Notices

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


CLERGY TRAINING FUND: collection open for contributions until 25th November.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: (Confession) is available after Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and at other times by appointment.

EXPOSITION & ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: this 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.

SCRIPTURE CLASS: will resume on Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the Parish Centre. It is open to Catholics who wish to extend and deepen their knowledge of their faith and to non-Catholics who wish to explore the catholic faith. All are welcome.

ST JOHN XX111 PARISH - WW1 POPPY MEMORIAL: will be displayed in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Penshaw between 4th & 18th November at the following times:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday (2.00pm - 4.00pm)
Tuesday & Thursday (5.00pm - 7.00pm)
Saturday & Sunday (10.00am - 12noon)

YOUTH SUNDAY: is celebrated on 25th November. To prepare for Youth Sunday, all
children and young people are invited to a meeting after Mass in the Parish Centre meeting room on Sunday 11th November. For further details contact either Margaret Nelson on 5847030 or Kath Cowell on 5843534. We look forward to seeing you there!

LOAVES & FISHES: there will be a collection this weekend in support of the local food bank. Thank you for your support!

SINGERS & MUSICIANS: our Partnership has organised a workshop for anyone involved in Music Ministry or anyone who would like to be involved. The workshop will be led by Jo Boyce, a renowned composer and leader of liturgical music, and it is to take place at the Youth Village from the evening of Friday 16th November until mid-afternoon on Saturday 17th November. More information and booking forms are available in the porch.

HOUGHTON CHURCHES TOGETHER: our next Prayer Breakfast is at Houghton Methodist Church on Saturday, 17th November 2018 at 8.00am. All are welcome.

200 CLUB: Subs are due for Jan-Jun (£6) for those people who pay for 6mths, if anyone would like to pay for the whole year it would be appreciated, as it makes collection easier. Payments will be collected after Masses weeks ending 10th/11th, 17th/18th, Sunday 25th November and at the coffee morning on Friday 30th November. Alternatively, please place your subs into a sealed envelope, clearly marked ‘200 Club’ with your name, and leave it with the ladies on the Piety stall. One number is currently available , if anyone would like to join they should contact Anne Wilson 5842042 asap. Anyone wanting to cancel their number should also contact Anne ASAP , so that the number can be resold. Remember you have to be' in it to win it' and it is a fun way to raise funds for the parish with the added bonus of possibly winning £75, £50 or £25 every month. Thank you.

HEXHAM & NEWCASTLE JUSTICE AND PEACE REFUGEE PROJECT: Thank you for your continued and increasing support for the Diocesan refugee project. So far this year 1080 bags of sugar have been donated by our parish as well as 558 tins of various foodstuffs (meat, baked beans, tinned tomatoes, tuna, fruit), teabags and 164 bags of rice. In addition, cash donations totalling £705, toothpaste, shampoo and other toiletries have all been gratefully received. This is an excellent response to help displaced people in desperate need and every single donation is important. The number of people using the services of the refugee project continues to increase (an extra 90 people in October alone) and with thanks for what has been done so far we ask that you please continue to be
generous.

INFORMATION SESSIONS ON THE PERMANENT DIACONATE
The permanent diaconate is well-established in our Diocese now, and the Deacons come from all walks of life and live out their ministry in a variety of ways. The Council of Deacons is running a series of information evenings across the Diocese, to offer an opportunity to come along and find out more about the diaconate. The Council of Deacons is sure that the Holy Spirit is calling forward men to the diaconate. The information evenings will offer an overview of the four-year formation period, insight from current deacons as to how they live out their ministry, and offer a chance to ask questions. Anyone interested to know more is invited to come along to one of the sessions. Wives of those interested in the diaconate are welcome to attend. The next information evenings are as follows:
• Wednesday 21st November 7.00 pm
English Martyrs & SS Peter and Paul, Redhill Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS19 9BY.
• Thursday 22nd November 7:00 pm
St Michael’s, Durham Road, Houghton-le-Spring, DH5 8NF
(in the meeting room).
If you are unable to attend any of these evenings, but are still interested in
knowing more about the permanent diaconate, please look at the Diocesan
website: http://www.rcdhn.org.uk/vocdeacon/vocdeaconabout.php

FLAME: the National Catholic Youth Congress, takes place at Wembley Arena on 2nd March 2019. Booking forms are out this month in partnerships and secondary schools and it is hoped that coaches will leave from pick-up points in every area. The cost will be £40 per person which includes coach travel and Wembley ticket. Further information from YMT on 01207 592244 or admin@ymt.org

SHOEBOX APPEAL: thanks to all who took part. 99 shoeboxes were collected from the school to be distributed to disadvantaged children around the world this Christmas!

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