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Sunday 15 October 2017 - 28th Sunday of the Year [A]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“Go to the crossroads in the town and invite everyone you can find to the wedding.”
 

 

 

These last servants who travelled the roads to bring in guests were the apostles and missionaries of the Church. The king told his servants to “go”, the same word used later in Matthew’s Gospel when Jesus tells the apostles to “go” and make disciples of all nations. They travelled beyond Jerusalem into Gentile lands, to Europe, Asia, Africa and eventually America and Australia. And they are still going out, these missionaries, priests, sisters and laypeople, suffering hardships as Paul, in the second reading, told us he did, inviting men and women into the kingdom of God. And all of us in different ways are part of that mission of spreading the Gospel.

The beauty of this parable is that it presents the kingdom of God as a wedding banquet, highly desirable and attractive. Moreover, the Lord freely invites us to be his guests. We do not have to be worthy; we couldn’t be worthy of God’s invitation. God invites both the good and the bad. God wants us all to be there. But why was an unfortunate man thrown out for not wearing a wedding garment? At baptism a white garment is put on. We are clothed in Christ. It is a salutary reminder that we are called to grow into the likeness of Christ we have put on, and live the Gospel life.

 

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

 

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. Thursday 19th October at 7pm in our Meeting Room.
 

ELLEN CASSON – SCHOOLS WORLDWIDE – SRI LANKA 2018
‘I am very grateful to all those who supported fundraising by having their car washed. Despite the last event being cancelled, we managed to raise £109! Thank you for your generous donations! I would like to invite you to a social evening here in church on Friday November 10th at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale each weekend: Adults £2, children 50p, or you can pay on entry. Entry includes a glass of wine or tea/coffee/juice & nibbles. There will be a quiz, cake stalls, gift stalls & tombola. Raffle tickets will also be on sale for a grand Christmas draw with many great prizes donated by local businesses – see the list on the noticeboard. All welcome!’


WISH CAMPAIGN
It is that time of year again for The Chronicle Wish Campaign and Pauline & Roisin would be very grateful for your support with this annual fundraising opportunity for the Healy-O'Donnell School of Irish Dancing. Last year you helped the school collect 27,024 tokens which raised £324.53 for the school funds. The tokens will be published in each Chronicle from 11th October 2017 until 6th January 2018. There will be a poster and see-through pocket up at the back of church for the tokens to be collected in. As always, thank you very much for your constant support.

 

NEXT SUNDAY IS WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
Next Sunday, the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his official charity for overseas mission. Your support on World Mission Sunday will help brave missionaries in proclaiming the Gospel of peace in South Sudan and around the world. Please join in this special day that unites Catholics all over the world in prayer, celebration and care for the mission of the Church. You will be able to Gift Aid all donations by using envelopes provided by Missio. Thank you.

 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 

NEW CERTIFICATE IN PASTORAL MINISTRY FOR DIOCESE
This certificate has been custom designed to meet the needs of those wishing to learn more about serving in a faith setting in our Diocese. Integrating online learning with the chance to meet face to face for support, this certificate provides flexibility and accessibility. Modules will include titles such as
• Holiness & Wholeness: How we grow as people of faith
• Missionary Disciples: The story of the Church in Britain
• Building parish communities
• Serving and leading skills and strategies for ministry
The cost of this certificate is £2000. It is expected that partnerships will explore funding a place with the expectation that the learning is practically explored and developed within the partnership setting. An Information Session will be held on
Wednesday 1 November 2017. 5.30pm for 6.00pm – 7.30 pm at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Coniscliffe Road, Darlington, DL3 7RG. For further support and information email Amy Cameron at adult.formation@diocesehn.org.uk or telephone 0191 2433313

CCRS SPECIALIST RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE AND FAITH MODULE
Saturday 18 and 25 November 2017, 9.30am - 3.30pm at St Cuthbert’s House
This CCRS specialist module looks at the fascinating subject of Religious Experience.
What happens when we pray? Do miracles happen? Can we explain visions?
This is a must for anyone who has ever asked these questions.
It will equip students with the philosophical tools to explore these and other issues related to the topic. Students will also explore the physiology of belief as well as looking at significant characters in the Church’s mystical tradition. This module is suitable for anyone following the CCRS course who has not yet completed a specialist module, or for anyone who would find this module interesting.
Please contact Eamonn Diffley at eamonn.diffley@diocesehn.org.uk to book (at least two weeks in advance) or for more information.

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

 

 

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 three sub groups A) Lay Leadership, B) Youth, C) Administration, and a further group D) Finance, 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. The PDG needs to widen its community to include many others who are already involved in ministries in their parishes. We need two further sub groups to work on E) Liturgy and F) Communication & Coordination. Our aim is to present the ideas to our partnership of priests for discussion and refinement later this year. There will be a partnership service on Monday 4th December at St Mary’s Cathedral at 7pm.
 

 

 

 

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Sunday 8 October 2017 - 27th Sunday of the Year [A]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“Violence will never win the day.”
 

 

 

The teaching of the Lord for us today in a world where fear and favour jostle for advantage is that we persevere in goodness and never let go of it. In the face of the forces gathering against him, Jesus reminds his listeners of the old saying, “It was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone.” Violence will never win the day. Wrongdoing contains within itself the seed of its own destruction, and the Lord who went to the cross rose that we might live. St Paul, writing to the Philippians, promotes this way of goodness today. “Fill your minds with everything that is true,” he tells us, “everything that can be thought virtuous.” “Keep doing all the things that you learnt from me,” he says. It is in this way that the God of peace will always be with us. This is no easy commitment and we will need stout hearts to do as Paul urges us. In our own times the temptation to act like the workers in the vineyard is ever present, to resort to power politics to sort out the world. Let the words of Adlai Stevenson be heard again. He said, “The early years of the United Nations have been difficult ones, but what did we expect? That peace would drift down from the skies like soft snow? That there would be no ordeal, no anguish, no testing, in this greatest of all human undertakings?” Let prayer be our habit so that peace may be our reward.

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

 

A THANK YOU
What a joy it was for me to return to St. Bede's and celebrate Mass 50 years after I left in 1967. St. Bede's was my home for 8 years, its parishioners my family and friends. It was an immensely happy 8 years knowing the love and friendship of the community and working with them. It was good to be able to return and thank you for all you meant to me and still do. Thank you St. Bede's for inviting me. Thank you to all who prepared the celebration "banquet" and cleared away afterwards. Thank you Simon for your kind and warm welcome. Love to all, Fr. John

CAFOD
Friday (6th October) was CAFOD Family Fast. To support the important work that CAFOD do for overseas development please use the CAFOD Family Fast Day envelopes provided and if you wish to make a donation, return them next weekend.
 

ELLEN CASSON – SCHOOLS WORLDWIDE – SRI LANKA 2018
Ellen is very grateful to all those who supported her fundraising by having their car washed. Despite the last event being cancelled, Ellen has raised £109! Thank you for your generous donations! Ellen would like to invite you to a social evening here in church on Friday November 10th at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale each weekend: Adults £2, children 50p, or you can pay on entry. Entry includes a glass of wine or tea/coffee/juice & nibbles. There will be a quiz, cake stalls, gift stalls & tombola. Raffle tickets will also be on sale for a grand Christmas draw with many great prizes donated by local businesses – see the list on the noticeboard. All welcome!

WISH CAMPAIGN
It is that time of year again for The Chronicle Wish Campaign and Pauline & Roisin would be very grateful for your support with this annual fundraising opportunity for the Healy-O'Donnell School of Irish Dancing. Last year you helped the school collect 27,024 tokens which raised £324.53 for the school funds. The tokens will be published in each Chronicle from 11th October 2017 until 6th January 2018. There will be a poster and see-through pocket up at the back of church for the tokens to be collected in. As always, thank you very much for your constant support.
 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 

A PASTORAL DAY' WITH BILL HUEBSCH
On Thursday 26 October, Bill Huebsch will be visiting the Diocese and leading a day on his most recent book, “The Art of Accompaniment”. In this pastoral workshop Bill will help us explore Pope Francis’ frequent proposals that the Church needs to be open and trained so that we can accompany people from all walks of life on their faith journeys – from the very earliest steps through to major discernment about life choices. We would like to invite you to consider making use of this great opportunity to hear Bill speak – share ideas with others – and, feel enthused about exploring these ideas further. There is no charge for the day but should you wish to have a light lunch there is a charge of £10. Lunch bookings must be made in advance, and payment will be collected at the point of registration on the day by diocesan staff. The day will run from 10.30am to 4.00pm at the Sunderland Marriott Hotel, Sunderland. Booking is essential and can be made by contacting the Department for Spirituality. Telephone 0191 243 3302 | email spirituality@diocesehn.org.uk

A CHURCH WITHOUT PRIESTS?
Professor Werner Jeanrond, Master of St Benet’s Hall at Oxford University will give a lecture at Holy Name Church (Jesmond) on Thursday 26 October at 7pm on ‘A Church without Priests?’ As the number of priests declines and our diocese reorganises and rethinks its future, Professor Jeanrond’s message is one all should hear.
 

YOUTH MINISTRY MODULE
Adults who work with young people or have an interest in youth ministry are invited to take the CCRS module in youth ministry as a stand-alone module. The course covers the theology and principles of youth ministry, an understanding of faith development, a variety of approaches to working with young people and an opportunity to share ideas and good practice in parishes and partnerships. It takes place over two Saturdays 30th September and 28th October at the Emmaus Youth Village. Further information from education@diocesehn.org.u

JOB VACANCIES
- Deputy Head of the Diocesan Department for Education – full time, term-time
- Administrator, Department for Adult Formation and Evangelisation - full time, fixed term contract until Aug 2019
- HR Administrator, Department for Finance, 15 hours per week

For further information and an application pack please visit our website www.rcdhn.org.uk or call 0191 243 3301, email human.resources@diocesehn.org.uk
 

Information

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

 

 

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 three sub groups A) Lay Leadership, B) Youth, C) Administration, and a further group D) Finance, 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. The PDG needs to widen its community to include many others who are already involved in ministries in their parishes. We need two further sub groups to work on E) Liturgy and F) Communication & Coordination. Our aim is to present the ideas to our partnership of priests for discussion and refinement later this year. There will be a partnership service on Monday 4th December at St Mary’s Cathedral at 7pm.
 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday 1 October 2017 - 26th Sunday of the Year [A]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“The Lord’s ways are fair and just, ours are not.”
 

 

 

In today’s Gospel Jesus is speaking to the chief priests and the elders of the people. His words are somewhat alarming and challenging, especially to anyone who claims religious faith. Jesus gives them a scenario and leaves them to find the appropriate answers. He begins by asking, “What is your opinion? A man had two sons…” and so begins the interrogation. Both the sons in the parable answer their father: one chooses not to tell the truth, saying he will go to work, and in fact does not; while the other son tells the truth, that he does not want to go, but afterwards changes his mind, and goes and does the work that his father has asked of him. The point Jesus is making becomes obvious very quickly; he does not allow us to carry on the journey without first understanding his meaning. He goes on to tell them that when John the Baptist came among them, as an example and model of “true righteousness”, they, the people of religion and holy talk, did not believe him. At the same time, however, the tax collectors and the prostitutes were making their way into the kingdom of God before them.  It is not difficult to imagine the reaction to Jesus’ words among these people. It surely would not be difficult, too, for us to try to imagine our reaction to the words of Jesus if they were addressed to us. How we receive them depends on how we perceive ourselves, and others. Do we consider ourselves to be respectable religious people, or do we know ourselves to be sinners, just as much as the “tax collectors and prostitutes” of whom Jesus speaks? Everything depends on how we see ourselves, and on how we see and judge others.

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

 

FR JOHN COYLE DIAMOND JUBILEE
On Wednesday 4th October Fr Lerche will be joined by Fr John Coyle for a special Thanksgiving Mass to celebrate Fr Coyle’s 60 years of Priesthood. Refreshments will be available after Mass, which starts half an hour later than usual at 10am!
 

THE HOLY SHROUD
Between September 29th and October 6th St. Patrick’s Church in Consett is hosting an interactive exhibition, The Holy Shroud, curated by Pam Moon. There will be DVDs shown about the Shroud; a Quiz for children; refreshments and a small stall. Admission is free, donations welcome to cover costs. Opening times: 9am-4pm daily, plus two evening openings until 7pm.
For more information contact Maggie Quinn on (01207) 506425.
 

ELLEN CASSON – SCHOOLS WORLDWIDE – SRI LANKA 2018
Ellen is travelling to Sri Lanka in July 2018 with Sacred Heart School to help refurbish a school, teach English & provide a clean water supply for the villagers.
If you would like your car washed please park in the yard near the meeting room at the following Masses: September 9th 6.00pm, 17th 9.30am, 23rd 6.00pm, October 1st 9.30am – weather permitting! Price per car: small £5, medium £7, large £10.
Ellen will also be hosting a social evening here in church in October with refreshments, a quiz, cake & gift stalls & tombola. Details to follow soon!
Raffle tickets will be sold at various fundraising events for a grand Christmas draw with many great prizes donated by local businesses.

 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 

YOUTH MINISTRY MODULE
Adults who work with young people or have an interest in youth ministry are invited to take the CCRS module in youth ministry as a stand-alone module. The course covers the theology and principles of youth ministry, an understanding of faith development, a variety of approaches to working with young people and an opportunity to share ideas and good practice in parishes and partnerships. It takes place over two Saturdays 30th September and 28th October at the Emmaus Youth Village. Further information from education@diocesehn.org.uk

YOUTH SUNDAY PREPARATION
An afternoon to prepare for Youth Sunday will take place at St. Joseph’s Academy, Hebburn on Sunday 8th October 3.00pm to 5.15pm. This year’s theme is ‘YES’ inviting us to reflect on how Mary, as a young person, had the faith and courage to say ‘Yes’ to what God was calling her to do. Each church is invited to be represented by adults and young people (Year 9 and above) and there will be an opportunity to plan together and to meet other groups in the same partnership. Music and other resources will be available. Booking forms are in parishes or available from the Youth Ministry Team on 01207 592244 or admin@ymt.org

 

A CHURCH WITHOUT PRIESTS?
Professor Werner Jeanrond, Master of St Benet’s Hall at Oxford University will give a lecture at Holy Name Church (Jesmond) on Thursday 26 October at 7pm on ‘A Church without Priests?’ He is one of the most important theologians working in Britain today and has taught in several European countries. He believes the renewal of our Church requires a radical rethinking of ministry. He asks: Where is the Church to be found? Where there is a priest or where there are people responding to Christ’s invitation to build up God’s reign? If the first is true, the Church will come to an end when the last priest dies. If the second is right, the Church flourishes wherever people gather together around the good news of God’s project of creation. As the number of priests declines and our diocese reorganises and rethinks its future, Professor Jeanrond’s message is one all should hear.

 

Information

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

 

 

PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

DAY OF PRAYER AT ENGLISH MARTYRS: Tuesday 3rd October at 10:30am for 11am start - 3pm finish. English Martyrs Church, Stamfordham Road, NE5 3JR.


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 three sub groups A) Lay Leadership, B) Youth, C) Administration, and a further group D) Finance, 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. The PDG needs to widen its community to include many others who are already involved in ministries in their parishes. We need two further sub groups to work on E) Liturgy and F) Communication & Coordination. Our aim is to present the ideas to our partnership of priests for discussion and refinement later this year. There will be a partnership service on Monday 4th December at St Mary’s Cathedral at 7pm.
 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday 24 September 2017 - 25th Sunday of the Year [A]

Parish Bulletin

 

 

Immediately prior to the Gospel we have heard today, Jesus tells Peter, in response to the encounter with the rich young man, that “the first will be last, and the last, first”. Peter has asked the question, “What about us? We have left everything and followed you.” In the parable of the workers in the vineyard, Jesus attempts to drive home the message that all will be treated equally by God. Jesus gives an unflinching teaching on the generosity of God, whose ways are not our ways. In the parable, the men who have been employed for the day line up to receive their wages. One would expect that those who have worked longer hours would receive more than those who have worked less. This seems to be a fair way of doing business. However, this is not the case. The landowner, representing God, gives the same to the last as to the first, and stresses that those employed at the beginning of the day have no reason to be envious. After all, their payment has been agreed. This surely is justice. An agreement has been made and the landowner is then entitled to do what he sees fit with anyone else. Scholars tell us that one denarius would have been sufficient to feed a large peasant family for one day. The landowner, from the start, has been good to the workers he hired at the beginning of the day. To those hired later, he says he will give a “fair wage”. They do not know what they will receive, but the landowner is true to his word and gives them plenty. The message here is that God will look after all of us in the same way. We will all be provided for generously.

 

 

“Why be envious because I am generous?”
 

 

 

Reflecting on the parable of the workers in the vineyard, it’s easy to imagine anger being sparked in the minds of those employed at the beginning of the day. Scrunched-up fists; furrowed brows; stomping of the feet in frustration; next stop, perhaps, fire coming out of the top of the head. The word “envious” in the Gospel is translated from a word that means to give an evil look of resentment towards another. That is a strong emotional reaction – simmering anger. There are times in life when we will meet situations where there seems to have been injustice and our reaction may be the same. We have to be clear, though, that there is no injustice in today’s parable. An agreement had been made. It just demonstrates that God is entitled to reveal God’s merciful face whenever and wherever God wishes. In parishes and other church communities, we all have different experiences of coming to, or deepening in, faith. Sometimes it may be that a new member of the Christian community is suddenly getting involved in lots of different ministries. The whispering begins: “Who does she think she is? She’s only been here five minutes.” This is dangerous territory. A misplaced sense of injustice turns to idle gossip and, as Pope Francis has said, “The devil destroys with the tongue, with idle chatter that divides.” Today we are invited to reflect on how God chooses to reveal mercy and love according to God’s own plan. God’s love is free and offered to all. We all come to know this at different times. A heart open to this beautiful truth will surely rejoice in both early and late comers.

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

 

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
A MacMillan Coffee Morning will be held on Wednesday 27th September at 10am after mass in the meeting room downstairs. Tea, Coffee and Cakes will be served and there will also be a Raffle (£1 Donation). Come along and have a cuppa and a natter with friends, you will be very welcome. If you cannot attend and would like to make a monetary donation there will be a box at the back of church and all donations will be gratefully received. Please support this very worthy cause!
 

THE HOLY SHROUD
Between September 29th and October 6th St. Patrick’s Church in Consett is hosting an interactive exhibition, The Holy Shroud, curated by Pam Moon. There will be DVDs shown about the Shroud; a Quiz for children; refreshments and a small stall. Admission is free, donations welcome to cover costs. Opening times: 9am-4pm daily, plus two evening openings until 7pm.
For more information contact Maggie Quinn on (01207) 506425.
 

ELLEN CASSON – SCHOOLS WORLDWIDE – SRI LANKA 2018
Ellen is travelling to Sri Lanka in July 2018 with Sacred Heart School to help refurbish a school, teach English & provide a clean water supply for the villagers.
If you would like your car washed please park in the yard near the meeting room at the following Masses: September 9th 6.00pm, 17th 9.30am, 23rd 6.00pm, October 1st 9.30am – weather permitting! Price per car: small £5, medium £7, large £10.
Ellen will also be hosting a social evening here in church in October with refreshments, a quiz, cake & gift stalls & tombola. Details to follow soon!
Raffle tickets will be sold at various fundraising events for a grand Christmas draw with many great prizes donated by local businesses.
 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 

I CALL YOU FRIENDS
A course for catechists and teachers involved in sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
The content includes:
· Supporting children with special needs both pre and post communion
· A guide to the programme
· Sharing good practice and exploring resources
Wednesday 20 September 2017 (5.00pm - 7.00pm) St Cuthbert’s House, Newcastle
The course costs £25 per person and MUST be booked through the school via the online booking system.

 

YOUTH MINISTRY MODULE
Adults who work with young people or have an interest in youth ministry are invited to take the CCRS module in youth ministry as a stand-alone module. The course covers the theology and principles of youth ministry, an understanding of faith development, a variety of approaches to working with young people and an opportunity to share ideas and good practice in parishes and partnerships. It takes place over two Saturdays 30th September and 28th October at the Emmaus Youth Village. Further information from education@diocesehn.org.uk

YOUTH SUNDAY PREPARATION
An afternoon to prepare for Youth Sunday will take place at St. Joseph’s Academy, Hebburn on Sunday 8th October 3.00pm to 5.15pm. This year’s theme is ‘YES’ inviting us to reflect on how Mary, as a young person, had the faith and courage to say ‘Yes’ to what God was calling her to do. Each church is invited to be represented by adults and young people (Year 9 and above) and there will be an opportunity to plan together and to meet other groups in the same partnership. Music and other resources will be available. Booking forms are in parishes or available from the Youth Ministry Team on 01207 592244 or admin@ymt.org

 

Information

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

 

 

PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

DAY OF PRAYER AT ENGLISH MARTYRS: Tuesday 3rd October at 10:30am for 11am start - 3pm finish. English Martyrs Church, Stamfordham Road, NE5 3JR.


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 three sub groups A) Lay Leadership, B) Youth, C) Administration, and a further group D) Finance, 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. The PDG needs to widen its community to include many others who are already involved in ministries in their parishes. We need two further sub groups to work on E) Liturgy and F) Communication & Coordination. Our aim is to present the ideas to our partnership of priests for discussion and refinement later this year. There will be a partnership service on Monday 4th December at St Mary’s Cathedral at 7pm.
 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday 17 September 2017 - 24th Sunday of the Year [A]

Parish Bulletin

 

 
 

“forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”
 

 

The Roman philosopher Seneca wrote: “The sins of others are before our eyes, our own are behind our backs.” We all know we should forgive, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do so, especially when a person has wronged us in a terrible way. Withholding forgiveness can cause a toxic cloud to hang over our lives and prevent us from truly finding joy. Refusal to forgive can consume the heart and drain the energy. Forgiveness does not tolerate revenge. Learning to let go and forgive will heal our souls and help us to find happiness in this life. Experiencing God’s generous mercy transforms who we are and the way we see our lives. We can recognise the blessings given to us. We cannot heal ourselves by clinging to our wounds. And neither can we contribute to the repairing of the world without practising forgiveness. The practice of forgiveness can both soften our own hearts and transform the world community. We often hear about peace processes in various countries. In every case, each party must listen sympathetically to the stories of the other, overcome misunderstandings and exaggerations, recognise its own misdeeds and begin to forge common links. The spirit of forgiveness is essential for the preservation of human community, whether in the home, the neighbourhood, the nation or the world. The strongest motive is the realisation of our own great need of forgiveness and of the extremes to which God has gone in order to bring us the healing we need. C.S. Lewis said: “To be Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”

 

The Living Word


           

 

PARISH EVENTS


CaFEDVD Course - Spirituality for the Autumn of Life
Starting in the Meeting Room at St Bede's on Wednesday 20th September at 7 pm for 2 weeks, in a cafe style set up with refreshments and nibbles.
An inspiring DVD course for the over 60's. (And anyone else who'd like to join us!) Pope Francis reminds us that "older people are a treasure"!!
This profound and highly enjoyable course, by David Wells and David Payne, will help many people to feel new value and fresh confidence in themselves.
 

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
A MacMillan Coffee Morning will be held on Wednesday 27th September at 10am after mass in the meeting room downstairs. Tea, Coffee and Cakes will be served and there will also be a Raffle (£1 Donation). Come along and have a cuppa and a natter with friends, you will be very welcome. If you cannot attend and would like to make a monetary donation there will be a box at the back of church and all donations will be gratefully received. Please support this very worthy cause!
 

THE HOLY SHROUD
Between September 29th and October 6th St. Patrick’s Church in Consett is hosting an interactive exhibition, The Holy Shroud, curated by Pam Moon.
There will be DVDs shown about the Shroud; a Quiz for children; refreshments and a small stall. Admission is free, donations welcome to cover costs. Opening times: 9am-4pm daily, plus two evening openings until 7pm.
For more information contact Maggie Quinn on (01207) 506425.
 

ELLEN CASSON – SCHOOLS WORLDWIDE – SRI LANKA 2018
Ellen is travelling to Sri Lanka in July 2018 with Sacred Heart School to help refurbish a school, teach English & provide a clean water supply for the villagers.
If you would like your car washed please park in the yard near the meeting room at the following Masses: September 9th 6.00pm, 17th 9.30am, 23rd 6.00pm, October 1st 9.30am – weather permitting! Price per car: small £5, medium £7, large £10.
Ellen will also be hosting a social evening here in church in October with refreshments, a quiz, cake & gift stalls & tombola. Details to follow soon!
Raffle tickets will be sold at various fundraising events for a grand Christmas draw with many great prizes donated by local businesses.
 

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA (AoS) – MASS AT HEXHAM AND NEWCASTLE CATHEDRAL
Please come and join in the celebration of Holy Mass at 12:05pm at St Mary’s Cathedral, Hexham and Newcastle on Friday 22 September 2017. It is an opportunity to pray for seafarers and the work of the AoS in ports of your diocese. A reception will follow the Mass. For more information contact salvina@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk.


 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 

I CALL YOU FRIENDS
A course for catechists and teachers involved in sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
The content includes:
· Supporting children with special needs both pre and post communion
· A guide to the programme
· Sharing good practice and exploring resources
Wednesday 20 September 2017 (5.00pm - 7.00pm) St Cuthbert’s House, Newcastle
The course costs £25 per person and MUST be booked through the school via the online booking system.

 

VISIT TO THE DIOCESE OF THE STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA AND THE RELICS OF SS FRANCISCO AND JACINTA
On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September, the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima along with the Relics of Ss Francisco and Jacinta will be visiting St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. The event has been organised by the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF).
Over the weekend there will be time to find out more about the work of WAF as well as the opportunity to spend time in prayer and to venerate the relics.
A concelebrated Mass will take place at 12noon on Saturday 16 September where the Statue and Relics will be welcomed and the Diocese consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. A poster on the notice board gives further details.

 

YOUTH MINISTRY MODULE
Adults who work with young people or have an interest in youth ministry are invited to take the CCRS module in youth ministry as a stand-alone module. The course covers the theology and principles of youth ministry, an understanding of faith development, a variety of approaches to working with young people and an opportunity to share ideas and good practice in parishes and partnerships. It takes place over two Saturdays 30th September and 28th October at the Emmaus Youth Village. Further information from education@diocesehn.org.uk

YOUTH SUNDAY PREPARATION
An afternoon to prepare for Youth Sunday will take place at St. Joseph’s Academy, Hebburn on Sunday 8th October 3.00pm to 5.15pm. This year’s theme is ‘YES’ inviting us to reflect on how Mary, as a young person, had the faith and courage to say ‘Yes’ to what God was calling her to do. Each church is invited to be represented by adults and young people (Year 9 and above) and there will be an opportunity to plan together and to meet other groups in the same partnership. Music and other resources will be available. Booking forms are in parishes or available from the Youth Ministry Team on 01207 592244 or admin@ymt.org

 

Information

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

 

 

PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

DAY OF PRAYER AT ENGLISH MARTYRS: Tuesday 3rd October at 10:30am for 11am start - 3pm finish. English Martyrs Church, Stamfordham Road, NE5 3JR.


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 three sub groups A) Lay Leadership, B) Youth, C) Administration, and a further group D) Finance, 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. The PDG needs to widen its community to include many others who are already involved in ministries in their parishes. We need two further sub groups to work on E) Liturgy and F) Communication & Coordination. Our aim is to present the ideas to our partnership of priests for discussion and refinement later this year. There will be a partnership service on Monday 4th December at St Mary’s Cathedral at 7pm.
 

 

 

 

The World Peace Prayer...
Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.
Peace, Peace, Peace.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday 10 September 2017 - 23rd Sunday of the Year [A]

Parish Bulletin

 

 
 

“Love your neighbour as yourself.”
 

 

All the practical advice in the Gospel centres of Christians taking responsibility for each other. Belonging to a community implies being involved in the life of its members. This is not a charter for the legion of the curious, but a procedure for a caring community to follow. It is a way of handling wrongdoing and hurt. Just as conflict is sure to happen in a community of sinners, so confrontation can sometimes be the only language of love. Like the story of the poison tree, the refusal to confront ends up being like the refusal to love. Paul tells us in today’s second reading: “Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour”. If love faces the real, it cannot avoid facing conflict. Where silence would permit greater division in the community, love must do something. As Edmund Burke noted: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” And doing nothing in the face of wrongdoing and hurt is precisely what the Gospel opposes. Today’s Gospel is not easy to follow. So, we try to approach each other gingerly, hoping that our halting efforts at giving voice to our hurt will be accepted in the best spirit. It may not work, but it beats planting a fatal orchard with our anger.

Seasons of the Word
 


           

 

PARISH EVENTS


 

THE HOLY SHROUD
Between September 29th and October 6th St. Patrick’s Church in Consett is hosting an interactive exhibition, The Holy Shroud, curated by Pam Moon. This exhibition is open to people of all Faiths and none. One of the purposes of the exhibition to tell the story of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Exhibition includes a full-size copy of the Shroud of Turin; original Roman nails; a replica scourge and Roman spear. There are also several information boards about the Shroud as depicted in History and in Art and details on the latest scientific research.
There will be DVDs shown about the Shroud; a Quiz for children; refreshments and a small stall. Admission is free, donations welcome to cover costs. Opening times: 9am-4pm daily, plus two evening openings until 7pm.
For more information contact Maggie Quinn on (01207) 506425.

JOB VACANCIES IN THE DIOCESE:
Cathedral Outreach Co-ordinator – St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, full-time, 3 year fixed term contract.
Children’s Ministry Co-ordinator – Durham Martyrs, full-time, 3 year fixed term contract.
Administrator – St Joseph, Stanley, St Patrick, Dipton and The Sacred Heart, Byermoor, 10 hours per week, 12 month fixed term contract.
Cleaner – St Augustine, Darlington, 14 hours per week, 12 month fixed term contract.
Cleaner – St Anne, Sunderland, 3 hours per week, 12 month fixed term contract.
Youth Ministry Trust – Director of Operations Vacancy - to provide overall leadership to all its activities at the Emmaus (Youth) Village and across the Diocese. 30 hours per week, 2 year fixed term contract.
For further information on any of these vacancies please visit our website www.rcdhn.org.uk or contact us 0191 243 3301, email human.resources@diocesehn.org.uk

MISSIO
It’s that time again! Please bring your “little red box” to the shop to be emptied by the weekend of the 9th/10th September.
 

ELLEN CASSON – SCHOOLS WORLDWIDE – SRI LANKA 2018
Ellen is travelling to Sri Lanka in July 2018 with Sacred Heart School to help refurbish a school, teach English & provide a clean water supply for the villagers.
If you would like your car washed please park in the yard near the meeting room at the following Masses: September 9th 6.00pm, 17th 9.30am, 23rd 6.00pm, October 1st 9.30am – weather permitting! Price per car: small £5, medium £7, large £10.
Ellen will also be hosting a social evening here in church in October with refreshments, a quiz, cake & gift stalls & tombola. Details to follow soon!
Raffle tickets will be sold at various fundraising events for a grand Christmas draw with many great prizes donated by local businesses.
 

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA (AoS) – MASS AT HEXHAM AND NEWCASTLE CATHEDRAL
Please come and join in the celebration of Holy Mass at 12:05pm at St Mary’s Cathedral, Hexham and Newcastle on Friday 22 September 2017. It is an opportunity to pray for seafarers and the work of the AoS in ports of your diocese. A reception will follow the Mass. For more information contact salvina@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk.


 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 

PIE & PEA SUPPER
St. Joseph’s Home. Thursday 14th September 7pm prompt. £5 Entrance
Entertainment, Bingo, Raffle, Quiz. Vegetarians catered for.
Tickets from Pat or Bill Huddleston (Music Group) or St. Joseph’s Home
Vegetarians catered for.

 

VISIT TO THE DIOCESE OF THE STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA AND THE RELICS OF SS FRANCISCO AND JACINTA
On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September, the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima along with the Relics of Ss Francisco and Jacinta will be visiting St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. The event has been organised by the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF).
Over the weekend there will be time to find out more about the work of WAF as well as the opportunity to spend time in prayer and to venerate the relics.
A concelebrated Mass will take place at 12noon on Saturday 16 September where the Statue and Relics will be welcomed and the Diocese consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. A poster on the notice board gives further details.
 

I CALL YOU FRIENDS
A course for catechists and teachers involved in sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
The content includes:
· Supporting children with special needs both pre and post communion
· A guide to the programme
· Sharing good practice and exploring resources
Wednesday 20 September 2017 (5.00pm - 7.00pm) St Cuthbert’s House, Newcastle
The course costs £25 per person and MUST be booked through the school via the online booking system.

 


 

Information

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

 

 

PARTNERSHIP NEWS
DAY OF PRAYER AT ENGLISH MARTYRS

Tuesday 3rd October
10:30 For 11am Start - 3pm
English Martyrs Church, Stamfordham Road, NE5 3JR
 

 

 

 

The World Peace Prayer...
Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.
Peace, Peace, Peace.

 

 

 

 

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