Thank You

A very big “Thank You” to those who contributed so generously towards the cost of the Christmas flowers. Your generosity means that the cost of the flowers was covered by donations. Although Easter is three months away yet please keep the Black Box in the Porch in mind towards the cost of these flowers.p1070927

Would you like to sponsor an arrangement in memory of a loved one, a special birthday or anniversary or indeed any occasion special to you? If you have any ideas/suggestions which you would like to make please contact Cliona Kear on 386 3400 or e-mail C.M.Kear@dunelm.org.uk

The Event

A monthly gathering for young people. It is open to pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8 and offers live bands, praise and worship, invited speakers, refreshments and social time. The next Event is this Wednesday, 18 January, 6:00-7:30pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Mill Lane, Hebburn NE31 2ET.

The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Takes place from Wednesday 18 to Wednesday 25 January. This year’s theme is “Crossing Boundaries.” In the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, we are asked to celebrate our unity in Christ, and to become aware of how we may be building walls between ourselves and our fellow Christians.

The keynote text for the week is 2 Corinthians 5:14-20; For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

Forward Together in Hope

The Diocesan Development team are now engaged in analysing and reflecting on the partnership proposals which have been submitted by every parish in the Diocese.

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The next steps will be to model the proposed partnership arrangements, develop a diocesan-wide picture, and explore the possibilities of lay leadership, in order to prepare the “Pointing the Way” report for consideration by Bishop Seamus and the Diocesan Board. More updates to follow!

Burns Supper Quiz Night

Will be on Saturday 28 January at St Oswald’s Institute. Tickets and raffle tickets will be on sale after 10:00am Mass today Sunday 15 January. Please contact Martin or Liz Donbavand on 0191 3840405 or 07903888399.

If anybody has any raffle prizes they would like to donate they would be greatly appreciated these can be dropped off at the parish office. We are looking for donations of wines, spirits and chocolates, thank you.

FLAME CONGRESS

On Saturday 11 March a group of 1,000 young people and accompanying adults from our diocese will be travelling to Flame at Wembley Arena. Flame is a National Catholic Youth Congress with inspiring speakers and music from Matt Redman. Coaches will be leaving from every part of the diocese. There are still places left for young people Year 9 and above and for adults. If you would like to go, please contact YMT for further details. Email admin@ymt.org or 01207 592244

parish reading group

The next meeting of the Reading group will be on Tuesday 14 March at 8:00pm at Orchard House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3DB. We will be discussing Alessandro Manzoni: The Betrothed. We will also select next term’s books.

When you reach Orchard House come into the entrance, read the notice and dial 48 after the preliminaries. This will contact the lounge where we meet. For more information please contact Margaret Harvey on [0191] 3840080 or email margaretharvey@uwclub.net, All are welcome.

Diocesan Church Music Association

The DCMA invites you to a music workshop led by Paul Berry, Director of Music at St. Mary’s RC Church, Hexham.

The workshop will be held at St. Mary’s RC Church, Hexham, on Saturday 25 February, starting at 10:30am, and finishing with Mass at 4:00pm. There is also the possibility of a guided tour of Hexham Abbey in the extended lunch break. More details of the day soon on www.rcdhn.org.uk.

The day is open to anybody who is interested in liturgical music, whether it be for schools or parishes. Should you wish to attend the session, then you are encouraged to email the Chairperson our very own Alison Purvis at alisonpurvis1@hotmail.com so that numbers for the day can be ascertained and sufficient copies of music can be brought along. Why not drop in to the session and meet new people across the Diocese facing the same musical challenges that you are?!

Peace Sunday

Is celebrated next Sunday 15 January. In his message for the day, Pope Francis says:

On this occasion, I would like to reflect on nonviolence as a style of politics for peace. I ask God to help all of us to cultivate nonviolence in our most personal thoughts and values. May charity and nonviolence govern how we treat each other as individuals, within society and in international life. When victims of violence are able to resist the temptation to retaliate, they become the most credible promotors of nonviolent peacemaking. In the most local and ordinary situations and in the international order, may nonviolence become the hallmark of our decisions, our relationships and our actions, and indeed of political life in all its forms.”

Please pray for the work of Pax Christi, and all organisations that promote peace and reconciliation.

Crib Offerings

This year, with the encouragement of Bishop Seamus, we will be donating crib offerings to Friends of the Holy Land. Your offerings will go to help the poorest Christian families, especially in and around Bethlehem, the West Bank, Gaza and Israel, with education, employment, health and housing initiatives. FHL is a registered charity, and their work is ecumenical and apolitical. For further information, see the poster on the church noticeboard, or www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk Please pray for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.

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