Fr. Michael is on his annual [silent] spiritual retreat in Glasgow this week - please pray for him. If you need a priest in an emergency, please contact the priests at Warwick Square - 521509.
Faith on Tap
Next Month we have two ‘Faith on Tap’ talks: on 5th November we welcome Bishop John Keenan and then on 19th November we welcome Fr. Marcus Holden.
SVP St. Margaret Mary’s
Until October 25th our weekly collections after mass will be jointly in aid of Syrian refugees and the Calais refugee camp. In addition to this, we will also be collecting food and clothing to pass on to Calais Action Carlisle. For further information contact Elisabeth, Kathleen or Richard ( 544737 ).
After October 25th, we will begin our usual food parcel collection to pass on to local families at Christmas. Please use the box at the back of church as usual.
A table will be set up at the back of church this Sunday to enable Parishioners at St. Margaret Mary to pick up a shoe box and put in warm clothing, toiletries “Male and Female”, Scarfs & Gloves etc. Please see Elisabeth, Maria or Alison for further details.
St. Margaret Mary Shared Lunch
In honour of the feast of St. Margaret Mary and following on from the success of the Christ the King 60th one - there will be a shared lunch this Sunday from 1.00 pm in the Parish Centre at St. Margaret Mary’s - please come along.
Sacred Heart Toddlers
On Wednesday mornings from 9.15 am at St. Margaret Mary School.
Catholicism: the New Evangelisation
This course resumes on Tuesday 13th October at 7.30 pm at Christ the King. All welcome.
Many thanks for your offering of £794.98 last weekend. There were 280 at church over the weekend.
Interested in becoming a Catholic?
If you are interested or know someone who is interested in becoming a Roman Catholic, an informal group will be formed after half term in October to explore the richness of the Catholic Faith. Contact Fr. Michael for more details or just for a chat.
Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative via the basket in the porch at Christ the King.
Bilingual Prayer Books and Readings
Bilingual prayer books are available in both churches for use during the celebration of Holy Mass - in Polish, Spanish and Portuguese.
Room at the inn?
Charity HOST is seeking friendly people who could volunteer to offer an invitation to adult international students for a day, weekend, or for four days at Christmas. Learn about other cultures, welcome a guest far from home, and make the world a little friendlier! To be put in touch with your local organiser, visit www.hostuk.org or call 020 7739 6292.
Praying for vocations
In this Year of Priestly Vocations in the diocese, please pray daily for this intention [using the Diocesan Prayer Card or the prayer found on the front of this newsletter] and consider attending the Eucharistic Holy Hour held in each church of the parish every week.
Holy Hour for Syria
We are asking for Your support to pray for a change of heart for the men and women of violence in Syria and for their victims. There will be adoration between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm in Christ the King Church every Monday. We hope you can spare some time to join us. Sr Gerald & Sr. Maureen.
SVP Appeal at Christ the King
Any pre-decimal or unwanted foreign coins can be placed in the SVP box at Christ the King.
Carlisle Keys which works with homeless and vulnerable young people would like donations of unwanted new, or partially used, toiletries. These can be left in the Foodbank basket at Christ the King.
First Holy Communion 2016
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 5th June 2016. There will be an initial meeting for parents on Thursday 21st January 2016 and preparation of candidates will begin on Thursday 4th February. Regular attendance at Sunday Mass is an essential part of the preparation.
Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
There will be a formation day at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s on Saturday 24th October 2015 beginning at 1.00 pm led by Fr. John Millar. Could all extra-ordinary ministers please attend. Cost is £5 on the day to cover expenses.
Carlisle Volunteering Fair
Volunteers throughout Carlisle and District are urgently needed to support a large range of different local organisations. Cumbria CVS in partnership with Carlisle Youth Zone have organised a Volunteering Fair on Wednesday, 21 October from 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm at Carlisle Youth Zone, Victoria Place, Carlisle. If you are interested in volunteering, please come along to find out more.
Advent weekend for young people
Casterigg Manor, Keswick, 11-13 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. For more information, please call 01768-772711 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day of Renewal — Preston
Renewed in the Holy Spirit is the theme of a day of renewal led by Fr Martin Onouha, St Clare’s parish hall, Sharoe Green Lane, Preston PR2 9HH; Saturday 31 October, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. Contact Bernard Loveland, on 015395-63391 for further information.