Thursday, 26 January 2017

Newsletter Items: 29th January 2017

Attendance and Figures
At Mass last weekend 72 + 70 + 101 = 243.  Thank you for your contribution of £535.66 +   £309 = £844.66.

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.

First Holy Communion
Parents who would like their children to make their First Holy Communion this year are invited to a meeting on Thursday 16th February at 6.00 pm in St. Margaret Mary Church to enrol their children in the programme.  First Holy Communion will be cerebrated on Sunday 25th June during the 11.00 am parish Mass.

Sacrament of Confirmation
Application forms are available for young people [Year 6 and above] to apply for this sacrament.  Please return to Fr Michael by 19th February.  Once numbers are known, we will apply to the bishop for a date for the celebration and begin preparation.

St Margaret Mary Nursery Places Available from Easter 2017
A reminder to parents that we are now accepting applications for 3 year olds  for Nursery for April 2017. The deadline for applications is 15th January 2017. Please contact School on 01228 401800 for a form.

Red Mission Boxes
Please return Red Mission Boxes to be emptied between now and the end of January - many thanks.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Will resume at Christ the King after Half Term [Sunday 5th March].

Mass Intentions
It is a noble Catholic Tradition to have Masses celebrated for the intention of our loved ones who have died but also for the living - friends and family members who are in need of prayers [for example on the occasion of a birthday, new job, seeking employment, travelling, illness].  The process for requesting this is simple.  Envelopes are available in both churches.  All you have to do is write the name of the person or intention, give a date when you would like this to be celebrated and enclose a donation - a ‘stipend’ - and then hand in to the priest.  The priest is obliged to celebrate that Mass within a year - if he is unable to fulfil this himself he sends the intention to Missionary or other priests in need of such stipends.  It is optional to have a ‘Mass Card’ signed if you want the person to know that Mass is being celebrated for them - a range of Mass cards are available to purchase in both churches.  
You are allowed to ask to have Masses celebrated for your own intention - St. Anselm said “A single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death.”  This can be done as a ‘Special Intention’ or ‘Private Intention’.
When was the last time you asked for Mass to be offered for a particular intention? Why not make this request this week?  Let’s restore the Mass to the true centre of our faith by living out this powerful tradition of the Catholic Faith.  Let’s ‘up our game’ in 2017.
“Put all the good works in the world against one Holy Mass; they will be as a grain of sand beside a mountain.” St. John Vianney

Learning More About The Faith
In February we will have a new opportunity to learn more about our faith using Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism series.  Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people. CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilisation.  The series will be held fortnightly on Tuesday evenings in the Parish Centre after Mass. Optional personal study material will be available to take away. More information over the coming weeks.

Absence
Fr. Michael will be away from the parish between Monday 6th and Thursday 9th February.  He’ll be engaged in work for the diocese education service in Assisi of all places…

Lourdes - Diocesan Youth Service
Our annual Diocesan pilgrimage celebrates its 90th anniversary this year and travelling with the Youth Service is a great way for young people to get to know the story of Lourdes and grow in faith through service, prayer, catechesis and time spent with other young Catholics. Open to ages Year 11+, prices from £650 for coach travel.  (Flight information will follow.) 19th - 29th July.  Book now, forms are on our website -
http://www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/yatm-events/lourdes-2017.

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.  All welcome.

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.

The Friday Club - Youth Group
We hope to relaunch the Youth Group in the Spring - when the nights are a bit less dark.

Christian Contemplative Meditation Group 
All are welcome on the first Friday of the month, Friday 3 February 8.00 - 9.30 pm, St Gabriel’s convent chapel, 52 Victoria Place Carlisle CA1 1HP.  For more information, please contact Monica Greaves on greaves_monica@yahoo.co.uk. 

Mass in the Extra-Ordinary Form

Mass will be celebrated in the Extra-Ordinary Form [Latin, 1962 Missal] on Sunday 5th February at 6.00 pm at Christ the King.  The Mass will be a Missa Cantata - a sung Mass of the 5th Sunday after Epiphany [using the old calendar].  All are welcome and this Mass fulfils the Sunday obligation.

Mass Intentions & Events: 29th January 2017


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Newsletter Items: 22nd January 2017

Attendance and Figures
At Mass last weekend 75 + 67 + 146 = 288.  Thank you for your contribution of £441.50 +   £249.45 = £690.95.

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.

St Margaret Mary Nursery Places Available from Easter 2017
A reminder to parents that we are now accepting applications for 3 year olds  for Nursery for April 2017. The deadline for applications is 15th January 2017. Please contact School on 01228 401800 for a form.

Red Mission Boxes
Please return Red Mission Boxes to be emptied between now and the end of January - many thanks.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
There will be no Children’s Liturgy of the Word at Christ the King for the time being.  Thank you to those who have offered to help - there will be a training evening for all who assist with this ministry and anyone new who would like to help on Tuesday 24th January at 7.30 pm at St. Margaret Mary’s [after the evening Mass].

Mass Intentions
It is a noble Catholic Tradition to have Masses celebrated for the intention of our loved ones who have died but also for the living - friends and family members who are in need of prayers [for example on the occasion of a birthday, new job, seeking employment, travelling, illness].  The process for requesting this is simple.  Envelopes are available in both churches.  All you have to do is write the name of the person or intention, give a date when you would like this to be celebrated and enclose a donation - a ‘stipend’ - and then hand in to the priest.  The priest is obliged to celebrate that Mass within a year - if he is unable to fulfil this himself he sends the intention to Missionary or other priests in need of such stipends.  It is optional to have a ‘Mass Card’ signed if you want the person to know that Mass is being celebrated for them - a range of Mass cards are available to purchase in both churches.  
You are allowed to ask to have Masses celebrated for your own intention - St. Anselm said “A single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death.”  This can be done as a ‘Special Intention’ or ‘Private Intention’.
When was the last time you asked for Mass to be offered for a particular intention? Why not make this request this week?  Let’s restore the Mass to the true centre of our faith by living out this powerful tradition of the Catholic Faith.  Let’s ‘up our game’ in 2017.
“Put all the good works in the world against one Holy Mass; they will be as a grain of sand beside a mountain.” St. John Vianney

Learning More about the Faith
In February, we will have a new opportunity to learn more about our faith using Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism series.  Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people. CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilisation.  The series will be held on Tuesday evenings in the Parish Centre after Mass. Optional personal study material will be available to take away. More information over the coming weeks.

Absence
Fr. Michael will be away from the parish between Monday 6th and Thursday 9th February.  He’ll be engaged in work for the diocese education service in Assisi of all places…

Lourdes - Diocesan Youth Service
Our annual Diocesan pilgrimage celebrates its 90th anniversary this year and travelling with the Youth Service is a great way for young people to get to know the story of Lourdes and grow in faith through service, prayer, catechesis and time spent with other young Catholics. Open to ages Year 11+, prices from £650 for coach travel.  (Flight information will follow.) 19th - 29th July.  Book now, forms are on our website - http://www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/yatm-events/lourdes-2017.

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.  All welcome.

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.

The Friday Club - Youth Group
We hope to relaunch the Youth Group in the Spring - when the nights are a bit less dark.

Budding Home Bakers and Cooks
Baker/cook URGENTLY WANTED for a patient support charity. Headway North Cumbria is a charity offering support and rehabilitation activities to those with acquired brain injury. Each Monday afternoon, 1.00 - 4.00 pm, they provide services in a social and creative environment at the Waterton Hall, OL&SJ, including games, arts and craft and cooking/baking. The charity has recently lost the services of their cook and they are appealing urgently for a volunteer with cooking and/or baking skills to assist during their sessions enabling those injured through brain injury to re-acquire basic skills in meal preparation within a happy and fun environment. If you think you can assist, please contact Andrew Kirkpatrick on 07776-341045. 

Christian Contemplative Meditation Group 
All are welcome on the first Friday of the month, Friday 3 February, 8.00 - 9.30 pm, St Gabriel’s convent chapel, 52 Victoria Place Carlisle CA1 1HP. For more information, please contact Monica Greaves: greaves_monica@yahoo.co.uk. 

Mass Intentions & Events: 22nd January 2017


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Newsletter Items: 15th January 2017

Building Fund
Thank you for £815 received recently from parishioners at St. Margaret Mary and an additional £113.10 from Christ the King.  The next fund collection will be the weekend 28th/29th January.

Attendance and Figures
At Mass last weekend 70 + 75 + 84 = 229.  Thank you for your contribution of £493.70 +   £259.40 = £753.10.

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.

St Margaret Mary Nursery Places Available From Easter 2017
A reminder to parents that we are now accepting applications for 3 year olds for Nursery for April 2017. The deadline for applications is 15th January 2017. Please contact School on 01228 401800 for a form.

Red Mission Boxes
Please return Red Mission Boxes to be emptied between now and the end of January - many thanks.

Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Could all extra-ordinary ministers of Holy Communion who take Holy Communion to the sick and housebound, please provide Fr. Michael with an up-to-date list of the people you visit, with their addresses.  Many thanks in anticipation.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
There will be no Children’s Liturgy of the Word at Christ the King for the time being.  Thank you to those who have offered to help - there will be a training evening for all who assist with this ministry and anyone new who would like to help on Tuesday 24th January at 7.30 pm at St. Margaret Mary’s [after the evening Mass].

A ‘Thank You’ From Carlisle Food Bank
We received the following from Carlisle Food Bank “We continue to receive donations from our regular very committed local churches e.g. Christ the King, Harraby, St Cuthbert’s, Wigton Road Methodist, Holme Eden Warwick Bridge, St Michael’s Stanwix, Church of Scotland, Beaumont, Monkhill, Burgh by Sands, United Reform, Wetheral and Dalston Churches.  We always acknowledge them on our Facebook and Twitter feeds and we remain very thankful for their support and for any church I have missed out.”
The annual figures for the food bank for 2016 show a rise in the number of food parcels each month (averaging 465 per month). Please continue to place items in the basket in the porch at Christ the King.

Mass Intentions
It is a noble Catholic Tradition to have Masses celebrated for the intention of our loved ones who have died but also for the living - friends and family members who are in need of prayers [for example on the occasion of a birthday, new job, seeking employment, travelling, illness].  The process for requesting this is simple.  Envelopes are available in both churches.  All you have to do is write the name of the person or intention, give a date when you would like this to be celebrated and enclose a donation - a ‘stipend’ - and then hand in to the priest.  The priest is obliged to celebrate that Mass within a year - if he is unable to fulfil this himself, he sends the intention to Missionary or other priests in need of such stipends.  It is optional to have a ‘Mass Card’ signed if you want the person to know that Mass is being celebrated for them - a range of Mass cards are available to purchase in both churches.  
You are allowed to ask to have Masses celebrated for your own intention - St. Anselm said “A single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death.”  This can be done as a ‘Special Intention’ or ‘Private Intention’.
When was the last time you asked for Mass to be offered for a particular intention? Why not make this request this week?  Let’s restore the Mass to the true centre of our faith by living out this powerful tradition of the Catholic Faith.  Let’s ‘up our game’ in 2017.
“Put all the good works in the world against one Holy Mass; they will be as a grain of sand beside a mountain.” St. John Vianney

Learning More About The Faith
In February we will have a new opportunity to learn more about our faith using Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism series.  Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people. CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church, but changed the course of civilisation. The series will be held on Tuesday evenings in the Parish Centre after Mass. Optional personal study material will be available to take away. More information over the coming weeks.

Lourdes - Diocesan Youth Service
Our annual Diocesan pilgrimage celebrates its 90th anniversary this year and travelling with the Youth Service is a great way for young people to get to know the story of Lourdes and grow in faith through service, prayer, catechesis and time spent with other young Catholics. Open to ages Year 11+, prices from £650 for coach travel.  (Flight information will follow.) 19th - 29th July.  Book now, forms are on our website - http://www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/yatm-events/lourdes-2017.

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.  All welcome.

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.

The Friday Club - Youth Group

We hope to relaunch the Youth Group in the Spring - when the nights are a bit less dark.

Mass Intentions & Events: 15th January 2017


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Newsletter Items: 8th January 2017

At Home
Fr Michael will be hosting an ‘At Home’ and would welcome all those who help out in the parish for drinks and nibbles - readers, welcomers, flower arrangers, the KSC, SVP, servers, extra-ordinary ministers of Holy Communion, cleaners, sacristans, collectors, children’s liturgy, singers, musicians, teachers, members of the parish council and parish finance committee to the Presbytery on Sunday 8th January between 4 .00 pm and 6.00 pm.  Please come along.

Christmas Crib Collection
Thank you for your contribution to this collection - £172.26.  This year, your donations at the crib on the sanctuary will go to the ecumenical charity, Friends of the Holy Land. Your donations will help support the poorest Christian families in and around Bethlehem, the West Bank, Gaza and Israel, with employment, education, health and housing initiatives. FHL is both apolitical and ecumenical. Visit www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk.

Building Fund
Thank you for £368.00 received from parishioners at Christ the King.  Figures for St. Margaret Mary were not available at the time of going to print.

Attendance and Figures
At Mass last weekend 85 + 52 + 84 = 221.  Thank you for your contribution of £401.90 +   £229.78 = £631.68.

Cumberland Infirmary Chaplaincy — Can You Help? 
The ecumenical Voluntary Chaplaincy at the Cumberland Infirmary seeks more Catholic support. Fr Jim Allen, our Catholic Chaplain, envisages a commitment of about two hours weekly, variable according to availability. Support will be provided. Please speak to Sr. Maureen if you are interested in this opportunity.

St Margaret Mary Nursery Places Available from Easter 2017
A reminder to parents that we are now accepting applications for 3 year olds for Nursery for April 2017. The deadline for applications is 15th January 2017. Please contact School on 01228 401800 for a form.

Mass in the Extra-Ordinary Form
With the approval of Bishop Michael Campbell, Mass will be celebrated in the Extra-Ordinary From [according to the Missal of 1962] on the First Sunday of each month at 6.00 pm in Christ the King Church. This will begin on Sunday 5th February 2017.  This is as a result of recent clergy moves in Carlisle and the need to serve the pastoral needs of those attached to the Extra-Ordinary Form in accordance with the Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum.  Anyone is welcome to assist at this Mass which fulfils the Sunday obligation to attend Holy Mass.

Red Mission Boxes
Please return Red Mission Boxes to be emptied between now and the end of January - many thanks.

Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Could all extra-ordinary ministers of Holy Communion, who take Holy Communion to the sick and housebound, please provide Fr. Michael with an up-to-date list of the people you visit, together with their addresses.  Many thanks in anticipation.

Help Needed at Christ the King
Help is needed with the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during Mass on a Sunday morning where we currently have only one volunteer assisting our young people.  Are you willing to help? If no one comes forward to help, this will cease at Christ the King.

Health & Salvation: Time & Health
Are you a doctor, nurse, hospital chaplain or other healthcare professional? … needing a restorative break? … interested in connecting work and faith?  The Augustinian Sisters invite you to join them, 9-14 January at Boarbank Hall, Grange-over-Sands.For further details, please visit www.boarbankhall.org.uk/events.

Carlisle Walsingham Pilgrimage — Two Places Remaining
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 pilgrimage in 2017 will be Tuesday 18 - Friday 21 April. Cost £250, which includes accommodation, most meals, tips and coach travel. For more information, please contact Jo Muter on 524087 or email: jemuter47@gmail.com.

Mass Intentions
It is a noble Catholic Tradition to have Masses celebrated for the intention of our loved ones who have died but also for the living - friends and family members who are in need of prayers [for example on the occasion of a birthday, new job, seeking employment, travelling, illness].  The process for requesting this is simple.  Envelopes are available in both churches.  All you have to do is write the name of the person or intention, give a date when you would like this to be celebrated and enclose a donation - a ‘stipend’ - and then hand in to the priest.  The priest is obliged to celebrate that Mass within a year - if he is unable to fulfil this himself, he sends the intention to Missionary or other priests in need of such stipends.  It is optional to have a ‘Mass Card’ signed if you want the person to know that Mass is being celebrated for them - a range of Mass cards are available to purchase in both churches.  
You are allowed to ask to have Masses celebrated for your own intention - St. Anselm said “A single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death.”  This can be done as a ‘Special Intention’ or ‘Private Intention’.
When was the last time you asked for Mass to be offered for a particular intention? Why not make this request this week?  Let’s restore the Mass to the true centre of our faith by living out this powerful tradition of the Catholic Faith.  Let’s ‘up our game’ in 2017.

“Put all the good works in the world against one Holy Mass; they will be as a grain of sand beside a mountain.” St. John Vianney

Mass Intentions & Events: 8th January 2017