Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Newsletter Items: 28th September 2014

Decoration Update
Details will be announced this weekend of the impact and scale of the redecoration at Christ the King.

Race Night in aid of Mary’s Meals
The Knights of St Columba have organised a Race Night in aid of Mary’s Meals, Friday 3 October, St Margaret Mary’s Parish Centre. Local Rotarians have undertaken to match the money raised £ for £. Tickets, £5, including supper, from Tony Parrini, 674553. Anyone interested in sponsoring a race or entering a horse, please contact Tony or Knights in the Parish.

Friends of……….
On Monday, 29th at 7.30 pm at St. Margaret Mary - a gathering of anyone interested in  being part of the churches working groups.  This gathering is for both churches.  Everyone welcome.

Evening recollections
A regular evening of spiritual refreshment for men at St Margaret Mary, the second Friday of the month, and for women on the third Friday of the month.

Our Lady’s Scripture Group
Fr. John Millar will be holding a scripture study group on Mondays in the Rectory at Warwick Square at 4.30 pm and repeated at
7.30 pm.

Carlisle Renewal Days – monthly days of worship, prayer and praise.
The next date is Saturday, 27th September at St Edmund’s Church, Orton Rd, Carlisle. Our speaker will be Pat Kennedy from Newcastle diocese. 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

Mass Attendance Last Weekend
Christ the King 137 and St. Margaret Mary 130. [267]

Your contribution to the parish.
Parishioners at Christ the King gave £403.10  and St. Margaret Mary £318.  A total of £721.10.  Thank you for your generosity.

Transformed in Christ
Cor et Lumen Christi Community invites you to join us for “Transformed in Christ” on 17th - 19th October 2014. This weekend will explore the necessary tools to enable you to be transformed and live life to the full in Jesus Christ. We will discover the power of the Scriptures, baptism, prayer, the Gospel message and the fire of the Holy Spirit.  The weekend will be led by Fr Chris Thomas from the Irenaeus Project in the Archdiocese of Liverpool and by members of the Cor et Lumen Christi Community. All of our events are offered on a donation only basis. Some accommodation is available. More information is available 016973 45623 or email stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org

Cenacolo UK
Cenacolo Community UK: Is part of the world-wide Cenacolo family which seeks to help disaffected young people often recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. The Trustees of this Registered Charity seek to appoint a volunteer ADMINISTRATOR to work with the trustees handling day-to-day matters. Out-of-pocket expenses paid. For more details visit www.cenacolouk.org

S.V.P
The SVP Society in England and Wales has around 10,000 members who, last year, made nearly 500,000 visits to those in need [it’s a lot more than simply raising money!]  September is SVP awareness month, there will be posters highlighting their work in both churches.  The Society is always looking for new members to carry out this work, so if you would like to find out more about the SVP, please contact Kathleen Reardon [SMM] or Paul Daley [CTK].

Diocesan Education Mass
The annual Diocesan Education Mass is celebrated on Friday evening at 7.00 pm in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Lancaster.  All parishioners are welcome to attend this celebration.

Mass times this week.
Please note that Holy Mass is celebrated at 8.00 am on Thursday morning this week and that there is no celebration of Holy Mass on Friday evening [due to the Education Mass].

Building works at St. Margaret Mary
Many people have asked about the building work at St. Margaret Mary.  No work is being carried out to the Presbytery there - builders are using the area around the Presbytery as a base for their operations as they construct an ‘annexe’ to the teaching spaces of the Nursery and Reception classes in the school.  The foundations of this annexe were blessed on Wednesday.

CAFOD Fast Day
Friday sees us keeping the annual Harvest Fast Day.  The idea is we go without a meal and give the cost of that meal to CAFOD.  Envelopes will be handed out this weekend and should be brought back next weekend.

Retiring Collection
There is a retiring collection this weekend for the Bishops Administration Fund.

Mass Intentions & Events from 28th September 2014


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Newsletter Items - 21st September 2014

Home Mission Sunday
On 21 September 2014 the Bishops of England and Wales invite parishes to celebrate Home Mission Sunday to encourage every Mass-going Catholic to respond urgently to the call to evangelise. With most Mass-going Catholics feeling the pain and sorrow caused by a large number of family members and friends not practising their faith, there is an urgency for us all to consider afresh how we might respectfully and joyfully reach out to our absent brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you for all that you are already doing in this regard. The Bishops ask that the Sunday is promoted within every parish and that a mandatory second collection is taken on 21 September in support of the Bishops’ work of Home Mission.

Mass on Tuesday Evening
This Mass is celebrated at St. Margaret Mary.  Governors of our parish primary school will be attending.

Race Night in aid of Mary’s Meals
The Knights of St Columba have organised a Race Night in aid of Mary’s Meals, Friday 3 October, St Margaret Mary’s Parish Centre. Local Rotarians have undertaken to match the money raised £ for £. Tickets, £5, including supper, from Tony Parrini, 674553. Anyone interested in sponsoring a race or entering a horse, please contact Tony or Knights in the Parish.

Who do you follow? … a programme for young Catholics
Our diocesan residential centre, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick, is offering a monthly discipleship programme, to help young people be confident in their faith and discover who it is that they follow. For young people, 16+. First Sunday of the month, beginning 5 October, 5.00-8.00pm, including a meal.

Sacrament of Confirmation
There will be a gathering of candidates at Christ the King on Thursday 25th September at 7.00 pm.

Come and See! Interested in becoming a Catholic?
If you would like to be received into full communion with the Church this Easter, please come along to an informal gathering in the Presbytery at Christ the King on Wednesday 24th September at 7.00 pm.

Our Lady’s Scripture Group
Fr. John Millar will be holding a scripture study group on Mondays in the Rectory at Warwick Square at 4.30 pm and repeated at 7.30 pm.

Mass Attendance Last Weekend
Christ the King 135 and St. Margaret Mary 78. [213] Great to see the children back!

Your contribution to the parish.
Parishioners at Christ the King gave £364.39  and St. Margaret Mary £202.40  A total of £566.79  Thank you for your generosity.

Wanted -­ Books in good condition
We’re looking to organise a regular second-­ hand book sale in the parish in order to develop the catering facilities in St. Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre. This will help to develop outreach to the local community -­‐‑ we hope to have weekly lunch clubs for the elderly and vulnerable members of our community.  Books can be brought and left at both churches. Once we have enough stock, we will have our first sale. If you’d like to help organise the sales, please see Fr. Michael.

Young homeless in Carlisle
There are now young people sleeping rough in Carlisle and all the hostels are full.  As winter approaches the situation will worsen. Carlisle Key needs sleeping bags and small, waterproof tents. If you have any that you no longer use, please contact Peter Ryan, Trustee, Carlisle Key, 016977 42709,
and he will arrange collection. Thank you.

St. Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre
We are fortunate, indeed blessed, to have such a well resourced and well run parish centre.  The centre is available for bookings for parties to celebrate events such as weddings and baptisms - simply contact Trevor on 524295 .  Please consider becoming a member - a warm welcome awaits!

Deanery Pastoral Council
The next meeting is on Wednesday, October 8th, 7.45 at St.Augustine╩╣s. Our parish sends two representatives from each church to this gathering.

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
The Pensioners Club at St. Margaret Mary are hosting a coffee afternoon in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Care on Thursday 27th September at 2.00 pm.  Tombola, Bric-a-brac, Cakes, stalls and raffles.  All are welcome.

Impact Youth Groups
Saturday 4th October 11am to 3pm at The Haydock Community Centre, Drovers Lane, Penrith - a day for young people aged 13yrs and up. For more information contact Fr Jerome penrithrc@btinternet.com

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day
Is on Friday 3rd October 2104.  Envelopes will be distributed next weekend.

The Sixteen at Carlisle Cathedral
‘The Sixteen’ will be delivering a concert of English Renaissance Music at Carlisle Cathedral on Wednesday 1st October at 7.30 pm - well worth attending.  If you would like to attend with a parish group [tickets will be discounted if more than 10] sign on the sheet in church. See poster for details

Thank you to parishioners who supported Castlerigg by attending their Family Day last weekend - glad you enjoyed it!

Mass Intentions & Events from 21st September 2014


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Happy St. Ninian's Day! We have his well in our parish...

St. Ninian is a shadowy figure in history. He is acknowledged as Scotland's first saint with the date 397AD celebrated as the beginning of his mission to his people.

There is very little that we know about him. No written references to St Ninian from the period he was alive have been found. We can only refer to works written many years after his death. Historians now read these texts carefully trying to separate the truth from tradition and embroidery from fact.

Whithorn's history as an Early Christian centre cannot be doubted. Archaeologists have uncovered clues from the earliest settlement in the 5th century. The people were trading and importing luxury goods from the Mediterranean and were working the land to produce food together. The Latinus Stone, which is the earliest Christian monument in Scotland shows that the community was Christian. Historically we do know that from the 7th century people have made a pilgrimage to visit the shrine of St Ninian in Whithorn believing in his power to cure illness and perform miracles. The town became a cult centre and over many centuries both kings and commoners made the journey and the fame of Ninian and Whithorn spread.

In the 7th century Whithorn came under the control of the Northumbrian church. In AD731 Bede, a famous historian completed his book “History of the English Church and People”. In this book he said that Ninian was ‘a most reverend bishop and holy man of the nation of Britons’ who had been trained in Rome. The Episcopal see was named after St Martin and his church was known as Candida Casa because it was built from stone in a way unknown to the Britons. At this time there were arguments between the Celtic Church and the Roman Church. The Northumbrian church supported the Roman Church and Bede made much of Ninian receiving training in Rome. The complex of buildings revealed from this time was able to feed and house visitors to the shrine. One of a probable range of churches was also discovered with a burial chapel decorated with stained glass windows.

In the 8th century a Latin poem ‘Miracula Nynie Episcopi’ was written by a monk at the monastery at Whithorn. In the 12th century Ailred of Rievaulx wrote his “Life of St Ninian”. Some stories in the books tell of the life, good works and goodness of the saint and some tell of cures and conversion of people to Christianity. Churches and altars across Scotland and further away in Europe were dedicated to St Ninian.

Archaeology shows that new churches are constantly being built and altered in Whithorn. By the 12th century a huge cathedral was on the hillside with a thriving town around it. The many people visiting the shrine needed food and other trades in the town, much like a visitor to the town today.

It was only after the Reformation that Whithorn’s fortunes began to fail. Pilgrims still visit Whithorn and others come to discover the history of the town and its role in shaping the history of Scotland.

From the Whithorn Trust http://www.whithorn.com/saint-ninian.htm

Friday, 12 September 2014

St. Ailbe

He founded the monastery and Diocese of Emly, (then called Imlech), which became very important in Munster. A ninth-century Rule bears his name. The details of his life have been obscured by legend. He was probably a disciple of St Patrick and ordained by him. He may have died in 528 or in 541. [Universalis]

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

St. Ambrose Barlow

Ambrose was born at Barlow Hall, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, near Manchester in 1585. He was the fourth son of the nobleman Sir Alexander Barlow and his wife Mary. Ambrose’s grandfather died in 1584 whilst imprisoned for his beliefs and Sir Alexander Barlow had two thirds of his estate confiscated as a result of his refusing to conform to the new established religion. In 1597, Ambrose was taken into the stewardship of a relative who would care for him whilst he served out his apprenticeship as a page. However, upon completing this service, Barlow realised that his true vocation was for the Catholic priesthood, so he travelled to Douai in France to study at the English College there before attending the College of St Alban in Valladolid, Spain. In 1615, he returned to Douai where he became a member of the Order of Saint Benedict and was ordained as a priest in 1617. He then returned to Morley’s Hall, Astley. From there he looked after the local Catholics, celebrating daily Mass and reciting his Office and Rosary. He would often visit his cousins, the Downes, at their residence of Wardley Hall (now the residence of the Bishop of Salford) and celebrate Mass for the gathered congregation. He was arrested several times during his travels. His parishioners implored him to flee or at least go into hiding but he refused. Their fears were compounded by a recent stroke which had resulted in the 56-year-old priest being partially paralysed. “Let them fear that have anything to lose which they are unwilling to part with” he told them.
  On 25 April 1641, Easter Sunday, Ambrose and his congregation of around 100 people, were surrounded at Morley’s Hall, Astley by the Vicar of Leigh and his large (and armed) congregation. Ambrose surrendered, and his parishioners were released after their names had been recorded. The priest was then taken on horseback with a man behind him to prevent his falling, and escorted by a band of some sixty people to the Justice of the Peace at Winwick, before being transported to Lancaster Castle. Ambrose appeared before the presiding judge, Sir Robert Heath, on the 7 September when he professed his adherence to the Catholic faith and defended his actions. On the following day, the feast of the Nativity of Mary, Sir Robert Heath found Ambrose guilty, and sentenced him to be executed. Two days later, he was taken from Lancaster Castle, drawn on a hurdle to the place of execution, hanged, dismembered, quartered, and boiled in oil. His head was afterwards exposed on a pike. When the news of his death and martyrdom reached his Benedictine brothers at Douai Abbey, a Mass of Thanksgiving and the Te Deum were ordered to be sung. [Universalis]

Newsletter Items - 14th September 2014

Decoration of Christ the King
The trustees have given their consent for this work to go ahead.  Once the schedule has been finalised with the contractor we’ll publish a timetable and outline the impact this will have on the weekend celebration of Holy Mass at Christ the King whilst the work is being carried out.  This impact will be short term but will be worth it.

Parish Pastoral Council
There is a meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council on Thursday evening at 7.30 pm in the Committee Room of St. Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre.

S.V.P
The SVP Society in England and Wales has around 10,000 members who, last year, made nearly 500,000 visits to those in need [- its a lot more than simply raising money!]  September is SVP awareness month - there will be posters highlighting their work in both churches.  The Society is always looking for new members to carry out this work, so if you would like to find out more about the SVP please contact Kathleen Reardon [SMM] or Paul Daley [CTK].

Race Night in aid of Mary’s Meals
The Knights of St Columba have organised a Race Night in aid of Mary’s Meals, Friday 3 October, St Margaret Mary’s Parish Centre. Local Rotarians have undertaken to match the money raised £ for £. Tickets, £5, including supper, from Tony Parrini, 674553. Anyone interested in sponsoring a race or entering a horse, please contact Tony or Knights in the Parish.

Who do you follow? … a programme for young Catholics
Our diocesan residential centre, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick, is offering a monthly discipleship programme to help young people to be confident in their faith and discover who it is they follow. For young people, 16+. First Sunday of the month, beginning 5 October, 5.00-8.00pm, including a meal.

Evening recollections
An evening of spiritual refreshment for men at St Margaret Mary, the second Friday of the month, and for women, on the third Friday of the month.  On 19th September we have the recollection for women. Begins with Mass at 7.00pm. Time to pray, to reflect, to relax.

Sacrament of Confirmation
Names should be forwarded to Fr. Michael as soon as possible.  There will be a gathering of candidates at Christ the King on Thursday, 25th September, at 7.00 pm.  Young people requesting this sacrament should really consider attending Holy Mass on Sunday!

Interested in becoming a Catholic?
If you would like to be received into full communion with the Church this Easter please come along to an informal gathering in the Presbytery at Christ the King on Wednesday, 24th September, at 7.00 pm.

Wanted - Books in good condition
We’re looking to organise a regular second-hand book sale in the parish in order to develop the catering facilities in St. Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre. This will help to develop outreach to the local community - we hope to have weekly lunch clubs for the elderly and vulnerable members of our community.
Books can be brought and left at both churches.  Once we have enough stock we will have our first sale.  If you’d like to help organise the sales, please see Fr. Michael.

Our Lady’s Scripture Group
Fr. John Millar will be holding a scripture study group on Mondays in the Rectory at Warwick Square at 4.30 pm and repeated at 7.30 pm.

Newman School Year 6 Open Evening
On Tuesday, 16th September, 4.30 - 6.30 pm.  All are welcome to come along and see what Newman Catholic School has to offer.

Mass Attendance Last Weekend
Christ the King 127 and St. Margaret Mary - not available.

Your financial contribution to the parish.
Parishioners at Christ the King gave £357.44 and St. Margaret Mary - not available. Thank you for your generosity.

Young homeless in Carlisle
There are now young people sleeping rough in Carlisle and all the hostels are full. As winter approaches the situation will worsen. Carlisle Key needs sleeping bags and small, waterproof tents. If you have any that you no longer use, please contact Peter Ryan, Trustee, Carlisle Key, 016977-42709, and he will arrange collection. Thank you.

APF-Mill Hill Boxes - Christ the King
Thank you to all the APF-Mill Hill mission box holders. A total of £271.36 was collected.You play a vital role in the mission of the church, bringing God's love and renewed hope to the poorest and most needy.

Deanery Pastoral Council
The next meeting is on Wednesday, October 8th, 7.45 at St.Augustine's. Our parish sends two representatives from each church to this gathering.

Our Lady & St. Joseph 40 hours.
This is taking place from Friday 19th [12.10 pm] - Sunday 21st [3.30 pm] [note overnight as well!]  As a result, there will be no Holy Hour in the parish that afternoon to enable parishioners to attend the 40 hours.

Mass Intentions & Events from 14th September 2014


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

St. Gregory the Great

He was born in Rome and followed the career of public service that was usual for the son of an aristocratic family, finally becoming Prefect of the City of Rome, a post he held for some years.
  He founded a monastery in Rome and some others in Sicily, then became a monk himself. He was ordained deacon and sent as an envoy to Constantinople, on a mission that lasted five years.
  He was elected Pope on 3 September 590, the first monk to be elected to this office. He reformed the administration of the Church’s estates and devoted the resulting surplus to the assistance of the poor and the ransoming of prisoners. He negotiated treaties with the Lombard tribes who were ravaging northern Italy, and by cultivating good relations with these and other barbarians he was able to keep the Church’s position secure in areas where Roman rule had broken down. His works for the propagation of the faith include the sending of Augustine and his monks as missionaries to England in 596, providing them with continuing advice and support and (in 601) sending reinforcements. He wrote extensively on pastoral care, spirituality, and morals, and designated himself “servant of the servants of God.”
  He died on 12 March 604, but as this date always falls within Lent, his feast is celebrated on the date of his election as Pope. [Universalis]


Made for greatness


The week in the parish: Sunday 7th September 2014


Newsletter Items - Sunday 7th September 2014

From the Sisters
On Monday 1st September, Sister Elizabeth Dawson, Congregational Leader, had a meeting with Father Michael and Sisters Gerald and Maureen. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the future involvement of the Sisters in the Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was agreed that the Sisters would both remain in the parish and continue to reside at 44 Edgehill Road. The Sisters will no longer be responsible for any duties within the parish but would like to remain as a ‘praying presence’ which they hope will be of valuable service to the parish.

LIFE in Carlisle
The next gathering of the Life Group in Carlisle will be Wednesday September 10 at St Edmunds at 7.30pm. New supporters will be made very welcome. We are very grateful for the support received so far in terms of items for our baby store which is now at a level where we might be able to help some local families. Please keep your support going !

New faces
St Margaret Mary School is delighted to welcome three new teachers to our school.
Mrs Kerry Farish joins us to teach Year 2 with Mrs Fontana. She is from West Cumbria with significant experience in music and drama. Mr Mark Graham will be teaching Year 5 this year. He has a sporting background and plays for Carlisle City FC. From our own parish, Mr Luke Denny joins our school as Deputy Headteacher. He will be teaching Year 5 and 6 pupils and organising a Shakespeare performance this term.

Decoration Update
The Trustees of the Diocese met on Tuesday 2nd September…we await the decision at the time of going to press. We gratefully acknowledge donations totalling £167 last weekend.

S.V.P
The SVP Society in England and Wales has around 10,000 members, who last year, made nearly 500,000 visits to those in need [- its a lot more than simply raising money!]  September is SVP awareness month, there will be posters highlighting their work in both churches.  The Society is always looking for new members to carry out this work, so if you would like to find out more about the SVP please contact Kathleen Reardon [SMM] or Paul Daley [CTK]

Race Night in aid of Mary’s Meals
The Knights of St Columba have organised a Race Night in aid of Mary’s Meals, Friday 3 October, St Margaret Mary’s Parish Centre. Local Rotarians have undertaken to match the money raised £ for £. Tickets, £5, including supper, from Tony Parrini, 674553. Anyone interested in sponsoring a race or entering a horse, please contact Tony or Knights in the Parish.

Castlerigg Manor — open day & barbecue
To mark the re-opening of our diocesan residential centre after its refurbishment, the team there invite you to an open day and barbecue, Saturday 13 September, beginning with Mass at 11.00am.
Free tickets for those who register. See the poster. For more details, e-mail: team@castleriggmanor.co.uk.

Evening recollections
An evening of spiritual refreshment for men at St Margaret Mary, the second Friday of the month, 12th September and for women on the third Friday of the month, 19th September. Begins with Mass at 7.00pm. Time to pray, to reflect, to relax.

Brave at Heart: A Weekend Journey for Men
The weekend is designed for men to come and find out all that God has prepared for their heart and will include talks, praise and worship, fellowship with other Christian men, time in the Lake District, Holy Mass, Confession and prayer ministry. 12-14th September, Cor et Lumen Christi Community, The Old Convent, Wigton. Email: stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org.

Sacrament of Confirmation
Names should be forwarded to Fr. Michael as soon as possible.  There will be a gathering of candidates at Christ the King on Thursday 25th September at 7.00 pm.  Young people requesting this sacrament should really consider attending Holy Mass on Sunday!

Interested in becoming a Catholic?
If you would like to be received into full communion with the Church this Easter please come along to an informal gathering in the Presbytery at Christ the King on Wednesday 24th September at 7.00 pm.

Our Lady’s Scripture Group
Fr. John Millar will be holding a scripture study group on Mondays in the Rectory at Warwick Square at 4.30 pm and repeated at 7.30 pm.

Mass Attendance Last Weekend
Christ the King 128 and St. Margaret Mary 83 [211]

Your contribution to the parish.
Parishioners at Christ the King £425.83  and St. Margaret Mary £339.90  [£765.73] Thank you for your generosity.