Please see the Church Bulletin and Porch notice boards
for further notices of events and dedications in our parish.

is celebrated this Thursday, 29th June. It is a Holyday of Obligation. There will be a vigil Mass at St. Michael’s on Wednesday at 7.00pm and Mass on Thursday morning at 9.30am. Mass at St. Mary’s will be on Thursday morning at 9.00am. A special collection will be taken at all Masses for Peter’s Pence & Support for the Holy See.

Blessed Redeemer,
Saints Peter & Paul were leaders and models in strengthening the faith of the infant Church,
and I ask them to pray for my faith to grow strong.
Saint Paul wrote in his second letter to Timothy,
“I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have.”
Wherever I am still a baby in my relationship with You, weak and uncertain,
I ask Saints Peter and Paul to pray for me to grow into spiritual maturity.
Help me, O Lord, to increase in faith and trust.
Where Your presence is but a spark in me, fan it into a flame that brightens other people’s lives.
Saints Peter & Paul, pray for me. Amen

EXPOSITION & ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: will be on Friday this week following Mass until 6.00pm. Please add your name to the list in the Church porch confirming the period you will be in church on Friday. Our intentions include: World Peace, Persecuted Christians, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, the Renewal of our Parishes of St Michael’s and St Mary’s, the renewal of our Diocese and Personal

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: the opportunity to receive the Sacrament
of Reconciliation (Confession) continues after Mass on Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
Thursdays and Fridays and at other times by appointment.

BAPTISM PREPARATION: evenings will be held on Wednesday 28th June and
Wednesday 5th July in the Parish Centre at 7pm. Expectant parents will be very
welcome. Contact Richard and Pauline McLaughlin on 5842903 for further details.

200 CLUB: Subs for Jul - Dec 2017 have now been collected. Could anyone who hasn't yet paid please place their subs (£6) in an envelope clearly marked with their name and 200 Club, and leave it with ladies on the Piety stall. Anyone wishing to give up their number should contact Anne ASAP, so that the number can be resold. Numbers must be paid for by the 24th July or will not be entered into the draw. A few numbers have become available if anyone would like to purchase a number, please contact Anne 5842042 or Robert Nelson 5847030. It is a fun way to raise funds for the Parish and also gives you the chance to win £75, £50 or £25 each month, but you can only win it, if you're in it !

BIBLE ALIVE: is available this weekend for subscribers. A spare copy is available to buy. If you wish to subscribe for a monthly copy please contact Kathleen Turnbull on 0191 5840344 or leave your request at the piety stall.

MASS FOR FEAST OF ST BENEDICT: each of the new partnerships throughout the diocese has been given a title to reflect the many centuries of rich Christian heritage within the area of the diocese. Our partnership is to be under the patronage of St. Benedict in memory of the role of the Benedictine order in providing care for Birtley and surrounding areas after the Reformation. To mark the formation of the new partnership, Mass will be celebrated in St Joseph's Church, Birtley on Tuesday, 11th July at 7pm which is the feast of St Benedict. Everyone is invited to this Mass which will be followed by a social evening in Birtley Catholic Club opposite the church. It should be a wonderful beginning to the new partnership so please make an effort to attend if possible. Transport will be provided for anyone who needs help in getting there.

ST MICHAEL’S SCHOOL SUMMER FAYRE: takes place this Friday, 30th June at 1.30pm.
All are welcome to come and join in the fun!!