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Darlington, Co Durham

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REFLECTION – Entering the kingdom of love

Jesus saw that the rich young man had great potential,

so he invited him to enter the world of sharing.

But he wasn’t up to it – riches got in the way.

As he went away a sadness descended on him,

the sadness that descends on us

when we choose to live for ourselves.

Even though Jesus was sad to see him go

nevertheless, he let him go.

There’s no point in forcing people to make sacrifices.

If you take things from people, they are impoverished;

but if you can get them to give them up, they are enriched.

People are essentially good,

but this goodness has to be awakened and called forth,

if they are to enter the kingdom of love.


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. 


Please find a copy of the questions we are all asked to reflect on and answer

Reflective Questions.docx


Over the next four weeks there will be question/answer sheets included in the bulletin which we would like you to complete with a couple of bullet points and put them in the box at the back of Church.

Alternatively you could bring them with you to St Augustine’s school on a Tuesday evening from 7-8pm where we will discuss two questions at a time.

Next Tuesday 13th we will be looking at questions 9-10.


The next process is completing the questionnaire which has to be returned to the Diocese within the next 8 weeks – final date 1st Sunday of Advent.


Following on from the prayer vigil for Proclaim 15 and Forward Together in Hope last July,  there will be a "Holy Hour"  - a time of prayer, music, silence and refection after the 7pm Friday Mass from 7.30-8.30 each 1st Friday of the month from October until June.      There will be different themes and different expressions of worship -e.g.  Holy Souls/Remembrance-November, Advent-December, Leccio Divino-January, Divine Mercy-April
All are welcome!  If anyone needs transport please contact 01325 260980. 


This is a ministry for those who will pray at home for the future of our diocese and our parishes.
In the church there is a tradition of "anchorites" who were praying anchors for their communities. People are especially needed at this time who can hold important meetings and decision-making sessions about the future in prayer.
Anyone who is happy to become a commissioned anchorite please contact Ann Webster 01325-462828/ Brian Dunleavy 07758 310617.  Commissioning Service will take place after all Masses on 11th October 2015.


The 2015 Celebrate Catholic family weekend conference  takes place on Saturday 7th, 9am-8,30pm and Sunday 8th November 9am-3pm at Joseph's Catholic Academy Hebburn (NE312ET) 
The cost of the event is £30.00-adults, £15.00 -11-18 yrs, children £10-4-11 yrs and 0-3 go free. Prices include an evening meal on Saturday.
This faith based fun event combines inspiring talks, creative liturgy/Mass, exciting worship, dance, drama  and various workshops in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for all ages!  There are groups (called streams) for children of ALL age groups including young and older teenagers,  led by experienced leaders running relevant and fun activities!         For more information and to book online visit the Celebrate website



  • Sacristans

Cathedral Church of St. Mary, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5HH
Tuesday 13 October 2015

Further information can be obtained by e-mailing



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


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:


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.


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. 



Sunday 11th October 7.00pm in the PC Bar.


MEETING of Parish Council

Has now been put back to Thursday 22nd October 7.00pm in the Presbytery.


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



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.



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


LIFE will be holding a Sponsored Tees Bridges Walk on Sunday 25th October between 12 noon – 4pm.  The walk starts and finishes at the Stockton Water Sports Centre and is suitable for all, cyclists, pushchairs, wheelchairs.  The distance covered is up to the individual.  For further details contact Margaret Lee on 316963.



Thank you for supporting the Missions through the “red boxes”.  The annual collection is now due.  Please bring in your red box by 1st November for opening and counting.  Alternatively, you may wish to pick up a brown “Mission” envelope from the back of the Church and empty the contents of your box into this, or write a cheque (payable to APR/Mill Hill) for the equivalent amount.  Kindly leave your envelopes or boxes in the sacristy.  To find out more about the “red box” appeal and Catholic Missions in today’s world, visit


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.


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.





To book the Parish Centre  

email  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 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. 



Our next scheduled games for Saturday 10th October and Sunday 11th are now cancelled due to low attendances.  We will however be showing the first of the semi- finals on Saturday 24 October, 4-6pm.  We look forward to seeing you there.


SOCIAL EVENING – Saturday 9th November 2015

Why not come along and join us for a “social night” in the PC.  There will be a

hog roast (vegetarian option available) and entertainment  provided by the Musical Time Machine.   Tickets £7.50 will be available to purchase next week but names and numbers can be taken this weekend or leave your details on  email  or  07909 747145.


CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING - Saturday 28th November 2015

2-4pm at St Augustine’s Parish Centre.  You will be guided through creating your own mossed wreath from non-drop blue spruce, decorated to your own design.  Tickets are £15, to include all wreath materials and festive light refreshments.  To reserve your place, email,  or tickets are available behind the Bar or from Sally Lavender after 9.15/before 11.00 Mass in the Parish Centre



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. 


Zumba Class

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


 LINE DANCING – Friday’s

Classes started on Friday 10th July at 7.45pm in the Parish Centre.  Why not come along with your two left feet plus £2.50 and ENJOY! 



The book we are reading this month is “Emma Brown - by Clare Boylan  There are a couple of spare copies in the office if you would like to join us.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday 14th October  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.



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.