Thursday, 28 July 2016

Newsletter Items: 31st July 2016

Come to an extra Mass
August is an excellent opportunity to come to Mass during the week and spend a bit of quiet time with the Lord.  Christ the King Church is open all day - why not nip in?

Fr Jacques Hamel
On Tuesday night we celebrated an impromptu Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Fr. Jacques Hamel who was murdered at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists during the celebration of Holy Mass in his parish in Normandy, France.  Please pray for peace.

La’al Big Band
West Cumbria’s very own jazz and swing dance band are coming to the parish on Saturday 17th September.  Tickets cost £10 and include a pie and pea supper.  Looks to be a great evening ahead - tickets available from Paul Lovell or from the Parish Centre.

Friday Night Youth Club
Any parishioners who would be interested in helping to set up a Friday night Youth Club/Group in the parish for young people of secondary school age please see Fr. Michael.  We hope to have a monthly youth club/group beginning in September.  One person has volunteered so far - can you help?

Deanery Pilgrimage to Lancaster
This will be held on Saturday 8th October 2016 at Lancaster Cathedral. The bus will be picking up at certain places, and the cost of the Day out is only £10. There is a list at the back of both Churches, so that you can add your name to it if you want to go on this pilgrimage. It is an opportunity to gain the Jubilee Indulgence during this Holy Year of Mercy.

St. Margaret Mary SVP Food Collection
Thank you to all who have contributed to this appeal.

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.

Attendance and Figures
63 + 50 + 89 = 202 were at Mass last weekend.  Thank you for your offering of £496.33  + £305.06  = £801.39.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham
For the Holy Year of Mercy, the Bishop is leading a pilgrimage to the national shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham, Norfolk: Thursday 29 September – Saturday 1 October. More details from the organiser, Paul Briers: guildshop@yahoo.co.uk or 01946-834834.

Our Lady & St. Wilfrid’s Warwick Bridge
This church is closed during important restoration work.  Mass is celebrated in the Stables adjacent to the Rectory: it has a limited capacity of 30 seats.

Parish Confirmations
It is hoped to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in the parish in the Spring of 2017. Young people aged 10 [i.e. Year 6+] and above should be presented for Confirmation.  It is essential that parents request this sacrament for their children. Application forms are available from Fr. Michael.

First Holy Communion
Will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 25th June 2017.  Preparation of children [aged 8 or above] to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion for the first time will begin in February 2017.  Children and their families should be in regular attendance at Holy Mass each Sunday.

Youth 2000 Summer Prayer Festival
An ideal follow-up to World Youth Day, 25-29 August, at the National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham. Visit www.youth2000.org.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Spaces are available on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, Nevers & Paris – 8 days by coach departing 3rd September from St Wilfrid's Church, Preston. No overnight travel special price of £515 per person sharing, £650 in a single room. Please contact Northern Star Travel 0161 763 8722 for further details and bookings.

CTS Book and Pamphlets
A range of CTS Books [including some beautiful books for children] and Pamphlets are available in the porch at Christ the King - an opportunity for some summer reading perhaps?

CAFOD Parish volunteer at Christ the King
Did you know that volunteers are at the heart of CAFOD’s work? Talented, generous and committed, they offer their time and energy to make a difference. We would like to recruit a CAFOD parish volunteer for Christ the King Church in the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It would include helping with the Fast Day collections at Lent and Harvest. It doesn’t take a lot of time but it does make a huge difference. If you are interested or would like to know more, please either speak to Father Docherty or contact Patrick Gardner at CAFOD Lancaster on 01772 733310 or email lancaster@cafod.org.uk.

Catholic Singles
Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email info@catholicsingles.org.uk.

Church Cleaning
This takes place at St. Margaret Mary on a Tuesday morning and at Christ the King on a Thursday morning - could you spare time to come along and lend a hand?  The more the merrier.


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