Thursday, 15 June 2017

Newsletter Items: 18th June 2017

Book Sale for Lourdes Fund
During the month of May a wide range of second hand books are on sale at the back of St. Margaret Mary. The purchase is simple: make a donation and take as many as you want - if you don’t want any, then make a donation and then take some to a charity shop.  Funds raised will go towards helping Will and Robbie meet their costs for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. So far £100 has been raised from the Book Sale - thank you.

Parish Feast Day
June is the month of the Sacred Heart. Our Patronal Feast will be celebrated on Friday 23rd June with a Solemn Mass at 7.00 pm followed by a Buffet Reception in the Parish Centre.  Newman School will be providing some music during the reception. The Wordsworth Singers will be joining us again this year - the Mass they will sing will be Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Missa O quam gloriosum with the Motets O quam gloriosum and Ego sum panis vivus. Please invite family and friends to come along and make a real effort to be there.

First Holy Communion
Will be celebrated during the 11.00 am Mass at St. Margaret Mary on Sunday 25th June.  Thank you to our team of catechists - Ann, Eileen, Eileen and Catharine - who have helped prepare the children for this and to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School who have provided a venue for the lessons and for supporting the children.

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.

S.V.P. St. Margaret Mary Food Parcels
Once again St Margaret Mary SVP will be delivering food parcels to local families in need before the start of the school summer holidays. We aim to deliver parcels the week beginning 10th July. Tinned fruit and meat are especially needed. Thank you once again for your support.

Mass at Newman
Parishioners are welcome to join the school for the celebration of Holy Mass on Friday mornings.  For information on how to access the room used for Mass, please have a word with Fr. Michael.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham
This will take place between 26th to 29th Sept 2017 at a cost of £265. For more details, please call Paul Briers on 01946 834834. 

‘Celebrity’ Chef to visit - SOLD OUT
On Wednesday, 19th July at 7.00 pm in St. Margaret Mary’s Parish Centre, the celebrity Chef John Crouch will be cooking an Indian 3 Course Dinner. Tickets £10.  See Liz Sproat for tickets.

Attendance and Collection Last Weekend
There were 76 + 82 + 105 = 263 at Holy Mass last weekend. The offertory came to £391.20 + £211.28 = £602.48. Thank you for your contribution.

Weekday Mass
Please think about assisting at Holy Mass during the week, particularly to pray for peace and an end to terrorist atrocities. Please consider praying the Holy Rosary each day for peace.

Diocesan Levy
We have recently received the figure from the Diocese for this year. The amount we have been asked to contribute to Diocese is £12,425,04 which is paid in 10 equal monthly instalments. This figure is calculated at 23.5% of parish income [rent and offertory income] for the financial year ending 5th April 2016.
We recently received a dividend of £264 for investments we hold with the diocese [currently standing at £12,225].

Did You Attend St. Cuthberts?
St. Cuthbert's Primary School, wish to establish a ‘Friends of St. Cuthbert's Association’ to help strengthen school/parish links. For more information, please contact the school on 01228 818201. 

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes - Help!
Although two of our young parishioners will be attending the diocese is eager that more young people attend the pilgrimage.  If you are 16 or over and would like to attend, it is not too late.  Speak to Fr. Michael as soon as possible.

From Darkness to Light
The Extended Family of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary [RSHM St. Gabriel’s Sisters] invite you to join them in the Waterton Hall on Saturday 24th June for a talk on the Cenacolo Community given by Fr Christopher Loughran.  Coffee will be served at 10.45 am.  Bring food for a shared lunch. The gathering will start at 11.00 am and finish by 2.00 pm approximately. Please think about coming to what we know will be an enlightening talk about the work of this community.  For further information, please contact 01228 562756.

Carlisle Renewal Days
Carlisle Renewal Days – monthly days of worship, prayer and praise. The next date is Saturday June 24th and will be held at St Edmund’s Church, Orton Rd, Carlisle. All welcome. Renewal days start at 11.00 am and finish around 4.00 pm. Please join us even if you cannot stay for the full day. Tea and coffee provided but please bring a contribution to a shared lunch. For further information, please contact Janice Wrench on 01768 868489.

Brave of Heart — A Weekend Journey for Men 
Come and find all that God has prepared for your masculine heart. Inspiring & challenging talks, fellowship & sharing with other Christian men, walk in the Lake District and much more. Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 July, Cor et Lumen Christi, Wigton CA7 9HU.  Donation only event. 
To book or for more information: visit, phone 016973-45623 or 07516-075896 or email 

Fr Michael is in Assisi between Monday and Thursday this week leading the Diocesan Education Service Headteachers’ Pilgrimage.

He will offer Mass for parishioners on the tomb of St. Francis at 8.00 am on Tuesday.

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