Saturday, 5 January 2019

Newsletter Items 6th January

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

Ladies Group
This group meet on Tuesday evening after the evening Mass [7.30]. Please bring along an old or new ‘unusual’ item to get the conversation going.

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
23rd December
At Mass: 242 Collection: £874.53
Christmas Day
At Mass: 424 Offering: £1307.75
30th December
At Mass: 216 Collection: £519.76
Thank you for your continued financial support

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.

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.

Carlisle Passion Play 2019 - Get involved!
The Carlisle Passion Play will take place, Saturday 13 April, in the Town Hall Square. Two hour-long performances, 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 07970-673-236.

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 and 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 a 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.

Carol Service - thank you
Thanks to all those who attended the Carol Service and generously contributed to the collection for Eden Valley Hospice. The collection amounted to £250.

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 at 6.00 pm in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School.  Enrolment forms are now available in both churches for parents who would like their child to make their First Holy Communion next year.

Burns Night Celebration
Join parishioners on Friday 25th January for a celebration of all things ‘over the Border’ from 7.30 pm til late.  Featuring live music and a delicious meal of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties.  Tickets cost £8.00 and can be bought from Douglas and Paul.

This week all parish property undergoes an Asbestos survey as part of diocesan health and safety regulations - just in case you see someone walking around with a clipboard.  The cost of the survey is around £2,000…

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