Our Lady of Lourdes, Shotton Colliery                                                               

Parochial Administrator: Fr. Ian Jackson

Pastoral Support: Fr. John Masshedar Tel.07811101704                Parish Contact:  Mrs. Norma Musgrave Tel. 0191 5262965/07932 465188

School/Parish Link: Charlotte Carr Tel. 07538 258781   Parish Welfare/Safeguarding Representative: Jo Anne Laing 07528 753110

PARISH NEWS 24th January 2021 

Confessions: By prior arrangement with Fr. John (via his mobile number at top of Page).  Note: You will be required to stand (and so will Fr. John!), therefore please consider others who may be waiting (and Fr. John’s legs!).

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, Connie Evans, John Frain & partner Lynsy, Winnie Hudson, Ann Jones, Denise Jones, Dyllis Jones, Marie, Julie McCluskey, Morris, Baby Nancy, Mr. Robinson, David Roche, Rose, Sarah, Vera Stanger, Les Thompson, all our sick friends and relatives.   All who are affected by the virus and/or are shielding.

Mass Intentions

Sat      (23rd)        4.30 p.m.    Marjorie Henderson (RIP) & People of the Parish

 Wed     (27th)        10:00  Joyce Kimmitt & June Fennelly (RIP), Lorretto (sick person), & Marjorie  Henderson  (birthday ann.)         

Sat       (30th)        4.30 p.m.    Clare and Geoffrey Musgrave (RIP) & People of the Parish

 FR JOHN'S  PRIVATE MASS INTENTIONS: Sun 24th Peter and Rosemary Barlow, Mon 25th Holy Souls, Tues 26th Maureen McGough (RIP),

Thur 28th Richard Carr (RIP), Fri 29th Vocations, Sat 30th a.m.  The lonely and housebound  

Please  pray for the repose  of  the  soul of Richard Carr who died on Tuesday.  We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends at this sad time, especially those who are unable to travel to pay their last respects.  Funeral service and burial will take place on Thursday.  May he rest in peace.

Food bank:  Most of us will be aware how desperate the need is to support the food banks.  Please continue your generosity by bringing food items along to church or, if you would prefer to make a cash donation, please hand in when you arrive for Mass.  Thank you and many blessings to those who continuously support the food bank and seafarers.

This weekend is the Word of God. We are, as always, encouraged to love and read the Scriptures.  

St. Joseph: This Year has been named by Pope Francis as the Year of St Joseph - a great saint about whom we’d love to know

Used stamps - can be brought to church for helping the work of the Little Sisters of the poor.  You can place them in the box at the back of church as you leave.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021  The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from 18th – 25th January, the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. This year, resources have been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, "Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit", is based on John 15: 1 – 17 and expresses Grandchamp Community's vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.  Resources can be found on the Diocesan website.

COVID update:  While some of our churches have been temporarily closed, we are most fortunate that Fr. Ian and Fr. John have chosen to keep our church open, for which we are most grateful and sincerely thank them.  Please remember to protect them and your fellow parishioners by continuing to follow all social distancing measures and hand sanitising protocols.  As previously advised, if you wish to speak to the Priest, please make an appointment and do not directly approach him upon entering or leaving the church.

LATEST SCAM – CORONAVIRUS VACCINE Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccine to target the public by tricking them to hand over cash or financial details. They are sending convincing looking text messages letting people know they are eligible for the vaccine or phoning people directly pretending to be from the NHS, or local pharmacy The NHS will: • NEVER ask for payment - the vaccine is free • NEVER ask for your bank details • NEVER arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine • NEVER ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport

Racial Unity: Next Sunday is a day of special prayer for racial unity.

Feasts this week:  Monday; Conversion of St. Paul, Tuesday; Ss. Timothy and Titus Bps, Wednesday; St. Angela Merici V, Thursday; St. Thomas Aquinas P, D

Please remember all NHS staff, Key Workers, Carers and members of Armed Forces in your prayer



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:-cancelled.

Mission Box Holders: The amount realised for the December 2019  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.


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



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