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. 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. We are grateful for a donation of £60 received last weekend. Please help the parish reach its total - small amounts are appreciated. The current parish contribution stands at £8,610 - can you contribute towards the remaining £390?
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 [email@example.com]: this is to enable resources to be ordered in good time.
Mass Sheets with Readings
From the beginning of Advent, we’ll no longer have the sheets with the prayers and readings at Mass: whilst they provide the readings each week, it is a wasteful and perhaps even disrespectful way to engage with the Sacred Scripture during Mass: the majority of sheets end up in landfill - is this how we should be treating the ‘Word of God’ printed on these pages?
Those who wish to have the readings available are recommended to purchase a Missal: these contain not just the readings for each Mass but also the texts of other parts of the Mass. There are a number of versions available through online retailers.
The parish is willing to order, from the Catholic Truth Society, two Missals for parishioners. An ‘Annual Missal’ in paperback which is £5 or a full three-year Missal which the parish will subsidise - it is hardbound and will cost £15. If you would like to order one, please register your interest on forms available in both churches. Examples of the two Missals are also there.
Apps are available for ‘Smart Phones’ and other devices. Please note that Missals published prior to liturgical changes have no change to readings but the Mass texts are different.
Offertory and Figures
172 were at Mass last weekend. Thank you for your offertory contribution of £744.13.
Carlisle Passion Play
A spectacular and dramatic outdoor performance portraying the betrayal, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is being planned for Saturday 13 April 2019, i.e. the day before Palm Sunday, in Carlisle City centre. The participation of all the churches is invited and there are many ways in which to become involved. Visit the website www.carlislepassionplay.org; or e-mail the organisers, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes, Cleator
Everyone, especially those who are ill, are invited to take part in our diocesan pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady at Cleatoron Sunday 2 September. Mass and blessing of the sick, - 3.00pm. The Bishop will preside and preach. See the poster.
Tea and coffee will be available before and after the pilgrimage in the parish room. For further details, contact St Mary’s Priory, Cleator on 01946 810324 or email email@example.com.
Unfortunately we are unable to organise a coach and meal this year and regretfully cancel the notices of previous weeks - sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Parishioners are free to attend under their own steam.
St Augustine’s Car Boot Sale
St Augustine’s is holding its Car Boot Sale on Monday 27th August. Cars £5.00, Cars with Trailers or Vans £8.00 Sellers are available to enter the site from 7.00 am. Admittance 20p.
Kerala Floods: An SVP Appeal
As you’ve probably seen in the media, terrible floods have been taking place in Kerala in southern India. Hundreds of people have been killed and many more are missing; countless homes have been washed away, and the monsoon season is set to continue until early September. Kerala is the most Christian state in India – it has more churches than any other region. The leading Catholic volunteering charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), is very active there and they are doing great work helping the victims of the flood in local communities. However, they desperately need funds. Please contribute to the SVP’s Kerala appeal. To donate visit www.svp.org.uk, telephone 020 7703 3030 or send cheques made out to SVP (write ‘Kerala appeal’ on the back) to SVP, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB. And please remember our sisters and brothers in Kerala in your prayers.
Letter from the Holy Father, Pope Francis
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has written a letter To the People of God concerning scandals currently being experienced in America concerning historic sexual abuse. The letter can be found at http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/letters/2018/documents/papa-francesco_20180820_lettera-popolo-didio.html.
A printed version is available in both churches.
Carlisle Food Bank - Urgent Help Needed
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.”
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.