Tuesday night parish catechesis continues this Tuesday in the Parish Centre at St. Margaret Mary from 7.30 pm. The next unit of study focuses on the Mass in Scripture. Please consider coming along - all are welcome
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.
When was the last time you requested Mass be celebrated for a particular intention? Please remember this aspect of the Catholic Faith and ask your priest to celebrate Holy Mass for the intention of your family and friends. Envelopes for this purpose are available at the back of both churches.
Health and Safety
The balcony at St. Margaret Mary does not comply with current building regulations. It is proposed to bring down the altar rails, which currently serve as a type of bannister, and to restore them to the sanctuary [it seems a shame to dispose of them]. A new bannister will be fitted to comply with regulations.
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: www.allenhall.org.uk; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 020 7349 5600 (option 0).
Any boys and men wishing to join the serving teams at Christ the King and St. Margaret Mary would be most welcome to join. The 9.00 am Mass on Sunday has not had a server for a number of weeks now and puts at risk the future viability of this Mass. 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
Next weekend we welcome a choir from the Royal Schools of Church Music to the evening Mass on Saturday.
Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Figures not available this week at time of publication.
SVP Centenary Mass at St Augustine’s
In 2017, the SVP celebrates the 400th anniversary of the beginning of St Vincent de Paul’s ministry with the most disadvantaged people, which inspired the foundation of our Society. The Carlisle District of the SVP will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving at St Augustine’s on Saturday 9 September at 10.00 am. Afterwards there will be light refreshments in the social room there. Parishioners are welcome to be part of this occasion.
Spiritual Spa Day for Women
The Cor et Lumen Christi community invite women to be refreshed in the Living Water and experience the renewing love of God. Donation only event. It will take place on Saturday 9 September at St Cuthbert’s, The Old Convent, Wigton CA7 9HU. See the poster in the foyer. To book or for more information, visit www.coretlumenchristi.org, phone 016973-45623 or 07516-075896 or email email@example.com.
Some Dates for the Diary for the Autumn
There will be a morning Recollection at St. Margaret Mary on Saturday 7th October beginning at 10.00 am - the theme will be ‘Mary - seat of Wisdom’. It is hoped to have one recollection every half term in the parish. On Friday 13th October, to mark the final apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, there will be a torchlit rosary procession in the evening at St. Margaret Mary.
Holy Day of Obligation
Tuesday 15th August is a Holy Day of Obligation - the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The last Holy Day was very poorly attended in the parish. We are reminded that we are obliged, as Catholics, to attend Mass on a Holy Day of obligation. Fr Michael will celebrate a Vigil Mass at 7.00 pm at Christ the King on Monday 14th August. On the 15th August - Mass at 7.30 am at Christ the King [for those who go to work], a Mass at 10.00 am at St. Margaret Mary and a Mass at 7.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary…4 opportunities to attend Mass for this Holy Day!
Pilgrimage to Cleator
The annual diocesan pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at Cleator will take place on Sunday 10th September, with Mass at the Grotto at 3.00 pm. It would be good for the parish to attend, particularly young families. We will provide a bus to enable attendance of as many people as possible. Please consider coming along - sign up sheets are at the back of both churches.
As usual the young people are invited to walk in pilgrimage from Honister across Haystacks into Ennerdale then onto Cleator. They will begin their journey at Castlerigg Manor on Friday 8th September. The event is a great opportunity to make new friends and to triumph over a physical challenge. The walk is about 10 miles each day and concludes with the diocesan Mass at Cleator at 3.00 pm. Age 16+ Young people can register their interest in joining the walk by contacting Fr John at Castlerigg - tel. 017687 72711.
The Rebuilding of Newman Catholic School
With the good news that Newman Catholic School will be relocating to a new site with a brand new school within the parish, comes the news that we have been asked to contribute, as a parish, to the creation of a new chapel for the school. We have been asked to raise £9,000 towards a total of around £70,000. The figure may seem a lot but its do-able with some prayer and effort - with God’s help anything is possible. More on this in the Autumn.