Thursday, 14 September 2017

Newsletter Items: 17th September 2017

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, 27th September. Tickets £5 and are available from Alison Hather and Liz Sproat. Tickets are selling fast - please get one soon!

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.

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 - 61, Sunday 9.00 am - 67 and Sunday 11.00 am - 132.  A total of 260.  Thank you for the offering of £409.15 at Christ the King and £242.25 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £651.40.
Why not invite a Catholic you know who hasn’t been to Mass for a long time to come to Mass with you? It may plant a seed…

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

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 on Monday, 25 September at 7.45pm 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 from Preston. To be held on Saturday, 30 September, 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 telephone C Battle on 07801 447042.

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 ☺︎

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
Thank you for your prayers for Fr Jerome - his operation went well and he is now out of hospital to recuperate.  Please keep him in your prayers.

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. 
At present - not enough requests for Mass intentions are coming from parishioners at St. Margaret Mary. There are only 2 intentions left ‘on the books’ for St. Margaret Mary…33 for Christ the King and 15 from other sources.

Red Mission Boxes
In 2016, St. Margaret Mary’s boxes raised £1207. Thank you all for your kind contribution.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
Please support The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 29th September at St. Margaret Mary School.  Details to follow.  The Ladies Group are not going to hold their Coffee Morning, but are going to support St. Margaret Mary School. 

Clothing Sale
The Friends of St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School are holding a Clothes Sale on Tuesday 19th September at 3.00 pm in aid of Mary’s Meals. All adult items £1. All children's items 50p. Donations welcome.

Living Well with Dementia
All are welcome to this evening event on Monday 9 October, at 6.00 pm at Waterton Hall, Warwick Square. It will include a Dementia Friends session, light refreshments, then presentations on local activities and available support for people living with dementia and their carers. For more information, please contact Louise Dias on 07779-631446.

Diocesan Education Mass

The Bishop invites all who are involved in teaching (in the Catholic or State sector), Liturgy with Children, preparation for First Holy Communion, etc, to gather with him for Mass in our diocesan cathedral, Lancaster LA1 3BT on Friday 6 October at 7.00 pm, to ask God’s blessing on the new year of teaching and formation.

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