Thursday, 29 June 2017

Newsletter Items: 2nd July 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 Catechesis
Tuesday night parish catechesis resumes on Tuesday 11th July in the Parish Centre at St. Margaret Mary from 7.30 pm.  The next unit of study focuses on the Mass in Scripture.  Please sign up to enable resources to be ordered.  Please consider coming along.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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, walking 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, Entertainment in the evening. Limited places : book now to avoid disappointment. For More information, contact ( or tel: 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’ to open and close the church, please contact Fr. Michael.

Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Ladyewell Shrine near Preston
The annual pilgrimage to Ladyewell, the Shrine of our Lady and the Martyrs, is being held on Saturday 8th July 2017, from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm, led by Bishop Michael Campbell, OSA. For further details, please contact: (01772) 700181 or email: 

Absence From The Parish
Fr Michael is away this week.  He is a member of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, part of which involves an annual study week, which he is attending.  It’s important to remember that priests need to continue their vocational training even after ordination, as well as receiving spiritual support from other priests.  Please keep him and the other priests attending in your prayers this week.  Fr Norman will be covering next weekend.

Open Garden
Tony and Anne Parrini are opening their garden at Hamethwaite, Rockcliffe CA6 4AB, on Saturday 8th July from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Proceeds will be donated to the Rotary Foundation (Polio Eradication) and the RNLI to purchase replacement kit lost in the Carlisle Floods. Tickets cost £5 (Children £2) in advance or pay at the door on the day. For further details, please contact Tony or Anne on 674553. 

Exploring Spirituality, Scripture and Conflict 
Churches Together in Cumbria is offering its day of reflection: what does scripture say about conflict? how do we respond to conflict in faith? Tuesday 4th July from 9.30 am-4.00 pm, at the Quaker Meeting House, Penrith. Participants are asked to take your own lunch, a Bible and paper. Tea, coffee, cake and fruit will be provided throughout the day. £10 per person. See the poster in the foyer. For more information, please contact Brec Seaton: To book and pay, contact Helen Boothroyd: or 07503-931196. 

Attendance and Collection Last Weekend

There were 47+52+326 = 425 at Mass last weekend. Thank you for your offering of £324.00 and £440.21  = £764.21.

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