Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Newsletter Items - 29th June 2014

St. Margaret Mary’s School Summer Fayre - On 4th July 2014 at 3.15 pm.  Food available.  Stall and Bouncy Castle.  All parishioners are very welcome to join our school in this celebration.

Forty Hours - This Eucharistic devotion will begin following the 10.00 Mass at Christ the King on Friday and will continue until Sunday afternoon when there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at around 4.45 pm.  Please sign up to watch before the Blessed Sacrament.

Redecoration at Christ the King - it is hoped that redecoration will begin in October.  An application will be made to the Diocesan Trustees in the near future to enable this necessary work to begin.  We have so far raised just over £4,500 for the work which will cost in the region of £8,500.

Diocesan Inspection of our Primary School - The inspection went well and we will receive verbal feedback on Monday afternoon.  Thank you for your prayers.

Carlisle Food Bank - There is a box at Christ the King for Carlisle Food Bank. Please remember the Food Bank during your weekly shop.

Carlisle Walsingham Pilgrimage - Each year since 1954, members of every parish in Carlisle have joined together and gone on pilgrimage to the national shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, in Norfolk. If you would like to know more about joining this year’s pilgrimage, 30 Sep – 3 October, please contact Jo Muter: 524087 or 1jem@talktalk.net.

Peter’s Pence - The traditional collection, which connects our parish to the See of Rome, will take place at Masses this weekend.

Sacrament of Confirmation - Requests for the Sacrament of Confirmation would be gratefully received from those over 11 years of age by Fr Michael [by note or by email]. The Bishop, unless as part of a scheduled visitation, will only confirm groups of twelve candidates or more. It is therefore anticipated that we will have to join with Our Lady of Eden Parish for this celebration.  If enough request the sacrament, preparation will begin in September.

LIFE IN CARLISLE: This newly formed group needs your help. We are looking for any baby clothes and/or equipment to provide help to many families in our area who are struggling to provide for their babies. Most of these items cost less than £1 or could be second hand but in very good condition. A Collection Point (Box) can be found in Church together with some examples of what is needed and your parish contact point. Thank you for your support.Parish Library at Christ the King Church - biblical and spiritual books are available at Christ the King church parish room for free. Open 7 days a week.

Praying with Scripture - New Scripture sharing and prayer group is starting at Christ the King church. Every Thursday at 6 pm. Everybody is welcome. Bring your Bible with you.  Begins Thursday 26th June, due to Mass this Thursday.

SVP Foreign Coin Collection - Instead of throwing your old or foreign coins into a draw, please donate them to the SVP.  Please do not place them in the normal parish collection, but in an envelope marked ‘FOREIGN COINS’.

SVP Food collection at St. Margaret Mary - Food parcels will be going out to needy families before the start of the Summer holidays - please continue to contribute to this collection.

Assisted Dying Bill - Please write to a member of the House of Lords - The Bill to legalise "assisted dying" - meaning assisted suicide - will be debated in the House of Lords on 18th July 2014. There will be a free vote because it is not government legislation. If passed, this Bill would place vulnerable people at serious risk. If you have direct experience of caring for a dying person, especially if either as a family member or as a health or social care professional, please write before 18th July to a Peer to tell them your views. For more information, including details of how to write to a Peer, please visit www.catholicchurch.org.uk/assisted-dying-bill. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO WRITE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND CERTAINLY BEFORE 18TH JULY.

Parish Ladies Group - Meet on Tuesday 1st July at 7.30 pm at St. Margaret Mary’s.  All are welcome.  Subject this month is ‘Boardgames’.

Men’s Recollection - Friday 11th July begins with Mass at 7.00 pm and ends with a beer at our Parish Community Centre.

Let Our Voices Be Heard - Exploring the worldwide mission of The Religious of The Sacred Heart of Mary (The St. Gabriel’s Sisters). This takes place on Saturday July 5th in The New Waterton Hall. The speakers will be Sister Antonietta Abreu RSHM, who is the coordinator of the order’s “Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation” group, and also Sister Veronica Brand RSHM, who represents the order at The United Nations where RSHM has status as a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO). The event begins with Mass in Our Lady and St Joseph’s at 12.10 p.m. Please bring food for a shared lunch. If you would be interested in attending, please ring 01228562756 or e-mail: rshmef@btinternet.com.

Mass Intentions & Events from 29th June 2014


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Newsletter Items 22/06/2014

St. Margaret Mary’s School Summer Fayre - On 4th July 2014 at 3.15 pm.  Food available.  Stall and Bouncy Castle.  All parishioners are very welcome to join our school in this celebration.

Sacred Heart Week - There will be a Mass at St. Margaret Mary’s on Monday 23rd June at 9.15 am to mark the beginning of the week in which we celebrate our patronal feast.  Key Stage 2 children will attend this celebration.  All welcome to attend.

Redecoration at Christ the King - it is hoped that redecoration will begin in October.  An application will be made to the Diocesan Trustees in the near future to enable this necessary work to begin.  We have so far raised just over £4,500 for the work which will cost in the region of £8,500.

Holy Hour - During the month of June [the Month of the Sacred Heart] there will be a Holy Hour with Rosary and Benediction each Sunday at 3.00 pm.  The intention is to pray for our parish as we prepare to celebrate our feast day [Friday 27th June at 7.00 pm].

Diocesan Inspection of our Primary School - This will take place on Monday 23rd June.  Please pray for a successful inspection.

Carlisle Food Bank - There is a box at Christ the King for Carlisle Food Bank. Please remember the Food Bank during your weekly shop.

Carlisle Walsingham Pilgrimage 30 Sep - 3 Oct -Each year since 1954, members of every parish in Carlisle have joined together and gone on pilgrimage to the national shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, in Norfolk. If you would like to know more, please contact Jo Muter: 524087 or 1jem@talktalk.net.

Flowers - There will be a retiring collection for flowers for the Parish Feast Day and for the 40 hours on Sunday 15th and Sunday 22nd in both churches.

Dare to Believe: God Has Even More For You - Friday 27th - Sunday 29th June 2014 A Summer Weekend Retreat For All! This weekend retreat will offer you the opportunity to explore and receive a deeper measure of the amazing gift God has for you.  The weekend will include inspirational input from David Payne from CaFE, Fr Michael Gielen from New Zealand, times of prayer and adoration, praise and worship, Holy Mass and prayer ministry. Families welcome!  Cor et Lumen Christi Community, St Cuthbert's The Old Convent, Wigton, CA7 9HU Book online at: www.coretlumenchristi.orgor call: 016973 45623 or email:stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org.

Parish Solemnity - please make a note in your diaries. There will be a Solemn Mass celebrated at St. Margaret Mary’s on Friday 27th June at 7.00 pm. Canon Luiz Ruscillo will preach at this celebration of Holy Mass.  The Wordsworth Singers will form the choir.  Mr Mark Hazzard, the Organist. There will be a reception afterwards in the parish centre.  Please make every effort to attend this celebration which also marks the inauguration of the new parish.  It will also mark the beginning of a Novena to the Sacred Heart which will culminate in the annual 40 hours devotion the following weekend.  WE NEED TO KNOW NUMBERS FOR CATERING PURPOSES - PLEASE TICK THE SHEET IN CHURCH TO INDICATE YOU WILL BE COMING.

Sacrament of Confirmation - Requests for the Sacrament of Confirmation would be gratefully received from those over 11 years of age by Fr Michael [by note or by email].  The Bishop, unless as part of a scheduled visitation, will only confirm groups of twelve candidates or more. It is therefore anticipated that we will have to join with Our Lady of Eden Parish for this celebration.  If enough request the sacrament, preparation will begin in September.
Vocations Discernment Day - 29th June at Our Lady & St Joseph's Carlisle 10am to 4.30pm beginning with Mass celebrated by Bishop Campbell. A chance for men thinking about a call to the Priesthood to spend some time in reflection and prayer about their vocation. For more info contact Fr John Millar 01228 521509 or jwmillar1@gmail.com

New book for parish library at Christ the King Church arriving this week written by Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle: "Easter People. Living Community". Inspiring and powerful reflections on Easter events. More biblical and spiritual books are available at Christ the King church parish room for free. Open 7 days a week.

Praying with Scripture - New Scripture sharing and prayer group is starting at Christ the King church. Every Thursday at 6 pm. Everybody is welcome. Bring your Bible with you.  Begins Thursday 26th June due to Mass this Thursday

Corpus Christi - We keep the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ [Corpus Christi] this weekend.  There will be a procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Margaret Mary at the end of the 11.00 am celebration of Holy Mass.

Parish Food Parcels: Could everyone please try and donate some items for St Margaret Mary’s Parish food parcels, which will be going out to needy families before the start of the Summer holidays.  Also many thanks to the 2nd Beaver Cub Scouts for their special collection for food parcel items.

Mass Intentions & Events from 22/06/2014



Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The Music for our Solemnity on 27th June 2014


The Wordsworth Singers will sing Pelestrina's Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, Victoria's O Quam Metuendus Est and Philip's Ave Verum Corpus.

For more information on the Wordsworth Singers see http://www.wordsworthsingers.org.uk

Newsletter Items 15th May 2014

St. Margaret Mary School Summer Fayre - On 4th July 2014 at 3.15 pm.  Food available.  Stall and Bouncy Castle.  All parishioners are very welcome to join our school in this celebration.

Sacred Heart Week - There will be a Mass at St. Margaret Mary on Monday 23rd June at 9.15 am to mark the beginning of the week in which we celebrate out patronal feast.  Key Stage 2 children will attend this celebration.  All welcome to attend.

Redecoration at Christ the King - it is hoped that redecoration will begin in October.  An application will be made to the Diocesan Trustees in the near future to enable this necessary work to begin.  We have so far raised just over £4,500 for the work which will cost in the region of £8,500.

Parish Pastoral Council - will meet on Thursday evening at 7.00 pm in The Presbytery at Christ the King.  This body is appointed to assist Fr. Michael in his ministry as parish priest.  Two other groups for each church will be formed subsequent to the meeting on Thursday evening.  Thank you for your patience in this.

Holy Hour - During the month of June [the Month of the Sacred Heart] there will be a Holy Hour with Rosary and Benediction each Sunday at 3.00 pm.  The intention is to pray for our parish as we prepare to celebrate our feast day [Friday 27th June at 7.00 pm].
Diocesan Inspection of our Primary School - This will take place on Monday 23rd June.  Please pray for a successful inspection.

Carlisle Food Bank - There is a box at Christ the King for Carlisle Food Bank. Please remember the Food Bank during your weekly shop.

Carlisle Walsingham Pilgrimage 30 Sep - 3 Oct -Each year since 1954, members of every parish in Carlisle have joined together and gone on pilgrimage to the national shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, in Norfolk. If you would like to know more, please contact Jo Muter: 524087, or 1jem@talktalk.net.

Flowers - There will be a retiring collection for flowers for the Parish Feast Day and for the 40 hours on Sunday 15th and Sunday 22nd in both churches.

Dare to Believe: God Has Even More For You - Friday 27th - Sunday 29th June 2014 A Summer Weekend Retreat For All! This weekend retreat will offer you the opportunity to explore and receive a deeper measure of the amazing gift God has for you.  The weekend will include inspirational input from David Payne from CaFE, Fr Michael Gielen from New Zealand, times of prayer and adoration, praise and worship, Holy Mass and prayer ministry. Families welcome!  Cor et Lumen Christi Community, St Cuthbert's The Old Convent, Wigton, CA7 9HU Book online at: www.coretlumenchristi.orgor call: 016973 45623 or email:stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org.

Parish Solemnity - please make a note in your diaries. There will be a Solemn Mass celebrated at St. Margaret Mary’s on Friday 27th June at 7.00 pm. Canon Luiz Ruscillo will preach at this celebration of Holy Mass.  The Wordsworth Singers will form the choir.  Mr Mark Hazzard, the Organist. There will be a reception afterwards in the parish centre.  Please make every effort to attend this celebration which also marks the inauguration of the new parish.  It will also mark the beginning of a Novena to the Sacred Heart which will culminate in the annual 40 hours devotion the following weekend.  WE NEED TO KNOW NUMBERS FOR CATERING PURPOSES - PLEASE TICK THE SHEET IN CHURCH TO INDICATE YOU WILL BE COMING.

Sacrament of Confirmation - Requests for the Sacrament of Confirmation would be gratefully received from those over 11 years of age by Fr Michael [by note or by email].  The Bishop, unless as part of a scheduled visitation, will only confirm groups of twelve candidates or more. It is therefore anticipated that we will have to join with Our Lady of Eden Parish for this celebration.  If enough request the sacrament, preparation will begin in September.
Vocations Discernment Day - 29th June at Our Lady & St Joseph's Carlisle 10am to 4.30pm beginning with Mass celebrated by Bishop Campbell. A chance for men thinking about a call to the Priesthood to spend some time in reflection and prayer about their vocation. For more info contact Fr John Millar 01228 521509 or jwmillar1@gmail.com

New book for parish library at Christ the King Church arriving this week written by Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle: "Easter People. Living Community". Inspiring and powerful reflections on Easter events. More biblical and spiritual books are available at Christ the King church parish room for free. Open 7 days a week.

Praying with Scripture - New Scripture sharing and prayer group is starting at Christ the King church. Every Thursday at 6 pm. Everybody is welcome. Bring your Bible with you.  Begins Thursday 26th June due to Mass this Thursday

Corpus Christi - We keep the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ [Corpus Christi] next weekend.  There will be a procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Margaret Mary at the end of the 11.00 am celebration of Holy Mass.

Kitty Blair RIP - In your charity please pray from the repose of the soul of Kitty whose Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 1.00 pm. May she rest in peace.

Mass Intentions & Events from 15th May 2014


Monday, 9 June 2014

Saints and the Sacred Heart: Pope St. Pius X

The parish gratefully received today a 'First Class' relic of Pope St. Pius X  from the Vicariate of Rome.  We're very grateful to Bishop Michael Campbell O.S.A. for requesting this relic for the parish.



He was born in the village of Riese, near Venice, one of ten children of a very poor family. He was ordained to the priesthood at the age of 23. He was successively bishop of Mantua and of Venice, and was elected Pope, against his wishes, in 1903. In his time as Pope, he sought to “restore all things in Christ.” He insisted on the separation of Church and State, and banned the formation of political associations that claimed exclusive religious sanction for their political programme, whether of the Left or of the Right. He revised the code of Canon Law, founded an institute for scriptural studies, and initiated the revision of the Latin translation of the Bible (the Vulgate) and the reform of the liturgy.


 He lived in great poverty even when he was Pope, and preached sermons every Sunday in the courtyards of the Vatican, to any who would listen. In his simplicity and goodness of heart, he performed miracles even when he was alive, and the clamour for his canonization started immediately after his death, on 20th August 1914, broken-hearted at the outbreak of the First World War.

Pope St. Pius X decreed that the consecration of the human race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, performed by Pope Leo XIII be renewed each year on the Solemnity of Christ the King.

Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus [Modern Form]

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Your altar. We are Yours, and Yours we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with You, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Your Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known You; many too, despising Your precepts, have rejected You. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Your Sacred Heart.
You are King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken You, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned You; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.
You are King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.
You are King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Your eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Your chosen people. Of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.
Grant, O Lord, to Your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and Honor forever. Amen.


Saints and the Sacred Heart: St. Catherine Laboure

The parish gratefully received today a 'First Class' relic of St. Catherine Laboure from the Vicariate of Rome. We're very grateful to Bishop Michael Campbell O.S.A. for requesting this relic for the parish.

PRAYER OF SAINT CATHERINE LABOURE

Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself in the presence of our good Lord, and I say to him, Lord I am here. Tell me what you would have me to do. If he gives me some task, I am content and I thank him. If he gives me nothing, I still thank him since I do not deserve to receive anything more than that. And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart. I tell him about my pains and joys, and then I listen. If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen. God always speaks to you when you approach him plainly and simply.



St. Catherine Laboure, virgin, was born on May 2, 1806. At an early age she entered the community of the Daughters of Charity, in Paris, France. Three times in 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure, who then was a twenty-four year old novice.

On July 18, the first apparition occurred in the community's motherhouse. St. Catherine beheld a lady seated on the right side of the sanctuary. When St. Catherine approached her, the heavenly visitor told her how to act in time of trial and pointed to the altar as the source of all consolation. Promising to entrust St. Catherine with a mission which would cause her great suffering, the lady also predicted the anticlerical revolt which occurred at Paris in 1870.

On November 27, the lady showed St. Catherine the medal of the Immaculate Conception, now universally known as the "Miraculous Medal." She commissioned St. Catherine to have one made, and to spread devotion to this medal. At that time, only her spiritual director, Father Aladel, knew of the apparitions. Forty-five years later, St. Catherine spoke fully of the apparitions to one of her superiors. She died on December 31, 1876, and was canonized on July 27, 1947. Her feast day is November 28.

The Reverse of the Miraculous Medal features the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary



Saints and the Sacred Heart: St. John Eudes

The parish gratefully received today a 'First Class' relic of St. John Eudes from the Vicariate of Rome. We're very grateful to Bishop Michael Campbell O.S.A. for requesting this relic for the parish.




Saint John Eudes (1601 - 1680)

Feast Day August 19th

He was born and died in Normandy. He was ordained priest and spent many years preaching parish missions. He organized a congregation of nuns that grew into the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, dedicated to the care of women rescued from a disorderly life, and a congregation of priests dedicated to the running of seminaries. He was active in encouraging devotion to the Sacred Heart, and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

  In his time the Church in France was corrupt and in many ways a source of evil rather than grace. The higher clergy were rich and privileged, and enjoyed and guarded their privileges (the country was run, and wars were waged, by a cardinal). The lower clergy were ignorant and the common people were poor, superstitious, and oppressed as much spiritually as materially. To this mix was added the poison of Jansenism, which taught that human nature was corrupt, original sin rampant, and perfection was both necessary for salvation and practically unattainable.

  In such circumstances, setting up seminaries to ensure the proper education of priests becomes itself a revolutionary act, and the encouragement of devotion to the Sacred Heart – to the emotional core of Jesus – becomes not a sweet pious platitude but a defiant proclamation that the centre of God’s essence is his love, not condemnation.

  Over and over again in the lives of the saints we find the Church sick and corrupt. Perhaps it must always be so, journeying in a fallen world and staffed by sinners who are as fallen as the rest of us and subject to worse temptations. And over and over again we find God’s grace acting through people like St John Eudes. They do not stand outside and complain or run campaigns, they go in and do things, removing the mould of worldly corruption and putting back, bit by bit, the leaven of grace. They will always be needed, until the world ends.


 

Friday, 6 June 2014

Sacred Heart of Jesus - Novena Prayer

Novena Prayer



Divine Jesus, You have said, "Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you." Behold me kneeling at Your feet, filled with a lively faith and confidence in the promises dictated by Your Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary. I come to ask this favor: Mention your request).

To whom can I turn if not to You, Whose Heart is the source of all graces and merits? Where should I seek if not in the treasure which contains all the riches of Your kindness and mercy? Where should I knock if not at the door through which God gives Himself to us and through which we go to God? I have recourse to You, Heart of Jesus. In You I find consolation when afflicted, protection when persecuted, strength when burdened with trials, and light in doubt and darkness.

Dear Jesus, I firmly believe that You can grant me the grace I implore, even though it should require a miracle. You have only to will it and my prayer will be granted. I admit that I am most unworthy of Your favors, but this is not a reason for me to be discouraged. You are the God of mercy, and You will not refuse a contrite heart. Cast upon me a look of mercy, I beg of You, and Your kind Heart will find in my miseries and weakness a reason for granting my prayer.

Sacred Heart, whatever may be Your decision with regard to my request, I will never stop adoring, loving, praising, and serving You. My Jesus, be pleased to accept this my act of perfect resignation to the decrees of Your adorable Heart, which I sincerely desire may be fulfilled in and by me and all Your creatures forever.

Grant me the grace for which I humbly implore You through the Immaculate Heart of Your most sorrowful Mother. You entrusted me to her as her child, and her prayers are all-powerful with You. Amen.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Newsletter Items 8th June 2014

AUCTION OF COLLECTABLES AND PROMISES - Thank you to all who came along and for those who helped to make the evening such a success.

First Holy Communion - Please continue to pray for the children as they prepare to receive Our Lord for the first time in Holy Communion on 15th June.

Holy Hour - During the month of June [the Month of the Sacred Heart] there will be an Holy Hour with Rosary and Benediction each Sunday at 3.00 pm.  The intention is to pray for our parish as we prepare to celebrate our feast day [Friday 27th June at 7.00 pm].

Diocesan Inspection of our Primary School - This will take place on Monday, 23rd June.  Please pray for a successful inspection.

Governing Body Meeting - there is a meeting of the Governing Body of our Primary School at Christ the King Presbytery on Tuesday evening after the celebration of Holy Mass.

Evening Recollection for Men - There will be a Recollection for Men on Friday, 13th June, at St. Margaret Mary’s.  The evening will begin with Mass at 7.00 pm.  See Poster for details.

Parish Pastoral Council - There will be a meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council on Thursday, 19th June, at 7.00 pm at the Presbytery Winton Crescent.

Parish Finance Committee - meet on Thursday, 12th June, in the Parish Centre.

Parish Solemnity - please make a note in your diaries.
The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is our parish feast day.  There will be a Solemn Mass celebrated at St. Margaret Mary’s on Friday, 27th June, at 7.00 pm.  Canon Luiz Ruscillo will preach at this celebration of Holy Mass.  The Wordsworth Singers will form the choir.  Mr Mark Hazzard, the Organist. There will be a reception afterwards in the parish centre. Please make every effort to attend this celebration, which also marks the inauguration of the new parish.  It will also mark the beginning of a Novena to the Sacred Heart which will culminate in the annual 40 hours devotion the following weekend.

Sacrament of Confirmation - Requests for the Sacrament of Confirmation would be gratefully received from those over 11 years of age by Fr Michael [by note or by email].  The Bishop, unless as part of a scheduled visitation, will only confirm groups of twelve candidates or more. It is therefore anticipated that we will have to join with Our Lady of Eden Parish for this celebration.  If enough request the sacrament, preparation will begin in September.

Emergencies -If you need a priest in an emergency and Fr. Michael is unavailable, please contact Our Lady & St. Joseph’s on (01228) 521509.

Carlisle Food Bank - There is a box at Christ the King for Carlisle Food Bank. Please remember the Food Bank during your weekly shop.

Carlisle Walsingham Pilgrimage -Each year since 1954, members of every parish in Carlisle have joined together and gone on pilgrimage to the national shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, in Norfolk. If you would like to know more about joining this year’s pilgrimage, 30 Sep – 3 October, please contact Jo Muter: 524087 or 1jem@talktalk.net.

Ultimate Pyjama Party - in aid of Eden Valley Hospice on Friday, 27th June 2014.  Please consider sponsoring Jo Muter who will be asking for sponsorship after Mass.

The Organ at St. Margaret Mary - has been repaired.  Grants have been received from a number of sources, including the Co-op.  It should be back in operation shortly.  I am grateful to Judith for the effort she has put in to secure funding for the organ.

Vocations Discernment Day 29th June at Our Lady & St Joseph’s, Carlisle, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm, beginning with Mass celebrated by Bishop Campbell. A chance for men thinking about a call to the Priesthood to spend some time in reflection and prayer about their vocation. For more info contact Fr John Millar: 01228 521509 or jwmillar1@gmail.com

Diocesan Levy - the Diocese will take just over £11,000 from the parish in the form of a monthly levy this financial year. The levy is worked out on rental income and the amount received each week in the collection.
Dare to Believe: God Has Even More For You - Friday 27th - Sunday 29th June 2014 A Summer Weekend Retreat For All! This weekend retreat will offer you the opportunity to explore and receive a deeper measure of the amazing gift God has for you.  The weekend will include inspirational input from David Payne from CaFE, Fr Michael Gielen from New Zealand, times of prayer and adoration, praise and worship, Holy Mass and prayer ministry. Families welcome!  Cor et Lumen Christi Community, St Cuthbert’s, The Old Convent, Wigton, CA7 9HU.  Book online at: www.coretlumenchristi.orgor call: 016973 45623 or email:stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org.

Cake Sale - last week’s cake sale at St. Margaret Mary’s raised £113.11 for CAFOD.

World Communications Day Collection - Christ the King £90.15, St. Margaret Mary £33.07.

Flowers - There will be a retiring collection for flowers for the Parish Feast Day and for the 40 hours on Sunday 15th and Sunday 22nd in both churches.

Mass Intentions & Events from 8th June 2014



Monday, 2 June 2014

Sacred Heart Prayer for Priests




SACRED HEART PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Father _____ and all Your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart, where none may harm them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with Your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unworldly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of Your glorious priesthood. Let Your holy love surround them and shield them from the world’s contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they minister here below be their joy and consolation, and in Heaven their everlasting crown. Amen.

Another view - facing the same direction.

Father B. Jerabek

Here follow some scattered thoughts…

Recently I read an interesting commentary (in Italian) on what happened not too long after the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), ushering in the near-universal change in the direction that the priest faced during Mass. While for many centuries priests generally faced “away from” (or, perhaps more accurately, “in the same direction as”) the people, now he turned and faced his congregation. Along with the change came ideological sloganeering that led countless people to hold the idea (uncritically) that in the past – in the “bad old days”, that is – the priest “had his back to the people“, as if priests then were rude elitists, and now a great injustice had finally been set aright.

The thing is, this change was never legislated by the Church. Never! There was never a decree from a Pope that said “all priests must face their congregations during the celebration of Holy Mass” or anything of the sort. There was never a decree from a lower-level authority (such as the then-Congregation for Rites). There was never a mention of this change in even a single document of the Second Vatican Council! This was a change that was imposed not through any legitimate exercise of Church authority but through the victory of an ideological agenda that found resonance in a certain cultural context. It was, so to speak, the wrong idea at the right time.

So this commentary that I read asked the question: How did this happen? What was it about our culture in the West in the 1960s and early 1970s that so eagerly received a change that, in fact, had been proposed not by Church authority but by some academics and activists who, for whatever reason, asserted that this was the way things should be done in the modern era, bucking centuries of tradition?


There are a lot of possible answers to this question, and not having access to the article I read I won’t post the author’s particular answer at this time, because I am afraid that I will not do it justice. But I have an answer of my own: Arrogance.

Our time has been marked by an incredible arrogance that asserts that after however many thousands (or even millions) of years that human beings have been on this earth, we have finally figured out the right way to do things in this current time. Either the past had it all wrong, or – if we subscribe to the very prevalent idea that the truth is relative – then the truth for our current time is different from the truth for past times.

There are many examples that we could give, ranging from big current issues like gay “marriage” to seemingly-smaller issues like changing the direction of our worship (thereby throwing out centuries of tradition in favor of a fad).

Our time is marked by a certain contempt for the past and the claims that it makes on us.

The questions that I have on this Roman evening are: How much do these attitudes affect us – you and me? What “slogans” do we take for granted and have not thought critically about?

The idea that the priest used to celebrate Mass “with his back to the people” is ridiculous. It is to laugh. What a mockery of the Church that Christ founded! What a negative spin on things! What a self-insult! – for those who say such things insult their own intelligence and critical thinking skills.

The purpose of this post is not to propose an apologetic for the priest’s celebrating Mass facing “with the people” (or “away from” the people) – i.e., the way that priests celebrated Mass for centuries (and still are permitted to do without any permission from anyone whatsoever). Perhaps I will post that on another day.

No, the point of this post is to encourage all who profess the Catholic faith to love the Church, embrace her, try to understand her, give the benefit of the doubt… Not buy the negative spin, not reject her (implicitly), reject her traditions, speak contemptuously about them, and otherwise be anti-intellectual when it comes to our heritage. As Blessed Cardinal Newman said, “Trust the Church of God…”.

There are very good reasons why the priest almost always, until not all that long ago, celebrated Mass that way. Besides being good reasons, they are even beautiful.

Again, does it make sense for a pilot to be seated facing his passengers!?

https://fatherjerabek.com/2013/09/10/facing-christ/

The Month of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - the Twelve Promises






Listed below are the “12 Promises” of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary to encourage all Catholics to know and understand the benefit of practicing the Devotion and to encourage all to take up its immediate practice.


  • I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
  • I will give peace in their families and will unite families that are divided.
  • I will console them in all their troubles.
  • I will be their refuge during life and above all in death.
  • I will bestow the blessings of Heaven on all their enterprises.
  • Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
  • Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  • Fervent souls shall rise quickly to great perfection.
  • I will bless those places wherein the image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored and will imprint My love on the hearts of those who would wear this image on their person. I will also destroy in them all disordered movements.
  • I will give to priests who are animated by a tender devotion to my Divine Heart the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
  • Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart, never to be effaced.
  • I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence: they will not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their Sacraments. My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.


(The Nine Fridays must be made in honor of His Sacred Heart, meaning, practicing the devotion and having a great love of His Sacred Heart. They must be on the first Friday of the month for nine consecutive months, and Communion must be received.)