Mass Times

Sunday Masses:

Sat   7pm -   St. Mary's
9:15am-    St. Joseph's
10:30am-     St. Mary's
5:30pm-      St. Mary's



St Joseph's
After 10am Mass

St. Mary's
6pm to 6:45pm


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The modern history of Catholicism in this part of Cumbria begins in 1706, when Fr. Francis Rich, O.S.B., a monk of Doaui in France established a mission in Whitehaven to serve the Catholic Population. During the nineteenth century, as the population grew rapidly with people, mainly Irish Catholics, came to work in the mines, it became necessary to establish a mission in Cleator, the church opening in 1853.

As numbers continued to move into the area it became necesary to open further missions, in Frizington and Egremont, both initially served from Cleator, Frizington being established in its own right in 1875.

In 2010, with the number of priests and parishioners declining, the two parishes of St. Mary's Cleator and St. Joseph's Frizington were merged, forming again a single parish, served by clergy resident at Cleator.