Thursday, 19 October 2017

Newsletter Items: 22nd October 2017

Sr Maureen
As many of you will be aware Sr. Maureen has been poorly in recent months and has been spending some time with her Community recuperating. Its with sadness that we learn that her time and ministry in Carlisle will be coming to an end. We express our gratitude for her prayerful presence, her witness and her commitment to the spread of the Gospel during her time in Carlisle, particularly in her ministry in the Hospice and Hospital - she has brought many people back to the Lord and to the consolation of the sacraments by her gentle presence and witness. Please keep her in your prayers.  If you wish to contribute to a farewell gift for Sr Maureen, please place in an envelope marked ‘Sr. Maureen’.

World Mission Sunday
Today is (21st/22nd October) World Mission Sunday. This is your chance to support missionaries and the Church in proclaiming the Gospel of peace to those who suffer around the world, and now even in our own country and even in Carlisle! By supporting Missio, the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, you will be sharing the peace and love of Christ with all people by helping everyone in need, regardless of background or belief. Today, your prayers and your devotion will help a spirit of peace spread across South Sudan and around the world. Please give what you can. Thank you - The Red Boxes. 

Sportsman’s Dinner
To raise funds for the new chapel at Newman School, St Margaret Mary’s parish centre, Scalegate Road will be holding a sportsman’s dinner to include pie & pea supper, raffle and auction. Comedian & MC: Howard Nicholson/After Dinner Speaker: Steve Kindon. This event will take place on Friday 10 November, from 7.00 pm - 12.30 am. Tickets £25 from Paul Radcliffe - tel: 07813 327305 or from St Margaret Mary’s parish centre - tel: 524595.

Prayer for a New Bishop
Bishop Campbell has asked all the people of the diocese to pray for a new bishop for the Diocese of Lancaster. 
‘Almighty God, Eternal shepherd and guide.
In your love for us, grant to the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster a shepherd who will lead us to be Christ’s heart of mercy, voice of hope and hands of justice.
Help him to fill our minds and hearts with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments, and the desire to build up your holy Church. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
’ 

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 74, Sunday 9.00 am - 70 and Sunday 11.00 am - 87, a total of 231.  Thank you for the offering of £367 at Christ the King and £252.80 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £619.80.

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. 

All Saints Day
Wednesday 1st November is a Holy Day of obligate where we are obliged to attend Holy Mass.  There will be a number of opportunities to attend Holy Mass that day - please make a note in your diary so that you can’t say ‘I forgot’.

Street Pastors in Carlisle 
Street Pastors is an international, but primarily UK, Christian organisation whose motto is Listening, Caring and Helping. They go onto the streets of the city between 10.00 pm Saturday night and approximately 3.00 am on a Sunday morning and offer help to anyone who may need it. This help could include flip flops for women with sore feet, simple first aid, helping people to taxis or just simply a listening ear. Each person goes out once a month only and they operate in groups of three or four. Street Pastors in Carlisle are anxious to recruit new members. For more information, please contact the Area Coordinator, Kathy Howe - email: kathyhowe07@gmail.com. 

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 beginning on Sunday 29th October. Please consider coming along to help us to prepare for the Holy Season. Everyone is welcome.

Young Adults Retreat, 17-19 November
A weekend retreat for young adults (in year 12 or above) at Castlerigg Manor. This is an opportunity to step back from our busy lives and reflect on where we are going, with time for reflection, discussion and prayer and enjoy meeting other young adults. Cost - £65. Visit www.castleriggmanor.co.uk to book your place and for more information about these and other events.

Annual Retreat
Fr Michael will be making his annual retreat during the half-term break. He is away from the evening of Monday 23rd October until the evening of Friday 27th October.

The 66th Carlisle Walsingham Pilgrimage 2018 
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. Cost: £220 for a standard room, including accommodation and all but one meal, an afternoon trip, entry to the site of the Holy House, tips and coach travel. If you would like to know more about joining the pilgrimage from Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 April, please contact Jo Muter: 524087 or jemuter47@gmail.com.

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. Cost - £65. To book: www.castleriggmanor.co.uk and for more information about these and other events. 

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