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Darlington, Co Durham

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REFLECTION – Repentance alone is not enough

Repentance of itself is not enough –

grace must be available.

But if grace is offered and not accepted,

then nothing comes of that either.

There is no point in putting up a sail

if there is no wind.

There is no point in planting a seed

if the ground is frozen.

There is no point in pruning the tree

if spring does not come.

It is not enough to cut into people’s hearts

in order to save them –

they must be touched by grace.

Lord, touch our hearts with your grace,

so that we may produce the fruits of repentance.

LENT

Preparing for Lent:

Prayer: When could you add in a time simply to be with God each day? How might you pray with others?

Fasting: What might you fast from this Lent? It may be a favourite food or drink—but could be television or other activity that could be set aside to allow time for prayer or helping others (a form of almsgiving)

Almsgiving: You might like to think of a charity that could benefit from your prayer and fasting—putting the money you have saved from treats to help others… or offer time and energy to support them.
And, as you prepare for Lent, think about how this might strengthen your faithfulness to spiritual practice after Easter as well! 

 

YEAR OF MERCY

began on December 8th  -  20th November 2016.

Exploring Different Ways Into Personal Prayer – Thursdays 11-12am in the large meeting room in No. 10 (opposite main Church doors) - in February.  Reflecting on how Works of Mercy are prayers.

 

BREAK FOR LENT AT ST CUTHBERT’S

These popular Lent Events based on “The Psalms – Prayers for today’s church” are on Mondays from 10.30am, coffee/tea and scone in St. Cuthbert’s Hall.  Followed by a Lenten Talk at 11.00am, finish by 11.30am. 

15th February – Deacon Jurgen Muller (RC)

22nd February – Mr Allan Fraser (Kings Church)

29th February – Revd Val Towler (URC)

7th March  – Revd Joe Daley (Methodist)

14th March – Rev’d Adele Martin (CofE)

 

CAFOD LENT FAST DAY IS FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY 

This Lent Fast Day, we have an opportunity to come together as a Catholic community to ensure girls living in the world’s poorest countries are free to change their lives by getting an education. CAFOD is working with local expert organisations around the world to bring water to family homes, so girls who used to spend hours collecting it every day, now have time for school, study and to play with their friends. 

Fast Days are our opportunity to support that vital work. Collect your Fast Day envelope from church this week, and remember to fast on Lent Fast Day. 

And there is very good news: the UK government has promised to match every pound and penny you give this Lent! 

Please give as much as you can [in next week’s collection], so that more girls around the world are able to live lives free from the burden of the long walk for water. 

 

LITURGY OF MERCY – Kathryn Turner

A number of liturgies led by the Department for Spirituality are being held throughout the Diocese.  There will be a session here in St Augustine’s on Thursday 25th February at 7.00pm. 

 

EVENTS IN THE DIOCESE

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE? HERE’S HOW YOU CAN…

CAFOD’s team of education volunteers visit primary or/and secondary schools, leading assemblies and workshops designed to help inspire pupils take action for global justice. Prior teaching experience is not required as CAFOD offers a comprehensive training programme. Could this be you? If so, please contact CAFOD at hexhamandnewcastle@cafod.org.ukor 0191 384 4847.

 

On behalf of the Carmel Lourdes Group 702 we would like to thank you all so much for your generous donations and support over the last few weeks whilst hosting the Coffees after Mass.  We are delighted to say that with your help, a total of £1400 was raised. We would like you to be assured of our prayers for you all on our pilgrimage to Lourdes.

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. 

 

RAINBOWS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT NORTH EAST.  This charity supports children and young people in schools who have suffered a significant loss in their lives.  They are looking for volunteers in the south of the Diocese.  If you are interested please contact Anne Dawes on 01670 512270 or Barbara in the office

 

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

 

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.

MEDICAL MISSIONARIES OF MARY.

Thank you for your support a fantastic £1,402.32 was raised.

 

CONFIRMATIONS

Congratulations to all the young people who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday night. Thank you to all who helped in the preparation to make it such a special occasion.

 

MASS IN ST. AUGUSTINE'S PRIMARY SCHOOL

Parishioners are invited to join children, staff and parents/carers when 

Fr. Seamus celebrates Masses in School during Lent. 

Mass will be at 9.30 a.m. in the school hall on the following dates:

Tuesday 23rd February                  Thursday 3rd March

Thursday 10th March                     Thursday 17th March

 

JOB VACANCIES

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is looking to appoint a Safeguarding Advisor, 30 hours per week, and a Finance Assistant, 37.5 hours per week. For further information and an application pack please visit our website www.rcdhn.org.uk or contact us (0191 243 3301, email human.resources@diocesehn.org.uk.   The closing date for applications is Monday 29 February

 

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS & EXPOSITION

There will be stations of the Cross on a Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes at 12.15pm.  Exposition will also take place on Thursday before the 12.15pm Mass, as well as the usual Monday 12 noon till 3.00pm.

Friday 26th February  Carmel Academy will lead the Stations of the Cross.

Friday 11th March St Augustine’s Primary School will lead the Stations of the Cross

CALLING ALL LITURGY LEADERS  -  a Children’s Liturgy afternoon has been arranged by Angela Joyce from the Diocese to visit St Thomas Aquinas for all parishes, on Saturday 21st May 1.30pm-3.30pm. It is for present leaders and anyone who would like to become a leader or helper. (DBS  required).

FORWARD TOGETHER IN HOPE

New Survey – Just for young people aged 11-19

The Diocese really want to hear the views of young people and have launched their own survey so they can learn from your ideas.  Please go onto the Diocesan website www.rcdhn.org.uk to submit your views.

 

Please see a copy of our responses/survey

Parish-Diocesan 1-12 Answers 2015.docx

Handout Mass January 2016.doc

 

Holy Island SVP Camp  

“Volunteers required for kitchen staff at SVP Holy Island Camp during summer holidays and during term time camps. Work involves supporting cook in preparing and serving meals, cleaning and dining room duties. Please contact Jacinta Hetherington on 07879463333 for more information. Thank you in anticipation!”

 

BAPTISM COURSE

St Augustine’s Parish Centre

Wednesday 25th February and 2nd March

7.15pm – 8.30pm.

Please let the office (266602) know if you wish to attend.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO BELGIUM AND HOLLAND

Wednesday 11th MAY –Thursday 19th MAY 2016

The Tour will be to Belgium and Holland visiting the important sites relating to Our Lady and the Eucharist, visiting Bruges, Ghent, Kortrijk, Amsterdam, Loodresdrecht and other places of interest.

The Tour is open to all in the Darlington Cluster, family and friends are very welcome.

The Spiritual Director is Father David Russell.

Travel is by Executive Coach and Ferry and the cost for 25 people travelling will be £685pp for 8 nights on a half-board basis.

A single supplement will apply. For further information, please contact Mike Horan on 01325 243773 : Mobile 0779 031 1872.

Carl from C.A.B. Executive travel will be in Holy Family Social Centre after 9.30 Mass on Sunday March 13th    It will be an opportunity to see the itinerary and ask any questions relating to the tour.   The meeting is open to people not booked on the tour but would like further information

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED (over 18 yrs old/ under ……….)

Can you help once a month on a Sunday evening about 6ish in the Presbytery.  We have a rota system of 4 different teams who counts and banks the parish monies.  If you would like to help (as the saying goes, many hands make light work) please contact the office on 01325 266602 or email us on info@staugustineschurch.org.uk    Thank you.

 

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. 

 

 

LUNCHEON GROUP

Back by popular demand! The Luncheon Group will meet on 

Tuesdays 16th February and 15th March

from 12.45 until 2.30pm in the Parish Centre Bar area. Everyone is welcome to come along for a light lunch of homemade soup, bread, cakes and tea and coffee. £2/head.

 

BALLROOM DANCE CLASS 

Ballroom dance class in the Parish Centre on Thursday evenings from 7.00-9.00 p.m. Expert tuition from Mr David Laundy. Cost £6 per person – bring a partner. Beginners and experienced dancers welcome. If you have ever been to a do where you have wanted to get up and dance but didn’t know how, this could be for you. For further information, contact Martin McLean (tel 01325 465275).

   

ZUMBA CLASS

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

 

ST AUGUSTINE’S BOOK CLUB

The book we are reading this month is “Rosie - Alan Titchmarsh”.  There are a couple of spare copies in the office if you would like to join us.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday 9th March 2016 2-3.30pm (2nd Wednesdays of the month).

 

SVP

We will be selling the Northern Cross after all Masses this Sunday. 77 copies were sold in January, many thanks.

 

DATE FOR DIARY – ST AUGUSTINE’S FPA

are holding an 80’s fancy dress disco (adults only) on Friday 13th May.  Tickets available from school or text Julie Watson – 07768 708786.

 

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. 

 

 

PARISH MAGAZINE

We are starting to collate articles for our next edition of the Parish Magazine.  If anybody has any contributions, would like to advertise in the issue, or could give us some help in pulling it altogether,  please leave your details in the office, or via email.  Tel 266602 email info@staugustineschurch.org.uk. 

 

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 ongoing collection.  There is a box in the Church porch, with onward delivery usually the first week of the month.  Thank you.

JUSTICE AND PEACE REFUGEE PROJECT AT OUR LADY OF LOURDES DEAF CENTRE, NEWCASTLE.

The project is currently experiencing unprecedented pressure, owing to sharply increasing numbers seeking help. 306 bags of food are needed each week and in August the register was closed to new clients for a month. In the 14 years of the project demand has never been higher. Because of this, we are appealing to our regular supporters to keep up their parish collections and to increase them if at all possible.

Please continue to keep bringing in TOILET ROLLS as these are only handed out now when there are enough rather than one in every bag every week. Tins of sardines are also still welcome.

 

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.