Thursday, 15 December 2016

Newsletter Items: 18th December 2016

Parish Carol Service
Will take place this Sunday evening, 18th December at 7.00 pm with Mulled Wine and Mince Pies afterwards in the Presbytery at Christ the King.  All welcome.

There are a number of opportunities to go to confession this week, please do so.

Reconciliation Service with Individual Confession

On Tuesday 20th December at 7.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary.  At least three priests will be available to hear confession.

Other times for confession
On Thursday 22nd December between 9.00 am and 10.00 am at Christ the King.
On Friday 23rd December between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary.
On Saturday 24th December between 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm.

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.
Please invite family members of Mass over Christmas…

Christmas Offertory Collection
As is traditional within the Diocese of Lancaster, the offertory collection at Christmas forms part of the annual taxable allowance to the parish priest.  Gifts included in cards does not count towards this taxable income.

Building Fund
Please remember to make a contribution to the Building and Maintenance Fund each month using the envelopes provided. Spares are available in the churches of the parish.

Attendance and Figures
At Mass last weekend 57+76+93 = 226.  Thank you for your contribution to the parish of £419.57 + £268.36 = £687.93.

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.

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. -fund/give-to-the-winter-warmth-fund or by telephoning 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 From [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 to be emptied between now and the end of January - many thanks.

Change of Priests in Carlisle
The Bishop has announced that, in January, Fr Anthony Gaskin & Fr John Millar are moving to the parish of St John XXIII, Preston. The new parish priest of Our Lady of Eden – Our Lady & St Joseph’s and Warwick Bridge churches – is Fr Chris Loughran, currently in Preston.
Please keep in your prayers all the priests who are moving in the new year and those now retiring.

Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Could all extra-ordinary ministers of Holy Communion, who take Holy Communion to the sick and housebound, please provide Fr. Michael with an up-to-date list of the people you visit, together with their addresses.  Many thanks in anticipation.

End of Term
Many thanks to all the staff of the St. Ninian Catholic Federation for your hard work, professionalism and dedication during the Autumn term.  Your work with the young people of the parish is very much appreciated.  Thanks also to the governors of the federation for your commitment to Catholic Education in this part of Carlisle.

Help Needed at Christ the King
Help is needed with the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during Mass on a Sunday morning, where we currently have only one volunteer assisting our young people.  Are you willing to help? If no one comes forward to help, this will cease at Christ the King as of 1st January. 


The parish is looking for a gardener for the large garden at Christ the King. Can you recommend one?  Pleas for help in the past have fallen on deaf ears…so we’ll have to hire one. They must be dog friendly.

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