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Darlington, Co Durham

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17th August 2014

 

REFLECTION  





 

 

HCPT DARLINGTON GROUP 195

are holding an Afternoon Tea on Saturday 30th August at Holy Family Social Centre, Prior street, Darlington, from 2.30-4.30pm.   To book a table or for any further information contact Clare on 01325 469652 or email hcptdarlington195@hotmail.co.uk. Thank you for your continued support.


PARISH BARBEQUE SUNDAY 24th AUGUST 2PM

Following the fabulous efforts at the Big Clean in June, and the gardening day in July, the Parish Centre Team would like to invite all parishioners to a barbeque to celebrate the success of those events, and to thank all those who helped.  This will be a lovely way to enjoy the grounds and facilities together.  The bar will be open for the duration, and we're planning entertainment for the children.  We hope the sun will shine for us!  Food is free, but so that we can cater properly, please let us know if you're coming using the contacts below. Thanks!

Email: staugspc@gmail.com                Text/phone: 07909 747145


STARS Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the STARS committee will be on Sunday September 7th at 7pm in the Parish Centre bar.  There will be no meeting during August.

 

 

BAPTISM COURSE

Where? St Augustine’s Parish Centre

When? Wednesdays 17TH & 24TH September

At? 7.15pm – 8.30pm

Please let us know in the office (266602) if you will be attending.


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.


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.

 

 

'SPIRITUS 2014'

An ecumenical Festival of Christian Spirituality and Prayer at Durham Cathedral on Saturday, 6th of September 2014, 10 am – 4pm.

Choose from over 30 workshops!

Bishop Séamus writes:

The Spiritus Festival of Spirituality in Durham on 6 September offers a great opportunity to gather with others from around the north-east to pray together and to explore some of the many different forms of prayer and spirituality within the Christian tradition. I should like to encourage as many people as possible to go along and take part in one or more of the wide range of workshops led by people who are enthusiastic about particular kinds of prayer. Or you might like to call into the Cathedral where the Department for Spirituality and members of the Evangelisation Team will help to set up prayer stations and activities designed to attract people who may just be visiting for the day. I myself will be going along and will give the address during the Closing Prayer. I look forward to sharing the day with you.

For any other information:Email: fionaf@stantonyspriory.co.uk 

Telephone:  St Antony's Priory,  0191 384 3747 


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.

MGR GED LAVENDER R.I.P.

Reception into Cathedral  6.00pm Monday 18th August

Requiem Mass – 12 noon 19th August

Bisop Seamus Cunningham writes:

“It is with sadness that I write to let you know that Monsignor Gerard Lavender, born 20th September 1943, died at home on Sunday 10th August; he was 70 years of age. I ask you to remember him in your prayers and Masses. Mgr Lavender was ordained to the priesthood at Our Lady’s, Easington Colliery on the 2nd March 1969. He faithfully served the people of God in the following appointments:


Curate:  St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle   August 1969 – April 1975Chaplain:  Royal Navy    April 1975 – July 1993Parish Priest:           Holy Family, (St Thomas Aquinas Darlington, St Osmund’s, Gainford)     October 1993 – March 2009

St Mary’s, Cullercoats & Our Lady & St Oswin’s Tynemouth March 2009 – June 2013

In June 2013 Mgr Lavender retired to English Martyrs, Newcastle.

In March 2009 I appointed Mgr Lavender as Diocesan Vicar General and I am indebted to him for his help and support during that time. His commitment and dedication to his priestly ministry at both Parish and Diocesan level have been outstanding.”

 

Fr David writes: “ When I heard of Fr Ged’s death early last Sunday morning I thought of that day’s Gospel about Jesus walking on water and calming the storm. Fr Ged was always a calming and reassuring presence no matter what the circumstances; I never saw him flustered, he was an excellent listener, and adept in finding the next step forward. As his neighbour for seven years in Darlington and North Tyneside he was generous with his time and help. Many people have shared stories and memories of

Fr Ged’s support and help during difficult times; as we pray and reflect on his life’s service we thank God for him, and pray for his family and close friends at this sad time in losing a much loved brother and friend. May he rest in peace.”

There will be a coach leaving St Thomas’ 10.15am on Tuesday morning.  Please ring Fr David before 4.00pm on Sunday – 463636 to see if there are any places available.  This will be on a first come-first serve basis.


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


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/.

 

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.

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

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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