Thursday, 15 December 2016

Newsletter Items: 18th December 2016

Parish Carol Service
Will take place this Sunday evening, 18th December at 7.00 pm with Mulled Wine and Mince Pies afterwards in the Presbytery at Christ the King.  All welcome.

Confession
There are a number of opportunities to go to confession this week, please do so.

Reconciliation Service with Individual Confession

On Tuesday 20th December at 7.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary.  At least three priests will be available to hear confession.

Other times for confession
On Thursday 22nd December between 9.00 am and 10.00 am at Christ the King.
On Friday 23rd December between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary.
On Saturday 24th December between 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm.

Christmas Mass Times
Saturday 24th December - Vigil Masses
St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm [Carols from 6.00]
Christ the King 10.00 pm [Carols from 9.30]
Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day 
St. Margaret Mary 8.00 am
Christ the King 10.00 am
The 8.00 am Christmas Morning Mass is for those who would appreciate an early Mass on Christmas Morning.
Please invite family members of Mass over Christmas…

Christmas Offertory Collection
As is traditional within the Diocese of Lancaster, the offertory collection at Christmas forms part of the annual taxable allowance to the parish priest.  Gifts included in cards does not count towards this taxable income.

Building Fund
Please remember to make a contribution to the Building and Maintenance Fund each month using the envelopes provided. Spares are available in the churches of the parish.

Attendance and Figures
At Mass last weekend 57+76+93 = 226.  Thank you for your contribution to the parish of £419.57 + £268.36 = £687.93.

Cumberland Infirmary Chaplaincy — Can You Help? 
The ecumenical Voluntary Chaplaincy at the Cumberland Infirmary seeks more Catholic support. Fr Jim Allen, our Catholic Chaplain, envisages a commitment of about two hours weekly, variable according to availability. Support will be provided. Please speak to Sr. Maureen if you are interested in this opportunity.

St Margaret Mary Nursery Places Available from Easter 2017
A reminder to parents that we are now accepting applications for 3 year olds  for Nursery for April 2017. The deadline for applications is 15th January 2017. Please contact School on 01228 401800 for a form.

Winter Warmth Appeal 
Cumbria Community Foundation is encouraging people to donate to the Winter Warmth Appeal, which last year helped more than 1,000 older Cumbrians out of fuel poverty. Those in receipt of the Winter Fuel Payment who do not need it, can donate it to help those who cannot afford to heat their homes. www.cumbriafoundation.org/winter-warmth -fund/give-to-the-winter-warmth-fund or by telephoning 01900 825760. 

Health & Salvation: Time & Health
Are you a doctor, nurse, hospital chaplain or other healthcare professional? … needing a restorative break? … interested in connecting work and faith? The Augustinian Sisters invite you to join them from 9 - 14 January at Boarbank Hall, Grange-over-Sands. More details at 

Mass in the Extra-Ordinary Form
With the approval of Bishop Michael Campbell, Mass will be celebrated in the Extra-Ordinary From [according to the Missal of 1962] on the First Sunday of each month at 6.00 pm in Christ the King Church. This will begin on Sunday 5th February 2017.  This is as a result of recent clergy moves in Carlisle and the need to serve the pastoral needs of those attached to the Extra-Ordinary Form in accordance with the Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum.  Anyone is welcome to assist at this Mass, which fulfils the Sunday obligation to attend Holy Mass.

Red Mission Boxes
Please return Red Mission Boxes to be emptied between now and the end of January - many thanks.

Change of Priests in Carlisle
The Bishop has announced that, in January, Fr Anthony Gaskin & Fr John Millar are moving to the parish of St John XXIII, Preston. The new parish priest of Our Lady of Eden – Our Lady & St Joseph’s and Warwick Bridge churches – is Fr Chris Loughran, currently in Preston.
Please keep in your prayers all the priests who are moving in the new year and those now retiring.

Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Could all extra-ordinary ministers of Holy Communion, who take Holy Communion to the sick and housebound, please provide Fr. Michael with an up-to-date list of the people you visit, together with their addresses.  Many thanks in anticipation.

End of Term
Many thanks to all the staff of the St. Ninian Catholic Federation for your hard work, professionalism and dedication during the Autumn term.  Your work with the young people of the parish is very much appreciated.  Thanks also to the governors of the federation for your commitment to Catholic Education in this part of Carlisle.

Help Needed at Christ the King
Help is needed with the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during Mass on a Sunday morning, where we currently have only one volunteer assisting our young people.  Are you willing to help? If no one comes forward to help, this will cease at Christ the King as of 1st January. 

Gardener

The parish is looking for a gardener for the large garden at Christ the King. Can you recommend one?  Pleas for help in the past have fallen on deaf ears…so we’ll have to hire one. They must be dog friendly.

Mass Intentions & Events: 18th December 2016


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Newsletter Items: 11th December 2016

Reconciliation Service with Individual Confession
An ideal opportunity to go to confession before Christmas. On Tuesday 20th December at 7.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary.  At least three priests will be available to hear confession - why not come along? Other opportunities for the sacrament will be available nearer Christmas but please take this opportunity to go to confession.

Parish Carol Service
Will take place on the evening of Sunday 18th December at 7.00 pm with refreshments afterwards in the Presbytery at Christ the King.  All welcome.

Help Required

On Thursday 15th December we will be getting the Church of Christ The King ready for Christmas.  We would appreciate some help to clean and decorate the church,  assemble the crib  and erect the large Christmas Trees on the Sanctuary.  If you could spare an hour or so, we will be starting after coffee at 10.30 am. Many thanks.

Walsingham Support Carol Service
This annual event in the parish takes place on Wednesday evening at 5.30 pm at Christ the King. Walsingham Support is a leading national charity providing highly personalised services for around 400 people with learning disabilities, autism, brain injuries and complex needs. All are welcome to come along.

Schools Carol Service
Also on Wednesday evening, the schools of the St. Ninian Catholic Federation [St. Margaret Mary and St. Cuthbert] will hold a Carol Service at St. Margaret Mary on Wednesday Evening at 6.00 pm.  All are welcome to come along.

Christmas Mass Times
Saturday 24th December - Vigil Masses
St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm [Carols from 6.00]
Christ the King 10.00 pm [Carols from 9.30]
Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day 
St. Margaret Mary 8.00 am
Christ the King 10.00 am
The 8.00 am Christmas Morning Mass is for those who would appreciate an early Mass on Christmas Morning.

Mass During the Seasons of Advent and Lent
There will be a parish spiritual reflection on the celebration of Mass on Tuesday evening at St. Margaret Mary Church - all welcome.


The Friday Club - Youth Group
The Youth Group will resume after a break for Christmas and the New Year.

SVP Mass for the Sick and Housebound
Thank you to all who helped organise this celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick.  If anyone who is poorly would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick, please contact Fr. Michael directly.

St. Margaret Mary SVP Food Distribution
Thank you to all who have contributed to this collection of food and other items. 

Attendance and Figures
Figures were not available at the time of publication.

Cumberland Infirmary Chaplaincy — Can You Help? 
The ecumenical Voluntary Chaplaincy at the Cumberland Infirmary seeks more Catholic support. Fr Jim Allen, our Catholic Chaplain, envisages a commitment of about two hours weekly, variable according to availability. Support will be provided. Please speak to Sr. Maureen if you are interested in this opportunity.

St Margaret Mary Nursery Places Available from Easter 2017
A reminder to parents that we are now accepting applications for 3 year olds  for Nursery for April 2017. The deadline for applications is 15th January 2017. Please contact School on 01228 401800 for a form.

Carol Singing in the City
Churches Together has organised carol singing on Thursday 15 December at 6.30 pm in The Lanes by Primark, Carlisle. All welcome. 

Donations for Christmas Flowers
Donations for Christmas Flowers will be gratefully received. There will be a retiring collection at Christ the King this Sunday, 11th December, for this purpose.  Many thanks.

Winter Warmth Appeal 
Cumbria Community Foundation is encouraging people to donate to the Winter Warmth Appeal, which last year helped more than 1,000 older Cumbrians out of fuel poverty. Those in receipt of the Winter Fuel Payment who do not need it, can donate it to help those who cannot afford to heat their homes. www.cumbriafoundation.org/winter-warmth -fund/give-to-the-winter-warmth-fund or by phoning 01900 825760. 

Health & Salvation: Time & Health
Are you a doctor, nurse, hospital chaplain or other healthcare professional? … needing a restorative break? … interested in connecting work and faith?
The Augustinian Sisters invite you to join them from 9 - 14 January at Boarbank Hall, Grange-over-Sands. More details at 

Mass in the Extra-Ordinary Form
With the approval of Bishop Michael Campbell, Mass will be celebrated in the Extra-Ordinary Form [according to the Missal of 1962] on the First Sunday of each month at 6.00 pm in Christ the King Church. This will begin on Sunday 5th February 2017.  This is as a result of recent clergy moves in Carlisle and the need to serve the pastoral needs of those attached to the Extra-Ordinary Form in accordance with the Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum.  Anyone is welcome to assist at this Mass which fulfils the Sunday obligation to attend Holy Mass.

Red Mission Boxes
Please return Red Mission Boxes which are to be emptied between now and the end of January - many thanks.

Thank You

Thanks to the Friends of St. Margaret Mary who have donated £500 towards the Building and Maintenance Fund.

Mass Intentions & Events


Friday, 2 December 2016

Newsletter Items: 4th December 2016

Mass During the Seasons of Advent and Lent
Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, invited priests last July to consider celebrating Holy Mass facing the same direction as the congregation from the first Sunday of Advent. Having given this invitation serious prayerful thought, it is my intention to face the same direction as the people during the Eucharistic Prayer and Communion Rite  [the way we celebrate Holy Mass on Friday evenings at St. Margaret Mary and on our parish feast day]. Mass will be celebrated in this way during the season of Advent and the season of Lent. Outside those seasons [i.e. Christmas, Easter and Ordinary Time] we will revert to the orientation where the priest faces in the opposite direction to the congregation. An information sheet is available for you to take away.  There will be an opportunity to reflect on this way of celebrating Holy Mass on Tuesday 13th December at 7.30 pm at Christ the King to which all are invited.  Thank you to those who came along on Wednesday evening.

The Friday Club - Youth Group
The Youth Group will resume after a break for Christmas and the New Year.

SVP Mass for the Sick and Housebound
This will be held at Christ the King on Tuesday 6th December at 2.00 pm.  Refreshments will follow in Harraby Catholic Club. All are welcome.  The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated during this Mass.

Festival Choir
Meets on Sunday evening. We would welcome more people to join us as we get ready for Advent and Christmas.  Why not come along and see what goes on? 

St. Margaret Mary SVP Food Distribution
Tinned meats and fruit are especially welcome. It is hoped to distribute parcels the week beginning 12th December so please check 'best before' dates.

Attendance and Figures
57+59+91 = 207 were at Mass last weekend.  Thank you for your offering last weekend of £436.75 + £227.82 = £664.57.

Mass Times
Advent should be an opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Lord.  Two additional Masses are celebrated in this season - why not make an effort to attend Mass during the week?

Cumberland Infirmary Chaplaincy — Can You Help? 
The ecumenical Voluntary Chaplaincy at the Cumberland Infirmary seeks more Catholic support. Fr Jim Allen, our Catholic Chaplain, envisages a commitment of about two hours weekly, variable according to availability. Support will be provided. Please speak to Sr. Maureen if you are interested in this opportunity.

Eden Valley Hospice - Light Up a Light.
The annual ‘Light Up a Life Service’, will be held in the grounds of the Hospice on Sunday 4th December at 3.30 pm.  The annual Carol Service in Carlisle’s Anglican Cathedral will take place on Friday 9th December at 7.30 pm.

Christmas Tree Festival
Due to a poor response from parishioners last year, it was decided that there would be no Christmas Tree Festival at Christ the King this year.  Thank you to those who helped organise the festival over the past two years.

Parish Carol Service
Will take place on the evening of Sunday 18th December at 7.00 pm with refreshments afterwards in the Presbytery at Christ the King.  All welcome.

Help Required

On Thursday 15th December, we will be getting the Church of Christ The King ready for Christmas.  We would appreciate some help to clean and decorate the church, assemble the crib  and erect the large Christmas Trees on the Sanctuary.  If you could spare an hour or so, we will be starting after coffee at 10.30 am. Many thanks.

Christmas Mass Times
Saturday 24th December - Vigil Masses
St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm [Carols from 6.00]
Christ the King 10.00 pm [Carols from 9.30]
Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day 
St. Margaret Mary 8.00 am
Christ the King 10.00 am
The 8.00 am Christmas Morning Mass is for those who would appreciate an early Mass on Christmas Morning.

St Margaret Mary Nursery Places Available from Easter 2017
A reminder to parents that we are now accepting applications for 3 year olds for Nursery for April 2017. The deadline for applications is 15th January 2017. Please contact School on 01228 401800 for a form.

Carol Singing in the City
Churches Together has organised a carol parade & hog roast on Thursday 8 December, beginning at 6.15 pm, from St Cuthbert’s churchyard. They have also organised carol singing on Thursday 15 December at 6.30 pm in The Lanes by Primark, Carlisle. All welcome. 

Donations for Christmas Flowers
Donations for Christmas Flowers will be gratefully received. There will be a retiring collection at Christ the King on Sunday 11th December for this purpose.  Many thanks

Winter Warmth Appeal 
Cumbria Community Foundation is encouraging people to donate to the Winter Warmth Appeal, which last year helped more than 1,000 older Cumbrians out of fuel poverty. Those in receipt of the Winter Fuel Payment, who do not need it, can donate it to help those who cannot afford to heat their homes. www.cumbriafoundation.org/winter-warmth -fund/give-to-the-winter-warmth-fund or by phoning 01900 825760. 

Health & Salvation: Time & Health
Are you a doctor, nurse, hospital chaplain or other healthcare professional? … needing a restorative break? … interested in connecting work and faith?
The Augustinian Sisters invite you to join them, on 9 - 14 January at Boarbank Hall, Grange-over-Sands. More details at 

www.boarbankhall.org.uk/events.

Mass Intentions & Events: 4th December 2016


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Newsletter Items: 27th November 2016

Mass During the Seasons of Advent and Lent
Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, invited priests last July to consider celebrating Holy Mass facing the same direction as the congregation from the first Sunday of Advent. Having given this invitation serious prayerful thought, it is my intention to face the same direction as the people during the Eucharistic Prayer and Communion Rite  [the way we celebrate Holy Mass on Friday evenings at St. Margaret Mary and on our parish feast day]. Mass will be celebrated in this way during the season of Advent and the season of Lent. Outside those seasons [i.e. Christmas, Easter and Ordinary Time] we will revert to the orientation where the priest faces in the opposite direction to the congregation. An information sheet is available for you to take away.  There will be an opportunity to reflect on this way of celebrating Holy Mass on Tuesday 13th December at 7.30 pm at Christ the King to which all are invited.  Thank you to those who came along on Wednesday evening.

Novena of Masses for Deceased Relatives and Friends
The Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls concludes on Monday.

The Friday Club - Youth Group
Young people from Years 6,7,8 are invited to ‘The Friday Club’ on Friday 2nd December in St. Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre.  The evening begins at 7.30 pm until 9.00 pm.  Cost £2.

SVP Mass for the Sick and Housebound
This will be held at Christ the King on Tuesday 6th December at 2.00 pm.  Refreshments will follow in Harraby Catholic Club. All are welcome.  The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated during this Mass.

Festival Choir
Meets on Sunday evening. We would welcome more people to join us as we get ready for Advent and Christmas.  Why not come along and see what goes on? 

St. Margaret Mary SVP Food Distribution
Tinned meats and fruit are especially welcome. It is hoped to distribute parcels the week beginning 12th December so please check 'best before' dates.

Attendance and Figures
74+76+88 = 238 were at Mass last weekend.  If you notice someone missing from Mass  - why not give them a call to check they’re ok during the winter months?  Thank you for your offering last weekend of £430.42 + £216.87 = £647.29.

Noodle Night at Margaret Mary
Thank you to all who supported this event - over £300 was raised for the Parish Building and Maintenance Fund.

Readers’ Workshop
Fr John Millar will lead a workshop for Readers on Saturday, 3 December at Waterton Hall OL&SJ from 11.00 am - 2.30 pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Please take a packed lunch.  All readers in the parish are encouraged to go along.

Christmas Flower Demonstration in Aid of Mary’s Meals
John Dalton will give a flower demonstration on Thursday, 1 December from 7.00 - 9.00 pm in St Augustine’s church social room, Waverley Road CA3 9JU. Tickets will be £5 and include a glass of wine or juice. All proceeds to Mary’s Meals. Tickets on sale from Sarah Hinde - tel:016977-42650.

Mass Times
Advent should be an opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Lord.  Two additional Masses are celebrated in this season - why not make an effort to attend Mass during the week?

Fr. Michael on Inspection
Fr. Michael will be away on Wednesday and Thursday this week at St. Bernard’s Catholic High School in Barrow-in-Furness.

Christmas Mass Times
Saturday 24th December - Vigil Masses
St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm [Carols from 6.00]
Christ the King 10.00 pm [Carols from 9.30]
Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day 
St. Margaret Mary 8.00 am
Christ the King 10.00 am
The 8.00 am Christmas Morning Mass is for those who would appreciate an early Mass on Christmas Morning.

Cumberland Infirmary Chaplaincy — Can You Help? 
The ecumenical Voluntary Chaplaincy at the Cumberland Infirmary seeks more Catholic support. Fr Jim Allen, our Catholic Chaplain, envisages a commitment of about two hours weekly, variable according to availability. Support will be provided. Please speak to Sr. Maureen if you are interested in this opportunity.

Open Day at the Cenacolo Community 
The Cenacolo Community at Dodding Green, Mealbank near Kendal, is holding its pre-Christmas Open Day for Friends of the Community, on Saturday 3 December, from 10.00 am and concluding with an open air nativity presentation at about 4.30 pm, weather permitting! All welcome. 

Pastoral Letter
This weekend we have a pastoral letter from Bishop Michael Campbell OSA, Bishop of Lancaster.

Eden Valley Hospice - Light Up a Light.
The annual ‘Light Up a Life Service’, will be held in the grounds of the Hospice on Sunday, 4th December at 3.30 pm.  The annual Carol Service in Carlisle’s Anglican Cathedral will take place on Friday, 9th December at 7.30 pm.

Christmas Tree Festival
Due to a poor response from parishioners last year, it was decided that there would be no Christmas Tree Festival at Christ the King this year.  Thank you to those who helped organise the festival over the past two years.

Parish Carol Service
Will take place on the evening of Sunday 11th December with refreshments afterwards in the Presbytery at Christ the King.  All welcome.



Mass Intentions and Events: 27th November 2016


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Newsletter Items: 26th November 2016

Mass During the Seasons of Advent and Lent
Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, invited priests last July to consider celebrating Holy Mass facing the same direction as the congregation from the first Sunday of Advent. Having given this invitation serious prayerful thought, it is my intention to face the same direction as the people during the Eucharistic Prayer and Communion Rite  [the way we celebrate Holy Mass on Friday evenings at St. Margaret Mary and on our parish feast day]. I intend to celebrate Mass in this way during the season of Advent and the season of Lent. Outside those seasons [i.e. Christmas, Easter and Ordinary Time] we will revert to the current orientation, where the priest faces in the opposite direction to the congregation. An information sheet will be available this weekend [which you are all invited to take away with you] and I will discuss this as part of our weekly parish catechesis [Vino et Veritas] on Wednesday 23rd November.

Novena of Masses for Deceased Relatives and Friends
A novena of Masses will be celebrated for deceased relatives and friends - the Holy Souls List - during November.  Please write names on a piece of paper and enclose in an envelope marked ‘Holy Souls November List’ with your donation and hand in as soon as possible.

Blessing of Graves
Thank you to all who attended and prayed for those buried in Upperby Cemetery.

Novena for Forgiveness
Sunday evening at 5.00 pm at Christ the King. It concludes this weekend with the Solemnity of Christ the King with Solemn Benediction.

The Friday Club - Youth Group
Young people from Years 6,7,8 are invited to ‘The Friday Club’ on Friday 2nd December in St. Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre.  The evening begins at 7.30 pm until 9.00 pm.  Cost £2.

SVP Mass for the Sick and Housebound
This will be held at Christ the King on Tuesday 6th December at 2.00 pm.  Refreshments will follow in Harraby Catholic Club. All are welcome.  The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated during this Mass.

Festival Choir
Meets on Sunday evening. We would welcome more people to join us as we get ready for Advent and Christmas.  Why not come along and see what goes on? 

St. Margaret Mary SVP Food Distribution
Tinned meats and fruit are especially welcome. It is hoped to distribute parcels the week beginning 12th December so please check 'best before' dates.

Pax et Bonum Prayer Group
On Friday evenings between 5.00 pm and 
7.30 pm, a Polish prayer group gather at Christ the King church. Prayer for adults in the church and children in the parish room.

Attendance and Figures
54 + 62 + 94 = 210 were at Mass last weekend.  If you notice someone missing from Mass  - why not give them a call to check they’re ok during the winter months?  Thank you for your offering last weekend of £453.67 + £266.15  = £719.82.

Noodle Night at Margaret Mary
On Tuesday 22nd November from 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.  Tickets are £5 and available from the centre - proceeds in aid of the Building and Maintenance Fund.  Please come along.

The Sacristy at St. Margaret Mary
The sacristy at St. Margaret Mary will shortly be undergoing a process of refurbishment which includes some improvements to lighting, better storage for the sacred vestments, redecoration and new flooring. This may cause some disruption to normal routines and a certain disharmony to familiar areas.  Please be patient during this work which is undertaken for the glory of God and the Blessed Mother.  Contributions towards this project can be made through the Building and Maintenance fund envelopes.

Vino et Veritas
Come and learn more about your faith over a glass of wine [non-alcoholic beverages will also be available]. Wednesday evening catechesis at Christ the King beginning at 7.30 pm.  The topic for this part of the year is ‘What’s the Mass really about?’  All are welcome to come along. 

Readers’ Workshop
Fr John Millar will lead a workshop for Readers on Saturday 3 December at Waterton Hall OL&SJ from 11.00 am - 2.30 pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Please take a packed lunch.  All readers in the parish are encouraged to go along.

SVP Mass for Deceased Members
This will be held at Our Lady & St. Joseph, Warwick Square on Thursday 24th November at 6.00 pm.  All are welcome to come along.

Christmas Flower Demonstration in Aid of Mary’s Meals
John Dalton will give a flower demonstration on Thursday 1 December from 7.00 - 9.00 pm in St Augustine’s church social room, Waverley Road CA3 9JU. Tickets will be £5 and include a glass of wine or juice. All proceeds to Mary’s Meals. Tickets on sale from Sarah Hinde - tel:016977 42650.

Confession
As the Year of Mercy comes to a close - please think about going to Confession. Frequent confession is good for you…and the world.  Its a bit like dusting the house: a little often is better than trying to do it all at once.  

Eucharistic Adoration
Please note the ‘winter’ time for adoration at Christ the King of 5.30 pm.

Christmas Mass Times
Saturday 24th December - Vigil Masses
St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm [Carols from 6.00]
Christ the King 10.00 pm [Carols from 9.30]
Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day 
St. Margaret Mary 8.00 am
Christ the King 10.00 am
The 8.00 am Christmas Morning Mass is for those who would appreciate an early Mass on Christmas Morning.