Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Newsletter Items: 24th December 2017 - 7th January 2018


Happy Christmas and Every Blessing for the New Year
Happy Christmas! Many thanks to all of you for your support and prayers during the past year: you are a great parish to serve and I greatly appreciate your time, commitment and generosity. My prayers during this Christmas season are for your families and friends, that we may receive every blessing from the Lord in this new year!  Fr. Michael.

Parish Helpers
As a bit of a thank you - all those who help out in the parish in any way: musicians; readers; cleaners; servers; handmaids; sacristans; SVP; welcomers; Knights; teachers; flower arrangers; counters and children’s liturgy etc. are invited to an ‘Open House’ gathering in the presbytery between 3.00 and 5.00 pm on Sunday 7th January.

First Saturday Mass and Devotions
On First Saturdays, we will follow the request of Our Lady of Fatima and celebrate Mass in her honour for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for sins of humanity. Mass will be followed by a short period of exposition, a brief meditation on one of the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary and then Recitation of the Holy Rosary.  Please commit to participating in the First Saturday devotions to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.

Carol Service
Thanks to all who helped provide such a lovely Carol Service last Sunday and to all those who attended.

SVP Food Parcels at St. Margaret Mary
Thank you for your support of this appeal - your help was greatly appreciated.

Carlisle Food Bank
The Food Bank organisers send their thanks for our recent donations. Items in short supply are UHT milk, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit and vegetables and tinned meals. Please leave your donations in the basket in the porch at Christ the King. 

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 43, Sunday 9.00 am - 59 and Sunday 11.00 am - 91. A total of 193.  Thank you for the offering of £324.00 at Christ the King and £235.10 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £559.10.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 takes place 20-27 July; flights from Manchester airport. Brochures and booking forms are available from Fr Michael.
Young people: Travel to Lourdes by coach with other young people from our diocese, 19-29 July. Open to ages Year 10+, 4-star hotel,  Cost - £595. For more information, to book online or download the poster or booking form, please see: http://www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/new-events/2017/9/19/lourdes-2018.

Philip Wrigley
During the month of January, Philip Wrigley, a second year seminarian [someone preparing for priestly ordination] of the Diocese [and a Carlisle lad] will be in the parish for an extended pastoral placement. He arrives on the weekend of 6th January - I’m sure that you will make him very welcome!  Please pray for him and for our other seminarians - Stuart Chappie and Stephen Talbutt.

Newman New school — That’s Entertainment
From Fr Norman Johnston: The News & Star recently gave two pages of excellent cover to the birth of Newman Secondary School in 1968 and its anticipated re-birth after the floods of 2015.
Money will not be provided for the building of a chapel in the new school and so the Knights of St Columba have undertaken to supervise the raising of £75,000 for this project.
They propose to hold a major fund-raising event (a variety show), That’s Entertainment, on Friday 11 May 2018, in the Sands Centre. Preparations are now well underway. Young people, ex-Newman pupils and local amateur talent will be taking part. Book the date!
Fr Norman is also looking for an old metal bucket for the show. If you have one lying around in your garden or shed, please let him know - tel: 01228 538119.

The Catholic Teaching Alliance
Thinking of applying to train to become a primary or secondary school teacher in Sept 2018 or know someone who does? If you are (or will be) a graduate, you could train with the Catholic Teaching Alliance in schools in Preston/Blackpool/Lancaster area. Details: www.catholic - teaching - alliance.org / Tel: 01772 326931. 

Retreat for Servers
There will be a diocesan residential retreat for Servers, Year 6 and upwards, from Friday 16 February at 2.00 pm until Saturday 17 February at 2.00 pm. See the poster on the diocesan noticeboard in the foyer. Cost - £40, which the parish will pay. To book, contact Paul Briers, on 01946-834834 or guildshop@yahoo.co.uk.

Talks on the Eucharist
The Diocese has arranged a series of talks on various aspects of the mystery of the Eucharist. See the noticeboard for details of talks in other areas.
In our own deanery: On Wednesday 21 March, at 7.00 pm in St. Margaret Mary’s Parish Community Centre, Scalegate Road, CA2 4JX, Fr Michael Docherty will speak on “Eucharist: food for the journey”.

Mass Times
Please note the revised Mass times between Christmas and Epiphany.

New Years Resolutions
Why not make a spiritual resolution for next year?  You could make a commitment to pray the rosary on a regular basis for a particular intention, attend the First Friday Mass and devotions, commit to visiting a neighbour who is alone on a regular basis, commit to reading Scripture regularly…have a think about it.

Epic: the Early Church

Coming soon to the parish is a ten part series of presentations on the history of the Early Church.  The course, on Tuesday evenings, will be limited to twenty people.  Please think about signing up in the new year.  We’ll be starting at the beginning of February.  

Mass Intentions & Events: 24th December 2017 - 7th January 2018


Thursday, 14 December 2017

Newsletter Items: 17th December 2017

Bambinelli Sunday
This Sunday is Gaudete Sunday - but it’s also Bambinelli Sunday in the Parish! Bambinelli Sunday is the day to bring the child Jesus from the nativity sets in your homes to Mass for a special blessing! Bring them along next Sunday and after the distribution of Holy Communion, they’ll be blessed, ready to be placed in your cribs at home this Christmas.

Carol Service
The Parish Carol Service will take place on this evening at 7.00 pm in Christ The King Church.  Please make every effort to support this Parish event. It will be followed by festive refreshments in the Presbytery.  Please come along.

Carol Singing Pennine Lodge
Volunteers are needed to sing carols for the residents on Tuesday 19th December. To meet at 6.00 pm at Pennine Lodge, which is at the top of Pennine Way, Harraby. Everyone welcome.

Christmas Mass Times
The normal Sunday Masses remain the same on Christmas Eve Morning. Masses for the  Christmas obligation are as follows:

Christmas Eve
6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm [‘during the Night’] Christ the King
Christmas Day
8.00 am [‘at Dawn’] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 am [‘during the Day’] Christ the King

Sacrament of Reconciliation - Confession
Please make an extra effort to go to confession during Advent. See the front page for specific times.

SVP Food Parcels at St. Margaret Mary
Thank you for your support of this appeal - your help was greatly appreciated.

Carlisle Food Bank
The Food Bank organisers send their thanks for our recent donations. Items in short supply are UHT milk, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit and vegetables, and tinned meals. Please leave your donations in the basket in the porch at Christ the King. 

Parish Helpers
As a bit of a thank you to all those who help out in the parish in anyway: musicians; readers; cleaners; servers; handmaids; sacristans; SVP; welcomers; Knights; teachers; flower arrangers; counters and children’s liturgy etc. are invited to an ‘Open House’ gathering in the presbytery between 3.00 and 5.00 pm on Sunday 7th January.    

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 47, Sunday 9.00 am - 66 and Sunday 11.00 am - 122. A total of 235. Thank you for the offering of £467.60 at Christ the King and £312.99 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £780.59.

Catholic Schools and the Government
From the Bishop: “Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard.”
“The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. It has acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it. Now we need you to tell the Government not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics.
Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge it to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools. Thank you.”  Michael G Campbell OSA

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 takes place 20-27 July with flights from Manchester airport. Brochures and booking forms are available from Fr Michael.
Young people: Travel to Lourdes by coach with other young people from our diocese, 19-29 July. Open to ages Year 10+, 4-star hotel - £595. For more information, to book online or download the poster or booking form, please see: http://www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/new-events/2017/9/19/lourdes-2018.

Philip Wrigley
During the month of January, Philip Wrigley, a second year seminarian [someone preparing for priestly ordination] of the Diocese [and a Carlisle lad] will be in the parish for an extended pastoral placement. He arrives on the weekend of 6th January and I’m sure that you will make him very welcome!  Please pray for him and for our other seminarians - Stuart Chappie and Stephen Talbutt.

Newman New School — That’s Entertainment
From Fr Norman Johnston: The News & Star recently gave two pages of excellent cover to the birth of Newman Secondary School in 1968 and its anticipated re-birth after the floods of 2015.
Money will not be provided for the building of a chapel in the new school and the Knights of St Columba have therefore undertaken to supervise the raising of £75,000 for this project.
A major fund-raising event will be a variety show, That’s Entertainment, to be held on Friday 11 May 2018 in the Sands Centre. Preparations are now well underway. Young people, ex-Newman pupils and local amateur talent will be taking part.  Book the date!
Fr Norman is also looking for an old metal bucket for the show. If you have one lying around in your garden or shed, please let him know - tel: 538119.

St. Cuthbert’s
Congratulations to staff and governors of St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School for the successful recent Ofsted inspection where they were rated as ‘A Good School’.  They featured on Border TV’s Lookaround this week!  Places are available in the school.

The Catholic Teaching Alliance
Thinking of applying to train to become a primary or secondary school teacher in Sept 2018 or know someone who does? If you are (or will be a graduate), you could train with the Catholic Teaching Alliance in schools in Preston/Blackpool/Lancaster area. Details: 
www.catholic - teaching - alliance.org.  Tel: 01772 326931. 

Mass Intentions & Events: 17th December 2017


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Newsletter Items: 10th December 2017

Bambinelli Sunday
Next Sunday is Gaudete Sunday - but it’s also Bambinelli Sunday in the Parish! Bambinelli Sunday is the day to bring the child Jesus from the nativity sets in your homes to Mass for a special blessing! Bring him along next Sunday and after the distribution of Holy Communion, they’ll be blessed ready to be placed in your cribs at home this Christmas.

Carol Service
The Parish Carol Service will take place on Sunday 17th December beginning at 7.00 pm in Christ The King Church.  Please make every effort to support this Parish event. It will be followed by festive refreshments in the Presbytery.  Please come along.

Carol Singing Pennine Lodge
Volunteers are needed to sing carols for the residents at Pennine Lodge (top of Pennine Way, Harraby) on Tuesday 19th December. Meet at 6.00 pm. Everyone welcome.

Christmas Mass Times
The normal Sunday Masses remain the same on Christmas Eve Morning. Masses for the  Christmas obligation are as follows:

Christmas Eve
6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm [‘during the Night’] Christ the King
Christmas Day
8.00 am [‘at Dawn’] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 am [‘during the Day’] Christ the King

Help Needed
On Friday 15th December, we will be preparing Christ The King Church for the celebration of our Christmas Liturgies.  We would appreciate some help in decorating the church and putting up the crib.  If you could help, please come to church at 10.00 am on the above day.

Rorate Caeli Mass
The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion, wherein the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent is offered just before dawn and is lit by candlelight alone. The interplay of light and darkness speak to the meaning of Advent and the coming of the Light of the world.  There will be a sung Rorate Caeli Mass celebrated at Christ the King on Saturday 16th December at 7.30 am.  Why not make this a special moment in your preparation for Christmas.

Sacrament of Reconciliation - Confession
Please make an extra effort to go to confession during Advent. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday and Friday evening from 6.30 pm and on Sunday morning from 10.30 am.  At Christ the King - Saturday evening from 5.00 pm.

Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
Many thanks to the SVP for organising this event and also to those who came along, including Fr John Moriarty.

Ladies Group
They will have their monthly meeting on Thursday 14th December - the subject will be Christmas Flowers.

SVP Food Parcels at St. Margaret Mary
Thank you for your support of this appeal - your help was greatly appreciated.

Carlisle Food Bank
The Food Bank organisers send their thanks for our recent donations. Items in short supply are UHT milk, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit and vegetables, and tinned meals. Please leave your donations in the basket in the porch at Christ the King. 

Ad orientem
During Advent we again are united in turning towards the Lord together as priest and people as we await his coming at Christmas. All Masses during Advent will be celebrated ad orientem [facing East], as was the custom last year.

Advent Calendar for the Hungry
It’s simple - instead of opening the window on an Advent Calendar - in a bag or a box place one item of food each day during Advent [see  food bank notice above for ideas] you can bring the items you’ve collected and place them in the Food Bank Basket [CTK] or SVP Box each week [MM] or on Christmas Eve where items can be placed around the Crib as a gift to the Infant Lord.

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 60 Sunday 9.00 am - 51 and Sunday 11.00 am - 94 A total of 205.  Thank you for the offering of £442.52 at Christ the King and £217.75 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £660.27.

Catholic Schools and the Government
From the Bishop: “Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard.
“The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. It has acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it. Now we need you to tell the Government not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge it to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools. Thank you.” Michael G Campbell OSA

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 takes place on 20-27 July: flights from Manchester airport. Brochures and booking forms are available from Fr Michael.
Young people (open to ages Year 10+): Travel to Lourdes by coach with other young people from our diocese, 19-29 July. 4-star hotel - cost £595. For more information, to book online or download the poster or booking form, please see: http://www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/new-events/2017/9/19/lourdes-2018

Philip Wrigley

During the month of January, Philip Wrigley, a second year seminarian [someone preparing for priestly ordination] of the Diocese [and a Carlisle lad] will be in the parish for an extended pastoral placement. He arrives on the weekend of 6th January - I’m sure that you will make him very welcome!  Please pray for him and for our other seminarians - Stuart Chappie and Stephen Talbutt.

Mass Intentions & Events: 10th December 2017


Thursday, 30 November 2017

Newsletter Items: 3rd December 2017

Supporting Catholic Education
The Bishops of England and Wales have sent the following:
Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them?  Then we need you to make your voice heard.

The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promises to Catholics.

Search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government [via an online petition] and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
This will be held at 2.30 pm on Tuesday 5th December at Christ the King Church followed by refreshments afterwards in Harraby Catholic Club. If you need assistance with transport, please contact Paul Daley.

Christmas Mass Times
Masses for Christmas will be:

6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm [‘during the Night’] Christ the King
8.00 am [‘at Dawn’] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 am [‘during the Day’] Christ the King

Ladies Group
The Ladies Group are having an Advent Night out on Thursday 7th December. They will be meeting at David’s Restaurant on Warwick Road at 7.00 pm sharp. They will have their monthly meeting on Thursday 14th December - the subject will be Christmas Flowers.

Gin Tasting Event
Many thanks to all who supported this evening - and thanks also not only to those behind the scenes who organised it, but also to the House of Malt on Crosby Street for leading the tasting.

SVP Food Parcels at St. Margaret Mary
Once again St Margaret Mary SVP will be distributing food parcels to local families in need before Christmas. Please check best before dates. Tinned fruit and meat are especially welcome. We aim to distribute the parcels the week beginning 11th December. Please use the box at the back of church for your donations. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Carlisle Food Bank
The Food Bank organisers send their thanks for our recent donations. Items in short supply are UHT milk, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit and vegetables, and tinned meals. Please leave your donations in the basket in the porch at Christ the King. 

Music For Advent And Christmas

The Festival Choir will be meeting on Sunday evenings at Christ The King Church from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Please consider coming along to help us to prepare for the Holy Season. Everyone is welcome.

Ad orientem
During Advent, we again are united in turning towards the Lord together as priest and people as we await his coming at Christmas. All Masses during Advent will be celebrated ad orientem [facing East] as was the custom last year.

Advent Calendar for the Hungry
It’s simple - instead of opening the window on an Advent Calendar - in a bag or a box place one item of food each day during Advent [see  food bank notice above for ideas] you can bring the items you’ve collected and place them in the Food Bank Basket [CTK] or SVP Box each week [MM] or on Christmas Eve where items can be placed around the Crib as a gift to the Infant Lord.

A Message from Sister Maureen
Thank you so much for your warm welcome  back. I was very sorry to be leaving you all so soon again. Thank you very much for all your love and support and allowing me to be part of your joys and sorrows. Thank you for your prayers and support during my illness, which was very much appreciated. Your tremendous generosity was typical of you. I now have an iPhone, which is great, and its many features are making it easier for me to communicate. There is still some over for me to send to those I help in Zambia. Wishing you all a very Happy feast of Christ the King. I will be with you in spirit. Promising you and your families the support of my prayers. Sr. Maureen.

Carol Service

The Parish Carol Service will take place on Sunday 17th December beginning at 7.00 pm in Christ The King Church.  Please make every effort to support this Parish event. It will be followed by festive refreshments in the Presbytery.

Help Needed
On Friday 15th December, we will be preparing Christ The King Church for the celebration of our Christmas Liturgies.  We would appreciate some help in decorating the church and putting up the crib.  If you could help, please come to church at 10.00 am on the above day.

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 50, Sunday 9.00 am - 49 and Sunday 11.00 am - 97 A total of 196.  Thank you for the offering of £346.07 at Christ the King and £268.68 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £614.75.

Rorate Caeli Mass
The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion wherein the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent is offered just before dawn and is lit by candlelight alone. The interplay of light and darkness speak to the meaning of Advent and the coming of the Light of the world.  There will be a Rorate Caeli Mass celebrated at Christ the King on Saturday 16th December at 7.30 am.  Why not make this a special moment in your preparation for Christmas.

Sacrament of Reconciliation - Confession
Please make an extra effort to go to confession during Advent. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday and Friday evening from 6.30 pm and on Sunday morning from 10.30 am.  At Christ the King on Saturday evening from 5.00 pm. 

Mass Intentions & Events: 3rd December 2017


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Newsletter Items: 26th November 2017

Supporting Catholic Education

The Bishops of England and Wales have sent the following:
Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them?  Then we need you to make your voice heard.

The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promises to Catholics.

Search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government [via an online petition] and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.
Please note that this is a particular issue in the south of England where much needed new Catholic schools are being prevented from opening…it is not related to the new build of Newman School which is a replacement build.

Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
This will be held at 2.30 pm on Tuesday 5th December at Christ the King Church followed by refreshments afterwards in Harraby Catholic Club. If you need assistance with transport, please contact Paul Daley.

Christmas Mass Times
As you are probably aware - Christmas falls on a Monday this year.  I’ve been asked whether attending the Vigil or Mass during the Night on Christmas Eve also fulfils the Sunday obligation.  The simple answer is no  [there is a complicated answer…]
We should attend Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent [Vigil or Sunday Morning] and Mass for Christmas [Vigil, Mass during the Night, Masses on Christmas Morning].
There’s no ‘two for one’ I’m afraid!
For the Weekend of 23rd/24th December Masses will be as normal [6, 9 and 11]
Masses for Christmas will be:

6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm [‘during the Night’] Christ the King
8.00 am [‘at Dawn’] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 am [‘during the Day’] Christ the King

Handmaids of the Immaculate Heart
Any girls who have made their First Holy Communion are invited to become members of a new altar guild in the parish - the Handmaids of the Immaculate Heart.  A commitment to pray the Rosary once a week, to participate in formation about the care of the church, sacristy and altar and to help with the setting up of the church for Mass on Sunday. Next Sunday will be enrolment in the Guild. For more information, please have a chat with Fr Michael.

Solemnity of Christ the King
On the Solemnity of Christ the King, there will be a Eucharistic Holy hour concluding with Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday 26th November 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm.

SVP Food Parcels at St. Margaret Mary
Once again St Margaret Mary SVP will be distributing food parcels to local families in need before Christmas. Please check best before dates. Tinned fruit and meat are especially welcome. We aim to distribute the parcels the week beginning 11th December. Please use the box at the back of church for your donations. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 54, Sunday 9.00 am - 60 and Sunday 11.00 am - 95. A total of 209.  Thank you for the offering of £381.90 at Christ the King and £278.40 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £660.30.

Carlisle Food Bank
The Food Bank organisers send their thanks for our recent donations. Items in short supply are UHT milk, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit and vegetables, and tinned meals. Please leave your donations in the basket in the porch at Christ the King. 

Music For Advent And Christmas
The Festival Choir will be meeting on Sunday evenings at Christ The King Church from 
7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Please consider coming along to help us prepare for the Holy Season. Everyone is welcome.

Ad Orientem
During Advent, we again are united in turning towards the Lord, together as priest and people, as we await his coming at Christmas. All Masses during Advent will be celebrated ad orientem [facing East] as was the custom last year.

First Holy Communion 2018
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 10th June 2018. Parents who wish their children to receive our Lord in the Eucharist for the first time should inform Fr Michael via email or in person before Christmas. Families should attend Mass in the parish every weekend. Catechesis [usually held on a Thursday evening] will begin in February.  

Enrolment into the Guild of St. Stephen
During Mass on Boxing Day [Feast of St. Stephen] [St. Margaret Mary 10.00 am], altar servers will be enrolled into the Guild of St. Stephen. Any boys wishing to become altar servers should approach Fr Michael.

Advent Calendar for the Hungry
In one of the richest countries in the world, no one should be hungry at any time of year. But there is something almost obscene about parents worrying about how to feed their children at Christmas or people being alone with no food whilst the rest of the country over-indulges, eating a week’s worth of calories in a couple of days. If you would like to help your local food bank and SVP, join in collecting a Reverse Advent Calendar this year. It’s a great way to show your children that Christmas is a time for giving, not just getting. It’s simple - instead of opening the window on an Advent Calendar - in a bag or a box place one item of food each day during Advent [see  food bank notice above for ideas]. You can bring the items you’ve collected and place them in the Food Bank Basket [CTK] or SVP Box each week [MM] or on Christmas Eve where items can be placed around the Crib as a gift to the Infant Lord.

Mass Intentions & Events: 26th November 2017


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Newsletter Items: 19th November 2017

Deanery Mass for Deceased Clergy
This year’s Mass for Deceased Clergy will be held at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday 21st November at 11.00 am.  Since we are hosting this celebration, please make a special effort to come along and assist at this Mass. 

Gin Night
A Gin tasting evening will take place on Friday 24th November in the Parish Centre beginning at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £10, which includes a Gin and Tonic and a tasting talk with around 4 other Gins. Tickets available from the Parish Centre or John and Alison Hather.

Handmaids of the Immaculate Heart
Any girls who have made their First Holy Communion are invited to become members of a new altar guild in the parish - the Handmaids of the Immaculate Heart. A commitment to pray the Rosary once a week, to participate in formation about the care of the church, sacristy and altar and to help with the setting up of the church for Mass on Sunday. For more information, please have a chat with Fr Michael.

Solemnity of Christ the King
On the Solemnity of Christ the King, there will be a Eucharistic Holy hour concluding with Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday 26th November 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm.

Month of the Holy Souls
A Novena of Masses for the intention of the Holy Souls will be offered during November.  Envelopes are available in both churches should you wish your deceased relatives and friends to be included in these Masses. 

SVP Food Parcels at St. Margaret Mary
Once again St Margaret Mary SVP will be distributing food parcels to local families in need before Christmas. Please check best before dates. Tinned fruit and meat are especially welcome. We aim to distribute the parcels the week beginning 11th December. Please use the box at the back of church for your donations. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 66, Sunday 9.00 am - 74 and Sunday 11.00 am - 106. A total of 246.  Thank you for the offering of £499.20 at Christ the King and £190.06 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £689.26.

Carlisle Food Bank
The Food Bank organisers send their thanks for our recent donations. Items in short supply are UHT milk, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit and vegetables, and tinned meals. Please leave your donations in the basket in the porch at Christ the King. 

Music For Advent and Christmas

The Festival Choir will be meeting on Sunday evenings at Christ The King Church from 
7.00 pm - 9.00 pm. Please consider coming along to help us to prepare for the Holy Season. Everyone is welcome.

Advent Retreat
8-10 December. Take time out from the busy run-up to Christmas to prepare for the Lord’s coming. This weekend retreat, for young people in year 9 and above, will be a fun occasion to meet other young people and, together, reflect on what Christmas is really about through games, workshops, discussions and prayer. £65. www.castleriggmanor.co.uk.

Noodle Night
Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this evening such a success…especially the ‘cooks and bottle washers’.  Thanks also to all those who attended.  

Advertise in the Voice
If you have your own business or if you work for a company, why not consider advertising in the Catholic Voice? It works for people, companies, events and organisations throughout the Diocese and it supports our Diocesan paper.
Please contact Caroline on 07931 836926 or email carolineg@cathcom.org for more information.

Christmas Mass Times
As you are probably aware - Christmas falls on a Monday this year.  I’ve been asked whether attending the Vigil or Mass during the Night on Christmas Eve also fulfils the Sunday obligation.  The simple answer is no  [there is a complicated answer…]
We should attend Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent [Vigil or Sunday Morning] and Mass for Christmas [Vigil, Mass during the Night, Masses on Christmas Morning].
There’s no ‘two for one’ I’m afraid!
For the Weekend of 23rd/24th December Masses will be as normal [6, 9 and 11]
Masses for Christmas will be:

6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm [‘during the Night’] Christ the King
8.00 am [‘at Dawn’] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 am [‘during the Day’] Christ the King

First Holy Communion 2018
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 10th June 2018.  Parents who wish their children to receive our Lord in the Eucharist for the first time should inform Fr Michael via email or in person before Christmas. Families should attend Mass in the parish every weekend. Catechesis [usually held on a Thursday evening] will begin in February.  

Embrace

Embrace is a one-day, Catholic youth conference aimed at young people aged 14 – 25. It is a vibrant and exciting day of talks, workshops, praise & worship, times of prayer, Adoration, opportunity for Reconciliation, with the day culminating with the celebration of Mass with Archbishop Malcolm. A range of communities, charities and religious orders will also be present, exhibiting the true richness and diversity of the Church. This year’s speakers, workshop leaders and performers include: Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Ros Powell, Maximillian Ford, Franciscan Sisters and Friars of the Renewal, Jo Boyce, ‘Living Joyfully’ Vocations team, Sr Maria Natella, Mary’s Meals, Joe and Sarah Wells and RISE theatre. Free entry.  For further info, please contact  www.embrace-liverpool.org.uk.