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.

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. 

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: 
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’.

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….

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