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

School Parish Link: Charlotte Carr Tel. 07538258781

Mass Intentions 7th - 14th December

Sat      (7th)          6 p.m.         John Vanston, Vanston family & People of the Parish

Mon     (9th)         9:30            Tony Duncan

Tues    (10th)        9:30            Sarah Parker (M.B.)

Wed     (11th)        9:30            Peter and Rosemary Barlow

Thurs   (12th)        No Mass

Fri        (13th)         9:30             Sharon Rogers (ann.)

Sat       (14th)        9:30            Clare (A.J.)

                            6 p.m.         Marjorie Henderson & People of the Parish

Confession after Mass Saturday Morning


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., Christopher Brown, Kenneth Bruce, Andrew Brydon, Liz Butler, Dennis Champley, Christopher, Anne Conroy, James Cooper, Daniel, Fr. Dickson, Mary Ebblewhite, Connie Evans, Marianne Fairless, Kate Fleming, John Frain & partner Lynsy, Natasha and Nina Gabinska, Winnie Hudson, Ann Jones, Denise Jones, Dyllis Jones, Marie, Julie McCluskey, Morris,  Richy, Mr. Robinson, David Roche, Rose, Sarah, Vera Stanger, Les Thompson, all our sick friends and relatives.


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Rev. Alan Stainsby (well known to many of us) who has recently died.  Funeral takes place at St. Cuthbert’s church, Shadforth on Thursday 12th December at 10.15 a.m.  We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends at this sad time.  May he rest in peace.

Bake sale tonight after Mass.  Please call in and get yourselves a tasty treat while raising church funds.  If you have ordered pies, please collect from Charlotte who will be in the chapel after Mass.

Christmas flowers:  If you would like to contribute towards church Christmas flowers, please see Jo Anne.  You may want to do this in memory of a loved one.  If so, you are most welcome to write out a small card which can be placed among the floral arrangements.

Food bank:  Please continue with your donations.  The weather is cold and the holidays are approaching.  Please consider bringing along a selection box as a treat for the children.  Sincere thanks to everyone who contributes.

Items for seafarers:  Please bring any items to church by next week.  Thank you so much for your contributions so far.  We are aiming to send items to the port in plenty time for Christmas.  Warm clothing, toiletries, sweets and chocolate are most welcome at this time of year.

School Christmas Performances: Reception and KS1 on Tuesday 10th December 1.45 p.m. and 5 p.m.  KS2 on Wednesday 11th December 1.45 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Refreshments served in the school hall after each of the performances.   

Feasts during the week:  Monday,  Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Thursday, Our Lady of Guadeloupe; Friday, St. Lucy Virgin and Martyr; Saturday, St. John of the Cross.

 Christmas Raffle: Tickets on sale for our Christmas raffle.  There will be lots of lovely prizes to win and it will provide a welcome boost for church funds. 

 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 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:-Many thanks to those who supported last months raffle it raised 165.00  for church funds.

Mission Box Holders: The amount realised for the June quarter  was 390.27 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 Frank McCullagh. Meetings held Quarterly in the Presbytery.



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