Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary
On Sunday March 29th, the Bishops of England, led by Cardinal Nichols, will rededicate England as the Dowry of Mary. This is a significant event for our country and we are asked to prepare well for this event, particular by praying the Angelus each day at 12.00 noon. Our parish will celebrate an evening Novena to Our Lady in the form of Eucharistic Adoration, sermon and recitation of the Holy Rosary from Friday 20th March until Sunday 29th March. The Solemnity of the Annunciation will be celebrated with particular dignity on the evening of Wednesday 25th March to enable as many parishioners to attend as possible.
As part of the preparations, the Dowry Tour is coming to our Cathedral in Lancaster. Copies of the timetable for this visit are available. The talk by Monsignor Armitage on Thursday evening is particularly important - he is a talented communicator. A coach has been booked, organised by Jo Muter, to visit the Dowry Tour in Lancaster on Saturday 8th February. It will leave Warwick Square at 9.15 am. If you are interested and wish to book a seat [cost £10, bring a packed lunch], please contact Jo on 01228 524087. The coach will leave Lancaster at 2.30 pm.
A limited number of the 2020 Missals, which cover this liturgical year, are available to purchase for £7.50 - please see Fr Michael. A few 3-year Missals are still available at the price of £17.50.
Figures for Last Sunday
At Mass 95 + 93 = 188. Thank you for your contribution of £435.10 + £256.13 = £691.23.
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
Application forms are now available to enrol children in the First Holy Communion programme. The first of eleven sessions will be held on 16th January at 6.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary School - parents are expected to attend this first session. Attendance at Sunday Mass is also an expectation of preparing for First Holy Communion, which will be celebrated in the parish on Sunday 19th April - the Second Sunday of Easter.
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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’.
Post Christmas Break
Fr Michael is taking his short post-Christmas break this week. He will make a brief re-appearance for the First Holy Communion session on Thursday evening.
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.
Fr Michael would welcome requests for Masses to be celebrated for a particular intention.
Matthew: The King and His Kingdom
This course, produced by Ascension Press, will begin in the parish in February. Please consider joining this study programme. More information will follow over the coming weeks.
Fish and Chip Supper
The next First Friday Fish and Chip Supper will take place on Friday 7th February 2020, after Mass at St. Margaret Mary Church. It will be held in the Parish Centre at approximately 8.15 pm. Pre-booking is required. Please see Paul Lovell or Peter Osborne. The cost is £6.00 per person.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon John Kennedy [Cleator]. His funeral will be celebrated on Thursday of this week. Deacon John assisted at the ordination of Fr. Michael and was a friend of his father.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Gerard Hillon, brother of Mary Scott, who died on 22nd December. His funeral took place in Milnthorpe on 8th January. May he rest in peace.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020
The cost of the pilgrimage to Lourdes has been cut considerably this year - the tour company is now the Irish firm, Joe Walsh Tours. The bishop would like to encourage as many people as possible to join this pilgrimage, which takes place from 24th-31st July 2020. For more information and to book online, please visit https://www.joewalshtours.ie/holidays/pilgrimages-lourdes-lancaster.
If 15 of you go….Fr. Michael can go for free! Booking online saves an additional £10.
Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support the Food Bank. A collection basket is available at Christ the King Church.