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Darlington, Co Durham

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O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds

and whose breath gives life to the world, hear me.

I come to you as one of your many children.

I am small and weak; I need your strength and your wisdom.

Make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things you have made,

And my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise so that I may know

the things you have taught your children,

The lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.

Make me strong, so that I may not be superior to other people,

but able to fight my greatest enemy, which is myself.

Make me ever ready to come to you with straight eyes,

so that when life fades as the fading suset,

my spirit may come to you without shame.     


          Prayer of a native American




The Bishop’s new 3 year plan Forward Together in Hope has been released for public perusal. Find it and read it at    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.


Forward Together in Hope

As you will know, the Diocese has entered a period of reflection and discernment which will last for the next three years under the guidance of the Bishop and a specially chosen team of researchers and advisors which will lead all of us in this task.  It is vital to its success that as many members of our Church as possible to join in.

To help this happen in the Darlington Deanery all members of every Parish Council, Finance Committee, School Governing Body, all Extra-ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Parish Administrators/

Secretaries, SVP Groups, together with Clergy are invited to convene at Carmel Academy on Thursday 18th June at 7.00pm.

The DVD prepared by the diocese outlining the way forward will be shown.  At this meeting copies of the self-evaluation questionnaire will be distributed.  This has to be completed between now and Advent, to facilitate progress towards the next phase of the Forward Together Project.


Please remember in your prayers those who are going to be ordained into the Permanent Diaconate on Saturday 27th June  2015  -  Paul Hargreaves,   Jeffrey Parkes,   Anthony Turner, &  Michael Wood.  Also pray for John Bagnall who will be ordained into the Priesthood on Saturday 4th July 2015.




The Diocese of H&N requires a full-time Youth Ministry Co-ordinator in the Catholic Parish of The Holy Family, Hartlepool. The successful candidate will inspire and encourage young people in their faith and support the parish and school communities in developing their youth ministry.

The candidate must be a practising.  Salary: £22,603 Hours of work: 37.5 per week (some evening and weekend work is required) This role is subject to an Enhanced DBS check. For further information please contact: Human Resources Manager, Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle  0191 243 3301 Email:




On July 11th  35 people from the diocese led by our Bishop will join 850 people from around the country,  for a one day gathering whose aim is to introduce people to the need for evangelising or  missionary parishes in England and Wales. 

The event is in Birmingham and a coach will pick up at Newcastle and Hartlepool or Darlington.  It is hoped that those who attend will be on fire with  the desire to spread the Good News of the Gospel.  On their return they will be encouraged to put ideas into practice in our own diocese and create many missionary parishes and disciples - all in keeping with Forward Together in Hope and the Pope's vision in Joy of the Gospel. Anyone interested, please contact Sr Michael or 0191 5813249  There are still a few seats available.



The third Diocesan Festival will take place over the weekend of Saturday 20 – 21 June at Emmaus Village, Consett.  Booking forms are now available from the Diocesan website; For more information, see the diocesan website, email or contact the Diocesan offices on 0191 243 3313.


In his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis made an appeal that we begin to live as a Church of missionary disciples. ‘We are all missionary disciples’ he said. That is very much the theme also of Forward Together in Hope.   

A retreat is being held at the Youth Village Friday 28 to Sunday 30 August 2015 for anyone who would like to pray and reflect on how we might live out that marvellous challenge.

The retreat will be led by an inspiring young Italian priest Father Davide Marino. He 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.    The cost is only £55 full board for the weekend.  Please contact Antony Dowling, 07966 922 086 or email for more information



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




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.


11am - 4pm Saturday 6 June 2015 : 2 Upsall Drive, DARLINGTON DL3 8RB

Cakes and tombola prizes gratefully accepted



The following dates need to be noted in your diaries:

  • Saturday 13th June -1st Holy Communion Mass in church commencing at 10.30am and afterwards at the Parish Centre 

  • Monday 15th June-Photographs in church from 9am 

  • Saturday 20th June-Final Session 10am-11.30am.  Children to gather as usual in church/Parent to return at 11am for short service.

  • Sunday 21st June-MASS at 9.15am.  During this service the children will be presented with their certificates. 

We have a good stock of 1st Communion cards, gifts, small missals with the new mass settings ……… in the Piety Shop which is based in 10 St Augustine’s Court, opposite the main Church entrance. 

WANTED "HOST FAMILIES" The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir is making its 3rd visit to Darlington between 27th September and 4th October as part of its annual fundraising tour.  They require host families to put up two members.  Bed, breakfast and some evening meals are required, there is no problem with transport or needing to be dropped off early because of work commitments - this can be arranged.  Further information from Elspeth Robinson 01325 465469 or Julie Wason 07768-708786.



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 3rd June

Wednesday 10th June

Wednesday 8th July

Wednesday 15th July

Wednesday 22nd July


GROUP 195 - HCPT have been nominated to take part in the Asda "Chosen By You, Given By Us" voting scheme. Please vote for us by dropping your green token(which you'll receive after shopping)  into the voting box in Asda, (Whinfield Road). If we collect the most tokens we could get up to £200 towards next years Easter pilgrimage to Lourdes. Thank you in anticipation Clare Maddison Group 195 leader.


Damian Wynne, one of our parishioners is currently in Malawi with n4bw.  You can read about his work and how he is getting on at  

A very simple way of parishioners  supporting Damian could be through small monthly donations. Forms and details are on the website- that way they can continue to support these marginalised people through the parish priest and structures there in Sitima. 

They are always looking for volunteers- if you want to find out more check out the website   A simple mosquito net can save a child’s life. TEXT NFBW14 £3  to 70070.



Please note that if you volunteered on our recent parish census your name will (hopefully) now be appearing on the rotas.  Please take a copy of the rotas from the back of Church or take note from the bulletins.



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. 


PIETY SHOP – No. 10 St Augustine’s Court

Many parishioners still don’t know that we have a well stocked shop (opposite the main Church doors) in the Courtyard – No. 10 St Augustine’s Court. 

This is open before and after all Sunday masses.  We have a good range of weekly catholic papers and magazines.  There is a wide selection of cards -mass cards, sympathy, birthdays, get well, as well as 1st Communion and Confirmation cards.  Along with these are many gifts -rosaries, statues, prayer books, missals, etc.  There is also a catalogue kept  in the shop, if you know what you would like but can’t see it on display please ask and we will see if we can order it for you.  Please take a couple of minutes to go and have a look.

·         Toilets – These are also in No. 10, one of which has disabled access.  These are open during all Sunday masses.



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 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


ST AUGUSTINE'S PARISH CENTRE is now online! Please visit their page at 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.



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. 



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.



It’s time to give the Parish Centre bar a makeover.  We have the money, we have the dates, we have a plan !  What we don’t have is a clue,.. about colour, fabrics, wallpaper or carpets.  If you do, we can use your skills.  Please get in touch on or leave a message on 07909 747145.  Thank you.




To book the Parish Centre   :   email  or

                                             telephone 07909 747145


Bar Opening Times:          Friday      7-11pm

                                                Sunday   12-2pm   &  7-10.30pm



This will take place on Sunday 21st June 2015 at 8pm in the Parish Centre.
Any other business must be notified to the secretary 15 days before the
meeting.        Michael Denham - Secretary



Zumba Class

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



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 



The book we are reading this month is “The Point of Rescue – Sophi Hannah”.  We have a couple of spare copies in the office if you would like to join us.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday 10th June 2-3.30pm (2nd Wednesdays of the month). 



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.


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.


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.



(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