Thursday, 14 February 2019

Newsletter Items: 17th 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: 59 + 67 + 115 = 241
Offertory Contribution £396.50 + £252.30  = £648.80.  Many thanks. 

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.

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 after half term at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School.
It is now too late for children to join this year’s programme of preparation for First Holy Communion.

Young Adults Retreat 
A weekend away exploring faith in the company of other young adults (aged 18-35) in the heart of the Lake District between 8th - 10th March. 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. 

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: 

Faith & Justice News 
The latest newsletter from our diocesan Faith & Justice Commission is available for download at 

Praying with the Pope 
Pope Francis has launched a new app, on which he gives his own intention for prayer that day, and invites you to pray with him: 

Antiques Valuation with BBC’s Paul Laidlaw
Free charity valuation event with BBC antiques’ expert, Paul Laidlaw, on Wednesday 27 February from 1.00-4.00 pm St Augustine’s parish social room, Carlisle CA3 9JU. Entrance, - £4.00 per person, which includes tea/coffee and cake. Proceeds to the Catholic Women’s League charities. All enquiries to Pauline Finlayson on 01228 544627.

Weekday Mass
Attendance at weekday Mass isn’t compulsory but it is a good way to centre each day on God and can be a good excuse to get up and get on with the day.  Try and develop a routine of attending daily Mass either in the parish or elsewhere in the city.  Refreshments are served in the parish on Wednesday and Thursday each week and they are a good way to socialise and meet other parishioners.
I knew of a man who said attending daily Mass saved his life - his absence was noted and he was found at home very poorly.  He said if he had not been a daily Mass goer, no-one would have noticed his predicament.
Why not think about making it a commitment during Lent?

Ash Wednesday Masses

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, will be observed on Wednesday 6th March.  Mass, with imposition of Ashes, will be celebrated at 10.00 am at St. Margaret Mary and 11.40 am at Christ the King. 

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