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.

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