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Holy Family Lynx Group

There will be a Lynx Group meeting on Tuesday 24th March after the 9.30am Mass in the Church Room. This meeting will be the last for this session.

British Summer Time

Please remember to put your clocks forward one hour next weekend.

Holy Week

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. We begin in the Parish Centre with the Blessing of Palms before processing to Church for the 9.30am Mass.

Washing of the Feet - Holy Thursday

At the Mass of the Lord's Supper, we are looking for volunteers for the Washing of the Feet. There is a list at the back of Church for names. After Mass the altar is stripped of all ornaments and cloths, the cross and candlesticks.


There will be Watching before the Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday finishing at 10.00pm. A list is at the back of Church for those wishing to stay in Church after the Mass of the Lord's Supper.

Good Friday

This is a day of Fasting and Abstinence or other act of self-denial. There will be Stations of the Cross at 11.00am on Good Friday in Holy Family. At 3.00pm the Commemoration of the Lord's Passion takes place.  

Holy Saturday

The Vigil Mass of Easter is at 8.00pm.

Easter Sunday

Mass is at 9.30am on Easter Sunday.


Lists are available at the back of Church for names for Readers, Offertory Procession and Eucharistic Ministers over the Paschal Triduum. If you are willing to help and know the services you will be attending, please sign the list.

First Holy Communion Programme

The sessions will be held in Holy Family Church from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Holy Family school children will be taken to the sessions by a member of staff. Children must then be collected from Holy Family Church at the end of the sessions. In preparation for First Holy Communion, children and families are required to attend weekly Mass. The Mass dates are particularly important as they are connected to the preparation sessions:-

Wednesday 22nd April followed by Mass on Sunday 26th April

Wednesday 17th June followed by Mass on Sunday 21st June

(Children are invited to wear their Communion outfits to this Mass)

Wednesday 1st July followed by Mass on Sunday 5th July

Lenten Service

There will be a Lenten Service in Holy Family Church at 12 noon on Wednesday 25th March, followed by a Lenten Lunch in the Meeting Room of Holy Family Parish Centre.

Passover Meal

This will be held in the Parish Centre on Tuesday 31st March at 7pm. Please put your name on the list at the back of Church if you wish to attend.

News from around the Diocese

Icon Exhibition of 12 Northern Saints March 16th to April 12th at Durham Cathedral - Icons "written" in prayer and fasting at Centre for Prayer & Mission, Seaham. Evangelising outreach - The Saints in their time lived and shared the Gospel so we are encouraged to do the same today. Groups praying with the Icons would be a great witness to the strength of our faith. Include a prayer-walk by the riverside and tea in the Cathedral Café.

Penitential Service - There is a Penitential Service in St Augustine's on Tuesday 24th March at 7.00pm.

White Rabbit - RISE Theatre UK Tour 2015 - YMT are delighted to welcome the professional Christian theatre company RISE Theatre, who will be performing their brand new original play 'White Rabbit' at St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle on Thursday 26th March. 'White Rabbit' is a powerful story about two people and their journey to faith - an imaginative and moving tale of love, loss and self-discovery. The play features an original score by singer-songwriter and director Charley Pinfold. For booking information and tickets please contact YMT on 01207 592244 or Tickets are also available from the Cathedral Bookshop and Cloister Café and can be bought online at Tickets cost £5. The performance starts at 7.30pm and is suitable for adults and ages 12+. For more info about RISE Theatre and their work please visit

Diocesan Festival - The third Diocesan Festival will take place over the weekend of Saturday 20th to 21st June at Emmaus Youth Village, Consett.

The speakers include Fr Jim Clarke from the United States, our own Father Jim O'Keefe and performing artists, RISE Theatre and Steve Murray, more than Dance and much more. There are streams for children and young people so there is something for everyone! Booking forms are now available either from the back of Church or can be downloaded from the diocesan website: For more information, see the diocesan website, email or contact the Diocesan offices on 0191 243 3313.

Tea and Coffee Morning

Tea and Coffee will be served in the

Parish Centre after Mass this

Sunday morning.


Last week's Coffee Morning raised

£34.65 for the Lima Missions.


The next Marriage Preparation Day

course for couples is on Sunday 10th April from 10.15am till 4.00pm at Carmel Convent meeting hall on Nunnery Lane.

Mission Newsletter

Copies of the latest Newsletter of

the Daughters of Charity of

St Vincent de Paul from

Sister Patricia are available at

the back of Church.

Please take one.


At the Parish Pastoral Council, it was agreed that there was a need for a

Liturgy Group in the parish to arrange Lenten Services and Lunches and

various other activities during Lent and throughout the year. There is a list at

the back of Church for those interested

in joining the Liturgy group and a

meeting can then be arranged in

the near future.