Thursday, 17 August 2017

Newsletter Items for this week

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.  The Food Bank is desperate for food - especially those listed above - please help.

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.

Fashion Parade
Following the success of last year’s event The Friends of the Sacred Heart Parish are holding  a Fashion Parade at 7-30pm in St Margaret Mary Community Centre, on Wednesday the 27th September, tickets £5 available from Alison Hather and Liz Sproat.

Cellar & Garage Clearance
Thank you to all who assisted with this - your help is very much appreciated

Offertory and Figures for last weekend.
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening -62, Sunday 9.00 am - 66 and Sunday 11.00 am - 89.  A total of 245.  Thank you for the offering of £487.56 at Christ the King and £217 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £704.56

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.

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.

The NHS in Cumbria looking for help
To enable us to integrate and support our new colleagues into their communities we are looking for ‘buddy’s’ who could help us with this process and be a friendly figure from the community to our new staff.
Although Cumbria is renowned for its friendly population, some staff who already relocated have struggled to make friends, and can find it quite an isolating experience. We have evidence that if we can socially integrate people into their local communities they are much more likely to remain in the county, and this is an important aspect if we are to retain our much needed key healthcare workers.
Not all of our new colleagues will be seeking a link to the church communities, but for those that are, we are hoping to find people who could help us with the following aspects:
• Be willing to meet up with the new person or swap phone numbers / social media.
• Introduce the individual to the rest of the church community.
• Advice on church services including Family Mass if appropriate, bible study times etc.
• Make them aware of church or local community social activities.
• Be a friend
If this is something you would like to get involved with we would welcome your support
They are particularly looking for Catholics as many working in the NHS in Cumbria are Catholics.
Please contact Amanda Kerr, CHOC, Hilltop Heights, London Road, Carlisle. CA1 2NS or email

A Thank You
From Robbie Wilkins:
“ Dear Parishioners, I wanted to thank you all for your financial support and prayers which enabled me to have a fantastic experience in Lourdes. It was wonderful to be able to support the less able members of our diocese to fully engage in the annual pilgrimage. It was really satisfying to be able to work with young people from other parishes and learn more about Our Lady, and our universal Catholic Church.
Many thanks, Robbie Wilkins”

SVP centenary Mass at St Augustine’s
In 2017 the SVP celebrates 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, Saturday 9 September, 10.00am. Afterwards there will be light refreshments in the social room. Parishioners are welcome to this occasion.

Applying for a senior leadership post in a Catholic school
The diocese is offering a course for:
· Experienced primary or secondary teachers considering moving into senior leadership positions.
· Deputy / assistant headteachers looking to move onto headship.
· Catholic teachers currently not in Catholic schools who wish to apply for a Catholic senior leadership post/
Thursday 9 November, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Castle Green Hotel, Kendal LA9 6RG. Cost £52. Contact the Diocesan Education Service office on 01524841190 for more information and to book a place.

Red Mission Boxes
Please return your Mission Boxes so that they can be counted.  Many thanks.

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