Thursday, 17 December 2015

Newsletter Items from 20th December 2015

Christmas Mass Times in the Parish
Masses will be celebrated at the following times for fulfilment of the obligation to attend Holy Mass for Christmas
Christmas Eve - carols 30 mins before Mass
6.30pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00pm Christ the King 
Christmas Day
10.00am Christ the King
Please invite family members and friends to come along to Mass this Christmas. 

Confession
There are a number of opportunities to make use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation this week in the parish - please see times in the Parish Diary section.
During the Holy Year of Mercy, we are encouraged to make frequent use of the Sacrament of Confession - please consider going to confession at least once a month during the Holy Year.  Additional opportunities to frequent this sacrament will be made available during the Holy Year.

Thank you
A big thank you to those who supported the concert last Saturday in so many different ways: those who bought tickets and sold them; those who made cakes and savouries for the choir; those who ran around carrying goods and offering lifts and those who offered financial help and advice.  Thanks too to the school for the loan of thirty chairs.  The choir said the church looked beautiful and that it was a lovely place to sing in.  They would be very happy to come to St. Margaret Mary again.
Thanks to all involved in the Christmas Tree festival last weekend - a lot of hard work, commitment and dedication from a small team of dedicated workers: thanks to the charities and groups who provided the trees; to those who helped set up and clear away; the festival choir and musicians for their many months rehearsing; to those who provided a welcome and refreshments over the weekend and for all who came to the Carol Service on Sunday evening.  

The Floods
All Catholics of the Diocese of Lancaster are encouraged to support an emergency appeal that has been launched by Cumbria Community Foundation. Cheques, made payable to: Cumbria Community Foundation, can be sent to CCF, Dovenby Hall, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN. Donations can also be made by text – 70070 with the message ‘FLUD15’ and a monetary amount. For example, ‘FLUD15 £10’.
Please keep staff and pupils of Newman Catholic School in your prayers at this time.  Plans are beginning to be put in place so that the school may resume teaching as soon as possible.

Floods — Helping Practically
Volunteers. There are opportunities to help relieve members of the volunteer corps. If you have a few hours to spare to help run the receipt and distribution centre at  Fusehill Street University Campus, Tony Parrini will gladly receive your offer to help. Shifts are from 10.00am-1.00pm, 1.00-5.00pm (4.00pm Sundays). Contact Tony on 01228-674553 and leave your contact details.
Accommodation. Carlisle is apparently full: there’s no room at the inn! If you know differently and could accommodate someone for a few weeks, please call into the Old Town Hall or phone 01228-817200. Likewise, if you have a room to spare or hospitality to share over the Christmas period.

Bible Alive
This publication - a very useful one to help you foster daily prayer - is available to purchase from the back of church.  Very reasonably priced at £2.25.

Parish Statistics
218 were at Mass last weekend in the parish.  Thank you for your offering of £717.70

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.

Young people  — pilgrimage to Lourdes
Year 11+. A great week of faith, service, fun and friendship for the young people of our diocese, 21-30 July 2016. Deadline for applications: 28 February 2016. Book on-line now at www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/yatm-events.  The parish will assist in funding this pilgrimage for any young person interested in this.

Hour of prayer for Syria 
Sr Gerald & Sr Maureen invite you to join them each week to pray for a change of heart for the people of violence in Syria and for their victims. Mondays, 6.00-7.00pm.

Carlisle Food Bank 
We have been asked by the Carlisle Food Bank if we can particularly supply items with a high protein content like UHT Milk, tinned meats and/or fish etc. There is a basket in the porch for items at Christ the King.

Year for Priestly Vocations
The parish has received the travelling icon for this year of prayer for priestly vocations.  There will be a Mass for Vocations during the Christmas octave, in which we will formally welcome this icon.

Christmas Offering
The offering given during the Christmas Masses forms part of Fr. Michael’s annual taxable allowance from the parish.  Gifts enclosed in cards etc are not included in this.

Our Christmas Crib Collections
Our Christmas Crib Collections will promote this year’s Mission Together (Missio) campaign [the same people as the Red Mission Boxes]. Please be generous in the crib offering.

End of Term
We wish all members of staff and pupils at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School a well earned Christmas break. 

Mass intentions

Thank you for requesting that Masses be offered for specific intentions.  A high volume has been received in recent weeks - please be patient: Masses will be offered for those intentions as soon as possible.  Please give plenty of notice (at least a month’s) for a specific date.

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