Thursday, 3 August 2017

Newsletter Items: 6th August 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 series ‘Catholicism’. 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.

Mass Intentions
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.

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 weekend we welcome a choir from the Royal Schools of Church Music to the evening Mass on Saturday.

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening 54, Sunday 9.00 am 69 and Sunday 11.00 am 84.  A total of 207. Thank you for the offering of £375.50 at Christ the King and £183 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £558.50.

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 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, phone 016973-45623 or 07516-075896 or email

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 the ‘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.  The parish will be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary during this celebration.

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 on to 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.

Collection for Church Flowers
Next weekend there will be a voluntary collection at Christ the King, at all Masses, to fund the weekly display of flowers in the church.

Weekday Mass Attendance
Weekday Mass attendance is very poor at the moment, especially at Christ the King.  Please find time during the week to assist at Holy Mass - particularly if you are retired or on holiday. Perhaps you could come with the intention to pray for a member of your family who no longer comes to Mass, for someone who is sick in the hospital or hospice with no one to pray for them, for the staff and pupils of our schools or for an increase in vocations to the priesthood. There is always something to pray for and the Mass is the best of prayers!


Congratulations to parishioner Sean Crilley who, after many years, has fulfilled a lifelong ambition to establish his own funeral business.  His motto is ‘small, local, personal, professional’. I have always found Sean to be utterly caring, professional and truly Catholic in all the funerals I have celebrated with him.  We wish him well in establishing his business.  For more information, please contact or phone 01228 544905.

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