Thursday, 11 January 2018

Newsletter Items: 14th January 2018

Thank you
Sister Gerald would like to say a big thank you for your Masses, gifts and cards at Christmas - a Mass will be offered for your intentions.

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. 

Offertory and Figures
Sunday 7th: At Mass 226 - Offertory £666.10. Thank you.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 takes place between 20-27 July; flights from Manchester airport. Brochures and booking forms are available from Fr Michael.
Young people: Travel to Lourdes by coach with other young people from our diocese, 19-29 July. Open to ages Year 10+, 4-star hotel, cost - £595. For more information, to book online or download the poster or booking form, please see:

Newman New School — 
That’s Entertainment
From Fr Norman Johnston: The News & Star recently gave two pages of excellent cover to the birth of Newman Secondary School in 1968 and its anticipated re-birth after the floods of 2015.
Money will not be provided for the building of a chapel in the new school and so the Knights of St Columba have undertaken to supervise the raising of £75,000 for this project.
A major fund-raising event will be a variety show, That’s Entertainment, to be held on Friday 11 May 2018, in the Sands Centre. Preparations are now well underway. Young people, ex-Newman pupils and local amateur talent will be taking part. Book the date!
Fr Norman is also looking for an old metal bucket for the show. If you have one lying around in your garden or shed, please let him know - tel: 538119.

The Catholic Teaching Alliance
Thinking of applying to train to become a primary or secondary school teacher in Sept 2018 or know someone who does? If you are (or will be a graduate), you could train with the Catholic Teaching Alliance in schools in Preston/Blackpool/Lancaster area. Details: - teaching - alliance.orgTel: 01772 326931. 

Retreat for Servers
There will be a diocesan residential retreat, for Server Year 6 and upwards, from 2.00 pm on on Friday 16 February until 2.00 pm on Saturday 17 February. See the poster on the diocesan noticeboard in the foyer. Cost - £40, which the parish will pay. To book, contact Paul Briers on 01946-834834 or

Talks on the Eucharist
The Diocese has arranged a series of talks on various aspects of the mystery of the Eucharist. See the noticeboard for details of talks in other areas. In our own deanery: Wednesday 21 March, 7.00 pm at St Margaret Mary’s Parish Community Centre, Scalegate Road, CA2 4JX. Fr Michael Docherty will speak on “Eucharist: food for the journey”.

Epic: the Early Church
Coming soon to the parish is a ten part series of presentations on the history of the Early Church.  The course, on Tuesday evenings, will be limited to twenty people.  Please think about signing up in the new year.  We’ll be starting at the beginning of February.  

Singers Wanted
Carlisle Community Choir is looking for more men…they meet at Holy Trinity Church, Wigton Road, Carlisle at 3.30 pm-5.30 pm every Sunday. They started back on the 7th January. We are happy for 6th formers from Newman to attend. Waged people pay £5, unwaged free.

Representatives for the Eucharistic Congress Needed
Two representatives from each church in the parish are needed to attend the Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool on Friday 7th September 2018. If you are interested in going along, please see Fr Michael.

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School
If your child was born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 then they are due to start Reception Class in September! The closing date for applications for St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School is NEXT WEEK- 15th January. Please call or pop into the School Office and we will help you with your application. Remember: having a place in our Nursery does not automatically entitle your child to a place in Reception. It is essential that you make a new application.

Also from St. Margaret Mary….
As we build up to the 80th Anniversary of the school in the summer, we would like to provide our children with opportunities to develop their aspirations by hearing the success stories of our past students. If you are, or know, a past student and you believe that you have a story to tell, then please contact us either via the facebook page or by emailing the school office. Ensuring our children have the best opportunities is fundamental to the school and, in an ever changing world, your stories could be enough to ignite a spark and to make a huge difference to the next generation of the school. 

Prayer for a New Bishop

‘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.’ 

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