Mass During the Seasons of Advent and Lent
Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, invited priests last July to consider celebrating Holy Mass facing the same direction as the congregation from the first Sunday of Advent. Having given this invitation serious prayerful thought, it is my intention to face the same direction as the people during the Eucharistic Prayer and Communion Rite [the way we celebrate Holy Mass on Friday evenings at St. Margaret Mary and on our parish feast day]. Mass will be celebrated in this way during the season of Advent and the season of Lent. Outside those seasons [i.e. Christmas, Easter and Ordinary Time] we will revert to the orientation where the priest faces in the opposite direction to the congregation. An information sheet is available for you to take away. There will be an opportunity to reflect on this way of celebrating Holy Mass on Tuesday 13th December at 7.30 pm at Christ the King to which all are invited. Thank you to those who came along on Wednesday evening.
Novena of Masses for Deceased Relatives and Friends
The Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls concludes on Monday.
The Friday Club - Youth Group
Young people from Years 6,7,8 are invited to ‘The Friday Club’ on Friday 2nd December in St. Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre. The evening begins at 7.30 pm until 9.00 pm. Cost £2.
SVP Mass for the Sick and Housebound
This will be held at Christ the King on Tuesday 6th December at 2.00 pm. Refreshments will follow in Harraby Catholic Club. All are welcome. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated during this Mass.
Meets on Sunday evening. We would welcome more people to join us as we get ready for Advent and Christmas. Why not come along and see what goes on?
St. Margaret Mary SVP Food Distribution
Tinned meats and fruit are especially welcome. It is hoped to distribute parcels the week beginning 12th December so please check 'best before' dates.
Attendance and Figures
74+76+88 = 238 were at Mass last weekend. If you notice someone missing from Mass - why not give them a call to check they’re ok during the winter months? Thank you for your offering last weekend of £430.42 + £216.87 = £647.29.
Noodle Night at Margaret Mary
Thank you to all who supported this event - over £300 was raised for the Parish Building and Maintenance Fund.
Fr John Millar will lead a workshop for Readers on Saturday, 3 December at Waterton Hall OL&SJ from 11.00 am - 2.30 pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Please take a packed lunch. All readers in the parish are encouraged to go along.
Christmas Flower Demonstration in Aid of Mary’s Meals
John Dalton will give a flower demonstration on Thursday, 1 December from 7.00 - 9.00 pm in St Augustine’s church social room, Waverley Road CA3 9JU. Tickets will be £5 and include a glass of wine or juice. All proceeds to Mary’s Meals. Tickets on sale from Sarah Hinde - tel:016977-42650.
Advent should be an opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Lord. Two additional Masses are celebrated in this season - why not make an effort to attend Mass during the week?
Fr. Michael on Inspection
Fr. Michael will be away on Wednesday and Thursday this week at St. Bernard’s Catholic High School in Barrow-in-Furness.
Christmas Mass Times
Saturday 24th December - Vigil Masses
St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm [Carols from 6.00]
Christ the King 10.00 pm [Carols from 9.30]
Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day
St. Margaret Mary 8.00 am
Christ the King 10.00 am
The 8.00 am Christmas Morning Mass is for those who would appreciate an early Mass on Christmas Morning.
Cumberland Infirmary Chaplaincy — Can You Help?
The ecumenical Voluntary Chaplaincy at the Cumberland Infirmary seeks more Catholic support. Fr Jim Allen, our Catholic Chaplain, envisages a commitment of about two hours weekly, variable according to availability. Support will be provided. Please speak to Sr. Maureen if you are interested in this opportunity.
Open Day at the Cenacolo Community
The Cenacolo Community at Dodding Green, Mealbank near Kendal, is holding its pre-Christmas Open Day for Friends of the Community, on Saturday 3 December, from 10.00 am and concluding with an open air nativity presentation at about 4.30 pm, weather permitting! All welcome.
This weekend we have a pastoral letter from Bishop Michael Campbell OSA, Bishop of Lancaster.
Eden Valley Hospice - Light Up a Light.
The annual ‘Light Up a Life Service’, will be held in the grounds of the Hospice on Sunday, 4th December at 3.30 pm. The annual Carol Service in Carlisle’s Anglican Cathedral will take place on Friday, 9th December at 7.30 pm.
Christmas Tree Festival
Due to a poor response from parishioners last year, it was decided that there would be no Christmas Tree Festival at Christ the King this year. Thank you to those who helped organise the festival over the past two years.
Parish Carol Service
Will take place on the evening of Sunday 11th December with refreshments afterwards in the Presbytery at Christ the King. All welcome.