Holy Week in the Parish
14th April - Palm Sunday
Mass as usual on Saturday evening. There will be one Mass, at 10.00 am, at Christ the King on Palm Sunday Morning.
17th April - Spy Wednesday
At 6.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary pupils from our Primary School will present a Passion Play: please support them by coming along.
18th April - Maundy Thursday
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary, followed by watching at the Altar of Repose until 10.00 pm, concluding with Compline [Night Prayer]
19th April - Good Friday
Office of Readings and Morning Prayer at 10.00 am at St. Margaret Mary. Solemn Commemoration of Our Lord’s Passion and Death at 3.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary.
20th April - Holy Saturday
Office of Readings and Morning Prayer at 10.00 am at St. Margaret Mary. 12.00 noon Blessing of Easter Food at St. Margaret Mary. 8.00 pm The Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter at St. Margaret Mary. There will be a reception afterwards in the Parish Centre.
21st April - Easter Sunday
Masses as normal - 9.00 am Christ the King and 11.00 am St. Margaret Mary.
Readers and Eucharistic Ministers for The Triduum
Sign up sheets will shortly be available for both churches. Could you please indicate those times when you will be available during the Triduum which, this year, is being celebrated in St Margaret Mary. Thanks.
The festival choir meets to prepare for celebrating Easter on Sunday evenings at 7.00 pm. The Triduum will be celebrated at St Margaret Mary this year so rehearsals will be there. Please consider joining us, everyone is welcome, especially the young and young at heart!
St. Margaret Mary School Passion Play
On the evening of Spy Wednesday [the Wednesday of Holy Week - 17th April] pupils from St. Margaret Mary will perform a Passion Play at St. Margaret Mary Church. Please make a note in your diary to come along!
Carlisle Passion Play
The script has been written specially for the people of Carlisle by John Davies, Classic Theatre Cumbria’s Artistic Director and actor. It will be performed on stage in front of the Old Town Hall on Saturday 13 April at 11.00 am & 2.00 pm. It will last about 75 minutes and is suitable for all ages. Free seating is available. The Play will be followed up by various activities by Churches Together during Holy Week: Monday 15 to Friday 19 April in the Old Town Hall Square.
Anti Social Behaviour
We have experienced a group of boys coming onto the site at St. Margaret Mary and causing a nuisance in recent weeks. The Police have advised that the site be locked from dusk [or after no one is on the site] ’til dawn. This will be put into place as soon as possible. Please note that this will make the car park unusable overnight.
If you are aware of any incidents while using the church at St. Margaret Mary, please dial ‘101’ and report the incident to Police immediately. If we don’t nip this in the bud, it could escalate over the summer.
You are within your rights to use your mobile phone to capture images and video in order to enable the Police to identify individuals.
Offertory and Figures
Mass attendance: 54 + 60 + 104 = 218
Offertory Contribution £398.14.
Figures from St Margaret Mary were unavailable at the time of going to press. 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.
First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the Parish on Sunday 28th April 2019 [the Second Sunday of Easter].
Flowers for the Festivities
There will be a collection this weekend and next weekend for Easter flowers. Could you place in an envelope and mark for which church ‘CTK’ or ‘MM’. Thank you in anticipation.
Coach for the Chrism Mass, Lancaster
To be held on Thursday 18th April, departing 9.15 am from Our Lady and St. Joseph. Space is limited to 16 seats only. Cost - £12. Sign up on the sheet at the back of OLSJ church as soon as possible to secure a place. Places allotted on a first-come basis.
Pilgrimage to Carfin Grotto - National Marian Shrine for Scotland
The Catenians invite all parishioners to come along on this pilgrimage on Saturday 4th May 2019: leaving Our Lady & St. Joseph Church, Warwick Square, Carlisle at 9.30 am; St. Augustine Church, Scotland Road, Carlisle at 9.40 am. Return by 6.00 pm. Cost £10.00 per person. Children under 15 free. Please sign up on the sheets in both churches and indicate whether you are taking a packed lunch or using the cafe.
If you know of someone (whether religious or not!) who is yet to sign up, or you feel would benefit from learning more about Christ’s Church, please direct them to https://app.flocknote.com/StHerberts then ask them to sign up under Sacred Heart of Jesus parish.
Gift Aid - Making Your Donation Go Further
Envelopes for the next financial year will be available shortly for those parishioners who are members of the scheme. Standing Order donors do not need to take any further action unless they wish to increase their contribution.
If a parishioner, who is a taxpayer, would like to join the scheme, please contact Judith on 526781 for CTK or Richard on 544737 for StMM. If you have ceased paying tax or changed address and are part of the scheme, please notify the organisers. Please consider giving via the Gift Aid scheme - it increases your donation without any additional cost to you.