Thursday, 8 November 2018

Newsletter Items: 11th November 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.  To celebrate, there will be a shared lunch afterwards.  If you can contribute, please sign up on the sheet at St. Margaret Mary.

Newman Chapel Fund
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
Not available at time of publication

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.”

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 to 8.30 pm at Christ The King, young people would be especially welcome. Please  give it some thought.

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, led by Peter Cobb.  The theme for the day will be based on hymns for the Eucharist relating to the recent National Eucharistic Congress.

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.

Women Together in the Diocese
All ladies are invited to an Advent day of Prayer: A Journey with Mary & Joseph, led by Fr Nyagasaza Bideri, on Saturday 1 December, from 10.30am - 3.30pm in Xaverian Missionaries Spirituality Centre, 169 Sharoe Green Lane, Preston PR2 8HE. Cost - £5. Tea & coffee provided; please take a packed lunch. For more information and / or to book, please phone: 01772 715495.

Quiz Night for Mary’s Meals
All are welcome to a quiz night to raise funds for Mary’s Meals on Saturday 17th November at 7.30pm in the New Waterton Hall, Warwick Square. Tickets: £5 (children £2). Bring your own drink; bacon roll supplied.

St Margaret Mary SVP
Once again, we will be sending out food parcels before Christmas to local families in need. Tinned meat and fish and toiletries are especially welcome. Please check dates on tinned goods. We aim to deliver goods in the week beginning 10th December. Thank you once again for your continued support.

Remembrance Sunday
The 11.00 am Mass on Remembrance Sunday [11th November] will be a Requiem Mass for the Fallen of the Two World Wars [and subsequent conflicts]. This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War and we pray especially for those parishioners who were killed in that brutal war.  May they rest in peace.

Walking in the Spirit
The Cor et lumen Christi community, Wigton, is hosting this conference from 24th to 25th November in St Walburge’s Hall, Preston PR2 2QJ. Donation only. For details, take one of the flyers in the foyer, see the poster, visit or e-mail

Sponsoring Refugee Families in Carlisle — How We Can Help
Caritas Salford is the lead Catholic agency working with the Government to promote the Community Refugee Sponsorship Scheme. In conjunction with RESET Communities and Refugees, St Augustine’s is hosting a presentation, Thursday 29 November, 6.30-7.45pm, in St. Augustine’s parish Social Room. All are welcome.

Bring and Share Meal — Celebrating Carlisle’s Interfaith Community 

A food festival featuring favourite dishes to be held on Friday, 16th November at 6.00 pm in Harraby Community Centre, Edgehill Road, CA1 3SN. Bus Route 61 (Harraby East); stop at Edgehill Road. Supervised children are welcome. Please bring something delicious to eat. However, please do not use pork products in your dish. This includes bacon, ham, sausages and pies. Thank you. 

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