GED LAVENDER R.I.P.
Reception into Cathedral
6.00pm Monday 18th August
Requiem Mass – 12 noon 19th August
Bisop Seamus Cunningham writes:
“It is with sadness that I write to let you
know that Monsignor Gerard Lavender, born 20th September 1943, died at home on
Sunday 10th August; he was 70 years of age. I ask you to remember him in your
prayers and Masses. Mgr Lavender was ordained to the priesthood at Our Lady’s,
Easington Colliery on the 2nd March 1969. He faithfully served the people of
God in the following appointments:
St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle August 1969 – April 1975Chaplain:
Royal Navy April 1975 – July 1993Parish Priest: Holy Family, (St Thomas Aquinas
Darlington, St Osmund’s, Gainford) October 1993 – March
Mary’s, Cullercoats & Our Lady & St Oswin’s Tynemouth March 2009 – June
In June 2013 Mgr Lavender retired to English
In March 2009 I appointed Mgr Lavender as
Diocesan Vicar General and I am indebted to him for his help and support during
that time. His commitment and dedication to his priestly ministry at both
Parish and Diocesan level have been outstanding.”
Fr David writes: “ When I heard of Fr Ged’s
death early last Sunday morning I thought of that day’s Gospel about Jesus
walking on water and calming the storm. Fr Ged was always a calming and
reassuring presence no matter what the circumstances; I never saw him
flustered, he was an excellent listener, and adept in finding the next step
forward. As his neighbour for seven years in Darlington and North Tyneside he
was generous with his time and help. Many people have shared stories and
Fr Ged’s support and help during difficult
times; as we pray and reflect on his life’s service we thank God for him, and
pray for his family and close friends at this sad time in losing a much loved
brother and friend. May he rest in peace.”
There will be a coach leaving St
Thomas’ 10.15am on Tuesday morning.
Please ring Fr David before 4.00pm on Sunday – 463636 to see if
there are any places available. This
will be on a first come-first serve basis.
ST AUGUSTINE'S PARISH CENTRE is now online! Please visit their page at www.facebook.com/StAugustinesParishCentre to be kept informed about forthcoming events. If you have a Facebook account you can also send a message to enquire about hall availability and bookings
LAUNCH OF THE NEW DIOCESAN CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME
For the past 2 years a group of experienced catechists, RE specialists, priests, the Diocesan Education Service and Youth Ministry Team have been working on the new Diocesan Confirmation Programme, ‘Come kindle in us the fire of your love’, and their work is now nearing completion. The programme will be formally launched in 3 venues across the Diocese with invitations to attend extended to all clergy, catechists and interested parishioners.
The nearest venue for us is:
Wednesday 17th September – Carmel College – 6.30-8.30pm
Tory Lindsay who hosted the coffees in April will soon be off to Peru for her volunteering year August 2014-August 2015. Whilst she is away she will be producing a blog which you can follow on http://torylindsay.blogspot.co.uk/.
YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM NATIONAL YOUTH CONGRESS 2015 –FLAME TRAIN
the Diocese have chartered a train from Newcastle to London for Flame Congress 2 on Saturday 7th March 2015. There are only 540 seats on the train – first come, first served!
The cost pp is £69 which includes return train and coach travel and event ticket. For more information and to request a booking form, please visit the website : www.ymt.org
CAR PARKING – SUNDAY MASSES
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.
OFFERTORY COLLECTION WITH GIFT AID
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 email@example.com 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.