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

ROSARY: will be prayed after weekday Masses during the month of October for the following intentions: World Peace, the Priesthood and personal intentions. Rosary beads and leaflets are available. To lead the Rosary, please add your name to the rota in the church porch. Thanks!

EXPOSITION & ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: on Friday, in the meeting room between the end of Mass and 6pm. Please add your name to the list in the Church porch to ensure there is always someone in attendance. Our intentions include World Peace, Persecuted Christians, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, the Renewal of our Parishes of St Michael’s and St Mary’s within the partnership of St Benedict's, the Mission in November
and Personal intentions.

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

SCRIPTURE STUDY: continues on a Wednesday evening in the Parish Centre starting at 7.00pm. We discuss, reflect and share thoughts on the readings for the following Sunday. All parishioners are welcome to come along - it will be a great way to prepare for Sunday Mass!

MONDAY TEA GROUP: we are holding a raffle on Monday, 16th October to raise funds for our 4th Christmas party. Donations of small raffle prizes would be gratefully received! Contact Margaret and Robert Nelson on 0191 5847030 or Kath Cowell on 0191 5843534.
Thank you, in advance, for all your support!

St. Michael’s Cleaning - Group 4 D Harrison, P & B Common

HOUGHTON CHURCHES TOGETHER: our next Prayer Breakfast is here at St. Michael’s on Saturday, 21st October at 8.00am. All are welcome.

BILL HUEBSCH: will be visiting the Diocese on Thursday 26th October (10.30am - 4.00pm at the Marriot Hotel, Sunderland) and will lead a day on his most recent book, “The Art of Accompaniment”. In this pastoral workshop he will help us explore Pope Francis’ frequent proposals that the Church needs to be open and trained so that we can accompany people from all walks of life on their faith journeys – from the very earliest steps through to major discernment about life choices. It is a great opportunity to hear Bill speak – share ideas with others – and, feel enthused about exploring these ideas further. The day is free but if you wish to have a light lunch there is a charge of £10-00, bookings must be made in advance and payment will be collected at the point of registration on the day. Booking is essential via the Department for Spirituality. Tel: 0191 2433302 or | email:

A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS: a special service will be held in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle on Sunday 5th November at 3.00pm for those who mourn the loss of a child.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Our Parish Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday, 11th November from 1pm. To ensure the success of the Fayre we need good quality, new or unwanted items - books, toys, toiletries, craft items, bottles of wine and spirits (no electrical items). Goods can be left in the porch after weekend Masses. If you can help in any way, please contact Richard McLaughlin on 07977 179 106.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: in the Parish centre on Friday, 8th December 7pm - 9pm with the Argus Singers, a mixed voice choir, with a varied repertoire including sacred choral music, folk songs, spirituals, jazz, pop and seasonal Christmas music. Due to the size of the choir there will only be a limited number of tickets available, costing £3 which will be on sale after Masses weekending 25/26th November or by contacting Anne Wilson (5842042). Bring your own food and drinks. Any raffle prizes will be greatly appreciated. Please join us!

If you would like to make up a shoebox this year, there are some leaflets in the church porch. Completed boxes should be handed into the school office on or before Friday, 3rd November.
Thank you!

'A Church Without Priests?
The need for new forms of leadership in the Catholic Church'

Professor Werner Jeanrond, Master of St Benet’s Hall at Oxford University will give the above lecture at Holy Name Church, Jesmond, on Thursday 26 October at 7pm. Professor Jeanrond believes the renewal of our Church requires a radical rethinking of ministry. He asks: ‘Where is the Church to be found? Where there is a priest or where there are people responding to Christ’s invitation to build up God’s reign?’ If the first is true, the Church will come to an end when the last priest dies. If the second scenario is right, the Church flourishes wherever people gather
together around the good news of God’s project of creation. As priest numbers
decline and we reorganise and rethink our future, his message is one all should hear.

LOAVES & FISHES: the collection last weekend at St. Mary’s, raised £99.00 for the local food bank. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

PARTNERSHIP MATTERS: the latest edition of the bi-monthly update on Partnerships is now available on the first page of the diocesan website ( It includes information on Developing Discipleship, Communications and a feature from Blackfriars Partnership. Contributions of news items from Partnerships are always welcome.