Thursday, 13 October 2016

Newsletter Items: 16th October 2016

Novena for Forgiveness
The Holy Year of Mercy concludes on the Solemnity of Christ the King.  We are holding a novena ‘for Forgiveness’ in the form of a Holy Hour with readings, prayers and litanies.  Please come along to Christ the King at 5.00 pm to join this Novena for Forgiveness.

The Friday Club - Youth Group
Young people of the parish of secondary school age are invited to ‘The Friday Club’ on Friday 4th November in St. Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre.  The evening begins at 7.30 pm until 9.00 pm.  Cost £2.

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. Stocks are short at the moment - tinned meat and other items high in protein would be greatly appreciated.

Festival Choir
The choir will be meeting on Sunday's from 7.00 pm, beginning on Sunday 30th October, at Christ the King. We would welcome more people to join us as we get ready for Advent and Christmas.  Why not come along on the 30th and see what goes on? 

St. Margaret Mary SVP Food Distribution
Once again St Margaret Mary SVP will be distributing food parcels before Christmas to local families in need. Tinned meats and fruit are especially welcome. It is hoped to distribute parcels the week beginning 12th December so please check 'best before' dates. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.

Pax et Bonum Prayer Group
On Friday evenings between 5.00 pm and 7.30 pm, a Polish prayer group gather at Christ the King church.  Prayer for adults in the church and children in the parish room.

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
85 + 78 + 96 = 259 were at Mass last weekend.  Thank you for your offering of £452.59 + £288.24  = £740.83.

Sacred Heart Baby & Toddler Group
This group meets in St. Margaret Mary school on Wednesday mornings from 9.15 am.

Weekday Mass Times
I am currently considering celebrating an early morning Mass each day at Christ the King [at 8.00 am] rather than chopping and changing each week so that there is a regular rhythm to the liturgical life in the parish.  It would also meet a need in Carlisle for a regular early morning Mass and would facilitate a spiritual need within my own priesthood to begin each morning with the celebration of Holy Mass. At St. Margaret Mary’s there would still be a 9.15 am school Mass on a Wednesday and an evening Mass for ‘workers’ on Tuesdays [additional] and on Fridays. My rest day on Monday and Education Service Work on Thursdays [with meetings beyond 6.00 pm prevent an evening Mass on these days. I’d still welcome any views on this.

Spiritual Direction/Guidance
Fr. Michael is available [by appointment] for regular individual Spiritual Direction/Guidance.  A few parishioners already benefit from this means of spiritual support on a fortnightly basis.  Each session lasts no more than 45 minutes and is a help in personal prayer and living our calling as baptised followers of Jesus Christ. For more information, please don’t hesitate to speak to Fr. Michael.

Children’s Liturgy at St. Margaret Mary
Children's Liturgy are in need of six new angel costumes for our Christmas celebrations.
If anyone has any sewing skills and spare time, please see a member of the children's liturgy team to discuss. 

Young Adults’ Retreat
A new venture at our diocesan residential youth centre, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick: an open retreat for young adults, VI Form and older. An opportunity to discover more about your faith alongside others of your own age. The weekend of 28-30 October. Cost £65. More information: 01768-772711 or team@castleriggmanor.co.uk.

Deanery Mass for Deceased Clergy
Each year during November, the parishes of the Deanery celebrate Mass together for the deceased clergy who have served the deanery.
This year, St Augustine’s is hosting this Mass, on Tuesday 15 November at 11.00 am. All parishioners are warmly invited – indeed encouraged! – to attend.

Baby Clothes & Equipment
The Life group is looking for baby clothes and/or equipment to provide help to families in our area who are struggling to provide for their babies. Please leave your donations in either church - the basket at Christ the King and the box at St. Margaret Mary.

Absence
Fr. Michael will be absent from the parish from Monday 24th October until Friday 28th October on his annual spiritual retreat.  Please continue to pray for him.

Sacrament of the Sick
Please request the sacrament of the sick in good time for loved ones who are sick.  We have had a number of people pass away without there being recourse to a priest.  A priest is always willing to attend no matter what time of day or night to someone who requires this sacrament and to grant absolution.

Learning about Refugees
An opportunity offered by Amnesty International Carlisle Group on Wednesday 19 October, from 6.00-8.00 pm, in the Calva Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle. Includes a presentation by Carlisle Refugee Action Group.

Building and Maintenance Fund
There is the monthly collection next weekend.  Thank you in advance. Your support is very much appreciated.




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