Thursday, 26 January 2017

Newsletter Items: 29th January 2017

Attendance and Figures
At Mass last weekend 72 + 70 + 101 = 243.  Thank you for your contribution of £535.66 +   £309 = £844.66.

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 Box at St. Margaret Mary.

First Holy Communion
Parents who would like their children to make their First Holy Communion this year are invited to a meeting on Thursday 16th February at 6.00 pm in St. Margaret Mary Church to enrol their children in the programme.  First Holy Communion will be cerebrated on Sunday 25th June during the 11.00 am parish Mass.

Sacrament of Confirmation
Application forms are available for young people [Year 6 and above] to apply for this sacrament.  Please return to Fr Michael by 19th February.  Once numbers are known, we will apply to the bishop for a date for the celebration and begin preparation.

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.

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

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Will resume at Christ the King after Half Term [Sunday 5th March].

Mass Intentions
It is a noble Catholic Tradition to have Masses celebrated for the intention of our loved ones who have died but also for the living - friends and family members who are in need of prayers [for example on the occasion of a birthday, new job, seeking employment, travelling, illness].  The process for requesting this is simple.  Envelopes are available in both churches.  All you have to do is write the name of the person or intention, give a date when you would like this to be celebrated and enclose a donation - a ‘stipend’ - and then hand in to the priest.  The priest is obliged to celebrate that Mass within a year - if he is unable to fulfil this himself he sends the intention to Missionary or other priests in need of such stipends.  It is optional to have a ‘Mass Card’ signed if you want the person to know that Mass is being celebrated for them - a range of Mass cards are available to purchase in both churches.  
You are allowed to ask to have Masses celebrated for your own intention - St. Anselm said “A single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death.”  This can be done as a ‘Special Intention’ or ‘Private Intention’.
When was the last time you asked for Mass to be offered for a particular intention? Why not make this request this week?  Let’s restore the Mass to the true centre of our faith by living out this powerful tradition of the Catholic Faith.  Let’s ‘up our game’ in 2017.
“Put all the good works in the world against one Holy Mass; they will be as a grain of sand beside a mountain.” St. John Vianney

Learning More About The Faith
In February we will have a new opportunity to learn more about our faith using Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism series.  Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people. CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilisation.  The series will be held fortnightly on Tuesday evenings in the Parish Centre after Mass. Optional personal study material will be available to take away. More information over the coming weeks.

Absence
Fr. Michael will be away from the parish between Monday 6th and Thursday 9th February.  He’ll be engaged in work for the diocese education service in Assisi of all places…

Lourdes - Diocesan Youth Service
Our annual Diocesan pilgrimage celebrates its 90th anniversary this year and travelling with the Youth Service is a great way for young people to get to know the story of Lourdes and grow in faith through service, prayer, catechesis and time spent with other young Catholics. Open to ages Year 11+, prices from £650 for coach travel.  (Flight information will follow.) 19th - 29th July.  Book now, forms are on our website -
http://www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/yatm-events/lourdes-2017.

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.  All welcome.

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.

The Friday Club - Youth Group
We hope to relaunch the Youth Group in the Spring - when the nights are a bit less dark.

Christian Contemplative Meditation Group 
All are welcome on the first Friday of the month, Friday 3 February 8.00 - 9.30 pm, St Gabriel’s convent chapel, 52 Victoria Place Carlisle CA1 1HP.  For more information, please contact Monica Greaves on greaves_monica@yahoo.co.uk. 

Mass in the Extra-Ordinary Form

Mass will be celebrated in the Extra-Ordinary Form [Latin, 1962 Missal] on Sunday 5th February at 6.00 pm at Christ the King.  The Mass will be a Missa Cantata - a sung Mass of the 5th Sunday after Epiphany [using the old calendar].  All are welcome and this Mass fulfils the Sunday obligation.

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