I, Daniel Blake: A Challenge

The AGM of the Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council will be held on Saturday May 13 2017 from 10.00am to 3.30pm (with a shared lunch) at St.Joseph’s Centre, Gateshead NE8 1LX As part of the AGM of the Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council, there will be a screening of the film “I, Daniel Blake” at 7.30pm on Friday May 12 at St. Joseph’s Centre, Gateshead (doors open 7pm, free entry).

Day on the Ministry of Consolation

In response to feedback from Forward Together in Hope, there will be a day on the Ministry of Consolation, focusing on support for people and their families during terminal illness, or the journey through dementia. At Ushaw College, Saturday 10 June, 10:00 for 10:30am start. There is no charge for the day, but booking is essential, no later than Friday 2 June. Contact spirituality@diocesehn.org.uk or 0191 243 3302.

PARISH TRIP TO USHAW

We will be visiting Ushaw College on Saturday 20 May, for a tour and afternoon tea. The tour will start at 1:30pm.
There will be a guided tour for our parish group. Afterwards, please join us for afternoon tea. However, there is also an organ recital in the chapel at Ushaw, so if you just wish to join us just for the tour, please let us know. The cost is £15.00 for the tour and afternoon tea (£5.00 if you just wish to join the tour).
When we have finished afternoon tea, David Butler will lead an optional walk in the grounds of Ushaw.
Please sign up on the sheet on the noticeboard. If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Doyle on 0191 3783660 or margaretdoyle1066@sky.com.

I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full

The life of a shepherd probably isn’t very different today from what it was in the time of Christ. We might have a romantic idea of the shepherd strolling through the fields with his flock, but in reality, it’s a hard and exhausting job. The shepherd is out in all weathers, caring for the sheep and keeping them safe from danger.

Jesus describes himself as a good shepherd, who knows his sheep, and calls them one by one. Unlike the leaders of Israel in his own time, who exploited their positions for their own power and advantage, Jesus’ concern is for the sheep – his disciples. His desire is for the sheep to have life to the full.

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday, when the Church prays for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Pope Francis says in his message for today, “The People of God need to be guided by pastors whose lives are spent in service to the Gospel.” The pastors and ministers of the Church are called to model themselves on Christ, the Good Shepherd who knows his sheep by name and keeps them safe. Let us pray for many young people to respond to the challenging call of Christ.

PARISH READING GROUP

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 margaretharvey@uwclub.net

The Way We See it: A Response

As we move into new partnerships, an important emerging priority is our relationship with young people. The report of the young people’s survey ‘The Way We See It’ and Pope Francis’ call for a ‘Synod on Youth, Faith and vocational discernment’ invite us to reflect on this relationship. This conference will be a wonderful opportunity to help us to move forward. We have a wise and inspiring speaker in Rev David Wilkinson from St. John’s College, Durham and we will also hear from some of our young people who will share with us ‘the way they see it’. The day is for everyone who is concerned about young people in our schools and parishes. Further details are in the booking form available from Fr Andrew, or from the Youth Ministry Team website http://www.ymt.org/the-way-we-see-it.html Saturday 13 May, 10am-4pm, The Assembly Rooms, Fenkle Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5XU.

Serving at the Altar

We are looking to increase the number of servers available for both of our Sunday Masses and also for Weekday Masses where there will be some sacristan duties involved. We welcome anybody of any age who has made their First Holy Communion and full training will be given. If you are interested, or you know of someone who may be, please let Andy Doyle, David Crookes or Fr Andrew know.

Research Project

James Fletcher, a student in Durham University’s Department of Theology and Religion, will be attending some of our Sunday Masses over the next few weeks, as part of a research project. If you have any questions about James’ research, please speak to him or to Fr Andrew.

BAPTISM

We look forward to welcoming May Rosalia Bottoms, baby daughter of Anna and John, and granddaughter of Jane and Richard Abram, during Mass today Sunday 7 May. May Rosalia will then be baptised on Sunday 14 May at 11:30am. All are welcome to attend.

Meeting of the Parish Assembly

Back in February, we agreed new guidelines for the Councils and Groups in the parish. One of those groups is the Parish Assembly.  The Assembly meetings are open to every member of the parish, and the next meeting is on Thursday 25 May at 7.30pm.  This meeting is also the parish’s AGM.

There will be an explanation of the new format, elections to the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) and a full Finance Report, as well as updates from the parish’s groups and committees, and the latest news about Forward Together in Hope and our new area partnership.

At the meeting, we will be electing 3 new members of the PPC.  If you are interested in standing, please talk to any member of the PPC – their names are on the noticeboard at the back of church.

 

Forward Together in Hope – our Area Partnership

In February, the Bishop announced 18 Area Partnerships, covering the whole Diocese.  Our partnership covers Durham, Langley Moor, Coxhoe, Sedgefield, Trimdon and the West Durham family of parishes – 9 parishes with 11 churches and a weekly Mass attendance of about 2000.  The partnership arrangements will start formally at Pentecost (4 June) and Fr. Andrew will be our Partnership Dean.

The FTiH representatives from across the partnership recently met with the clergy, to start getting to know each other’s parishes.  We shared some of the information from the parish questionnaires which we all completed in 2015, and talked about the challenges of how we involve people in our parish life.  We also shared information about some of the positive things which are happening in our area and agreed that there are real opportunities for sharing ideas and inviting our neighbours to join us for services and social events.

The next step is to set up a Partnership Development Group.  This group will meet before Pentecost, and our priorities will be to look at how we communicate across the area, how we make clear links with the schools and to identify opportunities to join together for prayer and outreach.  We will let you know who is representing this parish on the Partnership Development Group very shortly.  Until this is confirmed, if you have any questions or ideas, please speak to Margaret Doyle (0191 3783660 or margaretdoyle1066@sky.com)

Day on the Ministry of Consolation

In response to feedback from Forward Together in Hope, there will be a day on the Ministry of Consolation, focusing on support for people and their families during terminal illness, or the journey through dementia. At Ushaw College, Saturday 10 June, 10:00 for 10:30am start. There is no charge for the day, but booking is essential, no later than Friday 2 June. Contact spirituality@diocesehn.org.uk or 0191 243 3302.

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