Our Lady of Lourdes, Shotton Colliery       


Parish Priest: Fr. Peter Stoddart Tel. 0191 7161057  email

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 16th January2022

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. Gary Dickson, Connie Evans, John Frain, Lynsy, Maureen Iley, Ann Jones, Denise Jones, Marie, Julie McCluskey, Morris, Mr. Robinson, David Roche, Rose, Sarah, Vera Stanger, Les Thompson, All our sick friends and relatives.   

The Sanctuary Lamp    Intention this week is for the repose of the soul of Margaret Thirlaway

Mass Intentions

Sat   15th)         4.30 p.m.   Thanksgiving to the Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Church  

Wed   (19th)      10 a.m.     Eddie Proudlock (RIP)

 Fri   (21st)       10 a.m.               Pat Morley (RIP)

Sat   (22nd)      4.30 p.m.  Owen Bartley, Gerald Osborne (RIP) and People of the Parish        


Confessions: 3.45 p.m. to 4.15 p.m. on Saturdays.

PEACE SUNDAY is this weekend and this year Pope Francis asks us to think about ‘Education, work and dialogue between generations: tools for building lasting peace’.  The need for peace in the world is obvious.   People are struggling against violence and conflict, growing inequalities, the effects of climate change and the covid pandemic.   How can we harness the gifts and energy of all generations in the work of peacemaking?  Which ‘tools for building lasting peace’ do you think Pope Francis might be talking about?  In this country we have an active Catholic peace movement in Pax Christi, which does a great deal of good work to promote peace and nonviolence through parishes, schools and social media.  Their website suggests many ways we can all become better peacemakers. There are activities for families to do at home, including a peace liturgy for young children.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th to 25th January 2022) Parishioners are encouraged to say the following prayer once a day for the eight days from 18th to 25th January: Lord Jesus, you were the first to pray for the unity of your disciples. We want to make your prayer, ‘that they may all be one,’ our own, ‘Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me’. We pray to you for the unity of Christians, in our Diocese and beyond, according to your will, according to your means. May your Spirit enable us to experience the suffering caused by division, to see our sin and to hope beyond all hope. Amen.

Crib collection money has been donated to CAFOD.  We know that it will be put to good use! Thank you.

COVID update.  Please continue to respect the wishes of parishioners who maintain social distancing and prefer to keep within their own personal space.  We need to keep  to  a  safe  distance  from  the  people  in  front and behind and should therefore consider not kneeling if the person in front of us remains seated.  In addition to social distancing, masks should be worn and hand sanitizer is still available. Consider others.  Stay safe!

Feasts this week: • Monday - St. Anthony • Wednesday - St. Wulstan • Thursday - St. Sebastian • Friday - St Agnes • Saturday - St. Vincent

 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.. 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.



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