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Finchale Partnership Confirmation programme

A Confirmation preparation programme will be run in the Finchale Partnership during 2019, open to all young people in school Y9 and upwards. The initial information session for young people and their parents is planned for March 2019.  We would like to establish a group of people from across our Partnership – experienced Confirmation catechists and adults who are not catechists but would be willing to help with the sessions.  There will be a meeting on Tuesday 5th February 7.15pm, St Patrick’s presbytery, Langley Moor, DH7 8JJ (parking available, Mass at 6.30pm). If you are interested in helping but cannot attend this meeting please contact Brendan Payne (brendanpayne@doctors.org.uk / 0771 753 1935).

Epiphany Blessing

Here is the text we used for this morning’s blessing of the doorway, which you can also use at home.

A BLESSING OF CHALK FOR THE BLESSING OF THRESHOLDS – Epiphany 2019

Our help is in the name of the Lord.        Who made heaven and earth.

The Lord be with you.                And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Lord God, bless this chalk ✠

which you have fashioned out of the goodness of creation.

Grant that those who will use it

to inscribe the names of the Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar,

as a prayer for Christ’s blessing upon their homes

may receive health of body, protection of soul

and, at the end, the vision of their names written in the Book of Life.

Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The chalk is now sprinkled with Holy Water and distributed to all so that they may repeat the actions below above the threshold of their own homes.

Verse:        Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia! (repeat)

        From the east came the Magi to Bethlehem to adore the Lord;

        and opening their treasures they offered precious gifts:

        gold for the great King, incense for the true God,

        and myrrh in symbol of His burial. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia!

Scripture:    Psalm 121 (during which the inscription is made over the threshold.)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall come my help?    (inscribe 2)

My help shall come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.        (inscribe 0)

He will keep your feet from stumbling.                    (inscribe +)

Your guard will never slumber.                        (inscribe C)

No, he sleeps not nor slumbers, Israel’s guard.                (inscribe +)

The Lord is your guard, the Lord is your shade at your right hand.        (inscribe M)

By day the sun shall not smite you,                        (inscribe +)

nor the moon in the night.                            (inscribe B)

The Lord will guard you from evil;                        (inscribe +)

he will guard your soul.                            (inscribe 1)

The Lord will guard your going and coming, both now and forever.        (inscribe 9)

O God, make the threshold of this house and of our hearts

wide enough to receive all who need human love and companionship;

narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride, and strife;

smooth enough to be no stumbling block to children, nor to straying feet,

but rugged and strong enough to turn back the tempter’s power.

Through Christ our Lord.                             Amen.

May the Lord guard our going and coming                    Both now and forever.

Let us bless the Lord.                                Thanks be to God.

Justice & Peace Update

Every year, we support one local project and one overseas project.  For 2018-19, our overseas project is Adhanur Helping Hands.  The project have sent the message below to their supporters:

Season Greetings from Adhanur Helping Hands!

We are all fine in the Home. Children are writing second semester exams and they are preparing well. First of all, I must thank from the bottom of my heart the support you are rendering to accomplish the mission that we started 8 years ago.

At present we have 42 children staying in the Orphanage and provide free boarding and lodging for them. Our 20 Tribal children are getting educational support and food while they stay with their parents. We have six young girls are studying in higher secondary and college. One girl is studying fashion designing course for a year.

Through your donations the Orphanage has study hall, recreation hall, dining hall, two dormitories for children to sleep for both boys and girls, playground, washing facilities, rest rooms etc available in the children home. Above all, children are happy in the Orphanage. There are several activities are going on every day such as coaching classes in the morning and evening, children’s counselling, yoga and games, reading library books, computer classes, cultivating vegetables in the garden, tailoring classes for young girls and cooking.

In future, we will have more children to support for higher studies. We are planning to start an English medium school in my region so that orphanage will get support for other children’s higher studies. There are poor people who are ready to give their land to start a school but we need money for the construction. With your support we could find donors for our school construction. Shall we accomplish this mission? It’s possible, if we join together for this noble venture to bring education to the doorsteps of poor, orphan, tribals and farmers. Looking forward your support and assistance as we move ahead for a new venture.

Financial Briefing to the Parish

John Marsland, chairman of the Parish Finance Council, writes:

I am pleased to report that the year has been financially stable. We have spent £17K on repairs and renewals and have completed the refurbishment of the Parish Office and alterations to the Narthex. We recently commenced repairs to the boundary wall, which will cost about £24K.  Our beautiful, historically important church requires constant maintenance and one big project is waiting in the wings – the repair to the presbytery stonework will be a six figure sum, a challenge for future years.

Fortunately, thanks to your generosity we are able to meet our current commitments as our balances are currently £22K in the current account and £63K in the deposit account with the Diocese, including £8,200 from the Gift Aid scheme. If you are a taxpayer and have not joined the scheme I would encourage you to do so, it is not too bureaucratic and all personal data is protected. Please see Andy Doyle.

We work in partnership with neighbouring parishes. A Partnership Finance Committee has been formed, with an annual budget of £5K for which our contribution will be £950, based on an affordability calculation from the Diocese. As well as giving financial advice to the Partnership, Diocesan standard practice is that this committee will review any project above £10k and advise the Diocese as to whether it fits in the overall needs of the partnership. The committee is a consultative body and is not there to overrule our Parish Finance Committee.

Last year I briefed you on the effect of inflation on Parish Finances. A pound donated in 2007 is now worth only about 80p and it is perhaps worthwhile for all of us to consider from time to time the effect of this on our individual donations.

Thank you all for your continuing generosity, which allows us to face our future financial responsibilities with confidence whilst supporting relevant worthy causes at the same time.  Your contributions mean the Parish continues to have a beautiful church of which we can be proud and a presbytery with hall which allows us to host a vibrant chaplaincy community supporting young people in faith, as well as a lively Parish.