Thursday, 23 January 2020

Newsletter Items: 26th January 2020

Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary
On Sunday 29th March, the Bishops of England, led by Cardinal Nichols, will rededicate England as the Dowry of Mary. This is a significant event for our country and we are asked to prepare well for this event, particularly by praying the Angelus each day at 12.00 noon. Our parish will celebrate an evening Novena to Our Lady in the form of Eucharistic Adoration, sermon and recitation of the Holy Rosary from Friday 20th March until Sunday 29th March. The Solemnity of the Annunciation will be celebrated with particular dignity on the evening of Wednesday 25th March to enable as many parishioners to attend as possible.
As part of the preparations, the Dowry Tour is coming to our Cathedral in Lancaster.  Copies of the timetable for this visit are available.  The talk by Monsignor Armitage on Thursday evening is particularly important - he is a talented communicator.  A coach has been booked, organised by Jo Muter, to visit the Dowry Tour in Lancaster on Saturday 8th February.  It will leave Warwick Square at 9.15 am.  If you are interested and wish to book a seat [cost £10, bring a packed lunch], please contact Jo on 01228 524087. The coach will leave Lancaster at 2.30 pm.

Parish Pastoral Council
Fr Michael would like to call together a meeting on the Parish Pastoral Council on Monday 3rd February at 7.15 pm in the Parish Centre. 

Candlemas
Candlemas falls on a Sunday this year [2nd February] and celebrates the presentation of the child Jesus in the temple.  It is 40 days after Christmas day. Parishioners are encouraged to bring any candles they wish to be blessed.  The 11.00 am Mass will begin in the Parish Centre and then there will be a candlelit procession into the church.  All this, of course, is weather permitting.

Annual Missals
A limited number of the 2020 Missals, which cover this liturgical year, are available to purchase for £7.50 - please see Fr Michael.  A few 3-year Missals are still available at the price of £17.50.

Figures for Last Sunday
At Mass 100 + 122 = 222.  Thank you for your contribution of £358.12 + £311.40 = £669.52.

Hospital
Just a reminder that the Catholic Chaplaincy Team at the Cumberland Infirmary do not receive official notification of the presence of Catholic patients.  Families must let Fr Frank at Warwick Square [521509] know if someone is in hospital and in need of a visit. Holy Communion is taken regularly to patients who are known to the Chaplaincy team.

First Holy Communion 2020
Sessions for the children continues this Thursday.   Attendance at Sunday Mass is also an expectation of preparing for First Holy Communion which will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 19th April - the Second Sunday of Easter.

E-newsletter
To receive the parish newsletter by e-mail, please sign up to the deanery Flocknote initiative. Visit: https://app.flocknote.com/StHerberts. Then sign up under the parish with which you associate.

Floor Renovations at St. Margaret Mary
The work on the floor at St. Margaret Mary is now complete and the new carpet has been fitted - it is of good quality and should last for many years. The floor renovation [the first in 57 years] has cost £4,288 or around £15 per square metre. The carpet costs are yet to be received.  If you would like to make a donation towards these costs - perhaps by sponsoring a square metre [or two] - please make a donation in an envelope marked ‘New Floor’.

Job Opportunity
The Bishop seeks to appoint a Lead Diocesan Education Officer for the Diocese of Lancaster Education Service. 0.8 FTE Term time only - Leadership salary £40,987 to £45,220 - required for Easter 2020. Closing Date:  12:00 noon Friday, 1st February 2020. A Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form can be obtained by emailing educationservice@lancasterrcdiocese.org.uk or telephone 01524 841190.

Mass Intentions
Fr Michael would welcome requests for Masses to be celebrated for a particular intention. 

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom 
This course, produced by Ascension Press, will begin in the parish on Tuesday 11th February at 7.15 pm. There are 30 places available.  A donation of £30 to cover costs would be appreciated. Please consider joining this study programme. An information sheet is available in both churches.

Fish and Chip Supper
The next First Friday Fish and Chip Supper will take place on Friday 7th February 2020 after Mass at St. Margaret Mary Church, in the Parish Centre, at approximately 8.15 pm.  Pre-booking is required.  Please see Paul Lovell or Peter Osborne.  The cost is £6.00 per person.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020
The cost of the pilgrimage to Lourdes has been cut considerably this year - the tour company is now the Irish firm, Joe Walsh Tours.  From 24th July 2020 to 31st July 2020.  For more information and to book online please visit https://www.joewalshtours.ie/holidays/pilgrimages-lourdes-lancaster.

Carlisle Food Bank

Please continue to support the Foodbank collection at Christ the King.  Please note that food left at St. Margaret Mary is for the ‘SVP Food Parcels' rather than the ‘Food Bank’.

Mass Intentions & Events: 26th January 2020


Thursday, 16 January 2020

Newsletter Items: 19th January 2019

Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary

On Sunday March 29th, the Bishops of England, led by Cardinal Nichols, will rededicate England as the Dowry of Mary. This is a significant event for our country and we are asked to prepare well for this event, particular by praying the Angelus each day at 12.00 noon. Our parish will celebrate an evening Novena to Our Lady in the form of Eucharistic Adoration, sermon and recitation of the Holy Rosary from Friday 20th March until Sunday 29th March. The Solemnity of the Annunciation will be celebrated with particular dignity on the evening of Wednesday 25th March to enable as many parishioners to attend as possible.
As part of the preparations, the Dowry Tour is coming to our Cathedral in Lancaster.  Copies of the timetable for this visit are available.  The talk by Monsignor Armitage on Thursday evening is particularly important - he is a talented communicator.  A coach has been booked, organised by Jo Muter, to visit the Dowry Tour in Lancaster on Saturday 8th February.  It will leave Warwick Square at 9.15 am. If you are interested and wish to book a seat [cost £10, bring a packed lunch], please contact Jo on 01228 524087. The coach will leave Lancaster at 2.30 pm.

Annual Missals
A limited number of the 2020 Missals, which cover this liturgical year, are available to purchase for £7.50 - please see Fr Michael.  A few 3-year Missals are still available at the price of £17.50.

Figures for Last Sunday
At Mass 80 + 131 = 211.  Thank you for your contribution of £242 + £292.44 = £534.44.

Hospital
Just a reminder that the Catholic Chaplaincy Team at the Cumberland Infirmary do not receive official notification of the presence of Catholic patients.  Families must let Fr Frank at Warwick Square [521509] know if someone is in hospital and in need of a visit. Holy Communion is taken regularly to patients who are known to the Chaplaincy team.

First Holy Communion 2020
Sessions for the children continue this Thursday.   Attendance at Sunday Mass is also an expectation of preparing for First Holy Communion, which will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 19th April - the Second Sunday of Easter.

E-newsletter
To receive the parish newsletter by e-mail, please sign up to the deanery Flocknote initiative. Visit: https://app.flocknote.com/StHerberts. Then sign up under the parish with which you associate.

Floor Renovations at St. Margaret Mary
The work on the floor at St. Margaret Mary is now complete and the new carpet has been fitted - it is of good quality and should last for many years.  The floor renovation [the first in 57 years] has cost £4,288 or around £15 per square metre.  The carpet costs are yet to be received.  If you would like to make a donation towards these costs - perhaps by sponsoring a square metre [or two] - please make a donation in an envelope marked ‘New Floor’.

Job Opportunity
The Bishop seeks to appoint a Lead Diocesan Education Officer for the Diocese of Lancaster Education Service. 0.8 FTE Term time only - Leadership salary £40,987 to £45,220 - required for Easter 2020. Closing Date:  12 noon Friday, 1st February 2020. A Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form can be obtained by emailing educationservice@lancasterrcdiocese.org.uk or telephone 01524 841190.

Mass Intentions
Fr Michael would welcome requests for Masses to be celebrated for a particular intention. 

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom 
This course produced by Ascension Press will begin in the parish in February. Please consider joining this study programme.  More information will follow over the coming weeks.

Fish and Chip Supper
The next First Friday Fish and Chip Supper will take place on Friday 7th February 2020 after Mass at St. Margaret Mary Church, in the Parish Centre, at approximately 8.15 pm.  Pre-booking is required.  Please see Paul Lovell or Peter Osborne.  The cost is £6.00 per person.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020
The cost of the pilgrimage to Lourdes has been cut considerably this year - the tour company is now the Irish firm, Joe Walsh Tours.  The bishop would like to encourage as many people as possible to join this pilgrimage, which takes place from 24-31 July 2020.  For more information and to book online, please visit https://www.joewalshtours.ie/holidays/pilgrimages-lourdes-lancaster.
If 15 of you go….Fr. Michael can go for free! Booking online saves an additional £10.

Carlisle Food Bank
Carlisle Foodbank would like to thank parishioners for their support throughout the past year and a special thank you for your generous donations over the Christmas period.

Thank You
Sr. Maureen has written to thank parishioners for their prayers during her recent illness.  She is on the road to recovery and is very grateful, especially for Christmas cards. She apologises that she has been unable to reply personally due to her illness.

Candlemas

Candlemas falls on a Sunday this year [2nd February] and celebrates the presentation of the child Jesus in the temple.  It is 40 days after Christmas day. Parishioners are encouraged to bring any candles they wish to be blessed.  The 11.00 am Mass will begin in the Parish Centre and then there will be a candlelit procession into the church.  All this, of course, is weather permitting.

Mass Intentions & Events: 19th January 2020


Thursday, 9 January 2020

Newsletter Items: 12th January 2020

Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary

On Sunday March 29th, the Bishops of England, led by Cardinal Nichols, will rededicate England as the Dowry of Mary. This is a significant event for our country and we are asked to prepare well for this event, particular by praying the Angelus each day at 12.00 noon. Our parish will celebrate an evening Novena to Our Lady in the form of Eucharistic Adoration, sermon and recitation of the Holy Rosary from Friday 20th March until Sunday 29th March. The Solemnity of the Annunciation will be celebrated with particular dignity on the evening of Wednesday 25th March to enable as many parishioners to attend as possible.
As part of the preparations, the Dowry Tour is coming to our Cathedral in Lancaster.  Copies of the timetable for this visit are available.  The talk by Monsignor Armitage on Thursday evening is particularly important - he is a talented communicator.  A coach has been booked, organised by Jo Muter, to visit the Dowry Tour in Lancaster on Saturday 8th February.  It will leave Warwick Square at 9.15 am.  If you are interested and wish to book a seat [cost £10, bring a packed lunch], please contact Jo on 01228 524087. The coach will leave Lancaster at 2.30 pm.

Annual Missals
A limited number of the 2020 Missals, which cover this liturgical year, are available to purchase for £7.50 - please see Fr Michael.  A few 3-year Missals are still available at the price of £17.50.

Figures for Last Sunday
At Mass 95 + 93 = 188.  Thank you for your contribution of £435.10 + £256.13 = £691.23.

Hospital
Just a reminder that the Catholic Chaplaincy Team at the Cumberland Infirmary do not receive official notification of the presence of Catholic patients.  Families must let Fr Frank at Warwick Square [521509] know if someone is in hospital and in need of a visit. Holy Communion is taken regularly to patients who are known to the Chaplaincy team.

First Holy Communion 2020
Application forms are now available to enrol children in the First Holy Communion programme.  The first of eleven sessions will be held on 16th January at 6.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary School - parents are expected to attend this first session. Attendance at Sunday Mass is also an expectation of preparing for First Holy Communion, which will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 19th April - the Second Sunday of Easter.

E-newsletter
To receive the parish newsletter by e-mail, please sign up to the deanery Flocknote initiative. Visit: https://app.flocknote.com/StHerberts. Then sign up under the parish with which you associate.

Floor Renovations at St. Margaret Mary
The work on the floor at St. Margaret Mary is now complete and the new carpet has been fitted - it is of good quality and should last for many years. The floor renovation [the first in 57 years] has cost £4,288 or around £15 per square metre.  The carpet costs are yet to be received.  If you would like to make a donation towards these costs - perhaps by sponsoring a square metre [or two] - please make a donation in an envelope marked ‘New Floor’.

Post Christmas Break
Fr Michael is taking his short post-Christmas break this week. He will make a brief re-appearance for the First Holy Communion session on Thursday evening.  

Job Opportunity
The Bishop seeks to appoint a Lead Diocesan Education Officer for the Diocese of Lancaster Education Service. 0.8 FTE Term time only - Leadership salary £40,987 to £45,220 - required for Easter 2020. Closing Date:  12:00 noon Friday, 1st February 2020. A Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form can be obtained by emailing educationservice@lancasterrcdiocese.org.uk or telephone 01524 841190.

Mass Intentions
Fr Michael would welcome requests for Masses to be celebrated for a particular intention. 

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom 
This course, produced by Ascension Press, will begin in the parish in February. Please consider joining this study programme.  More information will follow over the coming weeks.

Fish and Chip Supper
The next First Friday Fish and Chip Supper will take place on Friday 7th February 2020, after Mass at St. Margaret Mary Church.  It will be held in the Parish Centre at approximately 8.15 pm.  Pre-booking is required.  Please see Paul Lovell or Peter Osborne. The cost is £6.00 per person.

Please Pray
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon John Kennedy [Cleator]. His funeral will be celebrated on Thursday of this week.  Deacon John assisted at the ordination of Fr. Michael and was a friend of his father.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Gerard Hillon, brother of Mary Scott, who died on 22nd December.  His funeral took place in Milnthorpe on 8th January.  May he rest in peace.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020
The cost of the pilgrimage to Lourdes has been cut considerably this year - the tour company is now the Irish firm, Joe Walsh Tours.  The bishop would like to encourage as many people as possible to join this pilgrimage, which takes place from 24th-31st July 2020.  For more information and to book online, please visit https://www.joewalshtours.ie/holidays/pilgrimages-lourdes-lancaster
If 15 of you go….Fr. Michael can go for free! Booking online saves an additional £10.

Carlisle Food Bank

Please continue to support the Food Bank.  A collection basket is available at Christ the King Church.

Mass Intentions & Events: 12th January 2020


Thursday, 19 December 2019

Newsletter Items: 22nd & 29th December 2019

Happy Christmas!
This is my eighth, and likely to be my final, Christmas in the parish. Thank you for your support, patience and encouragement during the past year - especially following my appointment at Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation.  It is a pleasure and an honour to serve you as parish priest.
I pray for every blessing on you and your families during this holy season of Christmas - may the Lord’s nativity sustain and strengthen us throughout the new year - whatever it may bring to us:  remember, God is with us.
Happy Christmas!                           Fr. Michael

Christmas Mass Times
The following Masses will celebrate the Nativity of the Lord in the Parish.  If family members are asking ‘What do you want for Christmas?’, maybe ask them ‘For you to come to Mass at Christmas’…just a thought.

Christmas Eve
St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm
Christ the King 9.00 pm

Christmas Day
Christ the King 10.00 am

On Christmas Eve, Carols will be sung 30 minutes prior to the start of Mass.  There will be no early morning Mass this year.
To avoid multiple ‘What time’s Midnight Mass?’ phone calls - please share these times with friends and family.

Shepherds and Angels
Children [and any adults who may be inclined] are welcome to come dressed as shepherds and angels for the 6.30 pm Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve.

Annual Missals
A limited number of the 2020 Missals, which cover this liturgical year, are available to purchase for £7.50 - please see Fr Michael.  If you would like the 3-Year Missal to be ordered,  please see Fr. Michael.  Three year Missals are on order and should arrive soon.

Parish Advent Family Carol Service
Thank you to all who attended this parish celebration at Christ the King.  Special thanks to the musicians, choir and readers and also to the singers from St. Margaret Mary Primary School.  It was a lovely celebration.

Collection for Christmas Flowers
Thank you to all who contributed towards this collection - you may still make a donation if you wish.

Carlisle Food Bank
Are in need of the following items:  Tins of rice pudding, other tinned deserts, custard, fruit, vegetables, fish, potatoes or packet mash, milk, juice to dilute. Toiletries especially for men.  Items can be left in the basket in the porch at Christ the King.

Figures for Last Weekend
There were 81 + 92 = 173.  Thank you for your contribution of £593.16 and £225 = £818.16.

Hospital
Just a reminder that the Catholic Chaplaincy Team at the Cumberland Infirmary do not receive official notification of the presence of Catholic patients.  Families must let Fr Frank at Warwick Square [521509] know if someone is in hospital and in need of a visit. Holy Communion is taken regularly to patients who are known to the Chaplaincy team.

First Holy Communion 2020
This is planned for Sunday 19th April 2020 [the Second Sunday of Easter]. Preparation will commence after Christmas. Families are expected to attend Sunday Mass each week in the first instance.

E-newsletter
To receive the parish newsletter by e-mail, please sign up to the deanery Flocknote initiative. Visit: https://app.flocknote.com/StHerberts. Then sign up under the parish with which you associate.

Floor Renovations at St. Margaret Mary
The work on the floor at St. Margaret Mary is now complete and the new carpet has been fitted - it is of good quality and should last for many years. The floor renovation [the first in 57 years] has cost £4,288 or around £15 per square metre. The carpet costs are yet to be received.  If you would like to make a donation towards these costs - perhaps by sponsoring a square metre [or two] - please make a donation in an envelope marked ‘New Floor’.

St Margaret Mary SVP
Thank you to all who contributed to the Christmas food drive at St. Margaret Mary this year.  A great number of families benefit from this initiative - many thanks.

Crib Collection
The Crib Collection this year will be in aid of Friends of the Holy Land [at the request of Bishop Paul].

North Cumbria Life
North Cumbria Life: For many years now both St Margaret Mary’s and Christ The King Churches have been providing lots of very valuable baby items to our store in Carlisle, which is very much appreciated. Our store is now full and we ask that no more items are supplied for the time being

Mass Schedule During the Holiday Period
Weekday Mass for the holiday period is advertised - a slightly later start to the day.  Why not come to Mass during this period, especially on New Year’s Day when we honour Mary as Mother of God - a lovely way to start the new year and to ask for God’s blessing on our families and friends.

Job Opportunity
The Bishop seeks to appoint a Lead Diocesan Education Officer for the Diocese of Lancaster Education Service. 0.8 FTE Term time only - Leadership salary £40,987 to £45,220 - required for Easter 2020. Closing Date:  12:00 noon Friday, 1st February 2020. A Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form can be obtained by emailing educationservice@lancasterrcdiocese.org.uk or telephone 01524 841190. 

New Headteacher

Congratulations to Mr Michael Merrick who has been appointed as the new head of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School.