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Darlington, Co Durham

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19th October 2014

 

REFLECTION – Life and religion

Who can separate his faith from his actions,

or his belief from his occupations?

Who can spread his hours before him, saying:

‘this for God and this for myself;

this for my soul and this other for my body?’

He who wears his morality but as his best garment

were better naked.

Your daily life is your temple and your religion.

Whenever you enter into it take with you your all.

Take the plough and the forge and the mallet and the lute,

the things you have fashioned in necessity or for delight.

And take with you all men.

And if you would know God ….. look about you

and you will see him playing with your children. 

 

(Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

 

 

 

RCIA COURSE For those wishing to become a Catholic or learn more about the Catholic Faith. This years RCIA course will continue on Thursday’s at 7pm, St Augustine’s Presbytery.

 

BI-CENTENARY OF ST. DON BOSCO.

EXHIBITION AND PLAY BY RISE THEATRE - 26TH OCTOBER 2014 AT 3.00PM
The Salesians are celebrating the Bi Centenary of their founder Saint Don Bosco  and are portraying his life in an inspiring play, which will take place at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 3pm on 26 October. RISE Theatre presents the extraordinary life of Don Bosco, Magician, Acrobat, Priest, Teacher, Friend, told in theatrical technicolor.  From poverty ridden streets to the forgotten young offenders of Turin, Don Bosco impacted the lives of everyone he met, finding beauty in the face of adversity.  Journey  with RISE in this moving, captivating piece of short theatre about hardship, love and the joy of the gospel. This event is free and everyone is welcome.

 

‘THE FRINGE OF HIS CLOAK’  DEATH, DYING, BEREAVEMENT, HEALING

This is a programme of 6 weekly sessions on Wednesdays from October 29th to December 3rd 2014  7pm - 8.15pm. Led by Brother Robert Moore OH, in St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington.   This may be of interest to all and especially to members of the SVP, Special Ministers of the eucharist, and anyone affected by the care of the sick, the dying and the bereaved.

Further details are on the notice board. Please  make a note of  these dates if interested.

 

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.

 

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

PARISH CHRISTMAS FAYRE   - SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

Stalls, refreshments, games and Santa.

 

ROADPEACE NORTH EAST

RoadPeace is a national charity to support all victims,  families and friends of road traffic crashes.  We are hosting our own North East Branch World remembrance day in  memory of all those victims who have been injured or who have sadly lost their lives.  The service will be held at DURHAM CATHEDRAL on Sat 1st November at 2pm. We would like to invite anyone who would wish to attend.   Please contact John or Janet Thompson on 0191 3861514 for further details or to confirm that you will attend.  We look forward to meeting you.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

Where?Carmel Divine Retreat Centre

When?  Sunday 26th October 2014

At?       10.15am – 3.30pm

If you are planning on getting married next year, even if it is not in our Church you are more than welcome to join us.  Please let us know in the office (266602) if you will be attending.

 

 

SVP

  • Monthly meeting will be on Tuesday 21st October at 6.45pm in the presbytery.  New members are most welcome to come along.

  • We are also collecting books, cd’s and dvd’s for the Christmas Fayre if anybody wishes to donate some – we can collect if you leave a message in the office.

  • 67 copies of the Northern Cross were sold last month.

 

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

 

 

PARISH MAGAZEINE

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.

 

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.

THIS SUNDAY is MISSION SUNDAY

The Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his official charity for overseas mission.  World Mission Sunday is a special day that unites Catholics all over the world in prayer, celebration and care for the family of the Church. Thanks to the sacrifice and witness of missionaries, the Catholic Church is growing; many Churches can now take care of themselves. However, over 40% of the Church across the world still needs our help. By supporting Missio you will be directly helping over 1,000 dioceses in these young churches, bringing hope and new life to people thirsting to hear of God’s love for them. If you Gift Aid please use an envelope provided by Missio.

 

STARS PANTOMIME 2015

A huge thank you to all who auditioned for Cinderella. Sadly not everyone can be given a main part to play, however, the show still requires as many singers and actors as possible to be in the chorus. In particular we would love to have more younger people from year 6 upwards as cast members. We would like to invite anyone who would still like to take part in the show to start rehearsals on Sunday 26 October at 7.30pm. No auditions required, just a willingness to sing and have fun!  

 

THE TEMPEST

STARS & Darlington Green Theatre will perform a shortened version of Shakespeare’s iconic play in the Parish Centre on 24 & 25 October at 7.30pm, suitable for all ages. Tickets, £7/£5 after Masses, from the Parish Centre bar, from Martin McLean (01325465275) or on the door.” 

 

CAFOD CABARET

This year's CAFOD Cabaret will be held on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th December. Would anyone who would like to take part please declare their interest as soon as possible to Martin McLean (01325 465275). New performers and returning performers welcome. Go on…you know you want to. Your Third World still needs YOU!

 

ST AUGUSTINE’S SCHOOL has registered for Tubs4Tablets with Flora.  These tokens are inside the Flora and Stork 500g promotional tubs, and can be handed into Church, to be forwarded to the school.

 

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.

   

APF MISSION BOXES (RED BOXES)   Are now due to be emptied. There  are some brown envelopes  at the back of church for you to empty the monies into or alternatively a cheque made payable to APF MILL HILL.  Please leave the envelope with your name and address in the sacristy . Any problems or if you would like to take over looking after the collecting of the boxes please contact David Aaron on 01325487955.

 

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.

CLOCKS CHANGE NEXT WEEKEND 

The clocks go back one hour at 02.00 am on Sunday 26th October

 

ST AUGUSTINE’S BOOK CLUB

We had our first meeting last week, the book chosen was The Guardian Angel’s Journal by Carolyn Jess-Cooke.  There are a couple of books still available if anybody wishes to join us.  The next meeting is 12th November 2014 2.00-3.30pm in the Parish Centre.  Books available from the office.

 

CLEVELAND PHILHARMONIC CHOIR

Will be performing at the Sage Gateshead on Saturday 1st November at 7.30pm, Walton: Belshazzar's Feast, Orff: Carmina Burana.  See poster at back of Church, or contact Vivienne Flynn 01642 821553.

 

ORDINARIATE OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM – ST OSMUND’S GAINFORD

  • Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed – Solemn Requiem Mass – Saturday 1st November at 12 noon.

  • All Souls Tide –Monday 3rd November at 12 noon.

 

CARMEL COLLEGE CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Thursday 6th November 6.30-9.00 pm.  Tickets available from school £3/on the door £3.50.  Please contact 254525.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

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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