Thursday, 20 December 2018

Newsletter Items: 23rd December 2018

Happy Christmas!
This is my sixth Christmas in the parish (where have those years gone?) and I would like to wish parishioners every blessing of the feast and a very happy Christmas!
I am grateful for the help and support I receive throughout the year, and as they say, ‘I couldn’t do it without you!’. Particular thanks to our extra-ordinary ministers of Holy Communion, Readers, those who lead the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Servers, Musicians, cleaners, the SVP, those who arrange the flowers, sacristans, welcomers, those who help with refreshments after Mass, counters, collectors and singers.
Thanks also for the many cards and gifts I have received - they are very much appreciated.
Fr Michael
Carol Service
Thank you to all involved in the Carol Service held last week. It was truly a great celebration and reflected a lot of hard work and dedication.  Many thanks.

Christmas Mass Times
For information:
Christmas Eve - St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm
                          Christ the King 9.00 pm
Christmas Day - St. Margaret Mary 8.30 am
                          Christ the King 10.00 am
Please invite members of your family and friends to attend Mass this Christmas.
Carols will be sung 30 minutes before the Masses on Christmas Eve.

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.”

Prayers Needed
Fr Michael would be grateful for prayers, especially the Holy Rosary for a private intention. Please pray regularly for this intention over the coming weeks.  

St. Herberts Deanery Pastoral Council
There is a meeting of the Deanery Pastoral Council scheduled for 10th January at 7.45 pm at St. Bede’s Presbytery. Could parish representatives please let Fr Michael know their availability to ensure a good representation at this meeting. The meeting will outline a number of important deanery initiatives for young people and also a deanery wide Word on Fire! Engage initiative.

Red Mission Boxes
Please begin to bring in Red Mission Boxes for emptying after Christmas [from beginning of January].

Carlisle Passion Play 2019 - Get involved!
The Carlisle Passion Play will take place on Saturday 13 April in the Town Hall Square. Two hour-long performances at 11.00am and 2.00pm. A dramatic outdoor performance in modern idiom portraying the betrayal, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Are you interested in acting, being part of the crew, volunteering, stewarding? Writer and director, John Davies of Classic Theatre Cumbria, is looking for people to perform and also support the performance in wardrobe, stage set etc. More information and to register your interest:, info@classictheatrecumbria,co,uk or Tel: 07970 673236.
This is unique to our city, an opportunity to take part in a type of theatrical presentation whose origins lie in the liturgical drama of the 10th century. With over 20 speaking parts, a crowd involving adults, children and live music, it promises to be a memorable experience for performers and audience alike.

Thank You
St Margaret Mary SVP would like to thank parishioners, staff and students of The Newman Catholic School and Cyril & Methodius School of Evangelisation Polish Community for the wonderful response to our food parcels appeal. Also many thanks for those who helped pack and deliver the parcels to families in the local community.

Mass Intentions
Just a gentle reminder: if you have a specific date you would like to keep, then please provide plenty of notice, i.e. at least one month in advance. Fr Michael does his best to allocate Mass intentions for a specific date when requested but sometimes these dates have already been allocated. In those cases, he allocates as near a date as possible.

Newsletter via Email
We are changing the way the newsletter is distributed via email in the New Year and will also be beginning a new evangelisation programme via Word on Fire! Engage.  
SIGN UP NOW: For updates from the parish via email, such as our weekly newsletter.
Please sign up at  Then sign up under the parish you associate with - 'Sacred Heart of Jesus'.
It takes two minutes to do and you will also receive wide ranging and engaging material!! ALL FREE!! You will not be inundated with emails!!

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 
Our diocesan pilgrimage takes place 20-27 July; flights from Manchester airport. Brochures, booking forms and a poster are available via
For young people: Travel to Lourdes by coach with other young people from our diocese, 25 July – 3 August. Open to ages Year 10+, 4-star hotel, £585. For more information, to book online or download the poster or booking form, please see:
We haven’t had a parish pilgrimage for a while - how about joining this pilgrimage to Lourdes?

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.  Enrolment forms will be available in both churches after Christmas for parents who would like their child to make their First Holy Communion next year.

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