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.

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