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Sunday 15 April 2018 - Third Sunday of Easter [B]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

You are witnesses to this.”
 

 

 

When Jesus told his disciples, “You are witnesses to this,” they may not have been entirely delighted to be chosen for that role. In New Testament Greek, the word for “witness” is the same as that for “martyr”. The early Christians would have been aware that those who were appointed as witnesses to Christ might well be called upon to follow his example and lay down their lives for him. St Stephen, and St Peter and St Paul, and St James the Great, to name but a few from the first years of the Church’s existence, did in fact die a martyr’s death, and many more have done so over the centuries, in many different countries around the world. And it’s still a danger that people face in some parts of the world even in our own day.To what, exactly, did the apostles bear witness? To the resurrection of Christ. It was not necessary to bear witness to his crucifixion; that was common knowledge. Indeed, some of those to whom Peter preached had themselves been instrumental in having Jesus crucified. In today’s first reading Peter relates the crucifixion as an undoubted fact, but goes on, “God, however, raised him from the dead, and to that fact we are the witnesses.” On another occasion recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, speaking before the Jewish council, the Sanhedrin, Peter said, “By his own right hand God has now raised him up to be leader and saviour… We are witnesses to all this.”

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS


PARISH SOCIAL GROUP
The next meeting of the Parish Social Group will be held on Wednesday 18th April at 7pm. All welcome.

NEXT SUNDAY IS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
There will be a Special Collection at Mass during the weekend for the Little Sisters
of the Poor.

PARTNERSHIP EVENTS
Saturday 21st April
 Fish and Chip supper with Desert Island Discs and Quiz, 7pm at English Martyrs.

Wednesday 25th April
 The Diocesan Church Music Association presents an evening music workshop including 4 mass settings of contrasting styles. 7-9pm.
(coffee from 6.30pm) Venue – St Hilda’s. It’s free!

SPECIAL COLLECTION
The Special Collection for the Northern Brethren’s Fund for sick & retired priests will remain open for private donations until 29th April. Thank you.

PARISH EVENTS
Sat, May 19th – Social evening with ‘Royal’ bake off, quiz & raffle.
Fri, May 25th – Feast of St Bede, liturgy & refreshments.

 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 

ST. HILDA'S DIOCESAN RESOURCE CENTRE
We are looking for:
- Volunteers from Monday to Saturday, morning and/or afternoon to join our Welcoming Group; to meet visitors, assist them in borrowing and returning resources, where to find topics they are looking for. To assist groups who use the facilities and to sort and ticket new additions to the library.
- Small Dining Room Table/Folding Table & Chairs.

Did you know that in St. Hilda’s there is a private room which holds old reference books, not for borrowing, but viewing by appointment? If anyone is doing research, call 0191 243 3316 or email pat.kennedy@diocesehn.org.uk to arrange.

COMING UP AT MINSTERACRES
- Wednesday 18th April (10.00am - 4.00pm) Day of prayer, led by Sr. Rosarie Spence.
- Saturday 21st April (10.00am - 5.00pm) Walking retreat day, led by the team.

MASS FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE
Saturday 28th April at 10.00am, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle.
Celebrant is Bishop Séamus and Homily by Fr. Chris Hughes, Chair of the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council. All welcome!


PRACTICAL STEPS FOR PARISHES AND PARTNERSHIPS
A conference will take place on Saturday 12th May at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Hebburn to help parishes and partnerships engage with young people in their communities. The keynote speaker is Fr Dominic Howarth, responsible for Youth Services in Brentwood Diocese, and the programme includes 12 workshops. The conference is for everyone who is concerned about our young people and will offer inspiring examples of good practice. The conference fee is £10 and includes lunch. Further details are in the booking forms available in parishes, downloadable from www.ymt.org or contact admin@ymt.org

ANNUAL TRAINING
Annual training for confirmation catechists, or those interested in becoming catechists, will take place this year within the Youth Ministry Conference on Saturday 12th May at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Hebburn.

NORTHERN SCRIPTURE FESTIVAL - YORK
The Bishops’ Conference Scripture Working Group has been working alongside the Northern Dioceses and religious orders to organise events celebrating the Word of God – one in the north-east, the other in the north-west. The event closest to our own diocese is to be held on Saturday 12 May at All Saints School, York (5 minutes from the railway station). It is open to all but might be of special appeal to clergy, school and university chaplains Readers and students (6th form and above). More information on the noticeboard at the back of church or from Kathryn Turner spirituality@diocesehn.org.uk

 

Information

GOING INTO HOSPITAL?
All calls for the Newcastle Hospitals can be made to St Andrew's Church, Worswick Street, 0191 232 1892

 

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Sunday 1 April 2018 - Easter Sunday [B]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.”
 

 

 

Today is the great Christian feast. We may be tempted to think that Christmas is the feast of feasts because it captures our imagination, and it is so much easier to relate to a vulnerable little child than to enter into, let alone understand, the mystery of a God who, having died a horrendous death as a public criminal, should be raised again to life. We should not be dismayed if, like Michael, sometimes we struggle to piece the jigsaw together. The apostles were the same, struggling to understand what was happening. St John describes the drama in the early morning of Easter Sunday when Mary of Magdala reports that the tomb is empty. John is keen to let us know that he was in on the act and ran with Peter to check for himself. It is worth remembering that John was writing his Gospel with the benefit of having been able to piece the story together after a lifetime of meditating on it. He notes that this was the moment that he began to see the connections and the fulfilment of what had been prophesied in the scriptures. He tells us: “Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.” And he is not afraid to go on and tell us what happened in the evening of Easter Sunday when Jesus came to the apostles who were hiding behind locked doors. It is not insignificant that Thomas, who was absent, refused to accept the evidence of the others. We will hear more about this next Sunday. In the Acts of the Apostles, over and over again the disciples return to the key elements of the faith. We see them in Peter’s address to Cornelius and his household: Jesus is the awaited Messiah; he was crucified for us; he was raised from the dead; he is now appointed to judge everyone.

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

 

‘A JOURNEY THROUGH LENT’
Our journey finishes with a final session on Wednesday 4th April at 7pm. All welcome. Please look at the Prayer station set up on the windowsill after each Wednesday and take away a leaflet for your own personal Lenten reflection.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
On Sunday 8th April (i.e. the Sunday after Easter Sunday) St. Roberts will hold a celebration of Divine Mercy at 3.00pm. It will include a sung recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet and veneration of the image of Divine Mercy.

PARISH SOCIAL GROUP
The next meeting is on Tuesday 10th April at 18:30 in the Meeting Room. All are welcome! Please see the noticeboard for details of upcoming events:
Sat, May 19th – Social evening with ‘Royal’ bake off, quiz & raffle.
Fri, May 25th – Feast of St Bede, liturgy & refreshments.

LITURGY GROUP MEETING
The next meeting is on Friday 13th April at 7pm in the Meeting Room. All welcome.

ST JOSEPH’S HOME FUNDRAISING RACE NIGHT
Rescheduled to Friday 13th April at 7pm. Tickets available at Reception, £3 each. Refreshments will be available.

SPECIAL COLLECTION
There will be a Special Collection next weekend for the Northern Brethren’s Fund for sick & retired priests. The fund will remain open for private donations until 29th April. Thank you.

SRI LANKA RAFFLE – UNCLAIMED PRIZES
If you have ticket number 499, 241 or 249 please add your name & which Mass you attend to the prize list on the noticeboard by April 15th. Thank you.


 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 

THE SUMMIT – A LIVELY EVENING OF PRAISE, WORSHIP, TEACHING AND TESTIMONY
You are warmly invited to our fourth ‘Summit’ event, which is taking place at St Mary’s, Bishop Auckland DL14 6PQ on 7th April from 7-9pm. This reflective and faith filled evening will have a worship led by Ronan Johnston of Emmaus music and we would love you for to join us and be part of this experience. For more information, please contact Amy on 0191 243 3316 or at adult.formation@diocesehn.org.uk
 

MASS FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE
Saturday 28th April at 10.00am, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle.
Celebrant is Bishop Séamus and Homily by Fr. Chris Hughes, Chair of the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council. All welcome!

PRACTICAL STEPS FOR PARISHES AND PARTNERSHIPS
A conference will take place on Saturday 12th May at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Hebburn to help parishes and partnerships engage with young people in their communities. The keynote speaker is Fr Dominic Howarth, responsible for Youth Services in Brentwood Diocese, and the programme includes 12 workshops. The conference is for everyone who is concerned about our young people and will offer inspiring examples of good practice. The conference fee is £10 and includes lunch. Further details are in the booking forms available in parishes, downloadable from www.ymt.org or contact admin@ymt.org

ANNUAL TRAINING
Annual training for confirmation catechists, or those interested in becoming catechists, will take place this year within the Youth Ministry Conference on Saturday 12th May at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Hebburn.

NORTHERN SCRIPTURE FESTIVAL - YORK
The Bishops’ Conference Scripture Working Group has been working alongside the Northern Dioceses and religious orders to organise events celebrating the Word of God – one in the north-east, the other in the north-west. The event closest to our own diocese is to be held on Saturday 12 May at All Saints School, York (5 minutes from the railway station). It is open to all but might be of special appeal to clergy, school and university chaplains Readers and students (6th form and above). More information on the noticeboard at the back of church or from Kathryn Turner spirituality@diocesehn.org.uk

 

Information

GOING INTO HOSPITAL?
All calls for the Newcastle Hospitals can be made to St Andrew's Church, Worswick Street, 0191 232 1892

 

THANK YOU
To all who helped in any way to prepare our church for the Easter ceremonies; your work and dedication do not go unnoticed.
May the blessings of the Risen Christ be with you and your families.

 

 

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Sunday 25 March 2018 - Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord [B]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“In truth this man was a son of God.”
 

 

 

The Gospel story, told by Mark, tells us the story of Jesus, the just man, of his life journey and its culmination in arrest, unjust condemnation and death on a cross. Today we hear that story told again and we witness the injustice of it, the unfairness of it and the cruelty of it. The man who lived in the daylight is arrested in the dark. The man who spoke openly sees his words twisted and used against him. The man who honoured every person he met is brutally treated and taken out to die. There is a powerful witness to all this, a centurion, a Roman soldier charged with executing the orders of the governor, Pilate, and overseeing the legal execution of this man, Jesus. He watches as his junior soldiers have their fun with the prisoner, mocking him and knocking him about. He leads the procession through the streets of Jerusalem and observes the demeanour of this unfortunate man. At the place of execution he organises the process and forms the guard to contain proceedings, and then he stands there and watches this man slowly die. But as the sky darkens and the taunts of the crowd grow weaker, this Roman officer begins to realise that the man whose death he is charged to oversee is not any ordinary man. Though cruelly tormented and about to lose his life, the man on the cross is more alive than any person ever was. When he finally breathes his last breath, the soldier is forced to cry out, “In truth this man was a son of God.”

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS


‘GIVING UP SOMETHING DURING LENT’
Traditionally the Church has encouraged the disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in Lent. Fasting does not necessarily mean giving up food; we can also “fast” by not using social media for a time or by making the effort not to complain about things that happen to you. Each week during Lent there will be suggestions for “fasting”, one for each day of that week, included in the parish bulletin. There will also be some copies for the whole of Lent at the back of church.
 


27th Mar Tuesday Don’t buy anything that’s non-essential today.
28th Mar Wednesday Invite someone who lives alone to a meal.
29th Mar Thursday Make a no-holds barred examination of your conscience.
30th Mar Friday Pray for the Holy Souls.
31st Mar Saturday Thank God for Jesus and His sacrifice, and that He has been part of your life.
 

 

26th Mar Monday Pray for people you meet during the day, inc passers-by.
27th Mar Tuesday Don’t buy anything that’s non-essential today.
  28th Mar Wednesday Invite someone who lives alone to a meal.
  29th Mar Thursday Make a no-holds barred examination of your conscience.
  30th Mar Friday  Pray for the Holy Souls.
  31st Mar Saturday Thank God for Jesus and His sacrifice, and that He has been part of your life.

 

‘A JOURNEY THROUGH LENT’
There is no session during Holy Week but our journey finishes with a final session on Wednesday 4th April at 7pm. All welcome.
Please look at the Prayer station set up on the windowsill after each Wednesday and take away a leaflet for your own personal Lenten reflection.
 

HOLY THURSDAY – 11.00AM MASS OF CHRISM AT ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL.

HOLY THURSDAY
Mass is at English Martyrs Church, Fenham. It would be helpful if we can arrange transport for those of our congregation who need a lift to church. If you can offer transport or would like a lift to English Martyrs, please fill in the relevant details on the notice at the back of church.

AN ECUMENICAL WALK OF WITNESS
Good Friday, 10.30am, beginning at Benwell Grange Flats.

 

COLLECTION FOR THE UPKEEP OF THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY IN THE HOLY LAND
Next weekend there will be a Second Collection for the Holy Places.
Catholic Churches in countries around the globe have traditionally made a special collection in Lent, with the money being used for restoration and upkeep of the holy sites, care of pilgrims, and assistance to needy Christian families throughout the region. Money raised by the Good Friday collection traditionally goes to support projects and communities throughout Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Turkey, Iran and Iraq.

 

CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY
Many thanks to all who contributed food items for the Peoples’ Kitchen. Four pupils from St Bede’s primary school took these to the Peoples’ Kitchen last week. They were very grateful for our contributions and send their thanks. There are photographs on the notice board at the back of church.

LENTEN ALMS APPEAL 2018 – ST CUTHBERT’S CARE
This Lent, I would be deeply appreciative of your support for our charity’s Hardship Fund; our Fund offers financial assistance to older people with limited means wishing to move to our Catholic Nursing Homes. I would also wish to invite parishioners of all ages to consider volunteering across our two homes during Lent. No specific skills are required – just a smile, friendliness and a little free time. If you’re interested, please contact Nicola Milne on 0191 242 4809 or email her at nicola.milne@stcuthbertscare.org.uk and she will be delighted to help. Thank you.

 

DIOCESAN EVENTS


PILGRIMAGE TO LINDISFARNE (HOLY ISLAND)
Young Adults (20s and 30s). Dates: 4th - 8th April 2018
Two days of walking in the beautiful Northumberland Countryside along St Cuthbert's Way, followed by a day on the Island of Lindisfarne and a visit to Durham Cathedral. Opportunity to walk, pray and relax! The pilgrimage is organised by the FCJ sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus.
For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com


EMMANUEL, "GOD IS WITH US" AT ST. MARY'S COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL
Saturday 24th March 2018 from 10.00am - 4.30pm.
Led by David Wells who will help us work out a way forward. Bishop Seamus and Amy Cameron will be there. No charge but a collection will be taken.

 

Information

GOING INTO HOSPITAL?
All calls for the Newcastle Hospitals can be made to St Andrew's Church, Worswick Street, 0191 232 1892

 

CHRISTMAS CANDLES
There are several red candles left on the windowsills in the Narthex.
Please take your candle home as soon as possible. Thank you.

 

 

 BLACKFRIARS PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

RECONCILIATION SERVICE...
Our joint Lenten Reconciliation Service this year will be held at:

St John Vianney, West Denton, NE5 1DP
Tuesday 27th March at 7.00pm.

Please make every effort to celebrate this important Sacrament of God’s forgiveness in our preparations for Easter.

 

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY…
On Sunday 8th April (i.e. the Sunday after Easter Sunday) St. Roberts will hold a celebration of Divine Mercy at 3.00pm. It will include a sung recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet and veneration of the image of Divine Mercy.

 


 

MASS INTENTIONS
Mass Intentions for both St Bede’s and St Michael’s are dealt with in the Office at St Bede’s. Arranging the requested date is easier and avoids disappointment if the exact details (particularly the name of the church where the Mass is to be celebrated) are clearly noted. Many thanks, Rachel (Parish Secretary).

 

 

 

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Sunday 18 March 2018 - Fifth Sunday of Lent [B]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“And when I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all men to myself.”
 

 

 

The time of the prophets in Israel is seen as the time when religious thinking moved from a concern with external structures and behaviour to convictions of the inner self. Oddly enough a similar transformation may be traced in other civilisations of the time, in Greek thought, Hinduism and Buddhism. As Jeremiah describes it, the Lord will plant his Law deep within us, writing it on our hearts. It is seen as God’s response to our failure to keep the covenant. Instead of punishment God forgives our iniquity and never calls our sin to mind, giving us an image of God that will be taken up by the person of Jesus. In the synoptic Gospels Jesus faces his death with the agony in the garden, where he is described as struggling with what is being asked of him by God his Father. Today’s extract from St John’s Gospel sees Jesus troubled in similar fashion. The difference is that in John’s vision this testing is seen in itself to be the hour in which the Son of Man is glorified, a view that is underlined by the voice from heaven, like a clap of thunder, declaring, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The symbol Jesus offers us is that of the wheat grain that falls on the ground and dies. It is only by falling on the ground and dying that the grain can yield a rich harvest. In a similar way we are asked to follow Jesus as the one who dies on our behalf and in so dying draws all people to himself.

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS


‘GIVING UP SOMETHING DURING LENT’
Traditionally the Church has encouraged the disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in Lent. Fasting does not necessarily mean giving up food; we can also “fast” by not using social media for a time or by making the effort not to complain about things that happen to you. Each week during Lent there will be suggestions for “fasting”, one for each day of that week, included in the parish bulletin. There will also be some copies for the whole of Lent at the back of church.
 

19th Mar Monday Make a special effort to avoid any laziness today.
  20th Mar Tuesday Tuesday Work at eliminating one of your faults.
  21st Mar Wednesday Make all your meals fit on a small plate rather than a dinner plate.
  22nd Mar Thursday Be aware of all the blessings in your life.
  23rd Mar Friday  Pray for someone with whom you have quarrelled or disagreed with.
  24th Mar Saturday  Donate some time to a worthy charity or project.

 

‘A JOURNEY THROUGH LENT’
An opportunity for prayer, reflection and discussion of the Gospel of each Sunday through Lent. All welcome.
Wednesdays: March 14th & 21st; and April 4th. 7-8pm.
 

MISSIO
It’s that time of year again. If you would like your Red Missio Box to be emptied, please bring it into Church by the weekend of 17th/18th March. Many thanks

SOCIAL GROUP - FEAST OF ST JOSEPH
On March 19th we are holding an evening of reminiscing & refreshments in the meeting room at 19:30. We would like to display any photographs or memorabilia from the parish & school you may have. Please see John Taberham / Clare Casson or place your items in the envelope on the social group notice board. It would be useful to have brief details such as date / event / people pictured in photos etc. All items will be returned. All are welcome!

 

COLLECTION FOR THE UPKEEP OF THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY IN THE HOLY LAND
Next weekend there will be a Second Collection for the Holy Places.
Catholic Churches in countries around the globe have traditionally made a special collection in Lent, with the money being used for restoration and upkeep of the holy sites, care of pilgrims, and assistance to needy Christian families throughout the region. Money raised by the Good Friday collection traditionally goes to support projects and communities throughout Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Turkey, Iran and Iraq.

 

ST. JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL – EASTER FAYRE
On Friday 23rd March at 2pm St. Joseph’s will be holding their annual Easter Fayre. If anybody would like to make a donation beforehand of chocolate, biscuits etc, that would be greatly appreciated. The money raised at the Fayre will go to building a seating area, for the previously funded shelter (being built this coming half term!)


LENTEN ALMS APPEAL 2018 – ST CUTHBERT’S CARE
This Lent, I would be deeply appreciative of your support for our charity’s Hardship Fund; our Fund offers financial assistance to older people with limited means wishing to move to our Catholic Nursing Homes. I would also wish to invite parishioners of all ages to consider volunteering across our two homes during Lent. No specific skills are required – just a smile, friendliness and a little free time. If you’re interested, please contact Nicola Milne on 0191 242 4809 or email her at nicola.milne@stcuthbertscare.org.uk and she will be delighted to help. Thank you.

 

DIOCESAN EVENTS


PILGRIMAGE TO LINDISFARNE (HOLY ISLAND)
Young Adults (20s and 30s). Dates: 4th - 8th April 2018
Two days of walking in the beautiful Northumberland Countryside along St Cuthbert's Way, followed by a day on the Island of Lindisfarne and a visit to Durham Cathedral. Opportunity to walk, pray and relax! The pilgrimage is organised by the FCJ sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus.
For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com


EMMANUEL, "GOD IS WITH US" AT ST. MARY'S COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL
Saturday 24th March 2018 from 10.00am - 4.30pm.
Led by David Wells who will help us work out a way forward. Bishop Seamus and Amy Cameron will be there. No charge but a collection will be taken.

LENTEN QUIET DAY OF REFLECTION AT MINSTERACRES
Wednesday 21st March 2018 from 10.00am - 4.00pm with lunch provided for £20. Led by Sr Sheila McNamara RSC. Call 01434 673 248 to book a place.
 

Information

GOING INTO HOSPITAL?
All calls for the Newcastle Hospitals can be made to St Andrew's Church, Worswick Street, 0191 232 1892

 

CHRISTMAS CANDLES
There are several red candles left on the windowsills in the Narthex.
Please take your candle home as soon as possible. Thank you.

 

PARTNERSHIP NEWS


RECONCILIATION SERVICE:
Our joint Lenten Reconciliation Service this year will be held at:


St John Vianney, West Denton
On
Tuesday 27th March at 7.00pm.

 

Please make every effort to celebrate this important Sacrament of God’s forgiveness in our preparations for Easter.
 

MASS INTENTIONS
Mass Intentions for both St Bede’s and St Michael’s are dealt with in the Office at St Bede’s. Arranging the requested date is easier and avoids disappointment if the exact details (particularly the name of the church where the Mass is to be celebrated) are clearly noted. Many thanks, Rachel (Parish Secretary).

 

 

 

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Sunday 11 March 2018 - 4th Sunday of Lent [B]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“God loved the world so much.”
 

 

 

God’s purpose is revealed: to save, not to destroy the world. We must be careful about the phrase “God sent his Son”. This cannot mean that God commanded his Son to die a horrible death. What kind of God could do so? The Gospel, however, does not say that the Father sent his Son: rather it says “God sent his Son”. The Son is God, the Father is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. So the phrase “God sent” is the collective commitment to humanity that God – Father, Son and Spirit – made: to enter human existence as God in human form. So Jesus, Son of God and son of Mary, is the visible expression of God who saves the world. Lent is often thought of as a mournful season – but it can be a season of joy too. Today’s readings make clear why this is so. It is about reflecting more and more deeply on God’s infinite love, directed at our salvation, at our living the life of God to its fullest. Now that’s a cause for joy. It is, of course, a season of penance. This too can be something positive. We do not try to win God’s favour, or persuade God that we deserve God’s love, because we can never deserve God’s love. Our Lenten penances can draw us more fully into that great mystery of God’s love. We can be positively bursting with joy at the thought that God, Father, Son and Spirit, loves us so much that God is prepared to go to such great lengths to give us life.

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS


‘GIVING UP SOMETHING DURING LENT’
Traditionally the Church has encouraged the disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in Lent. Fasting does not necessarily mean giving up food; we can also “fast” by not using social media for a time or by making the effort not to complain about things that happen to you. Each week during Lent there will be suggestions for “fasting”, one for each day of that week, included in the parish bulletin. There will also be some copies for the whole of Lent at the back of church.
Pray for people who have no one to pray for them.
13th Mar Tuesday Put aside secular reading today, read only inspiring things.
14th Mar Wednesday Do without meat today.
15th Mar Thursday Spend time with your family instead of watching TV.
16th Mar Friday Pray the stations of the cross.
17th Mar Saturday Perform an act of charity.
 

12th Mar Monday Pray for people who have no one to pray for them.
  13th Mar Tuesday Put aside secular reading today, read only inspiring things.
  14th Mar Wednesday Do without meat today.
  15th Mar Thursday Spend time with your family instead of watching TV.
  16th Mar Friday  Pray the stations of the cross.
  17th Mar Saturday Perform an act of charity.


SOCIAL GROUP
The next Social Group meeting will be on Tuesday 13th March at 19:00 in the meeting room. All are welcome.

‘A JOURNEY THROUGH LENT’
An opportunity for prayer, reflection and discussion of the Gospel of each Sunday through Lent. All welcome.
Wednesdays: March 14th & 21st; and April 4th. 7-8pm.
 

MISSIO
It’s that time of year again. If you would like your Red Missio Box to be emptied, please bring it into Church by the weekend of 17th/18th March. Many thanks

SOCIAL GROUP - FEAST OF ST JOSEPH
On March 19th we are holding an evening of reminiscing & refreshments in the meeting room at 19:30. We would like to display any photographs or memorabilia from the parish & school you may have. Please see John Taberham / Clare Casson or place your items in the envelope on the social group notice board. It would be useful to have brief details such as date / event / people pictured in photos etc. All items will be returned. All are welcome!

THANK YOU FROM ST. JOSEPH’S RC PRIMARY SCHOOL
We raised over £900 at our Christmas Fayre, so we wanted to say a big thank you to the Parish and everyone who donated items. With our fundraising over the past year we have managed to raise almost enough to have a shelter/outdoor classroom. This is due to be installed in the Easter half term.


LENTEN ALMS APPEAL 2018 – ST CUTHBERT’S CARE
This Lent, I would be deeply appreciative of your support for our charity’s Hardship Fund; our Fund offers financial assistance to older people with limited means wishing to move to our Catholic Nursing Homes. I would also wish to invite parishioners of all ages to consider volunteering across our two homes during Lent. No specific skills are required – just a smile, friendliness and a little free time. If you’re interested, please contact Nicola Milne on 0191 242 4809 or email her at nicola.milne@stcuthbertscare.org.uk and she will be delighted to help. Thank you.

A WORD OF THANKS…
Thanks to your help, the Healy-O'Donnell School of Irish Dancing was placed in the top ten collectors in the Chronicle's Wish Campaign 2017/2018. In total we collected an impressive 32,902 tokens, which gives us £511.30 of the pot. This is a fantastic amount towards the school's funds, which helps us to continue to teach children in the region. Irish dancing is great way to keep active, build confidence, make lots of new friends and have lots of fun! We currently have spaces, please contact us at healyodonnell@yahoo.co.uk for more information. On behalf of everyone in the school thank you so much for your continued help and support, it really means a lot.

 

DIOCESAN EVENTS


PILGRIMAGE TO LINDISFARNE (HOLY ISLAND)
Young Adults (20s and 30s). Dates: 4th - 8th April 2018
Two days of walking in the beautiful Northumberland Countryside along St Cuthbert's Way, followed by a day on the Island of Lindisfarne and a visit to Durham Cathedral. Opportunity to walk, pray and relax! The pilgrimage is organised by the FCJ sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus.
For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com


VACANCIES
• Walking With in North Tyneside has a full-time vacancy for a Project Manager to work with refugees and asylum seekers. Full-time, initial 12 month fixed term contract. Closing date: 15 March 2018.
• The parish of the Durham Martyrs are looking to appoint a Youth Ministry Co-ordinator. Full-time, 3 year fixed term contract. Closing date: 23 March 2018.
For further information and details of how to apply please visit the diocesan website www.rcdhn.org.uk or 0191 243 3301 or email human.resources@diocesehn.org.uk
 




 

Information

GOING INTO HOSPITAL?
All calls for the Newcastle Hospitals can be made to St Andrew's Church, Worswick Street, 0191 232 1892

 

 

 

PARTNERSHIP NEWS


RECONCILIATION SERVICE:
Our joint Lenten Reconciliation Service this year will be held at:


St John Vianney, West Denton
On
Tuesday 27th March at 7.00pm.

 

Please make every effort to celebrate this important Sacrament of God’s forgiveness in our preparations for Easter.
 


 

MASS INTENTIONS
Mass Intentions for both St Bede’s and St Michael’s are dealt with in the Office at St Bede’s. Arranging the requested date is easier and avoids disappointment if the exact details (particularly the name of the church where the Mass is to be celebrated) are clearly noted. Many thanks, Rachel (Parish Secretary).

 

 

 

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