Thursday, 13 July 2017

Newsletter Items: 16th July 2017

Parish Catechesis
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 sign up to enable resources to be ordered.  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.

S.V.P. St. Margaret Mary Food Parcels
Many thanks to all who have supported this assistance to local families - your help is greatly appreciated.

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
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.

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.

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: telephone: 020 7349 5600 (option 0). 

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

Offertory and Figures for last weekend
There were 60 + 64 + 94 =  218.  Thank you for your offertory contribution of £380.40 + £281.23 = £661.63

Catholic Singles
Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information, please visit or tel. 0161 941 3498.

Research Study on Church Responses to Domestic Abuse in Cumbria — Help Needed
Researchers at Coventry and Leicester universities are working with Christian charities Restored and Churches Together in Cumbria to carry out the first major UK study of Church responses to domestic abuse.
The study will collect vital data that will inform the training provided to churches. We invite everyone – whatever your gender or experience of this issue - to take part in the research. The research has received ethical approval.
Participants’ confidentiality and anonymity will be assured: the church won’t be named and we don’t require your name or contact details. To complete the survey online visit All help is greatly appreciated.

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 9th 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. Saturday 9th September at St Cuthbert’s, The old Convent, Wigton CA7 9HU. See the poster in the foyer. To book or for more information, visit, phone 016973-45623 or 07516-075896 or email

Street Pastors in Carlisle 
Street Pastors is an international, but primarily UK, Christian organisation whose motto is Listening, Caring, and Helping. We go onto the streets of the city between 10.00 pm and approximately 3.00 am on a Saturday night and offer help to anyone who may need it. This help could include flip flops for women with sore feet, simple first aid, helping people to taxis or just simply a listening ear. Each person goes out once a month only and we operate in groups of three of four. 

Street Pastors in Carlisle are anxious to recruit new members. For more information, please contact the Area Coordinator, Kathy Howe, on 

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