HAPPY WANDERERS HANDICAPPED CLUB
wish to thank all the people of St Augustine’s Church for their very generous support of our Club during the month of February, after masses in the Parish Centre. A very big thank you to all the many helpers who worked so hard and especially Mrs K Cassidy for her hours of help and all the baking. With renewed thanks from all the Happy Wanderers and especially Sister Colette.
CLUSTER NEWS LENTEN TALKS – ST WILLIAM’S
Pope Francis encourages every Christian to rediscover the joy of a personal encounter with Jesus and to engage with renewed vigour in the Mission of spreading the joy of the Gospel and becoming spirit filled evangelisers.
You are invited to come along to a series of reflections to rediscover our spiritual selves. Starting 6th March, each Thursday until 10th April . Please contact Anne Albeson 268468 if you are interested so that the venue can be arranged.
THE MAYOR’S DARLINGTON LECTURE takes place on Thursday March 6 at 7pm. Guest speakers are Sir John Hall and Dr. Gill Cookson. The theme of the event is ‘the North East’.
Advance tickets cost £4 and are available from Dolphin Centre reception on 01325 388406. Tickets on the door will be £5 (£4 for concessions). All proceeds will go to the Mayors fund.
DATE FOR DIARY
Parish Council Meeting will take place on Monday 10th March at 7.00pm in the Presbytery. Any issues/questions please contact
Barbara Morgan – firstname.lastname@example.org
THE GREAT NORTH PASSION – A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR GOOD FRIDAY 2014
At the beginning of February the BBC and its partner The Cultural Spring will be releasing details of how you can be part of an ambitious and unique event to be broadcast live on BBC One, on Good Friday 18th April. This will be a huge event, live from the north east and broadcast throughout the UK.
‘The Great North Passion’ will be a unique retelling of the Passion story and will weave together music and performance interpreting the universal themes of Good Friday, through art, massed singing, stories and reflections and will centre around a huge cross made from shipping containers and sited in Bents Park, South Shields.
Several of these containers, representing some of the universal themes of the Passion story, will be placed in locations across the North East in the weeks running up to 18th April. In each of these communities local people will work with artists to explore the meaning of specific Good Friday themes.
Members of each community will then come together with thousands of others in Bents Park on 18th April to take part in this one-off occasion to mark the events of the first Good Friday.
You are warmly invited to register your interest in taking part in the live event. More details will be released in early February. The BBC is looking for experienced and enthusiastic singers to join a massed choir and there will be other special opportunities to get involved in this exciting project. In the meantime, please do register your interest by emailing mailto:email@example.com%3cmailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> - you will then receive further details directly.
WEEK OF PRAYER AND AWARENESS OF DEMENTIA 12TH-19TH MARCH
This is a prayer for those suffering with Dementia, written by Fr Timonthy Menezes, March 2009, for the Pastoral Care Project.
Father of all goodness,
your Son brought healing of mind and body
to show that your Kingdom is here.
In our hour of need, we look to you,
we seek to understand your purpose.
Through Joseph, the faithful and honourable husband of Mary,
you show us care and compassion in adversity,
you give us a model of generosity and care.
We pray for those whose lives we share
and who live with the knowledge of weakness,
whose memory now fades,
whose enjoyment of life’s story is changing.
Make us aware of the needs of others,
of the dignity of life at every stage,
of the collective memory that we own.
Bless those who care for the sick,
who share the journey.
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done,
in Your good time.
We ask this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
EVENTS IN THE DIOCESE
Please see the noticeboard for details of events taking place in the diocese. This includes a day for people being received into the Church and all who would like to deepen their preparation for Easter which will be held at St Thomas Aquinas Church 12th April 10.30am-3pm . Refreshments available but take a packed lunch. To book a place contact 0191 243 3313.
Diocesan Festival Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 June at Youth Village, Consett “The Joy of the Gospel”.
Various Days of Reflection at St Aiden Church on Holy Island.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA & LISBON
Led by Bishop Seamus Cunningham. Monday 12th-19th May 2014. Package price £750 per person. See Diocesan website www.rcdhn.org.uk.
PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE"Spend a week in Medjugorje this spring 4th-11th May, only £525. Price includes return flights from Newcastle, private coach transfers to Medjugorje, half board accommodation & experienced guide. For more information please contact Jonathan on 01423 546 175 or email email@example.com"
DIOCESAN CHOIR & DIOCESAN CHURCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION
After a very successul 'showcase' of Music in Autumn 2011 that introduced new musical Mass settings to the Diocese; the Diocesan Choir, in conjunction with the Diocesan Church Music Association are back with a workshop for all singers, musicians and organists who are in search of developing their repertoire during the seasons of Lent, Holy Week and Easter.
The session will be facilitated by Philip Robinson, secondary RE adviser and Diocesan Choir Leader, and Rev Fr. Peter Carr at St. Mary's RC Cathedral, Newcastle on Thursday 27th February 2014 at 7pm.
Accessible psalms for Lent, Holy Week and Easter, as well as processional music and Mass settings for the seasons, will be introduced.
The Diocesan Choir will be there to help lead, and demonstrate pieces throughout the session. Regardless of whether your church has a four-part choir, a cantor or a music group, there will be music for everybody to take away and use in their parish. If you are a music leader within your parish, why not bring your choir or group and learn the pieces together?
Participants are welcome to turn up on the night, but it would be appreciated if you could book places by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 0191 4142654, so that numbers can be ascertained.
We look forward to seeing you there.
MELTONE MALE VOICE CHOIR
Are currently on a recruitment drive for new members young and old. We meet every Sunday at the Grange Road Baptist Church 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Anybody interested in joining the Choir is more than welcome to come along and listen to the type of music we sing (traditional, musicals, modern etc.), and then join us if you wish. You don’t have to be able to read music, but if you can better still, and you don’t have to audition. Once it has been decided your musical range, i.e. tenor, bass, baritone then you will join the appropriate group. We are currently rehearsing for a performance with Massed Male Voice Choirs in Harrogate on 30th November. We also do Charity fundraising performances.
For further info please contact Pat McDonogh on 268934 or John McGuckin on 317219.