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Darlington, Co Durham

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REFLECTION – Working with love

All work is empty save when done with love.

And what is it to work with love?

It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart,

even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.

It is to build a house with affection,

even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.

If you cannot work with love but only with distaste,

it is better that you should leave your work,

and sit at the gate of the temple

and take alms from those who work with joy.

For if you bake bread with indifference,

you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half of man’s hunger.

And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes,

your grudge distils a poison in the wine.

Work is love made visible.                                    Kahil Gibran




St Augustine’s Parish Centre

Wednesday 29th April

7.15pm – 8.30pm.

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



Between 1951 – 2014 the number of active Diocesan priests has fallen from 368 to 106.  The number of retired priests has increased from 2 to 53.  Between 1972 and 2014 the number of active priests has reduced from 333 to 106 – a decrease of over 67%.  There are only 5 priests aged 40 or under, almost half (47.2%) are already aged 65 or over.

Vocations to the priesthood today are still sparse, and we can only imagine that the pressures on our priests will increase, even as they grow older. Retirement for most priests is therefore a last resort, as they continue to try to serve God’s people in their ordained ministry.

So when we come to consider our retired priests, it is good to remember that retirement has probably been forced upon them by circumstances, and that they deserve every consideration after all their years labouring in the vineyard. These are difficult times for the diocese financially, so the Northern Brethren Fund aims to shoulder the burden of priests’ retirement grants, through investments, your Masses and legacies.

In recent years, the Northern Brethren Fund has managed to support our retired priests, but has been unable to increase their hardship grants because of the increased numbers and the lack of resources. We hope that by 2020 we will have passed our peak numbers and will be able to be more generous in our support. In the meantime, we can only ask you to continue your generous support of the Sick and Retired Priests collection, enrol as Benefactors of the Fund, and remember our retired priests when you are making any bequests. Please take a collection envelope as you leave church today. If you pay tax, the Gift Aid Declaration will add 25% to your gift. And if you would like to be a regular supporter of our retired priests, the yellow form includes a Standing Order Mandate and details about benefactions and bequests.

We are deeply grateful for all your support of our work for retired priests and will strive at all times to put your generosity to the most effective use, as you care for those who cared for you and your family throughout their priestly ministry.




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.


Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle – Copies of ‘The Weavings’ for April are available at the back of Church. Please take one.


The annual reunion of past pupils of The Immaculate Conception School will be on Saturday 9th May.  Mass in St Augustine's 12.15 pm.



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



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.



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.

ALL ABOARD FOR THE SS FARNDALE AVENUE  -  Tickets will be on sale in the Parish Centre after Mass for STARS latest production 14-16th May  £7/£5.



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.


CHURCHES TOGETHER Election Hustings (Question Time) with all the Parliamentary candidates is being held on Tuesday 28th April at 7.30pm in St Cuthbert’s Church Hall.


PREMIER CHRISTIAN RADIO, leaders in Christian communication, runs a very successful Internship programme that enables people in many different situations to acquire work experience in a busy media environment. It is an amazing opportunity to gain experience in the exciting and varied world of Christian Media and it is wonderful to see people who take part, going on to use their newly acquired skills to help their studies or give them much needed experience to help them into work.

Over the last 2 years we have taken on 9 Interns who have worked as part of the North East team according to a structured Internship programme. The duration of Internship varies between 3 months to 1 year, typically involving working 2 days each week from 09:15am to 5:15pm with an hour for lunch. Interns receive travel expenses at the rate of £0.45 pence a mile plus £5 for lunch.

“Do you have a passion for sharing Good News about faith in Jesus?” “Are you looking for experience with a vibrant multi-media organisation?”  Then look no further!   We are seeking to appoint 2 highly motivated and passionate Interns to work alongside Premier’s North East team ASAP.  

For further details, if you would like to apply or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie Thomas by email or by telephoning 0191 206 4036.

Alternatively, you can contact the Regional Director Sylvia Walters either by email or by telephone 0191 206 4036.



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. 



(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



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.



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.



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



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.



To book the Parish Centre   :   email  or

                                             telephone 07909 747145


Bar Opening Times:          Friday      7-11pm

                                                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)


Dates for Diary

Eurovision Night – Saturday 23rd May

AGM – Parish Club – Sunday 21st June


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 “Keeping Faith – Jodi Picoult”.  We have a couple of spare copies in the office if you would like to join us.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday 13th May 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.



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



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   or   Deacon Peter Lavery will be co-coordinating our Diocesan responses and can to contacted at   or Tel.0191-4102530