Thursday, 18 January 2018

Newsletter Items: 21st January 2018

First Holy Communion
Will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 10th June during the 11.00 am Mass at St. Margaret Mary. Classes will begin on Thursday 22nd February at 6.00 pm and will be held at St. Margaret Mary Primary School. Application forms and further details are available from Fr Michael. Families should be regular in attending Mass in the parish and be willing to attend all the classes.

Representatives for the Eucharistic Congress Needed
Two representatives from each church in the parish are needed to attend the Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool on Friday 7th September 2018. If you are interested in going along, please see Fr Michael.

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. 

Offertory and Figures
Sunday 14th: At Mass - 258 Offertory - £702.68. Thank you.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 takes place 20-27 July; flights from Manchester airport. Brochures and booking forms are available from Fr Michael.
Young people: Travel to Lourdes by coach with other young people from our diocese, 19-29 July. Open to ages Year 10+, 4-star hotel, Cost - £595. For more information, to book online or download the poster or booking form, please see: http://www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/new-events/2017/9/19/lourdes-2018.

Newman New School — That’s Entertainment
From Fr Norman Johnston: The News & Star recently gave two pages of excellent cover to the birth of Newman Secondary School in 1968 and its anticipated re-birth after the floods of 2015.
Money will not be provided for the building of a chapel in the new school and so the Knights of St Columba have undertaken to supervise the raising of £75,000 for this project. A major fund-raising event will be a variety show, That’s Entertainment, to be held on Friday 11 May 2018, in the Sands Centre. Preparations are now well underway. Young people, ex-Newman pupils and local amateur talent will be taking part. Book the date!

Shop on-line and Help Newman School Build a Chapel 
The school, parishes and supporters are raising £75,000 to provide a chapel for Newman school on the new site. If you shop on-line you can help.  Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk. Enter NEWMAN SCHOOL CHAPEL FUND in the block titles “search for a cause”. Click on JOIN US and add your details. You can then ask for a reminder when you shop on-line with a participating company, including ASDA, TESCO, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Curry's, John Lewis, Debenhams, Amazon, E-bay and many more. If you shop on-line, a percentage of your bill goes to the Newman School Chapel Fund.  Already, over £380 has been raised. Thank you. 

Recollection for Priests
On Thursday at Christ the King there will be an afternoon’s recollection for diocesan priests.  Please pray for the priests who’ll be travelling to the recollection and that more will be inspired to attend.

Talks on the Eucharist
The Diocese has arranged a series of talks on various aspects of the mystery of the Eucharist. See the noticeboard for details of talks in other areas.
In our own deanery: on Wednesday, 21 March, @ 7.00 pm in St Margaret Mary’s Parish Community Centre, Scalegate Road, CA2 4JX. Fr Michael Docherty will speak on “Eucharist: food for the journey”.

Epic: The Early Church
Coming soon to the parish is a ten part series of presentations on the history of the Early Church.  The course, on Tuesday evenings, will be limited to twenty people.  Please think about signing up.  We’ll be starting during February.  

Antiques Evening with Paul Laidlaw 
The ladies of  St. Augustine’s CWL are hosting an antiques valuation evening with Paul Laidlaw on Tuesday 13 February at 7.00 pm in their social room. Tickets are £4.00, including a glass of wine or soft drink, and are available from Pauline. Please call  544627. 


From St. Margaret Mary School
As we build up to the 80th Anniversary of the school in the summer, we would like to provide our children with opportunities to develop their aspirations by hearing the success stories of our past students. If you are, or know, a past student and you believe that you have a story to tell, then please contact us either via the Facebook page or by emailing the school office. Ensuring our children have the best opportunities is fundamental to the school and, in an ever changing world, your stories could be enough to ignite a spark and to make a huge difference to the next generation of the school. 

Prayer for a New bishop
‘Almighty God, Eternal shepherd and guide. In your love for us, grant to the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster a shepherd who will lead us to be Christ’s heart of mercy, voice of hope, and hands of justice. Help him to fill our minds and hearts with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments, and the desire to build up your holy Church. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.’ 

Philip Wrigley
Philip returns to seminary on Saturday this week - we wish him all the best in his studies.  Please keep him in your prayers.


Fr Michael will be absent from the parish for a couple of days this week - he apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Mass Intentions & Events: 21st January 2018


Thursday, 11 January 2018

Newsletter Items: 14th January 2018

Thank you
Sister Gerald would like to say a big thank you for your Masses, gifts and cards at Christmas - a Mass will be offered for your intentions.

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. 

Offertory and Figures
Sunday 7th: At Mass 226 - Offertory £666.10. Thank you.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 takes place between 20-27 July; flights from Manchester airport. Brochures and booking forms are available from Fr Michael.
Young people: Travel to Lourdes by coach with other young people from our diocese, 19-29 July. Open to ages Year 10+, 4-star hotel, cost - £595. For more information, to book online or download the poster or booking form, please see: http://www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/new-events/2017/9/19/lourdes-2018.

Newman New School — 
That’s Entertainment
From Fr Norman Johnston: The News & Star recently gave two pages of excellent cover to the birth of Newman Secondary School in 1968 and its anticipated re-birth after the floods of 2015.
Money will not be provided for the building of a chapel in the new school and so the Knights of St Columba have undertaken to supervise the raising of £75,000 for this project.
A major fund-raising event will be a variety show, That’s Entertainment, to be held on Friday 11 May 2018, in the Sands Centre. Preparations are now well underway. Young people, ex-Newman pupils and local amateur talent will be taking part. Book the date!
Fr Norman is also looking for an old metal bucket for the show. If you have one lying around in your garden or shed, please let him know - tel: 538119.

The Catholic Teaching Alliance
Thinking of applying to train to become a primary or secondary school teacher in Sept 2018 or know someone who does? If you are (or will be a graduate), you could train with the Catholic Teaching Alliance in schools in Preston/Blackpool/Lancaster area. Details: www.catholic - teaching - alliance.orgTel: 01772 326931. 

Retreat for Servers
There will be a diocesan residential retreat, for Server Year 6 and upwards, from 2.00 pm on on Friday 16 February until 2.00 pm on Saturday 17 February. See the poster on the diocesan noticeboard in the foyer. Cost - £40, which the parish will pay. To book, contact Paul Briers on 01946-834834 or guildshop@yahoo.co.uk.

Talks on the Eucharist
The Diocese has arranged a series of talks on various aspects of the mystery of the Eucharist. See the noticeboard for details of talks in other areas. In our own deanery: Wednesday 21 March, 7.00 pm at St Margaret Mary’s Parish Community Centre, Scalegate Road, CA2 4JX. Fr Michael Docherty will speak on “Eucharist: food for the journey”.

Epic: the Early Church
Coming soon to the parish is a ten part series of presentations on the history of the Early Church.  The course, on Tuesday evenings, will be limited to twenty people.  Please think about signing up in the new year.  We’ll be starting at the beginning of February.  

Singers Wanted
Carlisle Community Choir is looking for more men…they meet at Holy Trinity Church, Wigton Road, Carlisle at 3.30 pm-5.30 pm every Sunday. They started back on the 7th January. We are happy for 6th formers from Newman to attend. Waged people pay £5, unwaged free.

Representatives for the Eucharistic Congress Needed
Two representatives from each church in the parish are needed to attend the Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool on Friday 7th September 2018. If you are interested in going along, please see Fr Michael.

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School
CLOSING DATE FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 RECEPTION PLACES.
If your child was born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 then they are due to start Reception Class in September! The closing date for applications for St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School is NEXT WEEK- 15th January. Please call or pop into the School Office and we will help you with your application. Remember: having a place in our Nursery does not automatically entitle your child to a place in Reception. It is essential that you make a new application.

Also from St. Margaret Mary….
As we build up to the 80th Anniversary of the school in the summer, we would like to provide our children with opportunities to develop their aspirations by hearing the success stories of our past students. If you are, or know, a past student and you believe that you have a story to tell, then please contact us either via the facebook page or by emailing the school office. Ensuring our children have the best opportunities is fundamental to the school and, in an ever changing world, your stories could be enough to ignite a spark and to make a huge difference to the next generation of the school. 

Prayer for a New Bishop

‘Almighty God, Eternal shepherd and guide.
In your love for us, grant to the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster a shepherd who will lead us to be Christ’s heart of mercy, voice of hope and hands of justice.
Help him to fill our minds and hearts with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments and the desire to build up your holy Church. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.’ 

Mass Intentions & vents: 14th January 2018


Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Newsletter Items: 24th December 2017 - 7th January 2018


Happy Christmas and Every Blessing for the New Year
Happy Christmas! Many thanks to all of you for your support and prayers during the past year: you are a great parish to serve and I greatly appreciate your time, commitment and generosity. My prayers during this Christmas season are for your families and friends, that we may receive every blessing from the Lord in this new year!  Fr. Michael.

Parish Helpers
As a bit of a thank you - all those who help out in the parish in any way: musicians; readers; cleaners; servers; handmaids; sacristans; SVP; welcomers; Knights; teachers; flower arrangers; counters and children’s liturgy etc. are invited to an ‘Open House’ gathering in the presbytery between 3.00 and 5.00 pm on Sunday 7th January.

First Saturday Mass and Devotions
On First Saturdays, we will follow the request of Our Lady of Fatima and celebrate Mass in her honour for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for sins of humanity. Mass will be followed by a short period of exposition, a brief meditation on one of the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary and then Recitation of the Holy Rosary.  Please commit to participating in the First Saturday devotions to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.

Carol Service
Thanks to all who helped provide such a lovely Carol Service last Sunday and to all those who attended.

SVP Food Parcels at St. Margaret Mary
Thank you for your support of this appeal - your help was greatly appreciated.

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. 

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 43, Sunday 9.00 am - 59 and Sunday 11.00 am - 91. A total of 193.  Thank you for the offering of £324.00 at Christ the King and £235.10 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £559.10.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 takes place 20-27 July; flights from Manchester airport. Brochures and booking forms are available from Fr Michael.
Young people: Travel to Lourdes by coach with other young people from our diocese, 19-29 July. Open to ages Year 10+, 4-star hotel,  Cost - £595. For more information, to book online or download the poster or booking form, please see: http://www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/new-events/2017/9/19/lourdes-2018.

Philip Wrigley
During the month of January, Philip Wrigley, a second year seminarian [someone preparing for priestly ordination] of the Diocese [and a Carlisle lad] will be in the parish for an extended pastoral placement. He arrives on the weekend of 6th January - I’m sure that you will make him very welcome!  Please pray for him and for our other seminarians - Stuart Chappie and Stephen Talbutt.

Newman New school — That’s Entertainment
From Fr Norman Johnston: The News & Star recently gave two pages of excellent cover to the birth of Newman Secondary School in 1968 and its anticipated re-birth after the floods of 2015.
Money will not be provided for the building of a chapel in the new school and so the Knights of St Columba have undertaken to supervise the raising of £75,000 for this project.
They propose to hold a major fund-raising event (a variety show), That’s Entertainment, on Friday 11 May 2018, in the Sands Centre. Preparations are now well underway. Young people, ex-Newman pupils and local amateur talent will be taking part. Book the date!
Fr Norman is also looking for an old metal bucket for the show. If you have one lying around in your garden or shed, please let him know - tel: 01228 538119.

The Catholic Teaching Alliance
Thinking of applying to train to become a primary or secondary school teacher in Sept 2018 or know someone who does? If you are (or will be) a graduate, you could train with the Catholic Teaching Alliance in schools in Preston/Blackpool/Lancaster area. Details: www.catholic - teaching - alliance.org / Tel: 01772 326931. 

Retreat for Servers
There will be a diocesan residential retreat for Servers, Year 6 and upwards, from Friday 16 February at 2.00 pm until Saturday 17 February at 2.00 pm. See the poster on the diocesan noticeboard in the foyer. Cost - £40, which the parish will pay. To book, contact Paul Briers, on 01946-834834 or guildshop@yahoo.co.uk.

Talks on the Eucharist
The Diocese has arranged a series of talks on various aspects of the mystery of the Eucharist. See the noticeboard for details of talks in other areas.
In our own deanery: On Wednesday 21 March, at 7.00 pm in St. Margaret Mary’s Parish Community Centre, Scalegate Road, CA2 4JX, Fr Michael Docherty will speak on “Eucharist: food for the journey”.

Mass Times
Please note the revised Mass times between Christmas and Epiphany.

New Years Resolutions
Why not make a spiritual resolution for next year?  You could make a commitment to pray the rosary on a regular basis for a particular intention, attend the First Friday Mass and devotions, commit to visiting a neighbour who is alone on a regular basis, commit to reading Scripture regularly…have a think about it.

Epic: the Early Church

Coming soon to the parish is a ten part series of presentations on the history of the Early Church.  The course, on Tuesday evenings, will be limited to twenty people.  Please think about signing up in the new year.  We’ll be starting at the beginning of February.  

Mass Intentions & Events: 24th December 2017 - 7th January 2018


Thursday, 14 December 2017

Newsletter Items: 17th December 2017

Bambinelli Sunday
This Sunday is Gaudete Sunday - but it’s also Bambinelli Sunday in the Parish! Bambinelli Sunday is the day to bring the child Jesus from the nativity sets in your homes to Mass for a special blessing! Bring them along next Sunday and after the distribution of Holy Communion, they’ll be blessed, ready to be placed in your cribs at home this Christmas.

Carol Service
The Parish Carol Service will take place on this evening at 7.00 pm in Christ The King Church.  Please make every effort to support this Parish event. It will be followed by festive refreshments in the Presbytery.  Please come along.

Carol Singing Pennine Lodge
Volunteers are needed to sing carols for the residents on Tuesday 19th December. To meet at 6.00 pm at Pennine Lodge, which is at the top of Pennine Way, Harraby. Everyone welcome.

Christmas Mass Times
The normal Sunday Masses remain the same on Christmas Eve Morning. Masses for the  Christmas obligation are as follows:

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation - Confession
Please make an extra effort to go to confession during Advent. See the front page for specific times.

SVP Food Parcels at St. Margaret Mary
Thank you for your support of this appeal - your help was greatly appreciated.

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. 

Parish Helpers
As a bit of a thank you to all those who help out in the parish in anyway: musicians; readers; cleaners; servers; handmaids; sacristans; SVP; welcomers; Knights; teachers; flower arrangers; counters and children’s liturgy etc. are invited to an ‘Open House’ gathering in the presbytery between 3.00 and 5.00 pm on Sunday 7th January.    

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 47, Sunday 9.00 am - 66 and Sunday 11.00 am - 122. A total of 235. Thank you for the offering of £467.60 at Christ the King and £312.99 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £780.59.

Catholic Schools and the Government
From the Bishop: “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. It has acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it. Now we need you to tell the Government not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics.
Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge it to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools. Thank you.”  Michael G Campbell OSA

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 takes place 20-27 July with flights from Manchester airport. Brochures and booking forms are available from Fr Michael.
Young people: Travel to Lourdes by coach with other young people from our diocese, 19-29 July. Open to ages Year 10+, 4-star hotel - £595. For more information, to book online or download the poster or booking form, please see: http://www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/new-events/2017/9/19/lourdes-2018.

Philip Wrigley
During the month of January, Philip Wrigley, a second year seminarian [someone preparing for priestly ordination] of the Diocese [and a Carlisle lad] will be in the parish for an extended pastoral placement. He arrives on the weekend of 6th January and I’m sure that you will make him very welcome!  Please pray for him and for our other seminarians - Stuart Chappie and Stephen Talbutt.

Newman New School — That’s Entertainment
From Fr Norman Johnston: The News & Star recently gave two pages of excellent cover to the birth of Newman Secondary School in 1968 and its anticipated re-birth after the floods of 2015.
Money will not be provided for the building of a chapel in the new school and the Knights of St Columba have therefore undertaken to supervise the raising of £75,000 for this project.
A major fund-raising event will be a variety show, That’s Entertainment, to be held on Friday 11 May 2018 in the Sands Centre. Preparations are now well underway. Young people, ex-Newman pupils and local amateur talent will be taking part.  Book the date!
Fr Norman is also looking for an old metal bucket for the show. If you have one lying around in your garden or shed, please let him know - tel: 538119.

St. Cuthbert’s
Congratulations to staff and governors of St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School for the successful recent Ofsted inspection where they were rated as ‘A Good School’.  They featured on Border TV’s Lookaround this week!  Places are available in the school.

The Catholic Teaching Alliance
Thinking of applying to train to become a primary or secondary school teacher in Sept 2018 or know someone who does? If you are (or will be a graduate), you could train with the Catholic Teaching Alliance in schools in Preston/Blackpool/Lancaster area. Details: 
www.catholic - teaching - alliance.org.  Tel: 01772 326931.