Father David is away for two weeks


Father Harry Ryan from Holy Family will be celebrating weekend Masses on 1st/ 2nd and 8th/9th November. In case a priest is urgently needed please ring either Father Seamus Doyle on 01325 266602 or Father Greg Price on 01325 257681. All hospital enquiries continue to contact Deacon Jurgen Muller on 01325 743029 and for emergency sick call ring Darlington Memorial Hospital on 01325 380100 and ask switchboard for on-call Catholic Priest. Father David returns on 11th November.


British Summer Time


Ends weekend 25th/26th October - remember to turn clocks back one hour on Saturday night.


Holy Family Lynx Group


The Lynx Group continues its meetings on Tuesday 14th October after the 9.30am Mass.


Baptism Courses


The dates for the next Baptism Courses are as follows :


Holy Family Sacristy - Wednesday 22nd October from 7.00 to 8.00pm. Please tel: 463636 if you are attending.


St Thomas Aquinas Presbytery - Wednesdays 26th November and 3rd December from 7.00 to 8.00pm. Please tel: 463636 if you are attending.


Marriage Preparation


The Marriage Preparation Day is in Carmel Retreat Centre, Nunnery Lane on Sunday 26th October 2014 for  couples wishing to marry in Holy Family next year (2015). Please see Father David as soon as possible if you wish to attend.


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 Wednesdays October 29th, November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and 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.


Holy Family Church Choir


Choir practices resume on Friday 7th November at 2.00pm in Church. New members welcome.


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


Visit and talk from Joe Plumb from the Peru Mission - Joe will be visiting the parishes on weekend 1st/2nd November and giving an update presentation of the mission work he's involved in. We warmly welcome Joe and his wife Gina and their little son Joseph to our parishes.


Praying with the Northern Saints - an 'All Saints' day on the heritage of St Aidan and the countless other saints in our area. St Aidan's RC Church, Green Lane, Holy Island. Saturday 1st November from 12 noon to 4.00pm (tides 11.40am to 7.35pm). To book please email spirituality@diocesehn.org.uk or telephone 0191 243 3302.


RoadPeace North East - RoadPeace is a national charity to support all victims, families and friends of road traffic crashes. We are hosting our own North East Branch World remembrance day in memory of all those victims who have been injured or who have sadly lost their lives. The service will be held at Durham Cathedral on Saturday 1st November at 2.00pm. We would like to invite anyone who would wish to attend.


Carmel College PTA - presents a Quality Christmas Fayre to be held at the College on Thursday 6th November from 6.30 - 9.00pm. Please see poster on the notice board for more details.


Diocesan Sacramental Day on Baptism - An opportunity to develop your understanding of what it means to be a Baptism Catechist. For those already involved and those interested in becoming involved. Saturday 8th November from 10am to 3pm in St Joseph's Parish Hall, Gateshead. To book please email adult.formation@diocesehn.org.uk or telephone 0191 243 3313.


Age Concern - there is a fundraising event on Friday 14th November at Maidendale House, Burnside Road - Tickets £10. Proceeds will go to buy a Mini Bus to transport older people to and from the Day Care Centre at Age UK and also trips out. Fancy Dress Optional. For tickets call 01325 362832. More details on the notice board.


The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham at St Osmund's Catholic Church, Gainford - The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed - 1st November at 12 noon. Remembrance Sunday - 9th November at 9.30am

Christ the Universal King - Sunday 23rd November at 11.30am. Please see notice board for more details.


Youth Ministry Conference with David Wells - All adult parishioners and young people (15 +) are invited to this year's conference entitled 'Outrageous Hope' on Saturday 22nd November at St Mary's Catholic School, Newcastle. The facilitator is David Wells from Plymouth Diocese, well-known as a dynamic and gifted speaker who, at a time when we review the way forward for our diocese, will help us both to evaluate and look towards the future for our ministry with young people. There is no charge for the day but please book early. Booking forms available from the Youth Ministry Team on 01207 592244 or email admin@ymt.org. Details also on YMT website www.ymt.org or from the Parish office during opening hours : 9.30am - 11.30pm Monday to Friday and 1.00 - 5.00pm Tuesdays and Fridays.


'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.


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: www.ymt.org


Tea and Coffee Morning


Tea and Coffee will be served in the

Parish Centre after Mass this

Sunday morning (19th October).

Proceeds in aid of the Lima Missions.


Last week's Coffee Morning raised

£33 for Cancer UK


Next week's Coffee Morning is for

Christians against Poverty.




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.If you are Interested please

ring Father David on 01325 463636

leaving your name and

telephone contact.


Retiring Collection


There will be a retiring collection after

both masses next weekend for the

Clergy Training Fund. The collection

will remain open and contributions

invited until 23rd November.



Spiritual Retreat for 18 - 22 year olds


People aged between 18 to 22 years

of age are invited to a Spiritual Retreat

to be held at Carmel Divine Retreat

Centre, Nunnery Lane from

Saturday 25th October to

Wednesday 29th October.


Cost will be £100 towards food, heating

and lighting. Those wishing to attend

the Retreat are requested to bring

their own bedding. Further details

from Carmel Divine Retreat Centre

or on mobile 0791 861 1669.


Holy Family Parish Christmas Fair


Our annual Parish Christmas Fair will

be held on Saturday 29th November

in the Parish Centre.


Christmas Draw tickets will be

available this weekend. Grand Prizes

to be won - £2 per book. Please take

some to sell to your family and friends.

More details about the Fair coming soon.


Carmel College Teaching

School Alliance


Are you considering a career in the

classroom supporting the teaching

and learning in primary schools across

the age range? The Teaching Assistant Course is suitable for anyone who

wants to work in schools in a

supporting role.


More details are on the notice

board at the back of Church.