Spread across the Cathedral parish there are about 75 Catholics who are unable to come to Mass but still wish to; each of them is visited regularly by parishioners and/or one of the priests. Most of the housebound receive communion regularly and many receive the Sacrament of the Sick (often simply called 'anointing', pictured above). The housebound are in many ways the unsung heroes of the parish, contributing greatly to the life of the Church, particularly by their prayers. This week work begins to prepare a new team of students (from Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria) who will visit some of those who are unable to leave their homes. This is a new initiative, but hopefully one which will prove successful and continue for many years to come.