Thursday, 29 September 2016

Newsletter Items: 2nd October 2016

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.

Youth Group
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.

Seminary Students
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.

Spiritual Direction/Guidance
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.

Mass Intentions & Events: 2nd October 2016


Thursday, 22 September 2016

Newsletter Items: 25 September 2016

Building and Maintenance Fund
Envelopes can be handed in this weekend during the main collection.  If you Gift Aid, please include your envelope number.  If you normally contribute via Standing Order, please add your surname to the envelope.

Novena for Forgiveness
The Holy Year of Mercy concludes in 9 weeks’ time on the Solemnity of Christ the King.  Beginning this Sunday [25th September] we will celebrate a 9-week Novena ‘for Forgiveness’ in the form of a Holy Hour with readings, prayers and litanies.  It would be a good way to mark the end of the Holy Year of Mercy and seek the grace to forgive.

Autumn Formation in the Faith - this week!
Formation in the faith is an important part of being a follower of Jesus Christ. Fr Michael will offer a series of talks and discussions on the vocation of the laity which will be held in the parish room at Christ the King beginning at 7.30 pm.  Come along. All are welcome.

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 which you can add your name 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
64 + 71 + 105 = 240 were at Mass last weekend.  Thank you for your offering of £449.15 + £264.91  = £714.06.

SVP Society Awareness Month
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society in England and Wales has around 10,000 members who, last year, made 500,000 visits to those in need.  September is SVP Awareness Month - finding, loving and serving God in our community is fundamental to the Society’s work.
The SVP is always in need of new members to carry out this work so if you would like to find out more, please contact Kate Reardon at St. Margaret Mary or Paul Daley at Christ the King. 

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.

Seminary Students
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.  
There is a Mass for the close of the Diocesan Year of praying for Priestly vocations at Lancaster Cathedral on Tuesday 27th September at 12.15 pm.  All are welcome to attend this celebration of Holy Mass with Bishop Campbell.

Sacred Heart Baby & Toddler Group
This group meets in St. Margaret Mary school on Wednesday mornings from 9.15 am.

Weekday Mass Times
I apologise for the erratic timings of Mass during the week at the moment due to commitments within the Diocesan Education Service.  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 also meet a need in Carlisle for a regular early morning Mass and would 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 welcome any views on this.

Life’ Local Care Centre
On Monday 12th September, Life launched a Care Centre in Carlisle. This will be open for anyone to drop by to discover the range of support available to any family or individual facing an unexpected or crisis pregnancy. There is more help available than many people think. We will be at Waterton Hall, Warwick Square, Carlisle, every second Monday of the month from 12:00 - 2:00 pm. Professionals such as Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Carers and Teachers could also benefit from the extensive support network available and will be made most welcome. More information is available by contacting Life locally on 07501 0684876 or email at north.cumbria@lifecharity.org.uk. 
Please pray for the success of this initiative.

Spiritual Direction/Guidance
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.

Childrens 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. 

Mass Intentions and Events: 25 September 2016


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Newsletter Items: 18th September 2016

Building and Maintenance Fund
For those who missed the distribution of envelopes last weekend, packs for the Building and Maintenance Fund are available. The packs contain an explanation of the fund.

Autumn Formation in the Faith - this week!
Formation in the faith is an important part of being a follower of Jesus Christ. Fr Michael will offer a series of talks and discussions on the vocation of the laity. They will be held in the parish room at Christ the King beginning at 7.30 pm.  Come along. All are welcome.

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
68 + 72 + 102 = 242 were at Mass last weekend.  Thank you for your offering of £426.80 + £227.70  = £654.50.

Novena for Forgiveness
The Holy Year of Mercy concludes in 9 weeks’ time on the Solemnity of Christ the King.  Beginning next Sunday [25th September], we will celebrate a 9-week Novena ‘for Forgiveness’ in the form of a Holy Hour with readings, prayers and litanies.  It would be a good way to mark the end of the Holy Year of Mercy and seek the grace to forgive.

SVP Society Awareness Month
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society in England and Wales has around 10,000 members who, last year, made 500,000 visits to those in need. September is SVP Awareness Month - finding, loving and serving God in our community is fundamental to the Society’s work. The SVP is always in need of new members to carry out this work so if you would like to find out more, please contact Kate Reardon at St. Margaret Mary or Paul Daley at Christ the King. 

Parish Pastoral Council
Will meet next on Tuesday 20th September in the Parish Room at Christ the King following Mass.

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.

Seminary Students
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.  
There is a Mass for the close of the Diocesan Year of praying for Priestly vocations at Lancaster Cathedral on Tuesday 27th September at 12.15 pm.  All are welcome to attend this celebration of Holy Mass with Bishop Campbell.

Sacred Heart Baby & Toddler Group
This group meets in St. Margaret Mary school on Wednesday mornings from 9.15 am.

Day for Prayer for Peace
Pope Francis invites us all to make a Day of Prayer for Peace in our world on Tuesday 20 September 2016, the day of the Inter-religious gathering in Assisi presided over by Pope Francis. 

Weekday Mass Times
I apologise for the erratic timings of Mass during the week at the moment, which is due to commitments within the Diocesan Education Service.  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 also meet a need in Carlisle for a regular early morning Mass.  It 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 welcome any views on this.

Life’ Local Care Centre
On Monday 12th September, Life launched a Care Centre in Carlisle. This will be open for anyone to drop by to discover the range of support available to any family or individual facing an unexpected or crisis pregnancy. There is more help available than many people think. It will be at Waterton Hall, Warwick Square, Carlisle, every second Monday of the month from 12:00 - 2:00 pm. Professionals such as Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Carers and Teachers could also benefit from the extensive support network available and will be made most welcome. More information is available by contacting Life locally on 07501 0684876 or email at north.cumbria@lifecharity.org.uk. Please pray for the success of this initiative.

Spiritual Direction/Guidance

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.

Mass Intentions & Events: 18th September 2016


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Newsletter Items: 11 September 2016

Building and Maintenance Fund
This weekend Fr. Michael will speak at all Masses about the launch of a ‘Building and Maintenance Fund’ in the parish.  The diocese requires that parishes raise 50% of any building and maintenance costs from ‘new’ money for any work planned. This fund will help contribute to this.

Autumn Formation in the Faith - this week!
Formation in the faith is an important part of being a follower of Jesus Christ: beginning on Wednesday 14th September, Fr Michael will offer a series of talks and discussions on the vocation of the laity entitled ‘Lumen Gentium’.  They will be held in the parish room at Christ the King and will commence at 7.30 pm.  Come along. All are welcome.

Baptism Catechesis
On Saturday morning at 11.00 am in the parish room at Christ the King, an hour long preparation for parents wishing to have their children baptised in the parish.  These are held on a monthly basis but parents wishing to have their children baptised in the parish must attend one of these sessions.

La’al Big Band
West Cumbria’s very own jazz and swing dance band are coming to the parish on Saturday 17th September.  Tickets cost £10 and include a pie and pea supper.  Looks to be a great evening ahead - tickets available from Paul Lovell or from the Parish Centre.

Friday Night Youth Club
Many thanks to those who have spoken to Fr. Michael. There will be a meeting of adults interested in helping to discuss progress on Thursday 15th September at 8.00 pm at the Presbytery Christ the King.

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 will be £10. There is a list at the back of both Churches - add your name to it should you want 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 and 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
61 + 75 + 89 = 225 were at Mass last weekend.  Thank you for your offering of £410.12 + £241.07  = £663.46.

First Holy Communion
Will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 25th June 2017.  Preparation of children [aged 8 or above] to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion for the first time will begin in February 2017.  Children and their families should be in regular attendance at Holy Mass each Sunday.

Brave of Heart - a weekend journey for men
Come and find all that God has prepared for your masculine heart. Inspiring & challenging talks, fellowship, and sharing with other Christian men, walk in the Lake District, and much more! Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 September, Cor et Lumen Christi community, Wigton CA7 9HU. Donation only event. 
To book or for more information: 
visit: www.coretlumenchristi.org
e- mail: stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org 
Tel: 016973-45623 or 07516- 075896. 

End of Life Care
A seminar on “Problems in End of Life Care” is being organised in the parish of Our Lady and St. Joseph, Warwick Square CA1 1LB, for Saturday 17th September 2016 at 12.45 pm in Waterton Hall. It will be delivered by Dr Stephen Brennan who is the Secretary of the Catholic Doctors Association UK. It is an opportunity for us to learn something about coping with family members and friends who are on their final journey through life.

CAFOD Carlisle meeting
CAFOD’s head of international programmes, AndrĂ©s Gomez de la Torre, will highlight CAFOD’s work in Bolivia, the focus of this year’s Harvest Fast Day. This will take place on Tuesday 20 September from 7.00 - 8.30 pm, at Waterton Hall, OL&SJ. All welcome. Refreshments from 
6.45 pm.

One-day retreat near Penrith
Fr Laurence Freeman OSB will lead this day of reflection on Saturday 1 October, 10.30 am - 3.30 pm at Stoneybeck Inn Conference Centre, Penrith CA11 8RP. To book, please contact Richard Broughton on 01946 862990 or email: cmccwccm@fastmail.fm. Donations suggested £20 or contributions £10. Please bring your own packed lunch. Drinks will be provided.

SVP Society Awareness month
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society in England and Wales has around 10,000 members who, last year, made 500,000 visits to those in need. September is SVP Awareness Month - finding, loving and serving God in our community is fundamental to the Society’s work.
The SVP is always in need of new members to carry out this work so if you would like to find out more, please contact Kate Reardon at St. Margaret Mary or Paul Daley at Christ the King.  There is a sign up sheet at the back of both churches if you would like to become a member.

Fire & Light
Inspirational Input, Adoration, Praise & Worship and Prayer Ministry on Wednesday 14 September at Cor et Lumen Christi, Wigton CA7 9HU. Mass at 7.00 pm / Meeting starts at 8.00 pm - All Welcome!

Parish Pastoral Council
Will meet next on Tuesday 20th September in the Parish Centre.





Mass Intentions & Events: 11 September 2016