Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Newsletter Items: 1st April 2018

The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
There will be a Mass of Thanksgiving at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 3rd April at Christ the King followed by a reception in Harraby Catholic Club.  This will be our farewell to Sr Gerald so please make a special effort to come along.  Please keep her in your prayers.

Thank You
Thank you to all who have assisted in any way to make the celebration of Palm Sunday and the Triduum such a success.  Particular thanks to all who work behind the scenes to ensure that our churches are clean and worthy places for the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Vigil for the New Bishop
There will be a vigil of prayer for the intentions of Monsignor Paul Swarbrick - Bishop Elect of the Diocese - on Sunday 8th April at 5.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary’s. This vigil will take the form of a Holy Hour with recitation of the Holy Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  Please do what you can to attend.

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
At Mass - 265  Offertory - £773.82. Thank you.

That’s Entertainment
A major fund-raising event for Newman Chapel will be a variety show, That’s Entertainment, to be held on Friday 11 May 2018, in the Sands Centre. Tickets may be obtained from the Sands Centre - £10/£8.

Eucharistic Congress
On the weekend of 7th-9th September, there is a national Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool to deepen our appreciation and love of the gift of Christ in the Eucharist.  There will be a parish pilgrimage to the Congress on Saturday 8th September, where the key-note speaker is Bishop Robert Barron. To sign up for this [the cost will be £50], please use the sheets provided.  More details will be available nearer the time but we need to confirm numbers for tickets.

First Friday Fish Suppers
On Friday 6th April, a Fish & Chip Supper will be held in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.  This has been organised by the Knights of St. Columba and parishioners. If you’d like to come along, the cost is £5.00 per head - pre-booking is required.  Please see Paul Lovell or Peter Osborne by Sunday 1st April.  We hope this becomes a regular event in the parish.

SVP Food Parcels
Thanks to all who contributed to this appeal.

Gift Aid - Making Your Donation Go Further
Envelopes for the next financial year are available for those parishioners who are members of the scheme. Standing order donors do not need to take any further action unless they wish to increase their contribution.  
If a parishioner, who is a taxpayer, would like to join the scheme, please contact Judith on 526781 for Christ the King or Richard on 544737 for St. Margaret Mary. 
If you have ceased paying tax and are part of the scheme, please notify the organisers.
If you are attending Mass exclusively in the parish and have envelopes for another parish - please consider transferring your contribution to this parish. See Judith or Richard. 
Please consider giving via the Gift Aid scheme - it increases your donation without any additional cost to you. 

Events at Castlerigg Manor
The Family Weekend (25-27 May) is an opportunity for families to come together for the weekend. There will be activities for all age groups and the opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. Open to all families.

Sponsored Walk - a new venture to raise the funds to support our work. We are looking to recruit a small group for a challenging 15 mile walk in the Lake District, on Monday 28 May, with a target to raise a £1,000 each. If you or a parishioner would be enthusiastic to take part, please get in touch; if people aren’t able to join us walking they can still support us through collecting sponsorship and we’d be grateful for your support in any way. Google Castlerigg Manor for more information about these events.

Old Ten Pound Notes and One Pound Coins
Please avoid placing these in the offertory collection - they can be exchanged at a bank.

A Parish Schola Cantorum - A Chant Choir
 A new initiative in the parish. If you fancy learning to sing some Gregorian Chant, why not come along to St. Margaret Mary on Wednesday 18th April at 7.00 pm [after the Holy Hour].  We’ll begin with some basics and see how we get on…all ages welcome.  No experience necessary.

Cor et Lumen Christi Community
Cor et Lumen Christi Community invites you to join them for Called to Glory 5: The Spirit of Glory, to be held on 14-15 April. Fr Gabriel Joseph and Niklas Carlsson of Cor et Lumen Christi will lead this weekend of inspirational teaching, praise and ministry. A spiritual spa day for women, led by Cathy Fava, to be held on Saturday 5 May. Both events at St Cuthbert’s, The Old Convent, Wigton CA7 9HU. Donation only. For more information, phone 016973-45623, visit or e-mail

Diocesan pilgrimage to Walsingham
The new Bishop is leading a pilgrimage to the national shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham, Norfolk: Thursday 2 – Friday 5 October. More details from the organiser, Paul Briers: or 01946-834834.

Ladies Fashion Show & Pop Up Shop

To be held in Pirelli Social Club, Dalston Road, Carlisle on Thursday 12th April 2018 in aid of Marys Meals (supporting St Gabriel’s School in Liberia). Doors open at 7.00 pm, show starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets: £5.00. For tickets and more information, contact: Maureen 07929 654859 or Yvonne 07487 544517. 

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