Friday, 6 November 2015

Newsletter Items from 8th November 2015

Month of the Holy Souls
The Novena of Masses for the Month of the Holy Souls has begun - it is not too late to join deceased members of your family and friends to the intentions of this Novena: simply include their name in the ‘November Dead List’ envelopes and hand to Fr. Michael as soon as possible.

Faith on Tap
Thanks to all who came along on Thursday evening [more than 50 of you] to hear Bishop John Keenan speak about the vocation of the laity. The next Faith on Tap will be on Thursday 19th November when we welcome Fr. Marcus Holden, who will talk about the Catholic Culture of England.

Parish Statistics
Many thanks for your offering of £774.59 last weekend.  There were 287 at church over the weekend.

Interested in becoming a Catholic?
There will be an informal meeting for anyone interested in becoming a Catholic on Tuesday 17th November at 7.30 pm in the Presbytery at Christ the King.

Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative via the basket in the porch at Christ the King.

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
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.

Advent weekend for young people
Castlerigg 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. More information: 01768-772711/

Forty Hours Devotion
The Forty-Hours devotion will be held at Christ the King during the weekend of 21st-22nd November.  Sign up sheets and donation forms for candles are available. Do we go overnight?

Confirmation Catechesis
Parish Confirmation Catechesis begins on Monday evening at Newman School at 
4.00 pm.

Christmas Tree Festival
The Christmas Tree Festival will be taking place from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December  at Christ The King Church. We are looking for volunteers to help with welcoming and refreshments during the weekend.  Sign up forms are available in church.

Carol Service - Festival Choir
Our Carol Service is taking place on Sunday 13th December at 6.00 pm in Christ The King Church.  Rehearsals begin on Sunday evenings from Sunday 8th November at Christ The King.  All are welcome to join us especially new members.

St Margaret Mary SVP
We are now collecting for our local families in need for Christmas food parcels. We hope to deliver these by 17th December at the latest so please check best before dates. We will also continue to work with Carlisle Action for Calais and make up food packages. There are lists of suggested items on the tables in church at St. Margaret Mary.  

November Blessing of Graves
The annual Blessing of Graves at Upperby Cemetery will be held on Sunday 15th November at 3.00 pm. 

Holy Souls Indulgences
A plenary indulgence is available every day during November under the usual conditions (confession, communion and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father) by visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead. These indulgences can only be applied to the Holy Souls. 

Requiem Mass for the War Dead
Next Sunday’s 11.00 am will be a Requiem Mass for the Repose of the Souls of those killed while serving our country in the Armed Forces.  

Mass for the Sick and House Bound and the inauguration of the Holy Year of Mercy
The Holy Year of Mercy will be inaugurated in the parish on Tuesday 8th December with a Mass of Anointing for the Sick and Housebound.  Organised by Christ the King SVP, the Mass will be celebrated at 2.00 pm followed by refreshments in Harraby Catholic Club.

Mission Boxes
Red boxes in both sides of the parish are due for collection.  At St. Margaret Mary, please bring in for your rep, Alison Hather, and at Christ the King to Elaine Dias.

KSC Family Quiz Night
The Knights of St. Columba are organising a Family Quiz night on Friday 11th December from 7.30 pm - 10.00 pm in the Parish Centre. email or contact Paul Lovell for more information.

Solway Singers Concert
On Saturday 12th December at 7.30 pm at St. Margaret Mary’s, a concert of Christmas Music [St. Nicholas Mass & Carols].  Tickets £7.50 - school-age children free.  Tickets may be obtained by ringing 01228 402012 or 016977746484 and from Judith after the 
11.00  am Mass on Sundays.

Light up a Life
Eden Valley Hospice has arranged the following services: Friday 4 December, Carlisle Cathedral Carol Service, 7.30 pm, featuring Kingmoor Junior School & Cathedral Carliol Choir.
Sunday 13 December, Hospice Grounds, 4.30pm, featuring Salvation Army Brass Band and Mike Zeller, BBC Radio Cumbria.

See the poster in the foyer. For more information: Tel: 810801/email or visit

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