Thursday, 18 October 2018

Newsletter Items: 21st October 2018

Month of the Holy Souls
November will soon be upon us.  There will be a novena of Masses for the Holy Souls during the month of November. If you would like to include family members in this novena, please write their names on a piece of paper and place in the envelopes provided in both churches.  It is a custom to include an offering with your intentions.

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
53+53+93 [199] were at Mass last weekend.  Thank you for your offertory contribution of £903.90.  Voluntary Missionary Movement - £281.69.
Annual Census Figures [rounded up]
6.30 Saturday evening - Average 63
9.00 Sunday morning - Average 58
11.00 Sunday morning - Average 103
Average total per weekend - 228

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.”

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?

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.

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 this week.  There will be no Mass in the parish Tuesday - Thursday this week.

Abortion and Parliament
On Tuesday, 23rd October 2018, 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.

First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the Parish on Sunday, 28th April 2019 [the Second Sunday of Easter]. Catechesis for candidates will begin on Thursday, 17th January 2019.  Application forms are available in both churches for parents who would like their child to make their First Holy Communion next year.

It is an essential aspect that children are brought regularly to Holy Mass each weekend and it is very sad that so few families have not continued to bring their children to Holy Mass after First Holy Communion this past year.  Pray for them regularly please.

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