Thursday, 28 June 2018

Newsletter Items: 1st July 2018

Carlisle Food Bank - Urgent Help Needed
A message from Louise Dias
“As one of the Board Members of the Carlisle Foodbank, I am having to send out an urgent request for food donations as our supplies have run alarmingly low. Whilst we continue to benefit from the generosity of regular donators, the fantastic bumper amounts that are given at Christmas, Easter and Harvest Festival have long left the shelves. Meanwhile, demand remains steady. (Average bags per week: 95 adult and 25 children).
We have recently had to supplement the donations with bought in supplies. In fact we are currently having to spend around £150.00 per week. Without a surge in food donations, this amount will inevitably increase from the end of July onwards as a result of the impact of the roll out of Universal Credit in Carlisle (25.07.18). 
The Foodbank is not in a position to sustain such a financial burden, we are dependant on donations.
Food items most needed: tins of meat (mince, hotdogs, casseroles and stews, ham, corned beef), tins of fish, tins of fruit, tins of rice pudding, packets of custard, dried potato, dried pasta or rice meals, multipack cereals, UHT milk, biscuits, dried packets of sauce mix.”
Some figures to think about:
Monday: 19 Adults 9 Children 4 pet bags
Wednesday: 30 Adult 10 Children 2 pet bags
Friday: 51 Adult 17 Children 4 pet bags
Food items can be left at Christ the King - there is a basket in the porch - larger items can be left behind the gates of the Last Supper Chapel: please help if you can.

Newman Chapel Fund
We have been asked, as a parish, to contribute £9000 towards the expected £75,000 build cost for a new chapel within the new Newman School. We are very grateful for a further donation of £100 this past week. 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 £7,620.
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.

School Gala - Celebrating 80 years of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School
To be held on Sunday July 8th from 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm.  If you, or if 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.

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.

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 7.00 pm].  Parents of youngsters aged 10 or above who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation, should email names to Fr Michael [sacredheartcarlisle@icloud.com]: this is to enable resources to be ordered in good time.

Offertory and Figures
Figures unavailable when going to press.

Being a young Catholic today
A three-day gathering for young Catholics, aged16-23 years from 24-17 July at Hinsley Hall, Leeds. Organised and funded by the Knights of St Columba. Further details available from Tony Parrini at email: tony.parrini@btconnect.com or tel: 674553.  The cost is met by the Knights of St. Columba,

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.

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage 2018
Choral Pilgrimage 2018: Sacred and Profane
To be held on Thursday 5 July at 7.30 pm in Carlisle Cathedral. Join The Sixteen in an exploration of the sacred and secular works of 16th century composers William Cornysh (both father and son) and 20th century master of the voice, Benjamin Britten.
National Box Office 01904 651485 tickets.ncem.co.uk

BBC Songs of Praise - Singers Wanted
Are recording a programme on Tuesday 3 July, from 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm in The Parish Church, Kendal LA9 5AF. If you’d like to take part, email your name, postcode, voice part (S,A,T,B) to SOPcongregations@avantimedia.tv and include “Kendal Recording” in your subject header.

Altar Servers & Handmaids
Any boy who has made his First Holy Communion is invited to serve on the sanctuary during the celebration of Mass.
Any girl who has made her First Holy Communion is invited to become a ‘Handmaid of the Sacred Heart’ and assist in the setting up of church for the celebration of Mass.
Please see Fr Michael.


Fr Michael is away this week on a course in Glasgow.  If you need a priest in an emergency, please contact the Rectory in Warwick Square on 01228 521509.

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