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Forward Together in Hope

The Diocese has entered a period of reflection and discernment which will last for the next three years under the guidance of the Bishop and a specially chosen team of researchers and advisors which will lead all of us in this task. It is vital to its success that as many members of our Church as possible join in.

There is considerable information about Forward in Hope Together on the Diocesan web site at

The Forward Together in Hope notice board is now in place at the back of Church. Please take a look and see what Forward Together in Hope is all about and why Bishop Seamus has asked us all to contribute. The Planning group is busy collecting the data for Section A and will publish their findings by the end of August. In the meantime the Section B questions will soon be available as a booklet for you the parishioners to start thinking about what we are being asked and to decide if there are any particular questions you would be interested in discussing with other parishioners during the months of September and early October. The idea is to give you plenty of time to think about these reflective questions before asking you to respond in any of a number of possible ways, for example by simple anonymous written replies, by partaking in small group discussions, or by attending larger feedback meetings where compiled responses will be presented and then discussed in larger meetings.

If you have any ideas, would like to consider hosting any small discussion groups or would like to suggest or discuss anything to do with Forward Together in Hope, then please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Planning group, the names of whom are on the noticeboard.

Parish Gardens

You may have noticed the planter boxes installed in the Rose Garden. In the Autumn Daffodil bulbs will be planted for next Spring in memory of Father Ged Lavender. 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

Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council Meeting is on Thursday 6th August at 7.00pm in Holy Family Parish Centre. Members of the Forward Together in Hope Planning Team will be present at the meeting.

Baptism Course

The next Baptism Course will be in St Thomas Aquinas Presbytery on Tuesdays 23rd and 30th August from 7pm to 8pm. Please let St Thomas' know if you will be attending. Telephone 01325 463636.

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.

News from around the Diocese

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.

Summer Accommodation in London - Allen Hall Seminary in Chelsea offers comfortable rooms in central London in July and August. Beautiful gardens and chapel. Rooms from £50 per night (including breakfast).

Website: email: allenhall@rcdow,

Tel: 020 7349 5600

World Youth Day - Krakow 25th July to 1st August 2016 - The next World Youth Day Celebrations are to take place in July 2016. Pope Francis has invited young people from across the world to join him in Krakow, Poland. The Diocese is planning a pilgrimage, led by Bishop Seamus, for young people between the ages of 18 - 30 years. A poster and flyers along with Registrations Forms are available at the back of Church. Registration Forms should be returned to Administrator, Emmaus Youth Village, Pemberton Road, Consett, DH8 9BA.

Tea and Coffee Morning

Tea and Coffee will be served in the

Parish Centre after Mass on

Sunday morning. Proceeds in

aid of the Air Ambulance.

Last week's Coffee Morning raised

£31 for the RVI, Crawford House.

Next week's Coffee Morning will be

hosted by members of St Vincent

de Paul Society (SVP).


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.

Retiring Collection

There will be a retiring collection after

both Masses next weekend to support

the work of the Society of St Vincent de Paul Society in this Parish.