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Clergy Notices

Father David is away until 12th September. If anyone needs a priest in an emergency, please ring Father Seamus Doyle on 01325 266602 or Father Greg Price on 01325 257681 or ring 01325 380100 and ask the switchboard operator to dial the emergency on call Catholic Priest.

Next Sunday Father Harry Ryan will celebrate Mass and welcome back everyone from recent holidays. We hope you've all had a good holiday and come home full of energy. We also welcome Father James Fanning from Mill Hill Missionaries on the weekend of 12th and 13th September - he comes to thank everyone for their continued generosity through the Red Boxes appeal and will update us on the work carried out world wide.

Thank You

For your donations towards flowers for Father Ged's Memorial planter boxes.

If anyone else wishes to donate plants to include in the planter boxes, please let us know. Anyone interested who has free time and is interested in tending to the gardens in the parish grounds, please contact Vince Rose (01325 353802) or email

Baptism Course

The next deanery course for parents is at Holy Family Church Sacristy at Cockerton on Monday 5th and Monday 12th October from 7pm to 8pm.

First Reconciliation and Holy Communion Preparation 2015-2016

Parents of children starting school in Y3, who attend Mass regularly at Holy Family and would like their children prepared for the sacraments, please email, write or ring Father David. This invitation includes parents with children who attend schools other than Holy Family but who live / worship within Holy Family Parish. The first information Meeting for parents is on Wednesday 23rd September from 7.00pm to 7.30pm in Holy Family School Hall.

APF Mill Hill Mission Thank You and Appeal

This will take place over the weekend of 12th and 13th September at Masses here and St Thomas Aquinas, when we will welcome Father James Fanning MHM to our parishes. Thank you to all parishioners who already support this wonderful Association through the Red Boxes. If you have not yet thought of doing so, perhaps this thank you and appeal might persuade you to think about doing so. More information over the coming weeks.

Forward Together in Hope - Questionnaire Groups

Father Jim O'Keefe would like to meet with Parish Representatives, Clergy and Questionnaire Groups on Wednesday 16th September at 6.30pm in St Anne's Church Hall, Welbeck Avenue.

'Family Matters'

The next edition of our Parish magazine will be prepared in September and you are invited to submit articles which will be of interest to parishioners - deadline - 21st September. Please place your contributions in an envelope marked 'Family Matters' or sent by email. If you submit an attachment with your email, please use the landscape page layout and two columns format. Photographs are also welcome.

Called to the Supper of the Lamb

A Day of Reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion led by Sister Sheila McNamara in St Joseph's Parish Hall, Gateshead on Saturday 17th October from 10.30am - 3.30pm. There is a list at the back of Church for names. If there are enough names, we can hire a coach for the day. Closing date for names is Sunday 3rd October.

Adult Journey in Faith/RCIA Course

Anyone who is thinking about the Catholic Faith and pondering about becoming a Catholic please get in touch with Father David and leave contact details. The weekday evening course usually begins early October through till the following Easter and people meet local clergy at St Augustine's Presbytery. It's a friendly coming together and sharing the basics of our faith and life.

Planning a wedding in 2016/2017?

There's a lot of preparation involved in preparing for life long marriage as well as the wedding day itself couples planning to get married need to speak to the priest first and in good time. Please get in touch with Father David for an appointment to set plans rolling.

News from around the Diocese

St Augustine's Church - on Thursday 17th September at 12.15pm the sisters from the convent of St. Elizabeth in Belarus will have a stall set up in St Augustine's selling products made at the convent - icons, Russian Christmas Tree decorations, Russian dolls, crucifixes, pottery and other souvenirs. Please give them your support, they help over 200 orphaned children and have a residential home for over 180 women.

Patients at the Freeman, RVI and Newcastle General Hospitals - Anyone going to these hospitals and needing a priest, please contact priests at St Mary's Cathedral on 0191 232 6953 : email :

Please keep in your prayers, Father Michael Corbett, Chaplain to these big and busy hospitals, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Carmel College - The Directors and Governors wish to appoint a Chef / Cook to join the Academy. Application forms can be obtained on 01325 254525 and Closing date for return of completed application is 12 Noon 8 September : interviews will take place on 11th September. Full details on the noticeboard at the back of Church.

Vocation Discernment  - for those thinking about Priesthood (aged 16 and over). Evenings of Prayer and Reflection with an opportunity to listen to speakers talk about their own discernment, faith journeys and vocations in St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle from 6.30 - 8.30pm. Full details are on the poster at the back of Church.

Tea and Coffee Morning

Tea and Coffee will be served in the

Parish Centre after Mass on

Sunday morning. Proceeds in aid

of the Action for Hearing Loss.

Last week's Coffee Morning raised

£20.50 for the Lima Missions.

Assisted Suicide

On Friday 11th September the

House of Commons will debate and

vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide. This will put the most vulnerable people

in our society at risk.

Please contact your MP, urging them

to attend the debate and vote against

the Bill. You can send an email to

your MP via the Catholic Bishops' Conference website

or send a letter by post, a draft of which can be found at the back of Church.

Society of St Vincent de Paul

There will be a meeting of the SVP

in the Church Room on Thursday 3rd September at 7.00pm.

Anyone interested in the work

of the SVP in this Parish is

welcome to attend.