Thursday, 2 March 2017

Newsletter Items: 5th 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 on Tuesday 14th, when we’ll consider St. Catherine of Sienna.

Attendance and Figures
At Mass last weekend 81 + 65 + 94 = 240.  Thank you for your contribution of £422.20 +   £256.83 = £679.03. Thank you for your contribution towards the Building and Maintenance Fund of  £291 + £170 = £461.00.

First Holy Communion
The first session for children will take place on Thursday 9th March at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School at 6.00 pm.  Parents are reminded to return application forms at this session.  The first session for parents will be on Thursday 16th 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.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Will resume at Christ the King this weekend.

The parish has a page on Facebook which offers useful resources for parishioners as well as information about parish events. 
@SacredHeartCarlisle - why not ‘Like’ it?

Changes to Weekday Mass Times at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s
From 6th March, there is a change to the week day Mass schedule at Our Lady’s. The new Mass times will be: Monday 12 noon, Tuesday 10.00 am, Wednesday 12 noon, Thursday 10.00 am, Friday 12 noon and Saturday 10.00 am.

Festival Choir
The Festival choir will begin preparing for the Easter Liturgies on Sunday 12th March. We will meet each Sunday at 7.00 pm at St Margaret Mary. We would really welcome new members. 

Called to Glory
Cor et Lumen Christi Community invites you to join them for the weekend of 18-19 March. An opportunity to explore the rich mysteries of the actions of Christ. Seek to understand and appreciate more fully what Jesus has accomplished for us and how to embrace his life-giving challenges.
Jenny Baker, Andrew Fava and Niklas Carlsson will lead this weekend of inspirational teaching, praise and ministry.  Donation only. For information, please call 016973-45623, visit or e-mail

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.

Cafod Lent Fast Day
Advanced warning that the CAFOD Lent Fast Day is on this Friday, 10th March 2017. You can also text FAST17 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 rather than handing in an envelope.  The idea is to go without some food and donate the cost of that food to CAFOD. 

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.

Fr Norman Johnson will be supplying in the parish next weekend 11th/12th March.  He’ll be making an appeal on behalf of Survive-Miva,  which is is a Catholic lay Association. They exist to provide one vital element for the success of the Church's health and pastoral work in areas of great need - a means of transport.

Fr Michael will be here and there this week due to work for the Diocese of Lancaster Education Service. The parish phone transfers to his mobile if you need to get hold of him. There will unfortunately be some disruption to the weekday Mass schedule and he apologises for this.
The Bishop has also appointed him chaplain of Newman Catholic School. This additional responsibility will hopefully be limited to around one morning per week as deanery clergy are willing to help support Newman.

Eucharistic Adoration
There’ll be no adoration at Christ the King for the next couple of weeks.

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 the church at OLSJ or email:  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, 9th April at St. Margaret Mary beginning at 10.30 am and concluding at 3.00 pm. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Bring a packed lunch. Please consider coming along.

Ladies Group

The Ladies Group will be meeting on Tuesday 7th March at 7.30 pm in the parish room, when there will be a follow up visit from our photographer and the results of the first session.

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