Solemnity of the Assumption
Thursday 15th August is a Holy Day of Obligation when we are required to disrupt our normal routine and assist at Mass. Mass will be celebrated at 10.00 am at Christ the King and 7.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary.
Decluttering at St. Margaret Mary
There’s a vast accumulation of ‘stuff’ at St. Margaret Mary, particularly in the tower and choir loft. If you have any personal items on the premises, please remove them. I ask groups such as the Ladies Group, Piety, Rosary and Children’s Liturgy to clearly label items they wish to retain. Any volunteers to assist with the clean up, please let yourselves be known.
This Autumn on Tuesday evenings, beginning Tuesday 10th September, the parish will host an Alpha course. Alpha is a social evening in which the heart of the Christian faith is laid before us. I ask all parishioners to think about coming along and to pray for its success.
Relics of St. Therese of Lisieux
The relics of St. Therese of Lisieux will be coming to St Teresa’s parish in Dumfries on 3 and 4 September - it is worth a visit. All are welcome to visit. For further information, please see: www.littleflowerinscotland.co.uk.
Thank you to all those who supported the Afternoon Tea at Waterton Hall on Sunday 4th August. The total raised to date is £1,006. This money will go directly to The Sisters of The Sacred Heart of Mary, working in Mozambique, to help in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.
Annual Pilgrimage to Cleator
The annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Cleator will be held on Sunday 8th September with Mass and Blessing of the Sick at 3.00 pm. The principle celebrated will be Bishop Paul Swarbrick. Tea and Coffee will be available before and after in the parish room. If anyone is willing to organise a coach etc, then please see Fr. Michael.
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Carlisle Food Bank
As the holiday approached Carlisle Food Bank are desperate for the following items: Tins of rice pudding, other tinned deserts, custard, fruit, vegetables, fish or potatoes Packet mash, milk, juice to dilute. Toiletries especially for men. Items can be left in the basket in the porch at Christ the King.
Figures for last weekend
Numbers attending Mass last weekend were 54 + 56 + 93 = 203. Many thanks for your offering of £336.70 + £260.70 = £597.40.
Canonisation of John Henry Newman
Blessed John Henry Newman is to be canonised on Sunday 13 October in Rome. The plans for October in Rome, and afterwards back in the UK, are well advanced. For more information - www.newmancanonisation.com
Stuck With The Kids over the Summer? Not Sure What To Do?
Why not start the day by assisting at one of the daily Masses in the parish?
Missio - Red Boxes
Members of the ‘Red Box’ for Missions scheme are asked to please bring boxes to church for emptying during the month of August.
Loyola University Chicago - Certificate/Diploma in Pastoral Ministry
The Diocese is undertaking a new venture in Pastoral Theology in conjunction with Loyola University, Chicago. Several other Northern English dioceses have already engaged in these programmes and the feedback from them has been extremely positive. There are two levels which can be pursued. Namely a two-year course leading to Certificate and a supplementary year which leads to a Diploma. The vast bulk of the course is “online”, with Individual Tutors, and there are opportunities to work alongside others through Group discussion. This course would be of benefit to Lay Chaplains, Catechists, Teachers, Clergy and indeed anyone who would like to explore Pastoral Theology in more detail.
There is an Information Evening in The Pastoral Centre in Lancaster on Thursday 17 October at 7:45 pm. There will be members of the Course Team present, as well as previous participants who can tell of their experience. Promotional material will be available soon.
Any parishioners interested in studying this course should get in touch with Fr. Michael. Subsidies may be available.
Fire and Light
Praise and worship, Eucharistic adoration and prayer ministry on Wednesday 11th September 2019 from 8.00 pm at Cor et Lumen Christi, Wigton, CA7 9HU. For more information:
Web: www.coretlumenchristi.org Email: email@example.com Tel: 016973 45623 or 07588 159341.
Lancaster Youth — Your Voice
The Bishop invites our young people, 15-25ish, to join him on Saturday, 14 September from 10.30 am - 2.30 pm, at Our Lady’s Catholic College, Lancaster CA1 2RX. The Bishop and the members of our diocesan youth service want to hear your opinion on how they can best serve you in your life and faith.
Family Weekend at Coniston
The local Knights of St Columba invite parish families, with a yen for the outdoors, to join them for a camping weekend in Coniston over the August Bank Holiday weekend, 23-26 August. There is also a limited number of rooms available in the former presbytery. Costs: £25 per family for campers & caravanners; £25 per room in the Old Presbytery. See the poster on the noticeboard in the foyer; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This weekend we have a pastoral letter from Bishop Paul Swarbrick about forthcoming changes to clergy in Carlisle and some of the implications of these changes.
Sacred Heart Caritas
Thank you to all who came to the meeting on Tuesday evening.
Thanks also, again, to those who fed the 90 teenagers from Aberdeen…your help was greatly appreciated.