Thursday, 27 February 2020

Newsletter Items: 1 March 2020

Lent in the Parish
Stations of the Cross
St. Margaret Mary’s on Tuesdays at 11.30 am Christ the King on Fridays at 12.00 noon.

Soup Lunches
Soup lunches will be provided on Tuesdays in the Parish Centre and on Fridays at Christ the King after Stations of the Cross.  This year the lunches will support CAFOD.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Repent and believe the Good News!  Please make a special effort during Lent to revisit the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  

Festival Choir
The festival choir gathers to prepare for the Easter liturgies on Sunday evenings [beginning this evening] at St. Margaret Mary from 7.00 - 8.30 pm.  Children from Year 5 and above are welcome to come along.

The Easter Triduum and Holy Week
Palm Sunday will be celebrated at Christ the King this year with a single parish Mass at 10.00 am.
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, will be at 7.00 pm, Good Friday, the commemoration of the Passion, at 3.00 pm and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday at 8.00 pm.  These will be held at St. Margaret Mary.  On Easter Sunday, Masses will be as normal.

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom 
This course, produced by Ascension Press, will continue this Tuesday. This would be particularly useful for all readers in the parish.

Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary
On Sunday 29th March, 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.

Parish Pastoral Council
Fr Michael will next meet on Monday 24th March at 7.00 pm.

Meeting of Parishioners
There will be a public meeting for parishioners in the Parish Centre at St. Margaret Mary on Tuesday 24th March at 7.30 pm.  There will be no Matthew Course that evening.  Please save the date in your diary and make every effort to come along.

Figures for Last Sunday
Figures were not available at the time of printing.

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.

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.

Mass Intentions
Fr Michael would welcome requests for Masses to be celebrated for a particular intention. There is one Mass this week without a 'particular intention’… all requests on the books have been allocated.

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’.

CAFOD Fast Day
CAFOD Lent Family Fast Day on Friday 6 March is the 60th anniversary of the first Family Fast Day led by our founding mothers and, as it has been for sixty years, is an opportunity to reach out and support highly-skilled local experts around the world who help the poorest members of our global family. There will be a retiring collection for the Fast Day next weekend.

Coronavirus
The best way of protection from a virus is for everyone to use universal good hygiene, which will effectively disrupt spread of the virus. We should be doing this all the time for ‘flu: 
  • Catch it - sneeze into a paper tissue
  • Bin it - bin the tissue
  • Kill it - wash your hands with soap and water
Do not touch your face unless you’ve washed your hands. 

Anyone with cold or flu symptoms is to refrain from receiving communion from the Chalice and receive the Host on the hand only.

Off to Rome
Fr Michael will be away from the parish from the evening of Sunday 8th March until Friday 20th March [virus permitting - decision on Tuesday].  He’ll be in Rome on ‘business’ and then a bit of a rest…[and to celebrate his birthday!] Fr Norman will cover the weekend Masses and the two weekday Masses on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Church Cleaning
Help is always needed on Tuesday mornings [from around 9.00 am] at St. Margaret Mary and on a Thursday morning [after Mass] at Christ the King.  May be something to think of doing as an ‘extra’ for Lent….?  Many hands make light work as they say….

Ladies Group
The Ladies gather on Tuesday evening at 7.00 pm to discuss the new Newman School with 

Paul Lovell - should be entertaining…all welcome.

Mass Intentions & Events: 1st March 2020


Thursday, 20 February 2020

Newsletter Items: 23rd February 2020

Lent in the Parish
The penitential season of Lent begins on Wednesday.  Ashes will be imposed during the three Masses being celebrated on Wednesday.
Wednesday is a Day of Fasting [1 meal & 2 light collations/snacks] and Abstinence [no meat].

Stations of the Cross
St. Margaret Mary’s on Tuesdays -11.30 am Christ the King on Fridays at 12.00 noon.

Soup Lunches
Soup lunches will be provided on Tuesdays in the Parish Centre and on Fridays at Christ the King after Stations of the Cross.  This year the lunches will support CAFOD.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Repent and believe the Good News! Please make a special effort during Lent to revisit the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  

Festival Choir
The festival choir gathers to prepare for the Easter liturgies on Sunday evenings [beginning this evening 23rd February] at St. Margaret Mary from 7.00 - 8.30 pm.  Children from Year 5 and above are welcome to come along.

The Easter Triduum and Holy Week
Palm Sunday will be celebrated at Christ the King this year with a single parish Mass at 10.00 am.
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, will be at 7.00 pm.
Good Friday, the commemoration of the Passion, at 3.00 pm. 
Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday at 8.00 pm.  These will be held at St. Margaret Mary.  
Easter Sunday, Masses will be as normal.

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom 
This course produced by Ascension Press will continue this Tuesday. This would be particularly useful for all readers in the parish.

Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary
On Sunday 29th March, 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 20-29 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.

Parish Pastoral Council
Fr Michael will next meet on Monday 24th February at 7.00 pm.

Figures for last Sunday
At Mass 87 + 110 = 197.  Thank you for your contribution of £373.14 + £257.50 = £630.64.

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.

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.

Mass Intentions
Fr Michael would welcome requests for Masses to be celebrated for a particular intention. 

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 from 14-15 March 2020 at All Hallows Catholic High School, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0LN.
For booking and more information: 
Web: www.coretlumenchristi.org  
Email: stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org  
Tel: 016973 45623 or 07588 159341.

Film Night
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. 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’.

Coronavirus
The best way of protection from a virus is for everyone to use universal good hygiene, which will effectively disrupt spread of the virus. We should be doing this all the time for ‘flu: 
  • Catch it - sneeze into a paper tissue
  • Bin it - bin the tissue
  • Kill it - wash your hands with soap and water
Do not touch your face unless you’ve washed your hands. 

Anyone with cold or flu symptoms is to refrain from receiving communion from the Chalice and receive the Host on the hand only.


Off to Rome
Fr Michael will be away from the parish from the evening of Sunday 8th March until Friday 20th March.  He’ll be in Rome on ‘business’ and then a bit of a rest…[and to celebrate his birthday!] Fr Norman will cover the weekend Masses and the two weekday Masses on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Church Cleaning

Help is always needed on Tuesday mornings [from around 9.00 am] at St. Margaret Mary and on a Thursday morning [after Mass] at Christ the King.  May be something to think of doing as an ‘extra’ for Lent….?  Many hands make light work as they say….

Mass Intentions & Events: 23rd February 2020


Thursday, 13 February 2020

Newsletter Items: 16th February 2020

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom 
This course produced by Ascension Press will continue this Tuesday. This would be particularly useful for all readers in the parish.

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.
On Saturday we begin, personally, 33 days of prayer in preparation for this rededication.  More information is available at behold2020.com
Over the coming weeks an Image of Our Lady of Walsingham will be touring the churches of the deanery.

Parish Pastoral Council
Fr Michael will next meet on Monday 24th February at 7.00 pm.

Figures for Last Sunday
At Mass 71 + 119 = 190.  Thank you for your contribution of £226.00 + £217.89 = £443.89.

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.

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.

Mass Intentions
Fr Michael would welcome requests for Masses to be celebrated for a particular intention. 

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 24th to 31st 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, it will be held from 14th - 15th March 2020 at All Hallows Catholic High School, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0LN.
For booking and more information: 
Web: www.coretlumenchristi.org  
Email: stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org  
Tel: 016973 45623 or 07588 159341

Film Night
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. 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’.

Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday - the beginning of Lent - falls on Wednesday 26th February.  There will be Mass with distribution of Ashes at 9.30 am at St. Margaret Mary, 11.40 am at Christ the King and 7.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary.

Coronavirus
At the end of last week, the Bishops’ Conference issued guidelines for churches, schools, care facilities and other Catholic organisations on the steps that should be taken in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus [a family of viruses which includes the common cold and flu]. Whilst the risk to individuals in the UK remains low, it is still good to familiarise ourselves with their advice: 
The best way of protection from a virus is for everyone to use universal good hygiene, which will effectively disrupt spread of the virus. We should be doing this all the time for ‘flu: 
  • Catch it - sneeze into a paper tissue
  • Bin it - bin the tissue
  • Kill it - wash your hands with soap and water
Do not touch your face unless you’ve washed your hands. 

Anyone with cold or flu symptoms is to refrain from receiving communion from the Chalice and receive the Host on the hand only. (We should be doing this anyway, every ‘flu season.) 

Vocations Weekend for Young Women

Theme: Discernment and Vocation 28th Feb - 1 March 2020 in Liverpool. The weekend is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). If you are wondering if God is calling you to religious life and would like to find out more, why not come along?  You are welcome to stay for the weekend or just come along on Saturday for the day. There will be opportunity for prayer, reflection and input, chance to ask questions and to meet others who are also wondering where God is calling them.  For more information, contact Sr Lynne fcJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or visit our website www.fcjsisters.org.

Mass Intentions & Events: 16th February 2020


Thursday, 6 February 2020

Newsletter Items: 9th February 2020

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom 
This course, produced by Ascension Press, will begin in the parish on Tuesday 11th February at 7.00 pm - this Tuesday. There are 30 places available - or thirty books. A donation of £30 to cover costs would be appreciated. Please consider joining this study programme.
This would be particularly useful for all readers in the parish.

Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary
On Sunday 29th March, 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 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.

Parish Pastoral Council
Fr Michael will next meet on Monday 24th February at 7.00 pm.

Figures for last Sunday
At Mass 95 + 172 = 267.  Thank you for your contribution of £303.61 + £303.00 = £606.61.

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
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.

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’.

Mass intentions
Fr Michael would welcome requests for Masses to be celebrated for a particular intention. 

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: 
Web: www.coretlumenchristi.org  
Email: stcuthberts@coretlumenchristi.org  
Tel: 016973 45623 or 07588 159341

Film Night
To be held on Friday 28th February at 7.30pm 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’.

Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday - the beginning of Lent - falls on Wednesday 26th February.  There will be Mass with distribution of Ashes at 9.30 am at St. Margaret Mary, 11.40 am at Christ the King and 7.00 pm at St. Margaret Mary.

Supervision
Just a gentle reminder that for small hands and fingers there can be many hazards in our churches - naked flames on the candle stands, doors and gates that can close quickly, hot heaters and radiators and even stairs.  We ask parents to keep an eye on their children so that they are kept safe while in church.  At St. Margaret Mary parents are welcome to utilise the Infant of Prague chapel whenever they wish.

Congratulations

Congratulations to our First Holy Communion children who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Friday evening…may they deepen their appreciation of the love and mercy offered by God throughout their lives.

Mass Intentions & Events: 9th February 2020