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Holy Family Lynx Group


The Lynx Group continues on Tuesday after the 9.30am service in the Church Room.


Holy Family School PTA


The PTA will present a 'Quiz Night' on Friday 27th February from 7.00pm in Holy Family Parish Centre, to include stand-up bingo and raffle. Tickets £5 to include nibbles. A full bar will be available for adults. Come along for a great night! Contact 07772 345147.


Lent Fast Day


Please help us raise money to lift the world's poorest people out of poverty. This year, every £1 you donate will be matched by the UK Government - meaning your giving will have double the impact. Lent Fast Day is on Friday 27th February.


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 25th February followed by Mass on Sunday 1st March

Wednesday 18th March followed by Mass on Sunday 22nd March

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


50p a week club


The new subscription year starts on 1st March and if you wish to continue your membership or become a new member please complete the form attached to the parish newsletter. Existing members will retain their membership number and new members will be issued with a number.


Baptism Course


The next Baptism Course is in Holy Family Church Sacristy on Mondays 2nd and 9th March from 7pm to 8pm - all parents seeking baptism for children welcome.


Stations of the Cross


On Tuesdays 24th February, 3rd March, 10th March and 17th March. Anyone wishing to lead the Stations are invited to put their names on the list at the back of Church.


'Family Matters'


Parishioners are invited to submit any information,articles or photos, which will be of interest to the Holy Family congregation by 8th March.


Watching


The Holy Father has asked for a 24-hour Watch to take place on Friday 13th March beginning at 9.30am to Saturday 14th March ending at 9.30am. The theme is 'God rich in mercy'. A list is at the back of Church for those wishing to take part in this. Please enter your names by 8th March if you are willing to take part.


Tour of Ireland 2015

  

A meeting has been arranged for this group on Thursday 19th March at 4.00pm in the Sacristy of Holy Family Church. A draft Itinerary will be available and an opportunity to pay their final balance and meet the Tour Operator, Carl. Cheques should be made payable to CAB Tours Limited. Anyone wishing to join the tour will be very welcome to attend the meeting. Contact Tel No: 01325 243773 or Mobile : 0779 031 1872.


Holy Family Parish Pastoral Council


The next meeting is on Thursday 19th March at 7pm in the Parish Centre Meeting Room.


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


Coffee & Chat - every Tuesday in St Anne's Hall, Welbeck Avenue from 1pm to 2.30pm. All welcome.


Lenten Service - The parishioners of St Mary's Church in Cockerton wish to invite you to their Lenten Service on Wednesday 25th February at 12 noon followed by a Lenten Lunch.


St Augustine's Parish Centre - Saturday 28th February at 7.30pm. Black Tie Dinner Dance. Here's a chance to shake off the winter blues and dress up for a night of dancing and fund raising. Dress code black and white with live music. Why not reserve a table of 8 when purchasing your tickets. Tickets are £12.50, available from the PC Bar or email staugspc@gmial.com or telephone 07909 747145


Visit of Cardinal Tagle to St Mary's Cathedral - Prominent during Pope Francis' tour of the Philippines, where he gathered a record crowd of over 6 million people for the celebration of Mass, was the Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and we are fortunate that he will be visiting St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle on Monday 9th March. He will celebrate the 12.05pm Mass (which will be sung), and will speak at an Evening Celebration at 7.00pm. Cardinal Tagle is an inspiring communicator and is well respected for his involvement in many social issues and his work among the poor. Everyone is welcome.


'On Fire' - A diocesan retreat for Confirmation candidates takes place at the Youth Village on Friday 20th to Saturday 21st March 2015. Details from YMT on 01207 592244.


St Patrick's Day Ceilidh with HCPT Group 195 and Compass Rose - on Saturday 21st March 2015 at St Augustine's Parish Centre. Doors open at 7pm with first dance at 7.30pm. Tickets : £5 to include pie & peas, available from 01325 4690652 or group195@hcpt.org.uk





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

£40.24 for the Air Ambulance.



St Cuthberts Care


For almost 70 years St Cuthberts Care has offered services to help care for

some of the most vulnerable and disenfranchised members of our communities. Their work focuses upon

the provision of specialist disability services, residential homes for children and young people with challenging behaviours, fostering, nursing and residential care for older people and

a number of day resources and community support. With our prayers

and support during Lent they can

continue to offer the very best care

and support to people who are disadvantaged by circumstance or disability throughout our diocese.



Marriages


Would couples planning to get married in 2015 please get in touch with Father

David before making any other arrangements. Normally six months is needed to prepare couples and do paperwork before the wedding and

twelve months if planning to

get married abroad.


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.



Lent Fast Day - Friday 27th February


Storms, droughts and floods are having

a devastating impact on our poorest

brothers and sisters around the world

right now. CAFOD works with local expert organisations to ensure affected people

are not only able to survive, but to thrive.

Fast Days are our opportunity to support

that vital work. There is good news in that

the UK Government has promised to

match every pound and penny you give

this Lent up to the value of £3.5m.

Please give as much as you can in next week's collection, so that long-term,

deep-rooted devastation from extreme

weather doesn't become a fact of life.