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Please leave non perishable items in the box at the back of church, ensuring they are not 'out of date' before the end of 2014.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

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