Thursday, 7 September 2017

Newsletter Items: 10th September 2017

Pilgrimage to Cleator
A 42-seater coach will leave Christ the King at 1.00 pm and collect at St. Margaret Marys on the way to Cleator for the Mass at 3.00 pm.  On the way home we will stop off at the Hundith Hill Hotel near Cockermouth for a bar meal [main courses from £11-£12].  There are seats available on the coach….please think about coming along.  A collection will be taken on the coach to cover the cost of hire.

Fashion Parade
Following the success of last year’s event, The Friends of the Sacred Heart Parish are holding  a Fashion Parade at 7.30 pm in St Margaret Mary Community Centre, on Wednesday the 27th September. Tickets are £5 and are available from Alison Hather and Liz Sproat.

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.

CAFOD — Carlisle Meeting — All Welcome 
An opportunity to look more deeply into CAFOD’s work overseas, sharing an update on projects in El Salvador, which is the country  of focus for this year’s Harvest appeal, and showing how the Catholic community is making a lasting difference in the world around us. To be held on Monday 11 September from 7.00 – 8.30 pm, refreshments from 6.45pm, at Waterton Hall Warwick Square, Carlisle CA1 1LB.

Prayer for a New Bishop
Bishop Campbell has asked all the people of the diocese to pray for a new bishop for the Diocese of Lancaster. 
‘Almighty God, Eternal shepherd and guide.
In your love for us, grant to the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster a shepherd who will lead us to be Christ’s heart of mercy, voice of hope and hands of justice.
Help him to fill our minds and hearts with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments and the desire to build up your holy Church. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 47, Sunday 9.00 am - 63 and Sunday 11.00 am - 97.  A total of 207. Thank you for the offering of £390.90 at Christ the King and £280.20 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £671.10.

Gin Tasting Evening
The ‘Friends of the Sacred Heart Parish’ have organised a Gin Tasting Evening on Friday 20th October.  Details to follow.

School Mass

On Wednesday, we welcome pupils and staff of St. Ninian’s Catholic Federation to St. Margaret Mary Church for their beginning of term Mass.  Mass is at a slightly later time to accommodate travel time from St. Cuthbert’s school.

Becoming a Catholic?
Have you – or someone you know – ever thought about becoming a Catholic? Would you like to learn more about your Catholic faith?
Journey in Faith presents the Catholic faith in an open and friendly way. No one is asked or expected to make any commitment. There will be an information evening, Monday, 25 September at 7.45 pm in the Parish Hall at Our Lady’s & St Joseph’s.
If you or someone you know would like to take part in this year’s journey in faith, please have a word with Fr Michael or contact the Rectory at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s; e-mail or tel: 521509.

Music Day for Parish Singers & Musicians
Led by Peter Cobb, Preston. To be held on Saturday 30 September from 10.30 am – 
2.30 pm at St Bede’s Centre, Wigton Road, Carlisle CA2 7ES.
An opportunity to look at new musical settings for the Mass, psalms, and Advent. All welcome. If you play an instrument, you are welcome to take it with you. If you’re able to attend, please phone C Battle on 07801 447042.

Women Together in the Diocese 
All ladies are invited to the next gathering of Women Together in the Diocese of Lancaster,  on Saturday 16 September, from 10.30 am - 
3.30 pm, at St Peter’s Cathedral, Lancaster LA1 3BT. The Bishop will preside at Mass, at 12.15 pm. 
Veronica Murphy, adult education coordinator, Liverpool RC diocese, will lead reflection on Pope Francis’ letter, The Joy of Love. See the poster & booking form in the foyer. For further information, please call 01772-715495. 

Carlisle Food Bank
The Food Bank organisers send their thanks for our recent donations. Items in short supply are UHT milk, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit and vegetables, and tinned meals. Please leave your donations in the basket in the porch. 

£1 Coins
Old-style £1 coins will soon cease to be legal tender…the parish would be happy to ‘dispose’ of them before October for you if you have a few hanging about…just place them in the collection plate during Mass ☺︎

St. Bede’s
Just to say that St. Bede’s will be closed from 11th September to 16th September for maintenance work. Mass there will be celebrated in their Liturgy Room, accessed via the Sacristy entrance.

SVP Society Awareness Month
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society in England and Wales has around 10,000 members who, last year, made 500,000 visits to those in need.  September is SVP Awareness Month - finding, loving and serving God in our community is fundamental to the Society’s work.
The SVP is always in need of new members to carry out this work so, if you would like to find out more, please contact Kate Reardon at St. Margaret Mary or Paul Daley at Christ the King. 

Fr Jerome Ainsworth
Fr Ainsworth, parish priest of Penrith, was taken ill this past week and requires an operation. Please keep him in your prayers. Deanery priests, priests from Workington and Cleator, are covering for him.

Mass Intentions

When was the last time you requested that Mass be celebrated for a particular intention?  If you would like more information about how to go about requesting Mass for a particular intention, please have a word with Fr. Michael. 

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