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Darlington, Co Durham

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23rd November 2014

November is traditionally the month in which the Church remembers those who have died.  Today on Remembrance Sunday we will especially remember those from our parish who have died in the

last 12 months.

Janet Horner,  Lawrence Bainbridge, Winifred Hewitt, Elsie Lawley, Patrick Killeen, Brian Stacey, Janet Fletcher, Jack Ahern, John Clifton, Vera Ramsay, Patricia Tweedy, Robert Aaron, Alicia Briggs, Matilda Catterick, Margaret Wandless, Francis Mace, Eamonn Seagrave, Raymond Lancaster, Margaret Fleming, Veronica Hutton, Alfred Pickering, Kenneth Bowe, Catherine Appleton, Catherine Bourke, Kevin Cundy

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace.

Amen

 

PRIESTS’ TRAINING FUND

Envelopes available at the back of Church for the Priests’ Training Fund.  This will remain open until this weekend.  Please note your donation can be gift aided.  Booklets also available re the Clergy Training Fund. 

 

PARISH COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES

As Fr Seamus was on holiday last week we will be contacting those who showed an interest later on in the week.

 

PARISH CENSUS FORM

  • If you didn’t fill in a census form last weekend there are some available at the back of Church which can be left in the Sacristy or handed into the office.  

This is purely voluntary and will enable us to update our records, all the information will be kept secure and not shared with anyone else.

  • Thank you to all those who filled in forms (145). 

 

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.

HCPT – THE CHILDREN’S PILGRIMAGE TRUST

Darlington HCPT Groups 25 and 195 are joining together for a fun race night evening!   Do you fancy yourself as an owner? You could sponsor a horse or even a race!

Please do come along on the 6th December to Holy Family Parish Centre. 

Doors open from 6.30pm with the first race at 7.30pm.

Tickets £5 to include pie and peas supper with bar available.

For tickets and details on sponsoring contact:  Anne Robinson on  07779358580   hcpt25@hotmail.co.uk  or Clare Maddison on 01325 469652 group195@hcpt.org.uk

 

TUESDAY GROUP CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Members are reminded that Christmas Lunch is onTuesday 25th November after the 12.15pm Mass. This Mass will be offered for our friends in the group who have died.

 

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.

 

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

Continues on Wednesday’s till 3rd December 2014  7pm - 8.15pm. Led by Brother Robert Moore OH, in St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington.   Further details are on the notice board.

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

WELCOME to all the youth groups of the parish, the children from St Augustine’s School.

& Fr Tim Forbes-Turner who will be with us at the 11.00am Mass today.

 

YOUTH SUNDAY

There will be a retiring collection after all Masses this weekend to support the work of Catholic Youth.

 

ADVENT

·         Next week sees the start of Advent.  There will be booklets and calendars for you to take home with you.

·         Darlington Town Centre Churches – Advent Service next Sunday

30th November 6.30pm at St Cuthbert’s Church.

 

PARISH CHRISTMAS FAYRE   - SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

At St Augustines Parish Centre in Larchfield St Darlington, next Saturday 29th November.  12 Noon till 4.00pm. FREE entry with a variety of stalls, games, competitions & prizes. Lunches and teas will be served and of course there is the chance to visit Santa in his grotto.   Dont miss it!

  • If you have any donations these can be left at the Office or brought to the Parish Centre next Friday evening/early Saturday.

  • There will be a short meeting for all Fayre stallholders this Sunday 23rd November  in the Parish Centre at 7.30pm.

 

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

  • Next Sunday (30TH November) at the 9.15am Mass the children will be attending their monthly Mass in preparation for receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion next year. 

  • On Tuesday 2nd December the 2nd Café Session for the parents/carers will take place in the Parish Centre at 7.00pm

  • The children will receive their First Reconciliation on Tuesday 9th December at 6.30pm.

 

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.

   

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

 

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.

 

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

Imagine the scene;  a crisp frosty night, Christmas is in the air, excited children in hats and scarves hang onto their parents hands as they gather in a garden.  They’ve all come to hear one of the greatest stories ever told being retold, right there in front of them.  A live moving tableaux of people and song and lights in the sky.  Sounds great doesn’t it ?Well that’s what we’re aiming for at the Parish Centre on the 20th December (we’ll be adding mulled wine and hot chocolate too).

However we need your help to make it happen, we need actors (don’t worry, only the narrator has lines) and singers (don’t worry, you just need to be loud) and any other help we can get.  If you’d like to help please call 07909 747145.  Our “rehearsal” schedule is likely to be very light, so it won’t be a major commitment of your time, and besides  taking part in stuff like this is fun.

 

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.

 

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!

 

  • Tickets for CAFOD Cabaret will be available from this weekend after Mass, from the Parish Centre bar or from Martin McLean (tel 01325 465275). Cabaret dates Friday 5th and Saturday 6th December. Ticket price £5.

 

ST AUGUSTINE’S BOOK CLUB

Come and join us in the Parish Centre 2.00pm – 3.30pm for a coffee and chat at our next meeting which will be on Wednesday 10th December.  The book we are reading/reviewing is “The Secret Life of Bees” by  Sue Monk Kidd.  If you wish to join us there are a couple of spare books available in the office.

 

ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES PROJECT

Don’t forget once a month we take tins of sardines and toilet rolls to the centre in Newcastle.  This is an ongoing collection.  Donation box in the church porch, delivery is usually during the first week of the month.  Thank you.

SVP

Our work is in high demand as we are working with St Columba’s and Kings Church Food Bank, and supporting the needy in these difficult times.

If anyone would like to help by donating any of the following items:

·         Pasta,  Pasta Sauce,  Soup,  Beans,  Long-Life Milk

there is a box at the back of Church which will be collected and then taken to Kings Church.

 

CALLING THE DIOCESE TO PRAYER

There are three occasions available to begin the process of ‘Forward Together in Hope’ with prayer.

  • Tuesday 2nd December  10.30am – 12.00 – St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle (followed by Mass)

  • Tuesday 2nd December  6.30pm – 8.00pm – St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle

  • Wednesday 10th December  6.30pm – 8.00pm – St Joseph’s, Hartlepool.

 

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