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.


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Please leave non perishable items in the box at the back of church, ensuring they are not 'out of date' before the end of 2014.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

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.

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