The Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
The Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was formed on 1st November 2020 by Bishop Paul Swarbrick, Bishop of Lancaster. Our parish is the most northerly parish within the Diocese of Lancaster and brought together the former parishes of Our Lady of Eden, Cumbrian Martyrs, Sacred Heart of Jesus and St Augustine. Now together as one parish community we journey together to know, love and serve the Living Lord Jesus.
Our parish is made up of six churches where our community worships, prays, is formed and sent for mission. The six churches are Our Lady & St Wilfrid, Our Lady & St Joseph, St Bede, St Margaret Mary, Christ the King and St Augustine.
Our parish sustains the Catholic community of Carlisle and the surrounding towns and villages in their lives of faith. Our churches remain places where we can all come and encounter the Living Lord Jesus, where we can come and be encouraged and built up to be bearers of the Gospel to those around us.
Our parish is served by three priests: Canon Luiz Ruscillo, Fr Paul Harrison and Fr Oliver Siandele and assisted by Deacon Bill Kirkley. The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary continue to reside at St Gabriel's Convent on Victoria Place.
Within our parish there are three Catholic Primary Schools: St Bede, St Cuthbert and St Margaret Mary and a Catholic High School, St John Henry Newman. The Cumberland Infirmary, Brampton Cottage Hospital, Eden Valley Hospice, Carleton Clinic and the various Care Homes are routinely visited by priests and parishioners, to bring the Sacraments and Christian fraternity to those who are sick and in need.
We invite and encourage you to explore, discover and visit our Parish.