Building and Maintenance Fund
Thank you for your contributions last weekend. The total given towards the fund in September totalled £758.34. Envelopes are available at the back of both churches.
Novena for Forgiveness
The Holy Year of Mercy concludes on the Solemnity of Christ the King. On 25th September we began a 9-week Novena ‘for Forgiveness’ in the form of a Holy Hour with readings, prayers and litanies. Please come along to Christ the King at 5.00 pm to join this Novena for Forgiveness.
This Friday at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre at St. Margaret Mary, we have an inaugural gathering of the Parish Youth Group. This group is for secondary school aged young people. Friday night will be a Pizza night and will be an opportunity for the young people of the parish to shape the nature of the group. The session will end at 9.00 pm.
Deanery Pilgrimage to Lancaster
This will be held on Saturday 8th October 2016 at Lancaster Cathedral. The bus will be picking up at certain places and the cost of the day out is only £10. There is a list at the back of both Churches to add your name to should you wish to go on this pilgrimage. It is an opportunity to gain the Jubilee Indulgence during this Holy Year of Mercy.
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 UHT Milk, Rice Pudding, Custard, Tinned Fruit, Pasta Sauce. There is a basket in the porch for items at Christ the King. Stocks are short at the moment - tinned meat and other items high in protein would be greatly appreciated.
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.
Attendance and Figures
67 + 75 + 84 = 226 were at Mass last weekend. Thank you for your offering of £481.53 + £267.69 = £748.99.
St. Margaret Mary SVP Food Distribution
Once again St Margaret Mary SVP will be distributing food parcels before Christmas to local families in need. Tinned meats and fruit are especially welcome. It is hoped to distribute parcels the week beginning 12th December so please check 'best before' dates. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.
Please keep in your prayers the students of our diocese who are preparing for service in the ministerial priesthood: Daniel Etienne, Steve Talbutt, Stuart Chapple & Philip Wrigley.
Sacred Heart Baby & Toddler Group
This group meets in St. Margaret Mary school on Wednesday mornings from 9.15 am.
Weekday Mass times
I am currently considering celebrating an early morning Mass each day at Christ the King [at 8.00 am] rather than chopping and changing each week so that there is a regular rhythm to the liturgical life in the parish. It would meet a need in Carlisle for a regular early morning Mass and would also facilitate a spiritual need within my own priesthood to begin each morning with the celebration of Holy Mass. At St. Margaret Mary’s there would still be a 9.15 am school Mass on a Wednesday and an evening Mass for ‘workers’ on Tuesdays [additional] and on Fridays. My rest day on Monday and Education Service Work on Thursdays [with meetings beyond 6.00 pm prevent an evening Mass on these days. I’d still welcome any views on this.
Fr. Michael is available [by appointment] for regular individual Spiritual Direction/Guidance. A few parishioners already benefit from this means of spiritual support on a fortnightly basis. Each session lasts no more than 45 minutes and is a help in personal prayer and living our calling as baptised followers of Jesus Christ. For more information, please don’t hesitate to speak to Fr. Michael.
Children’s Liturgy at St. Margaret Mary
Children's Liturgy are in need of six new Angel costumes for our Christmas celebrations.
If anyone has any sewing skills and spare time, please see a member of the children's liturgy team to discuss.
St. Margaret Mary’s Ladies Group
The Ladies Group will be meeting next Tuesday (4th October) at 7.30 pm in the Parish Room.
Our speaker will be talking to us about living and working with deafness.
Friends of St. Margaret Mary
There will be a meeting on Monday evening of this group of parishioners.
The Feast of Blessed John Henry Newman
The parish will host Newman Catholic School on Monday 10th October as they celebrate Holy Mass for their patronal feast at 10.00 am at Christ the King. Fr. John Millar will preside at this celebration of Holy Mass.
Autumn Catechesis at St. Bede’s— all invited
Responding to Pope Francis’ passionate calls for the Church to evangelise, St Bede’s/St Edmund’s are offering a catechesis for youth, adults, Catholic, non-Catholic, atheists etc. These catecheses, presented by the Neo-catechumenal Way, will take place Mondays & Thursdays, beginning 3 October, at 8.00 pm in St Bede’s Liturgy Room [in the Church]. If you want to grow in faith or find out how to share your faith with others around you, come along and bring family and friends.
Diocesan Education Mass
The Bishop invites all who are involved in teaching (in the Catholic or State sector), Liturgy with Children, preparation for First Holy Communion, etc, to gather with him for Mass in our diocesan cathedral, Lancaster LA1 3BT, on Friday 14 October at 7.00 pm, to ask God’s blessing on the new year of teaching and formation.
CAFOD Harvest Fast Day
This Friday. Envelopes next weekend.