The parish office will be closed from Friday 23 December until Tuesday 3 January. The bulletin next Sunday, 25 December, will cover a two-week period. Normal publication of the Bulletin will resume for Sunday 8 January.
If you have any notices for the double bulletin, please make sure they reach Ciara in the Parish Office (email@example.com) by Friday 23 December.
At St Joseph’s Church, Gilesgate on Tuesday 20 December at 7:00pm.
Thank you for your donations towards the parish Advent Camel. We have raised enough for about three quarters of a camel! The collection buckets will once again be at the back of the church after Mass on Sunday 18 December!
Fr Becket Soule OP , will celebrate the Quiet Mass 6:30 pm on Sunday 18 December. Today is Fr Becket’s 23rd anniversary of priestly ordination – congratulations!
There will be a meeting of the Events Group after 10.00 am Mass on Sunday 18th December.
This is a very informal group which plans social events for the parish, and everyone is welcome. If you have any ideas for events you would like to see happening in the parish, or if you can help organise any of our events, please do come. We’ll be meeting over coffee in the parish room.
If you can’t come to the meeting would like to get involved or make any suggestions, please contact Margaret Doyle, 0191 3783660 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 14th December
6:30pm Carols by Candlelight for Parish and Chaplaincy followed by mulled wine and mince pies
Saturday 24th December: Christmas Eve
9:45am Sacrament of Confession* (until 10:45am)
Midnight Midnight Mass Doors open 11:15pm
Sunday 25th December: Christmas Day
10:00am Family Mass with Blessing of Crib
Please note there is NO evening Mass on Christmas Day
The Reading Group will meet on Tuesday 16 May to discuss Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad, and on Tuesday 27 June, to discuss Hans Fallada, Alone in Berlin.
Meetings are at 8pm at Orchard House, New Elvet. If you go to the front entrance, read the notice and dial 48 to be let in.
The group is open to all and new members are welcome. For further information Contact Margaret Harvey . tel 0191 3840080 or email@example.com
Parish and Chaplaincy join together for our Carols by Candlelight service on Wednesday 14th December at 6:30pm. Please feel free to bring your own (safe!) lanterns. Also, we will be sharing some festive mulled wine, mince pies and refreshments. All are very welcome.
Give a Christmas gift to the Missions. Please bring your ‘red box’ to church for emptying by Sunday 18 December.
This years party will take place in the parish room on Saturday 17 December 3:45pm-5:30pm. All children (big and small) are welcome to join us for fun and party games. Please bring something for a shared party tea.
Please come along on Saturday 17 December to sing Christmas Carols for the residents. Meet at the church at 2:00pm.
On Friday 16 December, we have our festive film and pizza night for young and old alike. Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm screening of what has been described as “one of the greatest Christmas films – and literary adaptations – of all time” (Charlotte Runcie of The Telegraph). Starring Michael Caine in “frankly, a brilliant performance” as Ebeneezer Scrooge, The Muppet Christmas Carol is “a wonderful festive story, enchantingly told.”
Behind the Scenes in the Library at Ushaw College. A special WEEKDAY Christmas Behind the Scenes into Ushaw’s world renowned collections. You’ll be able to actually see and learn about some amazing manuscripts. Thursday 8 December, 2pm & 3:30pm, cost £4. Limited places – booking is essential. See www.ushaw.org or ring 0191 334 5119.
Our parish collects biscuits and toilet rolls to help provide basic supplies to asylum seekers in the diocese. These are collected regularly, on the first Sunday of the month. If you would like to donate items and haven’t brought anything in yet then please remember to bring them to church next Sunday 4 December and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected.
The centre is always very grateful for our supplies and with the holiday period coming up they would welcome an even bigger stock of things to draw from. Please give generously.
An evening of reflection. Listen to the voices of those who offer dignity to those who have died, and comfort to those who mourn. Wednesday 7 December at 7:00pm (refreshments from 6.30pm) at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Hylton Rd, Sunderland SR4 9AA.
Monthly diocesan youth event for young people in school Year 9 and up. Live music, praise and worship, faith sharing, meet inspiring people, socialise and make new friends. Wednesday 7 December, 7:00-8:30pm at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle.
Sonnets from the Spirit is a collection of 52 icons in poetry on major episodes from Sacred Scripture, written according to the ancient practice of midrash, by the award-winning British theologian and poet Christopher Villiers. This book is intended to provide readers with a little feel for God working through, and sometimes despite, very human people whose strengths and weaknesses greatly resembled those of 21st century humankind. Monday 5 December, 5:00-6:15pm, with refreshments.
The Catholic Theology Research Seminar originally scheduled for Thursday 1 December (Prof Christopher Southgate: Difficult Thoughts about Divine Glory) has been postponed until 14 March 2017.
Please sign up on the list in the narthex if you can serve at our Christmas services by welcoming, ushering, reading or distributing Holy Communion. We do need lots of volunteers from the Parish and University communities, so please don’t be shy!
In Advent 2014 and 2015, the parish raised enough money to buy two camels. This year we are hoping to add a third camel to our virtual village. A camel costs £400. The gift of a camel provides a poor family with up to seven litres of milk a day, which can be sold to buy food and school books. The family can also rear and sell calves for a much needed income. Furthermore a camel can carry weights up to 200kgs, meaning that a family has a source of transport that can be used to help them earn a living. Thank you for your help with this project.