This is my eighth, and likely to be my final, Christmas in the parish. Thank you for your support, patience and encouragement during the past year - especially following my appointment at Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation. It is a pleasure and an honour to serve you as parish priest.
I pray for every blessing on you and your families during this holy season of Christmas - may the Lord’s nativity sustain and strengthen us throughout the new year - whatever it may bring to us: remember, God is with us.
Happy Christmas! Fr. Michael
Christmas Mass Times
The following Masses will celebrate the Nativity of the Lord in the Parish. If family members are asking ‘What do you want for Christmas?’, maybe ask them ‘For you to come to Mass at Christmas’…just a thought.
St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm
Christ the King 9.00 pm
Christ the King 10.00 am
On Christmas Eve, Carols will be sung 30 minutes prior to the start of Mass. There will be no early morning Mass this year.
To avoid multiple ‘What time’s Midnight Mass?’ phone calls - please share these times with friends and family.
Shepherds and Angels
Children [and any adults who may be inclined] are welcome to come dressed as shepherds and angels for the 6.30 pm Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve.
A limited number of the 2020 Missals, which cover this liturgical year, are available to purchase for £7.50 - please see Fr Michael. If you would like the 3-Year Missal to be ordered, please see Fr. Michael. Three year Missals are on order and should arrive soon.
Parish Advent Family Carol Service
Thank you to all who attended this parish celebration at Christ the King. Special thanks to the musicians, choir and readers and also to the singers from St. Margaret Mary Primary School. It was a lovely celebration.
Collection for Christmas Flowers
Thank you to all who contributed towards this collection - you may still make a donation if you wish.
Carlisle Food Bank
Are in need of the following items: Tins of rice pudding, other tinned deserts, custard, fruit, vegetables, fish, potatoes or 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
There were 81 + 92 = 173. Thank you for your contribution of £593.16 and £225 = £818.16.
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 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.
First Holy Communion 2020
This is planned for Sunday 19th April 2020 [the Second Sunday of Easter]. Preparation will commence after Christmas. Families are expected to attend Sunday Mass each week in the first instance.
To receive the parish newsletter by e-mail, please sign up to the deanery Flocknote initiative. Visit: https://app.flocknote.com/StHerberts. Then sign up under the parish with which you associate.
Floor Renovations at St. Margaret Mary
The work on the floor at St. Margaret Mary is now complete and the new carpet has been fitted - it is of good quality and should last for many years. The floor renovation [the first in 57 years] has cost £4,288 or around £15 per square metre. The carpet costs are yet to be received. If you would like to make a donation towards these costs - perhaps by sponsoring a square metre [or two] - please make a donation in an envelope marked ‘New Floor’.
St Margaret Mary SVP
Thank you to all who contributed to the Christmas food drive at St. Margaret Mary this year. A great number of families benefit from this initiative - many thanks.
The Crib Collection this year will be in aid of Friends of the Holy Land [at the request of Bishop Paul].
North Cumbria Life
North Cumbria Life: For many years now both St Margaret Mary’s and Christ The King Churches have been providing lots of very valuable baby items to our store in Carlisle, which is very much appreciated. Our store is now full and we ask that no more items are supplied for the time being
Mass Schedule During the Holiday Period
Weekday Mass for the holiday period is advertised - a slightly later start to the day. Why not come to Mass during this period, especially on New Year’s Day when we honour Mary as Mother of God - a lovely way to start the new year and to ask for God’s blessing on our families and friends.
The Bishop seeks to appoint a Lead Diocesan Education Officer for the Diocese of Lancaster Education Service. 0.8 FTE Term time only - Leadership salary £40,987 to £45,220 - required for Easter 2020. Closing Date: 12:00 noon Friday, 1st February 2020. A Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01524 841190.
Congratulations to Mr Michael Merrick who has been appointed as the new head of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School.