Thursday, 27 October 2016

Newsletter Items: 30th October 2016

All Saints
The Solemnity of All Saints falls on Tuesday 1st November - it is a Holy Day of Obligation which means we are asked to attend Holy Mass as we would on a Sunday.  Mass will be celebrated at 9.15 am at St. Margaret Mary.  Newman School will have Mass at Christ the King at 10.20 am to which parishioners are welcome to attend.  There will also be a parish Mass at Christ the King at 7.00 pm.  Please note there is no Mass on anticipation on Monday evening it being Fr. Michael’s rest day.

All Souls
The commemoration of all the faithful departed, in which we pray especially for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, is kept on Wednesday 2nd November.  A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 9.15 am at St. Margaret Mary and at 7.00 pm at Christ the King.

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.

On Retreat
Fr Michael is on retreat between Monday and Friday this week.  He will leave on Monday afternoon and return on Friday evening.  If you require a priest in an emergency, please contact Warwick Square on 521509.

Novena for Forgiveness
The Holy Year of Mercy concludes on the Solemnity of Christ the King.  We are holding a 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.

The Friday Club - Youth Group
Young people of the parish of secondary school age are invited to ‘The Friday Club’ on Friday 4th November in St. Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre.  The evening begins at 7.30 pm until 9.00 pm.  Cost £2.

Festival Choir
The choir will be meeting on Sunday's from 7.00 pm beginning on Sunday 30th October at Christ the King. We would welcome more people to join us as we get ready for Advent and Christmas.  Why not come along on the 30th 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 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
71 + 68 + 92 = 231 were at Mass last weekend.  Thank you for your offering of £518.92 + £313.09  = £832.01.

Carlisle Walsingham Pilgrimage 2017.
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. The cost of £250 includes accommodation, most meals, tips and coach travel. If you would like to know more about joining our pilgrimage from Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st April 2017, please contact Jo Muter for further information on Tel: 01228524087 or email: jemuter47@gmail.com.

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. 

Deanery Mass for Deceased Clergy
This year, St Augustine’s is hosting this Mass on Tuesday 15 November at 11.00 am. All parishioners are warmly invited – indeed encouraged! – to attend.

Sacrament of the Sick
Please request the sacrament of the sick in good time for loved ones who are sick.  We have had a number of people pass away without there being recourse to a priest. A priest is always willing to attend no matter what time of day or night to someone who requires this sacrament and to grant absolution.  Please contact Fr. Michael directly rather than via the sisters.

Building and Maintenance Fund
There is the monthly collection this weekend.  Thanks in advance. We acknowledge with gratitude three, generous, single donations of £5000, £500 and £150 given this month. A total for October will appear in next week’s newsletter.

Ladies Group
Meet on the 1st November at 7.30 pm at St. Margaret Mary.  This month: Christmas Crafts.

Life — Local Centre Now Open
The centre will be open on the second Monday of each month, commencing 14 November from 12 noon - 2.00 pm at Waterton Hall, Warwick Square.
Professionals such as doctors, nurses, midwives, carers, and teachers could also benefit from the extensive support available and will be very welcome.
More information is available by contacting Life locally on 07501-064876 or email north.cumbria@lifecharity.org.uk.

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 recommences on Wednesday 2nd November 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.




Mass Intentions & Events: 30th October 2016


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Newsletter Items: 16th October 2016

Novena for Forgiveness
The Holy Year of Mercy concludes on the Solemnity of Christ the King.  We are holding a 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.

The Friday Club - Youth Group
Young people of the parish of secondary school age are invited to ‘The Friday Club’ on Friday 4th November in St. Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre.  The evening begins at 7.30 pm until 9.00 pm.  Cost £2.

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.

Festival Choir
The choir will be meeting on Sunday's from 7.00 pm, beginning on Sunday 30th October, at Christ the King. We would welcome more people to join us as we get ready for Advent and Christmas.  Why not come along on the 30th and see what goes on? 

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.

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.

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
85 + 78 + 96 = 259 were at Mass last weekend.  Thank you for your offering of £452.59 + £288.24  = £740.83.

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 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 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. 

Young Adults’ Retreat
A new venture at our diocesan residential youth centre, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick: an open retreat for young adults, VI Form and older. An opportunity to discover more about your faith alongside others of your own age. The weekend of 28-30 October. Cost £65. More information: 01768-772711 or team@castleriggmanor.co.uk.

Deanery Mass for Deceased Clergy
Each year during November, the parishes of the Deanery celebrate Mass together for the deceased clergy who have served the deanery.
This year, St Augustine’s is hosting this Mass, on Tuesday 15 November at 11.00 am. All parishioners are warmly invited – indeed encouraged! – to attend.

Baby Clothes & Equipment
The Life group is looking for baby clothes and/or equipment to provide help to families in our area who are struggling to provide for their babies. Please leave your donations in either church - the basket at Christ the King and the box at St. Margaret Mary.

Absence
Fr. Michael will be absent from the parish from Monday 24th October until Friday 28th October on his annual spiritual retreat.  Please continue to pray for him.

Sacrament of the Sick
Please request the sacrament of the sick in good time for loved ones who are sick.  We have had a number of people pass away without there being recourse to a priest.  A priest is always willing to attend no matter what time of day or night to someone who requires this sacrament and to grant absolution.

Learning about Refugees
An opportunity offered by Amnesty International Carlisle Group on Wednesday 19 October, from 6.00-8.00 pm, in the Calva Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle. Includes a presentation by Carlisle Refugee Action Group.

Building and Maintenance Fund
There is the monthly collection next weekend.  Thank you in advance. Your support is very much appreciated.




Mass Intentions & Events: 16th October 2016


Thursday, 6 October 2016

Newsletter Items: 9th October 2016

Novena for Forgiveness
The Holy Year of Mercy concludes on the Solemnity of Christ the King.  We are holding a 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.

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.

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.

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 + 101 = 241 were at Mass last weekend.  Thank you for your offering of £415.08 + £201.20  = £616.28.

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 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 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.

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. 


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. There is a ‘parish’ Mass at 8.00 am.


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 on 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 7.00pm, to ask God’s blessing on the new year of teaching and formation.

Young Adults’ Retreat
A new venture at our diocesan residential youth centre, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick: an open retreat for young adults, VI Form and older.  An opportunity to discover more about your faith alongside others of your own age. The weekend of 28-30 October. Cost £65. More information tel: 01768-772711 or email: team@castleriggmanor.co.uk.

Deanery Mass for Deceased Clergy
Each year during November, the parishes of the Deanery celebrate Mass together for the deceased clergy who have served the deanery.  This year, St Augustine’s is hosting this Mass on Tuesday 15 November at 11.00am. All parishioners are warmly invited – indeed encouraged! – to attend.

Baby Clothes & Equipment
The Life group is looking for baby clothes and/or equipment to provide help to families in our area who are struggling to provide for their babies. Please leave your donations in either church - the basket at Christ the King and Box at St. Margaret Mary.

Day of Renewal — Preston 
Turning the world upside down, is the theme of a day of renewal led by university chaplain, Fr Philip Connor, St Clare’s parish hall, Sharoe Green Lane, Preston PR2 9HH; Saturday 15 October, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. For further information, contact Bernard Loveland, on 015395-63391. 

Sacrament of the Sick
Please request the sacrament of the sick in good time for loved ones who are sick.  We have had a number of people pass away without there being recourse to a priest.  A priest is always willing to attend no matter what time of day or night to someone who requires this sacrament and to grant absolution.


Mass Intentions & Events: 9th October 2016