Thursday, 14 June 2018

Newsletter Items: 17th June 2018

Newman Chapel Fund
We have been asked, as a parish, to contribute £9,000 towards the expected £75,000 build cost for a new chapel within the new Newman School.  We are very grateful for a donation of £220 from the First Communion parents.  If you would like to make a donation towards the building cost, this can be made via cheque [‘Newman Chapel Fund’] or in cash. Please enclose in an envelope marked ‘Newman Chapel Fund’. Holy Mass will be offered regularly at Newman School for the intention of benefactors.  Parish total so far is £6,320.
At a later date, there will be a need to supply the new chapel with particular items eg. vestments and altar linens, altar, ambo etc.  You may wish, at that point, to donate an item for the intention of a particular person or family.  More details will follow at a later date - our priority at the moment is raising the funds to build the chapel.

Bishop Paul Swarbrick
Bishop Paul thanks parishioners for your warm welcome and hospitality during his recent visit to the parish. He wrote that he 'thoroughly enjoyed the celebration for your Patronal Feast!’ It was a great occasion for the parish, as was the First Holy Communion on Sunday: thank you to all who worked behind the scenes to make these celebrations such a success.

Thank You
William and family would like to thank everyone who came for tea on Sunday, a great afternoon was had by all. Your generosity and friendship has enabled Will to go to Lourdes once again on 20th July. Grandma (Lyn) is going with him this year and we will be happy to take your petitions with us and we will keep you in our prayers.

St. Margaret Mary Food Parcels
Once again St Margaret Mary SVP will be distributing food parcels to local families before the school summer holidays. Tinned fruit and meats are especially welcome. We aim to distribute parcels the week beginning 9th July. Thank you once again for your continued support.

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.

The Sacrament of Confirmation
Bishop Paul Swarbrick will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for the parish during the 11.00 am Mass on the Feast of Christ the King [25th November]. Catechesis for young parishioners will commence on the 16th September and will be held fortnightly on Sunday evenings [6.00 pm to 7.30 pm].  Please note that the catechesis will continue for some time after the celebration of the Sacrament.  Parents of youngsters aged 10 or above who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation should email names to Fr Michael []: this is to enable resources to be ordered in good time.
Any parishioners willing to assist in the programme by assisting with leading small groups in discussion [Ascension Press ‘Chosen’]….don’t be backward in coming forward.

Offertory and Figures
Attendance last week was 476. Offertory contribution £797.49 Many thanks for your generosity.

Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul
The Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul is a Holy Day of Obligation and is celebrated on Friday 29th June.  There will be a vigil Mass at Christ the King at 7.00 pm on Thursday 28th June [which fulfils the obligation].  On Friday 29th June Mass at St. Margaret Mary at 9.30 am  [with St. Margaret Mary Primary School] and at Christ the King at 11.45 pm [with Newman School].  As it is a solemnity - meat may be eaten…

School Gala - Celebrating 80 years of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School
On Sunday July 8th 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm.  If you, or 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.

Diocesan Youth Service
Are looking to recruit a new Retreat Leader. This is a paid, live-in post that would suit someone with experience of Youth Ministry. For info, please visit

Being a Young Catholic Today
A three-day gathering for young Catholics, 16-23 years old, from 14-17 July, at Hinsley Hall, Leeds. Organised and funded by the Knights of St Columba. Further details are available from Tony Parrini: email - or tel. 674553.  The cost is met by the Knights of St. Columba.

Tea and Coffee after Mass
As well as refreshments being available after the Sunday Masses, on Wednesday and Thursday we have an impromptu ‘Coffee Morning’ after the celebration of Mass - why not come along, especially if you are home alone most of the week.  A good excuse to get out and enjoy relaxed conversation over a cup of tea and coffee.  If you fancy baking a cake for either Wednesday or Thursday - feel free to bring it along.

Help Needed
Two churches, four houses, two car parks and a Parish Centre [excluding Harraby Catholic Club and the Stewards House] is a lot of plant to take care of. If you have experience in health and safety, environmental health, building maintenance and would be willing to assist with the oversight of parish assets, Fr Michael is looking for help…please….

Friday Fish Supper
On Friday 6th July, a Fish & Chip Supper will be held in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.  This is organised by members of the Parish and the Knights of St. Columba.  The cost is £5.00 per person.  Pre booking is required.  Please see Paul Lovell or Peter Osborne by Sunday 1st July.

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