Thursday, 16 November 2017

Newsletter Items: 19th November 2017

Deanery Mass for Deceased Clergy
This year’s Mass for Deceased Clergy will be held at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday 21st November at 11.00 am.  Since we are hosting this celebration, please make a special effort to come along and assist at this Mass. 

Gin Night
A Gin tasting evening will take place on Friday 24th November in the Parish Centre beginning at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £10, which includes a Gin and Tonic and a tasting talk with around 4 other Gins. Tickets available from the Parish Centre or John and Alison Hather.

Handmaids of the Immaculate Heart
Any girls who have made their First Holy Communion are invited to become members of a new altar guild in the parish - the Handmaids of the Immaculate Heart. A commitment to pray the Rosary once a week, to participate in formation about the care of the church, sacristy and altar and to help with the setting up of the church for Mass on Sunday. For more information, please have a chat with Fr Michael.

Solemnity of Christ the King
On the Solemnity of Christ the King, there will be a Eucharistic Holy hour concluding with Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday 26th November 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm.

Month of the Holy Souls
A Novena of Masses for the intention of the Holy Souls will be offered during November.  Envelopes are available in both churches should you wish your deceased relatives and friends to be included in these Masses. 

SVP Food Parcels at St. Margaret Mary
Once again St Margaret Mary SVP will be distributing food parcels to local families in need before Christmas. Please check best before dates. Tinned fruit and meat are especially welcome. We aim to distribute the parcels the week beginning 11th December. Please use the box at the back of church for your donations. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 66, Sunday 9.00 am - 74 and Sunday 11.00 am - 106. A total of 246.  Thank you for the offering of £499.20 at Christ the King and £190.06 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £689.26.

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 at Christ the King. 

Music For Advent and Christmas

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

Advent Retreat
8-10 December. Take time out from the busy run-up to Christmas to prepare for the Lord’s coming. This weekend retreat, for young people in year 9 and above, will be a fun occasion to meet other young people and, together, reflect on what Christmas is really about through games, workshops, discussions and prayer. £65.

Noodle Night
Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this evening such a success…especially the ‘cooks and bottle washers’.  Thanks also to all those who attended.  

Advertise in the Voice
If you have your own business or if you work for a company, why not consider advertising in the Catholic Voice? It works for people, companies, events and organisations throughout the Diocese and it supports our Diocesan paper.
Please contact Caroline on 07931 836926 or email for more information.

Christmas Mass Times
As you are probably aware - Christmas falls on a Monday this year.  I’ve been asked whether attending the Vigil or Mass during the Night on Christmas Eve also fulfils the Sunday obligation.  The simple answer is no  [there is a complicated answer…]
We should attend Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent [Vigil or Sunday Morning] and Mass for Christmas [Vigil, Mass during the Night, Masses on Christmas Morning].
There’s no ‘two for one’ I’m afraid!
For the Weekend of 23rd/24th December Masses will be as normal [6, 9 and 11]
Masses for Christmas will be:

6.30 pm [Vigil] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 pm [‘during the Night’] Christ the King
8.00 am [‘at Dawn’] St. Margaret Mary
10.00 am [‘during the Day’] Christ the King

First Holy Communion 2018
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 10th June 2018.  Parents who wish their children to receive our Lord in the Eucharist for the first time should inform Fr Michael via email or in person before Christmas. Families should attend Mass in the parish every weekend. Catechesis [usually held on a Thursday evening] will begin in February.  


Embrace is a one-day, Catholic youth conference aimed at young people aged 14 – 25. It is a vibrant and exciting day of talks, workshops, praise & worship, times of prayer, Adoration, opportunity for Reconciliation, with the day culminating with the celebration of Mass with Archbishop Malcolm. A range of communities, charities and religious orders will also be present, exhibiting the true richness and diversity of the Church. This year’s speakers, workshop leaders and performers include: Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Ros Powell, Maximillian Ford, Franciscan Sisters and Friars of the Renewal, Jo Boyce, ‘Living Joyfully’ Vocations team, Sr Maria Natella, Mary’s Meals, Joe and Sarah Wells and RISE theatre. Free entry.  For further info, please contact

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