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Darlington, Co Durham

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25th January 2015

REFLECTION – The good news

I may be poor, but no millionaire can be so happy as me,

If they haven’t got the love of God in their souls.

Think what it is – not to hate anything but evil;

to be full of love for every creature;

to be frightened of nothing;

to be sure that all things will turn to good;

to know that nothing can separate us from God who loves us,

and who fills our souls with peace and joy

This blessedness is offered to everyone;

It is the good news that Jesus came to preach to the poor.

George Elliot

 

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.

 

CONFIRMATIONS

There will be five sessions which will take place at the large Meeting Room at Carmel Convent. The dates are:

Tuesday 27th January - Sacrament of Reconciliation

Tuesday 3rd February – Eucharist.

Each session will run from 6.45pm – 8.30pm.

Saturday 7th February - Day of Reflection (St Anne’s)

There will also be a Practice Session Monday 9th February

Tuesday 10th February – Celebration of Sacrament of confirmation – St Augustine's.

 

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 

 

STARS

The Farndale Avenue Townswomen Guild Ladies strike again!

Auditions will be held in the Parish Centre on Friday 30th January and Sunday 1st February.  Anyone interested but unable to make the auditons please contact Jan Scott on 358451.

 

SELF HYNOSIS & DEEP RELAXATION

Want to learn more from Clinical Hypnotherapists Alice Potter & Mike Gibson then come along to the Parish Centre on Wednesday 11th February 7-9pm  Tickets £5 pp.  Ring Mike on 07871 301048 or Alice on 07734 049642 to book a place.

 

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.

 

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

On Tuesday 27th January commencing at 1.00pm in Central Hall at the Dolphin Centre, there will be a ceremony ‘Keeping the Memory Alive’.  This event is open to all members of the public.

 

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

 

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 3 mornings a week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 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

 

DARLINGTON & DISTRICT TALKING NEWSPAPER

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 dtnewspaper@btconnect.com.

 

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 YOUR DIARY

Saturday 24th January 7.30pm - Beer and Wine Tasting Evening
Come along and enjoy a traditional pub night including dominoes,  darts, skittles and much more. There will be free wines and bottled beers to sample so YOU can help decide what we sell.

Tickets £5 to include pie and pea supper will be available after masses and from the PC Bar.

Saturday 28th February 7.30pm - Black Tie Dinner 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. Tickets available soon 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.

 

COFFEES AFTER MASS

The organisations/groups that have a month this year to provide coffee and biscuits after the 9.15am and 11.00am Masses are:

January        Scouts                                                        July                    CAFOD

February       Handicapped Children                            August             

March            HCPT Group 195                                      September        SVP

April               St Augustine's PFA                                 October             Carmel HCPT

May                                                                                     November         Air Ambulance

June              Kumi – Uganda                                        December        Scouts

 

YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM

  • The Source:  The first gathering of The Source for 2015 is on Wednesday 4th February 7.00pm – 8.30pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  Young people of Year 9 and above from across the diocese are invited to an event of praise and worship, input, prayer followed by refreshments.

  • ‘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

 

   

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/.

 

 

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

PARISH CENTRE - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Saturday 24th January 7.30pm - Beer and Wine Tasting Evening
Come along and enjoy a traditional pub night including dominoes,  darts, skittles and much more. There will be free wines and bottled beers to sample so YOU can help decide what we sell.

Tickets £5 to include pie and pea supper will be available after masses and from the PC Bar.

Saturday 28th February 7.30pm - Black Tie Dinner 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. Tickets available soon 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.

 

COFFEES AFTER MASS

The organisations/groups that have a month this year to provide coffee and biscuits after the 9.15am and 11.00am Masses are:

January        Scouts                                                        July                    CAFOD

February       Handicapped Children                            August             

March            HCPT Group 195                                      September        SVP

April               St Augustine's PFA                                 October             Carmel HCPT

May                                                                                     November         Air Ambulance

June              Kumi – Uganda                                        December        Scouts

 

YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM

  • The Source:  The first gathering of The Source for 2015 is on Wednesday 4th February 7.00pm – 8.30pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  Young people of Year 9 and above from across the diocese are invited to an event of praise and worship, input, prayer followed by refreshments.

  • ‘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

 

   

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/.

 

 

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

 

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