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, particularly 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.
Parish Pastoral Council
Fr Michael would like to call together a meeting on the Parish Pastoral Council on Monday 3rd February at 7.15 pm in the Parish Centre.
Candlemas falls on a Sunday this year [2nd February] and celebrates the presentation of the child Jesus in the temple. It is 40 days after Christmas day.
Figures for Last Sunday
At Mass 87 + 133 = 220. Thank you for your contribution of £533.50 + £303.96 = £837.46.
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
Sessions for the children continue this Thursday. 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’.
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 on Tuesday 11th February at 7.15 pm. There are 30 places available. A donation of £30 to cover costs would be appreciated. Please consider joining this study programme. An information sheet is available in both churches.
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 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.
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. From 24-31 July 2020. For more information and to book online, please visit https://www.joewalshtours.ie/holidays/pilgrimages-lourdes-lancaster.
Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support the Foodbank collection at Christ the King. Please note that food left at St. Margaret Mary is for the ‘SVP Food Parcels' rather than the ‘Food Bank’.
Catholic Miracle Rally (North) 2020
Celebrate that Jesus is alive and that the miracle healing, loving power of his Spirit is moving in His Church today!
With Michelle Moran, Fr Gabriel Joseph CFR and Damian Stayne, the event will be held from 14-15 March 2020 at All Hallows Catholic High School, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0LN.
For booking and more information:
Tel: 016973 45623 or 07588 159341
To be held on Friday 28th February at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre. There will be a buffet and ice cream. Tickets £5. The film is an Irish Comedy called ‘War of the Buttons’[PG]… [No, I hadn’t heard of it either…]. The tag line on the DVD cover is ‘Most wars last years, this one has to be over by dinner time’.
The Ladies Group meets in the Parish Room at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday. The guest speaker this month is Fr Michael…all welcome to come along.
Blessing of Throats
This will take place after Mass on Monday morning at Christ the King.