Thursday, 5 April 2018

Newsletter Items: 8th April 2018

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.

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

Offertory and Figures
Holy Thursday - 93 Collection for SVP £180 Good Friday - 128 For Holy Places £234.20 Easter - At Mass 332 Offering £917.06 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.

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.

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 along...all ages welcome. No experience necessary.

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 are organising to pray this Rosary at Port Carlisle...please see Paul Lovell, the Grand Knight, for more information. 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.

Cor et Lumen Christi Community
Cor et Lumen Christi Community invites you to join them for Called to Glory 5: The Spirit of Glory, 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, 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 on Thursday, 12th April at Pirellis Social Club, Dalston Road, Carlisle in aid of Marys Meals supporting St Gabriel’s School in Liberia. Doors open at 7.00 pm / show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £5.00. For tickets and more information, contact: Maureen 07929 654859 or Yvonne 07487 544517.

Feast of Divine Mercy
A celebration of Divine Mercy will be held in St Bede’s, Carlisle, on Sunday 8 April at 2.15 pm. Experience the mercy and the love of the Lord in this celebration. For details of the afternoon, see the poster in the foyer.

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.

Novena of Masses for the Intention of Parishioners
Sr Gerald has asked that a Novena of Masses be celebrated for the Intention of Parishioners. These will be celebrated on a weekly basis for the coming weeks. 

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