Thursday, 19 April 2018

Newsletter Items: 22nd April 2018

Rosary on the Coast - 29th April 2018
Jesus said: Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matt 18: 20) On Sunday 29th April, there is a national initiative to surround the coasts of England, Scotland and Wales with prayer and encircle them with a Living Rosary for Life, Faith and Peace at 3.00 pm. 
The Knights of St Columba (Council 60) Carlisle, invite parishioners to join them at Port Carlisle near the Hope and Anchor Public House, on Sunday 29 April at 2.30pm, to participate in the national Rosary on the Coast taking place around the coast of Great Britain that day, starting at 3.00 pm. 
For those unable to attend on the coast - there will be a gathering at St. Margaret Mary from 2.30 pm that day. Please support this important initiative endorsed by Pope Francis - you receive the Apostolic Blessing by participating in this initiative.

Pilgrimage to Carfin 
The Carlisle and Penrith Circle of the Catenians is organising a pilgrimage by coach to the Carfin grotto near Motherwell on Saturday 28 April. A sign up sheet and information is available in both churches. 

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 Wednesdays at 7.00 pm [after the Holy Hour].  We’ll begin with some basics and see how we get along…all ages welcome.  No experience necessary.

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. 

Abortion and Women’s Health
Our local Life group invites parishioners to a talk by Dr Philip Howard, on Monday 30 April,  at 5.30 pm, Waterton Hall at OL&SJ. See the poster in the foyer. Further details from Joe McGarry, 

Our Church history course resumes on Tuesday evening at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.  

Offertory and Figures
Attendance - 255 Offertory - £688.70.
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.  PLEASE SUPPORT THIS.  If you would like a ticket, please use the sign up sheet in church.

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.

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 get to know 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 £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.

Mary’s Meals
Thank you to all the parishioners who supported the Lenten Lunches in. A cheque for £170 has been sent from Christ the King and one for £200 from St. Margaret Mary for the charity Mary's Meals. Thank you for your generosity.

Cor et Lumen Christi Community
Cor et Lumen Christi Community invites you to join them for a Spiritual spa day for women, led by Cathy Fava, on Saturday 5 May 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.

Parishes Linking
It was announced recently that the parish of Our Lady of Eden [Warwick Square & Warwick Bridge] has been linked with St. Cuthbert’s Wigton. Fr Loughran & Fr Osman will take pastoral responsibility for Wigton. In the short term, no change will be made to Mass times at Our Lady’s and Warwick Bridge but it is likely they will have to change in the near future. 

Many parishioners throughout the diocese support the Cenacolo Community at Dodding Green. There is an open day on Sunday 6th May. Mass at 12 noon. Details:

New Bishop

Prayer cards are available in both churches marking the Episcopal Consecration and Installation of Bishop Paul Swarbrick as the 7th Bishop of Lancaster.  We hope you managed to catch the superb coverage from ITV Border Lookaround last Monday night…!

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