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Clergy Notice

Father David is away from next week Friday 15th May to 22nd May. If you need a priest urgently, please contact Father Greg Price at St Teresa's on 01325 257681 or ring the Memorial Hospital and ask for the Catholic Priest on call.

World Communications Day

World Communications Day is celebrated this weekend. The theme is Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love. On this day we are encouraged to pray for communications professionals, especially those who work in the media. Please support the collection which provides the funding for the Catholic Communications Network. The CCN provides support for the bishops of England and Wales and the Church more widely in promoting the Gospel through the media on current issues. The office is the central point for media enquiries and plays a key role in developing the public profile of the Church. It is possible to donate online at Please support the CCN through your prayers and generosity.


Holy Family Lynx

There will be no Lynx Group Meetings this Tuesday. It resumes on 26th May in the Church Room, after the 9.30am Mass.  

Lay Training Fund

Next weekend there will be a collection for the Lay Training Fund after both Masses. The fund will remain open until 21st June.

First Holy Communion Programme

The sessions will be held in Holy Family Church from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Holy Family school children will be taken to the sessions by a member of staff. Children must then be collected from Holy Family Church at the end of the sessions. In preparation for First Holy Communion, children and families are required to attend weekly Mass. The Mass dates are particularly important as they are connected to the preparation sessions:-

Wednesday 17th June followed by Mass on Sunday 21st June

(Children are invited to wear their Communion outfits to this Mass)

Wednesday 1st July followed by Mass on Sunday 5th July

Holy Family Parish - Summer Fair

The date of the Summer Fair is Saturday 27th June from 1.00pm.

The Grand Draw Tickets will be available after Mass next weekend. The tickets are £2 per book (5 tickets x 40p) and the prizes are £150, £75 and £40 as well as many more.

Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes

HCPT Group 195 have been nominated to take part in the Asda "Chosen By You, Given by Us" voting scheme. Please vote by dropping your green tokens into the voting box in Asda, Whinfield Road. If enough tokens are collected, £200 could be obtained towards next year's Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Thank you in anticipation. Clare Maddison, Group 195 Leader.

News from around the Diocese

Minsteracres Retreat Centre - have a vacancy for a Retreat Centre Administrator. Please see notice board for details.

Department for Spirituality - a Holy Island Day of Reflection led by Professor Karen Kilby. The love of God : a day of meditation with the help of Julian of Norwich. Saturday 23rd May from 11.00am to 3.00m. Causeway open from 10.10am to 17.40pm. There is no charge for this day. Please take a packed lunch.

Café Course - St Augustine's is putting on a six week Café Course called "Believe". It reflects on the different parts of the Creed and helps us to have a deeper understanding of its meaning and how it affects our daily life. Each evening has a 25 minute DVD and those attending reflect over its content whilst drinking wine, tea, coffee with biscuits or cake! It is not deep theology and is designed for us ordinary folk who wish to understand our faith a little deeper. The course will start on Wednesday 20th May at 7.30pm finishing about 8.45pm at St Augustine's Parish Centre. All are welcome. The six dates are Wednesday 20th May, Wednesday 3rd June, Wednesday 10th June, Wednesday 8th July, Wednesday 15th July and Wednesday 22nd July.

Diocesan Festival - The third Diocesan Festival will take place over the weekend of Saturday 20th to 21st June at Emmaus Youth Village, Consett. The speakers include Fr Jim Clarke from the United States, our own Father Jim O'Keefe and performing artists, RISE Theatre and Steve Murray, more than Dance and much more. There are streams for children and young people so there is something for everyone! Booking forms are now available either from the back of Church or can be downloaded from the diocesan website: For more information, see the diocesan website, email or contact the Diocesan offices on 0191 243 3313.

Proclaim 15 - On 11th July, 35 people from the Diocese led by our Bishop will join 850 people from around the country, for a one day gathering whose aim is to introduce people to the need for evangelising or missionary parishes in England and Wales. The event is in Birmingham and a coach will pick up at Newcastle and Hartlepool or Darlington. It is hoped that those who attend will be on fire with the desire to spread the Good News of the Gospel. On their return they will be encouraged to put ideas into practice in our own Diocese and create many missionary parishes and disciples - all in keeping with Forward Together in Hope and the Pope's vision in 'Joy of the Gospel'. Anyone interested, please contact Sr Michael or 0191 581 3249. There are still a few seats available.

Tea and Coffee Morning

Tea and Coffee will be served in the

Parish Centre after Mass next

Sunday morning. Proceeds in aid

of the Air Ambulance


Forward Together in Hope

The Bishop's new 3 year plan has

been released for public perusal.

Find it and read it at

The plan is aimed at absolutely

everyone and in order to tackle this massive endeavour the Bishop makes one thing clear. The whole scheme depends upon Prayer. So if you

picked up a prayer card recently,

please use it and pray in your own

time to support the scheme.

“I firmly believe that the Holy Spirit is

with us, giving us the courage we need

to move forward together in hope”

(Bishop Seamus)

Holy Family Parish and Forward Together in Hope

We will have a DVD Presentation on

the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st June. Following Masses that weekend everyone will be encouraged to get together in the

Parish Centre for a further

fifteen minutes.