Thursday, 16 February 2017

Newsletter Items: 19th February 2017

Learning More about the Faith

Catholicism: The Pivotal Players
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 via email.
The programmes will be shown on:
February
Tuesday 28th: St. Thomas Aquinas
March
Tuesday 14th: St. Catherine of Sienna
Tuesday 28th: Bl. John Henry Newman
April 
Tuesday 11th: G.K. Chesterton
Tuesday 25th: Michelangelo

Attendance and Figures
At Mass last weekend 70 + 53 + 99 = 222.  Thank you for your contribution of £372.30 +   £242.08. = £614.38. 

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
Thank you to all who attended the gathering on Thursday evening.  The first session for children will take place on Thursday 9th March at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School at 6.00 pm.

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.

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

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.

Changes to Weekday Mass Times at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s
From 6th March there is a change to the week day Mass schedule at Our Lady’s. The new Mass times will be: Monday 12 noon, Tuesday 10.00 am, Wednesday 12 noon, Thursday 10.00 am, Friday 12 noon, Saturday 10.00 am.

Weekend Seminar for Young People 
On the noticeboard in the gathering area is a poster and details about a seminar for young people, aged 16-23, to be held between 18-21 July in Leeds. All costs will be funded by the Knights of St Columba. For more information, David Hayton, davidhayton.greengarth@yahoo.co.uk, or 07764-796226. 

Called to Glory
Cor et Lumen Christi Community invites you to join them for the weekend of 18-19 March. An opportunity to explore the rich mysteries of the actions of Christ. Seek to understand and appreciate more fully what Jesus has accomplished for us, and how to embrace his life-giving challenges.
Jenny Baker, Andrew Fava and Niklas Carlsson will lead this weekend of inspirational teaching, praise and ministry.  Donation only. For information, please call 016973-45623, visit www.coretlumenchristi.org or e-mail stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org.

Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative through contributing and putting your offerings in the basket at the back of Christ the King. If we could supply especially UHT milk, rice pudding, custard, tinned fruit, pasta sauce. High Protein food such as tinned meat, tuna etc are also much appreciated.

Cafod Lent Fast Day
Advanced warning that the CAFOD Lent Fast Day is on Friday 10th March 2017. You can also text FAST17 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 rather than handing in an envelope.

Lent Supplement
A timetable for Lent in the Parish will be distributed next weekend. Lent begins on Wednesday 1st March this year - Masses with imposition of ashes will be at 9.15 am [MM] and 7.00 pm [CTK]. The combined Palm Sunday Mass will take place at Christ the King on Sunday April 9th and the Easter Triduum will be held at St. Margaret Mary this year.  The 24 Hour Adoration - ’24 Hours with the Lord’ will be held on Friday 24th - Saturday 25th March.  A parish Holy Week Retreat Day/Day of Recollection is being organised for Saturday 8th April 2017.

Peer Talk Depression Awareness Event

To be held on Thursday 23rd February 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm at The Calva Lecture Theatre, Fusehill Campus, University of Cumbria.  Dr. Gary Sidley, Rev Stephen Normanton and Rosa Trelfa. Is someone willing to attend to represent the parish to help us support those living with depression?

Mass Intentions & Events: 19th February 2017


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Newsletter Items: 5th February 2017

Learning More about the Faith

Catholicism: The Pivotal Players
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 via email.
The programmes will be shown on:
February
Tuesday 14th: St. Francis of Assisi
Tuesday 28th: St. Thomas Aquinas
March
Tuesday 14th: St. Catherine of Sienna
Tuesday 28th: Bl. John Henry Newman
April 
Tuesday 11th: G.K. Chesterton
Tuesday 25th: Michelangelo


Ladies Group
Meet on Tuesday evening at 7.30 pm in the Parish Room at St. Margaret Mary.  This month will be an introduction to photography.

Attendance and Figures
At Mass last weekend 66 + 57 + 102 = 225.  Thank you for your contribution of £413.34 +   £239.65. = £652.99.

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. Please contact School on 01228 401800 for a form.

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

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.

Mass Intentions & Events: 5th February 2017