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Darlington, Co Durham

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20th July 2014

 

REFLECTION  - The divided heart

Reflecting on the years he spent in labour camps, Alexander Solzhenitsyn has this to say:

I learnt one great lesson from my years in prison camps.

I learnt how a person becomes evil and how he becomes good.

Gradually I came to realise

that the line which separates good from evil

passes not between states,

or between classes, or between political parties,

but right through every human heart.

Even in hearts that are overwhelmed by evil,

one small bridgehead of good is retained.

And in the best of all hearts,

there remains an unuprooted small corner of evil.

(Gulag Archipelago, volume 2)

 

 SVP

  • There will be a Collection for the SVP this Sunday (20th after all the Masses.

  • We are still collecting items for the Food Bank, please leave donations in the box in the porch.

 

BIG CLEAN - THANK YOU EVENT

SUNDAY 24 AUGUST 2014 (BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND)  2PM - 5PM

The Working Party and the Parish Centre Committee are holding a parish barbeque to thank all those who worked so hard and so successfully at the Big Clean in June. The invitation is extended to all parishioners who'd like to come along and express an interest in becoming involved in future events, as well as enjoy the fruits of recent labours!  Families especially welcome.

 

So that we can cater properly, it would be most helpful if you would drop a line to staugspc@gmail.com.  Or text/leave a message on 07909 747145.

Look forward to seeing you there.....

 

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.

 

THANK YOU

Recent Collections held over the past couple of months:

NBF  £240.27

Lay Training  £69

Peters Pence  £86.50

World Communication Day  £203.67

Balamma Satram – Fr Sarves appeal    £1,328.58

thank you for your generosity

 

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.

 

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.

AGM – PARISH CENTRE CLUB LTD

This will take place on Sunday 27th July 2014 at 8pm in the Parish Centre.
The meeting will be preceded by a presentation on the recent Parish Centre Survey.
Any other business must be notified to the secretary 15 days before the meeting.                         

Michael Denham Parish Centre Secretary

 

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

 

DAY FOR LIFE—collection on 27th July

The day in the Church’s year dedicated to celebrating the dignity of life—will call upon young people in particular to protect and cherish life from conception to natural death.

There will be a second collection next Sunday and it will go to The Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other life supported activities supported by the Church. If you wish to make a private donation please make cheque payable to St Augustine’s, and all money will be paid through our account and sent to the Diocese for Distribution.

 

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

 

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/.

 

DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES

  • HCPT DARLINGTON GROUP 195

Are serving "Afternoon Tea" in Holy Family Social Centre on Saturday 30th August.  To book your table ring Clare on 01325 469652 ore email hcptdarlington195@hotmail.co.uk.  Further details later in August.

 

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.

CAFOD

The CAFOD 200 Club membership renewals for the year from July 2014 are now due. Renewals can be completed in the Parish Centre after the Sunday morning masses throughout July when the CAFOD group will be hosting Coffees.

The 200 Club is a very successful fundraiser for CAFOD – raising £5,600 each year if fully subscribed.

Subscriptions are £50 per number per year. There is a draw prize of £100 every month except in December and June when members have the chance to win prizes of £1,000, £500 and £200. If anyone is interested in becoming a member, please contact Joanne Upton, or any member of CAFOD.

Thanks to all for your continued support

 

SUNDAY COFFEES

We have nobody on our list to host the coffees after Mass in August.

If your group/yourself would like to do a week, two weeks……… please let the office know – 266602 or email info@staugustineschurch.org.uk.  

The dates are 3rd/10th/17th/24th/31st August.

 

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.

 

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

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. 

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.

 

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