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Sunday 10 December 2017 - 2nd Sunday of Advent [B]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“Prepare a way for the Lord.”
 

 

 

In today’s first reading, we hear of another plan to improve journey times – though here the prophet Isaiah is encouraging the people to construct a speedy route along which God’s very self can travel. And this “building project” is intended not simply to take the frustration out of life or improve the economic situation, but to set God’s people free after years of living in the misery of exile. Isaiah announces that the time of suffering and captivity is over: the Lord is coming and the people need to prepare a straight highway for God across the desert, a way for the Lord through the wilderness of their exile. So obstacles need to be removed, valleys filled in and hills flattened, to hasten the Lord’s coming. Then God will lead the people home – like a shepherd leading the flock and tenderly carrying the lambs in his arms. It is with this vivid image that Mark chooses to begin his Gospel and to describe the coming of Jesus, God’s Son and anointed one. Isaiah’s ancient prophecy is being fulfilled in a new way: one more powerful than John the Baptist is coming to lead God’s people home, to set them free from the tyranny of sin to live in the homeland of God’s kingdom, which, Jesus proclaims, is breaking into the world. Symbolically, John goes out into the wilderness to call the people to prepare for this momentous arrival. They are to build a highway in the desert of their lives – smoothing the way for the Lord to come and enter into their hearts. Their building work is “repentance”, which means more than a superficial changing of individual actions, getting rid of “sins”. It involves a complete change of mind – a renewal of heart – so that they are able to live in a different way.

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

SOCIAL COMMITTEE MEETING
The next Social Committee meeting is on Wednesday 13th December at 7pm in the meeting room. All welcome.

ADVENT PREPARATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS
There is a session reflecting on the Christmas Gospels at St. Mary’s, Forest Hall on Thursday 14th December from 7-8:15pm. This will be led by Fr Hall. All are welcome to come along and take part.

CHEESE AND WINE EVENING
On Friday December 15th at 7.30pm there is a festive social evening in St Bede’s School Hall. Tickets are on sale now after each Mass (£3) or you can pay on entry. Raffle tickets are available, £1 per strip. Come along & try the quiz while you sample the wines & cheeses! All are very welcome!

MASS AND THE SACRAMENT OF THE SICK
On Saturday December 16th at 2pm we have our annual Mass for the elderly, sick and housebound of our local community. All parishioners are welcome to celebrate Mass and receive the Sacrament of the Sick. Please add names of those who would like to attend to the list in the narthex by Sunday December 10th. After Mass we will have refreshments in church - please stay and catch up with friends old and new!

ST. JOSEPH’S PRIMARY CHRISTMAS FAYRE
On Wednesday 20th December at 3pm St. Joseph’s Primary School will be holding their Christmas Fayre. Money raised at the event will go towards a new Outdoor Shelter. The PTA are hoping to raffle off prizes at the fayre, but for this to happen they are asking for donations from local people and businesses. If you want to help, there will be a box located at the back of St. Bede’s Church with a poster on.

ST. JOSEPH’S CHOIR/SINGING CLUB – HELP NEEDED!
St. Joseph’s are looking for volunteers to come into school and help the children with their singing. They currently do not have anyone available to lead the choir and the children are really missing out. If you feel you could help, even just for an hour a week, it would be very much appreciated. Contact the school on 0191 2739063.

 

OFFERTORY PROCESSION ROTA
There is an updated version of the rota for people to take from the back of Church, please disregard the previous version. Names are highlighted to avoid confusion.

CHRISTMAS CANDLES/TREE LIGHTS
Forms for the Christmas Candles and Christmas Tree Lights are available at the back of Church. All forms must be returned by the weekend of 16/17th December.

MENTAL WELLBEING SUPPORT
New Peer Support Group for anyone facing depression or similar mental health concerns in Whitley Bay, every Wednesday evening, 7 – 8.30pm, at The Whitley Bay Big Local, 503 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2HU. Hosted by PeerTalk, a charity underpinned by the Methodist Church, it offers a friendly and confidential space to share and be heard. No need to book, just come along. Starts on Wed 6th Dec and weekly thereafter. More info at www.peertalk.org.uk/index.php/support-groups



 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 

VACANCIES
The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has the following vacancies:
- Parish Secretary, St Robert, Morpeth, 16 hours per week. Closing date: 11 December.
- Administration Assistant, St Mary, Sunderland, 4 hours per week. Closing date: 12 December.
- Refugee Project Worker, Newcastle upon Tyne, 18 hours per week. Closing date: 6 December.
For further information and details on how to apply please visit our website www.rcdhn.org.uk or 0191 243 3301, email human.resources@diocesehn.org.uk

 

CONSULTATION ON ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE 2019/20
- Where changes to admission arrangements are intended, all schools are required to consult before these are determined and published.
- The policy for consultation for 2019-20 is available at http://www.sacredheart-high.org/admissions.
- The consultation will run from 4 December 2017 – 22 January 2018.
- A consultation response form is available by request from the school.
- The governing body will consider all comments received before they determine the arrangements for 2019-20.


 

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 3 December 2017 - 1st Sunday of Advent [B]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“And yet, Lord, you are our Father; we the clay, you the potter, we are all the work of your hand.”.”
 

 

 

In today’s first reading Isaiah bemoans the way the Lord has seemingly abandoned the people as they have distanced themselves from God through their waywardness. Since returning from exile, the people have had a tough time and, forgetting God’s kindness to them, have reverted to pagan practices. A people who have been shaped by the master potter feel as though, due to their unfaithfulness, they have been tossed into the waste bucket. Yet, despite their sense of distance from God, the prophet acknowledges a desire for the Lord’s presence to surround them. The marvellous work of God’s hands longs to feel that caress as God moulds, smooths and soothes them: “Oh, that you would tear the heavens open and come down. ”Jesus in the Gospel speaks of the need to be prepared for God’s coming. Referring specifically to his second coming, Jesus urges hearers to be attentive and vigilant. In effect we’re called to remind ourselves not to allow the divine potter to take his hands off us. If we do, it could be that we wobble and collapse. Staying awake spiritually is to ensure we remain on the potter’s wheel, a place of safety. We can hear the words of Paul encouraging us in this venture, as he reminds us that the Lord will keep us steady and blameless until the last day, if we just let the Lord hold on to us.

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

PARISH MEETINGS
Please find below a list of Meetings that cover various aspects of Parish Activity. In the last Census a number of people indicated an interest in several areas of the Parish. Anyone interested in these areas is warmly welcome to come along on these evenings to begin looking at what more we can do.
- Catechesis…10th December at 5pm

CHEESE AND WINE EVENING
On Friday December 15th at 7.30pm there is a festive social evening in St Bede’s School Hall. Tickets are on sale now after each Mass (£3) or you can pay on entry. Raffle tickets are available, £1 per strip. Come along & try the quiz while you sample the wines & cheeses! All are very welcome!

MASS AND THE SACRAMENT OF THE SICK
On Saturday December 16th at 2pm we have our annual Mass for the elderly, sick and housebound of our local community. All parishioners are welcome to celebrate Mass and receive the Sacrament of the Sick. Please add names of those who would like to attend to the list in the narthex by Sunday December 10th. After Mass we will have refreshments in church - please stay and catch up with friends old and new!

ST. JOSEPH’S PRIMARY CHRISTMAS FAYRE
On Wednesday 20th December at 3pm St. Joseph’s Primary School will be holding their Christmas Fayre. Money raised at the event will go towards a new Outdoor Shelter. The PTA are hoping to raffle off prizes at the fayre, but for this to happen they are asking for donations from local people and businesses. If you want to help, there will be a box located at the back of St. Bede’s Church with a poster on.

ST. JOSEPH’S CHOIR/SINGING CLUB – HELP NEEDED!
St. Joseph’s are looking for volunteers to come into school and help the children with their singing. They currently do not have anyone available to lead the choir and the children are really missing out. If you feel you could help, even just for an hour a week, it would be very much appreciated. Contact the school on 0191 2739063.

MENTAL WELLBEING SUPPORT
New Peer Support Group for anyone facing depression or similar mental health concerns in Whitley Bay, every Wednesday evening, 7 – 8.30pm, at The Whitley Bay Big Local, 503 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2HU. Hosted by PeerTalk, a charity underpinned by the Methodist Church, it offers a friendly and confidential space to share and be heard. No need to book, just come along. Starts on Wed 6th Dec and weekly thereafter. More info at www.peertalk.org.uk/index.php/support-groups

MINI VINNIES ‘KNIT AND NATTER’ CLUB
It's a very exciting time at St Bede's RC Primary School as we have just raised the funds necessary (£1500) to name a puppy for Guide Dogs North East! The Mini Vinnies will be hosting a ‘Thank You’ coffee morning on the December 10th, straight after Mass. There will be refreshments and plenty of baked goods for the generous parishioners of St Bede’s who have helped us put our love into action.

CHRISTMAS CANDLES/TREE LIGHTS
Forms for the Christmas Candles and Christmas Tree Lights are available at the back of Church. All forms must be returned by the weekend of 16/17th December.

 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 


THE SUMMITS – AN EVENING OF PRAISE, WORSHIP, TEACHING & TESTIMONY
Many of our young people have been attending a monthly event organised by the Youth Ministry Team called ‘The Source’. This aims to bring young people, Year 9 and above for an evening of inspiring talks, praise, worship and social activity. The Summit is the first of the adult version of this event. It will feature high quality input and excellent praise and worship music. Everyone is welcome. December 5th, 2017 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, NE1 5HH at 7pm.

VACANCIES
The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has the following vacancies:
- Parish Secretary, St Robert, Morpeth, 16 hours per week. Closing date: 11 December.
- Administration Assistant, St Mary, Sunderland, 4 hours per week. Closing date: 12 December.
- Refugee Project Worker, Newcastle upon Tyne, 18 hours per week. Closing date: 6 December.
For further information and details on how to apply please visit our website www.rcdhn.org.uk or 0191 243 3301, 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

 

ROADWORKS
Work is planned to start on Whickham View during November/December. There may be some disruption to your usual parking spots for Mass as the council are asking that people park their vehicles elsewhere during the removal and replacement of the tarmac surface. Working hours are 9:30am- 3:30pm.

 

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Sunday 26 November 2017 - Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe [A]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“The Lord invites us to see him living in our neighbour, but that is not always easy.”
 

 

 

Jesus knew the Hebrew scriptures well. He would have been familiar with today’s psalm, “The Lord is my shepherd”; he would have been familiar with Ezekiel’s description of the Lord as a true shepherd to all the sheep, bandaging the wounded and making the weak strong as well as watching over the healthy. Matthew records Jesus telling us about the shepherd who goes in search of the stray, leaving the ninety-nine others while he does so. And of course he tells us that Jesus returned to this image when describing the final judgement, which we will all have to face. The message is unambiguous. We are the Lord’s flock and he will do everything he can to look after us, but love is reciprocal and we are called to return his love. The choice is ours: either we can be part of his flock, which will ultimately make us not just sheep to be looked after, but brothers and sisters of the Lord and therefore shepherds in our own right; or we can stray off for good and join the goats, the unredeemed, those who believe they can save themselves.

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

 

YOUTH SUNDAY COLLECTION
Today on Youth Sunday, we celebrate the gift of young people in our Church and renew our commitment to encourage and support them. Please pray for the young people in your parish and throughout the diocese and for those who work with them and please give generously to today’s collection for the Youth Ministry Team, our Diocesan youth service (www.ymt.org).

YCW + FSA PAST & PRESENT
In thanks giving for 80 years of YCW in the UK. Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s, High West Street, Gateshead, NE8 1LX on Saturday 2nd December at 3.30pm. After Mass there will be time to renew friendships and share memories over tea and biscuits. Look forward to seeing you, Fred Elliott & Tricia Charlton.

 

ECUMENICAL ADVENT SERVICE
To start the Church's New Year, Churches Together in Benwell, Denton Burn and Scotswood are holding an Ecumenical Advent service on 3rd December at 6pm in St. Margaret's Church. All are most welcome.

MENTAL WELLBEING SUPPORT
New Peer Support Group for anyone facing depression or similar mental health concerns in Whitley Bay, every Wednesday evening, 7 – 8.30pm, at The Whitley Bay Big Local, 503 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2HU. Hosted by PeerTalk, a charity underpinned by the Methodist Church, it offers a friendly and confidential space to share and be heard. No need to book, just come along. Starts on Wed 6th Dec and weekly thereafter. More info at www.peertalk.org.uk/index.php/support-groups

CHRISTMAS CANDLES/TREE LIGHTS
Forms for the Christmas Candles and Christmas Tree Lights are available at the back of Church. All forms must be returned by the weekend of 16/17th December.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION
Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit the below to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools. http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Featured/Safeguard-the-future-of-Catholic-education2

PARISH MEETINGS
Please find below a list of Meetings that cover various aspects of Parish Activity. In the last Census a number of people indicated an interest in several areas of the Parish. Anyone interested in these areas is warmly welcome to come along on these evenings to begin looking at what more we can do.
- Catechesis…10th December at 5pm

ST. JOSEPH’S PRIMARY CHRISTMAS FAYRE
On Wednesday 20th December at 3pm St. Joseph’s Primary School will be holding their Christmas Fayre. Money raised at the event will go towards a new Outdoor Shelter. The PTA are hoping to raffle off prizes at the fayre, but for this to happen they are asking for donations from local people and businesses. If you want to help, there will be a box located at the back of St. Bede’s Church with a poster on.

MINI VINNIES ‘KNIT AND NATTER’ CLUB
Every Thursday from 3:15pm until 4:30pm the Mini Vinnies of St Bede’s Primary School will be hosting their ‘Knit and Natter’ after school club. They are looking for parishioners to come in and pass on their knitting skills to the children (and staff!)
If you have any knitting needles or wool that is surplus to requirement, the club will put them to good use, and perhaps knit something for a good cause or charity. Meetings will be held in the Year 2 classroom. Hope to see you there!

ST. JOSEPH’S CHOIR/SINGING CLUB – HELP NEEDED!
St. Joseph’s are looking for volunteers to come into school and help the children with their singing. They currently do not have anyone available to lead the choir and the children are really missing out. If you feel you could help, even just for an hour a week, it would be very much appreciated. Contact the school on 0191 2739063.

 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 


EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
When people are staying in hospital, one of the things they greatly appreciate is the opportunity to receive Holy Communion on a Sunday. We are fortunate and have two wonderfully committed teams of volunteers. Sadly, over recent weeks due to ill health some of our volunteers are having to step down. If you are a Eucharistic Minister would you like to join a rota to take Holy Communion to those who are in Hospital? Without your generosity this will be something that people will sadly miss. If so please contact Fr Andrew Shaw at Saint Andrews on 0191 2321892 or email newcastle.standrew@rcdhn.org.uk. Full training will be provided.

 

Information

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

 

ROADWORKS
Work is planned to start on Whickham View during November/December. There may be some disruption to your usual parking spots for Mass as the council are asking that people park their vehicles elsewhere during the removal and replacement of the tarmac surface. Working hours are 9:30am- 3:30pm.

 

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Sunday 19 November 2017 - 33rd Sunday of the Year [A]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“Come and join in your master’s happiness.”
 

 

 

As in all good stories, the plot is simple. All three of Jesus’ final parables in Matthew’s Gospel involve the return of an important figure: a bridegroom in the first, a king in the last. This parable is about a man who leaves and returns. Before leaving, he entrusts his servants with his affairs. His instructions are not very specific, and this gives us leeway in interpreting the text. All we know is that he gives five, two and one talents to servants according to each’s ability. The first two trade with what they are given, and double the amount. They are clearly adventurous in their trading. The third man, however, plays safe and buries the talent he had been given. As we saw earlier, this was regarded as the prudent thing to do.
Parables are notorious for turning upside down the expected order of things, and this one is no exception. The high risk takers are rewarded for their audacity; the prudent one is punished. It is clear that playing safe with God’s gifts is not an option in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew’s Gospel was probably written for a group of Christians who had been expelled from the synagogue for following Jesus’ teachings. Some would have tried to lie low, play safe and hope the trouble passed by. Perhaps Matthew used the parable to encourage the fearful to risk everything for the kingdom of God, where the rewards would be spectacularly
high.
 

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

 

CHRISTMAS FAYRE
On Saturday 25th November the Little Sisters of the Poor will be holding their Christmas Fayre at St. Joseph’s Home on Westmorland Road. The Fayre will run from 1-4pm and their will be a Christmas stall, a Bottle stall, Tombola, Refreshments, Irish Coffee, Toys, Cakes, Fancy Goods and lots more. All welcome!

YOUTH SUNDAY COLLECTION
Next weekend we celebrate Youth Sunday. Bishop Seamus and the Youth Ministry Trust wish to thank you for your generous contributions to last year’s collection and for all you have done throughout the year to support our young people on their faith journey. There will be a collection next week to support the work of YMT. Envelopes are available if you would like the opportunity to Gift Aid your donation.

YCW + FSA PAST & PRESENT
In thanks giving for 80 years of YCW in the UK. Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s, High West Street, Gateshead, NE8 1LX on Saturday 2nd December at 3.30pm. After Mass there will be time to renew friendships and share memories over tea and biscuits. Look forward to seeing you, Fred Elliott & Tricia Charlton

PARISH MEETINGS
Please find below a list of Meetings that cover various aspects of Parish Activity. In the last Census a number of people indicated an interest in several areas of the Parish. Anyone interested in these areas is warmly welcome to come along on these evenings to begin looking at what more we can do.
- Catechesis…10th December at 5pm

ST. JOSEPH’S PRIMARY CHRISTMAS FAYRE
On Wednesday 20th December at 3pm St. Joseph’s Primary School will be holding their Christmas Fayre. Money raised at the event will go towards a new Outdoor Shelter. The PTA are hoping to raffle off prizes at the fayre, but for this to happen they are asking for donations from local people and businesses. If you want to help, there will be a box located at the back of St. Bede’s Church with a poster on.

MINI VINNIES ‘KNIT AND NATTER’ CLUB
Every Thursday from 3:15pm until 4:30pm the Mini Vinnies of St Bede’s Primary School will be hosting their ‘Knit and Natter’ after school club. They are looking for parishioners to come in and pass on their knitting skills to the children (and staff!)
If you have any knitting needles or wool that is surplus to requirement, the club will put them to good use, and perhaps knit something for a good cause or charity. Meetings will be held in the Year 2 classroom. Hope to see you there!

LIFE REMEMBERED
There will be a special service to remember our loved ones who have passed away. The service will be held at St. Bede’s Church on Sunday 26th November at 4pm.

SRI LANKA FUNDRAISING
Ellen would like to thank everyone who helped make her fundraising social night a great success - including those who made contributions but were unable to attend. It was a lovely evening! A total of £639 was raised from the event & the raffle. A list of winning raffle tickets is displayed in the narthex. THANK YOU!

JOURNEY OF FAITH
This is a course aimed at those who wish to enquire about the Catholic Church; those who wish to join the Catholic Community in our area; and those Catholics who would like to refresh and/or re-discover their faith. All are welcome. Journey of Faith is every Thursday at 7pm in our Meeting Room.

 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 


EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
When people are staying in hospital, one of the things they greatly appreciate is the opportunity to receive Holy Communion on a Sunday. We are fortunate and have two wonderfully committed teams of volunteers. Sadly, over recent weeks due to ill health some of our volunteers are having to step down. If you are a Eucharistic Minister would you like to join a rota to take Holy Communion to those who are in Hospital? Without your generosity this will be something that people will sadly miss. If so please contact Fr Andrew Shaw at Saint Andrews on 0191 2321892 or email newcastle.standrew@rcdhn.org.uk. Full training will be provided.

 

Information

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

 

ROADWORKS
Work is planned to start on Whickham View during November/December. There may be some disruption to your usual parking spots for Mass as the council are asking that people park their vehicles elsewhere during the removal and replacement of the tarmac surface. Working hours are 9:30am- 3:30pm.

 

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Sunday 12 November 2017 - 32nd Sunday of the Year [A]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“The wise are those who prepare for the day of the Lord’s coming.”
 

 

 

I do not know you.” Those chilling words of Christ remind us that when we come to meet the Lord, we hope for that meeting to be a reunion of friends who know each other well – not meeting him for the first time. Being prepared is not simply about having our eyes fixed on the distant horizon of the day of our death and final judgement. Rather, being prepared is a state of mind, or a way of living in the here and now. As Christians we believe that we encounter the bridegroom in our daily lives. Every day is filled with grace-filled moments when we can light our lamps and let the light of our faith shine out. What proves whether we belong to the wise or to the foolish is whether we are able to recognise and welcome the Christ who comes to us each day in the shape of those who hunger for food and thirst for love, those who are naked and vulnerable, sick and imprisoned, the stranger and the refugee.There are lots of ways of trying to stay awake during the day – going for a walk, listening to music, drinking coffee. For the Christian, the only way of being truly awake is by welcoming Christ in the ordinary circumstances of our daily lives by serving those who are in need. We are not asked to do extraordinary things, just for a daily faithfulness. To paraphrase St Teresa of Calcutta: it’s not about doing great things, but about doing ordinary things with great love. That is how we stay awake.

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

 

MISSIO
Thank you to everyone who brought in their red box. The total amount raised was £546.96. An excellent achievement!

PARISH MEETINGS
Please find below a list of Meetings that cover various aspects of Parish Activity. In the last Census a number of people indicated an interest in several areas of the Parish; 3 of which are listed below. Anyone interested in these areas is warmly welcome to come along on these evenings to begin looking at what more we can do.
- Social…15th November at 7pm
- Liturgy…17th November at 7pm
- Catechesis…10th December at 5pm


CHRISTMAS FAYRE
On Saturday 25th November the Little Sisters of the Poor will be holding their Christmas Fayre at St. Joseph’s Home on Westmorland Road. The Fayre will run from 1-4pm and their will be a Christmas stall, a Bottle stall, Tombola, Refreshments, Irish Coffee, Toys, Cakes, Fancy Goods and lots more. All welcome!
 

LIFE REMEMBERED
There will be a special service to remember our loved ones who have passed away. The service will be held at St. Bede’s Church on Sunday 26th November at 4pm.

CLERGY TRAINING FUND
Each year we make an appeal to support the clergy training fund in response to the ever-increasing costs of training priests and deacons to serve in our diocese. This fund remains open until 26th November for anyone wishing to make a donation.

ST. JOSEPH’S PRIMARY CHRISTMAS FAYRE
On Wednesday 20th December at 2pm St. Joseph’s Primary School will be holding their now annual Christmas Fayre. The fayre (which is organised by the PTA – ‘The Family & Friends of St. Joseph’s’) will be an afternoon of fun for the children and their families. Money raised at the event will go towards a new Outdoor Shelter. The Shelter may be used for the children’s bikes and scooters, or possibly for both children and parents to stand under when it’s raining! The PTA are hoping to raffle off prizes at the fayre, but for this to happen they are asking for donations from local people and businesses. Donations could be anything from a bottle of wine to a tin of beans! If they get enough donations they will be able to combine these into some lovely prizes! If you want to help, there will be a box located at the back of Church with a poster on. Many thanks, Family & Friends of St. Joseph’s.
 

JOURNEY OF FAITH
This is a course aimed at those who wish to enquire about the Catholic Church; those who wish to join the Catholic Community in our area; and those Catholics who would like to refresh and/or re-discover their faith. Journey of Faith is every Thursday at 7pm in our Meeting Room.

MINI VINNIES ‘KNIT AND NATTER’ CLUB
Every Thursday from 3:15pm until 4:30pm the Mini Vinnies of St Bede’s Primary School will be hosting their ‘Knit and Natter’ after school club. They are looking for parishioners to come in and pass on their knitting skills to the children (and staff!)
If you have any knitting needles or wool that is surplus to requirement, the club will put them to good use, and perhaps knit something for a good cause or charity. Meetings will be held in the Year 2 classroom. Hope to see you there!

 

DIOCESAN EVENTS


EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
When people are staying in hospital, one of the things they greatly appreciate is the opportunity to receive Holy Communion on a Sunday. We are fortunate and have two wonderfully committed teams of volunteers. Sadly, over recent weeks due to ill health some of our volunteers are having to step down. If you are a Eucharistic Minister would you like to join a rota to take Holy Communion to those who are in Hospital? Without your generosity this will be something that people will sadly miss. If so please contact Fr Andrew Shaw at Saint Andrews on 0191 2321892 or email newcastle.standrew@rcdhn.org.uk. Full training will be provided.

 

Information

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

 

ROADWORKS
Work is planned to start on Whickham View during November/December. There may be some disruption to your usual parking spots for Mass as the council are asking that people park their vehicles elsewhere during the removal and replacement of the tarmac surface. Working hours are 9:30am- 3:30pm.
 

 

 

PARTNERSHIP NEWS


BLACKFRIARS:
The partnership development group has continued to make good progress under the leadership of Fr. Shaun O’Neill. Since our workshop in July the groups have met on several occasions to develop ideas for working together and sharing tasks to streamline the work in the parishes. Ultimately, we want to relieve the burden on our Priests to allow them to pursue their ordained duties and responsibilities. Our aim is to present the ideas to our partnership of priests for discussion and refinement later this year.


UPCOMING EVENTS:
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* Partnership service on Monday 4th December at St Mary’s Cathedral at 7pm.
*** Advent Liturgy – English Martyrs Church – Thursday 7th December at 7pm. Refreshments in the Hall afterwards. Poster in the back of Church.
 

 

 

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