Happy Christmas and Every Blessing for the New Year
Happy Christmas! Many thanks to all of you for your support and prayers during the past year: you are a great parish to serve and I greatly appreciate your time, commitment and generosity. My prayers during this Christmas season are for your families and friends, that we may receive every blessing from the Lord in this new year! Fr. Michael.
As a bit of a thank you - all those who help out in the parish in any way: 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.
First Saturday Mass and Devotions
On First Saturdays, we will follow the request of Our Lady of Fatima and celebrate Mass in her honour for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for sins of humanity. Mass will be followed by a short period of exposition, a brief meditation on one of the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary and then Recitation of the Holy Rosary. Please commit to participating in the First Saturday devotions to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.
Thanks to all who helped provide such a lovely Carol Service last Sunday and to all those who attended.
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.
Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 43, Sunday 9.00 am - 59 and Sunday 11.00 am - 91. A total of 193. Thank you for the offering of £324.00 at Christ the King and £235.10 at St. Margaret Mary. The total being £559.10.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 takes place 20-27 July; 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, Cost - £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 - 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 so the Knights of St Columba have undertaken to supervise the raising of £75,000 for this project.
They propose to hold a major fund-raising event (a variety show), That’s Entertainment, 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: 01228 538119.
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.
Retreat for Servers
There will be a diocesan residential retreat for Servers, Year 6 and upwards, from Friday 16 February at 2.00 pm until Saturday 17 February at 2.00 pm. See the poster on the diocesan noticeboard in the foyer. Cost - £40, which the parish will pay. To book, contact Paul Briers, on 01946-834834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talks on the Eucharist
The Diocese has arranged a series of talks on various aspects of the mystery of the Eucharist. See the noticeboard for details of talks in other areas.
In our own deanery: On Wednesday 21 March, at 7.00 pm in St. Margaret Mary’s Parish Community Centre, Scalegate Road, CA2 4JX, Fr Michael Docherty will speak on “Eucharist: food for the journey”.
Please note the revised Mass times between Christmas and Epiphany.
New Years Resolutions
Why not make a spiritual resolution for next year? You could make a commitment to pray the rosary on a regular basis for a particular intention, attend the First Friday Mass and devotions, commit to visiting a neighbour who is alone on a regular basis, commit to reading Scripture regularly…have a think about it.
Epic: the Early Church
Coming soon to the parish is a ten part series of presentations on the history of the Early Church. The course, on Tuesday evenings, will be limited to twenty people. Please think about signing up in the new year. We’ll be starting at the beginning of February.