Parish Finance & Figures
Thank you for your offering last weekend which totalled £628.70. Attendance was 252.
Faith on Tap - this week! Come along!
This Thursday 7th May we begin a series of monthly evenings at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre. The aim of the evenings is to enable exploration of the Catholic Faith - there will a talk for enquiring minds from gifted speakers! Sr. Roseann Reddy of Glasgow’s Sisters of the Gospel of Life will be with us for a talk followed by opportunities for questions. Future speakers include Bishop John Keenan, Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, Dr. Caroline Hull, Canon Luiz Ruscillo, Rev. Dr. Andrew Pinsent and Sr Julian Ekman RSM. A wonderful opportunity to come along in a relaxed setting and explore our wonderful Faith!
Meals at the Parish Centre
Monday to Wednesday 10.00 am - 2.00 pm and Sunday 12.00 - 3.00 pm. For more information contact the centre manager, Trevor Tiffin, on 524295.
Meet this Tuesday at St. Margaret Mary’s - all are welcome to come along. The group meets at 7.30 pm.
Novena for Vocations
There will be a Novena for Vocations in the deanery commencing Friday 15th May - we will host on Tuesday 19th May at Christ the King with a Holy Hour between 6.00 and 7.00 pm. The Novena will culminate at Our Lady and St. Joseph with a Holy Hour and Benediction beginning at 3.15 pm. More details to follow shortly.
Many thanks to all who helped to make the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday evening such a success. Singers, musicians, readers, servers, sacristans and welcomers. The Bishop has written to thank the parish saying “The church looked absolutely stunning and the Confirmation was splendid – please do pass on my sincere thanks to all who were involved in this wonderful celebration”. Thanks especially to Ann Pinguey who has accompanied the candidates on their journey to the sacrament.
Thanks also to Harraby Catholic Club for hosting the celebration afterwards and to the team at St. Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre for the wonderful spread - it was great to see the two social institutions of the parish working together.
First Holy Communion
Catechesis continues this Thursday. There are now 15 candidates for First Holy Communion - please keep them in your prayers. First Holy Communion will be celebrated during the 11.00 am Mass on Sunday 14th June.
Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative via the basket in the porch at Christ the King.
Mission Boxes at St. Margaret Mary
If you would like your mission boxes emptied or would like to obtain some, please contact
Alison Hather at St. Margaret Mary.
Extra-Ordinary Holy Year
A pilgrimage to Rome is being planned for May 2016. There will be a planning meeting for those interested in joining the pilgrimage this Tuesday at 6.00 pm - where we’ll discuss the length of the pilgrimage and the price range.
Parishioners are still attempting to ‘book a Christening’ via the telephone. Parents should attend a Sunday celebration of Holy Mass and then meet Fr. Michael in person. It is still the expectation when baptising children there is some hope that they will be brought up as practicing Catholics i.e. that they will grow up knowing that being at the Sunday celebration of Mass is a normal part of being a Catholic: how can they do that if their parents are not attending? Studies have shown that it is often the witness given by a child’s father that is most influential in this - so pray for dads!
The six sessions for those preparing to be married in the parish this year will begin in the Presbytery this Wednesday at 5.15 pm. Two weddings will be celebrated in the parish this year. [I’ll need a curate at this rate….]
Is God calling you? 15 to 17 year olds
Have you ever wondered what God’s plan is for you? Have you ever thought that God may be calling you to serve his people as a priest? If your answer is yes to one or both of these questions, then why not contact the Vocations Team and begin to discover what God’s plan is for you. Contact Fr. Darren Carden – email@example.com /Tel: 01772 719604 / Mobile 07552795060 or Fr. John Millar – firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: 01228 521509.
Developing Catechesis in the Parish
Could God be calling you to build up His kingdom by helping others to be formed in the faith? The parish needs willing and able volunteers to assist in the field of catechesis. We have a strong First Holy Communion team but we’re looking to introduce programmes for Baptism, Confirmation and Marriage from September. Please pray about this as the future of the parish very much depends on individual parishioners willing to help others to deepen their faith through learning.
CAFOD has launched a £3m emergency appeal following the earthquake in Nepal. Thousands of people in this already impoverished country have been killed and many thousands more are in urgent need of food, water, shelter and emergency supplies. 8 million people are affected. CAFOD is responding with Church partners and has deployed a team to provide specialist support.
There will be a retiring collection next weekend in support of CAFOD’s appeal. You may want to give via the Disaster Emergency Committee - http://www.dec.org.uk | 0370 60 60 900 | or at your own bank.