Thursday, 15 February 2018

Newsletter Items: 18th February 2018

New Bishop Announced
On Monday, it was announced that Canon Paul Swarbrick has been chosen by Pope Francis to be the next (seventh) Bishop of Lancaster.  Canon Paul is a priest of the diocese and is currently parish priest in Workington.  He has served in parishes across the diocese and spent 15 years engaged in missionary work in Zambia.  He is 59 years old so, God willing, we should have him for some time. Bishop Campbell ceased to be Bishop of Lancaster with the announcement but, until Canon Paul is ordained, he remains as Apostolic Administrator of the diocese.  Canon Paul has asked for our prayers:
Heavenly Father, you sent Jesus to shepherd your people and the Holy Spirit to make your people one. Send your Holy Spirit to anoint our new Bishop-Elect Paul Swarbrick, that he may continue the work of renewal in the Church and unite our parishes, priests and people in love, truth and wisdom. Give him a true shepherd’s heart like that of Jesus, that he may give strength to the weak, heal the broken-hearted, console the lonely, bring back the wandering and be a power against the evil of our day. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

24 Hours with the Lord
On Friday 16th March, we will have a 24 hour continuous period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Margaret Mary with opportunities throughout the day for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  As in previous years, this adoration will involve ‘watching’ during the night.  Please sign up when forms appear to ensure the viability of this devotion in the parish.

First Holy Communion
Will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 10th June during the 11.00 am Mass at St. Margaret Mary. Classes will begin on Thursday 22nd February at 6.00 pm and will be held at St. Margaret Mary Primary School. Application forms and further details are available from Fr Michael. Families should be regular in attending Mass in the parish and be willing to attend all the classes.

Stations of the Cross & Soup Lunches
During Lent, Stations of the Cross will be celebrated at 11.00 am on Tuesdays at St. Margaret Mary and at 12.00 noon on Friday at Christ the King.  Both will be followed by a soup lunch in aid of Mary’s Meals. 

Festival Choir
The Festival Choir will begin preparing for Holy Week and Easter on Sunday 11th February.  We will be meeting each Sunday at 7.00 pm in Christ The King Church. We would welcome more people to join us. If you would like to give it a try, please come along to one of our rehearsals. Young people from Year 6 onwards are especially welcome.

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
Sunday 28th: At Mass - 230 / Offertory - £624.87. Thank you.

That’s Entertainment
A major fund-raising event for Newman Chapel will be a variety show, That’s Entertainment,  to be held on Friday 11 May 2018, in the Sands Centre. Book the date. 

Shop on-line, and Help Newman School Build a Chapel 
The school, parishes and supporters are raising £75,000 to provide a chapel for Newman school on the new site. If you shop on-line you can help.  Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk. Enter NEWMAN SCHOOL CHAPEL FUND in the block titles “search for a cause”. Click on JOIN US and add your details. 

Talks on the Eucharist
The Diocese has arranged a series of talks on various aspects of the mystery of the Eucharist.
It will take place 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”.

Congratulations
Congratulations to governors, staff and pupils of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School!  Ofsted recently visited for an inspection and concluded that the school continues to be a ‘Good’ school. The inspector praised the leaders for their "strong shared ambition for the school and its pupils” and that pupils are “polite, friendly and provide visitors with a warm welcome” and have an “extremely high standard of behaviour. He described the teaching as “high-quality”.  Well done all!

From St. Margaret Mary School
As we build up to the 80th Anniversary of the school in the summer, we would like to provide our children with opportunities to develop their aspirations by hearing the success stories of our past students. If you are, or know, a past student and you believe that you have a story to tell, then please get in touch. 

St. Patrick’s Night
Tickets are available for a parish social night on Saturday 17th March - please see Douglas for more information.

Pastoral Letter
This weekend we have a pastoral letter from the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese, Bishop Michael Campbell OSA.  It will be his last.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham
The new Bishop will be leading a pilgrimage to the national shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham, Norfolk from Thursday 25 September – Friday 28 September. More details from the organiser, Paul Briers: guildshop@yahoo.co.uk or 01946-834834.

Dementia Tea Service 

Hosted by the Border Kirk & St George’s URC, (third Tuesday of the month), Tuesday 20 February at 2.00 pm in St George’s URC, West Walls, Carlisle CA3 8UF.  A short informal service open to everyone, especially those with memory loss, their family and carers. Refreshments afterwards. For more information contact Rosalind on 016973-44892. 

Mass Intentions & Events: 18th February 2018


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Newsletter Items: 4th February 2018

First Holy Communion
Will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 10th June during the 11.00 am Mass at St. Margaret Mary. Classes will begin on Thursday 22nd February at 6.00 pm and will be held at St. Margaret Mary Primary School. Application forms and further details are available from Fr Michael. Families should be regular in attending Mass in the parish and be willing to attend all the classes.

Representatives for the Eucharistic Congress Needed
Two representatives from each church in the parish are needed to attend the Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool on Friday 7th September 2018. If you are interested in going along, please see Fr Michael.

Festival Choir
The Festival Choir will begin preparing for Holy Week and Easter on Sunday 11th February.  We will be meeting each Sunday at 7.00 pm in Christ The King Church. We would welcome more people to join us. If you would like to give it a try, please come along to one of our rehearsals. Young people from Year 6 onwards are especially welcome.

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
Sunday 28th: At Mass - 240 Offertory - £632.98. Thank you.

Ladies Group
The Ladies Group will meet on Tuesday 6th February at 7. 30pm in the Parish Room. Our speaker for the evening will be an ex Newman School pupil Michelle Skeer QPM the Deputy Chief Constable for Cumbria. A reminder those wishing to go on the summer visit to Alnwick, payment is due on that night,  6th February.

Newman New School —  That’s Entertainment
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!

Shop On-line and Help Newman School Build a Chapel 
The school, parishes and supporters are raising £75,000 to provide a chapel for Newman school on the new site. If you shop on-line, you can help. Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk. Enter NEWMAN SCHOOL CHAPEL FUND in the block titles “search for a cause”. Click on JOIN US and add your details. You can then ask for a reminder when you shop on-line with a participating company including ASDA, TESCO, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Curry's, John Lewis, Debenhams, Amazon, E-bay and many more. If you shop on-line, a percentage of your bill goes to the Newman School Chapel Fund. 

Talks on the Eucharist
The Diocese has arranged a series of talks on various aspects of the mystery of the Eucharist.
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”.

Epic: the Early Church
This ten part series of presentations on the history of the Early Church commences on Tuesday 20th February. It will be limited to twenty people.  Please think about signing up. 

Antiques Evening with Paul Laidlaw 
The ladies of  St. Augustine’s CWL are hosting an antiques valuation evening with Paul Laidlaw on Tuesday 13 February at 7.00 pm in their social room. Tickets - £4.00 include a glass of wine or soft drink. Available by phoning Pauline on 544627. 

From St. Margaret Mary School
As we build up to the 80th Anniversary of the school in the summer, we would like to provide our children with opportunities to develop their aspirations by hearing the success stories of our past students. If you are, or know, a past student and you believe that you have a story to tell then please contact us either via the facebook page or by emailing the school office. Ensuring our children have the best opportunities is fundamental to the school and, in an ever changing world, your stories could be enough to ignite a spark and to make a huge difference to the next generation of the school. 

Quiz Night for Mary’s Meals
Parishioners are invited to a Quiz Night at 7.30 pm on Saturday 10th February in Waterton Hall in aid of Mary’s Meals.  Adults - £3.50/Families  - £5.  Light refreshments included - bring your own drink.  Maximum of 6 per team [come along to make up a team].

Friends of St. Margaret Mary
The Friends Group will meet on Monday February 12th at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre Committee Room.

Dementia Tea Service
Hosted by the Border Kirk & St George’s URC, Third Tuesday of the month, Tuesday 20 February, 2.00pm, St George’s URC, West Walls, Carlisle CA3 8UF. 
A short informal service open to everyone, especially those with memory loss, their family and carers. Refreshments afterwards. For more information, please contact Rosalind on 016973 44892. 

St. Patrick’s Night

Tickets are available for a parish social night on Saturday 17th March - please see Douglas for more information.

Mass Intentions & Events: 4th February 2018