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Did you give something up for Lent?


If you’ve saved money by giving up chocolate or alcohol, or if you’d just like to make a donation (Almsgiving), and you would like to support CAFOD (let us know if you would like to Gift Aid your donation), and Phoebe Sowerby, one of our young people, who will be taking part in a World Challenge project, the Justice & Peace Group will be collecting at the back of church after the 10.00am Mass, for the 2 weeks after Easter.

Lent: Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving

During Lent we are asked to think about Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving.  If you’re giving something up for Lent (Fasting), or doing something extra (maybe Prayer), you may wish to add your name to the Pledge Board at the back of church.  Of course it’s not compulsory, but it’s a good way of supporting each other, and the things other people have put on the board may give you some ideas about what you could do.

If you’ve saved money by giving up chocolate, or if you’d just like to make a donation (Almsgiving), the Justice & Peace Group will be collecting at Easter for CAFOD (let us know if you would like to Gift Aid your donation), and to support Phoebe Sowerby, one of our young people, who will be taking part in a World Challenge project.  There’ll be more information about Phoebe’s project in the next few weeks.

Changes to the Parish Pastoral Council guidelines

At the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) meeting on Thursday, 2nd February, we agreed revisions to the guidelines for the PPC itself and for the parish’s other committees and groups.

The guidelines have been updated following discussion at open meetings as part of the Forward Together in Hope process, and the changes help to clarify the responsibilities of each group and to ensure that there are plenty of opportunities for the people of the parish to get involved and to make their views heard.

The revised guidelines are attached below.

PPC Guidelines Feb 2017

If you have any questions about the guidelines, or if you’d like to know more about the background to the changes, please contact Margaret Doyle on or 0191 3783660.

Events Group

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

Christmas Service Times

Wednesday 14th December

6:30pm          Carols by Candlelight for Parish and Chaplaincy                            followed by mulled wine and mince pies

Saturday 24th December:  Christmas Eve

9:15am           Mass

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

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

Area Partnership Proposal

For the last few months, we have been working with neighbouring parishes to put together a proposal for an area partnership.  Our proposals are to be submitted to the Diocese by 27 November.

The draft proposal is available here


If you have any feedback, questions or comments, please speak to Margaret Doyle after Mass on Sunday, or contact Margaret on 0191 3783660 or


From Parish to Partnership

Forward Together in Hope Poster TopThe next stage of the Forward Together in Hope process is called Exploring the Way with our Neighbours.    You can find out more about this part of the process on the Diocesan website at

There will be a meeting for the Sunderland & East Durham Vicariate on Thursday 20 October 2016 at St Robert of Newminster Catholic School and 6th Form College, Biddick Lane, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE38 8AF at 7:00pm and everyone is welcome. The purpose of the meeting is:

  • To provide participants with a brief update on where we are on the Forward Together in Hope journey.
  • To present a vision of what new partnerships could be like.
  • To confirm expectations about the next stages of the process – and the development of partnership proposals.
  • To provide the opportunity for participants to discuss and clarify any specific issues.

If you are attending and will need a lift to Washington on 20th October, please speak to Margaret Doyle, or contact her on 0191 3783660 or