Thursday, 12 October 2017

Newsletter Items: 15th October 2017

Sr Maureen
As many of you will be aware, Sr. Maureen has been poorly in recent months and has been spending some time with her Community recuperating. It’s with sadness that we learn that her time and ministry in Carlisle will be coming to an end. We express our gratitude for her prayerful presence, her witness and her commitment to the spread of the Gospel during her time in Carlisle, particularly in her ministry in the Hospice and Hospital - she has brought many people back to the Lord and to the consolation of the sacraments by her gentle presence and witness. Please keep her in your prayers.  If you wish to contribute to a farewell gift for Sr Maureen, please place in an envelope marked ‘Sr. Maureen’.

The Feast of St. Margaret Mary
The feast of St. Margaret Mary will be observed during Mass this Sunday, 15th October, in St. Margaret Mary’s Church followed by refreshments after Mass. 

Fr Kevin Lowry
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Fr Kevin Lowry.  Fr Kevin’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Ansdell on Wednesday, 18th October, at 11.30 am.  There will be a Mass for his intention at St. Augustine’s on Friday, 20th October, at 7.00 pm. Fr Kevin was a former pupil of St. Margaret Mary School.  May he rest in peace.

Sportsman’s Dinner
To raise funds for the new chapel at Newman School, St Margaret Mary’s parish centre, Scalegate Road will be holding a sportsman’s dinner to include pie & pea supper, raffle and auction. Comedian & MC: Howard Nicholson/After Dinner Speaker: Steve Kindon. This event will take place on Friday, 10 November, from 7.00 pm - 12.30 am. Tickets £25, from Paul Radcliffe - tel: 07813 327305 or from St Margaret Mary’s parish centre - tel: 524595.

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 - 52, Sunday 9.00 am - 57 and Sunday 11.00 am - 96.  A total of 205.  Thank you for the offering of £387 at Christ the King and £219.83 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £606.83.

Gin Tasting Evening
This is postponed - a date will be arranged in the future.

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. 

Education Service
Fr Michael apologises for his constant absence due to commitments with the Lancaster Diocesan Education Service. October is looking to be a busy month. The parish phone transfers to his mobile so he is available if you need to contact him.

Street Pastors in Carlisle 
Street Pastors is an international, but primarily UK, Christian organisation whose motto is Listening, Caring and Helping. They go onto the streets of the city between 10.00 pm Saturday night and approximately 3.00 am on a Sunday morning 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 they operate in groups of three or four. Street Pastors in Carlisle are anxious to recruit new members. For more information, please contact the Area Coordinator, Kathy Howe - email: 

Music For Advent And Christmas

The Festival Choir will be meeting on Sunday evenings at Christ The King Church from 
7.00 pm to 9.00 pm commencing Sunday, 29th October.  Please consider coming along to help us to prepare for the Holy Season. Everyone is welcome.

Young Adults Retreat 17-19 November
A weekend retreat for young adults (in year 12 or above) at Castlerigg Manor. This is an opportunity to step back from our busy lives and reflect on where we are going, with time for reflection, discussion and prayer and enjoy meeting other young adults. Cost - £65. Visit to book your place and for more information about these and other events.

Afternoon Tea
Invite to afternoon tea for all who work in the Chaplaincy Department at the Infirmary on 18th October, from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm at St Bede’s Church Hall, Wigton Road, Carlisle 

Annual Retreat
Fr Michael will be making his annual retreat during the half-term break.  He’ll be away from the evening of Monday 23rd October until the evening of Friday 27th October.

The 66th Carlisle Walsingham Pilgrimage 2018 
Each year since 1954 members of parishes in Carlisle and district have joined together and gone on pilgrimage to the National shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, in Norfolk. 
Cost: £220 for a standard room, including all but one meal, an afternoon trip, entry to the site of the Holy House, tips and coach travel. 

If you would like to know more about joining the pilgrimage from Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 April, please contact Jo Muter: 524087 or

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