected by the flooding. If this pilot works then further days will be planned to reach out to other areas in a similar way.
To make this a success we do need extra help and so if you or your organisation would be available to help with visitation and provide volunteers on Saturday the 23rd April we would like to hear from you.
There will be two sessions….
10.00 am till 12 noon, meeting at 9.30am at Sandylands Methodist Church for a briefing on flood resilience forms and recording information
2.00 – 4.00pm meeting at 1.30pm at Sandylands Methodist Church for a briefing on flood resilience forms and recording information.
In addition, there is an immediate opportunity to work at how flooding might affect children:
Support for Children – the “Flood Recovery Suitcase”
A team from Lancaster University and Save the Children has previously worked in other areas affected by flooding, specifically focussing on the impact on children during the event and the recovery process.
Interest has been expressed in running something similar in Kendal and an initial event is being held for front-line workers and volunteers – teaching staff, social, health and community/youth workers on Wednesday 13th April 2016 at Stramongate Primary School, Kendal, 15:30 welcome for a 15:45 start – 17:15 finish. There is no need to pre-register, just come along if you fall into one of the categories of those working with children listed above.
The session will include:
• Sharing some of the findings of the Economic and Social Research Council research project “Children, Young People and Flooding” in relation to children and young people’s experiences of flooding and the recovery process, and situating this in the context the local staff are working in.
• Introducing the pilot project: explaining the ‘Flood Recovery Suitcase’ concept and how this can be used as the basis for developing a set of workshops that the local staff, in conjunction with the Lancaster University/Save the Children project team, will run; discussing time frame and evaluation processes and how the project might be developed following the pilot
• Q and A opportunity
For a flavour of the work done in Hull after their floods in 2007 visit http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/sites/cswm/Hull%20Children’s%20Flood%20Project/HCFP_home.php
To see our own contribution through the Drop-In Centre, watch this video on YouTube, and see Polly explain how the Drop-In is building a community:
Sunday Mass Times
Vigil Mass – Saturday @ 6:00 PM, Sunday Masses – 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM,
Sunday Mass in Sedbergh @ 12:00 Noon.
Confessions are every Saturday from 5:10 PM to 5:40 PM
Weekday Mass Times
Mondays @ 9.15am, Tuesdays @ 12.15pm, Wednesdays @ 7pm and Thursdays and Fridays @ 12.15pm
Parish Bulletin – sadly, we still do not have an internet connection in the Presbytery and are waiting (as we have been since December) for BT to repair this.
Last week Christians from around Kendal met every day to pray together in different churches, and on Sunday Deacon Bernard preached at the Parish Church in Kendal. He says, “I was so moved on Sunday by the sincerity and spirit of Prayer in the parish church. They taught me a
Over the past couple of years the OAG has sponsored the Makalanga Primary School in Malawi. We donated enough funds to build a kitchen to feed the school children during the school day. The success of this project has meant that the school has grown and almost doubled its number