Thursday, 20 September 2018

Newsletter Items: 23rd September 2018

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 [].

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 donations of £60 & £20 received last weekend.  We’re pleased to announce that the parish has achieved its contribution [thanks to your generosity]. The total now stands at £9,110.  If you would still like to make a donation, please feel free to do so.   

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
199 were at Mass last weekend.  Thank you for your offertory contribution of £580.39.

Carlisle Food Bank
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.”

Annual Education Mass
All parishioners are invited to join Bishop Paul Swarbrick at the annual Diocese of Lancaster Education Mass on Friday 12th October at 7.00 pm in Lancaster Cathedral.  This is the Bishop’s first Education Mass as our new Bishop and he looks forward to welcoming you there. This invitation extends in a special way to all those involved in education and faith formation;  priests, deacons, catechists, youth ministry, children’s liturgy, those in seminary and teachers outside of the Catholic sector.  The celebration gives us the opportunity to express our thanks and acknowledge the contribution made by all those in the Diocese involved in the work of education and formation in the faith.  Together we ask for God’s blessing on the mission of education and formation in our diocese.

First Friday Fish Supper
on Friday 5th October, a Fish & Chip supper will be held in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm (after Mass and First Friday devotions).  If you would like to come along, the cost is £5.00 per person and pre-booking is required. Please see Paul Lovell or Peter Osborne. We hope this becomes a regular event in the parish.

Welcome to Students of the University of Cumbria
We welcome students from the University, particularly those training to be teachers in our schools. Please introduce yourself to Fr. Michael - you’re very welcome to the parish and we hope your time in Carlisle is an enjoyable experience.

Newman School Year 6 Open Evening
Newman School welcomes Year 6 pupils and their parents to attend an Open Evening on Tuesday 25th September, at their temporary site on Silverdale Road, CA1 3RQ.  For further information, please call 01228 404942 or email

Education Service Stuff
The next few weeks will be a bit crazy with regard to ‘Education Service’ work for Fr. Michael.  It will mean that on some days, there will be no public celebration Mass in the parish due to early departure and late return.  He has now listed his mobile phone on the newsletter should you wish to contact him: sometimes a text message may be easier than a call and he’ll respond when he is able.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause - things may quieten down after half-term [Here’s hoping].

Carlisle Renewal Prayer Group
Monthly days of worship, prayer and praise. The next date is Saturday 29th September to be held at St Edmund’s Church, Orton Rd, Carlisle. All welcome. Renewal days start at 11.00 am and finish around 4.00 pm. Please join us even if you cannot stay for the full day. Tea and coffee provided but please bring a contribution to a shared lunch. Contact Janice Wrench – 01768 868489. 

From St. Margaret Mary School 

Next Friday (28th September) sees us host our McMillan Coffee Morning. Please come along, meet new friends and support a great cause. All donations of cakes are most appreciated. The coffee morning starts at 8.45 am.

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