Thursday, 2 June 2016

Newsletter Items from 5th June 2016

First Holy Communion
Will be celebrated in the parish during the 11.00 am Mass at St. Margaret Mary this weekend.  Please pray for all the children involved and grateful thanks to all who helped prepare the children to receive our Lord in Holy Communion for the first time.

The Diocese are renewing the registration of all parish volunteers across the diocese over the coming months.  For those involved in taking Holy Communion to the sick, in children’s liturgy of the Word and adults who work with altar servers at St. Margaret Mary, please make themselves available on either the 7th or 17th June at 7.30 pm at St. Margaret Mary’s Church for the renewing of their DIB.  See James for more details or if you can’t attend on either of those evenings.

Knights of St. Columba - go camping!
Parishioners are invited to a Catholic Camping Festival between 1st-3rd July at High Wray Bank on the shores of Lake Windermere.  £20 a pitch camping, vans and caravans.  For more info, contact Paul on 07788818535 or visit  Book early to avoid disappointment.

Fashion Show
Thank you for your response to the Fashion Show - this event is now SOLD OUT.

Parish Visitation
Bishop Michael Campbell will be in the parish next weekend 11th - 13th June for the Episcopal Visitation of the Parish.  He is eager to meet parishioners. There will a shared lunch on Sunday 12th June in the Parish Centre from 12.00 noon.  He will meet with the Parish Pastoral Council at 7.15 pm on Saturday evening. Please come along to this to show the vitality and diversity within our parish.

Resources for Faith and Prayer
A new Catholic Truth Society display has been bought for the parish and can be found at Christ the King.  It provides resources for personal faith development and to deepen personal prayer.  A range of titles are available for purchase and will be restocked throughout the year.  Place monies in the box nearby in the slot marked CTS.  

Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative via the basket in the porch at Christ the King. We have been asked by Carlisle Food Bank if we can particularly supply UHT Milk, Rice Pudding, Custard, Tinned Fruit, Pasta Sauce. There is a basket in the porch for items 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.

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 6.00-7.00 pm.

A Spiritual Spa Day for Women - with Cathy Fava
Come and be refreshed in the Living Water - A day for women to experience the renewing love of God.  Saturday 11th June 2016 Cor et Lumen Christi, Wigton, CA7 9HU - DONATION ONLY EVENT. To book or for more information: Web:  Email:  Tel: 016973 45623.

A Parish Family Party
A family-friendly party celebrating the "Joy of Love" on 17th of June at 5.30 - 7.00 pm in the Parish Centre, Scalegate Road. There will be a disco, ceilidh dance, treasure hunt and outdoor games. Please bring your favourite party food to share and lots of Joy. More details on the leaflets available in church.

The Gospel of John 
A holiday and study week, 25 June-2 July, Boarbank Hall. A chance to study St John’s Gospel as literature, as history, as theology……. through lectures, reading, and discussion. An opportunity for daily prayer and liturgy with a Community. Time to think about your faith. To be part of a small, friendly, group. To share home-made meals. Freedom to explore the Cumbrian countryside. See the flyers. To book a place, contact: Sr Margaret Atkins on 015395-32288 or visit 

Vocations Discovery Weekend
Is God calling you to be a priest? For men aged 20+ between 10th and 12th June in Hawkshead. To book a place or for more information, contact Fr. Darren on 01772 719604.

Parish Mission at Our Lady’s & St Joseph’s
All are welcome to take part in the various events happening during the week of Parish Mission at OL&SJ, 10-16 July: daily spiritual conference after the 12.10 pm Mass; Sermon & Benediction 7.00 pm; opportunities for Confession.

Ladies Group
Meet at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday evening at 7.30 pm.  All are welcome to come along.

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme
Nationally, there are plans to hold vigils to commemorate the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, Thursday 30 June. There’s a proposal to hold a Vigil Service at the Rickerby Memorial. Sunset that evening is at 9.41 pm; and so an assembly from 9.15 pm for a 9.30 pm start. If you’d like to take part as a musician, singer, reader, etc, please contact Tony Parrini: or call 674553 / 07809-154999.

Diocesan pilgrimage to Ladyewell
Our annual diocesan pilgrimage to the medieval shrine at Ladyewell, near Preston, takes place on Saturday 2 July.

Women and the Year of Mercy 
Carmelite priest, Fr John McGowan, of the Tabor community, Preston, will lead Women together in the Diocese, in the theme of Mercy in the Year of Mercy. Saturday 18 June, 10.00 am-3.30 pm, St Joseph’s church, Ansdell FY8 0EP. 

Attendance and Figures

55 + 72 + 88 = 215 were at Mass last weekend.  Thank you for your offering of £593.40 + £278.40 = £871.80

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