During this Year of Mercy, we would like a parishioner [elderly/sick/housebound] to represent the parish on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. If you would like to attend or know someone who would be willing to go, then please have a word with Fr. Michael. If you would like to make a donation to help this happen, then please place in an envelope marked ‘Lourdes 2016’.
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 attending.
Ash Wednesday [the beginning of Lent], a day of fasting and abstinence, will be observed on Wednesday 10th February. Mass with imposition of Ashes will be celebrated at 9.15 am at St. Margaret Mary [school Mass] and 5.30 pm at Christ the King.
The choir will be resuming on Sunday evenings from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm, starting from Sunday 7th February. All are welcome to join us, especially new members. We will be preparing music for the Easter liturgies and just enjoying being together and singing.
Attendance last weekend was 228 [68+68+92]…snow perhaps? Thank you for the offering, which was £733.57.
Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative via the basket in the porch at Christ the King. We have been asked by 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.
SVP Appeal at Christ the King
Any pre-decimal or unwanted foreign coins can be placed in the SVP box at Christ the King.
Sacred Heart Toddlers
On Wednesday mornings from 9.15 am at St. Margaret Mary School.
Holy Hour for Syria
On Monday evenings at 6.00 pm - please come along to pray for this important intention.
First Holy Communion 2016
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 5th June 2016. Preparation of candidates will begin on Thursday 4th February. Regular attendance at Sunday Mass is an essential part of the preparation.
Carlisle Walsingham Pilgrimage
Each year since 1954, members of parishes in Carlisle and district have joined together and gone on pilgrimage to the National shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk. Dates this year: Tuesday 29 March – Friday 1 April.
It is spiritually fulfilling, interesting, enjoyable and inexpensive! The cost includes accommodation, all meals, tips and coach travel.
If you would like to know more about joining our pilgrimage from 29th March to 1st April 2016, please contact Jo Muter for further information on 524087 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day of Recollection for Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
This will take place for the deanery at Our Lady and St. Joseph’s Warwick Square on Saturday 27th February 11.00 am - 4.00 pm. Led by Sr Mary Julian RSM.
Takes place at temporary site of Newman School [Pennine Way] on Mondays at 4.00 pm.
Will meet at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday evening at 7.30 pm - the theme this month will be the Shroud of Turin - all welcome. Why not give it a try?
24 Hours with the Lord - up for a challenge?
On Friday 4th March - Saturday 5th March the parish will join with churches throughout the world in having a period of adoration lasting 24 hours. So that our primary school can be involved, this will be hosted at St. Margaret Mary beginning with Mass at 10.00 am. The Sacrament of Reconciliation [with visiting priests] and periods of prayer for particular intentions will be celebrated throughout the 24 hours. We will need people to come forward to ‘watch’ during the night - are you up for the challenge?
Murder in the Cathedral
The play by T. S. Eliot will be performed by Classic Theatre Cumbria from Thursday 10th – Saturday 12th February in Carlisle cathedral in aid of the Mayor’s Charity Fundraising. For details and tickets, call 07970 673236 or email: email@example.com.
The Year of Mercy — “Blessed are … ”
Pope Francis calls us during this Year of Mercy to focus prayerfully on three main aspects: recognising God’s mercy, receiving God’s mercy and becoming more merciful ourselves.
Sister Mary Julian RSM will reflect on principles and practicalities for The Year of Mercy by looking at the “Beatitudes”. The next talk is on Tuesday 16 February at 7.00pm, St Margaret Mary’s Parish Centre: Blessed are the poor in spirit.
Faith on Tap
After its winter break - Faith on Tap should resume on the first Thursday of March.
Diocesan pilgrimage to Walsingham
For the Holy Year of Mercy, the Bishop is leading a pilgrimage to the national shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham, Norfolk: Thursday 29 September – Saturday 1 October. More details from the organiser, Paul Briers: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01946-834834.
We wish parishioner Sean Crilley well in his new position at Walkers Funeral Directors. When celebrating funerals, I am always impressed by Sean’s manner and attention to detail - particularly his regard for Catholic teaching.