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Holy Family Lynx Group

The Lynx Group meets this Tuesday after the 9.30am Mass in the Church Room.

Parish Pastoral Council Meeting

The next Parish Pastoral Council Meeting is on Thursday 29th January in St Thomas Aquinas Presbytery at 7.00pm. Items for discussion should be handed to Mrs Cath Goodwin as soon as possible.

Pantomime Time

Cinderella to be presented in Holy Family Parish Centre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 29th, 30th, and 31st January 2015 from 7.15pm. Tickets : £4 (adult) : £3 (child) : £12 (family, 2 adults, 2 children).

Confirmation Course : January to February 2015

Young people in Y11 and older NOT at Carmel College

The sessions take place at the large Meeting Room at Carmel Convent on Nunnery Lane and one Retreat Day.

The dates are:-

Tuesday 27th January - The Sacrament of Confirmation

Tuesday 3rd February - Eucharist

Saturday 7th February - Day of Reflection

(Venue at St Anne's parish hall, Welbeck Avenue)

Monday 9th February - Rehearsal

Tuesday 10th February - Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Each session runs from 6.45pm - 8.30pm.

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:-

Sunday 25th January - Mass

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


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, led by Jayne and Richard Hayden.

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

Musicians - calling all youthful musicians. If anyone would like to join the ' youth 6.30pm music group' to play guitar, bass etc on the Sunday night Cluster Mass in St Augustine's, please call or text 0798 8940 376.

Holocaust Memorial Day - On Tuesday 27th January commencing at 1.00pm in Central Hall at the Dolphin Centre, there will be a ceremony 'Keeping the Memory Alive'. This event is open to all members of the public.

Youth Ministry Team- The first gathering of The Source for 2015 is on Wednesday 4th February from 7.00 - 8.30pm at St Mary's Cathedral. Young people of Year 9 and above from the across the diocese are invited to an event of praise and worship, input, prayer followed by refreshments.

Twenty Third Day of Prayer for the Sick - On Wednesday 11th February we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes with Holy Mass at 7.00pm with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick in St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne. The celebrant will be Bishop Seamus Cunningham. Please see notice board for more details.

'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.

Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Pilgrimage to Holy Land - 12th to 19th October 2015 - Full details are on the notice board at the back of Church.

Tea and Coffee Morning

Tea and Coffee will be served in the

Parish Centre after Mass this

Sunday morning (11th January).

 Proceeds in aid of the PTA.

Last week's Coffee Morning raised

£39.75 for Cancer UK.

Next week's Coffee Morning is for

the Children's Liturgy.

SVP Holy Island Camp 2015

For 60 years the SVP has enabled children to experience a holiday on the Cradle of Christianity - Holy Island.

They are always looking for new staff

to maintain this wonderful tradition

and at the same time become part

of the 'Holy Island Family'. They need dormitory helpers, kitchen staff, caretakers. If you think you could

help or for more information,

please contact Mick Reynolds

at SVP Ozanam Camp, Blackfriars,

The Ouseburn, New Bridge Street

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2TQ or

Telephone 07805 822542.

Please note recruitment is subject to

the completion of an application form, interview, taking up references and compliance with safeguarding

procedures, including DBS check

against the respective Barred List.

Commemoration of World War I

To mark the centenary of the First

World War and remember all those

who lost their lives in the conflict,

the bishops of England and Wales encourage the Catholic community

to participate in local civic or

ecumenical celebrations.

The following dates have been identified

as part of the anniversary celebrations.

25th April 2015 - The Gallipoli campaign

31st May and 1st June 2016 - the Battle of Jutland commemorating the war at sea

1st July 2016 - the Battle of the Somme

31st July 2017 - the start of the 3rd

Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) :

11th November 2018 - Armistice Day

Catholic parishes are asked to mark

these important anniversaries on the nearest Sunday by offering Mass for all those who died and to pray in the intercessions for those currently serving

in the armed forces, and for peace.