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

Mass Intentions January 12th - 19th

Confession after Mass Saturday Morning

Sat       (12th)       6 p.m.         Owen Bartley & People of the Parish.

Mon     (14th)       9:30            Peter and Rosemary Barlow

Tues    (15th)        9:30            McCluskey family

Wed     (16th)        9:30            Deceased members of the Quinn family

Thurs   (17th)        9:30            Forster Moore (sick person)

 Fri       (18th)        9:30            Mary Hoban (J.C.)

Sat       (19th)       9:30            Geoffrey Musgrave (A.M)

                            6 p.m.         Nora and Tommy McCluskey & People of the Parish



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

Alternative Parishes St. Mary the Virgin Partnership.

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

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

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


Annual White Flower Appeal takes place next Saturday at Mass.  We have always been excellent supporters of this very worthwhile pro-life cause so please give as generously as possible.

First Holy Communion:  Tonight the children will be presented to the parish as we extend a warm welcome to them and their families.  Please pray for the children and their families as they partake in Sacramental preparation.  We wish many blessings on them at this exciting time in their journey of faith.

Happy Birthday to Morris who is 82 today.  Many blessings and best wishes Morris from your parish family.

Annual Chocolate Tombola:  If you have any unwanted chocolates, biscuits and sweets, please bring them along to church for our chocolate tombola which will take place before the beginning of Lent.  Please feel free to also bring along any surplus gifts which will be used for forthcoming raffles and tombolas.

Antrim Gardens Centre for Prayer and Mission, Seaham Harbour:  The programme for Jan to April is available to view at the back church.  There are also some printed information sheets available to take.  There are lots of activities you could participate in, one of which we are already involved with is the collection of items for seafarers.  Others include the prayer shawl ministry (knitting/crochet items for the homeless, babies, the sick).  The charity for the homeless, Changing Lives is also supported by Antrim Gardens.  Everyone welcome to join Sr. Michael in her evangelical work for many good causes as well as prayer and spiritual enhancement.

Please remember all the members of our Armed Forces in your prayers

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 2017/2018 we claimed back 2121.52 income tax from 30 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 2016/17 the parish claimed 1799.99 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 210.65  for church funds.

Mission Box Holders: The amount realised for the September quarter  was 383.67 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.


OTHER MEMBERS Norma Musgrave, Jo-Anne Laing, Mary Nicholson, Judith Robinson, and Father Frank McCullagh. Meetings held Quarterly in the Presbytery.



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