Thursday, 18 January 2018

Newsletter Items: 21st January 2018

First Holy Communion
Will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 10th June during the 11.00 am Mass at St. Margaret Mary. Classes will begin on Thursday 22nd February at 6.00 pm and will be held at St. Margaret Mary Primary School. Application forms and further details are available from Fr Michael. Families should be regular in attending Mass in the parish and be willing to attend all the classes.

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.

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 14th: At Mass - 258 Offertory - £702.68. Thank you.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 takes place 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!

Shop on-line and Help Newman School Build a Chapel 
The school, parishes and supporters are raising £75,000 to provide a chapel for Newman school on the new site. If you shop on-line you can help.  Go to Enter NEWMAN SCHOOL CHAPEL FUND in the block titles “search for a cause”. Click on JOIN US and add your details. You can then ask for a reminder when you shop on-line with a participating company, including ASDA, TESCO, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Curry's, John Lewis, Debenhams, Amazon, E-bay and many more. If you shop on-line, a percentage of your bill goes to the Newman School Chapel Fund.  Already, over £380 has been raised. Thank you. 

Recollection for Priests
On Thursday at Christ the King there will be an afternoon’s recollection for diocesan priests.  Please pray for the priests who’ll be travelling to the recollection and that more will be inspired to attend.

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: on Wednesday, 21 March, @ 7.00 pm in 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.  We’ll be starting during February.  

Antiques Evening with Paul Laidlaw 
The ladies of  St. Augustine’s CWL are hosting an antiques valuation evening with Paul Laidlaw on Tuesday 13 February at 7.00 pm in their social room. Tickets are £4.00, including a glass of wine or soft drink, and are available from Pauline. Please call  544627. 

From St. Margaret Mary School
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.’ 

Philip Wrigley
Philip returns to seminary on Saturday this week - we wish him all the best in his studies.  Please keep him in your prayers.

Fr Michael will be absent from the parish for a couple of days this week - he apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

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