Thursday, 29 June 2017

Newsletter Items: 9th 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. 

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.

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.

School’s Out for Summer
This week our schools break up for their summer holiday. We wish the staff and students a happy holiday period.

Going to University in the Autumn?
Make sure you look out for your Catholic Chaplaincy...
Most of our Universities and Higher Education Institutions have a dedicated Catholic Chaplain based in the university or the local parish. The Catholic Chaplaincy is a place for you to explore your faith as a young adult, to meet other young people with similar interests from a great range of backgrounds and to get involved in activities and social outreach. If you already have a strong faith, this is a chance to deepen it. If you are full of questions and doubts, this is a chance to share them and search for some honest answers about life and faith. Everyone is welcome. To find your local Chaplaincy and for contact details of all the University Chaplains and Catholic Student Societies, visit the Catholics at University website at:

Pilgrims Together: Liturgy and Music in the Light of the Reformation
To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, The Society of St Gregory Summer School is holding this residential at Hyning Hall, Leeds from 26 – 29 July 2017. For further information, visit: 

Summer Accommodation in London
Allen Hall Seminary in Chelsea offer comfortable rooms in central London in July and August. Beautiful gardens and chapel. Rooms from £50 per night (including breakfast).
Website:; email: or telephone: 020 7349 5600 (option 0). 

Parish Merger
Bishop Campbell has announced the merger of St. Edmund’s and St. Bede’s Carlisle.  The new merged parish is known as ‘The Cumbrian Martyrs’.  Carlisle now has four parishes; The Cumbrian Martyrs [formerly St Bede and St. Edmund], Our Lady of Eden [formerly Our Lady & St. Joseph], The Sacred Heart of Jesus [formerly Christ the King and St. Margaret Mary] and St. Augustine [as yet unchanged].

Ordination in the Diocese
Congratulations to Fr. Daniel Etienne who was ordained to the priesthood at Lancaster Cathedral on Saturday 1st July.  We wish him many happy years of service to the people of God in the Diocese of Lancaster.

Altar Servers
Any boys and men wishing to join the serving teams at Christ the King and St. Margaret Mary would be most welcome to join.  Please have a word with Fr Michael.

Readers are always needed in the parish. Anyone wishing to help in the proclamation of the Word of God at Mass, please have a word with Fr. Michael.

The Feast of the Transfiguration

This year falls on Sunday.  On Saturday 5th August, we welcome a choir from the Royal Schools of Church Music during the evening Mass. 

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