Thursday, 23 March 2017

Newsletter Items: 26th March 2017

Catholicism: The Pivotal Players
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 via email. The next gathering will be this Tuesday, 28th when we’ll consider Bl. John Henry Newman

Lourdes Fundraising
We’re hoping to send two teenagers to Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage in July.  This will cost around £1500. There will be a Craft and Cake Sale next Sunday after the two Masses.  Please support.

Attendance and Figures
Thank you for your contribution of £447.20 + £312.45 = £759.65. There were 66 + 64 + 115 = 245 at Mass last weekend.

First Holy Communion
Catechesis takes play at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School at 6.00 pm.  The first session for parents will be on this Thursday 30th March. 

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

Festival Choir
We meet each Sunday at 7.00 pm at St Margaret Mary.  We would really welcome new members. 

Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative through contributing and putting your offerings in the basket at the back of Christ the King. If we could supply especially UHT milk, rice pudding, custard, tinned fruit, pasta sauce. High Protein food such as tinned meat, tuna etc are also much appreciated.

SVP Food Collection
St Margaret Mary SVP will once again be distributing food parcels to local families in need before the Easter holidays. We aim to distribute the parcels the week beginning 3rd April. Tinned meats and fruit are especially welcome. Please check best before dates. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.

Omnibus for the Chrism Mass
Our Lady and St. Joseph’s are running a bus to the Chrism Mass at our Cathedral in Lancaster on Maundy Thursday (13th April). This will leave OLSJ at 9.30 am and return at 3.00 pm. Cost £10. Sign up sheet at the back of church at OLSJ or email: ourladyofeden@gmail.com.  Closing date 9th April.

Retreat Day - Day of Recollection
Exploring Holy Week: “He set his face to go to 
Jerusalem” [Luke 9:51].  On Saturday 8th April  at St. Margaret Mary from 10.30 am to 3.00 pm. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Bring a packed lunch. Please consider coming along.

Gift Aid - Making Your Donation Go Further
Envelopes for the next financial year will be available shortly for those parishioners who are members of the scheme. Standing order donors do not need to take any further action unless they wish to increase their contribution.  If a parishioner, who is a tax payer, would like to join the scheme, please contact Judith Clifford on 526781 for Christ the King or Richard Reardon on 544737 for St. Margaret Mary. If you have ceased paying tax and are part of the scheme, please notify the organisers. Please consider giving via the Gift Aid scheme - it increases your donation without any additional cost to yourself.

Veterans for Peace
This organisation of ex-service people seeks to educate the wider public about military life, militarism and foreign policy from an experienced point of view. You can find more about them here: www.vpfuk.org. Their founder, Ben Griffin, is going to give a talk on Tuesday 28 March at 7.30 pm at Carlisle Quaker Meeting House. Q&A session afterwards, tea & biscuits provided. All welcome. Tickets free, but it would help if you book in advance.

Family Weekend at Castlerigg Manor
Our diocesan residential youth centre, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick, invites you to join in their Family Weekend: 28-30 April. For more information, visit www.castleriggmanor.co.uk, e-mail: team@castleriggmanor.co.uk or phone the team on 017687-72711.

Cumberland Infirmary — Small Acts of Kindness
There will be a celebration for the people of Carlisle & West Cumbria to give thanks for the kindness and skills of staff & volunteers at their local hospitals on Monday 27 March from 4.00-6.00 pm at Carlisle Cathedral. Share refreshments, hear the cathedral choristers, and express your thanks. All welcome.

Good Friday Walk of Witness
The Walk of Witness from Our Lady & St Joseph’s Church to the Wayside Shrine at Wetheral Plains Road begins at 5.30 pm and lasts about an hour. Transport is available throughout the walk.

Easter Triduum Times of Key Services
This year held at St. Margaret Mary Church:
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper - 7.00 pm - with ‘watching afterwards until 10.00 pm’.
Good Friday: Liturgy of the Passion - 3.00 pm.
Holy Saturday: The Easter Vigil - 8.30 pm.[sunset being 8.16 pm]
Easter Sunday Masses at the usual times in the usual places.

Readers and Extra-Ordinary Ministers

Could all Readers and Ministers please let us know their availability during the celebration of the Triduum.  Sign up sheets will be available at the back of each church.

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