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Darlington, Co Durham

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REFLECTION  - Will you also leave me?

When many of his disciples were leaving him,

Jesus turned to the apostles and said, ‘Will you also leave me?’

These words are addressed to us too.

It’s not the Lord who leaves us, but we who may leave him.

But why would we want to leave the Lord,

who alone has the words of eternal life?

We need to make our own Peter’s profession of faith.

Every Sunday we get a chance to do so.

We need the Lord to strengthen our faith.

We also need to confirm one another.

Lord, confirm our decision to stay with you.

Draw us closer to you in bonds of trust,

so that we may follow you in love and freedom.

 

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. 

 

Please find a copy of the questions we are all asked to reflect on and answer

Reflective Questions.docx

 

On Friday 11th September the House of Commons will debate and vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide.  This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk.  Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate and vote against the Bill. You can send an e-mail to your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website (www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide) or send a letter by post, a draft of which can be found at the back of the Church, along with a Question and Answer sheet.

A JOINT CELEBRATION OF OUR COMMON CALL TO LIVE THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL

which is being held in Durham Cathedral on Sunday 6th September at 3.30pm with an imaginative programme including a dialogue between the Anglican Archbishop Sentamu and the Catholic Archbishop McMahon. 

This will be in a setting of prayer, praise and fellowship.

If you would like to go and could  possibly car share please leave your name/

contact details on the sheet in Church.

 

WORLD YOUTH DAY, KRAKÓW - 25TH JULY TO 1ST AUGUST 2016 

Pope Francis has invited young people from across the world to join him in Kraków, Poland in July 2016. It is a great opportunity for those aged 18-30 to travel with Bishop Séamus and other young people from the diocese for 8 days of pilgrimage.  More information and a downloadable registration form can be found at www.ymt.org/wyd16.html

 

PLEASE NOTE: Any parishioner needing a priest at any of the hospitals in Newcastle, i.e.  RVI, Freeman, Newcastle General hospitals and Marie Curie Hospice,  please contact priests at St Mary’s Cathedral on  01912 326953   or  Email: office@stmaryscathedral.org.uk

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.

WEEKEND RETREAT OF PRAYER AND REFLECTION   entitled ‘being missionary disciples’ led by Father Davide Marino will take place from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 August 2015 at the Youth Village.

Fr Davide Marino teaches at the Gregorian University Rome and at the Calabrian Theological Institute as well as travelling widely preaching and providing catechesis. A man of prayer, devoted pastor, gifted teacher and inspiring preacher, he touches the hearts of everyone who meets him.

Cost £44.00 full board from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

For further Information or to reserve a place or contact Antony Dowling on  07966 922 086 or email antony@thewillworks.com

 

 

On Thursday 17th September at 12.15pm the

SISTERS FROM THE CONVENT OF ST ELISABETH IN BELARUS

will have a stall set up in Church selling products made at the convent -

icons, Russian Christmas tree decorations, russian dolls, crucifixes,

pottery and other souvenirs.

Please come and give them your support, they help over 200 orphaned children and have a residential home for over 180 women.

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. 

 

DEPARTMENT FOR LITURGY  -  COURSES FOR THE AUTUMN

  • New Lay Leaders of Celebrations in the absence of a Priest

St. Joseph (Holy family Parish), Hartlepool, TS26 9EY
Thursdays 24 September, 1, 8, 15, 29 October 2015 and Saturday 24 October 2015 followed by the Commissioning Mass on 5 November 2015

Please note that attendance at all the sessions is necessary in order to be commissioned. If necessary, a participant can fill in corresponding sessions by attending another course venue elsewhere in the diocese, when they occur, to complete the series.

  • Sacristans

Cathedral Church of St. Mary, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5HH
Tuesday 13 October 2015

Further information can be obtained by e-mailing liturgy@diocesehn.org.uk

 

GIFT AID

Could any parishioners who have become non-taxpayers since 6th April 2015  and/or changed address please contact me on 07717 074991 as soon as possible.  Many thanks, Sheila Taylor – Gift Aid Organiser.

 

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

    Sunday   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. 

 

 

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE PARISH CENTRE

 

The Parish Centre and Bar will be closed following Coffees after Mass from Sunday 9th August for 3 weeks whilst refurbishment of the bar and other maintenance/

improvement jobs are completed.

 

Some regular activities will be moving temporarily in to the Youth Hall during this period - see your group organiser for details.

 

Everyone is invited to the Grand Reopening of the Bar at 7.30pm on Friday 28th August. Free tickets will be available after Masses from early August.

 

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. 

 

 

LINE DANCING – Friday’s

Classes started on Friday 10th July at 7.45pm in the Parish Centre.  Why not come along with your two left feet plus £2.50 and ENJOY! 

 

ST AUGUSTINE’S BOOK CLUB

The book we are reading this month is “The Mitford Girls - Mary S Lovell”.  We have a couple of spare copies in the office if you would like to join us.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday 9th September  2-3.30pm (2nd Wednesdays of the month).

 

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.