Thursday, 18 December 2014

Newsletter Items from 21st December 2014

Shepherds and Angels
Children are welcome to come to Mass as Angels and Shepherds for the Vigil Mass on Wednesday evening…grown ups can wear what they find comfortable.

Thank you!
To all who organised and helped to make our Tree Festival and Crib Festival such a resounding success. 

Newsletter
This newsletter covers a two week period.  Please take a copy home with you.

Flowers
At Christ the King this weekend there is a retiring collection for church flowers.

Good News from our Parish Primary School!
Congratulations to the children of our parish school who sat their Key Stage 2 SATS in 2014 and all the teachers that taught them over their time at St. Margaret Mary.  In North Cumbria, they were ranked 4th out of 94 schools for the progress children made from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 - a real achievement!

Parish Finance & Figures
Thank you for your contribution of £634.82 given last weekend.  242 were at Mass over the weekend.  

Christmas Offering
In the Diocese of Lancaster this collection forms part of the priest’s annual allowance. 

St. Margaret Mary SVP

Many thanks to all who contributed to the appeal for food items to support families in need this Christmas time.

Mass Intentions & Events from 29th December 2014


Mass Intentions & Events from 21 December 2014


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve

6.30 pm St. Margaret Mary - Vigil Mass
Children are encouraged to come as Shepherds and Angels during this celebration.
Carols from 6.00 pm.  Come early to secure a seat.

10.00 pm Christ the King - Mass during the Night
Carols from 9.30 pm.

Christmas Day

10.00 am Christ the King - Mass of Christmas Morning

Confession - Sacrament of Reconciliation
St. Margaret Mary - Fr. Michael will be available to hear confessions on Wednesday 17th during the Holy Hour at St. Margaret Mary and after Mass on Christmas Eve morning.

Christ the King - Confessions will be heard after Morning Mass from 17th December 

Newsletter Items from 14th December 2014

Christ the King Charity Christmas Tree Festival
This weekend we have our annual Christ Tree Festival - please come along with friends, family members and neighbours.

St. Margaret Mary Crib Festival 
We will hold a Festival of Cribs [CribFest] at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday 16th December.  The church will be open during the day from around 9.30 am to come and have a look at a variety of cribs.  Donations for charity will be taken on the day.  There will be an Advent Service at 2.00 pm and Carols by Candlelight at 7.00 pm [featuring pupils from our Primary and Newman School].  We’re looking for people to bring in Cribs for this festival - please see Chris Wilkins or call 401800.  

Children’s Christmas Party
The Parish Centre is hosting a Christmas Party for Children on Tuesday 16th December 3.30 pm - 6.00 pm. Tickets are £2 [Adults free] from School or the Parish Centre.  Fr. Christmas will be there!

Deanery Conference
On Tuesday we welcome the priests of the deanery into the parish.  They will be meeting after the 10.00 am Mass and having lunch.  Please continue to pray for the priests of the diocese.

Strictly Dancing
Ballroom dancing classes take place in the Parish Centre on Tuesdays from 7.30 pm.

St. Margaret Mary SVP
Many thanks to all who contributed to the appeal for food items to support families in need this Christmas time.

Parish Finance & Figures
Thank you for your contribution of £677.04 given last weekend.  228 were at Mass over the weekend.  

The Way to Bethlehem 
Come and join us in Spiritual preparation for Christmas with Scripture Praying Group. Every Thursday at 6.00 pm in Christ the King church. "Prepare the way for the Lord”.  Mark 1:2-3.

Carlisle Food-bank - Christ the King
Items that are particularly needed are UHT Milk and small Sugar, Pasta Sauce, Jam, Tinned Meat/Fish and Small boxes of tea bags. A full shopping list is on the Collection Basket which is in the Porch.  

School Lunch for Parish Pensioners
Any ‘Pensioner’ is welcome to St. Margaret Mary School on Wednesday for lunch at 1.00 pm.  Please sign the sheet in church so that numbers can be passed on to school.

Cleaning Christ the King Church
Many thanks to those who have cleaned Christ the King in the past for their hard work and dedication.  Many have commented that it is too much to ask for one or two to clean on their own each week.  So we’re willing to trial a new system: After Christmas, cleaning will take place after the 10.00 am Mass on Thursday mornings [after a cup of tea/coffee first].  Any parishioner is welcome to come along to help out…the more the merrier as they say!
There will be a BIG CLEAN at Christ the King in readiness for Christmas on Tuesday 23rd December following Mass in the morning.

Sponsoring the Hospital Chaplaincy Phone
Many thanks to the generous parishioner who donated the full amount last weekend.

Evening Recollections
There will be no evening recollections this month.  They will resume in February.

Walsingham Trust Carols
This annual event takes place on Tuesday evening at 5.30 pm.  As a registered charity since 1986, the Walsingham Trust support people with different needs to have a full life. Everyone is different - which is why they have different kinds of services like supported living, floating support, support at home, residential care, moving on and day services.

Boxing Day
Advance notice that there will be no Mass in the parish on Boxing Day this year.

Christmas Offering

In the Diocese of Lancaster this collection forms part of the priest’s annual allowance.

Mass Intentions and Events from 14th December 2014


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Newsletter Items from 7th December 2014

Festival Choir
Rehearsals at Christ The King on Sunday 7th December at 6.30 p.m. Please come along and support this initiative.

Christ the King Charity Christmas Tree Festival
This annual event is taking place over the weekend of the 12th -14th December - see poster on Mass sheet for times. If you are able to help over that weekend welcoming visitors or serving refreshments, please see Ros Gibson or Greg Smith.  Donations of cakes, scones, biscuits etc. for that weekend would be gratefully received.

PLEASE INVITE AND BRING ALONG FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS!

St. Margaret Mary Crib Festival 
There will be a Festival of Cribs at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday 16th December.  The church will be open during the day to come and have a look at a variety of cribs.  Donations for charity will be taken on the day.  There will be an Advent Service at 
2.00 pm and Carols by Candlelight at 
7.00 pm.  We’re looking for people to enter cribs in this festival - please see Chris Wilkins or call 401800.  

Christmas Mass Times
Masses for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will be as follows:
Christmas Eve
6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm Christ the King
Christmas Day
10.00 am Christ the King

Strictly Dancing
Ballroom dancing classes take place in the Parish Centre on Tuesday from 7.30 pm.

St Margaret Mary Nursery
Have afternoon places available in the nursery from January 2015. Application forms are available from the School Office. Call 01228 401800.

St. Margaret Mary SVP
Please leave non perishable items in the box at the back of church, ensuring they are not 'out of date' before the end of 2014. The parcels will be distributed from the 15th December.

Christ the King SVP
Are hosting a Mass for the Sick and Housebound at 2.00 pm this Tuesday, 9th December.

Red Mission Boxes at St. Margaret Mary
For anyone with unregistered mission boxes or those who would like mission boxes emptied, please contact Allison Hather, St. Margaret Mary, on 0771 139 1049.

Parish Finance & Figures
Thank you for your contribution of £680.52 given last weekend.  226 were at Mass over the weekend.  

Special Collection
There is a retiring collection this weekend for the St. Barnabas Society.

Table Tennis Club Christmas Dinner
This event, open to everyone, will take place on Wednesday 10th December [7.00 for 7.30 pm].  For a menu, please see Paul Lovell. 

The Way to Bethlehem
Come and join us in Spiritual preparation for Christmas with Scripture Praying Group. Every Thursday at 6pm in Christ the King church. "Prepare the way for the Lord" Mark 1:2-3.

Carlisle Foodbank - Christ the King
Items that are particularly needed are UHT Milk and small Sugar, Pasta Sauce, Jam, Tinned Meat/Fish and small boxes of tea bags. A full shopping list is on the Collection Basket which is in the Porch.  

Advent weekend for young people
Casterigg Manor, Keswick, 12-14 December. An inspiring weekend away from home and school for Year 10+ and above.
Join in, make new friends, enjoy the hospitality of the Manor, and prepare for Christmas. Cost £70. See the poster in the gathering area. More information: 01768-772711, team@castleriggmanor.co.uk.

Light up a life
St Augustine’s will host one of the Light up a Life celebrations for our local hospice, Monday 29 December, 2.00pm. All are welcome…

Newman School Carol Service
Monday 8th December 2014 at 2.15 pm St. Bede’s RC Church.

Children’s Christmas Party
The Parish Centre is hosting a Christmas Party for Children on Tuesday 16th December 3.30 pm - 6.00 pm. Tickets are £2 [Adults free] from School or the Parish Centre.  Fr. Christmas will be there!

Deanery Conference
On Tuesday 16th December the priests of the deanery will gather at Christ the King.

Cleaning Christ the King Church
Wouldn’t it be good to keep Christ the King Church clean?  Rather than rely on one or two individuals it would be good if we could have a strong team of people willing to gather once a week for maybe half an hour or so to go through the church and keep it clean.  Interested?  Please see Fr. Michael.

Sponsoring the Hospital Chaplaincy Phone
The hospital call-out system is based on a mobile phone which is passed around local clergy who attend to call-outs when required.  A new phone has been purchased for this purpose and £40 is required from the parish.  If you would like to donate this amount [perhaps in memory of someone], then please see Fr. Michael.

Evening Recollections

There will be no evening recollections this month.

Mass Intentions & Events from 7th December 2014


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Newsletter Items: 30th November 2014

Festival Choir
We are starting to prepare music for the Christmas Liturgies and are also hoping to have a Carol Service during the Christmas Tree Festival on 12th December. We have also been asked to do some Community Carol Singing (details to follow).  If anyone is interested in joining us for this, there are rehearsals at Christ The King on Sunday 30th November and Sunday 7th December, all beginning at 6.30 p.m. Please  come along.

Christ the King Charity Christmas Tree Festival
This annual event is taking place over the weekend of the 12th, 13th, 14th December - if you are able to help over that weekend welcoming visitors or serving refreshments please see Ros Gibson or Greg Smith.  Donations of cakes, scones, biscuits etc for that weekend would gratefully received.

St. Margaret Mary Crib Festival 
There will be a Festival of Cribs at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday 16th December.  The church will be open during the day to come and have a look at a variety of cribs.  Donations for charity will be taken on the day.  There will be an Advent Service at 2.00 pm and Carols at 7.00 pm.  We’re looking for people to enter cribs in this festival - please see Chris Wilkins or call 401800.  

Christmas Mass Times
Masses for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will be as follows:
Christmas Eve
6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm Christ the King
Christmas Day
10.00 am Christ the King

Strictly Dancing
Ballroom dancing classes take place in the Parish Centre on Tuesday from 7.30 pm.

St Margaret Mary Nursery
Have afternoon places available in the nursery from January 2015. Application forms available from the School Office. Call 01228 401800.

St. Margaret Mary SVP
Please leave non perishable items in the box at the back of church, ensuring they are not 'out of date' before the end of 2014. We anticipate distributing the parcels during the week 15th - 19th December. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Christ the King SVP
Are hosting a Mass for the Sick and Housebound at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 9th December - make a note in your diaries.  If you know of anyone who would like to attend, please see Paul Daly or Sr. Gerald.

Red Mission Boxes at St. Margaret Mary
For anyone with unregistered mission boxes or those who would like mission boxes emptied, please contact Allison Hather St Margaret Mary on 0771 139 1049.

Parish Finance & Figures
Thank you for your contribution of £710.06 given last weekend.  224 were at Mass over the weekend.

Special Collection
There is a retiring collection this weekend for poor parishes within the diocese.

Abortion Mis-certification Petition
Thank you to all who signed this petition last weekend.

Table Tennis Club Christmas Dinner
This event, open to everyone, will take place on Wednesday 10th December [7.00 for 7.30 pm].  For a menu, please see Paul Lovell. 

The Way to Betlehem 
Come and join us in Spiritual preparation for Christmas with Scripture Praying Group. Every Thursday at 6pm in Christ the King church. "Prepare the way for the Lord" Mark 1:2-3.

Italian Dinner Dance
Club Italiano di Cumbria will be holding their annual dinner and dance, Saturday 6 December, 7.30pm, at the Auctioneer. Tickets, £28, include a four course meal and disco. Tickets from Giovanni, 401622.

Carlisle Foodbank - Christ the King
Items that are particularly needed are UHT Milk and small Sugar, Pasta Sauce, Jam, Tinned Meat/Fish and small boxes of tea bags. A full shopping list is on the Collection Basket which is in the Porch.  

Advent weekend for young people
Castlerigg Manor, Keswick, 12-14 December. An inspiring weekend away from home and school for Year 10+ and above. Join in, make new friends, enjoy the hospitality of the Manor and prepare for Christmas. Cost £70. See the poster in the gathering area. More information: 01768-772711, team@castleriggmanor.co.uk.

Light up a life
St Augustine’s will host one of the Light up a Life celebrations for our local hospice, Monday 29 December, 2.00pm. All are welcome.

Newman School Carol Service
Monday 8th December 2014 at 2.15 pm St. Bede’s RC Church. To all parishioners, you are warmly welcome to attend the carol service of the joint choirs of St Bede’s, St. Margaret Mary’s and Newman Catholic School. Follow the Christmas story through readings and carols (old and new) to put you in the festive mood.

Carol Singers Needed
On Wednesday 3rd December we are
singing carols for The Carlisle Dementia Society at Parkfield, just off London Road. If anyone is willing to help us out, we will be meeting at 6.15 pm in the Church Car Park.
For further details, please see/contact Greg Smith 07795504438.

Cleaning Christ the King Church

Wouldn’t it be good to keep Christ the King Church clean?  Rather than rely on one or two individuals, it would be good if we could have a strong team of people willing to gather once a week (for maybe half an hour or so) to go through the church and keep it clean.  Interested?  Please see Fr. Michael.

Mass Intentions & Events from 30th November 2014


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Newsletter Items from 23rd November 2014

In Thanksgiving - Christ the King
There will be Solemn Benediction followed by an ‘Open House’ Celebration in the Presbytery in thanksgiving for the re-opening of Christ the King this Sunday 23rd November at 4.00 pm - all welcome!

Festival Choir
We are starting to prepare music for the Christmas Liturgies and are also hoping to have a Carol Service during the Christmas Tree Festival on 12th December. We have also been asked to do some Community Carol Singing (details to follow).  If anyone is interested in joining us for this, there are rehearsals at Christ The King on Sunday 23rd November, Sunday 30th November and Sunday 7th December, all beginning at 6.30 p.m.  Please come along.







Strictly Dancing
Ballroom dancing classes take place in the Parish Centre on Tuesday from 7.30 pm.


Blessing of Graves and praying for those buried at Upperby Cemetery
Thank you to all who attended and participated in this liturgy last Sunday.

St Margaret Mary Nursery
Have afternoon places available in the nursery from January 2015. Application forms available from the School Office. Call 01228 401800.

St. Margaret Mary SVP
Please leave non perishable items in the box at the back of church, ensuring they are not 'out of date' before the end of 2014. We anticipate distributing the parcels during the week 15th - 19th December. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Christ the King SVP
Are hosting a Mass for the Sick and Housebound on Tuesday 9th December - make a note in your diaries.  If you know of anyone who would like to attend, please see Paul Daly or Sr. Gerald.

SVP Annual Mass for Deceased Members
This will take place at Our Lady & St. Joseph on Thursday 27th November at 6.30 pm.

Red Mission Boxes at St. Margaret Mary
For anyone with unregistered mission boxes or those who would like mission boxes emptied, please contact Allison Hather, St. Margaret Mary, on 0771 139 1049.

Aid to the Church in Need
There is a prayer vigil at Our Lady and Joseph’s on Saturday 29th November at 7.30pm praying for the intention of Religious Freedom.

Parish Finance & Figures
Thank you for your contribution of £650.73 given last weekend.  219 were at Mass over the weekend.


Special Collection
There is a retiring collection this weekend for Youth Services within the diocese.


The Living Word!
Cor et Lumen Christi Community conference on 28th - 30th November 2014. 
All welcome! Offered on a donation only basis. Some accommodation is available. More information is available at www.coretlumenchristi.org or 016973 45623 or email stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org

Abortion Mis-certification Petition
All parishioners are urged to sign a petition asking Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health) to STOP doctors authorising abortions on the grounds that an “unwanted pregnancy” harms the mental health of the woman. There is very strong evidence that the opposite is true. Women are being misled and misinformed that abortion is the only solution contrary to the 1967 Abortion Act. We ask Mr Hunt to put an end to this blatant law breaking. The petition will be available to sign at all Sunday Masses this weekend.

Carlisle Renewal Days
The next date is Saturday November 29th at St Edmund’s Church, Orton Rd, Carlisle. All welcome. Renewal days start at 11am and finish around 4pm. Please join us even if you cannot stay for the full day. Tea and coffee provided, please bring a contribution to a shared lunch. Contact Janice Wrench 01768 868489.

Table Tennis Club Christmas Dinner
This event, open to everyone, will take place on Wednesday 10th December [7.00 for 7.30 pm].  For a menu please see Paul Lovell. 

Christ the King Charity Christmas Tree Festival
This annual event is taking place over the weekend of the 12th, 13th, 14th December - if you are able to help over that weekend welcoming visitors or serving refreshments, please see Ros Gibson or Greg Smith.  Also make a note in your diaries!

The Way to Bethlehem. 
Come and join us in Spiritual preparation for Christmas with Scripture Praying Group. Every Thursday at 6pm in Christ the King church. "Prepare the way for the Lord" Mark 1:2-3.

Italian Dinner Dance
Club Italiano di Cumbria will be holding their annual dinner and dance, Saturday 6 December, 7.30pm, at the Auctioneer. Tickets, £28, include a four course meal and disco. Tickets from Giovanni, 401622.

Carlisle Foodbank - Christ the King

Items that are particularly needed are UHT Milk and small Sugar, Pasta Sauce, Jam, Tinned Meat/Fish and small boxes of tea bags. A full shopping list is on the Collection Basket which is in the Porch.  

Mass Intentions & Events from 23rd November 2014


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Newsletter Items: 16th November 2014

In Thanksgiving - Christ the King
There will be Solemn Benediction followed by an ‘Open House’ Celebration in the Presbytery in thanksgiving for the re-opening of Christ the King on Sunday 23rd November at 4.00 pm - all welcome!

Festival Choir
We will be starting to prepare music for the Christmas Liturgies and we are also hoping to have a Carol Service during the Christmas Tree Festival on 12th December. We have also been asked to do some Community Carol Singing (details to follow).  If anyone is interested in joining us for this, there will be rehearsals at Christ The King on Sunday 23rd November, Sunday 30th November and Sunday 7th December, all beginning at 6.30 p.m. Please  come along.

Strictly Dancing
Ballroom dancing classes take place in the Parish Centre on Tuesday from 7.30 pm.

Women’s Recollection
This Friday evening at 7.30 pm at St. Margaret Mary Church.  

November - Month of the Holy Souls
The month of the Holy Souls will soon be upon us.  The Novena of Masses began with the 10.00 Mass on Sunday 9th and continues until Monday 25th November.  If you would like members of your family and friends included in this Novena, please place their names in the envelopes provided for this purpose and hand them to Fr. Michael.

Blessing of Graves and praying for those buried at Upperby Cemetery
On Sunday 16th November at 3.00 pm there will be a liturgy at Upperby Cemetery to pray for those buried there, the deceased of the parish and to bless the graves. 

St. Margaret Mary Nursery
Have afternoon places available in the nursery from January 2015. Application forms available from the School Office. Call 01228 401800.

Confirmation Catechesis
The next session will be on Wednesday 19th November at 7.00 pm - this time at Christ the King.

St. Margaret Mary SVP
Please leave non perishable items in the box at the back of church, ensuring they are not 'out of date' before the end of 2014. We anticipate distributing the parcels during the week 15th - 19th December. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Please note the times of Mass this week.

Christ the King SVP
Are hosting a Mass for the Sick and Housebound on Tuesday 9th December - make a note in your diaries.

Food items for Carlisle Food Bank may be left at Christ the King Church.

SVP Annual Mass for Deceased Members
This will take place at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s on Thursday 27th November at 6.30 pm.

Red Mission Boxes at St. Margaret Mary
For anyone with unregistered mission boxes or for those who would like mission boxes emptied, please contact Allison Hather, 
St. Margaret Mary, on 0771 139 1049.

Aid to the Church in Need
There is a prayer vigil at Our Lady and St. Joseph’s on Saturday 29th November at 7.30 pm praying for the intention of Religious Freedom.

Women Together in the Diocese
Women Together in the Diocese of Lancaster “The Joy of the Gospel” an advent day of recollection led by Fr. Philip Conner on 22nd November 10.30 am to 3.30 pm at the Little Sisters of the Poor, Garstang Road, Preston. 

Parish Finance
Thank you for your contribution of £495.63 given last weekend.

Letter
There is a letter to be taken home available from the back of church.  Please take this letter away with you and prayerfully consider how you can help with the growth and renewal of the parish.

Special Collection
There is a retiring collection next weekend for Youth Services within the diocese.

The Living Word!
Cor et Lumen Christi Community conference on 28th - 30th November 2014. 
All welcome! Offered on a donation only basis. Some accommodation is available. More information is available at www.coretlumenchristi.org or 016973 45623 or email stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org

Safeguarding Training Day 
This will take place at the New Waterton Hall on Saturday 22nd November 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Abortion Mis-certification Petition
All parishioners are urged to sign a petition asking Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health) to STOP doctors authorising abortions on the grounds that an “unwanted pregnancy” harms the mental health of the woman. There is very strong evidence that the opposite is true. Women are being misled and misinformed that abortion is the only solution contrary to the 1967 Abortion Act. We ask Mr Hunt to put an end to this blatant law breaking. The petition will be available to sign at all Sunday Masses this weekend.

Mass for Deceased Clergy

This will follow the deanery conference on Tuesday and will be held at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s at 12.10 pm.

Mass Intentions & Events from 16th November 2014


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Newsletter Items: 9th November 2014

Christ the King Church
The church re-opens on Saturday 15th November.  If you are able to lend a hand by coming to give the church a final clean on Saturday morning from 10.00 am this would be greatly appreciated.

In Thanksgiving - Christ the King
There will be Solemn Benediction with an ‘Open House’ Celebration in the Presbytery in thanksgiving for the re-opening of Christ the King on Sunday 23rd November at 4.00 pm - all welcome!

Mass Attendance & Finance
Figures unavailable at the time of going to press.

Parish Book of the Dead - Draft
The list of deceased parishioners has been been compiled from available records.  Please check the new ‘Book of the Dead’ [which will be used in liturgies in November] which can be found on the tables in both churches and fill in a slip to correct any omissions or mistakes.  There are a few duplicate records that need to be corrected.

Strictly Dancing
Ballroom dancing classes take place in the Parish Centre on Tuesday from 7.30 pm.  Come along and have a good time and develop those dancing feet.  Good clean family fun with ne’er a blush to a maiden’s cheek!

Festival Choir
We will be beginning to prepare music for the Christmas Liturgies and we are also hoping to have a Carol Service during the Christmas Tree Festival on 12th December. We have also been asked to do some Community Carol Singing (details to follow).  If anyone is interested in joining us for this, there will be rehearsals at Christ The King on Sunday 23rd November, Sunday 30th November and Sunday 7th December, all beginning at 6.30 p.m. Please  come along.

Come and See! Becoming a Catholic
The group will next meet on Tuesday 11th November at 7.30 pm in the Presbytery at Christ the King.

Men’s Recollection
This Friday evening at 7.30 pm in St. Margaret Mary Church.

November - Month of the Holy Souls
The month of the Holy Souls will soon be upon us.  The Novena of Masses begins with the 10.00 Mass on Sunday 9th and continues until Monday 25th November.  If you would like members of your family and friends included in this Novena, please place their names in the envelopes provided for this purpose and hand them to Fr. Michael.

Blessing of Graves and praying for those buried at Upperby Cemetery
On Sunday 16th November at 3.00 pm there will be a liturgy at Upperby Cemetery to pray for those buried there, the deceased of the parish and to bless the graves.

St Margaret Mary Nursery
Do you have a child who was born between 31 August 20011 – 31 December 2011?  If so you are entitled to up to 15 hours per week free Nursery provision from January 2015. We have afternoon places available in the nursery from January 2015. Application forms available from the School Office. Call 01228 401800.

Confirmation Catechesis
The next session will be on Wednesday 19th November at 7.00 pm - this time at Christ the King.

Remembrance Sunday
This Sunday, as well as being the feast of the dedication of the Lateran Basilica, is also Remembrance Sunday.  Fr. Norman Johnson will preside at the 10.00 am celebration of Holy Mass.

St. Margaret Mary SVP
Once again St Margaret Mary SVP will be distributing food parcels to local families in need before Christmas. Please leave non perishable items in the box at the back of church, ensuring they are not 'out of date' before the end of 2014. We anticipate distributing the parcels during the week 15th - 19th December. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Christ the King SVP
Are hosting a Mass for the Sick and Housebound on Tuesday 9th December - make a note in your diaries.

Red Mission Boxes at St. Margaret Mary
For those with unregistered mission boxes or those who would like mission boxes emptied, please contact Allison Hather at St. Margaret Mary, 0771 139 1049.

Aid to the Church in Need
There is a prayer vigil at Our Lady and Joseph’s on Saturday 29th November at 7.30pm with the intention of praying for the intention of Religious Freedom.

In Thanksgiving - Christ the King
There will be Solemn Benediction with an ‘Open House’ Celebration in the Presbytery in thanksgiving for the re-opening of Christ the King on Sunday 23rd November at 4.00 pm - all welcome!

Women Together in the Diocese
Women Together in the Diocese of Lancaster “The Joy of the Gospel” an advent day of recollection led by Fr. Philip Conner on 22nd November from 10.30am to 3.30pm at the Little Sisters of the Poor, Garstang Road, Preston .

Mass Intentions and Events from 9th November 2014


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Newsletter Items: 2nd November 2014

Redecoration of Christ the King
Christ the King Church is closed for redecoration and will reopen on Saturday 15th November.  This week has involved completing work on the floor of the church, especially the sanctuary.

Mass Attendance & Finance
Attendance last weekend was 177 with £390.08 in the collection.   Thank you for your generosity.

Parish Book of the Dead - Draft
The list of deceased parishioners has been been compiled from available records.  Please check the new ‘Book of the Dead’ [which will be used in liturgies in November] which can be found on the tables in both churches and fill in a slip to correct any omissions or mistakes.  There are a few duplicate records that need to be corrected.

Strictly Dancing
Ballroom dancing classes take place in the Parish Centre on Tuesday from 7.30 pm.  Come along and have a good time and develop those dancing feet.  Good clean family fun with ne’er a blush to a maiden’s cheek!

Festival Choir
We will be beginning to prepare music for the Christmas Liturgies and we are also hoping to have a Carol Service during the Christmas Tree Festival on 12th December . We have also been asked to do some Community Carol Singing (details to follow).  If anyone is interested in joining us for this, there will be rehearsals at Christ The King on Sunday 23rd November, Sunday 30th November and Sunday 7th December, all beginning at 6.30 p.m. Please  come along.

Soup run in Carlisle
Churches Together will be organising a Soup Run, November to February.
The organisers  need volunteers to help make the soup and / or help serve food from the van. They plan to go out in the city 7.00-10.00pm. Demand will determine how many nights they operate. Person to contact: Mark Sellers: 01228 520898 / 522605.

Come and See! Becoming a Catholic.
The group will next meet on Tuesday 4th November at 7.30 pm in the Presbytery at Christ the King. Please pray for the seven people discerning their journey in faith.  This week’s theme is Salvation History.

LIFE Collection
Please remember that there is a collection point for items for the LIFE Baby Store. Newborn nappies and baby wipes are items that are particularly in need.

November - Month of the Holy Souls
The month of the Holy Souls will soon be upon us.  We will have our annual Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls following the commemoration of All the Faithful Departed on Monday 3rd November.  If you would like members of your family and friends included in this Novena, place their names in the envelopes provided for this purpose and hand them to Fr. Michael.

Blessing of Graves and praying for those buried at Upperby Cemetery.
On Sunday 16th November at 3.00 pm there will be a liturgy at Upperby Cemetery to pray for those buried there and to bless the graves.  Details to follow.

St Margaret Mary Nursery
Do you have a child who was born between 31 August 20011 – 31 December 2011?  If so you are entitled to up to 15 hours per week free Nursery provision from January 2015. We have afternoon places available in the nursery from January 2015. Application forms available from the School Office. Call 01228 401800.

Confirmation Catechesis
Begins on Wednesday 5th November at 7.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary.  Attendance at the sessions and at Sunday Mass is an essential and necessary component of preparing for this wonderful sacrament.  For more information contact Fr. Michael.

Remembrance Sunday
Next Sunday, as well as being the feast of the dedication of the Lateran Basilica, is also Remembrance Sunday.  Fr. Norman Johnson will preside at the 10.00 am celebration of Holy Mass.

St. Margaret Mary SVP
Once again, St Margaret Mary SVP will be distributing food parcels to local families in need before Christmas. Please leave non perishable items in the box at the back of church, ensuring they are not 'out of date' before the end of 2014. We anticipate distributing the parcels during the week 15th - 19th December. Thank you in advance for your generosity.’

Christ the King SVP
Are hosting a Mass for the Sick and Housebound on Tuesday 9th December - make a note in your diaries.

Aid to the Church in Need.
Thank you for your generous response to the appeal given by Mr Chris Robson on behalf of Aid to the Church in Need.  He has written to thank parishioners for their donation of £784.  This doesn’t include items that have come in later.
There is a prayer vigil at Our Lady and Joseph’s on Saturday 29th November at 7.30pm with the intention of praying for the intention of Religious Freedom.

Mass Intentions & Events from 2nd November 2014


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Newsletter Items - 26th October 2014

Redecoration of Christ the King
Christ the King Church is closed for redecoration and will reopen on Saturday 15th November.  This week has involved completing work on the floor of the church, especially the sanctuary.

Our Lady’s Scripture Group
Fr. John Millar will be holding a scripture study group on Mondays in the Rectory at Warwick Square at 7.30 pm.

Mass Attendance & Finance
Attendance last weekend was 194 with £395.87 in the collection.  This doesn’t include the evening Mass collection.

Parish Book of the Dead - Draft
The list of deceased parishioners has been been compiled from available records.  Please check the new ‘Book of the Dead’ [which will be used in liturgies in November] which can be found on the tables in both churches and fill in a slip to correct any omissions or mistakes.  There are a few duplicate records that need to be corrected.

Strictly Dancing
Ballroom dancing classes take place in the Parish Centre on Tuesday from 7.30 pm.  Come along and have a good time and develop those dancing feet.  Good clean family fun with ne’er a blush to a maiden’s cheek!

Festival Choir
We will be starting to prepare music for the Christmas Liturgies and we are also hoping to have a Carol Service during the Christmas Tree Festival on 12th December. We have also been asked to do some Community Carol Singing (details to follow).  If anyone is interested in joining us for this, there will be rehearsals at Christ The King on Sunday 23rd November, Sunday 30th November and Sunday 7th December, all beginning at 6.30 p.m. Please  come along.

Soup Run in Carlisle
Churches Together will be organising a Soup Run, November to February. The organisers  need volunteers to help make the soup and / or help serve food from the van. They plan to go out in the city 7.00-10.00pm. Demand will determine how many nights they operate. Person to contact: Mark Sellers: 01228 520898 / 522605.

Come and See! Becoming a Catholic
The group will next meet on Tuesday 28th October at 7.30 pm in the Presbytery at Christ the King. Please pray for the seven people discerning their journey in faith.

LIFE Collection
Please remember that there is a collection point for items for the LIFE Baby Store. Newborn nappies and baby wipes are items that are particularly in need. Students from Newman School will also be selling LIFE Badges after Mass.

November - Month of the Holy Souls
The month of the Holy Souls will soon be upon us.  We will have our annual Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls following the commemoration of All the Faithful Departed on Monday 3rd November.  If you would like members of your family and friends included in this Novena, place their names in the envelopes provided for this purpose and hand them to Fr. Michael.

Blessing of Graves and praying for those buried at Upperby Cemetery
On Sunday 16th November at 3.00 pm there will be a liturgy at Upperby Cemetery to pray for those buried there and to bless the graves.  Details to follow.

St Margaret Mary Nursery
Do you have a child who was born between 31/08/11 – 31/12/11?  If so you are entitled to up to 15 hours per week free Nursery provision from January 2015. WE HAVE AFTERNOON PLACES AVAILABLE IN OUR NURSEY FROM JANUARY 2015. Application forms available from the School Office. Call 01228 401800.

Abortion Mis-certification Petition
All parishioners are urged to sign a petition asking Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health) to STOP doctors authorising abortions on the grounds that an “unwanted pregnancy” harms the mental health of the woman. There is very strong evidence that the opposite is true with even the government’s own advisers saying that the evidence denies this assumption. Women are being misled and misinformed that abortion is the only solution contrary to the 1967 Abortion Act. We ask Mr Hunt to put an end to this blatant law breaking. The petition will be available to sign at all Sunday Masses over the weekend 22nd/23rd November.

Parish Building and Finance Committee
Meet on Thursday evening at 7.30 pm in the Committee room of the Parish Centre.

Confirmation Catechesis
Begins on Wednesday 5th November at 7.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary.  Attendance at the sessions and at Sunday Mass is an essential and necessary component of preparing for this wonderful sacrament.  For more information contact Fr. Michael.