Thursday, 19 December 2019

Newsletter Items: 22nd & 29th December 2019

Happy Christmas!
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.

Christmas Eve
St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm
Christ the King 9.00 pm

Christmas Day
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.

Annual Missals
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.

Hospital
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 [521509] 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.

E-newsletter
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.

Crib Collection
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.

Job Opportunity
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 educationservice@lancasterrcdiocese.org.uk or telephone 01524 841190. 

New Headteacher

Congratulations to Mr Michael Merrick who has been appointed as the new head of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School. 

Mass Intentions & Events: 22nd & 29th December 2019


Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Newsletter Items: 15th December 2019

The God who Speaks: Advent Reflections
This liturgical year, the Bishops of England and Wales encourage us to reflect on the gift of Scripture under the banner, ‘The God who Speaks’. On Monday evening at 7.15 pm in the parish centre in Advent, Fr Michael will lead a reflection on the Sunday Scripture - this week the first reading from Isaiah. All are welcome to come along. Please bring a bible…
In the new year, we will have a series of talks on St. Matthew’s Gospel.

Annual Missals
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.

Advent Sacrament of Reconciliation
Please prepare well for Christmas by making a good Examination of Conscience and by receiving absolution through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available additionally during Advent on Wednesday evenings [beginning the week of 9th December} at St. Margaret Mary during the Eucharistic Holy Hour between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm.

Parish Advent Family Carol Service
The annual Carol Service will take place at Christ the King at 4.00 pm on Sunday 15th December 2019.  It is hoped that the earlier time will assist families to attend…please come along.

Collection for Christmas Flowers
Thank you to all who contributed towards this collection - you may still make a donation if you wish.

Ad Orientem
As has become the custom in the parish, Masses during Advent, celebrated by Fr Michael, will be ‘ad orientem’ as we await the Lord with joyful expectation.

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.

Christmas Eve
St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm
Christ the King 9.00 pm

Christmas Day
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.

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
Figures were not available at the time of publication of the parish newsletter.

Hospital
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 [521509] 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.

E-newsletter
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.

Carpet at St. Margaret Mary
The work on the floor at St. Margaret Mary is gradually drawing to its conclusion. The carpet is being prepared for fitting. Thank you for your patience during this time, especially from the sacristy team and those who attend daily Mass.  I’m sure you’ll agree that the final result was well worth the inconvenience.

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.

Crib Collection
The Crib Collection this year will go towards our Half Term Lunch Club initiative.

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.

Christmas Lunch for Parishioners
St. Margaret Mary Primary School invite parishioners to a Christmas lunch on Wednesday 18th December.  Please see sign up sheet for more details - sign the sheet if you would like to attend.

Early Morning Mass - Ideal for Workers
Why not attend the early morning Mass one day this week - a bit of extra effort for Advent?  Mass at 7.30 am usually lasts no more than 20 minutes - you can be on your way by 7.50 am each day.  Give it some thought.

Thank You

Thanks to Fr Norman who covered the Masses last weekend and also to the kind parishioners who brought food and other things during Fr Michael’s recent bout of flu….it wasn’t ‘Man Flu’!  Your help was very much appreciated.

Mass Intentions & Events: 15th December 2019


Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Newsletter Items: 8th December 2019

The God who Speaks: Advent Reflections
This liturgical year, the Bishops of England and Wales encourage us to reflect on the gift of Scripture under the banner ‘The God who Speaks’. On Monday evening at 7.30 pm in the parish centre in Advent, Fr Michael will lead a reflection on the Sunday Scripture - this week the first reading from Isaiah. All are welcome to come along. Please bring a bible…
In the new year, we will have a series of talks on St. Matthew’s Gospel.

Annual Missals
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.

Advent Sacrament of Reconciliation
Please prepare well for Christmas by making a good Examination of Conscience and by receiving absolution through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available additionally during Advent on Wednesday evenings [beginning the week of 9th December at St. Margaret Mary) during the Eucharistic Holy Hour between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm.

Parish Advent Family Carol Service
The annual Carol Service will take place at Christ the King at 4.00 pm on Sunday 15th December 2019.  It is hoped that the earlier time will assist families to attend…please come along.

Collection for Christmas Flowers
There will be a collection this weekend for Christmas flowers in both churches.

Ad Orientem
As has become the custom in the parish, Masses during Advent, celebrated by Fr Michael, will be ‘ad orientem’ as we await the Lord with joyful expectation.

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.

Christmas Eve
St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm
Christ the King 9.00 pm

Christmas Day
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.

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
Figures were not available at the time of publication of the parish newsletter.

Hospital
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 [521509] 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.

E-newsletter
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.

Carpet at St. Margaret Mary
Work has started on the floor of St. Margaret Mary Church together with a new carpet, which will run down the central aisle to the Sanctuary and Altar, and which will [hopefully] be in place by Christmas.  Thank you for your patience.

St Margaret Mary SVP
Once again, we will be collecting goods for food parcels before the end of term and delivering them to local families in need. Tinned fruit and meat are especially welcome as well as toiletries. Please check best before dates on all contributions. We aim to get parcels out a little earlier than usual and so will be starting deliveries in the week beginning 2nd December. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Mass for the Sick & Housebound
Mass for the Sick & Housebound will be celebrated on Monday 9th December at 2.30 pm. Please come along. For more information please contact Paul Daley.

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.

Christmas Lunch for Parishioners
St. Margaret Mary Primary School invite parishioners to a Christmas lunch on Wednesday 18th December.  Please see sign up sheet for more details - sign the sheet if you would like to attend.

Mass in the Extra-Ordinary Form
Mass on Friday evening is the monthly Mass in the Extra-Ordinary Form.  All are welcome to attend this celebration of Holy Mass.

Early Morning Mass - Ideal for Workers

Why not attend the early morning Mass one day this week - a bit of extra effort for Advent?  Mass at 7.30 am usually lasts no more than 20 minutes - you can be on your way by 7.50 am each day.  Give it some thought.

Mass Intentions & Events: 8th December 2019