Thursday, 11 October 2018

Newsletter Items: 14th October 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 takes place 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 [].  It is not too late to come along…

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.  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
70+61+85+21[237] were at Mass last weekend. Thank you for your offertory contribution of £608.20.

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.”

Missionary Appeal
This week the Volunteer Missionary Movement will be visiting our parish to make a Missions Appeal. If you are interested in learning about opportunities in mission volunteer work, please contact them via email: or tel: 0151 291 3438.  Anyone over 18 can apply for their short term projects - no experience necessary. There will be a collection for their work.

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 and Adoration for someone who can’t’ due to persecution.  They ask you to consider coming to an extra Mass or attending Eucharistic Adoration during the week to pray for someone who, due to persecution, is unable to attend Mass or Adoration.  Can you come to Mass or Adoration 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.

Holy Rosary
Please respond to Pope Francis’ request by praying the Rosary each day during the month of October.  Sheets which explain how to pray the Rosary are available in both churches.  You may also wish to gather with other parishioners on Monday evenings at St. Margaret Mary.

Festival Choir
The Festival Choir continues on Sunday evening. We would love to have some new members to swell our ranks.  You don't have to be musical and everyone can sing. Sessions are from 7.00-8.30 pm at Christ The King, young people would be especially welcome. Please  give it some thought.

Prisoners Sunday
Prisoners’ Sunday on 14th October 2018 is the national day of prayer and action for prisoners and their dependants as marked by the Catholic Church and across the Christian denominations. It is a day to direct our thoughts and prayers to prisoners, their families and children. Prisoners’ Sunday is the time to reflect on how we as individuals, as a Church and as a community are serving those affected by imprisonment. 

St. Margaret Mary School 80th
There will be an opportunity to view the 80th display material and watch the DVD again on October 17th & 18th in the Parish Centre from 7.00-9.00 pm.

Christmas with a Difference
Can you make some room for an international student to learn what true British Festive hospitality can mean? Should you like to add that international element to your Christmas, learning another country’s traditions and enjoying the connection and friendship that such sharing brings? 
HOST UK arranges for international students to enjoy brief home-stays with UK hosts, one day, a weekend or, over the festive period-a three day visit. We need more hosts so that a smile such as Marine’s can spread across many more faces…and across our fragile world. 
If you should like to know more, go to our website: or leave us a message on

Music Day for all Parish Singers & Musicians
On Saturday 17th November 2018 from 10.30 am - 1.00 pm in St. Bede’s Parish Centre, Wigton Road, Carlisle, CA2 7ES and led by Peter Cobb. The theme for the day will be based on hymns for the Eucharist relating to the recent National Eucharistic Congress.

Spiritual Retreat
Fr Michael will be making his annual spiritual retreat during half term.

Abortion and Parliament
On Tuesday 23rd October, a Ten-Minute Rule Bill is being introduced into Parliament which seeks to decriminalise abortions that currently fall outside those permitted by the 1967 Act.
Once decriminalised, it could pave the way to allow late term abortions to become more common, possibly in the ‘back street’ clinics of the past.

You are invited to email/write to your MP urging them to vote against this Bill.

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