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  24th October 2020 – 30th Sunday of the Year

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, Marianne Fairless, John Frain & partner Lynsy, Winnie Hudson, Ann Jones, Denise Jones, Dyllis Jones, Marie, Julie McCluskey, Morris, Baby Nancy, Richy, Mr. Robinson, David Roche, Rose, Sarah, Vera Stanger, Les Thompson, all our sick friends and relative

Mass Intentions

Sat      (24th)        4.30 p.m.    Peter and Rosemary Barlow (RIP)  & People of the Parish

Wed     (28th)        10:00          Sharon Rogers and Joe Hodgson (RIP)

Sat       (31st)        4.30 p.m.    Marjorie Henderson (RIP) & People of the Parish


Midweek Mass: Fr. John will be unavailable until Friday October 30th. He will resume saying Mass privately at home on Saturday October 31st.  Anyone wishing to have an intention included at one of his midweek Masses, please text or phone Fr. John on the above mobile number.  Fr. Ian will be saying Mass for us on Wednesday.

Seafarers: Some of you have been asking about items for seafarers and what to do now Christmas is approaching.  Deacon Peter Barrigan has advised that access to the ships is still very limited and it is difficult to get items on board, therefore if you would like to contribute towards a Christmas gift, cash donations would be gratefully received.  The money will be used to purchase large tins of chocolates and sweets which will be sent on to the ships for the crews to share.  As always, thank you for your continued support and please remember the seafarers in your prayers as they are so far away from their families.  Please give any donations to Jo Anne who will make sure Deacon Peter receives them.  We will still continue to collect religious items such as rosaries, crucifixes, small statues etc. which we can keep until they can be taken.

Clocks go back an hour tonight.  You can use the following guide:  Smartphone, leave it alone it does its magic.  Sundial, move one house to the left.  Oven, you’ll need a Masters in Electronic Engineering or a hammer.  Car radio, not worth it, wait six months.

Clergy Training Fund: Second collection takes place today.  Please place your envelopes/donations on the plate at the back of church.  The appeal remains open until 21st November.

Mass bookings for Saturday:  Please ensure you make a booking by contacting Norma (mobile phone number at top of bulletin).  Capacity is 48. Saturday Masses can be booked from the Monday before.  Wednesday Mass attendance appears to be within the capacity limit so while it helps to take bookings, it is not essential. 

Piety stall:  While we are unable to display and sell directly from the piety stall, we can still supply from a limited selection of cards upon request.  If you require anything, please ask Norma when you ring to book for Mass and we will have it ready for you to collect.  Any special requests and we can still try and order it for you from our supplier.

Food bank:  Thank you to those who have brought goods to church and those of you who have donated cash.  It is most gratefully received in these times of need.  Please continue to bring your goods in a plastic carrier bag and leave on the left hand side of the church porch as you enter.  Thank you again.

Feasts this week: Monday: Ss. Chad and Cedd, Wednesday: Ss. Simon and Jude Apostles, Friday: The Martyrs of Douai College

Please remember all NHS staff, Carers and 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:-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 Frank McCullagh. Meetings held Quarterly in the Presbytery.



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