‘Word on Fire’ Scripture Group
Encountering Christ in His Word is an important aspect of our practice of the Faith. On Friday afternoons you’re invited to come along to study and pray with the preceding Sunday’s Gospel. Begins at 3.00 pm in the Presbytery. All welcome.
This publication - a very useful one to help you foster daily prayer - is available to purchase from the back of church. Very reasonably priced at £2.25.
Year of Mercy in the Parish
Leaflets about the forthcoming Holy Year will be distributed this weekend which will explain what the Year of Mercy will mean in our lives for the next 12 months. The Bishop has asked that both churches send two representatives to inaugural events in the diocese at Lancaster on Tuesday 8th December at 7.00 pm [Mass of Inauguration] and on Sunday 13th December at 6.30 pm [opening of the Holy Door]. If you would like to represent the parish, please let Fr. Michael know.
During the Year of Mercy there will be additional opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation since it is in this sacrament that we truly experience the mercy of God.
Focus will be given on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy and the Year of Mercy will be an underlying theme for future Faith on Tap talks.
Mass for the Sick and House Bound and the inauguration of the Holy Year of Mercy
The Holy Year of Mercy will be inaugurated in the parish on Tuesday 8th December with a Mass of Anointing for the Sick and Housebound. Organised by Christ the King SVP, the Mass will be celebrated at 2.00 pm followed by refreshments in Harraby Catholic Club.
Advent Day of Recollection
Fr. John Millar [of Our Lady of Eden parish] is organising an Advent Day of Recollection on Saturday 19th December. The recollection will begin at 9.00 am and conclude at Noon. If you would be interested in attending, please contact Fr Millar 521509 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year of Mercy School Mass
There will be a whole school Mass on the morning of Wednesday 9th December at St. Margaret Mary to inaugurate the Year of Mercy in our parish school.
Newman Advent Carol Service
This will take place at St. Margaret Mary on the afternoon of Wednesday 9th December. More details to follow.
Christmas Tree Festival
The Christmas Tree Festival will be taking place from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December at Christ the King Church. We are looking for volunteers to help with welcoming and refreshments during the weekend. Sign up forms are available in church.
KSC Family Quiz Night
The Knights of St. Columba are organising a Family Quiz night on Friday 11th December from 7.30 pm - 10.00 pm in the Parish Centre. For more information, please email: email@example.com or contact Paul Lovell.
Many thanks for your offering of £700.15 last weekend. There were 229 at church over the weekend.
Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative via the basket in the porch at Christ the King.
SVP Appeal at Christ the King
Any pre-decimal or unwanted foreign coins can be placed in the SVP box at Christ the King.
Carol Service - Festival Choir
Our Carol Service is taking place on Sunday 13th December at 6.00 pm in Christ The King Church. Rehearsals begin on Sunday evenings from Sunday 8th November at Christ The King. All are welcome to join us especially new members.
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.
Table Tennis Christmas Dinner
Saturday 19th December @ 7.00 pm in the Parish Centre. 3 course meal, choice of menu, £15 per person - open to all. If interested, please pre-order your choice by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting a menu.
Parish Confirmation Catechesis takes place on Monday evenings at Newman School at 4.00 pm.
St Margaret Mary SVP
We are now collecting for our local families in need for Christmas food parcels. We hope to deliver these by 17th December at the latest so please check best before dates. We will also continue to work with Carlisle Action for Calais and make up food packages. There are lists of suggested items on the tables in church at St. Margaret Mary.
Solway Singers Concert
On Saturday 12th December at 7.30 pm at St. Margaret Mary’s, a concert of Christmas Music [St. Nicholas Mass & Carols]. Tickets £7.50 - school-age children free. Tickets may be obtained by ringing 01228 402012 or 016977746484 and from Judith after the 11.00 am Mass on Sundays.
Shrine of Divine Mercy
As part of this Holy Year, Bishop Campbell has dedicated Our Lady & St Joseph’s to be a shrine of Divine Mercy. He will inaugurate this shrine on Friday 11th December at 3.30 pm by celebrating Vespers, Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction. Refreshments will follow in the New Waterton Hall - provided by our own Parish Centre team.
During the Holy Year of Mercy we are encouraged to make frequent use of the Sacrament of Confession - please consider going to confession at least once a month during the Holy Year. Additional opportunities to frequent this sacraments will be made available during the Holy Year.