Bidding Prayer Rotas to end of the year


New rotas for those who write the Bidding Prayers are available at the back of Church.  


Department for Spirituality


Copies of the September issue of 'The Weavings' are available at the back of Church.


'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.


Baptism Courses


The dates for the next Baptism Courses are as follows :


St Augustine's Parish Centre - Wednesdays 17th and 24th September from 7.15 to 8.30pm. Please let the office know if you are attending. (tel: 266602)


Holy Family Sacristy - Wednesdays 15th and 22nd October from 7.00 to 8.00pm. Please tel: 463636 if you are attending.


St Thomas Aquinas Presbytery - Wednesdays 26th November and 3rd December from 7.00 to 8.00pm. Please tel: 463636 if you are attending.


Journey in Faith (RCIA) Course


The course is for all adults across the deanery who would like to know more about the Catholic Faith, includes people who are not baptised, people who are baptised from other Christian traditions, Catholic people who are seeking ways back into Church and faith practice, and anyone just interested to find out more. Some who would like to become catholic may decide during the year to prepare for being received into the Church at Easter, but there's no pressure. Each week's session is led by one of the deanery clergy most Thursday evenings except school holidays. Venue : St Augustine's Presbytery, 30 Coniscliffe Road (behind the bakery/café near town centre end). Time: 7.00 - 8.30pm. Start Date : Thursday 25th September 2014. Interested : Please ring Father David on 01325 463636 leaving your name and telephone contact.


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.


Marriage Preparation


The Marriage Preparation Day is in Carmel Retreat Centre, Nunnery Lane on Sunday 26th October 2014 for  couples wishing to marry in Holy Family next year (2015). Please see Father David as soon as possible if you wish to attend.


Annual Tour for 2015 - 15th May to 22nd May


The  tour will be to Northern and Southern Ireland to include Belfast, Knock, Galway, Waterford, Dublin and major Christian sites. Family friends are welcome. Own Coach throughout. Accommodation will be bed, breakfast and evening meal. The cost of the tour will be £695 pp - based on 25 people travelling. Please contact 01325 243773 or 0778 0311 872 for more details.


News from around the Diocese


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.


Holy Family School - has a vacancy for a full time Caretaker. If you would like further information, please contact the Head Teacher on 01325 380821. Closing date : 12 noon on Friday 26th September 2014.


The Pearl of Africa Children's Choir - will be performing on Friday 26th September in John Caden Hall, Carmel College from 7pm to 9pm. Full details are on the notice board at the back of Church.


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 the Lima Missions.


Last week's Coffee Morning raised

£70.15 for Children's Liturgy.


Next week's Coffee Morning is

in aid of the PTA.





Racial Justice Sunday

14th September


This weekend the Catholic Church

in England and Wales celebrates

Racial Justice Sunday when all

Christians are called to earnestly pray

for an end to racism and racial inequality.

Please pray for this intention in your own

prayers. To support this work and that

of the Catholic Association for Racial

Justice, please be as generous

as you can.




Food Bank in Cockerton


St Mary's Church in Cockerton is now

running a food bank for our area. It is

supported by the three churches on the

green. The bank is open on Thursdays

from 1.30pm to 3.00pm. The Credit

Union and Citizens' Advice Bureau are

also represented. Holy Family have been asked to provide soup, tinned vegetables, baked beans and pasta. Your generosity

in responding to the appeals to help

feed those less fortunate than us has

always been appreciated and we thank

you sincerely. We will continue to help

asylum seekers with rice, tinned

tomatoes and tinned fish. If you feel

you would like to contribute to one or

both of these good causes, please put

any goods in the box marked SVP

at the back of Church.


God's Blessing in our Parish


On Wednesday 24th September from

7pm to 8.30pm at St Thomas' Presbytery.

Reverend Robin Greenwood with

Father David invite all interested

parishioners from St Thomas' and

Holy Family to further reflect on how

God blesses us and through

us in our parishes.

All are welcome..