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Darlington, Co Durham

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14th September 2014

 

REFLECTION – Forgiveness

When we forgive we free ourselves of the burden of bitterness,

and we free the other person of the burden of guilt.

But our forgiveness must come from the heart,

which means it must be true, sincere, and warm.

A cold forgiveness is not much use.

Forgiveness should start now.

Putting it off only deepens the wound,

prolongs bitterness, and postpones happiness.

Life is short, time is fleeting.

Today is the day to forgive.

Lord, deliver us from the poison of bitterness,

and give us the grace to forgive from the heart

those who have offended us.

Then we will know the warmth of your forgiveness.

 

A very warm welcome to

Fr Tim (Timbo) Forbest Turner who will be saying the morning Masses and Fr Ian Grieves who will say the 6.30pm Mass.

 

WELCOME TO ST AUGUSTINE’S PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN AND STAFF to the 9.15am Mass  as they thank God for the start of the new school year

 

SEPTEMBER - SVP AWARENESS MONTH

In September the SVP Society in England & Wales will promote their work nationally, St Augustine’s Conference will be holding a number of events as part of this promotion.

  • The SVP will provide the Coffees after Sunday Masses in September.

  •  Healing Mass will be held in the Parish Centre on Saturday 20th September at 2pm followed by tea and cakes. This is open to everyone and the Sacrament of the Sick will be administered. If you would like assistance in getting to the Mass or know of a housebound parishioner, please leave details with Barbara in the Parish Office.

BAPTISM COURSE

Where? St Augustine’s Parish Centre

When? Wednesdays 17TH & 24TH September

At? 7.15pm – 8.30pm

Please let us know in the office (266602) if you will be attending.

 

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

Where?Carmel Divine Retreat Centre

When?  Sunday 26th October 2014

At?       10.15am – 3.30pm

If you are planning on getting married next year, even if it is not in our Church you are more than welcome to join us.  Please let us know in the office (266602) if you will be attending.

 

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION (Reconciliation/First Communion)

A meeting will be held on Tuesday 23rd September in the Parish Centre for those parents who have children in Year 3 or above and who would like to receive more information regarding the preparation programme for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.  

If your child does not attend St Augustine’s school and you wish to find out more, can you please let the office know your details Tel 266602.

 

RCIA COURSE For those wishing to become a Catholic or learn more about the Catholic Faith. This years RCIA course will begin on Thursday 25th September at 7pm, St Augustine’s Presbytery.

 

LAUNCH OF THE NEW DIOCESAN CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME

For the past 2 years a group of experienced catechists, RE specialists, priests, the Diocesan Education Service and Youth Ministry Team have been working on the new Diocesan Confirmation Programme, ‘Come kindle in us the fire of your love’, and their work is now nearing completion.  The programme will be formally launched in 3 venues across the Diocese with invitations to attend extended to all clergy, catechists and interested parishioners.

The nearest venue for us is:

            Wednesday 17th September – Carmel College – 6.30-8.30pm

 

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA

have sent a thank you letter for our recent donation of £185.53. 

There are several ways in which you can continue to support them,

  • there are knitting patterns at the back of Church if you would like to knit a hat – which the seafarers are always grateful for. 

  • they have also requested that if we have any rosaries, prayer cards, medals etc that are not being used the seafarers always ask for them.  They say they give them comfort when away from home for so long and draws then ever-nearer to the love and trust in God and Stella Maris, our Lady Star of the Sea.

These items can be left in the office or Back Sacristy – marked AOS, and they will be forwarded onto them.

 

PARISH MAGAZINE

The 2nd Edition of the Parish Magazine is available at the back of Church.  Thanks go to Andy Clarke from Carmel IT for his patience, advice and time he has spent on the preparation.  John Thompson - a parishioner (www.sensecreative.co.uk) for agreeing to print the magazine for us and especially Jim Cunningham for collating all the material from the groups within our parish and producing this magazine.

  

CARMEL DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE, Nunnery Lane, Darlington, DL3 9PN

(formerly: Carmel Convent)

Perpetual (24 hours) Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament is held in the Chapel.

Holy Mass, in English, is celebrated daily Monday to Saturday at 07.30 am.

Bus:  Arriva bus service Number 3 to MOWDEN from Darlington Town Centre stops near Carmel Divine Retreat Centre, Darlington. 

 

PARADISE PLAYGROUP - Vacancies

This is based in the Simpson Room (Hall attached to the Parish Centre).  They are open 5 mornings a week from 9.15-11.15am for children from ages 2 to school age.  They have vacancies and would love to hear from you – Jill Parkes 07870 775136.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 29TH SEPTEMBER 2014 – 7.00PM

 

STARS PANTOMIME AUDITIONS
Our next big production is the traditional family panto, Cinderella from 14-17 January 2015. Auditions will be held in the Parish Centre on Friday 19 and Sunday 21 September at 7.30pm. Auditions are open to all from Year 6 upwards. Please see the notice boards in the PC for details. If you would like further info please contact Adrian Frank 07981366724.

 

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

There will be a second meeting of those researching the stained glass windows after 12.15pm Mass on Thursday.  New members welcome.

 

CARMEL COLLEGE

Open evenings    Year 6 - Monday 15th September 6.30pm.

          Carmel VI Form Tuesday 11th November 6.30pm.

CARETAKER VACANCY

Holy Family School has a vacancy for a full time Caretaker. If you would like further information please contact Mr C.Peacock, Head Teacher 01325 380821.       Closing date: 12 noon Friday 26th September 2014

 

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

 

THE BIG CLEAN UP - THE SEQUEL!

We need to finish what we started in the grounds of the parish centre in June. There's still plenty of digging, cutting, chopping, hacking and raking to be done!                We need your help again. 

So bring a spade, or a rake, or loppers, or a wheelbarrow!!!

SUNDAY 21st SEPTEMBER after 9.15 Mass until 2 o’clock ish.

 

PARENT/TODDLER GROUP  (under 5’s)

To be held monthly on a Saturday morning 9.30 – 11.30 in the Parish Centre.   First date is:  SATURDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER  9.30am

 

 BOOK CLUB

Just putting out feelers at the moment, would you be interested in coming along on an afternoon with tea/biscuits or would an evening with wine/coffee suit you better.  If anybody has any experience in running a book club or would like to get involved please contact staugspc@gmail.com, leave a message on 07909 747145

or alternatively ring Barbara in the office on 266602

 

APF MISSION BOXES (RED BOXES)   Are now due to be emptied. There  are some brown envelopes  at the back of church for you to empty the monies into or alternatively a cheque made payable to APF MILL HILL.  Please leave the envelope with your name and address in the sacristy . Any problems or if you would like to take over looking after the collecting of the boxes please contact David Aaron on 01325487955.

 

PARISH PROPERTY AUDIT

We are trying to do an audit on the usage of our properties.  If you or your group use No. 10 can you please let the office know of days and times.

 

DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES

Wednesday 24th September – 7.00pm – Celebrant:  Fr J Butters

Annual Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham – St Bede’s Church, Jarrow.

TEES BRIDGES WALK FOR “LIFE”

For over 40 years “LIFE”, as a Charity, has been fighting a ‘pro life’ cause, supporting the dignity of women and seeking alternatives to abortion. It has done so by campaigning, by education, by providing housing and by support care for pregnant women. It is vital but is expensive. The major fund raising event by “LIFE NORTH EAST” for 2014 is to be the TEES BRIDGE WALK on Sunday 21 September. Why not become involved? Details of the walk are available at the back of Church and can be obtained from Margaret Lee. Please support this very worthwhile event ….. and enjoy !!!

 

PROJECT TRUST

Tory Lindsay who hosted the coffees in April will soon be off to Peru for her volunteering year August 2014-August 2015.   Whilst she is away she will be producing a blog which you can follow on http://torylindsay.blogspot.co.uk/.

 

YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM NATIONAL YOUTH CONGRESS 2015 –FLAME TRAIN

the Diocese have chartered a train from Newcastle to London for Flame Congress 2 on Saturday 7th March 2015. There are only 540 seats on the train – first come, first served!

The cost pp is £69 which includes return train and coach travel and event ticket. For more information and to request a booking form, please visit the website : www.ymt.org

 

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.

 

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.


 

YOUTH SUNDAY PREPARATION

An afternoon to prepare for Youth Sunday takes place on 28th September 3.00-5.15pm at Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Gateshead.  Each parish is asked to be represented by both adults and young people, and it is hoped that a young person and adult will speak at each Mass on Youth Sunday (23rd November).  If you are in Year 9 and above and would like to go along, please see Fr Seamus.

 

PARISH CHRISTMAS FAYRE   -  SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

This will be a great opportunity for all the organisations and groups of the Parish to come together and enjoy a real community day as well as raising funds for the upkeep of Parish Centre buildings etc.

There will be a planning meeting on Sunday 28th of September in the Parish Centre bar at 7.30pm. We would ask that a representative of each Parish group attend in order that stalls/ entertainments etc. can be arranged.

Groups may include :- Altar Servers, Music Groups from 9.15,

11 and 6.30 Masses, SVP, STARS, CAFOD, Scouts Cubs Beavers, Guides Brownies Rainbows, St Augustine’s School, Prayer group, HCPT,  Indian and Philippino Communities, Youth Group, Over 60’s etc. If your group is not listed – sorry, please accept our apology, but you are invited !

Please support this important Parish initiative. 

 

DARLINGTON DEANERY - DAY OF REFLECTION FOR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION.

‘Behold what you are – become what you receive’ led by Kathryn Turner, Head of Diocesan Department for Spirituality on Saturday 27 September from 10.30am – 2.30pm in Holy Family Parish Centre. (Refreshments from 10.00am). Please bring a packed lunch.

Please keep the day free so that all Ministers can attend as part of their commitment and please confirm your attendance with Father Seamus.

  

AN IMPORTANT DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

FRIDAY 15TH MAY – FRIDAY 22ND MAY 2015

Our annual tour (Holy Family) for 2015 will be to Northern and Southern Ireland to include Belfast, Knock, Galway, Waterford, Dublin and major christian sites.

Family and friends all welcome.

Own coach throughout, accommodation to include bed, breakfast and evening meal.          Cost of tour will be £695 based on 25 people travelling.

Fr David Russell will be our spiritual leader.

For further details Contact Mike Horan – 01325 243773/07780 311872

 

 

NOTICES

·         Would you be interested in promoting your Parish group on a display board outside church.  Contact Ann Webster by phone/text on 07728 761985

·         Mothers prayer group – would you like to find out more – please phone/text Anne Connor on 07721 887562.

 

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies is managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The course seeks to ensure that participants have a basic understanding of the central beliefs of the Catholic faith . It is available for catechists, lay leaders and other adults wishing to deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith and Catholic education. The CCRS course programme is now available for 2014-2015 and is shown on the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle web-site www.edurcdhn.org.uk or by contacting Eamonn Diffley at the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Department for Education on 0191 243 3313.

There will be a free CCRS Information Evening taking place at St Cuthbert’s House, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 7PY on Monday 15th September 2014 starting at 5pm for anyone who would like to learn more about the programme. If anyone would like to attend, then please contact Eamonn Diffley so he can register you for this event.

 

ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES PROJECT   - H&N JUSTICE & PEACE GROUP

For 2013 the project would like us to collect TINS OF SARDINES as well as TOILET ROLLS.  This is a very popular food with many of the people who turn up.  Although other parishes supply tinned food there is a need for sardines in particular.  Once again your efforts to support this would be greatly appreciated.

 

KEEP UP TO DATE with Diocesan News and Events.

Website address; www.rcdhn.org.uk

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EVENTS IN THE DIOCESE

Please see the noticeboard for details of events taking place in the diocese. 

 

RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING SERVICE

Marriage Care offers a counselling service to any couple or individual in a couple relationship. We believe that lives are enriched by fulfilling and committed couple relationships and our local team of experienced, trained and BACP accredited counsellors can give you timely support when you and your spouse/partner are facing difficulties. Relationship counselling could be for you no matter what stage you’re at – whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been together for years, or whether you’re thinking of walking away from a relationship or entering another – we can help.We don’t charge a fixed fee, but you will be invited to make a contribution bearing the costs of running our service in mind. No-one is turned away because of an inability to pay.Marriage Care is a national organisation with over 67 years experience of providing relationship counselling. All our counsellors offer their time and expertise, working as volunteers.

 Marriage Care has counsellors ready to see you now in Darlington – call 0800 389 3801 to book a local appointment.   www.marriagecare.org.uk

 

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.

 

Marriage Care is a national organisation with over 65 years experience of providing relationship counselling. We believe that lives are enriched by fulfilling and committed couple relationships and our local teams of specialist relationship counsellors offer timely support when these relationships become a source of conflict and distress. 

 

Relationship counselling could be for you no matter what stage you’re at – whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been together for years, or whether you’re thinking of walking away from a relationship or entering another – we can help.

 

We train our counsellors to work with couples and they develop experience in a wide range of relationship issues. They offer their time and expertise, working as volunteers. 

 

We don’t charge a fixed fee, but you will be invited to make a contribution bearing the costs of running our service in mind. No-one is turned away because of an inability to pay.

 

Marriage Care has counsellors ready to see you now in Darlington – call 0800 389 3801 to book a local appointment.   www.marriagecare.org.uk