Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Newsletter Items from 16th August 2015

Noodle Night
Come and join in the fun at our Noodle Night at St. Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre on Tuesday 11th August at 7.30 pm in aid of Sr. Madeleine’s Project in China.  Adults £5/ Children £2.  All welcome. 

Diamond Jubilee Lunch
Thank you to all who came along to the shared lunch.

Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative via the basket in the porch at Christ the King.

Parish Pastoral Council
There will be a day course for members at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s on Saturday 21st November between 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm - all members are asked to attend this.  The day will be led by Fr. Peter Groody.

Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
There will be a formation day at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s on Saturday 24th October 2015 beginning at 1.00 pm and led by Fr. Peter Groody.  Could all extra-ordinary ministers please attend. More details to follow.

Liturgical Music Formation Day
For all musicians and singers in the parish - there will be a formation day on liturgical music at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s on Saturday 3rd October between 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm.  The day will be led by Fr. John Millar.  All involved with music in the parish are asked to attend.  More details to follow.

The Sacrament of Confirmation
Will be celebrated in May 2016.  The formation of candidates will be organised on a deanery level and will be held at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s on a Monday evening.  As well as attending these sessions, candidates will still be expected to participate regularly in the celebration of Holy Mass in the parish.  More details will be published in September.

First Holy Communion 2016
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 5th June 2016.  There will be an initial meeting for parents on Thursday 21st January 2016 and preparation of candidates will begin on Thursday 4th February.  Regularly attendance at Sunday Mass is an essential part of the preparation.

Interested in becoming a Catholic?
If you are interested or know someone who is interested in becoming a Roman Catholic, an informal group will be formed in October to explore the richness of the Catholic Faith.  Contact Fr. Michael for more details or just for a chat.

Sacristans
There will be a training day for the Sacristans of the parish (those who help get things ready for the celebration of Holy Mass or other sacraments) on Saturday 12th September at Christ the King beginning at 1.00 pm.  Volunteers are always needed for this important ministry - please see Fr. Michael for more information.

Statement from Archbishop Peter Smith on a Bill to legalise Assisted Suicide
Very many people of all faiths and none will be concerned about a Bill to legalise Assisted Suicide in England and Wales which will be debated in the House of Commons on 11th September 2015. This private members Bill, introduced by Rob Marris MP, will have a free vote and it is important that people make their views known to their own MP ahead of this extremely important debate. 
I strongly urge all Catholics to contact their own MP as soon as possible to express their concern about the dangerous impact which such a Bill would have on the most vulnerable people. MPs do listen to their own constituents. What is needed is more and better palliative care, not assistance with suicide. 

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes, Cleator
The diocesan pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady at Cleator is on Sunday 6 September. Mass and blessing of the sick begins at 3.00 pm. Bishop Brian Noble will preside and preach. Teas will be provided in the Civic Hall, Cleator Moor CA25 5AR, £8.50 per head. Bookings must be made by contacting St Mary’s Priory, Cleator on 01946-810324. Cheques payable to St Mary’s, Cleator. Deadline: 24 August. Young people are invited to walk in pilgrimage from Castlerigg Manor, Keswick, to Cleator, beginning Friday 4 September. Details from Fr Philip Connor on 01768-772711.

Catholicism: the New Evangelisation
What is the ‘New Evangelisation’ and why do we need it? On Tuesday evenings, beginning 15th September and using Fr. Robert Barron’s Catholicism series, we’ll hope to answer these questions and find out ways we can assist with the mission of the ‘New Evangelisation’.  Please think about joining in this 6 week course.

Faith on Tap
The next Faith on Tap will be on Thursday 3rd September when we’ll welcome Sr. Mary Julian Ekman RSM to speak on religious life. 

Towards a culture of safeguarding
From the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission: The Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake work in the name of the Church are adequately trained in safeguarding matters.  The Catholic Church is dependent on Clergy, Religious and Lay people using their skills and talents to nurture and support the Catholic community. Some will be paid employees, but the majority undertake their work on a voluntary basis. Whilst some will recognise their role as a volunteer, many rightly see their caring and support contribution as part of their Christian responsibility and ministry. 
But we all have a role to play in safeguarding the young or adults who may be at risk and it is for this reason that we have worked with EduCare to bring you an e-learning package that will raise awareness throughout the Catholic Community in England and Wales. The e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding and is available to all members of the Catholic community free of charge. 

Opportunities to use this resource will be available in the Autumn and sessions will hopefully take place using the IT suite of our parish primary school.

Mass Intentions & Events from 16th August 2015


Newsletter Items from 9th August 2015

Noodle Night
Come and join in the fun at our Noodle Night at St. Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre on Tuesday 11th August at 7.30 pm in aid of Sr. Madeleine’s Project in China.  Adults £5/ Children £2.  All welcome. 

Diamond Jubilee Lunch
The weekend of 15th/16th August marks the 60th Anniversary of the opening of Christ the King Church [opened for the celebration of Mass in 1955 & consecrated in 1956]. To mark the occasion, there will be a Shared Lunch and Open House in the Presbytery Garden from 1.00 pm on Sunday 16th August.  Sheets are available at the back of both churches: simply put your name on and what you’re bringing [to avoid 500 bags of crisps].  Please make an effort to come along!
Donations of bottles of Prosecco to toast the occasion will be gratefully received between now and then.

Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative via the basket in the porch at Christ the King.

Parish Pastoral Council
There will be a day course for members at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s on Saturday 21st November between 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm - all members are asked to attend this.  The day will be led by Fr. Peter Groody.

Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
There will be a formation day at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s on Saturday 24th October 2015 beginning at 1.00 pm, led by Fr. Peter Groody.  Could all extra-ordinary ministers please attend. More details to follow.

Liturgical Music Formation Day
For all musicians and singers in the parish - there will be a formation day on liturgical music at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s on Saturday 3rd October between at 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm.  The day will be led by Fr. John Millar.  All involved with music in the parish are asked to attend.  More details to follow.

The Sacrament of Confirmation
Will be celebrated in May 2016.  The formation of candidates will be organised on a deanery level and will be held at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s on a Monday evening.  As well as attending these sessions, candidates will still be expected to participate regularly in the celebration of Holy Mass in the parish.  More details will be published in September.

First Holy Communion 2016
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 5th June 2016.  There will be an initial meeting for parents on Thursday 21st January 2016 and preparation of candidates will begin on Thursday 4th February.  Regular attendance at Sunday Mass is an essential part of the preparation.

Baptisms
A polite reminder that requests for the celebration of this sacrament should be made in person to Fr. Michael following the celebration of Holy Mass on Saturday evening or on Sunday.

Interested in becoming a Catholic?
If you are interested or know someone who is 
interested in becoming a Roman Catholic, an informal group will be formed in October to explore the richness of the Catholic Faith.  Contact Fr. Michael for more details or just for a chat.

Sacristans
There will be a training day for the Sacristans of the parish (those who help get things ready for the celebration of Holy Mass or other sacraments) on Saturday 12th September at Christ the King beginning at 1.00 pm.  Volunteers are always needed for this important ministry - please see Fr. Michael for more information.

Choral Evensong for VJ Day
Carlisle’s Anglican Cathedral invites parishioners to a choral evensong to mark the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day and the end of the Second World War on Saturday 15th August at 5.30 pm.

Statement from Archbishop Peter Smith on a Bill to legalise Assisted Suicide
Very many people of all faiths and none will be concerned about a Bill to legalise Assisted Suicide in England and Wales which will be debated in the House of Commons on 11th September 2015. This private members Bill, introduced by Rob Marris MP, will have a free vote and it is important that people make their views known to their own MP ahead of this extremely important debate. 
I strongly urge all Catholics to contact their own MP as soon as possible to express their concern about the dangerous impact which such a Bill would have on the most vulnerable people. MPs do listen to their own constituents. What is needed is more and better palliative care, not assistance with suicide. 

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes, Cleator
The diocesan pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady at Cleator is on Sunday 6 September. Mass and blessing of the sick begins at 3.00 pm. Bishop Brian Noble will preside and preach. Teas will be provided in the Civic Hall, Cleator Moor CA25 5AR, £8.50 per head. Bookings must be made by contacting St Mary’s Priory, Cleator on 01946-810324. Cheques payable to St Mary’s, Cleator. Deadline: 24 August.
Young people are invited to walk in pilgrimage from Castlerigg Manor, Keswick, to Cleator, beginning Friday 4 September. Details from 
Fr Philip Connor on 01768-772711.

Catholicism: the New Evangelisation
What is the ‘New Evangelisation’ and why do we need it? On Tuesday evenings, beginning 15th September and using Fr. Robert Barron’s Catholicism series, we’ll hope to answer these questions and find out ways we can assist with the mission of the ‘New Evangelisation’.  Please think about joining in this 6 week course.

Faith on Tap
The next Faith on Tap will be on Thursday 3rd September when we’ll welcome Sr. Mary Julian Ekman RSM to speak on religious life.


Parish figures are unavailable for the next couple of weeks due to publishing the newsletter in advance.

Mass Intentions & Events from 9th August 2015