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Thank You

Thank you to everyone who has prepared the Church, liturgies, the music and singing, flower arrangers, altar servers, sacristans and church cleaners for this Christmas. Thank you too for the many cards and gifts and for everyone's goodwill and humour. Fathers David, Harry, Greg, Seamus and Deacon Jurgen thank everyone for their ongoing support and help. They send all their prayers and best wishes for a happy, holy Christmas and good health for 2015.

Diocesan Catholic Calendars

Copies of the Catholic Calendars for 2015 are on sale at the back of Church, price £2.50. These books have information about every Church in the Diocese, together with Mass Times, different organisations, and lots more.

Young at Heart Annual Christmas Lunch.

This is an invitation to any parishioner, relatives and friends who are 50 or over to join us for a Christmas buffet lunch in the Holy Family Parish Centre on Friday 2nd January 2015. if you are interested, please enter your name on the list at the back of Church for catering purposes only. The doors will open at 11.30am for a 12 Noon start. We will be pleased to see you.

Confirmation Course : January to February 2015

Young people in Y11 and older NOT at Carmel College

I would like to invite you to join the Confirmation Course to be held in the Darlington Deanery. This Sacrament is important in any Christian's journey in the faith. There will be four sessions in the large Meeting Room at Carmel Convent on Nunnery Lane followed by a Retreat Day at St. Anne’s, a rehearsal at Carmel Convent and then the celebration of the Sacrament. The dates are:

Tuesday 13th January - Introduction

Tuesday 20th January - Sacrament of Reconciliation

Tuesday 27th January - The Sacrament of Confirmation

Tuesday 3rd February - Eucharist

Saturday 7th February - Retreat Day

(Venue at St Anne's Parish Hall, Welbeck Avenue, DL1 2DR)

Monday 9th February - Rehearsal

Tuesday 10th February - Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Each session will run from 6.45pm to 8.30pm. If you decide to join the programme then please email Father David at or

We also ask for a donation of £20 to cover the costs of the course and the Day of Reflection (cheque made out to St Augustine's Deanery).

In the meantime, you need to be thinking about choosing a Sponsor. This is someone you can look to as a good example as a committed Roman Catholic and who has also been Confirmed. They can be a relative or a friend. The Sponsor will accompany you when you come to be confirmed. It would also be nice if they can join your close family at your Parish on Sunday 18th January when we celebrate your commitment to be a member of your parish family. Please put that date in your diary now.

Father Greg Price (Dean) and Father David Russell (Parish Priest)

Deanery Baptism Course - January 2015

The next Baptism Course for parents is at St Thomas Aquinas Presbytery (next to Church) on Wednesdays 14th and 21st January 2015 from 7pm to 8pm. Please ring 01325 463636 to book on course.

For your diary

The pantomime ‘Cinderella' is to be held in Holy Family Parish Centre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 29th, 30th, and 31st January 2015 from 7.15pm. Tickets are £4 (adult), £3 (child) and £12 (family, 2 adults, 2 children).

A message from the Hospital Chaplains

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, RVI and Freeman Hospital do not give Chaplains access to information about patients' admittance, so they rely totally on information given to them from family, local priests or patients before they enter hospital. Patients are sometimes misled by being asked their religious denomination - thereby thinking that the Chaplain will be informed. Patients can ask for a visit from the Chaplain and the nurses are usually good in contacting them but they may forget.

The following contact information may be helpful. Queen Elizabeth Hospital telephone 0191 445 2072 and leave a message. RVI & Freeman Hospitals telephone St Andrew's Church, Newcastle on 0191 232 1892 and leave a message. For all hospitals in an emergency ask the Ward Sister to contact the on-call Roman Catholic Chaplain not just a Chaplain. Thank you.

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

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:

Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Pilgrimage to Holy Land - 12th to 19th October 2015 - Full details are on the notice board at the back of Church.

Tea and Coffee Morning

Tea and Coffee will be served in the

Parish Centre after Mass this

Sunday morning (21st December).

Last week's Coffee Morning raised

£45.13 for the Lima Missions.

Greetings from Sister Patricia, DC

Sister Patricia wishes you all a happy Christmas and has sent her Christmas

letter full of news. Copies are available

at the back of Church. Please take one.

Christmas Service Times

Christmas Eve -                         

Christmas Day - 10.00am - Mass

Holy Family

7.30pm - Carols

8.00pm - Mass

St Augustine’s

St William’s

Christmas Eve -                         

5.30pm - Carols

6.00pm - Mass

11.30pm - Carols

Midnight - Mass

Christmas Day - 10.00am - Mass

Christmas Day - 9.00am - Mass

St Teresa’s

Christmas Eve -                         

6.30pm - Carols

7.00pm - Mass

10.00pm - Polish Mass

Christmas Day - 10.00am - Polish Mass

St Thomas Aquinas

Christmas Eve -                         

9.00am - Mass

5.30pm - Carols

6.00pm - Mass

Christmas Day - No Mass

St Anne’s

Christmas Eve -                         

7.30pm - Mass & Carols

Christmas Day - 10.30am - Mass