imageBULLETIN 17th - 24th November 2018


  Saturday 17th Vigil 6pm Peter, Ellen Darwin, Ellen Brandling, Veronica Hall, Margaret Ross and the People of the Parish                     
  Sunday 18th No Mass                                       
  Monday 19th 9.30am Ray and Mary Humble
  Tuesday 20th 9.30am In thanksgiving
  Wednesday 21st 9.30am. Deceased members of the Johnson family
  Thursday 22nd 9.30am. No Mass
  Friday 23rd 9.30am  Liz Ward
Saturday 24th 9.30am Geoffrey Musgrave
Saturday 24th Vigil 6pm. David Fleetham Anniversary Michael McCarthy  and the People of the Parish  
  Holy Days of Obligation as announced 
  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament as announced   
   Confession after Mass Saturday morning.
  Parish Contact:- Mrs. N. Musgrave 01915262965
  Baptisms:- Eileen Stephenson is our parish co-ordinator for Baptisms. If you need to make arrangements for Baptism, Eileen can be contacted on Tel. 5267866  



URGENT SICK CALLS CONTACT OUR PRIEST Rev. Frank McCullagh at St. Mary Magdalen Seaham Harbour Telephone 0191 5812368


 Parish Priest: Rev. Frank  McCullagh

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,  Mr. Robinson, Richy, Rose, Sarah, Vera Stanger, Les Thompson, all our sick friends and relatives.


Please pray for the repose of soul of Liz Ward (Mrs. Ashton’s mam) who has died.  We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends at this very sad time.  Funeral takes place at St. Michael’s church, Houghton-le-Spring on Tuesday at 1.30 p.m.  May she rest in peace.

Bake sale after Mass.  Please call in and help support church fundraising while getting a tasty treat.

Our Lady of Lourdes School Christmas Fayre – shopping experience takes place on Thursday 22nd November between 3.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.  The school hall will be open for the opportunity of purchasing a lovely selection of gifts made by local craft makers.  Refreshments will also be available.  Everyone welcome to come along.  Full details are on the poster at the back of church.

Good neighbours: It’s the time of year when the nights are cold and dark, and many of us are thinking about preparing for the festivities of Christmas.  Please remember to keep an eye out if you have an elderly or housebound neighbour and consider if you could do a good deed to help them out e.g. shopping, general errands or providing a hot meal.  A small gesture can make a big difference.

Christmas cards and calendars are on sale in the chapel.

Food bank donations:  As Christmas approaches it would be nice to make sure the children receive a treat, therefore if you would like to give a selection box(es) as part of the food bank donations, please bring them along to church and Norma will make sure they get to the food bank in plenty of time for Christmas.

Youth Sunday Collection Next weekend we celebrate Youth Sunday.  Bishop Seamus and the Youth Ministry Trust wish to thank you for your generous contributions to last year’s collection and for all you have done throughout the year to support our young people on their faith journey.  There will be a collection next week to support the work of YMT.  Envelopes are available if you would like the opportunity to Gift Aid your donation.

Clergy training fund appeal remains open until 25th November for private donations

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 214.50  for church funds.

Mission Box Holders: The amount realised for the September quarter  was 472.82 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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