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 1st August 2021 

Confessions: By prior arrangement with Fr. John (via his mobile number at top of Page).  Note: You will be required to stand.

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 & partner Lynsy, Winnie Hudson, 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 for this week will burn in loving memory of Kathleen Greener and Annie Trisnan

Mass Intentions

Sat       (31st)    4.30 p.m.         Marjorie Henderson (RIP), Margaret and Peter Thirlaway (RIP)

                                      and People of the Parish

 Wed  (4th)       10 a.m.    Austin, Madge, Austin jnr.,  Richy and Mo Carr


 Fri    (6th)       10 a.m.    Mary Moralee &  Kimmitt family


 Sat    (7th)       4.30 p.m. Living and deceased members of the Mather and Thompson families

Theo and June Kimmitt wedding anniversary celebration

                                      and People of the Parish

Stella Maris:  Following the recent Sea Sunday appeal, we donated 210 which is a fantastic amount.  A great big thank you to everyone for your generosity.  Deacon Peter will be collecting the items currently in church but please continue to bring them along. 

Crackets:  Mr Jim Hughes has kept himself very busy and donated more crackets for us to sell.  They are 10 and proceeds go to church funds.  For an idea, they are a lovely gift for a small child – varnish or paint it and add some transfers of their favourite characters.  To personalise it, add the child’s name.  Alternatively, they are just a nice height if you want to put your feet up!  If you would like to buy one, please see Norma. 

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  On  August  6th and  August  9th 1945,  atomic  bombs  were  exploded  over Hiroshima  and  Nagasaki.  Ever  since,  our  world  has  lived  under  the  threat  of extinction of the whole human family as a result of nuclear war. Let us pray with all our hearts that the Holy Spirit may guide the world’s leaders on the path to the elimination of nuclear weapons from our world, that civilian populations  may  never  again  have  to  live  in  fear  of  annihilation,  and  that resources may be redirected to saving lives and promoting human flourishing.

COVID:  Bishop Robert has instructed that due to the very high infection rates across all areas of the Diocese,  we retain all of the COVID control measures and cleaning protocols that we are currently following in all our churches and church halls until at least the end of August 2021.  Bookings will continue for Saturday Masses and Stewards will also be in place.  Please remember to sanitise your hands upon arrival and when leaving church, maintain social distancing at all times and please do not stop to talk at the entrance porch, exit area or in the church aisles.  Thank you for your co-operation.  Stay safe.

Feasts this week: Monday, St. Peter Julian Eymard.  Tuesday, St. Oswald.  Wednesday, St John Vianney.  Thursday, Dedication of St. Mary Major Basilica.  Friday, The Transfiguration of the Lord.  Saturday, St. Sixtus II Pp & Companions MM.

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.

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 2019/20 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

Mission Box Holders: The amount realised for the March 2021  quarter  was 545.00 this has been forwarded to Mill Hill missionaries in Durham.

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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