Thursday, 20 April 2017

Newsletter Items: 23rd April 2017

Thank You
Many thanks again to those who have helped during Lent and especially during the celebration of the Triduum - making the liturgies such an opportunity of prayerful encounter with our Lord. Much work goes on behind the scenes to enable this to happen and I am very grateful for the often hidden contribution made by so many in the parish.  For the many who simply ‘turn up’ and expect ‘everything to be done’ - perhaps offer a prayer for those who work so hard to make things happen in the parish - and perhaps consider stepping forward to contribute in an active way.

A Grant for the Parish Centre - but help is needed
We have recently received a grant from the County Council to help with a refurbishment of the Parish Centre. We are blessed to have a centre which we can use as a parish - I am also grateful to those who help keep it going.   Help is needed from parishioners. Any Parishioner who has time to assist in the Parish Centre Concert Room refurbishment from 21-26 April, please contact Paul Lovell 07788818535 for further details of ways to help.

Catholicism: The Pivotal Players
In February we will have a new opportunity to learn more about our faith using Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism series.  Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people. CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilisation. The series will be held fortnightly on Tuesday evenings in the Parish Centre after Mass. Optional personal study material will be available via email.
The next gathering will be this Tuesday, 25th April when we’ll consider St. Thomas Aquinas - who we missed out at an earlier stage.

Attendance and Figures
Holy Thursday - 75 ; Good Friday 115 [£79.50 for Holy Places]; Easter Vigil - 75.  Easter Sunday 116 + 136.  Easter Offering £489.05 + £395.95.  

Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative through contributing and putting your offerings in the basket at the back of Christ the King. If we could supply especially UHT milk, rice pudding, custard, tinned fruit, pasta sauce. High Protein food such as tinned meat, tuna etc are also much appreciated.

Family Weekend at Castlerigg Manor
Our diocesan residential youth centre, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick invites you to join in their Family Weekend: 28-30 April. For more information, visit www.castleriggmanor.co.uk, e-mail  team@castleriggmanor.co.uk or phone the team on 017687-72711.

Teaching Posts
St Joseph's Catholic High School (11 to 16), Workington is currently looking to appoint the following staff: Senior Deputy Headteacher, the post requires the holder to be a practising Catholic; Maths Teachers; Science Teachers. All details at www.st-josephs.cumbria.sch.uk or contact Sybil Worsley, Business Manager , on 01900 873290 or sw@st-josephs.cumbria.sch.uk.

Feast of Divine Mercy 
The celebration of Divine Mercy will be held in St Bede’s, Carlisle on Sunday 23 April at 2.30 pm. Experience the mercy and the love of the Lord in this celebration.

Ga’an Away
Advanced warning that Fr. Michael will be taking a break from the parish (you probably need a break from him….) from Monday 15th May until Friday 2nd June. 

New Apostolic Nuncio
Our Holy Father has appointed as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, His Grace Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, until now, Apostolic Nuncio to Greece. Bishop Campbell assured him of our prayers, welcome and best wishes as he takes up his new office. 
Archbishop Adams is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was designated Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh on 24 August 1996 and was consecrated bishop on 23 October later that year. 
After six years as Papal Representative in Bangladesh, Archbishop Adams was named Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe on 22 August 2002 and after serving five years in that country, on 3 September 2007, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. He has served as Nuncio to Greece since 22 February 2011. 
This news may speed up the process of finding Bishop Campbell’s successor as Bishop of Lancaster.

Knights of St. Columba
We have a very active Knights of St. Columba in Carlisle. I would encourage all the men of the parish to consider joining the Knights of St. Columba to assist you in the living out of your Catholic faith. Don’t just watch from the sidelines - get involved….

Outreach Worker 
Our Lady of Furness, Barrow is seeking to employ a committed practising Roman Catholic as a Parish Outreach Worker. The role will be primarily to support, develop and implement the parish mission in all aspects of the Gospel. The post is for 21 hours per week with a salary of £10,952.00 pa. For more info, please contact 01229 820210 or email office@olof.org.uk.  Closing date: Thursday 4th May 2017. 

Mass at Newman
Parishioners are welcome to join the school for the celebration of Holy Mass on Friday mornings.  For information on how to access the room used for Mass, please have a word with Fr. Michael.

Monastic Experience
QUARR ABBEY: Monastic Experience Weekend for Catholic men 18-35. An opportunity to sample monastic life in the Benedictine tradition from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June 2017.  For further information - novicemaster@quarr.org. 

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham

This will take place between 26th to 29th Sept 2017 at a cost of £265. For more details, please call Paul Briers on 01946 834834.

Mass Intentions & Events: 23rd April 2017


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Newsletter Items: 16th April 2017

Thank You
Many thanks to those who have helped during Lent and especially during the celebration of the Triduum - making the liturgies such an opportunity of prayerful encounter with our Lord.  Much work goes on behind the scenes to enable this to happen and I am very grateful for the often hidden contribution made by so many in the parish.  For the many who simply ‘turn up’ and expect ‘everything to be done’ - perhaps offer a prayer for those who work so hard to make things happen in the parish - and perhaps consider stepping forward to contribute in an active way.

A Grant for the Parish Centre - but help is needed
We have recently received a grant from the County Council to help with a refurbishment of the Parish Centre.  We are blessed to have a centre which we can use as a parish - I am also grateful to those who help keep it going.   Help is needed from parishioners. Any Parishioner who has time to assist in the Parish Centre Concert Room refurbishment from 21-26 April, please contact Paul Lovell on 07788818535 for further details of ways to help.

Catholicism: The Pivotal Players
In February we will have a new opportunity to learn more about our faith using Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism series.  Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people. CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilisation. The series will be held fortnightly on Tuesday evenings in the Parish Centre after Mass. Optional personal study material will be available via email.
The next gathering will be this Tuesday, 25th April when we’ll consider St. Thomas Aquinas - who we missed out at an earlier stage.

Attendance and Figures
Thank you for your contribution of £548.24 There were 67 + 138 = 205 at Mass last weekend.

Festival Choir
Thanks to the Festival Choir and Musicians who have assisted so well in the music for Holy Week.

Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative through contributing and putting your offerings in the basket at the back of Christ the King. If we could supply especially UHT milk, rice pudding, custard, tinned fruit, pasta sauce. High Protein food such as tinned meat, tuna etc are also much appreciated.

SVP Food Collection
Thank you for your generous response to this appeal.  Food has been distributed to families in need in the area. 

Family Weekend at Castlerigg Manor
Our diocesan residential youth centre, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick, invites you to join in their Family Weekend: 28-30 April. For more information, visit www.castleriggmanor.co.uk, e-mail  team@castleriggmanor.co.uk or phone the team on 017687-72711.

Teaching Posts
St Joseph's Catholic High School (11 to 16), Workington is currently looking to appoint the following staff: Senior Deputy Headteacher, the post requires the holder to be a practising Catholic; Maths Teachers; Science Teachers. All details www.st-josephs.cumbria.sch.uk or contact Sybil Worsley, Business Manager, on 01900 873290 or sw@st-josephs.cumbria.sch.uk.

Easter Offering
The Offertory Collection of Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday is, in the Diocese of Lancaster, a significant contribution to the stipend of parish clergy.  In our parish, it is retained by the parish and contributes to Fr Michael’s monthly ‘allowance’ over the year.  

Feast of Divine Mercy 
The celebration of Divine Mercy will be held in St Bede’s, Carlisle on Sunday 23 April at 
2.30 pm. Experience the mercy and the love of the Lord in this celebration.

Ga’an Away
Advanced warning that Fr. Michael will be taking a break from the parish (you probably need a break from him….) from Saturday 13th May until Friday 2nd June. 

New Apostolic Nuncio
Our Holy Father has appointed as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, His Grace Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, until now, Apostolic Nuncio to Greece. Bishop Campbell assured him of our prayers, welcome and best wishes as he takes up his new office. Archbishop Adams is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was designated Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh on 24 August 1996 and was consecrated bishop on 23 October later that year. After six years as Papal Representative in Bangladesh, Archbishop Adams was named Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe on 22 August 2002 and after serving five years in that country, on 3 September 2007 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. He has served as Nuncio to Greece since 22 February 2011. This news may speed up the process of finding Bishop Campbell’s successor as Bishop of Lancaster.

Special Collections
Bishop Campbell asked to pass on to you the gratitude of our Holy Father, for the following special collections taken up in the Diocese in 2016: 
£3,722.80 for Ukraine.
£12,551.57 for the Holy Places. 
£8,917.79 for Peter’s Pence. 
The Holy Father thanks us in anticipation for this year’s Good Friday Collection for ‘the Holy Places’ (in the Holy Land). 

Knights of St. Columba

We have a very active Knights of St. Columba in Carlisle. I would encourage all the men of the parish to consider joining the Knights of St. Columba to assist you in the living out of your Catholic faith. Don’t just watch from the sidelines - get involved….

Mass Intentions & Events: 16 April 2017


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Newsletter Items: 9th April 2017

Palm Sunday
Please note the time and place for the Sunday morning Mass for Palm Sunday.  As previously advertised there will be one Mass in the parish at Christ the King at 10.00 am. The vigil Mass is the usual time. If transport is needed, please see Fr. Michael.

Easter Triduum Times of Key Services
This year held at St. Margaret Mary Church:
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper - 7.00 pm - with ‘watching afterwards until 10.00 pm’.
Good Friday: Liturgy of the Passion - 3.00 pm.
Holy Saturday: The Easter Vigil - 8.30 pm.[sunset being 8.16 pm]
Easter Sunday Masses at the usual times in the usual places.

Good Friday Walk of Witness
The Walk of Witness from Our Lady & St Joseph’s Church to the Wayside Shrine at Wetheral Plains Road begins at 5.30 pm and lasts about an hour. Transport is available throughout the walk.

Office of Readings & Morning Prayer
The Church recommends the celebration of the Office of Readings on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.  This will take place at Christ the King on Friday and Saturday morning.

Retreat Day - Day of Recollection
Thank you to those who attended!

Catholicism: The Pivotal Players
In February we will have a new opportunity to learn more about our faith using Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism series. Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people. CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilisation. The series will be held fortnightly on Tuesday evenings in the Parish Centre after Mass. Optional personal study material will be available via email.
The next gathering will be this Tuesday, 11th April when we’ll consider GK Chesterton.

Lourdes Fundraising
Thank you to those who supported the appeal last weekend. £850 was raised towards the cost of sending William and Robbie on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in July.  If there are any other young people, aged 16+, who would like to go - please let Fr Michael know.

Attendance and Figures
Thank you for your contribution of £436.80 + £244.45 = £681.25  There were 76 + 83 + 130 = 289 at Mass [wow] last weekend. Building Fund for March was £328 + £95 = £423.

Festival Choir
We meet each Sunday at 7.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary.  We would really welcome new members. 

Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative through contributing and putting your offerings in the basket at the back of Christ the King. If we could supply especially UHT milk, rice pudding, custard, tinned fruit, pasta sauce. High Protein food such as tinned meat, tuna etc are also much appreciated.

SVP Food Collection
Thank you for your generous response to this appeal. Food has been distributed to families in need in the area. 

Omnibus for the Chrism Mass
Our Lady and St. Joseph’s are running a bus to the Chrism Mass at our Cathedral in Lancaster on Maundy Thursday (13th April). This will leave OLSJ at 9.30 am and return at 3.00 pm. Cost £10. Sign up sheet at the back of church at OLSJ or email: ourladyofeden@gmail.com. Closing date 9th April.

Family weekend at Castlerigg Manor
Our diocesan residential youth centre, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick, invites you to join in their Family Weekend: 28-30 April. For more information, visit www.castleriggmanor.co.uk, e-mail  team@castleriggmanor.co.uk or phone the team on 017687-72711.

Real Easter Eggs 
Carlisle World Shop, Lowthian’s Lane, off English Street, is stocking the Real Easter Egg which celebrates the true meaning of Easter, containing an Easter story booklet and Fairtrade chocolate. 

Flowers for Easter
We would welcome donations to cover the cost of Easter flowers in both churches.  Please place in an envelope marked ‘Easter Flowers’.

Easter Egg Treasure Hunt
The winning square was number 67.  Congratulations to the winner! £100 was raised for the Lourdes Fund - thank you.

Teaching Posts
St Joseph's Catholic High School (11 to 16), Workington, is currently looking to appoint the following staff: Senior Deputy Headteacher, the post requires the holder to be a practising Catholic; Maths Teachers; Science Teachers. For all details, please visit www.st-josephs.cumbria.sch.uk or contact Sybil Worsley, Business Manager on 01900 873290 or sw@st-josephs.cumbria.sch.uk.

Congratulations
Congratulations to parishioner Mr Michael Merrick, who was recently appointed as Deputy Head Teacher of St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School by the governing body of St. Ninian Catholic Federation.

Chrism Mass by Car
Fr. Michael will have spaces in his car for anyone wishing to attend the Chrism Mass in Lancaster on Holy Thursday morning.

Easter Offering
The Offertory Collection of Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday is, in the Diocese of Lancaster, a significant contribution to the stipend of parish clergy.  In our parish, it is retained by the parish and contributes to Fr. Michael’s monthly ‘allowance’ over the year.  

Holy Week
Find time this week to re-read the Passion of Our Lord and to contemplate its significance.  Try and keep a quiet house on Friday and Saturday.  Maybe attend Mass this week or prayer the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.



Mass Intentions & Events: 9th April 2017


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Newsletter Items: 2nd April 2017

Palm Sunday
Please note the time and place for the Sunday morning Mass for Palm Sunday.  As previously advertised, there will be one Mass in the parish at Christ the King at 10.00 am. The vigil Mass is the usual time.  If transport is needed, please see Fr Michael.

Retreat Day - Day of Recollection
Exploring Holy Week: “He set his face to go to Jerusalem” [Luke 9:51] at St. Margaret Mary  on Saturday 8th April from 10.30 am until 3.00 pm.  Tea/Coffee will be provided.  Bring a packed lunch. Please consider coming along.

Catholicism: The Pivotal Players
In February we will have a new opportunity to learn more about our faith using Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism series.  Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people. CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilisation. The series will be held fortnightly on Tuesday evenings in the Parish Centre after Mass. Optional personal study material will be available via email. The next gathering will be this Tuesday, 11th April when we’ll consider GK Chesterton.

Lourdes Fundraising
We’re hoping to send two teenagers to Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage in July.  This will cost around £1500. There will be a Craft and Cake Sale next Sunday after the two Masses. Please support.

Attendance and Figures
Thank you for your contribution of £452.50 + £215.71 = £668.21.  There were 72 + 73 + 88 = 233 at Mass last weekend.

First Holy Communion
Catechesis takes play at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School at 6.00 pm. The next session will be  on Thursday 27th April. The session for parents, cancelled last week due to school events, will be on Thursday 27th April. 

Sacrament of Confirmation
Application forms are available for young people [Year 6 and above] to apply for this sacrament. Please return to Fr Michael as soon as possible. Once numbers are known, we will apply to the bishop for a date for the celebration and begin preparation.

Festival Choir
We meet each Sunday at 7.00 pm at St Margaret Mary.  We would really welcome new members. 

Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative through contributing and putting your offerings in the basket at the back of Christ the King. If we could supply especially UHT milk, rice pudding, custard, tinned fruit, pasta sauce. High Protein food such as tinned meat, tuna etc are also much appreciated.

SVP Food Collection
St Margaret Mary SVP will once again be distributing food parcels to local families in need before the Easter holidays. We aim to distribute the parcels the week beginning 3rd April. Tinned meats and fruit are especially welcome. Please check best before dates. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.

Omnibus for the Chrism Mass
Our Lady and St. Joseph’s are running a bus to the Chrism Mass at our Cathedral in Lancaster on Maundy Thursday (13th April). This will leave OLSJ at 9.30 am and return at 3.00 pm. Cost £10. Sign up sheet at the back of church at OLSJ or email: ourladyofeden@gmail.com.  Closing date 9th April.

Gift Aid - Making Your Donation Go Further
Envelopes for the next financial year will be available shortly for those parishioners who are members of the scheme. Standing order donors do not need to take any further action unless they wish to increase their contribution.  
If a parishioner, who is a tax payer, would like to join the scheme, please contact Judith Clifford on 526781 for Christ the King or Richard Reardon on 544737 for St. Margaret Mary.
If you have ceased paying tax and are part of the scheme, please notify the organisers or if are unsure if you have paid the tax you are reclaiming.
Please consider giving via the Gift Aid scheme - it increases your donation without any additional cost to yourself.

Family Weekend at Castlerigg Manor
Our diocesan residential youth centre, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick, invites you to join in their Family Weekend: 28-30 April. For more information, visit www.castleriggmanor.co.uk, e-mail  team@castleriggmanor.co.uk or phone the team on 017687-72711.

Good Friday Walk of Witness
The Walk of Witness from Our Lady & St Joseph’s Church to the Wayside Shrine at Wetheral Plains Road begins at 5.30 pm and lasts about an hour. Transport is available throughout the walk.

Easter Triduum Times of Key Services
This year held at St. Margaret Mary Church:
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper - 7.00 pm - with ‘watching afterwards until 10.00 pm’.
Good Friday: Liturgy of the Passion - 3.00 pm.
Holy Saturday: The Easter Vigil - 8.30 pm.[sunset being 8.16 pm]
Easter Sunday Masses at the usual times in the usual places.
Readers and Extra-Ordinary Ministers
Could all Readers and Ministers please let us know their availability during the celebration of the Triduum.  Sign up sheets will be available at the back of each church.

Ladies Group
Meet on Tuesday evening at St. Margaret Mary’s for fun and games. New members always welcome.

End of Term

As the academic year continues with an Easter break, we wish all our teachers a well earned rest from their labours. Thank you for your professionalism and work during the last term. Holy Mass on Wednesday morning will be a whole-school Mass to mark the end of term.  Why not come along?