Thursday, 20 December 2018

Newsletter Items: 23rd December 2018

Happy Christmas!
This is my sixth Christmas in the parish (where have those years gone?) and I would like to wish parishioners every blessing of the feast and a very happy Christmas!
I am grateful for the help and support I receive throughout the year, and as they say, ‘I couldn’t do it without you!’. Particular thanks to our extra-ordinary ministers of Holy Communion, Readers, those who lead the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Servers, Musicians, cleaners, the SVP, those who arrange the flowers, sacristans, welcomers, those who help with refreshments after Mass, counters, collectors and singers.
Thanks also for the many cards and gifts I have received - they are very much appreciated.
Fr Michael
Carol Service
Thank you to all involved in the Carol Service held last week. It was truly a great celebration and reflected a lot of hard work and dedication.  Many thanks.

Christmas Mass Times
For information:
Christmas Eve - St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm
                          Christ the King 9.00 pm
Christmas Day - St. Margaret Mary 8.30 am
                          Christ the King 10.00 am
Please invite members of your family and friends to attend Mass this Christmas.
Carols will be sung 30 minutes before the Masses on Christmas Eve.

Carlisle Food Bank
Food items most needed: tins of meat (mince, hotdogs, casseroles and stews, ham, corned beef), tins of fish, tins of fruit, tins of rice pudding, packets of custard, dried potato, dried pasta or rice meals, multipack cereals, UHT milk, biscuits, dried packets of sauce mix.”

Prayers Needed
Fr Michael would be grateful for prayers, especially the Holy Rosary for a private intention. Please pray regularly for this intention over the coming weeks.  

St. Herberts Deanery Pastoral Council
There is a meeting of the Deanery Pastoral Council scheduled for 10th January at 7.45 pm at St. Bede’s Presbytery. Could parish representatives please let Fr Michael know their availability to ensure a good representation at this meeting. The meeting will outline a number of important deanery initiatives for young people and also a deanery wide Word on Fire! Engage initiative.

Red Mission Boxes
Please begin to bring in Red Mission Boxes for emptying after Christmas [from beginning of January].

Carlisle Passion Play 2019 - Get involved!
The Carlisle Passion Play will take place on Saturday 13 April in the Town Hall Square. Two hour-long performances at 11.00am and 2.00pm. A dramatic outdoor performance in modern idiom portraying the betrayal, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Are you interested in acting, being part of the crew, volunteering, stewarding? Writer and director, John Davies of Classic Theatre Cumbria, is looking for people to perform and also support the performance in wardrobe, stage set etc. More information and to register your interest: carlislepassionplay.org, info@classictheatrecumbria,co,uk or Tel: 07970 673236.
This is unique to our city, an opportunity to take part in a type of theatrical presentation whose origins lie in the liturgical drama of the 10th century. With over 20 speaking parts, a crowd involving adults, children and live music, it promises to be a memorable experience for performers and audience alike.

Thank You
St Margaret Mary SVP would like to thank parishioners, staff and students of The Newman Catholic School and Cyril & Methodius School of Evangelisation Polish Community for the wonderful response to our food parcels appeal. Also many thanks for those who helped pack and deliver the parcels to families in the local community.

Mass Intentions
Just a gentle reminder: if you have a specific date you would like to keep, then please provide plenty of notice, i.e. at least one month in advance. Fr Michael does his best to allocate Mass intentions for a specific date when requested but sometimes these dates have already been allocated. In those cases, he allocates as near a date as possible.

Newsletter via Email
We are changing the way the newsletter is distributed via email in the New Year and will also be beginning a new evangelisation programme via Word on Fire! Engage.  
SIGN UP NOW: For updates from the parish via email, such as our weekly newsletter.
Please sign up at https://app.flocknote.com/StHerberts  Then sign up under the parish you associate with - 'Sacred Heart of Jesus'.
It takes two minutes to do and you will also receive wide ranging and engaging material!! ALL FREE!! You will not be inundated with emails!!

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 
Our diocesan pilgrimage takes place 20-27 July; flights from Manchester airport. Brochures, booking forms and a poster are available via http://www.tangney-tours.com/pilgrimages/lourdes/diocese-of-lancaster-2019.
For young people: Travel to Lourdes by coach with other young people from our diocese, 25 July – 3 August. Open to ages Year 10+, 4-star hotel, £585. For more information, to book online or download the poster or booking form, please see: www.castleriggmanor.co.uk/events-whats-on.
We haven’t had a parish pilgrimage for a while - how about joining this pilgrimage to Lourdes?

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the Parish on Sunday, 28th April 2019 [the Second Sunday of Easter]. Catechesis for candidates will begin on Thursday, 17th January 2019.  Enrolment forms will be available in both churches after Christmas for parents who would like their child to make their First Holy Communion next year.

Mass Intentions & Events: 23rd December 2018


Thursday, 13 December 2018

Newsletter Items: 16th December 2018

Sacrament of Reconciliation
One of the best ways to prepare for Christmas is to go to Confession and make a new start with our Blessed Lord. There are many opportunities to make use of this Sacrament this week in the parish.  What’s stopping you?

Carol Service
The Annual Carol Service will take place at Christ The King Church at 6.00 pm on Sunday 16th December. Please note the earlier time; this is to make it more convenient for families to attend. The Service will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Parish Room. Please make every effort to attend.

Carol Singing at Pennine Lodge
Why not come along and join us on Tuesday 18th December to sing Christmas Carols for the residents of Pennine Lodge. We meet there at about 5.50 pm. All very welcome.

Christmas Mass Times
For information:
Christmas Eve - St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm
                          Christ the King 9.00 pm
Christmas Day - St. Margaret Mary 8.30 am
                          Christ the King 10.00 am
Please invite members of your family and friends to attend Mass this Christmas.
Carols will be sung 30 minutes before the Masses on Christmas Eve.

Offertory and Figures
Attendance 46 + 60 + 104 = 210.  Offertory Contribution £461 + £250.60 = £711.60.  Thank you.

Carlisle Food Bank
Food items most needed: tins of meat (mince, hotdogs, casseroles and stews, ham, corned beef), tins of fish, tins of fruit, tins of rice pudding, packets of custard, dried potato, dried pasta or rice meals, multipack cereals, UHT milk, biscuits, dried packets of sauce mix.”

Reverse Advent Calendar
If you’re looking for a new Christmas tradition for you and your family, we’ve got an idea that is not only fun to do but will teach your little ones some special lessons over the festive season.
Everyone loves advent calendars to count them down to Christmas Day. Most children adore receiving one at the beginning of December because it gets them excited for Fr Christmas coming and every surprise that they open on the way is a promise of what’s to come.
But if you want to try something a little different this year, you can create an advent calendar that you and your children put something into every day instead of taking something out.
Reverse advent calendars work by you filling them every day with items of food or clothing that can then be taken to a food bank or charity in order to help those less fortunate that are struggling at Christmas time. 
After gathering helpful items all month, items can be brought to Christ the King Church for transfer to the food bank.
Not only is this a fun thing for the whole family to do together, from creating the advent calendar structure itself to picking the goodies to go in it, it more importantly teaches your children the importance of helping others and seeing the bigger picture at Christmas.

Prayers Needed
Fr Michael would be grateful for prayers, especially the Holy Rosary for a private intention. Please pray regularly for this intention over the coming weeks.  

Also…
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Bob Halshaw’s mother [many of you will know Fr Bob through your work at Coniston] who died on Saturday 1st December.  May she rest in peace.  Please also pray for Fr Aelred Grugen, who is very ill in hospital in Scotland.

St. Herberts Deanery Pastoral Council
There is a meeting of the Deanery Pastoral Council scheduled for 10th January at 7.45 pm at St. Bede’s Presbytery. Could parish representatives please let Fr Michael know their availability to ensure a good representation at this meeting. The meeting will outline a number of important deanery initiatives for young people and also a deanery wide Word on Fire! Engage initiative.

Red Mission Boxes
Please begin to bring in Red Mission Boxes for emptying after Christmas [from beginning of January].

Carlisle Passion Play 2019 - Get involved!
The Carlisle Passion Play will take place, on Saturday 13 April, in the Town Hall Square. Two hour-long performances: 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. A dramatic outdoor performance in modern idiom portraying the betrayal, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Are you interested in acting, being part of the crew, volunteering, stewarding? Writer and director, John Davies of Classic Theatre Cumbria, is looking for people to perform and also support the performance in wardrobe, stage set etc. More information and to register your interest: carlislepassionplay.org, info@classictheatrecumbria.co.uk or Tel: 07970 673236.
This is unique to our city, an opportunity to take part in a type of theatrical presentation whose origins lie in the liturgical drama of the 10th century. With over 20 speaking parts, a crowd involving adults, children and live music, it promises to be a memorable experience for performers and audience alike.

Thank You
St Margaret Mary SVP would like to thank parishioners, staff and students of The Newman Catholic School and Cyril & Methodius School of Evangelisation Polish Community for the wonderful response to our food parcels appeal. Also many thanks for those who helped pack and deliver the parcels to families in the local community.

Mass Intentions

Just a gentle reminder: if you have a specific date you would like to keep, then please provide plenty of notice, i.e. at least one month in advance. Fr Michael does his best to allocate Mass intentions for a specific date when requested but sometimes these dates have already been allocated. In those cases he allocates as near a date as possible.

Mass Intentions & Events: 16th December 2018


Thursday, 6 December 2018

Newsletter Items: 9th December 2018

Mass with Anointing of the Sick
The annual SVP Mass with Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated on Tuesday 11th December at 2.30 pm.  There’ll be a bit of a ‘do’ afterwards in Harraby Catholic Club.  All are welcome. 

Christmas Flowers
There will be a voluntary collection on Sunday 9th December to offset the cost of flowers to decorate the Altar at Christmas.

Carol Service
The Annual Carol Service will take place at Christ The King Church at 6.00 pm on Sunday 16th December. Please note the earlier time -  this is to make it more convenient for families to attend. The Service will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Parish Room. Please make every effort to attend.

Help Required
After Mass on Sunday 9th December at Christ The King, we will be preparing the church for Christmas. We would be grateful for any help you could give us.

Christmas Mass Times
For information:
Christmas Eve - St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm
                          Christ the King 9.00 pm
Christmas Day - St. Margaret Mary 8.30 am
                          Christ the King 10.00 am
Please invite members of your family and friends to attend Mass this Christmas.

Offertory and Figures
Figures not available prior to going to press…

Carlisle Food Bank
Food items most needed: tins of meat (mince, hotdogs, casseroles and stews, ham, corned beef), tins of fish, tins of fruit, tins of rice pudding, packets of custard, dried potato, dried pasta or rice meals, multipack cereals, UHT milk, biscuits, dried packets of sauce mix.”

St Margaret Mary SVP
Thank you to all who have supported the collection of food through donations to contribute to parcels distributed to local families in need.  The SVP are grateful for your continued support for this project.

Reverse Advent Calendar
If you’re looking for a new Christmas tradition for you and your family, we’ve got an idea that is not only fun to do but will teach your little ones some special lessons over the festive season.
Everyone loves advent calendars to count them down to Christmas Day. Most children adore receiving one at the beginning of December because it gets them excited for Fr Christmas coming and every surprise that they open on the way is a promise of what’s to come.
But if you want to try something a little different this year, you can create an advent calendar that you and your children put something into every day instead of taking something out.
Reverse advent calendars work by you filling them every day with items of food or clothing that can then be taken to a food bank or charity in order to help those less fortunate that are struggling at Christmas time. 
After gathering helpful items all month, items can be brought to Christ the King Church for transfer to the food bank.
Not only is this a fun thing for the whole family to do together: from creating the advent calendar structure itself; to picking the goodies to go in it, it more importantly teaches your children the importance of helping others and seeing the bigger picture at Christmas.

Carol Singing at Pennine Lodge
Why not come along and join us on Tuesday 18th December to sing Christmas Carols for the residents of Pennine Lodge. We meet there at about 5.50 pm. All very welcome.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
One of the best ways to prepare for Christmas is to go to Confession and make a new start with our Blessed Lord. There are many opportunities to make use of this Sacrament this week in the parish.  What’s stopping you?

Prayers Needed
Fr Michael would be grateful for prayers, especially the Holy Rosary for a private intention. Please pray regularly for this intention over the coming weeks.  

Also…
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Bob Halshaw’s mother [many of you will know Fr Bob through your work at Coniston] who died on Saturday 1st December.  May she rest in peace. Please also pray for Fr Aelred Grugen who is very ill in hospital in Scotland.

St. Herberts Deanery Pastoral Council
There is a meeting of the Deanery Pastoral Council scheduled for 10th January at 7.45 pm at St. Bede’s Presbytery. Could parish representatives please let Fr Michael know their availability to ensure a good representation at this meeting. The meeting will outline a number of important deanery initiatives for young people and also a deanery wide Word on Fire! Engage initiative.

Red Mission Boxes
Please begin to bring in Red Mission Boxes for emptying after Christmas [from beginning of January].

Carlisle Passion Play 2019 - Get involved!
The Carlisle Passion Play will take place on Saturday 13 April, in the Town Hall Square. Two hour-long performances: 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. A dramatic outdoor performance in modern idiom portraying the betrayal, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Are you interested in acting, being part of the crew, volunteering, stewarding? Writer and director, John Davies of Classic Theatre Cumbria, is looking for people to perform and also support the performance in wardrobe, stage set etc. More information and to register your interest: carlislepassionplay.org, info@classictheatrecumbria,co,uk or Tel: 079706 73236.


This is unique to our city, an opportunity to take part in a type of theatrical presentation whose origins lie in the liturgical drama of the 10th century. With over 20 speaking parts and a crowd involving adults, children and live music, it promises to be a memorable experience for performers and audience alike.

Mass Intentions & Events: 9th December 2018


Thursday, 29 November 2018

Newsletter Items: 2nd December 2018

Mass with Anointing of the Sick
The annual SVP Mass with Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated on Tuesday 11th December at 2.30 pm.  There’ll be a bit of a ‘do’ afterwards in Harraby Catholic Club.  All are welcome. 

The Sacrament of Confirmation
Thank you to all who supported our young parishioners who were confirmed by Bishop Paul last Sunday.  Thanks especially to all who worked tirelessly to get the church ready for the celebration, our musicians and singers and all those who contributed to the shared lunch.

Christmas Mass Times
For information:
Christmas Eve - St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm
                          Christ the King 9.00 pm
Christmas Day - St. Margaret Mary 8.30 am
                          Christ the King 10.00 am
Please invite members of your family and friends to attend Mass this Christmas.

Offertory and Figures
At Mass 53 + 40 + 215 = 308. Offertory contribution: £355.54 + £421.15 = £776.69.

Carlisle Food Bank
Food items most needed: tins of meat (mince, hotdogs, casseroles and stews, ham, corned beef), tins of fish, tins of fruit, tins of rice pudding, packets of custard, dried potato, dried pasta or rice meals, multipack cereals, UHT milk, biscuits, dried packets of sauce mix.”

Festival Choir
The Festival Choir continues on Sunday evening. We would love to have some new members to swell our ranks.  You don't have to be musical and everyone can sing. Sessions are from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm at Christ The King. Young people would be especially welcome. Please  give it some thought.

First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the Parish on Sunday 28th April 2019 [the Second Sunday of Easter].  Catechesis for candidates will begin on Thursday 17th January 2019.  Application forms are available in both churches for parents who would like their child to make their First Holy Communion next year.
It is an essential aspect that children are brought regularly to Holy Mass each weekend and it is very sad that so few families have not continued to bring their children to Holy Mass after First Holy Communion this past year.  Pray for them regularly please.

St Margaret Mary SVP
Once again we will be sending out food parcels before Christmas to local families in need. Tinned meat and fish and toiletries are especially welcome. Please check dates on tinned goods. We aim to deliver goods in the week beginning 10th December. Thank you once again for your continued support. 

Christmas Flowers
There will be a voluntary collection on Sunday 9th December to offset the cost of flowers to decorate the Altar at Christmas.

Advent Talk
Parishioners are warmly invited to a talk on the Wisdom Writings given by Bernard Greaves at the Haydock Centre (St. Catherine’s Penrith) on the evening of Thursday 6th December at 7.30 pm.  If you own a Jerusalem Bible, please bring it with you.

Reverse Advent Calendar
If you’re looking for a new Christmas tradition for you and your family, we’ve got an idea that is not only fun to do but will teach your little ones some special lessons over the festive season.
Everyone loves advent calendars to count them down to Christmas Day. Most children adore receiving one at the beginning of December because it gets them excited for Fr Christmas coming and every surprise that they open on the way is a promise of what’s to come.
But if you want to try something a little different this year, you can create an advent calendar that you and your children put something into every day instead of taking something out.
Reverse advent calendars work by you filling them every day with with items of food or clothing that can then be taken to a food bank or charity in order to help those less fortunate that are struggling at Christmas time. 
After gathering helpful items all month, items can be brought to Christ the King Church for transfer to the food bank.
Not only is this a fun thing for the whole family to do together, from creating the advent calendar structure itself to picking the goodies to go in it, it more importantly teaches your children the importance of helping others and seeing the bigger picture at Christmas.

Carol Service
The Annual Carol Service will take place at Christ The King Church at 6.00 pm on Sunday 18th December. Please note the earlier time; this is to make it more convenient for families to attend. The Service will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Parish Room. Please make every effort to attend.

Help Required
After Mass on Sunday 9th December at Christ The King, we will be preparing the church for Christmas. We would be grateful for any help you could give us.

Carol Singing at Pennine Lodge
Why not come along and join us on Tuesday 18th December to sing Christmas Carols for the residents of Pennine Lodge. We meet there at about 5.50 pm.  All very welcome.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
One of the best ways to prepare for Christmas is to go to Confession and make a new start with our Blessed Lord. There are six opportunities to make use of this Sacrament this week in the parish.  What’s stopping you?

Pastoral Letter
This weekend, a pastoral letter from Bishop Paul Swarbrick will be read at all Masses.

Extra Mass

Please note the extra Mass on Saturday morning, in honour of the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - please come along!

Mass Intentions & Events: 2nd December 2018


Thursday, 22 November 2018

Newsletter Items: 25th November 2018

The Sacrament of Confirmation
Bishop Paul Swarbrick will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for the parish during the 11.00 am Mass this weekend.  Congratulations to the 13 candidates who will receive this sacrament and complete initiation into the church this weekend.

Red Wednesday
Aid to the Church in Need encourages us to keep Wednesday 28th November as ‘Red Wednesday’ by wearing red to highlight the plight of persecuted Christians throughout the world. For more information visit https://acnuk.org. 

Offertory and Figures
Not available at time of publication

Carlisle Food Bank
Food items most needed: tins of meat (mince, hotdogs, casseroles and stews, ham, corned beef), tins of fish, tins of fruit, tins of rice pudding, packets of custard, dried potato, dried pasta or rice meals, multipack cereals, UHT milk, biscuits, dried packets of sauce mix.”

Year of the Eucharist
The Diocesan Family of Schools are celebrating a ‘Year of the Eucharist’ during the Liturgical Year 2018-2019.  One of the features of this year is regular Eucharistic Adoration. Why not join us:
  • Christ the King on Tuesday 27th November.
Festival Choir
The Festival Choir continues on Sunday evening. We would love to have some new members to swell our ranks.  You don't have to be musical and everyone can sing. Sessions are from 7.00 to 8.30 pm at Christ The King, young people would be especially welcome. Please  give it some thought.

First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the Parish on Sunday 28th April 2019 [the Second Sunday of Easter]. Catechesis for candidates will begin on Thursday 17th January 2019.  Application forms are available in both churches for parents who would like their child to make their First Holy Communion next year.
It is an essential aspect that children are brought regularly to Holy Mass each weekend and it is very sad that so few families have not continued to bring their children to Holy Mass after First Holy Communion this past year.  Pray for them regularly please.

Women Together in the Diocese
All ladies are invited to an Advent Day of Prayer: A Journey with Mary & Joseph, led by Fr Nyagasaza Bideri, on Saturday 1 December from 10.30 am - 3.30 pm, at Xaverian Missionaries Spirituality Centre, 169 Sharoe Green Lane, Preston PR2 8HE. Cost - £5. Tea & coffee provided; please take a packed lunch.
For more information and / or to book, please phone: 01772 715495.

St Margaret Mary SVP
Once again we will be sending out food parcels before Christmas to local families in need. Tinned meat and fish and toiletries are especially welcome. Please check dates on tinned goods. We aim to deliver goods in the week beginning 10th December. Thank you once again for your continued support.

Walking in the Spirit
The Cor et lumen Christi community, Wigton, is hosting this conference from 24-25 November, at St Walburge’s Hall, Preston PR2 2QJ. Donation only.
For details, take one of the flyers in the foyer, see the poster, visit www.coretlumenchristi.org or e-mail stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org.

Sponsoring Refugee Families in Carlisle — How We Can Help
Caritas Salford is the lead Catholic agency working with the Government to promote the Community Refugee Sponsorship Scheme. In conjunction with RESET Communities and Refugees, St Augustine’s is hosting a presentation on Thursday 29 November from 6.30 pm - 7.45 pm in St. Augustine’s parish Social Room. All are welcome.

Newman Chapel Fund
If you would like to make a donation towards the building cost, this can be made via cheque [‘Newman Chapel Fund’] or in cash.  Please enclose in an envelope marked ‘Newman Chapel Fund’. Holy Mass will be offered regularly at Newman School for the intention of benefactors.  The total now stands at £9,210.  If you would still like to make a donation, please feel free to do so.   

Christmas Mass Times
For information:
Christmas Eve - St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm
                          Christ the King 9.00 pm
Christmas Day - St. Margaret Mary 8.30 am
                          Christ the King 10.00 am
Please invite members of your family and friends to attend Mass this Christmas.

Christmas Flowers
There will be a voluntary collection on Sunday 9th December to offset the cost of flowers to decorate the Altar at Christmas.

Catholic Singles
Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information, visit www.catholicsingles.org.uk or Tel: 0161 941 3498.

Advent Talk
Parishioners are warmly invited to a talk on the Wisdom Writings given by Bernard Greaves at the Haydock Centre (St. Catherine’s Penrith) on the evening of Thursday 6th December at 7.30 pm.  If you own a Jerusalem Bible, please bring it with you.

Mass with Anointing of the Sick
The annual SVP Mass with Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated on Tuesday 11th December at 2.30 pm.  There’ll be a bit of a ‘do’ afterwards in Harraby Catholic Club.  All are welcome.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Fr. Christopher Loughran, parish priest of Our Lady of Eden, who will be invested as a Canon of Lancaster Cathedral on Tuesday 27th November.