This Sunday is Gaudete Sunday - but it’s also Bambinelli Sunday in the Parish! Bambinelli Sunday is the day to bring the child Jesus from the nativity sets in your homes to Mass for a special blessing! Bring them along next Sunday and after the distribution of Holy Communion, they’ll be blessed, ready to be placed in your cribs at home this Christmas.
The Parish Carol Service will take place on this evening at 7.00 pm in Christ The King Church. Please make every effort to support this Parish event. It will be followed by festive refreshments in the Presbytery. Please come along.
Carol Singing Pennine Lodge
Volunteers are needed to sing carols for the residents on Tuesday 19th December. To meet at 6.00 pm at Pennine Lodge, which is at the top of Pennine Way, Harraby. Everyone welcome.
Christmas Mass Times
The normal Sunday Masses remain the same on Christmas Eve Morning. Masses for the Christmas obligation are as follows:
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
Sacrament of Reconciliation - Confession
Please make an extra effort to go to confession during Advent. See the front page for specific times.
SVP Food Parcels at St. Margaret Mary
Thank you for your support of this appeal - your help was greatly appreciated.
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.
As a bit of a thank you to all those who help out in the parish in anyway: musicians; readers; cleaners; servers; handmaids; sacristans; SVP; welcomers; Knights; teachers; flower arrangers; counters and children’s liturgy etc. are invited to an ‘Open House’ gathering in the presbytery between 3.00 and 5.00 pm on Sunday 7th January.
Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 47, Sunday 9.00 am - 66 and Sunday 11.00 am - 122. A total of 235. Thank you for the offering of £467.60 at Christ the King and £312.99 at St. Margaret Mary. The total being £780.59.
Catholic Schools and the Government
From the Bishop: “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. It has acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it. Now we need you to tell the Government not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics.
Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge it to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools. Thank you.” Michael G Campbell OSA
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 takes place 20-27 July with flights from Manchester airport. Brochures and booking forms are available from Fr Michael.
Young people: Travel to Lourdes by coach with other young people from our diocese, 19-29 July. Open to ages Year 10+, 4-star hotel - £595. For more information, to book online or download the poster or booking form, please see: http://www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/new-events/2017/9/19/lourdes-2018.
During the month of January, Philip Wrigley, a second year seminarian [someone preparing for priestly ordination] of the Diocese [and a Carlisle lad] will be in the parish for an extended pastoral placement. He arrives on the weekend of 6th January and I’m sure that you will make him very welcome! Please pray for him and for our other seminarians - Stuart Chappie and Stephen Talbutt.
Newman New School — That’s Entertainment
From Fr Norman Johnston: The News & Star recently gave two pages of excellent cover to the birth of Newman Secondary School in 1968 and its anticipated re-birth after the floods of 2015.
Money will not be provided for the building of a chapel in the new school and the Knights of St Columba have therefore undertaken to supervise the raising of £75,000 for this project.
A major fund-raising event will be a variety show, That’s Entertainment, to be held on Friday 11 May 2018 in the Sands Centre. Preparations are now well underway. Young people, ex-Newman pupils and local amateur talent will be taking part. Book the date!
Fr Norman is also looking for an old metal bucket for the show. If you have one lying around in your garden or shed, please let him know - tel: 538119.
Congratulations to staff and governors of St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School for the successful recent Ofsted inspection where they were rated as ‘A Good School’. They featured on Border TV’s Lookaround this week! Places are available in the school.
The Catholic Teaching Alliance
Thinking of applying to train to become a primary or secondary school teacher in Sept 2018 or know someone who does? If you are (or will be a graduate), you could train with the Catholic Teaching Alliance in schools in Preston/Blackpool/Lancaster area. Details:
www.catholic - teaching - alliance.org. Tel: 01772 326931.