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

FEAST OF SS PETER & PAUL: is celebrated this Friday, 29th June. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Vigil Mass at St. Mary’s on Thursday at 7.00pm and Mass on Friday at St. Michael’s at 9.30am and St. Mary’s, Easington Lane at 7.00pm. Please join us at Mass to celebrate this special feast day. There will be a special collection at each Mass for Peter’s Pence & Support for the Holy See. Thank you!

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

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. 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 and
Personal intentions.

SCRIPTURE SHARING: continues on Wednesday evening in the Parish Centre at 7.00pm.

COFFEE MORNING: on Friday, 29th June 2018 will be hosted by our young people who are going to Lourdes. They will be serving coffee and a selection of delicious cakes! Please come along to give them your support.

DAY OF RECOLLECTION: for Eucharistic Ministers and Readers will be held in the Parish Centre on Saturday, 30th June between 10.00am and 3.00pm. The day will be led by Fr. Mark and Caroline Millward.

ST MARY’S, EASINGTON LANE: there will be a third meeting to discuss the position of St. Mary’s on Sunday 1st July at 4pm. This meeting will be attended by the Vicar General, Rev. Martin Stempczyk and the Episcopal Vicar, Rev. Colm Hayden. All are warmly invited to attend.

200 CLUB:
Subs are now due for Jul -Dec 2018 (£6) for those people who only paid for 6mths, and will be collected after Masses this weekend. You can leave your payment with the ladies on the Piety stall which should be put in an envelope clearly marked with your name and 200 Club. If you would like to purchase a number or give up your number please contact Anne Wilson on 5842042. 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!

200 CLUB: June winners - 1st 73 (W Smail) 2nd 36 (K Slee) 3rd 196 (T Hodgson)

LOAVES & FISHES: there will be a collection this weekend at St. Mary’s, Easington Lane
in support of the local foodbank.

St. Michael’s Cleaning — Group 8 - C Finnigan, T Nugent & A Turnbull

PENNY CANS & SUGAR: will be collected next weekend. Thank you!

ST BENEDICT PARTNERSHIP: the group of parishes to which we belong is named the Partnership of St Benedict in recognition of the Benedictine priests who served Birtley and the surrounding parishes after the Reformation. A Mass for all the parishes in our partnership will be celebrated on the Feast of St. Benedict, Wednesday 11th July 2018, at 7pm here in St Michael’s, Houghton–le-Spring. Refreshments will be served in the
Parish Centre after Mass. All are welcome!

YOUTH MINISTRY INVITATION: All those concerned about how we can support young people on their faith journey are invited to a co-workers’ meeting at the Emmaus Village on Sunday 8th July at 3.00pm (Tea, coffee and cake from 2.15pm). YMT will present a number of opportunities including the national Flame event which happens in March 2019. It will also be a time to share good practice with people from other parts of the diocese. Please let YMT know if you are coming on 01207 592244 or

YOUTH MINISTRY TOOLKIT: A new online resource is now available on

A letter of thanks and a donation to the Parish has been received from a lady who attended Mass at St Michael’s on 10th June with her husband. The letter is very complimentary about the Church and a number of our Parishioners who apparently helped when this gentleman was unwell. While this is nothing more than I would have expected from the people of St Michael’s, it was lovely to receive such positive feedback. Keep up the good work!