Our Lady of Lourdes, Shotton
Partnership of St. Mary the Virgin
Rev. Frank McCullagh Tel.
Mrs. Norma Musgrave Tel. 0191 5262965
Eileen Stephenson Tel.
School Parish Link:
Charlotte Carr Tel. 07538258781
SICK CALLS CONTACT OUR PRIEST
Rev. Frank McCullagh at St. Mary
Magdalen Seaham Harbour Telephone 0191 5812368
Pastoral Letter of Bishop Robert Byrne CO for distribution in Holy
My dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,
I especially wanted to write to you as we begin Holy Week facing the
threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. I want to assure you that all the
clergy and faithful are uppermost in my thoughts and prayers. Without
doubt we are living in challenging times but we should see this as an
opportunity to have an ever-deeper faith and trust in the Lord. In these
days of Holy Week, we unite ourselves more earnestly to the sufferings
of the Lord on the Cross and wait with him for the glorious day of the
Resurrection and new life.
At this time, we normally look forward to participating in the events
of our Lord’s death and resurrection through the liturgies of the Sacred
Triduum. Sadly, this year we are unable to do so. Instead we unite
ourselves spiritually with the whole Church in our homes. We can do this
in several ways. I would encourage all those who are able to read the
texts of the Holy Week liturgies and to pray the Liturgy of the Hours or
the Holy Rosary. We can also make a Spiritual Communion which
prayerfully expresses our faith in Christ’s presence in the Blessed
Sacrament. There are a number of spiritual resources on our diocesan
website to help you do this. Thanks to modern technology we can also
join with our Cathedral and other churches in the diocese and elsewhere
which are live-streaming the ceremonies. In these ways we are able to
deepen our unity with our brothers and sisters throughout the world who
are suffering with us and sometimes in a worse situation.
A number of people have asked about the Sunday Mass obligation and
the requirement to make our Easter duties of receiving Holy Communion
and confessing our sins. By decree of the President of the Bishops’
Conference of 18th March 2020, the Bishops of England and Wales have
dispensed with the Sunday obligation to attend Mass for the time being
and also, for this year, the requirement to receive Holy Communion and
the Sacrament of Reconciliation at Easter or thereabouts. The Bishops
have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this
time. This requires us to be contrite of heart for what we have done,
know and be overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God for his children,
and to approach this grace with humility and resolution not to sin
Many of us are bewildered by the situation in which we find
ourselves. Normal life has ceased by the unprecedented measures which
all of us have a duty to undertake in order to contain and stop this
threat to life. Nonetheless our Catholic faith remains a vital comfort
and support to us now and as we face the future. We can sustain our life
of prayer by the reading of the Scriptures, praying the Rosary, novenas
and litanies and using the social media to keep ourselves connected in
the communion of faith.
I want to say a special word to those who are preparing to be
baptized or received into full communion with the Church at the Easter
Vigil. I had the pleasure of meeting many of you at the Rite of Election
on the 1st Sunday of Lent. I witnessed then the excitement and
enthusiasm that you had at taking this great step in your journey of
faith. I am sorry that you are unable to continue this journey as you
planned. I assure you that your baptism or reception will take place as
soon as possible. In the meantime, please see the delay as an
opportunity to deepen your love and trust in the Lord. His grace
continues to work in our lives whatever the circumstances.
Let me take this opportunity to thank all those who are doing so much
to support our local communities and parishes. I want to thank
especially our NHS staff and all those who have care of the sick. You
are doing a splendid job and we are all deeply grateful to you. Thanks
also to our headteachers and staff of the numerous schools that have
remained open – your work is an invaluable support to parents working in
the NHS and others who are at the forefront of the battle against the
I ask you all to remember the injunction of the Lord to love our
neighbour, which has not been suspended! Please have a special care for
those who are elderly or vulnerable and be ready to give them a helping
hand. Please keep in your prayers those who suffer with the virus and
those who care for them and for those who have died.
Although we are more physically separated at this time yet we are
united through our faith and in the prayers of our Lady and the saints.
Let us find our hope in Christ who is with us in all the trials of our
life. Yours devotedly in Christ, Rt Rev Robert Byrne CO Bishop of
Hexham and Newcastle
As you know, all public worship is suspended for the duration of the
present crisis. The clergy, will, however, be celebrating the Holy
Week and Easter Liturgies in Church, or at home, without the
presence of the faithful. Fr John will be conducting the following
services during Holy Week:
Palm Sunday - Mass at 10am (at home)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - Mass at 10am (at home)
Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper (at home)
Good Friday - Solemn Liturgy of the Passion - 3pm (in Church)
Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil and First Mass of the Resurrection -
6pm (in Church)
Easter Sunday - Mass at 10am (at home)
All are warmly invited to associate themselves spiritually with
these liturgies at the appropriate times.
Message From Father John
An Actual Spiritual Communion Which May Be Made At Mass Time
union, dear Lord, with your Priest at every altar of your church
where the Mass is being offered today, I desire to offer you Praise
and Thanksgiving. I believe that you are truly present in the Holy
Sacrament. And since I cannot now receive you Sacramentally, I ask
you to come Spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you, and
embrace you with all the affections of my soul. Let me never be
separated from you. May the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
preserve my Body and Soul unto Everlasting Life. Amen.
will be saying a private Mass at home at 10am. each morning. Please
text or ring his mobile phone on 07811101704. If you have Prayer
Requests or Intentions, He is also saying Mass Intentions from
the Mass book for dates that have been requested.
CONGRATULATIONS! and good wishes to Father Frank who celebrates the
Golden Jubilee of his ordination to the
Sacred Priesthood on Palm Sunday (5 April)
Please remember all the members of our Armed Forces in your prayer
Alternative Parishes St. Mary the
Saturday Vigil Mass New Seaham
4.30pm. Horden 4.30pm. Blackhall 6pm. Shotton 6pm. all cancelled
Sunday Mass Hutton Henry 8.30am.
Seaham Harbour 9.30am. Peterlee 9.30am. Murton 11am. Thornley
11am. Latin Mass 9am. all cancelled
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, Winnie Hudson, Ann
Jones, Denise Jones, Dyllis Jones, Marie, Julie McCluskey,
Morris, Baby Nancy, Richy, Kenneth Robertson, Mr. Robinson, David Roche,
Rose, Sarah, Vera Stanger, Les Thompson, all our sick friends and
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
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
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.
thanks to those who supported last months raffle it raised £132.00
for church funds.
Mission Box Holders: The
amount realised for the December quarter was £357.84 this has been
forwarded to Mill Hill missionaries in Durham.
First Aider:- Ian
Retreats and Courses:- a list of events
and courses can be found on the notice board at the back of church.
CHAIRMAN Alan Briggs SECRETARY Jo-Anne
TREASURER Pat Kimmitt
OTHER MEMBERS Norma Musgrave, Mary Nicholson, Judith Robinson,
Charlotte Carr and
Father Frank McCullagh. Meetings held Quarterly in the Presbytery.
TO CONTACT US: OUR LADY OF LOURDES FLEMING FIELD
SHOTTON COLLIERY DURHAM DH6 2JQ