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Please leave non perishable items in the box at the back of church, ensuring they are not 'out of date' before the end of 2014.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.

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 or 016973 45623 or email

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.

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