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CAFOD - Harvest Fast

We have received a letter from CAFOD thanking you for your donation of £610.00. Your gift will help communities in Sierra Leone build back their lives after years of brutal civil war and support themselves in the long term.

Food Bank - a message from St Mary's C of E Church, Cockerton

'Everyone at St Mary's Food Bank would like to thank you all for your generous donations of food this Harvest time and throughout the year. It is greatly appreciated by the people struggling with poverty. Thank you'.

Thank you also from the SVP. Keep up the good work!



At the last Parish Pastoral Council meeting it was suggested that perhaps the Parish should establish a lasting memorial in remembrance of Father Ged. If you have any ideas as to what form this memorial should take would you please let Father David or one of the Parish Pastoral Council members know.

Holy Family Lynx Group

The Lynx Group continues on Tuesday in the Church Room after the morning Mass.

Holy Family Carol Service

On Sunday 14th December at 3.00pm. All welcome.

Advent Deanery Penitential Service

At Holy Family Church on Thursday 16th December at 7.00pm.

HCPT - The Children-s Pilgrimage Trust

Darlington HCPT Groups 25 and 195 are joining together for a fun race night evening! Do you fancy yourself as an owner? You could sponsor a horse or even a race! Please do come along on the 6th December to Holy Family Parish Centre. Doors open from 6.30pm with the first race at 7.30pm. Tickets : £5 to include pie and peas supper with bar available. For tickets and details on sponsoring, contact 01325 469652 group or 0777 935 8580

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

Christmas Fairs around the Cluster:

St Thomas Aquinas - 29th November at 11.00am

St Teresa's - 29th November from 12 noon to 3.00pm

St Augustine's - 29th November from 12 noon to 4.00pm

Salvation Army Toy Appeal - please see poster at the back of Church if you wish to help.

The Fringe of his Cloak - Death, Dying, Bereavement and Healing - At the end of the Year of Matthew, this series of meetings will be a journey through his healing stories with a focus and guide to the spiritual care of the sick and dying person and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Of interest to all especially Special Ministers and anyone affected by the care of the sick, dying and bereaved. The sessions will be in St Augustine's Parish Hall, Larchfield Street, on Wednesday December 3rd from 7pm to 8.15pm. Each session is a stand alone event so no one should feel obligated to attend the full programme. Refreshments will be available. The sessions will be led by Br. Robert Moore OH.

'A Day for Advent' - from 11.15am to 4pm on Saturday 29th November at St Aidan's RC Church, Green Lane, Holy Island. Please see notice board for further information.

Baptism Courses - The next Baptism Course are as follows will be held in St Thomas Aquinas Presbytery on Wednesday 3rd December from 7.00 to 8.00pm. Please tel: 463636 if you are attending.

An Evening of Music with The Richardson Singers - in St William's Church, Barton Street, on Tuesday 9th December at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 includes tea & mince pie.

Calling the Diocese to Prayer - Day of Reflection for Clergy and Laity with Bishop Seamus in preparation for 'Forward Together in Hope' -Wednesday 10th December in St Joseph's, Hartlepool from 6.30pm to 9pm. Please sign the list at the back of Church if you wish to attend. A bus will be provided if there is enough interest.

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 (30th November).

Proceeds in aid of MIND.

Last week's Coffee Morning raised

£48.25 for the Air Ambulance.

Next week's Coffee Morning

is for the PTA

Journey in Faith (RCIA) Course

This Course will be held in St Augustine's

Presbytery, 30 Coniscliffe Road (behind

the bakery/café near town centre end).

It will be on Thursday evenings

From 7pm to 8pm.

Holy Family Parish

Annual Christmas Fair

29th November

There are lists at the back of Church,

please take a look and see

if you can help.

29th November - Christmas Fair

 On the day we would be grateful for

books, home-made cakes, toys

and bric-a-brac.

Grand Draw Tickets are on sale now.

Please take a book and sell to

friends and family


Contact: Katy Parkinson (0777 2345 147)

Vince Rose (01325 353802)

Christmas Service Times

Christmas Eve - 7.30pm - Carols

                        - 8.00pm - Mass

Christmas Day - 10.00am - Mass