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
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.

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.

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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

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: 
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.

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 or visit our website

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