Thursday, 31 January 2019

Newsletter Items: 3rd February 2019

Sign Up Now — A New Initiative in our Parish and Deanery 
For updates from the parishes via email such as weekly newsletters, please sign up at Then sign up under Sacred Heart parish.
It takes two minutes, and you will also receive wide ranging and engaging material. All free, and you will not be inundated with emails. 
If this is too hard for you - send/hand in your name and email address to Fr Michael.

Spare An Extra £1 Each Week?
The beginning of a new year is a good time to review your giving to the parish.  The parish receives no support financially from other bodies and the only income it receives is through your Sunday contribution and rent it receives from properties owned by the parish.  Perhaps you could consider adding an extra £1 each week if you are able?

Offertory and Figures
Mass attendance: 76 + 57 + xxx = xxx
Offertory Contribution £452.21 + xxx  = £xxx.  Many thanks. 
Figures not available at time of 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.
Please avoid bringing soup and beans - there is a stockpile of these items.  Tins of meat are especially in need.

Ladies Group
The Ladies Group will meet in the Parish Room at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday, 5th February at 7.30 pm.  Our meeting this evening will be Parish Photographs. New members always welcome.

Red Mission Boxes
Please begin to bring in Red Mission Boxes for emptying.

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:, or 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.

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.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 
Our diocesan pilgrimage takes place between 25 July – 3 August; 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 between 25 July – 3 August. Open to ages Year 10+, 4-star hotel, Cost - £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 continues this Thursday at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School.

Young Adults Retreat 
A weekend away exploring faith in the company of other young adults (age 18-35) in the heart of the Lake District between  8th - 10th March for young adults aged 18-35.  Early bird discount for those booking before 31st January. For more information and to book

Events At/Or Organised by Castlerigg Manor 
To see what events are being planned by the team at our diocesan residential centre, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick, visit their website:

Diocesan Directory 2019 
The new diocesan directory is available in the sacristy of both churches - price £3.50. 

Newman School
Before Christmas, Newman School had a Section 48 Denominational Inspection by the Diocesan Education Service. They are pleased to announce that they received an overall ‘Good’ grade for RE in the school and similarly a ‘Good’ grade for ‘The Catholic Life of the School’. Congratulations to all the pupils, staff and Governors. 

Employment Opportunity
Newman Catholic School is recruiting Cover Supervisors. This position will suit flexible workers and full training will be given. Please contact the school directly if you are interested. on 01228 404942. 

Catholic Miracle Rally 
The Cor et lumen Christi community has organised this weekend on 9-10 March at Our Lady’s Catholic High School, Preston PR2 3SQ. Speakers include our Bishop and Fr Chris Thomas from Liverpool. For more information: 


No comments:

Post a Comment