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The Parish Centre

Please be aware that the padlock on the entrance gate to the Parish Centre has had to be replaced. New keys have been obtained so if you are a key holder and require a new key, please contact Vince Rose.

Retiring Collection

There will be a retiring collection after both Masses this weekend for the Northern Brethren's Fund (Sick and Retired Priests). The fund remains open for contributions until 3rd May.

Lenten Services

£100 was raised at the Lenten Service held in Holy Family on 25th March. The three Cockerton Churches raised a total of £447.40 for Water Aid. Many thanks to all who helped. Many thanks also to those who helped with the Passover Meal.


A letter of thanks has been received thanking everyone in Holy Family for the generous donation of £530 from the Lent Fast Day appeal.

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 22nd April followed by Mass on Sunday 26th April

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

Baptism Course

The next Baptism Course is in St Augustine's Parish Centre on Wednesdays 22nd and 29th April from 7.15pm to 8.30pm. Please telephone St Thomas Aquinas Presbytery ( 463636 ) if you wish to attend.


The next Marriage Preparation Day course for couples is on Sunday 19th April from 10.15am till 4.00pm at Carmel Convent meeting hall on Nunnery Lane.

News from around the Diocese

Tickets for the Semi-Final of Britain's Got Talent - A raffle for two tickets to the semi-final of Britain's Got Talent with first class rail tickets and overnight accommodation is being arranged by the Youth Ministry Team. Raffle Tickets are available at the back of Church or from the YMT on

Reading Club - in St Hilda's Diocesan Resource Centre, 391 West Road, Newcastle NE15 7PY. The first Friday of every month from 10.15 to 11.45am beginning Friday 1st May.

‘Wild Man to Wise Man' - Reflections of male spirituality and prayer.

All sessions to be held at St Hilda's Resource Centre, Newcastle NE15 7PY. There is no cost but booking essential. To book please telephone 0191 243 3302 or email with your details and indicating which sessions you will be attending.

'Can you hear me?' - an invitation to reflect on God's work in our daily lives on Saturday 25th April from 11.15am to 3.15pm (Causeway open 10.55am to 19.15pm) in St Aidan's RC Church, Green Lane, Holy Island. TS15 2SQ.  For further information or to book, please contact Department for Spirituality 0191 243 3302 / email

'Praying the Gospels' - in partnership with the National Board of Catholic Women and the Department for Ecumenism a day of reflection for women with Rev Caroline Worsfold on Saturday 16th May from 10.30am to 4.00pm in St Hilda's Diocesan Resource Centre.  Closing date for bookings is Friday 8 May.

Full details for all these events are on the notice board at the back of Church

Celebration of Marriage - Bishop Seamus will celebrate Mass in St Mary's Cathedral on Saturday 9th May at 11.00am to give thanks for the Sacrament of Marriage. He has invited each parish community to be represented by two couples, young or old, newly married or celebrating a significant anniversary. This promises to be a wonderful celebration and will provide affirmation and support for marriage across the diocese and to the wider North-East community. If you wish to be a representative of our Parish, please contact Father Seamus.

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.

Tea and Coffee Morning

Tea and Coffee will be served in the

Parish Centre after Mass this

Sunday morning. Proceeds in aid

of Cancer UK.

Next week's Coffee Morning is

in aid of Children's Liturgy.


Father David will be away from

Easter Monday.

Anyone urgently needing a priest

should ring Father Seamus Doyle on 01325 266602, Father Greg Price on 01325 257681 or Rev Jurgen Muller

on 01325 268905.

In a dire emergency please ring

Darlington Memorial Hospital on

01325 380100 and ask the switchboard

for the 'Catholic Priest on Call.' That way you will get access to a priest in a real emergency.