Thursday, 17 May 2018

Newsletter Items: 20th May 2018

Companion Dog Show & Fun Day
This Sunday afternoon from 2.00 pm, we have a Fun Day with a Companion Dog Show at St. Margaret Mary. There’ll be a variety of stalls and refreshments will be available. Please come along!

Talk on the Martyrs of Cumbria
Chris Robson, a worker for Aid to the Church in  Need, is coming to the parish on Wednesday 23rd May to deliver a talk on the ‘Martyrs of Cumbria’.  The talk will be held at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.  All welcome!

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. 

First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the parish during the 11.00 am Mass on Sunday 10th June.  Please keep the children in your prayers as they prepare to receive our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament for the first time.  Please also pray especially hard that their families will allow them to continue to attend Mass frequently after the event…

The Sacrament of Confirmation
Parents who would like their child [Year 6 and above] to be prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation should attend an information meeting on Wednesday 13th June at 7.00 pm in St. Margaret Mary Church.

Offertory and Figures
Attendance 234. Offertory contribution £642.  40. Many thanks for your generosity.

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 complete a booking form this weekend.

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.  
Bishop Paul is taking part for all 15 miles, 6,300 ft of climbing and twelve fells. If you would like to sponsor Bishop Paul, visit

In the Know?
Sr Gerald had a great way of finding out when people needed a pastoral visit from the parish priest or when they were in hospital. If you know someone in either of these positions, please notify 
Fr Michael as soon as possible either by phone, via email or in person after Mass.

Readers Needed
Parishioners who are willing and able to proclaim the Word of God at Masses - please see 
Fr Michael.  We particularly need readers on Saturday evenings.

Picnic in Aid of Carlisle Food Bank and Carlisle Key
Staff of the Combined Court, Carlisle, are hosting a picnic, at 6.30 pm on Thursday 28 June, in the grounds of St Cuthbert’s church (inside if wet). Music will be provided by the Border Concert Band and the Cartmell Shepherd Choir. 
A fundraiser for Carlisle Food Bank, providing food for people in a crisis, and for Carlisle Key, helping young people move to independent living. 
Three-course picnic: £30 for two, including soft drink, tea or coffee. Alcohol will be available for purchase. All the food is being donated by local businesses. Bring your own rug. 
To book, phone Revd Keith Teasdale on 521982. 

Encounter — Experience the Loving Presence of Jesus
A day hosted by the Cor et Lumen Christi Community at St Cuthbert’s, Wigton CA7 9HU, on Saturday 9 June. Donation only. To book or for more information, please contact:, e-mail or phone 016973 45623 or 07516 075896.

School Gala - Celebrating 80 years of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School
To be held on Sunday 8th July from 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm.  If you, or you know of any business, that would like to donate raffle prizes, then please get in touch with the school. The day will include an exhibition of photos of 80 years of the school, a short screening of a documentary about the school, bouncy castle, stalls and much much more. Stalls are available for hire at £10.00.

Race for Life Coffee Morning
Parishioners are invited to our school’s Race for Life coffee morning on Friday 25th May at 9.00 am.

St. Augustine’s Car Boot Sale
St. Augustines are hosting their traditional Car Boot Sale on Monday 28th May to which all are invited.  Cars - £5.00, Cars with Trailers or Vans - £8.00. Admission 20p.  Gates open for sellers from 7.00 am.

The Extended Family of RSHM (St Gabriel's Sisters)
Invite you to a celebration of their Feast Day on Saturday 9th June in The Waterton Hall. The day will begin with coffee immediately after the 10.00 a.m. Mass at Our Lady's. The speakers is Sister Juunza Mwangani, a Holy Spirit sister based in Zambia, where she has been the senior administrator at the Monze Mission Hospital for eight years. The day will finish with a shared lunch. It would be lovely if you could come and share this day with us.

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