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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 28th February 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, all our sick friends and relatives.   All who are affected by the virus and/or are shielding.

Mass Intention

4.30 p.m.        Elder Scott (RIP) & People of the Parish

 Wed  (3rd)      10:00       Fr. Ronnie Richmond (sick)

Sat    (6th)      4.30 p.m. Morris and Norma Musgrave Diamond Wedding Anniversary (4th)

FR JOHN'S  PRIVATE MASS INTENTIONS: Sun 28th Father Tom Cunningham (RIP).

Mon 1st Bishop Kevin Dunn (ann.).  Tue 2nd Bill O'Neill  (RIP).   Thurs 4th Persecuted  Christians.

Fri 5th Vocations.  Sat 6th a.m.  Richard Carr (RIP)

Congratulations to Morris and Norma who celebrate 60 years of marriage on Thursday.  Due to restrictions, celebrations with family and friends are limited but they would like to thank their parish family for the love and support throughout the sad and difficult times as well as their friendship and laughter over the happier times.  This is a joyous (and quite rare!) occasion so let us send them many blessings and very best wishes. 

St.  Joseph:  With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed 2021 a “Year of Saint Joseph”. The Official prayer for Year of St. Joseph is – Hail Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became Man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.  Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil.  Amen.  The Mill Hill Missionaries are saying a National Novena to St. Joseph 10th to 18th March.  Please see poster at the back of church or visit their website www.millhillmissionaries.com

Easter flowers for church:  We are inviting you to make a contribution to towards the Easter flowers for church in memory of your loved ones.  Please place your donation in an envelope (there is no set amount) and write the name of the person(s) on it.  A list of all those being remembered will be placed by the Paschal Candle over Eastertime.  Closing date is Palm Sunday.

White Flower Appeal:  Much gratitude for your generosity.  308 was collected following the recent appeal made by Norma, who sincerely thanks you on behalf of SPUC.

CAFOD Family Fast Day. Please place your donation/envelope in the Gift Aid basket at the back of Church as you leave church.

Lenten Alms:  There will be a Lenten Alms collection for St. Cuthbert’s Care next Saturday.  As usual, please place your donations in the basket as you leave church after Mass. 

Stations of the Cross:  Fr. John will be leading Stations of the Cross during Lent, immediately following Mass on Wednesdays.

Stamps:  Thank you to everyone who has been bringing used stamps to church.  Please continue to do so.

 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.

PAROCHIAL COUNCIL CHAIRMAN Alan Briggs SECRETARY Jo-Anne Laing TREASURER Pat Kimmitt

OTHER MEMBERS Norma Musgrave, Mary Nicholson, Judith Robinson, Charlotte Carr and Father Ian Jackson. Meetings held Quarterly in the Presbytery.

TO CONTACT US: OUR LADY OF LOURDES FLEMING FIELD SHOTTON COLLIERY DURHAM DH6 2JQ

 


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