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Our Lady of Lourdes, Shotton Colliery                                                               

Parish Priest: Fr. Peter Stoddart

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

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

PARISH NEWS 26th September 2021 

Your prayers are asked for all the sick and housebound including; Isaac, James, Jude, Nancy, 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, Lynsy, Ann Jones, Denise Jones, Marie, Julie McCluskey, Morris, Mr. Robinson, David Roche, Rose, Sarah, Vera Stanger, Les Thompson, A very sick person, all our sick friends and relatives.   All who are affected by the virus and/or are shielding.

  The Sanctuary Lamp  this week will burn for  the living and deceased members of the Barnes families.

 Mass Intentions

Sat      (25th)  4.30 p.m. Joseph Bernard Devine (RIP) & People of the Parish

No weekday Masses

 Sat    (2nd)      4.30 p.m. Janis Patterson (RIP), Marjorie Henderson (RIP) & People of the Parish

 

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sarah Armstrong (née Barlow) aged 98, formerly of this parish, who died last weekend.  We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends at this sad time.  May she rest in peace.

A big warm “Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Welcome” to our new Parish Priest, Fr. Peter Stoddart who is concelebrating Mass with Fr. Ian tonight.  Fr. Stoddart will move into the presbytery once refurbishment has been completed but it is pleasure that he is joining us tonight.  We wish him many blessings and many happy years in our parish.

COVID update:  Sorry to batter your brains with lots of information last week.  Fr. Ian has reviewed the situation and advised that we don’t make too many changes until his handover to Fr. Stoddart.  Therefore, we are monitoring attendance to ensure we can cope with the capacity of the church and if necessary will resume bookings.  We will still place you so we can safely maximise use of the church.  We are singing now (which is fab) and we will continue to keep the stewards at hand to ensure there’s no further confusion until the changeover.  Please remember to wear a mask, sanitise your hands and stay safe.  Any questions, please see Jo Anne.

Diocesan Year of the Eucharist  Bishop Robert has announced the Year of the Eucharist will be celebrated in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and will be launched during Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday 17th October 2021, simultaneously with the launch of the Synod.

The aims of the Year of the Eucharist are:

To celebrate the Eucharist at the heart of the life and mission of the Church and to gather people back.

To grow as a Diocese in our love and appreciation of the Eucharist.

To deepen our appreciation of the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist through the rites.

To revitalise and renew our faith through a deepening prayer and devotion of the Eucharist.

To go out and serve the world through the nourishment of the Eucharist

The Year of the Eucharist will be celebrated in Episcopal Areas, Partnerships, Parishes and Schools and will provide a framework of prayer for the Diocese’s participation in the first stage of the Synod.

CAFOD Family Fast day is Friday 1st October.  There will be a second collection next Saturday. CAFOD’s local experts are helping people all over the world to adapt to climate change and protect our common home. By donating to CAFOD this Family Fast Day you can help those communities. You can donate online through the CAFOD website https:// cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day or by placing your contribution in the CAFOD Family Fast Day donation basket as you leave church.

Feasts this week:  Monday, Saint Vincent de Paul.  Wednesday, Ss. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels.  Thursday, Saint Jerome.  Friday, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus. Saturday, The Holy Guardian Angels.

Please remember all NHS staff, Key Workers, Carers and members of 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.

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. 

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

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 Ian Jackson. Meetings held Quarterly in the Presbytery.

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

 


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