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Darlington, Co Durham

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28th September 2014


.REFLECTION - The three sons


A father had three sons.  One day he said to them,

‘Go and work in the vineyard today.’

The first said, ‘Sure, Dad.’ But he didn’t go.

The second said, ‘I won’t go.’  However, later in the day

he changed his mind and went grudgingly.

The third said, ‘Sure, Dad.’

And he went immediately and willingly. 

Which of the sons will feel closest to the father

at the end of the day?

The third, of course.

the more we do the will of God out of love,

The more we will appreciate his love for us.

Lord, save us from the darkness of broken promises,

and help us to walk in the light of faithfulness.


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


There are letters available at the back of church thanking those parishioners who contributed their weekly/monthly offerings through the gift aid scheme for the last financial year.  We have reclaimed back £9,173.71 for the year 2013/14, plus a further £1,118.75 for loose monies placed on the plate.  If anybody is a taxpayer and would like to join the Gift Aid Scheme, please contact the office –

Mrs Barbara Morgan – who is the Gift Aid Organiser for the parish.  Also if you are already in the scheme and your circumstances have changed, i.e. no longer paying tax, changed address, etc., we need to know.  On behalf of the parish thank you once again.


SAINT TERESA OF AVILA.  2015 is the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa’s birth. Officially, the centenary year begins on 15th October 2014. To mark this celebration in this area, there will be an opening Mass here at St Teresa’s Church on Wednesday 15th October. Vespers at 6.30pm followed by Mass at 7pm, all are welcome. There will be refreshments and a shared table after the service; we ask if people could kindly contribute to the shared table. 



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.



  • Would like to thank those parishioners for supporting CAFOD during the coffees in July.  £578.80 was raised.

  • CAFOD Harvest fast day is on Friday 3rd October.  It is a stark fact that one in eight of us will go to bed hungry tonight.  On Friday 3rd October CAFD is asking you to make a place at your table to help our sisters and brothers in the world’s poorest countries get enough nutrious food to eat.   There are envelopes available at the back of Church.



The Board of St Cuthberts Care has appointed Moira Ashman as Chief Executive of the charity with immediate effect.

Sheila Errington, Director of Childrens Services, will assume the role of Deputy Chief Executive. 

Moira Ashman, a Chartered Secretary, has over 25 years’ experience of working for St Cuthberts Care. Her knowledge and experience of the charity’s care, business and governance needs is extensive. As Deputy Chief Executive since 2009, Moira has acted as Chief Executive on several occasions in the past. The Trustees and I have every confidence in her leadership and wish her well in her new appointment. 

(Fr) Michael Campion      Chairman of St Cuthberts Care



Is holding a weekend family conference for Christians of all ages for the first time in the north east.  This will be held on 11th/12th October at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Mill Lane, Hebburn.  Booking forms and info are available on the website

This weekend is to offer a faith-filled and fun event which combines good Christian teaching, inspirational speakers and celebration of the liturgy for both young and old.


 People aged between 18 to 22 years of age are invited to a Spiritual Retreat that is to be held at Carmel Divine Retreat Centre, Nunnery Lane, Darlington. DL3 9PN from Saturday 25 October 2014 to Wednesday 29 October 2014.  Cost will be £100  towards food, heating and lighting.  Those wishing to attend the Retreat are requested to bring their own bedding.

Further details may be obtained from Rev Fr Kuriakose Punnolil at Carmel Divine Retreat Centre or on mobile: 07918611669.


DURHAM UNIVERSITY – Centre for Catholic Studies

There are a list of seminars during October-January listed on the website  List also at the back of Church



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 ( 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.



(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. 



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.




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



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



Next Friday, 3rd  October, in the bar.  Table quiz, £1 per head.  And if you win it, you DON’T have to set the next one !  Come down and show off your intellectual muscles.  Suitable for all ages, so you can bring your teenagers…  Or teenagers, you can bring your aged parents, we don’t mind.  Cash prizes



The Parish Centre Committee are holding a Family Superheroes Party on Saturday 11th October from 6pm - Bedtime.  Prizes for the best costume in each age group. Tickets £2.50 (adults and children) including a hot dog or burger, available after 9.15am mass or from the Parish Centre bar.


"Hello Bakers!  Did Alaskagate leave you slack jawed ? Did Norman’s undecorated biscuits leave you panting for a cup of tea ?  If you understand those questions then you have been watching the Great British Bake Off. It’s been great hasn’t it ?

Well, for the final (8th Oct, 8pm) the Parish Centre is opening specially, we’ll have a big telly, the kettle will be on (and the bar will be open if you need something stronger due to the excitement) Instead of ringing your chums when it’s finished to talk it over, come down and watch it together… Yes, a bit like watching football in the pub, except more sitting, less shouting and extra marzipan.  

No soggy bottoms allowed !"



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, 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.



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.



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



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 :



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.



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.

The Catholic Hospital Chaplaincy are looking for new people who can assist  with visiting patients and taking them Holy Communion on a Thursday morning.

The volunteers meet at around 9.15 am in the Memorial Hospital on a  Thursday.

If you are able to help, please give your contact details to Fr Seamus, and Deacon Jurgen, the Catholic Chaplain,  will get in touch with  you for an informal chat.  We urgently need more people to assist with this vital ministry.



This a weekly FREE news and information serrvice for the blind and visually impaired residents within Darlington and surrounding areas.  This service could also benefit people who have difficulty holding a newspaper, i.e. stroke or MS sufferers.  The records are sent out every week using CDs or memory sticks.  For more information contact 01325 465101 or email



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.



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. 




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




·         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.



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.


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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.



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.