Thursday, 23 November 2017

Newsletter Items: 26th November 2017

Supporting Catholic Education

The Bishops of England and Wales have sent the following:
Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them?  Then we need you to make your voice heard.

The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promises to Catholics.

Search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government [via an online petition] and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.
Please note that this is a particular issue in the south of England where much needed new Catholic schools are being prevented from opening…it is not related to the new build of Newman School which is a replacement build.

Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
This will be held at 2.30 pm on Tuesday 5th December at Christ the King Church followed by refreshments afterwards in Harraby Catholic Club. If you need assistance with transport, please contact Paul Daley.

Christmas Mass Times
As you are probably aware - Christmas falls on a Monday this year.  I’ve been asked whether attending the Vigil or Mass during the Night on Christmas Eve also fulfils the Sunday obligation.  The simple answer is no  [there is a complicated answer…]
We should attend Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent [Vigil or Sunday Morning] and Mass for Christmas [Vigil, Mass during the Night, Masses on Christmas Morning].
There’s no ‘two for one’ I’m afraid!
For the Weekend of 23rd/24th December Masses will be as normal [6, 9 and 11]
Masses for Christmas will be:

6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm [‘during the Night’] Christ the King
8.00 am [‘at Dawn’] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 am [‘during the Day’] Christ the King

Handmaids of the Immaculate Heart
Any girls who have made their First Holy Communion are invited to become members of a new altar guild in the parish - the Handmaids of the Immaculate Heart.  A commitment to pray the Rosary once a week, to participate in formation about the care of the church, sacristy and altar and to help with the setting up of the church for Mass on Sunday. Next Sunday will be enrolment in the Guild. For more information, please have a chat with Fr Michael.

Solemnity of Christ the King
On the Solemnity of Christ the King, there will be a Eucharistic Holy hour concluding with Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday 26th November 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm.

SVP Food Parcels at St. Margaret Mary
Once again St Margaret Mary SVP will be distributing food parcels to local families in need before Christmas. Please check best before dates. Tinned fruit and meat are especially welcome. We aim to distribute the parcels the week beginning 11th December. Please use the box at the back of church for your donations. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 54, Sunday 9.00 am - 60 and Sunday 11.00 am - 95. A total of 209.  Thank you for the offering of £381.90 at Christ the King and £278.40 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £660.30.

Carlisle Food Bank
The Food Bank organisers send their thanks for our recent donations. Items in short supply are UHT milk, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit and vegetables, and tinned meals. Please leave your donations in the basket in the porch at Christ the King. 

Music For Advent And Christmas
The Festival Choir will be meeting on Sunday evenings at Christ The King Church from 
7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Please consider coming along to help us prepare for the Holy Season. Everyone is welcome.

Ad Orientem
During Advent, we again are united in turning towards the Lord, together as priest and people, as we await his coming at Christmas. All Masses during Advent will be celebrated ad orientem [facing East] as was the custom last year.

First Holy Communion 2018
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 10th June 2018. Parents who wish their children to receive our Lord in the Eucharist for the first time should inform Fr Michael via email or in person before Christmas. Families should attend Mass in the parish every weekend. Catechesis [usually held on a Thursday evening] will begin in February.  

Enrolment into the Guild of St. Stephen
During Mass on Boxing Day [Feast of St. Stephen] [St. Margaret Mary 10.00 am], altar servers will be enrolled into the Guild of St. Stephen. Any boys wishing to become altar servers should approach Fr Michael.

Advent Calendar for the Hungry
In one of the richest countries in the world, no one should be hungry at any time of year. But there is something almost obscene about parents worrying about how to feed their children at Christmas or people being alone with no food whilst the rest of the country over-indulges, eating a week’s worth of calories in a couple of days. If you would like to help your local food bank and SVP, join in collecting a Reverse Advent Calendar this year. It’s a great way to show your children that Christmas is a time for giving, not just getting. It’s simple - instead of opening the window on an Advent Calendar - in a bag or a box place one item of food each day during Advent [see  food bank notice above for ideas]. You can bring the items you’ve collected and place them in the Food Bank Basket [CTK] or SVP Box each week [MM] or on Christmas Eve where items can be placed around the Crib as a gift to the Infant Lord.

Mass Intentions & Events: 26th November 2017


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Newsletter Items: 19th November 2017

Deanery Mass for Deceased Clergy
This year’s Mass for Deceased Clergy will be held at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday 21st November at 11.00 am.  Since we are hosting this celebration, please make a special effort to come along and assist at this Mass. 

Gin Night
A Gin tasting evening will take place on Friday 24th November in the Parish Centre beginning at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £10, which includes a Gin and Tonic and a tasting talk with around 4 other Gins. Tickets available from the Parish Centre or John and Alison Hather.

Handmaids of the Immaculate Heart
Any girls who have made their First Holy Communion are invited to become members of a new altar guild in the parish - the Handmaids of the Immaculate Heart. A commitment to pray the Rosary once a week, to participate in formation about the care of the church, sacristy and altar and to help with the setting up of the church for Mass on Sunday. For more information, please have a chat with Fr Michael.

Solemnity of Christ the King
On the Solemnity of Christ the King, there will be a Eucharistic Holy hour concluding with Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday 26th November 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm.

Month of the Holy Souls
A Novena of Masses for the intention of the Holy Souls will be offered during November.  Envelopes are available in both churches should you wish your deceased relatives and friends to be included in these Masses. 

SVP Food Parcels at St. Margaret Mary
Once again St Margaret Mary SVP will be distributing food parcels to local families in need before Christmas. Please check best before dates. Tinned fruit and meat are especially welcome. We aim to distribute the parcels the week beginning 11th December. Please use the box at the back of church for your donations. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 66, Sunday 9.00 am - 74 and Sunday 11.00 am - 106. A total of 246.  Thank you for the offering of £499.20 at Christ the King and £190.06 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £689.26.

Carlisle Food Bank
The Food Bank organisers send their thanks for our recent donations. Items in short supply are UHT milk, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit and vegetables, and tinned meals. Please leave your donations in the basket in the porch at Christ the King. 

Music For Advent and Christmas

The Festival Choir will be meeting on Sunday evenings at Christ The King Church from 
7.00 pm - 9.00 pm. Please consider coming along to help us to prepare for the Holy Season. Everyone is welcome.

Advent Retreat
8-10 December. Take time out from the busy run-up to Christmas to prepare for the Lord’s coming. This weekend retreat, for young people in year 9 and above, will be a fun occasion to meet other young people and, together, reflect on what Christmas is really about through games, workshops, discussions and prayer. £65. www.castleriggmanor.co.uk.

Noodle Night
Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this evening such a success…especially the ‘cooks and bottle washers’.  Thanks also to all those who attended.  

Advertise in the Voice
If you have your own business or if you work for a company, why not consider advertising in the Catholic Voice? It works for people, companies, events and organisations throughout the Diocese and it supports our Diocesan paper.
Please contact Caroline on 07931 836926 or email carolineg@cathcom.org for more information.

Christmas Mass Times
As you are probably aware - Christmas falls on a Monday this year.  I’ve been asked whether attending the Vigil or Mass during the Night on Christmas Eve also fulfils the Sunday obligation.  The simple answer is no  [there is a complicated answer…]
We should attend Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent [Vigil or Sunday Morning] and Mass for Christmas [Vigil, Mass during the Night, Masses on Christmas Morning].
There’s no ‘two for one’ I’m afraid!
For the Weekend of 23rd/24th December Masses will be as normal [6, 9 and 11]
Masses for Christmas will be:

6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm [‘during the Night’] Christ the King
8.00 am [‘at Dawn’] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 am [‘during the Day’] Christ the King

First Holy Communion 2018
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 10th June 2018.  Parents who wish their children to receive our Lord in the Eucharist for the first time should inform Fr Michael via email or in person before Christmas. Families should attend Mass in the parish every weekend. Catechesis [usually held on a Thursday evening] will begin in February.  

Embrace

Embrace is a one-day, Catholic youth conference aimed at young people aged 14 – 25. It is a vibrant and exciting day of talks, workshops, praise & worship, times of prayer, Adoration, opportunity for Reconciliation, with the day culminating with the celebration of Mass with Archbishop Malcolm. A range of communities, charities and religious orders will also be present, exhibiting the true richness and diversity of the Church. This year’s speakers, workshop leaders and performers include: Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Ros Powell, Maximillian Ford, Franciscan Sisters and Friars of the Renewal, Jo Boyce, ‘Living Joyfully’ Vocations team, Sr Maria Natella, Mary’s Meals, Joe and Sarah Wells and RISE theatre. Free entry.  For further info, please contact  www.embrace-liverpool.org.uk.

Mass Intentions & Events: 19th November 2017


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Newsletter Items: 12th November 2017

Deanery Mass for Deceased Clergy
This year’s Mass for Deceased Clergy will be held at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday 21st November at 11.00 am.  Since we are hosting this celebration, please make a special effort to come along and assist at this Mass. 

Handmaids of the Immaculate Heart
Any girls who have made their First Holy Communion are invited to become members of a new altar guild in the parish - the Handmaids of the Immaculate Heart: A commitment to pray the Rosary once a week; to participate in formation about the care of the church, sacristy and altar and to help with the setting up of the church for Mass on Sunday. For more information, please have a chat with Fr Michael.

Solemnity of Christ the King
On the Solemnity of Christ the King, there will be a Eucharistic Holy hour concluding with Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday 26th November 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm.

Month of the Holy Souls
A Novena of Masses for the intention of the Holy Souls will be offered during November.  Envelopes are available in both churches should you wish your deceased relatives and friends to be included in these Masses. The annual blessing of graves and prayers for those buried will be held at Upperby Cemetery on Saturday 18th November 2017 at 12.00 noon.  All are welcome.

Getting the Garden Ready for Winter
Thank you to all who came along to get the Presbytery Garden ready for winter…your help was greatly appreciated.

SVP Food Parcels at St. Margaret Mary
Once again, St Margaret Mary SVP will be distributing food parcels to local families in need before Christmas. Please check best before dates. Tinned fruit and meat are especially welcome. We aim to distribute the parcels the week beginning 11th December. Please use the box at the back of church for your donations. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 65, Sunday 9.00 am - 72 and Sunday 11.00 am - 106. A total of 243. Thank you for the offering of £351.95 at Christ the King and £302.80 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £654.75.

Carlisle Food Bank
The Food Bank organisers send their thanks for our recent donations. Items in short supply are UHT milk, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit and vegetables, and tinned meals. Please leave your donations in the basket in the porch. 

Music For Advent And Christmas

The Festival Choir will be meeting on Sunday evenings at Christ The King Church from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Please consider coming along to help us to prepare for the Holy Season. Everyone is welcome.

Advent Retreat
8-10 December - Take time out from the busy run-up to Christmas to prepare for the Lord’s coming. This weekend retreat, for young people in year 9 and above, will be a fun occasion to meet other young people and, together, reflect on what Christmas is really about through games, workshops, discussions and prayer. Cost - £65. www.castleriggmanor.co.uk.

Noodle Night
The Extended Family of the Sacred Heart Sisters are hosting a Noodle Night on Wednesday the 15th November at 7.00 pm in St. Margaret Mary's Parish Centre on Scalegate Road. The event is in aid of our China Appeal. Tickets £5.00 - available from Alison Hather and Liz Sproat.

Gin Night
A Gin tasting evening will take place on Friday 24th November in the Parish Centre at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £10 which includes a Gin and Tonic and a tasting talk with around 4 other Gins.  Tickets available from the Parish Centre or John and Alison Hather.

Advertise in the Voice
If you have your own business or if you work for a company, why not consider advertising in the Catholic Voice? It works for people, companies, events and organisations throughout the Diocese and it supports our Diocesan paper. Please contact Caroline on 07931 836926 or email carolineg@cathcom.org for more information.

Living Word
Encounter the Living God through Sacred Scripture. During this weekend we will be exploring the powerful and life giving message of St Paul in the Scriptures. To be held -  Sat 18th - Sun 19th November 2017 at Cor et Lumen Christi, Wigton, CA7 9HU - DONATION ONLY EVENT. To book or for more information: Web: www.coretlumenchristi.org Email: stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org Tel: 016973 45623 or 07516 075896. 

Christmas Mass Times
As you are probably aware - Christmas falls on a Monday this year.  I’ve been asked whether attending the Vigil or Mass during the Night on Christmas Eve also fulfils the Sunday obligation.  The simple answer is no  [there is a complicated answer…]
We should attend Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent [Vigil or Sunday Morning] and Mass for Christmas [Vigil, Mass during the Night, Masses on Christmas Morning].
There’s no ‘two for one’ I’m afraid!
For the Weekend of 23rd/24th December Masses will be as normal [6, 9 and 11]
Masses for Christmas will be:

6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm [‘during the Night’] Christ the King
8.00 am [‘at Dawn’] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 am [‘during the Day’] Christ the King

First Holy Communion 2018

First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 10th June 2018.  Parents who wish their children to receive our Lord in the Eucharist for the first time should inform Fr Michael via email or in person before Christmas. Families should be attending Mass in the parish every weekend. Catechesis [usually held on a Thursday evening] will begin in February.  

Mass Intentions & Events: 12th November 2017


Thursday, 2 November 2017

Newsletter Items: 5th November 2017

Handmaids of the Immaculate Heart
Any girls who have made their First Holy Communion are invited to become members of a new altar guild in the parish - the Handmaids of the Immaculate Heart. A commitment to pray the Rosary once a week, to participate in formation about the care of the church, sacristy and altar and to help with the setting up of the church for Mass on Sunday. For more information, please have a chat with Fr Michael.

Month of the Holy Souls
A Novena of Masses for the intention of the Holy Souls will be offered during November.  Envelopes are available in both churches should you wish your deceased relatives and friends to be included in these Masses. The annual blessing of graves and prayers for those buried will be held at Upperby Cemetery on Saturday 18th November 2017 at 12.00 noon.  All are welcome.

Getting the Garden Ready for Winter
Help is needed on Saturday 11th November from 11.15 am to get the Presbytery Garden ready for winter….bacon butties and tea/coffee for willing volunteers. Bonfire promised.  Please bring a leaf rake if you have one.

SVP Food Parcels at St. Margaret Mary
Once again, St Margaret Mary SVP will be distributing food parcels to local families in need before Christmas. Please check best before dates. Tinned fruit and meat are especially welcome. We aim to distribute the parcels the week beginning 11th December. Please use the box at the back of church for your donations. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Sportsman’s Dinner
To raise funds for the new chapel at Newman School, St Margaret Mary’s parish centre, Scalegate Road will be holding a sportsman’s dinner to include pie & pea supper, raffle and auction. Comedian & MC: Howard Nicholson/After Dinner Speaker: Steve Kindon. This event will take place on Friday 10 November from 7.00 pm - 12.30 am. Tickets - £25 from Paul Radcliffe - tel: 07813 327305 or from St Margaret Mary’s parish centre - tel: 524595.

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 67, Sunday 9.00 am - 64 and Sunday 11.00 am - 87. A total of 218.  Thank you for the offering of £561.72 at Christ the King and £295.92 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £857.64.

Carlisle Food Bank
The Food Bank organisers send their thanks for our recent donations. Items in short supply are UHT milk, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit and vegetables and tinned meals. Please leave your donations in the basket in the porch. 

Music For Advent and Christmas

The Festival Choir will be meeting on Sunday evenings at Christ The King Church from 
7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Please consider coming along to help us to prepare for the Holy Season. Everyone is welcome.

Advent Retreat
8-10 December. Take time out from the busy run-up to Christmas to prepare for the Lord’s coming. This weekend retreat, for young people in year 9 and above, will be a fun occasion to meet other young people and, together, reflect on what Christmas is really about through games, workshops, discussions and prayer. £65. www.castleriggmanor.co.uk.

Ladies Group
The Ladies Group will meet on Tuesday 7th November at 7.30pm.  The topic will be Health and Wellbeing.

Noodle Night
The Extended Family of the Sacred Heart Sisters are hosting a Noodle Night on Wednesday the 15th November at 7.00 pm in St Margaret Mary's Parish Centre, Scalegate Road. It will be in aid of our China Appeal. Tickets - £5.00.  Available from Alison Hather and Liz Sproat.

Gin Night
A Gin tasting evening will take place on Friday 24th November in the Parish Centre beginning at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £10 each to include a Gin and Tonic and a tasting talk with around 4 other Gins. Tickets available from the Parish Centre or John and Alison Hather.

Advertise in the Voice
If you have your own business or if you work for a company, why not consider advertising in the Catholic Voice? It works for people, companies, events and organisations throughout the Diocese and it supports our Diocesan paper.
Please contact Caroline on 07931 836926 or email carolineg@cathcom.org for more information.

Deanery Mass for Deceased Clergy
This year’s Mass for Deceased Clergy will be held at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday 21st November at 11.00 am.  Since we are hosting this celebration, please make a special effort to come along and assist at this Mass.

Living Word
Encounter the Living God through Sacred Scripture. During the weekend of Saturday, 18th - Sunday, 19th November, we will be exploring the powerful and life giving message of St Paul in the Scriptures at Cor et Lumen Christi, Wigton, CA7 9HU - DONATION ONLY EVENT. To book or for more information:
Web: www.coretlumenchristi.org Email: stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org Tel: 016973 45623 or 07516 075896. 

Christmas Mass Times
As you are probably aware, Christmas falls on a Monday this year. I’ve been asked whether attending the Vigil or Mass during the Night on Christmas Eve also fulfils the Sunday obligation. The simple answer is no [there is a complicated answer…]
We should attend Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent [Vigil or Sunday Morning] and Mass for Christmas [Vigil, Mass during the Night, Masses on Christmas Morning].
There’s no ‘two for one’ I’m afraid!
For the Weekend of 23rd/24th December, Masses will be as normal [6, 9 and 11].
Masses for Christmas will be:

6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm [‘during the Night’] Christ the King
8.00 am [‘at Dawn’] St. Margaret Mary

10.00 am [‘during the Day’] Christ the King