Thursday, 22 March 2018

Newsletter Items: 25th March 2018

Holy Week & Easter Mass Times
The Triduum this year will be held at Christ the King
The Mass on Holy Thursday will be at 7.00 pm.  
On Good Friday, the afternoon liturgy will be at 3.00 pm. 
The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday will begin at 8.00 pm [sunset being 7.46 pm].
There will be a celebration of the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer at 10.00 am on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
Easter Sunday Morning Masses will be as a normal Sunday with the additional Latin Mass in the evening.

Sacristans
There will be a meeting for Sacristans today, Sunday 25th March, at 6.00 pm at Christ the King to go through requirements for Holy Week and Easter Sunday.

Bus for the Mass of Chrism
As usual, Our Lady’s has organised a bus for the Chrism Mass in Lancaster on Thursday 29th March. It will leave Warwick Square at 9.20 am and return at 3.00 pm.  Sign up on sheets at Warwick Square.

Good Friday Walk of Witness
For over 60 years there has been an annual Walk of Witness on Good Friday organised by the local Council of the Knights of St Columba. This year the walk starts at Our Lady and St Joseph’s Church at 5.00 pm. A Coach will be provided throughout the walk and for the return from the Wayside Shrine at the corner of Wetheral Plains Road. Those wishing to go directly to the Shrine for the short service should plan to arrive by 6.15 pm.

Vigil for the New Bishop
There will be a vigil of prayer for the intentions of Monsignor Paul Swarbrick - Bishop Elect of the Diocese - on Sunday 8th April at 5.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary’s. This vigil will take the form of a Holy Hour with recitation of the Holy Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  Please do what you can to attend.

The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
There will be a Mass of Thanksgiving at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 3rd April at Christ the King followed by a reception in Harraby Catholic Club.  This will be our farewell to Sr Gerald so please make a special effort to come along.  Please keep her in your prayers.

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
At Mass - 259  Offertory - £652.16. 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. 

Eucharistic Congress
On the weekend of 7th-9th September, there is a national Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool to deepen our appreciation and love of the gift of Christ in the Eucharist.  There will be a parish pilgrimage to the Congress on Saturday 8th September, where the key-note speaker is Bishop Robert Barron. To sign up for this [the cost will be £50], please use the sheets provided.  More details will be available nearer the time but we need to confirm numbers for tickets.

First Friday Fish Suppers
On Friday 6th April, a Fish & Chip Supper will be held in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.  This has been organised by the Knights of St. Columba and parishioners. If you’d like to come along, the cost is £5.00 per head - pre-booking is required.  Please see Paul Lovell or Peter Osborne by Sunday 1st April.  We hope this becomes a regular event in the parish.

SVP Food Parcels
Thanks to all who contributed to this appeal.

Gift Aid - Making Your Donation Go Further
Envelopes for the next financial year are available for those parishioners who are members of the scheme. Standing order donors do not need to take any further action, unless they wish to increase their contribution.  If a parishioner, who is a taxpayer, would like to join the scheme, please contact Judith on 526781 for Christ the King or Richard on 544737 for St. Margaret Mary.
If you have ceased paying tax and are part of the scheme, please notify the organisers. 
If you are attending Mass exclusively in the parish and have envelopes for another parish - please consider transferring your contribution to this parish.  See Judith or Richard.
Please consider giving via the Gift Aid scheme - it increases your donation without any additional cost to you. 

Thank You
Fr Michael wishes to thank you for the gifts and greetings he received on his recent birthday - they were very much appreciated.
Thanks also to all who contributed their time and efforts to make the ’24 Hours for the Lord’ such a success. Sometimes we’re invited to set aside a ‘can’t be bothered’ attitude and do something extra for the Lord - many thanks to those who did this.

Events at Castlerigg Manor
The Family Weekend (25-27 May) is an opportunity for families to come together for the weekend. There will be activities for all age groups and the opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. Open to all families.

Sponsored Walk - a new venture to raise the funds to support our work. We are looking to recruit a small group for a challenging 15 mile walk in the Lake District on Monday 28 May, with a target to raise a £1,000 each. If you or a parishioner would be enthusiastic to take part, please get in touch; if people aren’t able to join us walking they can still support us through collecting sponsorship and we’d be grateful for your support in any way. Google Castlerigg Manor for more information about these events.

Old Ten Pound Notes and One Pound Coins

Please avoid placing these in the Collection - they can be exchanged at a bank.

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