Our Lady of Lourdes, Shotton Colliery       


Parish Priest: Fr. Peter Stoddart Tel. 0191 5261150  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 5th December2021 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 in loving memory of Austin, Madge, Austin Jnr.,Richy Carr and Maureen Randall

Mass Intentions

Sat      (4th)          4.30 p.m.    Emily Devine, Sheila Jennings (anns.) & People of the Parish  


Wed     (8th)          10 a.m.       Living and deceased members of the Bygroves and Ebblewhite families


Fri       (10th)        10 a.m.       Simon Henry


Sat      (11th)        4.30 p.m.    Foster, Ryan and Fannan families & People of the Parish

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


Please pray for the repose of the souls of recently deceased: Patrick Joseph Morley: Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Easington Colliery.  William Paul:  Funeral service will take place on Thursday at 1.30 p.m. Mary Morgan:  Requiem Mass will take place Monday 13th December at 12 noon. We extend our deepest sympathy to their families and friends at this very sad time.  May they rest in peace and rejoice with our Risen saviour.

Congratulations to Father Peter who celebrated Mass for his induction as Parish Priest at Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Joseph’s, Murton.  Father was delighted to see representation from his own and surrounding parishes.  We wish him well in his Ministry and please remember him and all our Diocesan priests in your prayers.

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Patron of the Diocese) feast is on Wednesday.  As we have Mass that day, it gives us an opportunity to honour the Holy Mother of our Infant Saviour.

Christmas Masses this year will be said as follows: Christmas Eve - 6.30 p.m., Christmas Day - 9.30 a.m., Sunday 26th December (Holy Family) - 10 a.m.

Thank you for the thank yous!  “Much gratitude to the lovely folk who have given us thanks, cards and very generous gifts to express appreciation for being looked after and kept safe while attending Mass during the COVID restrictions.  Being part of such a lovely parish family didn’t present too many challenges and we thank you for being patient and understanding.  God bless you all”.  Norma, Charlotte and Jo Anne

Christmas piety:  There are a couple of boxes of cards, some calendars and a few candles left for sale.  Please see Norma.

COVID update.  Thank you to those who co-operated with the updated guidance and maintained a 1m social distance, as requested.  Communion time worked really well with parishioners from the front rows leading the way then the rest fell into place. In addition to social distancing, masks recommended and hand sanitizer is still available. Stay safe!

Food bank and toy appeal: Thank you to those who have brought toys along for the food bank to give them as Christmas gifts to children from families in need.  If you can contribute new/nearly new toys and games, please bring them to church and we’ll make sure they are passed on to the foodbank in good time to be sorted, wrapped etc.  Please bring any Christmas donations for the Food bank by next Saturday so they can be handed over shortly after.  Thank you.

Congratulations to Reverend Neil Haggerstone of Our Lady of the Rosary Peterlee, who has been ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by Bishop Robert at Ushaw. "Ad multos annos!"

Clergy Training Appeal: 317.43 – Thank you.  Advent Alms appeal will remain open throughout Advent.

Feasts this week:  Monday - St. Nicholas • Tuesday - St. Ambrose • Wednesday - the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Patron of the Diocese) • Thursday - St. John Diego Cuahtlatoatzin • Friday  - Our Lady of Loreto

• Saturday - St. Damasus I

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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