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Darlington, Co Durham

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REFLECTION –Death of the Good Shepherd

Jesus said: ‘I am the good shepherd;

the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.’

Jesus did not have to suffer and die.

He had a choice.

He chose to suffer and die because he cared

about the flock God had entrusted to him.

What Jesus wants from us is not our suffering,

but a life of love and service.

Such a life will inevitably bring suffering.

But Jesus supports all those who follow him

down the road of faithful love and generous service.

 

 

Palm Sunday / Holy Places

This year there will be a second collection today - Palm Sunday, for the Catholic Community in the Holy Land (Holy Places).  This will replace the collection that used to take place on Good Friday.

          

PALM SUNDAY

Stations of the Cross at 4.00pm here today in

St Augustine’s led by Rev Robert Willamson from St Cuthbert’s.

 

PASSOVER – Tuesday 31st March

We will set the room up on Monday evening approx 8pm, and prepare the food from 2.30pm on the Tuesday afternoon, if anybody is available your help will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.                                                      The Passover meal will commence at 7.00pm.

CHRISM MASS – Holy Thursday 2nd April

The Chrism Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle on Thursday 5th April at 11.00 am when the three oils to be used in the diocese over the coming year in the celebration of the Sacraments are blessed.  All priests present will renew their priestly commitment.  Anyone wishing to attend is welcome to do so.

·        Feet Washing

      Would you be willing to help in our liturgy on Holy Thursday when we re-enact the way in which Jesus washed the feet of his apostles as a sign of our need to serve one another?  If so, then please sign the list on the table at the back of church.  Thank you.

·        Watching With The Blessed Sacrament

      We will have an opportunity to pray before the Blessed Sacrament.  There will be reflective music for about half an hour after the Mass, and then we will leave the Blessed Sacrament on the altar until 10.00pm. 

·        There will be a collection for the SVP at the Evening Mass.

 

GOOD FRIDAY

Stations of The Cross at 10.00 am

Ecumenical Act of Witness 11.00am–11.30am at the Joseph Pease Monument

Passion of our Lord – 3.00 pm

 

CLUSTER MASS – There will be no 6.30pm Cluster Mass on Easter Sunday

 

LUMO PROJECT – GOSPEL OF JOHN

Will be shown as a three-part TV Series screened this Easter on BBC2. 

Friday 3rd April/Sunday 5th April/Monday 6th April at 8.00 am

 

MARRIAGE PREPARATION DAYS

Where?           Carmel Convent Hall

When?            Sunday 19TH April 2015

                    from 10.15am – 400pm

This Marriage Preparation Day is for those couples who are being married this year/early next year. The bishops rightly insist that all couples who marry in our churches attend such a day of preparation, therefore if you are planning on getting married in St Augustine’s or any other catholic church please contact the office info@staugustineschurch.org.uk or tel 266602.

 

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.

   

SAINSBURY VOUCHERS

As both St Augustine's Primary School and Carmel RC Academy School along with Paradise Playgroup are  collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers, we will divide any vouchers received between them.  Please accept these vouchers in store and leave them on the collection basket.  Thank you

 

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.


 

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.

 

BAPTISM COURSE

St Augustine’s Parish Centre

Wednesday 22nd and 29th April

7.15pm – 8.30pm.

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

CELEBRATION of MARRIAGE

Bishop Séamus will celebrate Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday 9th May at 11.00am to give thanks for the Sacrament of Marriage. He has invited each parish community to be represented by two couples, young or old, newly married or celebrating a significant anniversary. This promises to be a wonderful celebration and will provide affirmation and support for Marriage across the diocese and to the wider North-East community.   If you wish to be a representative of our Parish please contact Fr Seamus.

 

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. 

 

GENERAL ELECTION 2015

At the back of Church there is a printed leaflet of a letter to Catholics in England and Wales from the Bishops.  Please take a copy away with you.  This is also available on the Diocesan website www.rcdhn.org.uk.

 

ST AUGUSTINE’S BOOK CLUB

The book we are reading this month is “Not on my patch lad – Mike Pannett”.  We have a couple of spare copies in the office if you would like to join us.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday 8th April 2-3.30pm (2nd Wednesdays of the month). 

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

DIOCESAN FESTIVAL   -   INSPIRE   15

Takes place on Saturday 20th June 10.45-9.30pm  & 21st June 10am—1.30pm

Emmaus Youth Village Consett.

Please pick up a booklet with all the details at the back of Church.

Lots of activities for all ages.

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


EASTER WEEKEND          Good Friday – closed

Bar opening times              Easter Vigil – open after the vigil

                                                 Easter Sunday 12- 2pm & 7-10.30pm


Club Memberships and Car Park Permits

Last renewal date for these is the 30th of April.  If you'd like to renew please collect one of the forms from the back of church, the PC lobby or the Attendants cabin (car park) and follow the instructions there.

The good news is there's no increase in either the Club Membership

subs (£4 & £2 senior) or the permit cost (£40)

 

Zumba ClassJoin 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. 

 

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.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY – 12TH APRIL

  • A Service will be held in St Augustine’s Church starting at 1.30pm and finishing at 4.30pm.  This will include benediction and confession.

  • St Joseph’s Norton are also have a service with Holy hour from 2.30-3.30pm.

 

ICON EXHIBITION OF 12 NORTHERN SAINTS

DURHAM CATHEDRAL MARCH 16TH –APRIL 13TH

Come and visit; pray with the icons; visit the shrines of Cuthbert and Bede; do a prayer-walk down to the river-side (available on diocesan web-site).

Prayer cards and service sheets available at the Exhibition.

 

These our local Saints are often described as the ‘lights’ of early Christianity in the North of England. They were the great evangelists of their time as they took the Gospel to all, often in the  face of great difficulties, even death. They can teach us so much by their example as we face our own difficulties today.

 

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

 

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE

Ahead of the forthcoming Ordinary Synod on the family which takes place in Rome this October. The Bishops of England and Wales have published a document entitled The Call, The Journey and The Mission.  We are invited to share our views and experience of family life by participating in a questionnaire. This is an important and welcome opportunity for lay people to make a positive contribution to the Synod. 

Detailed information will be found on our Diocesan website  www.rcdhn.org.uk   or www.catholicnews.org.uk/reflect-on-marriage-and-family-2015   Deacon Peter Lavery will be co-coordinating our Diocesan responses and can to contacted at  laveryp@hotmail.com   or Tel.0191-4102530