Thursday, 30 November 2017

Newsletter Items: 3rd December 2017

Supporting Catholic Education
The Bishops of England and Wales have sent the following:
Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them?  Then we need you to make your voice heard.

The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promises to Catholics.

Search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government [via an online petition] and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
This will be held at 2.30 pm on Tuesday 5th December at Christ the King Church followed by refreshments afterwards in Harraby Catholic Club. If you need assistance with transport, please contact Paul Daley.

Christmas Mass Times
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

Ladies Group
The Ladies Group are having an Advent Night out on Thursday 7th December. They will be meeting at David’s Restaurant on Warwick Road at 7.00 pm sharp. They will have their monthly meeting on Thursday 14th December - the subject will be Christmas Flowers.

Gin Tasting Event
Many thanks to all who supported this evening - and thanks also not only to those behind the scenes who organised it, but also to the House of Malt on Crosby Street for leading the tasting.

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.

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 to 9.00 pm. Please consider coming along to help us to prepare for the Holy Season. Everyone is welcome.

Ad orientem
During Advent, we again are united in turning towards the Lord together as priest and people as we await his coming at Christmas. All Masses during Advent will be celebrated ad orientem [facing East] as was the custom last year.

Advent Calendar for the Hungry
It’s simple - instead of opening the window on an Advent Calendar - in a bag or a box place one item of food each day during Advent [see  food bank notice above for ideas] you can bring the items you’ve collected and place them in the Food Bank Basket [CTK] or SVP Box each week [MM] or on Christmas Eve where items can be placed around the Crib as a gift to the Infant Lord.

A Message from Sister Maureen
Thank you so much for your warm welcome  back. I was very sorry to be leaving you all so soon again. Thank you very much for all your love and support and allowing me to be part of your joys and sorrows. Thank you for your prayers and support during my illness, which was very much appreciated. Your tremendous generosity was typical of you. I now have an iPhone, which is great, and its many features are making it easier for me to communicate. There is still some over for me to send to those I help in Zambia. Wishing you all a very Happy feast of Christ the King. I will be with you in spirit. Promising you and your families the support of my prayers. Sr. Maureen.

Carol Service

The Parish Carol Service will take place on Sunday 17th December beginning at 7.00 pm in Christ The King Church.  Please make every effort to support this Parish event. It will be followed by festive refreshments in the Presbytery.

Help Needed
On Friday 15th December, we will be preparing Christ The King Church for the celebration of our Christmas Liturgies.  We would appreciate some help in decorating the church and putting up the crib.  If you could help, please come to church at 10.00 am on the above day.

Offertory and Figures for Last Weekend
Numbers at Mass were Saturday evening - 50, Sunday 9.00 am - 49 and Sunday 11.00 am - 97 A total of 196.  Thank you for the offering of £346.07 at Christ the King and £268.68 at St. Margaret Mary.  The total being £614.75.

Rorate Caeli Mass
The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion wherein the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent is offered just before dawn and is lit by candlelight alone. The interplay of light and darkness speak to the meaning of Advent and the coming of the Light of the world.  There will be a Rorate Caeli Mass celebrated at Christ the King on Saturday 16th December at 7.30 am.  Why not make this a special moment in your preparation for Christmas.

Sacrament of Reconciliation - Confession
Please make an extra effort to go to confession during Advent. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday and Friday evening from 6.30 pm and on Sunday morning from 10.30 am.  At Christ the King on Saturday evening from 5.00 pm. 

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