Thursday, 25 January 2018

Newsletter Items: 28th 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.

This Friday is Candlemas - Mass on Friday evening will be by candlelight and will begin with the blessing of candles [if you would like any candles blessed bring them along] and a procession.

First Saturday Devotions
The Five First Saturdays devotion is one of the principal points of the Fatima message. It centres on the urgent need for mankind to offer reparation and expiate for the many injuries that the Immaculate Heart of Mary suffers from the hands of both the impious and the indifferent.
On the First Saturday during 5 Consecutive Months, the Devotion consists of:
1. Going to Confession; 
2.Receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion;
3. Saying five decades of the Rosary;
4. Meditating for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Rosary.
All this offered in REPARATION for the sins of blasphemy and ingratitude committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

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 21st: At Mass - 235 Offertory - £742.50.  SPUC White Flower - £293.85. 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
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. 

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.  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 - £4.00, include a glass of wine or soft drink and are available by telephoning Pauline on 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. 

Quiz Night for Mary’s Meals

Parishioners are invited to a Quiz Night at 7.30 pm on Saturday 10th February in Waterton Hall in aid of Mary’s Meals. Adults - £3.50, Families  - £5.  Light refreshments included - bring your own drink.  Maximum of 6 per team (come along to make up a team).

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