Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Newsletter Items from 29th March 2015

Parish Finance & Figures
Thank you for the offering of £612 last weekend. 254 were at Mass - a new record.

Come and See! Group
Meets on Tuesday evening at 7.00 pm.

Meals at the Parish Centre
Monday to Wednesday 10.00 - 2.00 and Sunday 12.00-3.00 pm.  For more information contact the centre manager, Trevor Tiffin on 524295.

Easter Flowers
There will be a retiring collection after all Masses this weekend to meet the costs of flowers to decorate the churches this Easter.

Festival Choir
The festival choir meets this Sunday evening at St. Margaret Mary at 6.30 pm.  Thanks to all who have come along to sing and play.

SVP Food Parcels
These have now been distributed to needy families - thank you for your generosity and support.

Coach for the Chrism Mass
As usual Our Lady and St. Joseph is arranging a coach to the Chrism Mass at Lancaster Cathedral on Maundy Thursday, 2 April. The coach will leave at 9.00 am and return in the afternoon. Cost - £12 to be paid on the day. If you’d like to go, please contact: 01228 521509.

Red Mission Boxes
Could parishioners at Christ the King please return their red Mission Boxes to the parish so that they may be counted.

Gift Aid Envelopes
Envelopes for the next financial year are available for those parishioners who are members of the scheme.  Standing order donors do not need to take any further action unless they wish to increase their contribution.  
If a parishioner, who is a tax payer, would like to join the scheme, contact Paul on 511387 for CTK or Richard on 544737.
If you have ceased paying tax and are part of the scheme please notify the organisers.

Praying with Scripture
The next gathering will be on Thursday 23rd April.

Easter Triduum
The Easter Triduum will be celebrated at St. Margaret Mary this year.  Times are as follows:
Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.00 pm
with watching at the Altar of Repose until 10.00 pm with celebration of Compline
Good Friday
Solemn Commemoration of Our Lord’s Passion and Death 3.00 pm
Holy Saturday
The Easter Vigil 8.00 pm
This will begin outside

Easter Sunday Masses are 9.00 am at Christ the King and 11.00 am at St. Margaret Mary.

Please maintain an air of dignified silence as you enter the church for the celebration of the Triduum - particularly on Good Friday afternoon.

Blessing of Easter Food
This will take place on Holy Saturday morning at 12.00 noon.

Fr. Michael Murray RIP
Thank you to all who assisted at the funeral of Fr. Michael Murray.

Good Friday Walk of Witness
Starts at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s Church at 5.30 pm and walks to the Wayside Cross at Wetheral on the A69. 

A reminder that Good Friday is a day of Fasting and Abstinence.
Easter Collections

The Good Friday collection is to support the Holy Places in the Holy Land and the Easter Sunday collection is to the clergy of the parish.

Open Letter to the Press

Fr. Michael has signed an Open Letter along with nearly 500 priests from around the United Kingdom expressing his support and his unswerving loyalty to the teachings of the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. The text of the Letter is given below:

SIR – Following the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome in October 2014, much confusion has arisen concerning Catholic moral teaching. In this situation we wish, as Catholic priests, to re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality, founded on the Word of God and taught by the Church’s Magisterium for two millennia.
We commit ourselves anew to the task of presenting this teaching in all its fullness, while reaching out with the Lord’s compassion to those struggling to respond to the demands and challenges of the Gospel in an increasingly secular society. Furthermore, we affirm the importance of upholding the Church’s traditional discipline regarding the reception of the sacraments, and that doctrine and practice remain firmly and inseparably in harmony.
We urge all those who will participate in the second Synod in October 2015 to make a clear and firm proclamation of the Church’s unchanging moral teaching, so that confusion may be removed, and faith confirmed.

For a full list of the 461 priests who signed the letter visit

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