Thursday, 26 October 2017

Newsletter Items: 29th October 2017

All Saints Day
Wednesday 1st November is a Holy Day of obligation where we are obliged to attend Holy Mass.  There will be Mass to fulfil the obligation at the following times and venues:
31st October
7.00 pm St. Margaret Mary [Vigil Mass]
1st November
9.30 am St. Margaret Mary [with Primary School]
11.45 am Christ the King [with Newman School]
7.00 pm Christ the King 

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. The annual blessing of graves and prayers for those buried will be held at Upperby Cemetery on Saturday 18th November 2017 at 12.00 noon.  All are welcome.

Getting the Garden Ready for Winter
Help is needed on Saturday 11th November from 11.15 am to get the Presbytery Garden ready for winter….bacon butties and tea/coffee for willing volunteers.  Bonfire promised.  Bring a leaf rake if you have one.

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. It’s 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’.

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 - 60, Sunday 9.00 am - 54 and Sunday 11.00 am - 91. A total of 205.  Thank you for the offering of £364.46 at Christ the King and £286.10 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £650.56

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. 

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. 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.

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

From 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, please contact: www.castleriggmanor.co.uk.

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