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Darlington, Co Durham

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6th April 2014


REFLECTION  - I believe in death

I believe in death.

I believe that it is part of life.

I believe that we are born to die,

to die that we may live more fully;

born to die a little each day

to selfishness, to pretence, and to sin.

I believe that every time we pass

from one stage of life to another,

something in us dies and something new is born.

I believe we taste death in moments of loneliness,

rejection, sorrow, disappointment,and failure.

I believe that we are dying before our time

when we live in bitterness, in hatred, and in isolation.

I believe that each day we are creating our own death

by the way we live.

For those with faith, death is not extinguishing the light;

it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.   (Anon.)

Seeds of consolation

What can I say to you, my friend,

in your hour of grief?

Just a word from my heart.

In the midst of your sorrow seeds are being sown –

seeds of consolation, hope, resignation, and even gratitude.

This winter will pass,

and spring will again visit the garden of your heart.

You will see these seeds grow, blossom, and bear fruit.

Then your sorrow will turn into joy,

a joy no one will be able to take from you.




Stations of the Cross at 5.00pm here in St Augustine’s led by Rev Robert Willamson from St Cuthbert’s.

PASSOVER – Tuesday 15th April

A few tickets are still available.  There will be a list at the back of Church for anybody willing to help set up the room / prepare the food.  We will set the room up on Monday evening approx (just need to check time with the Parish Centre) and prepare the food from 2.30pm on the Tuesday afternoon.

CHRISM MASS – Holy Thursday 17th April

The Chrism Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle on Thursday 17th April at 11.00 am.


Ecumenical Act of Witness 11-00am – 11.30am at the Joseph Pease Monument.


There will be Stations of the Cross on a Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes at 12.15pm.   Please note there will be NO Exposition on Thursday 10th April, as there is a Requiem Mass at 12.15pm. Exposition on Monday after the Eucharistic Service at 12 noon till 3.00pm.  There is a full list available in the Church.


These popular Lent lunches are on Mondays from 12 noon in St. Cuthbert’s Hall.  There is a soup lunch at 12 noon followed by a Lenten Talk. 

7th April – Gillian Haughton – He carried our sorrows

14th April – Nick Barker – He carried a broken heart

All proceeds to Christian Aid


Saturdays 10-11am.  Please note there will be confessions on Easter Saturday 9.30-10.30am.




This year they are supporting the Hardship Fund for the two Catholic nursing homes, Holy Cross and St Catherine’s within the Diocese.  You can donate via ourselves (lenten envelopes)  or online at




  • Coffees for April are shared between 2 Carmel 6th form students who need to raise funds to work abroad for a year.  Both students are away with Project Trust, for a year of work.  Tory Lindsay is going to Peru to work as a social worker and teacher, and Sophie Vayro is going to South Africa to work as a teacher to engage pupils in dance and drama.

  • Thank you to every one who supported HCPT Group 195 Coffees you raised a fantastic amount of £710.54 (This pays for a child to get to Lourdes). Thank you once again.  All St Augustine's Parishioners will be remembered at the Grotto.   Clare Maddison  Group 195 Leader



THANK YOU to all who came on Tuesday night and helped clean and polish the brass candlesticks, etc., in the Church, prior to the Easter celebrations. 



(formerly: Carmel Convent)

Perpetual (24 hours) Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament is held in the Chapel.

Holy Mass, in English, is celebrated daily Monday to Saturday at 07.30 am.

Bus:  Arriva bus service Number 3 to MOWDEN from Darlington Town Centre stops near Carmel Divine Retreat Centre, Darlington. 



This is based in the Simpson Room (Hall attached to the Parish Centre).  They are open 5 mornings a week from 9.15-11.15am for children from ages 2 to school age.  They have vacancies and would love to hear from you – Jill Parkes 07870 775136.



Purchase of Car Park Permits for the year 1st May  2014 – 30th April  2015

We are pleased to advise there is no increase in either permit or membership costs this year.

Permit at £40 is available only to Parish club members. 2 cars can be registered per permit, but one car only can be parked at any one time.

Parish club membership is £4 full, £2 senior, 1 club membership per person.

To renew Parish Club membership and car park permit -

If no changes to details - please complete an orange form and use envelope provided. Forms located at back of church, or from bar at parish centre or car park attendants.

New permits and membership cards can be purchased from Parish Centre every Sunday throughout April from 10am.  Or, envelopes can be left with, and then collected from Mrs Durkin at the Club during opening hours or from car park attendants. Please specify preference. If you prefer permits to be posted to you, please enclose SAE.

Please do not put cash in envelopes, cheques only made payable to ‘St Augustine’s Parish Club Ltd.’

The £40 permit is priced for occasional usage. For those who wish to park all day while at work, a business permit is available.

As there is a waiting list, we would appreciate if you could let us know if you do not wish to renew permit this year.

If you want to be included in waiting list please fill out pink form for Parish Club membership, and indicate interest in car permit if required. Return form to Parish centre. I will advise availability for this year at beginning of May, depending on uptake.

If you have change of details to advise –

If new car, will need to see registration documents.  Any other queries, Treasurer will be at Parish Centre, Sundays from 10am  throughout April, or can be contacted on 07989 429164 or by  email

We thank you for your continued support




Please park within the marked bays.  If you have to leave your car in an unmarked area please move it asap after Mass, in order to allow those parked within the bays and who wish to leave straight after Mass can do so quickly and safely.   Thank you.



Envelopes are available for the next financial year – at the back of Church for those who contribute this way.  Please do not use them until next Sunday 6th April 2014. 

If you attend any other Church within the Diocese you can use your offertory envelope and it will be sent back to the originating parish.

If you would like us to reclaim some of your tax back (name, address, signature is all that is required) please give me a ring Barbara Morgan in the office 266602 or email and a form will be sent out. 

For every taxpayer who contributes this way the parish can reclaim 25p for every £1 that is placed on the collection plate.  Last year we received an additional £9,220.   

If your circumstances have changed and you no longer pay tax we need to know, likewise if you have a new address.


If you aren’t collecting these vouchers for your own children/grandchildren, please accept them at the checkout and put them on the collection basket on a Sunday and they will be shared between Paradise Playgroup/St Augustine’s School/Carmel Academy.  Any vouchers are greatly appreciated.





On Wednesday 23rd April at 7.00pm at the Friends Meeting House, 6 Skinnergate, Darlington.

No charge for admission – light refreshments available.


DARLINGTON TOWN MISSION is holding a Quiz night at Northland Methodist Church, on Friday 11th April, beginning at 7pm.  Tickets are £6-00 per head to include a minced beef pie & peas supper.   Teams of a max. of 6 people.

For tickets please phone Brian on 07795630712  or Pam on 01325 380661.



For 2013 the project would like us to collect TINS OF SARDINES as well as TOILET ROLLS.  This is a very popular food with many of the people who turn up.  Although other parishes supply tinned food there is a need for sardines in particular.  Once again your efforts to support this would be greatly appreciated.


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Please see the noticeboard for details of events taking place in the diocese.  This includes a day for people being received into the Church and all who would like to deepen their preparation for Easter which will be held at St Thomas Aquinas Church 12th April 10.30am-3pm . Refreshments available but take a packed lunch. To book a place contact 0191 243 3313.

Diocesan Festival Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 June at Youth Village, Consett “The Joy of the Gospel”.

Various Days of Reflection at St Aiden Church on Holy Island.



Led by Bishop Seamus Cunningham.  Monday 12th-19th May 2014.  Package price £750 per person.  See Diocesan website


PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE"Spend a week in Medjugorje this spring 4th-11th May, only £525. Price includes return flights from Newcastle, private coach transfers to Medjugorje, half board accommodation & experienced guide. For more information please contact Jonathan on 01423 546 175 or email"



Marriage Care offers a counselling service to any couple or individual in a couple relationship. We believe that lives are enriched by fulfilling and committed couple relationships and our local team of experienced, trained and BACP accredited counsellors can give you timely support when you and your spouse/partner are facing difficulties. Relationship counselling could be for you no matter what stage you’re at – whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been together for years, or whether you’re thinking of walking away from a relationship or entering another – we can help.We don’t charge a fixed fee, but you will be invited to make a contribution bearing the costs of running our service in mind. No-one is turned away because of an inability to pay.Marriage Care is a national organisation with over 67 years experience of providing relationship counselling. All our counsellors offer their time and expertise, working as volunteers.

 Marriage Care has counsellors ready to see you now in Darlington – call 0800 389 3801 to book a local appointment.



Are currently on a recruitment drive for new members young and old.  We meet every Sunday at the Grange Road Baptist Church 7.00pm to 9.00pm.  Anybody interested in joining the Choir is more than welcome to come along and listen to the type of music we sing (traditional, musicals, modern etc.),  and then join us if you wish.  You don’t have to be able to read music, but if you can better still, and you don’t have to audition.  Once it has been decided your musical range, i.e. tenor, bass, baritone then you will join the appropriate group.  We are currently rehearsing for a performance with Massed Male Voice Choirs in Harrogate on 30th November.  We also do Charity fundraising performances.

For further info please contact Pat McDonogh on 268934 or John McGuckin on 317219.



Marriage Care is a national organisation with over 65 years experience of providing relationship counselling. We believe that lives are enriched by fulfilling and committed couple relationships and our local teams of specialist relationship counsellors offer timely support when these relationships become a source of conflict and distress. 


Relationship counselling could be for you no matter what stage you’re at – whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been together for years, or whether you’re thinking of walking away from a relationship or entering another – we can help.


We train our counsellors to work with couples and they develop experience in a wide range of relationship issues. They offer their time and expertise, working as volunteers. 


We don’t charge a fixed fee, but you will be invited to make a contribution bearing the costs of running our service in mind. No-one is turned away because of an inability to pay.


Marriage Care has counsellors ready to see you now in Darlington – call 0800 389 3801 to book a local appointment.