Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Newsletter Items: 11th December 2016

Reconciliation Service with Individual Confession
An ideal opportunity to go to confession before Christmas. On Tuesday 20th December at 7.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary.  At least three priests will be available to hear confession - why not come along? Other opportunities for the sacrament will be available nearer Christmas but please take this opportunity to go to confession.

Parish Carol Service
Will take place on the evening of Sunday 18th December at 7.00 pm with refreshments afterwards in the Presbytery at Christ the King.  All welcome.

Help Required

On Thursday 15th December we will be getting the Church of Christ The King ready for Christmas.  We would appreciate some help to clean and decorate the church,  assemble the crib  and erect the large Christmas Trees on the Sanctuary.  If you could spare an hour or so, we will be starting after coffee at 10.30 am. Many thanks.

Walsingham Support Carol Service
This annual event in the parish takes place on Wednesday evening at 5.30 pm at Christ the King. Walsingham Support is a leading national charity providing highly personalised services for around 400 people with learning disabilities, autism, brain injuries and complex needs. All are welcome to come along.

Schools Carol Service
Also on Wednesday evening, the schools of the St. Ninian Catholic Federation [St. Margaret Mary and St. Cuthbert] will hold a Carol Service at St. Margaret Mary on Wednesday Evening at 6.00 pm.  All are welcome to come along.

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.

Mass During the Seasons of Advent and Lent
There will be a parish spiritual reflection on the celebration of Mass on Tuesday evening at St. Margaret Mary Church - all welcome.


The Friday Club - Youth Group
The Youth Group will resume after a break for Christmas and the New Year.

SVP Mass for the Sick and Housebound
Thank you to all who helped organise this celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick.  If anyone who is poorly would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick, please contact Fr. Michael directly.

St. Margaret Mary SVP Food Distribution
Thank you to all who have contributed to this collection of food and other items. 

Attendance and Figures
Figures were not available at the time of publication.

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.

St Margaret Mary Nursery Places Available from Easter 2017
A reminder to parents that we are now accepting applications for 3 year olds  for Nursery for April 2017. The deadline for applications is 15th January 2017. Please contact School on 01228 401800 for a form.

Carol Singing in the City
Churches Together has organised carol singing on Thursday 15 December at 6.30 pm in The Lanes by Primark, Carlisle. All welcome. 

Donations for Christmas Flowers
Donations for Christmas Flowers will be gratefully received. There will be a retiring collection at Christ the King this Sunday, 11th December, for this purpose.  Many thanks.

Winter Warmth Appeal 
Cumbria Community Foundation is encouraging people to donate to the Winter Warmth Appeal, which last year helped more than 1,000 older Cumbrians out of fuel poverty. Those in receipt of the Winter Fuel Payment who do not need it, can donate it to help those who cannot afford to heat their homes. www.cumbriafoundation.org/winter-warmth -fund/give-to-the-winter-warmth-fund or by phoning 01900 825760. 

Health & Salvation: Time & Health
Are you a doctor, nurse, hospital chaplain or other healthcare professional? … needing a restorative break? … interested in connecting work and faith?
The Augustinian Sisters invite you to join them from 9 - 14 January at Boarbank Hall, Grange-over-Sands. More details at 

Mass in the Extra-Ordinary Form
With the approval of Bishop Michael Campbell, Mass will be celebrated in the Extra-Ordinary Form [according to the Missal of 1962] on the First Sunday of each month at 6.00 pm in Christ the King Church. This will begin on Sunday 5th February 2017.  This is as a result of recent clergy moves in Carlisle and the need to serve the pastoral needs of those attached to the Extra-Ordinary Form in accordance with the Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum.  Anyone is welcome to assist at this Mass which fulfils the Sunday obligation to attend Holy Mass.

Red Mission Boxes
Please return Red Mission Boxes which are to be emptied between now and the end of January - many thanks.

Thank You

Thanks to the Friends of St. Margaret Mary who have donated £500 towards the Building and Maintenance Fund.

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