Thursday, 14 May 2015

Newsletter Items: 17th May 2015

Parish Finance & Figures
Thank you for your offering last weekend which totalled £707.40  Attendance was 238.

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.

Novena for Vocations
There will be a Novena for Vocations in the deanery commencing Friday 15th May.  Here is the list of churches and times of the Novena:
Friday 15 May
7.00–8.00pm, Wigton, St. Cuthbert.
Saturday 16 May
5.00-6.00pm, Appleby, Our Lady.
Saturday 16 May
10.30-11.30am, Penrith, St. Catherine. 
Sunday 17 May
3.15-4.15pm, Carlisle, Our Lady & St. Joseph. Monday 18 May
6.00-7.00pm, Carlisle, St. Augustine.
Tuesday 19 May
6.00-7.00pm, Christ the King.
Wednesday 20 May
6.00-7.00pm, Carlisle, St. Edmund.
Thursday 21 May
6.00-7.00pm, Carlisle, St. Bede.
Friday 22 May
7.00-8.00pm, Wigton, St. Cuthbert. 
Saturday 23 May
9.00-10.00am Penrith, St. Catherine.
Sunday 24 May
3.15-4.15pm Carlisle, Our Lady & St. Joseph

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. 
Parents of children are reminded that attending Mass on Sunday is an essential part of the preparation for First Holy Communion.

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
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 Pilgrimage
A good number have responded to the suggestion for a pilgrimage to Rome in 2016.  Booking forms should be available shortly.

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 – 01772 719604/Mobile 07552795060 or Fr. John Millar – 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 this essential formation.  

Nepal Disaster
Thank you for your response to the appeal last weekend.  You can continue to give via the Disaster Emergency Committee - | 0370 60 60 900 | or at your own bank.

Family weekend at Castlerigg Manor
Our diocesan residential youth centre, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick, is hosting a Family Weekend: 22-24 May. Cost: £75 adult/£50 child. More information from 01768-772711 or e-mail

Pilgrimage to Ladyewell 
The parishes of St. Bede’s & St. Edmund’s have arranged a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady near Preston, on Tuesday 26 May. Cost approx. £13; coach will leave St. Bede’s Church at 8.00 am, returning around 6.00 pm. 
There will be a talk on the Shrine, Mass, prayer before the reliquary of the Catholic martyrs and some private time, before travelling back via Keswick where you will have an hour or two free time. Please bring a packed lunch. If you’d like to go, please phone Fr Jim on 521704. 

Parish Solemnity
Please make a note in your diary.  The Solemnity will be celebrated with a Solemn Mass at 7.00 pm on Friday 12th June.  Damian Howard, Lancaster Cathedral organist, will play.  Fr. Mark McManus, Dean of Chesterfield, will preach.

Wednesday & Thursday
Fr. Michael is part of the team inspecting Christ the King High School in Preston on Wednesday and Thursday this week.  As a result of this, there will be no public celebration of Mass in the parish on these days.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Parish Pastoral Council

Meet on Thursday evening at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.

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