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.

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.

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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.

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