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Darlington, Co Durham

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REFLECTION – Disturb us, O Lord

Disturb us, O Lord,

when we are too well pleased with ourselves;

when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little;

when we have arrived safely

because we sailed too close to the shore.

Stir us, O Lord, to dare more boldly,

to venture more seas, where storms shall show your mastery,

where losing sight of land we shall find the stars.

In the name of him who pushed back the horizons of our hopes

and invited the brave to follow him.  Amen.

Author unknown 

 

The Bishop’s new 3 year plan Forward Together in Hope has been released for public perusal. Find it and read it at www.hope.rcdhn.org.uk.    The whole scheme depends upon Prayer.  So if you picked up a prayer card recently, please use it and pray in your own time to support the scheme.

I firmly believe that the Holy Spirit is with us, giving us the  courage we need to move forward together in hope.    (Bishop Seamus)

Glory be to the Father   -  in whom we live and move and have our being.

Glory be to the Son  -  whose name we bear and who calls each of us to be his disciples; to build his Kingdom and to go out into the world and bear its fruit.

Glory be to the Holy Spirit  -  pouring out grace and guidance,  forming us and renewing us.

Inspire us all in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to live the Gospel, to be open to change and to move forward together in hope.

 

PROCLAIM 15

Every parish is invited to offer a prayer vigil for the work of evangelisation in England and Wales. The evenings of prayer are scheduled to take place on/near Saturday 11th July 2015 when there is the National Catholic Evangelisation Conference - Proclaim 15 -Building Missionary Parishes- in Birmingham. http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/proclaim15
Please join a network of intercessors across our countries to pray for the building of missionary parishes, and also, as the delegates return home to share with others what they have received and learnt, that the National Conference will bear much fruit.
A 12 hour prayer vigil is being held at St Augustines starting on Friday 10th July after the 7pm Mass. Please see the timetable inside the bulletin.. There will be input from groups, a holy hour ad time for silent prayer. A list for individuals to sign up for a one hours slot is available at the back of church. For more information please contact Anne Connor 01325260980.

 

The WEAVINGS

Copies of this month’s newsletter available at the back of Church.

CAFOD  Community Participation Coordinator  Two year fixed term post (part time 17.5hrs pw in Hexham and Newcastle diocese).  Working with volunteers in parish and school communities helping to inspire and resource  Catholics to participate in the Church’s mission to overcome poverty and injustice overseas in partnership with Cafod.  Closing date 10th July. http://www.cafod.org.uk/Work-with-us/UK-Jobs/CPC

 

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND IN OCTOBER 2015

12TH—19TH OCTOBER 2015

  • 2 Nights in Bethlehem

  • 2 Nights in Tiberias

  • 3 Nights in Jerusalem Old City

  • 8 Day Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Christ:

Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Jericho, Tabgha, Capernaum, Nazareth, Boat Ride on Lake Galilee, Mount Tabor, Cana, Bethany, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Jerusalem.   Price £1295.00 per person.  Single Room £275, Insurance £60.00

Further details from Fr Peter Stott  0191 257 5801 saintjoseph@btconnect.com

 

 

FIRST WORLD WAR

We are hoping to gather any information we have on family/friends who belonged to the parish and died in the First World War.  Please leave any details with Barbara in the office.


CAFOD

The Cafod 200 Club membership renewals for the year from July 2014 are now due. Renewals can be completed in the Parish Centre after the Sunday morning masses throughout July when the Cafod Group will be hosting coffees. The 200 Club is a very successful fundraiser for Cafod – raising £5,600 each year if fully subscribed. 

Subscriptions are £50 per number per year. There is a draw prize of £100 every month except in December  and June when members have the chance to win prizes of £1000, £500 and £200. If anyone is interested in becoming a member, please contact Joanne Upton on 01325 251158 (07939 221635) or after the 9:15 Mass. 

Thanks to all for your continued support 

CAFÉ COURSE

The parish are putting on a six week CAFÉ course called “Believe”. It reflects on the different parts of the Creed and helps us to have a deeper understanding of its meaning and how it affects our daily life. Each evening has a 25 minute DVD and those attending reflect over its content whilst drinking wine, tea, coffee with biscuits or cake! It is not deep theology and is designed for us ordinary folk who wish to understand our faith a little deeper. The course started on Wednesday 20th May at 7.30pm finishing about 8:45pm at St. Augustines Parish Centre. All are welcome.   The next dates are:

Wednesday 8th July

Wednesday 15th July

Wednesday 22nd July

 

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION PROGRAMME 2015-16

After the summer holidays we will begin the preparation programme for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.  

The programme starts with an Initial Expression of Interest meeting to be held in St Augustine’s Church on Monday 6th July 2015 at 7.00pm.

If your child(ren) does not attend St Augustine’s school we would like to invite you to this meeting and find out about the sacramental programme here in St Augustine’s.   Please contact the office if you wish to attend – 266602, email info@staugustineschurch.org.uk

 

THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT GRACE – OSMOTHERLEY

There will be a Pilgrimage of Reparation & Consecration on Saturday 18th July 2015.

Pilgrims to assemble at 11.30am at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Osmotherley Village.  To finish 6.00pm approx.

For further details please contact Marie Bedingfield – 01642 530739.

 

CARMEL COLLEGE – LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS (American Style)

Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July.  Adults £7/Concessions £5.  For further info please contact the college  254525.

 

PARISH PRAYERS

There is a box at the back of Church if anybody has any prayer intentions they wish to include in the parish bidding prayers which are read out at all the Sunday Masses. 

 

 

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 info@staugustineschurch.org.uk 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

PARISH CENTRE INFORMATION

To book the Parish Centre   :   email staugspc@gmail.com  or

                                             telephone 07909 747145

 

Bar Opening Times:          Friday      7-11pm

                                                Sunday   12-2pm   &  7-10.30pm

 

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.

 

CAR PARK USERS

In the interests of safety and to show consideration for all users, please park in marked bays.  Please respect appropriate use of the disabled and parent/child bays. 

 

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.

  

Zumba Class

Join us in the Parish Centre every Thursday for our new Zumba class at 6pm - all welcome. £3.50 per session.

 

MODERN AMERICAN SQUARE DANCING

1st and 3rd Tuesday in the month.  Starting at 7.30 – 9.30pm.  Everybody welcome, couples, singles, families, no need to book just turn op on the night £2 per person per session (includes light refreshment).  For further info call Linda McDonald on 308180 , or email linda.mcdonald@myaware.org. 

  

LINE DANCING CLASSES

Classes will start on Friday 10th July at 7.45pm in the Parish Centre.  So bring along your two left feet plus £2.50 and ENJOY!

 

ST AUGUSTINE’S BOOK CLUB

The book we are reading this month is “Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada”.  We have a couple of spare copies in the office if you would like to join us.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday 15th July 2-3.30pm (2nd Wednesdays of the month), except this month due to holidays.

 

PARISH MAGAZINE

The 3rd Edition of the Parish Magazine is available at the back of Church.  Thanks go to Matthew Smith and Stacey Brocklebank from Carmel IT for their help in the preparation of the technical layout of the magazine and especially Jim Cunningham for collating all the material from the groups within our parish and producing this magazine.  Please take one if you are visiting any of our housebound parishioners.

 

ASYLUM SEEKERS & REFUGEE PROJECT

DON’T FORGET Once a month we take tins of sardines and toilet rolls to the centre in Newcastle.  This is an onging collection.  There is a box in the Church porch, with onward delivery usually the first week of the month.  Thank you.

SVP

If anyone would like to help by donating any of the following items:

·         Pasta,  Pasta Sauce,  Soup,  Beans,  Long-Life Milk

there is a box at the back of Church which will be collected and then taken to Kings Church for onward distribution.

 

CARMEL DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE, Nunnery Lane, Darlington, DL3 9PN

(formerly: Carmel Convent)

Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament is daily from 0630 hours to 2230 hours

 in the Chapel of St Teresa of the Little Flower.

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

Telephone:  01325 469400