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Darlington, Co Durham

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22nd February 2015

 

REFLECTION – Forgiveness

Forgiveness is like the child’s dream of a miracle.

Through forgiveness what is broken is made whole again,

what is soiled is made clean,

and what is lost is found.

Nothing greater can happen to a human being

than that he or she is forgiven.

Those who are forgiven are no longer trapped in their past.

They are set free - free to move forward again.

The Lord not only forgives our sins,

but helps us to learn from them.

We learn about our own weakness.

We learn about the goodness of God.

And we learn to be compassionate towards others who sin

 

 

During Lent we will be having Stations of the Cross followed by communion on Wednesday and Fridays and Exposition before Mass on a Thursday:

                  Wednesday     Stations of the Cross                                              12.15 pm

                  Thursday                              Exposition                                           11.30 am

                  Friday                                   Stations of the Cross                          12.15 pm

 

Friday 6th March- Stations led by Carmel College

Friday 20th March – Stations led by St Augustine's School

 

 

LENT COURSES

BREAK FOR LENT – 23rd FEBRUARY 2015

Churches Together are hosting five weeks of Lent talks in St Cuthbert’s Church hall “Break for Lent”  which replaces the former Lent Lunches.  These will start at 10.30am with coffe/tea etc. 

Please see Poster and flyers with all dates and information. Deacon Jurgen Muller is one of the speakers.

 

DARLINGTON AREA CHURCHES YOUTH MINISTRY, DARLINGTON DEANERY AND DARLINGTON METHODIST CIRCUIT have partnered together to organise a LENT course for young people. Young people can come to every week or just one or two sessions depending on how they feel.

There will be speakers from Christian Aid and DePaul UK. We have Gram Seed and the Youth President of the Methodist Church.

 The course includes two trips, one to St Anthony’s Priory in Durham and the other to Saltburn.   Starting 22nd February at Bondgate Methodist Church 7pm-8.30pm.  See Notice Board for more details.

LENTEN ALMS   For  almost 70 years St Cuthbert’s Care has offered services to help care for some of the most vulnerable and disenfranchised members of our communities.  Their work focuses upon the provision of specialist disability services,  residential homes for children  and young people with  challenging behaviours, fostering, nursing and residential care for older people and some day support.  Thank you for your support in the past.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION DAYS

Where?           Carmel Convent Hall

When?            Sunday 19TH April 2015

                    from 10.15am – 400pm

This Marriage Preparation Day is for those couples who are being married this year/early next year. The bishops rightly insist that all couples who marry in our churches attend such a day of preparation, therefore if you are planning on getting married in St Augustine’s or any other catholic church please contact the office info@staugustineschurch.org.uk or tel 266602.

 

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE

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  www.rcdhn.org.uk   or www.catholicnews.org.uk/reflect-on-marriage-and-family-2015   Deacon Peter Lavery will be co-coordinating our Diocesan responses and can to contacted at  laveryp@hotmail.com   or Tel.0191-4102530 

 

FIRST WORLD WAR

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.

   

DURHAM UNIVERSITY – Centre for Catholic Studies

There are a list of seminars during October-January listed on the website www.centreforcatholicstudies.co.uk.  List also at the back of Church

 

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.


 PARISH CENTRE DATES FOR DIARY

 

SATURDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 7.30PM - BLACK n WHITE DANCE
Here's a chance to shake off the winter blues and dress up for a night
of dancing and fun.

Dress code black and white with live music.

Why not reserve a table of 8 when purchasing your tickets.

Tickets £12.50, available after masses and from the PC Bar.

 

 

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.

 

PARISH CENTRE GROUNDS

We need some help again to continue tidying up and get ready for Spring. There is a lot of debris that needs to be raked up and tree stumps that need to come out in order to do some levelling and sow grass seed. If you can help (and bring rakes, axes, spades, wheelbarrows, etc) please come along on SATURDAY MARCH 7th from 10.00 to 1.00ish.

If you can help please let me know or leave a message with Barbara in the office.     Gerry Lynch 466343

 

READERS & OFFERTORY ROTAS

New rota available at back of Church.  We have tried to incorporate those people who volunteered to do readings at Mass following on from the Census that took place in Church recently.  Please take a copy home.

 

YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM

 ‘On Fire’: A diocesan retreat for Confirmation candidates takes place at the Youth Village Friday 20th – Saturday 21st March 2015. Details from YMT 01207 592244

 

SVP HOLY ISLAND CAMP 2015

For 60 years the SVP has enabled children to experience a holiday on the Cradle of Christianity – Holy Island.  They are always looking for new staff to maintain this wonderful tradition and at the same time become part of the ‘Holy Island Family’.

They need, dormitory helpers, kitchen staff, caretakers.

If you think you could help or for more information please contact

Mick Reynolds by telephone 07805 822542.

 

Please note recruitment is subject to the completion of an application form, interview, taking up of references and compliance with safeguarding procedures, including DBS check against the respective Barred List.

 

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND IN OCTOBER 2015

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 saintjoseph@btconnect.com

 

MINSTERACRES RETREAT CENTRE

Composer Liam Lawton reflects on Lent, Holy Week and Easter season in a workshop for parish choirs.  This will take place on Saturday 28th February from 10am – 4.30pm  cost £25.  For more info email info@minsteracres.org or call 01434 673248.

SVP

The SVP have 4 Eucharistic Ministers who support Fr Seamus in taking Holy Communion to the sick and housebound.  If anyone has a member of the family who would benefit from this, or a relative who is/going into Residential/

Nursing Care please let Fr Seamus or Barbara in the office know, that they would like a vist and/or communion. 

 

ST PATRICK’S DAY CEILIDH WITH HCPT GROUP 195 AND COMPASS ROSE

Saturday 21st March 2015 at St Augustine’s Parish Centre.

Doors open at 7pm with first dance at 7.30pm.

Tickets £5 to include pie and peas.

Tickets available from Clare on 01325 469652 or group195@hcpt.org.uk

RED MISSION BOXES

On behalf of the APF Missionaries, I would like to thank  David Aaron for his dedicated work for them over the last three decades and congratulate all those parishioners who also helped by raising a magnificent total of £1065.05 last year (please see poster at back of church).  As we move on through 2015 and our New Year Resolutions become a distant memory, maybe we could take a fresh approach to how we use our red boxes.  Perhaps we could give up one treat per week, e.g. a bar of chocolate or a pint of lager (not everyday, otherwise life would become an eternal Lent!) and instead put the money in the red box. By using the red boxes and helping the missionaries to spread the Good News, we are responding to Pope Francis’s call to evangelization.  If you would like to join the red box scheme, please contact Sheila Taylor via the parish office.  YOU CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE!

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY  Friday 27th February. Please pick up an envelopes this week and return your  donations next weekend. This Lent, every £1 you give will be matched by the UK Government, up to the value of £5m. This means that more people around the world will benefit.  Please try and support this Fast Day. “The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those in need” Pope Francis.

CARDINAL TAGLE’S VISIT TO HEXHAM & NEWCASTLE

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, will be visiting St Mary’s Cathedral on Monday 9th March and will preside at the 12.05 Mass. Cardinal Tagle, who is a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Congregation of the Evangelisation of Peoples, is a very inspiring speaker. The Cardinal is well known for his work among the poor and his advocacy in promoting justice. He is well respected both in religious and political arenas. 

 

  

COFFEES AFTER MASS

During the month of February the Happy Wanderers Handicapped Club will be serving teas and coffees and on Sunday 22nd February there will be a sale of home-made pies and cakes.

 

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