Thursday, 1 August 2019

Newsletter Items: 4th August 2019

Afternoon Tea
Join us for afternoon tea in The Waterton Hall today, Sunday 4th August from 2 00 pm to 4.00 pm. Tickets are £6. Money raised will go directly to the Sisters of The Sacred Heart of Mary working in Mozambique, helping in the aftermath of the floods. For further information regarding tickets, please contact Maureen Wilson on 07929 654859.

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.  A skip will be arriving on Friday and decluttering will begin from Monday 5th August.  If you have any personal items on the premises, please remove them by Monday 5th August. I ask groups such as the Ladies Group, Piety, Rosary and Children’s Liturgy to clearly label items they wish to retain. If any volunteers wish to assist with the clean up, please let yourselves be known.

New Car Park
A new car park for the school, on land behind the Parish Centre, and fencing for the school field [due to safeguarding regulations] is planned.  More details will follow when they are available. Funding for the project comes through LCVAP [a fund for capital projects for Voluntary Aided Schools] not the parish.

Thank You
St Margaret Mary SVP would like to thank everyone involved with the recent distribution of food parcels to local families in need. Thank you for your donations of food or cash and a special thank you to those involved making up and delivering the parcels. Your continued generosity is very much appreciated.

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 approaches, 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 44 + 57 + 88 = 189.  Many thanks for your offering of £386.80 + £214.73 = £601.53.

A Spiritual Spa Day for Women
Hosted by the Cor et lumen Christi community, a spiritual spa day for women will be held on  Saturday 28 September. Donation only after £10 booking fee. For information, please tel: 016973 45623, visit or e-mail

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 -

Sacred Heart ‘Caritas’
This group was founded with the aim of providing lunch for children in the area who would otherwise go hungry during school half-term holidays. It will launch during the October half-term. This is important charity work; feeding the hungry, in our local community, and an ideal way to put faith in action. The next planning  meeting will be on 6th August in the Parish Centre after the evening Mass.

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?

Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine
There will be a fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, from 10-14 September. Cost - £599.00 pp sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage from Manchester or Liverpool, 4 nights in Knock House Hotel with full board. All entertainment/guided tours included. WCHR rooms on request. Single room supplement £100. See the poster. For further info, contact Patricia on 01268 762278/07740175557or 

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.  

August Arrangements for Holy Communion
During the month of August, due to holiday absences etc, Holy Communion will be distributed under one kind, the Sacred Host.  Any parishioners who are celiacs and only receive Holy Communion under the form of the Precious Blood should have a word with Fr. Michael.
It is timely to reaffirm our belief in the Catholic doctrine of ‘Concomitance’. The doctrine states that since Christ is indivisible, no one part of Christ's substance can be divided. Thus, Christ's sacred body cannot be separated from his sacred blood, which means that Christ's full presence is in each Eucharistic species fully. When we receive the Sacred Host - we receive His body, blood, soul and divinity.  When we receive the Precious Blood - we receive His body, blood, soul and divinity.


Just a reminder that the Catholic Chaplaincy Team at the Cumberland Infirmary do not receive official notification of the presence of Catholic patients.  Families must let Fr Michael and/or Fr Frank at Warwick Square know if someone is in hospital and in need of a visit.   Holy Communion is taken regularly to patients who are known to the Chaplaincy team.

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