Thursday, 27 September 2018

Newsletter Items: 30th 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 a donation of £100 received last weekend.  We’re pleased to announce that the parish has achieved its contribution [thanks to your generosity] The total now stands at £9,210.  If you would still like to make a donation, please feel free to do so.   

Offertory and Figures
65+71+99 [235] were at Mass last weekend. Thank you for your offering of £666.17.

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 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.

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].

First Saturday Mass and Devotions

This Saturday we have the Fatima devotions at St. Margaret Mary. Our Lady of Fatima asked that for five First Saturdays: we attend Mass; go to confession; meditate for 15 minutes on one of the mysteries of the Holy Rosary and pray the Holy Rosary in reparation for the sins of the world.  These devotions begin with Mass at 10.00 am.  Think about coming along.

Aid to the Church in Need
Aid to the Church in Need, a charity which assists persecuted Christians throughout the world, is encouraging us to ‘Go to Mass for someone who can’t’ due to persecution.  They ask you to consider coming to an extra Mass during the week to pray for someone who, due to persecution, is unable to attend Mass.  Can you come to Mass for someone who can’t?

Drinks for Life
North Cumbria Life Group will be holding a reception in the Edwardian Room of the Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle, on Monday 15th October from 6.00 pm. If you are curious about what we do or perhaps you feel you can become involved, you are very welcome to join us.

Parish Ladies Group
Ladies Group will meet at 7.30 pm on Tuesday the 2nd October.  The evening will consist of a demonstration of Autumn Flowers. All are welcome…well, if you’re a lady.

Diocesan Annual Census
The annual Mass count takes place over the next few weeks.  Please make an extra effort to attend Mass in the parish.

Cafod Fast Day - [even though its a Feast Day!]

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY is on Friday 5th October 2018. On this Friday, we are invited to eat simply - perhaps having a bowl of soup instead of a meal - and give the money we save to help people in the developing world.

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