Thursday, 23 April 2015

Newsletter Items from 26th April 2015

Parish Finance & Figures
Thank you for your offering last weekend which totalled £658.61  Attendance was 227.

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.

What would happen if we really gave ourselves to God's presence with deep expectation? How often do we make the space to ENCOUNTER God? You are invited to a weekend with the Cor et Lumen Christi community, St Cuthbert’s The Old Convent, Wigton, CA7 9HU, on 8-10 May.
This weekend will include input to help us grow in expectation and hunger for the living God, and opportunities to really soak in the divine presence by giving our time to God in a variety of ways. Donation only event after £10 registration fee, includes meals! To register, phone 016973-45623, or visit

Family weekend at Castlerigg Manor
Our diocesan residential youth centre, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick, welcomes families to join in their Family Weekend: 22-24 May. Cost: £75 adult, £50 child. More information from 01768-772711, or e-mail

Bishop Michael Campbell will confirm young parishioners at a Mass at Christ the King on Tuesday 28th April at 7.00 pm.  There will be a rehearsal on Sunday 26th April at Christ the King at 7.00 pm - sponsors should also attend this rehearsal if they are able. Parishioners are very welcome to attend although please be aware that it may be a tad busy…

First Holy Communion
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.

The church lawns at Christ the King
Volunteers are needed to keep the lawns at Christ the King tidy.  The parish has a self-propelled mower which makes it easier.  See Fr. Michael.

Mission Boxes at St. Margaret Mary
Those who would like their mission boxes emptied or those who would like mission boxes, please contact Alison Hather at St. Margaret Mary.

Extra-Ordinary Holy Year
Pope Francis has declared an extra-ordinary Holy Year which will begin on December 8th 2015 - a Jubilee of Mercy.  This Holy Year will be be officially proclaimed at St. Peter’s this Sunday.  At its heart is a call for us all to enter into a deeper communion with God symbolised through our passing through the Holy Doors.  A pilgrimage to Rome is a feature of the Holy Year: if you would be interested in joining a parish pilgrimage to Rome during the Holy Year, then please see Fr. Michael.  It would be dependent on at least 30 parishioners expressing a serious interest in a pilgrimage.

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!

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 –  Tel: 01772 719604 Mobile 07552795060 or Fr. John Millar – 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.  

Faith on Tap
[Hopefully] commencing Thursday 7th May, we will 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!  On Thursday 7th May, St. 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 Eikman.  A wonderful opportunity to come along in a relaxed setting and explore our wonderful Faith!

Pastoral Letter & Retiring Collection

This weekend we have a pastoral letter from Bishop Michael Campbell, O.S.A. There is also a retiring collection for the Ecclesiastical Education Fund which funds the training of men for the priesthood in the diocese.  It costs around £140,000 to train a priest over the seven years of study required.  

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