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Darlington, Co Durham

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14th December  2014

 

REFLECTION – Joy and Pleasure

There is a world of difference between joy and pleasure.

Pleasure can be planned.  Joy can’t be planned;

it comes unexpectedly, and is all the sweeter for that.

Pleasure is immediate.  Joy often comes later,

and the sweetest joy of all is that which follows pain.

Pleasure comes from saying ‘yes’ to ourselves.

Joy comes from saying ‘no’ to ourselves.

Pleasure is like a flare in the night:

it brightens things up for a while, but when it’s over,

we feel darker and emptier than ever.

Joy, on the other hand, is like a bright fire in the hearth;

even when it dies down, it leaves a warm glow behind it.

 

CHRISTMAS MASSES IN ST AUGUSTINE'S

Ø  The Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve will be at 6.00pm, preceded by carols from 5.30pm

Ø  Midnight Mass at 12 preceded by carols from 11.30pm

Ø  Christmas Day Mass at 10.00am   

 

BRASS CLEANING

If anybody could help with cleaning all the brass candle stands ready for Christmas, the Church will be open on Wednesday evening 17th December at 6.00pm.  Brasso and dusters provided, bring your own gloves.  How does the saying go, many hands make light work……..

 

 

 

NORTHERN CATHOLIC CALENDARS 2015 on sale in Piety Shop  £2.50

CHRISTMAS FAYRE  - RAISED £1,449.   THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY WHO HELPED/CONTRIBUTED.

 

ST WILLIAMS CHURCH

“CAROL SERVICE”  Sunday December 21st 4pm.

Our church will be magically lit as we prepare for the coming of Our Lord , singing some our  favourite carols and watching our liturgy children tell the story of Christmas.

Please try and come along, tea and biscuits  afterwards with Raffle and 100 Club Draw.

 

BOXING DAY NIGHT 7.30pm our annual family Quiz takes place here in St William’s.  Please try and join us, all you need to do is bring your own drink and food for a shared table.  We do the rest.

 

PARISH MAGAZINE

We are hoping to have the next edition available just before Christmas.  If anybody would like to advertise any family business in the issue please leave your details in the office, or via email.

 

RCIA COURSE

Continues for all those who are interested in becoming Catholics or who would like to deepen their understanding of the Catholic Faith on Thursdays 7.30pm until 9pm here in the Presbytery.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

ADVENT

·         ADVENT BOOKS – There are some advent books and Calendars available at the back of Church.  Please don’t forget to take one for anyone you know who can’t get to Church regularly, or who are housebound

·         ST AUGUSTINE'S SCHOOL ADVENT LITURGY

Will be held here in St Augustine’s Church on Monday 15th December at 5.30pm.  All parishioners are most welcome.

·         Penitential Advent Service for the Cluster will take place this year at Holy Family on Tuesday 16th December at 7.00pm.

·         Saturday 20th December:  Come and support the Diocesan Nativity Flash Mob in Central Station Newcastle 11am and Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool 1.30pm. This is a ‘spontaneous ‘ event involving singing or dancing and getting bystanders to join in.  Our Christmas Flash Mob is meant to show that Christmas is about the birth of Christ. This is part of Pope Francis’ vision to take Christ from the churches and into the public arena.

·         Card decorations are available at the back of Church if you wish to write a Christmas prayer or message on and these will be placed on the tree at the back of the Altar, during Advent.  If you wish to make a donation please use any of the boxes on the pillars, Cafod, HCPT, Holy Souls. 

 

NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY CEILIDH
We hope you will join us to celebrate the New Year at our Family Ceilidh - all ages welcome.  There will be family friendly dances and a children's "dance off" with prizes to be won!  Please bring food for a shared table.  Tickets available after masses and from the Parish Centre Bar: Adults £5, Children free, or alternatively ring and leave a message on  07909 747145.

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.

 

CRAFT SATURDAYS

These will take place at The Sanctuary, 21 Westbrook, Darlington.  Each monthly Craft Saturday will introduce a new craft to beginners.  Learn to Knit, Hand embroidery, patchwork …. See noticeboard.

Each day starts at 10.00am with coffee and will finish at 4.30pm.  All materials and equipment provided, cost of the day is £45.  To find out more ring 484212  or email amandajaneogden@hotmail.co.uk. 

 

 

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/.

 

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

 

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


 

NATIVITY – PARISH CENTRE - 20TH December – 6.00pm -  PC grounds

If you’re planning to come along to join us on the night,  and you should it’ll be marvellous, remember it’s at 18:00 on the 20th December.  You’ll need to bring a torch to see the words of the carols because we’re outside in the garden.  Wrap up well !  When we’re done there will be some warm drinks and perhaps a mince pie. 

You won’t need a ticket as there’s no charge, but if you could bring a donation for the SVP Food Bank we’ll gladly collect them on your behalf.  Preferred are pasta and pasta sauces, tins of beans and soup, and long life milk.  It’s a cause worthy of your support.

 

CAFOD Christmas Sing-A-Long Afternoon Tea

Sunday 14th  December 3-5pm in the Parish Centre.  Tickets £4.00 - must be purchased in advance.  Come along and join us for Christmas Carols whilst enjoying afternoon tea.

 

ST CUTHBERTS CARE – ADVENT ALMS APPEAL

Are raising money for their Hardship fund.  Envelopes at back of church.

 

SVP

The Christmas Collection for the SVP will be after all the Masses  on Sunday 14th December.

 

ST AUGUSTINE’S BOOK CLUB

Next meeting Wednesday 14th January 2015, 2.00pm Parish Centre.  The book chosen for this  month is “Jezebel” by Irène Némirovski.

SAFETY NOTICE

Please note in the small shrubbery outside the front doors of the Church some used needles were found.  Please be extra vigilant with young children in and around the outside spaces.  Please do not dispose of them yourselves. 

Fr Seamus, Mark Dimelow or Malcolm Frank (safeguarding) should be informed and the necessary action can be taken.

 

 

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

 

KEEP UP TO DATE with Diocesan News and Events.

Website address; www.rcdhn.org.uk

Liking Facebook page; www.facebook.com/diocesehn

Follow twitter@diocesehn

 

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