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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 (details on the front of this newsletter). 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 Tuesday 6th October from 7.00 - 7.30pm in Holy Family School Hall.

Baptism Course

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

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.

Forward Together in Hope

The next questionnaire with this week's three questions is at the back of Church. Please take one and return it next week. Please think about how you would like our Church community to be and do in the year 2020 and what we can do to make it happen. Please include your thoughts in the response to the questions.

There will be a feedback and discussion meeting with everyone from the Parish on Sunday 25 October after the normal coffee morning. Please come along to discuss the future of our Church here in Cockerton.

The Weavings

Copies of the September newsletter with details of upcoming events in the Diocese are available at the back of Church. Please take one.

Apostleship of the Sea

There are a number of leaflets available at the back of Church

advertising Christmas Cards etc. Please take one.

News from around the Diocese

St Hilda's Diocesan Resource Centre - Reading Club on Wednesdays at 1.30pm - 3.00pm. New Opening Hours for Library. More details on the notice board at the back of Church.

World Sight Day - is on Thursday 8th October. An annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired held on the second Thursday of each October. More details on the notice board.

Foster Carers needed - St Cuthberts Care's fostering agency, Fostering North East, desperately needs more foster carers to help provide stable, loving homes for children in the region. If you like to help or are interested in finding out more about fostering, come and meet our team for an informal chat at Tesco Extra, Durham Road in Stockton on Thursday 8th October between 10.30am and 3.00pm. If you can't go along on the day but would like to know more about fostering, visit or ring Manager on 0191 228 0111 or email

Youth Sunday Preparation - an afternoon to prepare for Youth Sunday will take place at St Robert's School, Washington on Sunday 11th October from 3.00-5.15pm. This year's theme is Mercy or 'Love Undeserved'. As we reflect on the involvement of young people in our communities as part of 'Forward Together in Hope', Youth Sunday will give an opportunity for the whole parish to support young people by welcoming their presence and witness. A variety of resources will be available. All adults and young people (Year 9 and above) are invited. Please contact the office (details on the front of the newsletter) if you would like to go along. Further details are available from the Youth Ministry Team on 01207 592244 or

International Mass - A celebration of the rich diversity of our city - of our Diocese - of our Church in St Mary's Church, Sunderland on Saturday 24th October with Bishop Seamus. Mass at 11.00am followed by shared lunch in St Mary's Parish Hall. More information from Department of Spirituality, Tel: 0191 243 3302

Annual Diocesan Day of Recollection - ' What is it to be a Christian?'  in partnership with The Council of Laity with Rev John Farrell OP on Saturday 31st October in St Joseph's Parish Hall, Gateshead from 10.30am - 4.00pm. Full details on the notice board at the back of Church.

Celebrate North East Conference - The 2015 Celebrate Catholic family weekend conference takes place on Saturday 7th November from 9.00am to 8.30pm and Sunday 8th November from 9.00am - 3.00pm at St Joseph's Catholic Academy, Hebburn. The cost is £30 for adults, £15 for 11-18 year olds, £10 for children £10 aged 4 to 11 and under 3’s are free. Prices include an evening meal on Saturday. More information and to book online visit the Celebrate website

Tea and Coffee Morning

Tea and Coffee will be served in the

Parish Centre after Mass on

Sunday morning. Proceeds in aid

of Action for Hearing Loss.

Last week's Coffee Morning

raised £35.45 for Cancer Research.

Next week's Coffee Morning is in

aid of Children's Liturgy.


Family Halloween Ceilidh

Friday 30th October from 7.00pm

The evening includes dancing to 'Blind Panic' Ceilidh Band, a Hot Supper to

be provided by Blackwell Butchers

of Norton, Raffle, Bar and Prizes

or best Halloween costume (every

child receives a prize). Tickets are

£8 (adult), £22 (family - 2 adults

and 2 children). Contact Vince

Rose (01325 353802 or email

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.

Father David's Silver Jubilee

Father David's Silver Jubilee is on

Tuesday 17th November. There will be

a special Mass at 9.30am that day

at which the children from Holy Family School are invited.

The Parish celebration is to be on

Friday 20th November at 7.00pm in

St Thomas Aquinas Church with refreshments afterwards in St Thomas' Aquinas Parish Hall. Lists for names

are on the notice board at the back

of Church. To assist with catering

please sign by 1st November.