Thursday, 21 June 2018

Newsletter Items: 24th June 2018

Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul
The Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul - a Holy Day of Obligation - 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 am [with Newman School].  As it is a solemnity - meat may be eaten…

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 three donations received last week of £1000, £100, and £100 from parishioners.  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 £7,520.
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
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.

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 7.00 pm].  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.

Offertory and Figures
Attendance last week was 190 [back to earth with a bang…] Offertory contribution £697.90. Many thanks for your generosity.

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 contact 

Being a Young Catholic Today
A three-day gathering for young Catholics, aged between 16-23 years, from 14-17 July at Hinsley Hall, Leeds. Organised and funded by the Knights of St Columba. Further details available from Tony Parrini - email: 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…none so far…should we close everything….?

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. If interested in attending, 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. For tickets, please call the National Box Office on 01904 651485/ or visit

BBC Songs of Praise - Singers Wanted
SOP is recording a programme on Tuesday 3 July, 6.30-9.30pm at the Parish Church, Kendal LA9 5AF. If you’d like to take part, e-mail your name, postcode, voice part (S,A,T,B) to and include “Kendal Recording” in your subject header.

Altar Servers & Handmaids
Any boy who has made their First Holy Communion is invited to serve on the sanctuary during the celebration of Mass.
Any girl who has made their 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.

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