Thursday, 28 June 2018

Newsletter Items: 8th 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 adults 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 upon 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 Adults 10 Children 2 pet bags
Friday: 51 Adults 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.  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 []: this is to enable resources to be ordered in good time.

Offertory and Figures
Figures unavailable when going to press.

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.

One World in Carlisle 
The refugee and migrant crisis is bringing a faraway world close to us. What could lead people to leave their homes, communities and country to find a new life in Europe. How we can help? 
Carlisle One World Centre is our local charity seeking to raise awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries and mutual interdependency. 
Being a supporter of Carlisle One World Centre costs just £12 a year and affords the opportunity to engage with their work. Consider joining their small committee to help plan and promote their work. They’re particularly interested in people who have lived and worked in other countries and cultures. 
To find out more, please look at; email or phone Adrienne on 07881-488566. 

Being a Young Catholic Today 
A three-day gathering for young Catholics, aged 16-23 years from 24-27 July at Hinsley Hall, Leeds. Organised and funded by the Knights of St Columba. Further details from Tony Parrini: email or telephone 674553. 

Mass Times this Week

Please make a note of the times of Mass this week, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday.

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