Retiring Collection


There is a retiring collection after both Masses this weekend for the Lima Missions.


Parish Pastoral Council


The next meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council is on Thursday 11th September at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre Meeting Room. Items for the Agenda should be handed to Mrs Cath Goodwin no later than Sunday 7th September.


'Family Matters'


The Summer/Autumn edition is now being prepared. If you wish to include an item / article, please send it to Vince Rose ( before 21st September 2014.


Darlington Deanery - Day of Reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.


'Behold what you are - become what you receive' led by Kathryn Turner, Head of Diocesan Department for Spirituality on Saturday 27th September from 10.30am - 2.30pm in Holy Family Parish Centre. (Refreshments from 10.00am). Please bring a packed lunch. Please keep the day free so that all Ministers can attend as part of their commitment and please confirm your attendance with Father David.


News from around the Diocese


Eucharistic Service, Adoration, Praise and Worship, Healing Mass and Spiritual Direction - Carmel Divine Retreat Centre on Tuesday 2nd September from 1.00 - 4.00pm. More details on the noticeboard at the back of Church.


The Darlington Branch of the Catenian Association is currently looking to increase its membership. To this end, an invitation has been received for you, your family and friends to a Family Buffet at St Anne's Church Hall, Welbeck Avenue, on Saturday 6th September from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. The purpose of the evening is to present the Aims and Objectives of our Association as part of a pleasant social gathering. You will have the opportunity to meet and speak to a few members who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

For catering purposes would you confirm your attendance by Tuesday 2nd September to any of these numbers 268934, 749823 or 371219.


Launch of the new Diocesan Confirmation Programme - For the past two years a group of experienced catechists, RE specialists, priests, the Diocesan Education Service and the Youth Ministry Team have been working on the new Diocesan Confirmation Programme, 'Come kindle in us the fire of your love', and their work is now nearing completion. The Programme will be formally launched in three venues across the Diocese with invitations to attend extended to all clergy and catechists. The venue and date as follows :

Wednesday 17th September - Carmel College, Darlington - 6.30pm - 8.00pm.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing or by telephone on 0191 243 3313 stating which parish you will be representing.


Deanery Pastoral Council - The next meeting of the Deanery Pastoral Council is on Thursday 18th September at 7.00pm in St Thomas Aquinas Presbytery.


Tees Bridges Walk for "Life" - For over 40 years "Life", as a Charity, has been fighting a 'pro life' cause, supporting the dignity of women and seeking alternatives to abortion. It has done so by campaigning, by education, by providing housing and by support care for pregnant women. It is vital but is expensive. The major fund raising event by "Life North East" for 2014 is to be the Tees Bridge Walk on Sunday 21st September. Why not become involved? Details of the walk are available at the back of Church. Please support this very worthwhile event.


World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel from 21st to 27th September 2014 - 'Let my People Go' - an Ecumenical Service with contributions from CAFOD * Pax Christi * voices from Palestine-Israel in St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle on Tuesday 23rd September at 7.30pm. More details on the notice board at the back of Church. Please help stop the violence in Gaza and get aid to families in great need. You can donate to CAFOD's humanitarian aid on the ground. Go to


Tyneside Walsingham Association - There will be the Annual Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham at St Bede's Church, Jarrow on Wednesday 24th September at 7.00pm. Celebrant : Fr J Butters.


Youth Ministry Team National Youth Congress 2015 - We have chartered a train from Newcastle to London for Flame Congress 2 on Saturday 7th March 2015. There are only 540 seats on the train - first come, first served! The cost pp is £69 which includes return train and coach travel and event ticket. For more information and to request a booking form, please visit the website:





Tea and Coffee Morning


Tea and Coffee will be served in the

Parish Centre after Mass this

Sunday morning. Proceeds in aid

of Henry's Books.


Last week's Coffee Morning raised

£30 for Action for Hearing Loss.


Next week's Coffee Morning is in

aid of Children's Liturgy.





Carmel College Students


Congratulations and Well Done to all

students who recently received their A

Level and 'GCSE' Results.


Miss Maura Regan wrote to Governors:

"I am delighted ….. that once again

Carmel College is one of the top

performing schools in the country.

Results at 'A' level were 100% pass

rate with 56% achieving the highest

possible grades of A*, A/B. This is

an increase of over 4% on last year.

The results at AS level are also excellent.


At GCSE, Carmel have bucked the

national downward trend as announced

by the Government with a staggering

86% gaining 5 A* - C including English

and Maths. Under the new accounting

rules, many schools have had a

significant dip in their results.


Early indications are that these are the

best results within the region and once

again puts Carmel as one of the top

performing schools nationally. Such

results reflect the dedication and

commitment of staff and I would like to

commend their work to you. Staff are

truly passionate about their work and

there were scenes of great joy on the

results days, not just among parents

and students but also amongst the staff.


Our success confirms my belief that

every child matters and that with

dedication, commitment and support

of Governors we can indeed "shape

futures and fulfil dreams."


Maura Regan, CEO and Principal.