Thursday, 5 October 2017

Newsletter Items: 8th October 2017

Parish Catechesis
Tuesday night parish catechesis continues this Tuesday, 10th October, in the Parish Centre at St. Margaret Mary from 7.30 pm.  This unit of reflection focuses on the series ‘Catholicism’. This week is the last in the series.

Blessed John Henry Newman
Parishioners are invited to join Newman Catholic School in celebrating their patronal feast day with Mass at Christ the King at 10.30 am on Tuesday, 10th October.

A Day of the Rosary - this Friday
Friday 13th October marks the end of the centenary of the apparitions of Fatima.  We will mark this as a parish at St. Margaret Mary’s with an extended period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, in which the Rosary will be recited at various times throughout the day.  The day will end with a torchlit Rosary Procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. See poster for details.
A film representing the events of Fatima will be shown on Tuesday 17th October at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.

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 - 62, Sunday 9.00 am - 68 and Sunday 11.00 am - 101.  A total of 231.  Thank you for the offering of £376.80 at Christ the King and £262.50 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £639.30.
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 led by Fr. Michael on Friday, 20th October.  He’ll look at the history of Gin and there’ll be an opportunity to test 4 different gins.  Tickets cost £10.

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 on Monday evenings. No one is asked or expected to make any commitment.
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.

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.

Living Well with Dementia
All are welcome to this evening event, Monday 9 October, at 6.00 pm in 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, contact Louise Dias, 07779-631446.

Sportsman’s Dinner
To raise funds for the new chapel at Newman School, St Margaret Mary’s parish centre, Scalegate Road all 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.

Fashion Parade
Thanks to all who organised and supported this initiative.  A total of £928.00 was raised for parish funds.

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.

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 of four. Street Pastors in Carlisle are anxious to recruit new members. For more information, please contact the Area Coordinator, Kathy Howe, - email: 

The Feast of St. Margaret Mary

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

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