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 11th April 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, A very sick person, all our sick friends and relatives.   All who are affected by the virus and/or are shielding

 Mass Intention

Sat     (10th)    4.30 p.m. Clare and Geoffrey Musgrave (RIP) & People of the Parish

Wed  (14th)     10:00       Margaret Murray (RIP)

Sat    (17th)     4.30 p.m. Austin, Madge, Austin Jnr., Richy and Mo Carr & People of the Parish


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Betty Francis, who has died.  Betty, formerly of Easington Lane parish, was a member of our Breakfast Club.  We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends at this very sad time.  Funeral will take place here on Friday at 2 p.m. (under current restrictions).  May she rest in peace.

Food bank - A massive thank you to everyone who gave donations for the foodbank leading up to Easter, especially all the lovely Easter eggs which were a treat for the children.  Please continue to bring contributions to church and we will make sure they get to the food bank as soon as possible.

Seafarers:  Once again, Deacon Peter came and collected a mountain of items which included warm clothing, toiletries, sweets and rosary beads, for which he was extremely grateful as there was a ship in the port whose crew had requested rosaries.  Please keep up the good work and many blessings to you all.

Birthday blessings to Norma who approaches middle age on Friday.  We wish you many happy returns and much love from your parish family.

Confessions arrangements:  For the foreseeable  future,  Fr John will not be  in a position  to hear confessions after Mass on Saturdays.  Anyone wishing to make their confession after Mass on Wednesday,  please text or ring him on his mobile number at the top of the page to make an appointment.

Mass Intentions:  For Saturday or Wednesday Masses, please leave intention requests with the Stewards. For date specific intentions to be offered at Fr John's private Mass on other days, please text or phone them to him. No offering is required for the latter.

Blessed John Ingram Petition:  Blessed John Ingram (1565 – 1594) is a local reformation martyr who was executed on Gateshead High Street for ministering to the faithful of this region. During his ministry, he was assisted and sheltered by local aristocrats, but was eventually apprehended and convicted on a charge of high treason. We ask you to please pray for the canonisation of this dedicated and selfless martyr.  An online petition has been set up to gain support for his cause. For the petition and more information on Blessed John Ingram, please see Diocesan website.

Second collection today.  There will be a collection  for the Northern  Brethren  Fund, supporting  sick and  retired  priests of the Diocese.  The appeal will remain open until 2nd May.

Feasts this week:  Tuesday, St. Martin I, Pope, Martyr.  Friday, St. Bernadette.

 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 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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