Thursday, 17 December 2015

Newsletter Items from 20th December 2015

Christmas Mass Times in the Parish
Masses will be celebrated at the following times for fulfilment of the obligation to attend Holy Mass for Christmas
Christmas Eve - carols 30 mins before Mass
6.30pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00pm Christ the King 
Christmas Day
10.00am Christ the King
Please invite family members and friends to come along to Mass this Christmas. 

Confession
There are a number of opportunities to make use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation this week in the parish - please see times in the Parish Diary section.
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 sacrament will be made available during the Holy Year.

Thank you
A big thank you to those who supported the concert last Saturday in so many different ways: those who bought tickets and sold them; those who made cakes and savouries for the choir; those who ran around carrying goods and offering lifts and those who offered financial help and advice.  Thanks too to the school for the loan of thirty chairs.  The choir said the church looked beautiful and that it was a lovely place to sing in.  They would be very happy to come to St. Margaret Mary again.
Thanks to all involved in the Christmas Tree festival last weekend - a lot of hard work, commitment and dedication from a small team of dedicated workers: thanks to the charities and groups who provided the trees; to those who helped set up and clear away; the festival choir and musicians for their many months rehearsing; to those who provided a welcome and refreshments over the weekend and for all who came to the Carol Service on Sunday evening.  

The Floods
All Catholics of the Diocese of Lancaster are encouraged to support an emergency appeal that has been launched by Cumbria Community Foundation. Cheques, made payable to: Cumbria Community Foundation, can be sent to CCF, Dovenby Hall, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN. Donations can also be made by text – 70070 with the message ‘FLUD15’ and a monetary amount. For example, ‘FLUD15 £10’.
Please keep staff and pupils of Newman Catholic School in your prayers at this time.  Plans are beginning to be put in place so that the school may resume teaching as soon as possible.

Floods — Helping Practically
Volunteers. There are opportunities to help relieve members of the volunteer corps. If you have a few hours to spare to help run the receipt and distribution centre at  Fusehill Street University Campus, Tony Parrini will gladly receive your offer to help. Shifts are from 10.00am-1.00pm, 1.00-5.00pm (4.00pm Sundays). Contact Tony on 01228-674553 and leave your contact details.
Accommodation. Carlisle is apparently full: there’s no room at the inn! If you know differently and could accommodate someone for a few weeks, please call into the Old Town Hall or phone 01228-817200. Likewise, if you have a room to spare or hospitality to share over the Christmas period.

Bible Alive
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.

Parish Statistics
218 were at Mass last weekend in the parish.  Thank you for your offering of £717.70

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.

Young people  — pilgrimage to Lourdes
Year 11+. A great week of faith, service, fun and friendship for the young people of our diocese, 21-30 July 2016. Deadline for applications: 28 February 2016. Book on-line now at www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/yatm-events.  The parish will assist in funding this pilgrimage for any young person interested in this.

Hour of prayer for Syria 
Sr Gerald & Sr Maureen invite you to join them each week to pray for a change of heart for the people of violence in Syria and for their victims. Mondays, 6.00-7.00pm.

Carlisle Food Bank 
We have been asked by the Carlisle Food Bank if we can particularly supply items with a high protein content like UHT Milk, tinned meats and/or fish etc. There is a basket in the porch for items at Christ the King.

Year for Priestly Vocations
The parish has received the travelling icon for this year of prayer for priestly vocations.  There will be a Mass for Vocations during the Christmas octave, in which we will formally welcome this icon.

Christmas Offering
The offering given during the Christmas Masses forms part of Fr. Michael’s annual taxable allowance from the parish.  Gifts enclosed in cards etc are not included in this.

Our Christmas Crib Collections
Our Christmas Crib Collections will promote this year’s Mission Together (Missio) campaign [the same people as the Red Mission Boxes]. Please be generous in the crib offering.

End of Term
We wish all members of staff and pupils at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School a well earned Christmas break. 

Mass intentions

Thank you for requesting that Masses be offered for specific intentions.  A high volume has been received in recent weeks - please be patient: Masses will be offered for those intentions as soon as possible.  Please give plenty of notice (at least a month’s) for a specific date.

Mass Intentions & Events from 20th December 2015


Thursday, 10 December 2015

Newsletter Items from 13th December 2015

Letter from the Papal Nuncio and the Bishop
The Papal Nuncio [the Pope’s representative in England and Wales] has written a letter to Bishop Campbell which expresses Pope Francis’ concern for the people of Cumbria during this time.  A copy of the letter can be found in both churches.
Bishop Campbell has written:  ‘I extend my prayerful sympathies and thoughts to everyone affected by the devastating floods in Cumbria and North Lancashire of recent days.
I assure everyone affected of my ongoing thoughts and prayers, and those of so many more nationwide. May the Lord be close to you in this time of trial!’

The Floods
Our thoughts and prayers go out to parishioners who have been affected by the recent flooding in Carlisle and beyond.  I’m grateful to the members at St Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre for their quick and generous response to the crisis and for parishioners, young and old, who have assisted those in need. All Catholics of the Diocese of Lancaster are encouraged to support an emergency appeal that has been launched by Cumbria Community Foundation. Cheques, made payable to: Cumbria Community Foundation, can be sent to CCF, Dovenby Hall, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN. Donations can also be made by text – 70070 with the message ‘FLUD15’ and a monetary amount. For example, ‘FLUD15 £10’.
Please keep staff and pupils of Newman Catholic School in your prayers at this time.  Plans are beginning to be put in place so that the school may resume teaching as soon as possible.

Floods — helping practically
Volunteers. There are opportunities to help relieve members of the volunteer corps. If you have a few hours to spare to help run the receipt and distribution centre at  Fusehill Street University Campus, Tony Parrini will gladly receive your offer to help. Shifts are from 10.00 am-1.00 pm, 1.00-5.00 pm (4.00 pm Sundays). Contact Tony on 01228-674553 and leave your contact details.
Accommodation. Carlisle is apparently full: there’s no room at the inn! If you know differently and could accommodate someone for a few weeks, please call into the Old Town Hall or phone 01228-817200. Likewise, if you have a room to spare or hospitality to share over the Christmas period.

Parish Pastoral Council
Will meet on Thursday evening at 7.30 pm in the Committee Room of the Parish Centre.

Christmas Mass Times in the Parish
Masses will be celebrated at the following times for fulfilment of the obligation to attend Holy Mass for Christmas:
Christmas Eve - carols 30 mins before Mass
6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm Christ the King 
Christmas Day
10.00 am Christ the King
Please invite family members and friends to come along to Mass this Christmas.

Bible Alive
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.

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 on 521509 or email: ourladyofeden@gmail.com.

Parish Statistics
Figures for last week not available at the time of going to press.

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.

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 email: pauldlovell@aol.com for a menu and to pre-order your choice.

Confirmation Catechesis
Parish Confirmation Catechesis takes place on Monday evenings at Waterton Hall 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.  

Confession
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 sacrament will be made available during the Holy Year.

Carol Singing in Carlisle
Churches Together has organised carol singing in front of House of Fraser, Thursday 17th December at 6.30 pm. Funds will go to the charity TicToc which provides defibrillators. So please do come along to lend this good cause your strong voice! See the poster.

Young people  — pilgrimage to Lourdes
Year 11+. A great week of faith, service, fun and friendship for the young people of our diocese, 21-30 July 2016. Deadline for applications: 28 February 2016. Book on-line now at www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/yatm-events.  The parish will assist in funding this pilgrimage for any young person interested.

Hour of prayer for Syria 
Sr Gerald & Sr Maureen invite you to join them each week to pray for a change of heart for the people of violence in Syria and for their victims. Mondays - 6.00-7.00 pm.


Mass Intentions & Events from 13th December 2015


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Newsletter Items from 6th December 2015

‘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.

Bible Alive
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
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.

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 on 521509 or  email: ourladyofeden@gmail.com.

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 at 2.00 pm.  All are welcome - please come along.

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.  Please bring family, friends and neighbours along - the church will look stunning…

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. Please email: ksccouncil60@gmail.com or contact Paul Lovell for more information.

Parish Statistics
Many thanks for your offering of £603 last weekend.  There were 237 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.

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. Please email Paul Lovell: pauldlovell@aol.com for a menu and to pre-order.

Confirmation Catechesis
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 016977 746484 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.

Confession
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 sacrament will be made available during the Holy Year.

Carlisle’s New Dementia Café
The Waterton Hall at OL&SJ is hosting a café where people living with dementia, their families and carers can meet to socialise and share experiences in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Second Wednesday of each month 10.00 am – 12 noon.

Carol Singing in Carlisle
Churches Together has organised carol singing in front of House of Fraser, Thursday 17th December at 6.30 pm. Funds will go to the charity TicToc which provides defibrillators. Please do come along to lend this good cause your strong voice! See the poster.

Christmas Mass Times in the Parish
Masses will be celebrated at the following times for fulfilment of the obligation to attend Holy Mass for Christmas
Christmas Eve - carols 30 mins before Mass
6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm Christ the King 
Christmas Day

10.00 am Christ the King

Mass Intentions & Events from 6th December 2015