Thursday, 6 December 2018

Newsletter Items: 9th December 2018

Mass with Anointing of the Sick
The annual SVP Mass with Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated on Tuesday 11th December at 2.30 pm.  There’ll be a bit of a ‘do’ afterwards in Harraby Catholic Club.  All are welcome. 

Christmas Flowers
There will be a voluntary collection on Sunday 9th December to offset the cost of flowers to decorate the Altar at Christmas.

Carol Service
The Annual Carol Service will take place at Christ The King Church at 6.00 pm on Sunday 16th December. Please note the earlier time -  this is to make it more convenient for families to attend. The Service will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Parish Room. Please make every effort to attend.

Help Required
After Mass on Sunday 9th December at Christ The King, we will be preparing the church for Christmas. We would be grateful for any help you could give us.

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.

Offertory and Figures
Figures not available prior to going to press…

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.”

St Margaret Mary SVP
Thank you to all who have supported the collection of food through donations to contribute to parcels distributed to local families in need.  The SVP are grateful for your continued support for this project.

Reverse Advent Calendar
If you’re looking for a new Christmas tradition for you and your family, we’ve got an idea that is not only fun to do but will teach your little ones some special lessons over the festive season.
Everyone loves advent calendars to count them down to Christmas Day. Most children adore receiving one at the beginning of December because it gets them excited for Fr Christmas coming and every surprise that they open on the way is a promise of what’s to come.
But if you want to try something a little different this year, you can create an advent calendar that you and your children put something into every day instead of taking something out.
Reverse advent calendars work by you filling them every day with items of food or clothing that can then be taken to a food bank or charity in order to help those less fortunate that are struggling at Christmas time. 
After gathering helpful items all month, items can be brought to Christ the King Church for transfer to the food bank.
Not only is this a fun thing for the whole family to do together: from creating the advent calendar structure itself; to picking the goodies to go in it, it more importantly teaches your children the importance of helping others and seeing the bigger picture at Christmas.

Carol Singing at Pennine Lodge
Why not come along and join us on Tuesday 18th December to sing Christmas Carols for the residents of Pennine Lodge. We meet there at about 5.50 pm. All very welcome.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
One of the best ways to prepare for Christmas is to go to Confession and make a new start with our Blessed Lord. There are many opportunities to make use of this Sacrament this week in the parish.  What’s stopping you?

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.  

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Bob Halshaw’s mother [many of you will know Fr Bob through your work at Coniston] who died on Saturday 1st December.  May she rest in peace. Please also pray for Fr Aelred Grugen who is very ill in hospital in Scotland.

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: 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. 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: 079706 73236.

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 and a crowd involving adults, children and live music, it promises to be a memorable experience for performers and audience alike.

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