Thursday, 3 December 2015

Newsletter Items from 6th December 2015

‘Word on Fire’ Scripture Group
Encountering Christ in His Word is an important aspect of our practice of the Faith.  On Friday afternoons you’re invited to come along to study and pray with the preceding Sunday’s Gospel.  Begins at 3.00 pm in the Presbytery.  All welcome.

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.

Year of Mercy
The Bishop has asked that both churches send two representatives to inaugural events in the diocese at Lancaster on Tuesday 8th December at 7.00 pm [Mass of Inauguration] and on Sunday 13th December at 6.30 pm [opening of the Holy Door].  If you would like to represent the parish, please let Fr. Michael know.

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.

Advent Day of Recollection
Fr. John Millar [of Our Lady of Eden parish] is organising an Advent Day of Recollection on Saturday 19th December.  The recollection will begin at 9.00 am and conclude at Noon.  If you would be interested in attending, please contact Fr Millar on 521509 or  email:

Year of Mercy School Mass
There will be a whole school Mass on the morning of Wednesday 9th December at St. Margaret Mary to inaugurate the Year of Mercy in our parish school.

Newman Advent Carol Service
This will take place at St. Margaret Mary on the afternoon of Wednesday 9th December at 2.00 pm.  All are welcome - please come along.

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.  Please bring family, friends and neighbours along - the church will look stunning…

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. Please email: or contact Paul Lovell for more information.

Parish Statistics
Many thanks for your offering of £603 last weekend.  There were 237 at church over the weekend.

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.

Table Tennis Christmas Dinner
Saturday 19th December 7.00 pm in the Parish Centre, 3 course meal, choice of menu, £15 per person, open to all. Please email Paul Lovell: for a menu and to pre-order.

Confirmation Catechesis
Parish Confirmation Catechesis takes place on Monday evenings at Newman School at 4.00 pm.

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.  

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 016977 746484 and from Judith after the 11.00 am Mass on Sundays.

Shrine of Divine Mercy
As part of this Holy Year, Bishop Campbell has dedicated Our Lady & St Joseph’s to be a shrine of Divine Mercy. He will inaugurate this shrine on Friday 11th December at 3.30 pm by celebrating Vespers, Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction. Refreshments will follow in the New Waterton Hall - provided by our own Parish Centre team.

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.

Carlisle’s New Dementia Café
The Waterton Hall at OL&SJ is hosting a café where people living with dementia, their families and carers can meet to socialise and share experiences in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Second Wednesday of each month 10.00 am – 12 noon.

Carol Singing in Carlisle
Churches Together has organised carol singing in front of House of Fraser, Thursday 17th December at 6.30 pm. Funds will go to the charity TicToc which provides defibrillators. Please do come along to lend this good cause your strong voice! See the poster.

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
6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm Christ the King 
Christmas Day

10.00 am Christ the King

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