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