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                Our Lady of Lourdes, Shotton Colliery                                                 

Partnership of St. Mary the Virgin  Parish Priest: Rev. Frank McCullagh Tel. 0191 5812368

Parish Contact:  Mrs. Norma Musgrave Tel. 0191 5262965      Baptism Contact: Eileen Stephenson Tel. 0191 5267866

School Parish Link: Charlotte Carr Tel. 07538258781

URGENT SICK CALLS CONTACT OUR PRIEST

Rev. Frank McCullagh at St. Mary Magdalen Seaham Harbour Telephone 0191 5812368

PARISH NEWS

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said:

“I welcome the statement by the Prime Minister earlier today, that places of worship are now able to resume collective acts of worship from 4 July. This is welcome news for members of all religions in England. I thank all who have worked hard to bring this about, not least my fellow religious leaders.

“As Catholics we now look forward to being able to celebrate Mass together again from 4 July. We have waited with patience and longing for this moment, understanding the importance of protecting the health of people in our society. Now we are full of anticipation that we will be able again to take part together in the Eucharist, which lies at the centre of our faith

“It is important that we continue to abide by the guidance, given by the Government, on appropriate social distancing and the other measures to avoid all unnecessary risk. Our own detailed guidance will be distributed around dioceses and parishes so everyone can be confident that they may come to Mass securely and understand the part they are to play in protecting each other from any remaining risk of infection.

“The past few months have been a time of fashioning new patterns of prayer, new ways of exploring and enriching our faith and vigorous ways of reaching out to those in need. We can build on these, forgetting nothing of the graces we have been given. Yet now, with the experience of opening our churches for individual prayer already gained, this return to the more normal patterns of worship will be of great importance to all Catholics.

“This time of our ‘Eucharistic fast’ has made our hearts grow in longing for that moment when we can come together and receive again the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist. That moment is now very near and for that we thank God.”

Message From Father John         An Actual Spiritual Communion Which May Be Made At Mass Time

In union, dear Lord, with your Priest at every altar of your church where the Mass is being offered today, I desire to offer you Praise and Thanksgiving. I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament. And since I cannot now receive you Sacramentally, I ask you to come Spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you, and embrace you with all the affections of my soul. Let me never be separated from you. May the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my Body and Soul unto Everlasting Life.  Amen.

He will be saying a private Mass at home at 10am. each morning. Please text or ring his mobile phone on 07811101704. If you have Prayer Requests or Intentions,  He is also saying Mass Intentions from the Mass book for dates that have been requested.

Alternative Parishes St. Mary the Virgin Partnership.

Saturday Vigil Mass New Seaham 4.30pm. Horden 4.30pm. Blackhall 6pm. Shotton 6pm. all cancelled

Sunday Mass Hutton Henry 8.30am.  Seaham Harbour 9.30am. Peterlee 9.30am.  Murton 11am. Thornley 11am. Latin Mass 9am. all cancelled

Your prayers are asked for all the sick and housebound, including; Little Isaac, James and Jude, Steven Briggs, Steven Briggs Snr., Christopher Brown, Kenneth Bruce, Andrew Brydon, Liz Butler, Dennis Champley, Christopher, Anne Conroy, James Cooper, Daniel, Fr. Dickson, Mary Ebblewhite, Connie Evans, Marianne Fairless, Kate Fleming, John Frain & partner Lynsy, Winnie Hudson, Ann Jones, Denise Jones, Dyllis Jones, Marie, Julie McCluskey, Morris, Baby Nancy, Richy, Kenneth Robertson, Mr. Robinson, David Roche, Rose, Sarah, Vera Stanger, Les Thompson, all our sick friends and relatives.

 The Bulletin:  if you would like to share some good news with the parish, please let us know and we can announce it on the Bulletin, also don't forget to check out the notice boards for Diocesan news, courses etc.

Help needed:- Is there any handy persons in the parish that would like to help out with small jobs, just like in your own home small jobs crop up in the church and the presbytery . Please let us know if you maybe able to lend a hand. Thank you.   

Offertory Envelopes :-  Boxes of envelopes for planned giving are available from the back of church. Anyone who has not had envelopes in the past please consider taking a set as this helps us to forecast Parish income over the coming year. If you pay income tax and are not in the Gift Aid Scheme please consider joining as this tax can be claimed back by the Parish thus boosting Parish funds with no extra cost to you. Forms are available at the back of Church. 

Gift Aid Claims During tax year 2018/2019 we claimed back 1975.27 income tax from 8 gift aid members of this parish. If you pay tax and are not a member of the gift aid scheme see Pat Kimmitt or Joanne Musgrave for details.

Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme Tax year 2017/18 the parish claimed 1820.00 from amount collected from cash donated on the weekly collection plate.

Parish Accounts:- A report of the Parish Accounts will be available each month at the back of church. If you have any questions regarding the reports see Pat Kimmitt.

Fund Raising:- If you have any ideas to raise money for the church and would like to organise something please let Norma Musgrave know. We can publicise the event. The parish ladies will be willing to advise you on how to advertise your event.

Church Raffle:-Many thanks to those who supported last months raffle it raised 132.00  for church funds.

Mission Box Holders: The amount realised for the December quarter  was 357.84 this has been forwarded to Mill Hill missionaries in Durham.

First Aider:- Ian Robinson.

ACTIVITIES  Retreats and Courses:- a list of events and courses can be found on the notice board at the back of church.

PAROCHIAL COUNCIL CHAIRMAN Alan Briggs SECRETARY Jo-Anne Laing TREASURER Pat Kimmitt

OTHER MEMBERS Norma Musgrave, Mary Nicholson, Judith Robinson, Charlotte Carr and Father Frank McCullagh. Meetings held Quarterly in the Presbytery.

TO CONTACT US: OUR LADY OF LOURDES FLEMING FIELD SHOTTON COLLIERY DURHAM DH6 2JQ

 


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