Thursday, 22 June 2017

Newsletter Items: 25th June 2017

Customs Surrounding the Mass
It is not customary within Catholic tradition to leave Holy Mass immediately after receiving Holy Communion but to await to be dismissed after the final blessing.  A ‘fast food’ mentality isn’t an appropriate approach to receiving Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Please consider what happened to the first person who left the ‘first’ Mass early - read John 13:30.  

Parish Feast Day
Thank you to all who attended our Feast Day celebration on Friday and to those who helped out in any way.

First Holy Communion
Thank you to all who assisted at the First Holy Communion.  Special thanks to our catechists who have prepared the children for the celebration.

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 detail, 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.

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.

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 will be provided but please bring a contribution to a shared lunch. 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 and challenging talks, fellowship and sharing with other Christian men, walks 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 

Health and Safety
Over the coming weeks, a number of references to Health and Safety will be made in the parish newsletter, for example drills in the event of a fire.  Please read and take note of this important information.

Knights of St. Columba Camping Festival
At High Wray Bank on the shores of Lake Windermere from 14th —16th of July 2017. £20.00 a pitch camping, vans and caravans.
On site facilities. Mass, workshops, and entertainment in the evening. Limited places: book now to avoid disappointment. For More information,  please contact ( or call Paul on 07788 818535. Self catering, animals and children welcome but must be supervised at all times.

Keeping St. Margaret Mary Open
As Fr Michael mentioned, we hope to have St. Margaret Mary open for personal prayer on weekdays….from September?  If you would be willing to become a ‘porter’ and open and close the church, please contact Fr. Michael.

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible

Thanks to all who attended this course in recent months.  Watch this space regarding the next course ‘The Bible Timeline’ which will begin in September.

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