Notices

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


FAMILY FAST DAY: The Holy Father has announced that Friday, 23rd February has been designated as a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and all the World. This is also the CaFOD Family Lent Fast day and so could dovetail into this annual work too, especially as CaFOD has projects in both DRC and South Sudan. Pope Francis says: ‘Faced with the tragic continuation of conflict in several parts of the world, I invite all faithful to a special Day of prayer and fasting for peace on this coming 23rd February, Friday of the First Week of Lent. We will offer this in particular to the populations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and of South Sudan. As on other similar occasions, I also invite non-Catholic and non-Christian brothers and sisters to participate in this initiative in the ways they consider most appropriate, but all together.’

SEASON OF LENT: What can I do to make this Lent extra special? A few ideas:
· Come to weekday Mass whenever possible – join Mass-goers for Morning prayer
of the Church before Mass
· Join us for Stations of the Cross on Sundays at 4pm
· Visit a sick or aged person
· Undertake a daily act of self-denial
· Devote more time to daily prayer
· Attend Eucharistic Devotions before Mass each day and
any time on Friday between the end of morning Mass and 6pm

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: there will be no Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) this week.

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. 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.

St. Michael’s Cleaning — Group 6T Smith & J Greenwood A Wilson & D Smith

YOUTH MINSTRY MEETING: will be held at the Emmaus Village next Sunday,
25th February at 3.00pm - All parishioners who are concerned about how we can support young people on their faith journey are invited to a co-workers’ gathering. (Tea, coffee and cake served from 2.15pm). There are a number of opportunities that YMT will share with you and this will also be a time to share good practice and network with other parts of the diocese. Please let YMT know if you are coming on 01207 592244 or admin@ymt.org

MARRIAGE PREPARATION DAY: for couples who plan to marry in the coming year will
be held at St Michael’s on Saturday 10th March (9.30am – 4.30pm). It is essential that all couples attend this course prior to their marriage. Anyone planning to marry in 2018 or early 2019 who have not yet spoken to Fr. Bill should do so as soon as possible.

SERVICES DURING LENT

Saturday 3rd March at 12 noon Healing service followed by
refreshments in the Parish Centre

Tuesday 13th March at 7.00pm Renewal of Marriage vows during Mass

Monday 26th March at 7.00pm Penitential Service

LOURDES 2018:
the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from
27th July -3rd August 2018 flying direct form Newcastle. A small group of our
parishioners will be going on the pilgrimage this year and if anyone would like further
details of the pilgrimage or has any questions, please contact Richard McLaughlin on
07977 179106 or Kath Cowell on 07808 179743.

PARTNERSHIP MATTERS: the latest edition of the bi-monthly news update is now
available on the front page of the diocesan website (www.rcdhn.org.uk). It includes items on the forthcoming Property and Community Review, support available from the Diocesan Church Music Association, an "Unconference" for Partnership Development Groups, news from around thePartnerships and much more. Contributions of news items from Partnerships are always welcome.

CCRS SPECIALIST PARISH CATECHESIS MODULE
Saturday 17th & 24th March. St Cuthbert’s House, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 7PY. 9.30am – 3.30pm
A buffet lunch is provided both days. The cost is £120.00 (waged) and £60.00 (unwaged). Applicants intending to engage, or already engaged, in local parish ministry may find their parish willing to assist with the course fee. Please contact your parish priest for further information. The purpose of this module is to enable participants to gain an understanding of parish catechesis and to develop approaches to working within a parish setting. It offers an introduction to the theology, principles and goals of parish catechesis. For more information or to make a booking, please contact Eamonn Diffley before 2nd March 2018 on 0191 243 3313 or email: FAMILY FAST DAY: The Holy Father has announced that Friday, 23rd February has been designated as a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and all the World. This is also the CaFOD Family Lent Fast day and so could dovetail into this annual work too, especially as CaFOD has projects in both DRC and South Sudan. Pope Francis says: ‘Faced with the tragic continuation of conflict in several parts of the world, I invite all faithful to a special Day of prayer and fasting for peace on this coming 23rd February, Friday of the First Week of Lent. We will offer this in particular to the populations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and of South Sudan. As on other similar occasions, I also invite non-Catholic and non-Christian brothers and sisters to participate in this initiative in the ways they consider most appropriate, but all together.’

SEASON OF LENT: What can I do to make this Lent extra special? A few ideas:
· Come to weekday Mass whenever possible – join Mass-goers for Morning prayer
of the Church before Mass
· Join us for Stations of the Cross on Sundays at 4pm
· Visit a sick or aged person
· Undertake a daily act of self-denial
· Devote more time to daily prayer
· Attend Eucharistic Devotions before Mass each day and any time on Friday
between the end of morning Mass and 6pm

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: there will be no Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) this week.

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. 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.

St. Michael’s Cleaning — Group 6T Smith & J Greenwood A Wilson & D Smith

YOUTH MINSTRY MEETING: will be held at the Emmaus Village next Sunday,
25th February at 3.00pm - All parishioners who are concerned about how we can support young people on their faith journey are invited to a co-workers’ gathering. (Tea, coffee and cake served from 2.15pm). There are a number of opportunities that YMT will share with you and this will also be a time to share good practice and network with other parts of the diocese. Please let YMT know if you are coming on 01207 592244 or admin@ymt.org

MARRIAGE PREPARATION DAY:
for couples who plan to marry in the coming year will
be held at St Michael’s on Saturday 10th March (9.30am – 4.30pm). It is essential that all couples attend this course prior to their marriage. Anyone planning to marry in 2018 or early 2019 who have not yet spoken to Fr. Bill should do so as soon as possible.

SERVICES DURING LENT

Saturday 3rd March at 12 noon Healing service followed by
refreshments in the Parish Centre

Tuesday 13th March at 7.00pm Renewal of Marriage vows during Mass

Monday 26th March at 7.00pm Penitential Service

LOURDES 2018: the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from
27th July -3rd August 2018 flying direct form Newcastle. A small group of our
parishioners will be going on the pilgrimage this year and if anyone would like further
details of the pilgrimage or has any questions, please contact Richard McLaughlin on
07977 179106 or Kath Cowell on 07808 179743.

PARTNERSHIP MATTERS: the latest edition of the bi-monthly news update is now
available on the front page of the diocesan website (www.rcdhn.org.uk). It includes items on the forthcoming Property and Community Review, support available from the Diocesan Church Music Association, an "Unconference" for Partnership Development Groups, news from around the Partnerships and much more. Contributions of news items from Partnerships are always welcome.
CCRS SPECIALIST PARISH CATECHESIS MODULE
Saturday 17th & 24th March St Cuthbert’s House, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 7PY 9.30am – 3.30pm
A buffet lunch is provided both days. The cost is £120.00 (waged) and £60.00 (unwaged). Applicants intending to engage, or already engaged, in local parish ministry may find their parish willing to assist with the course fee. Please contact your parish priest for further information. The purpose of this module is to enable participants to gain an understanding of parish catechesis and to develop approaches to working within a parish setting. It offers an introduction to the theology, principles and goals of parish catechesis. For more information or to make a booking, please contact Eamonn Diffley before 2nd March 2018 on
0191 243 3313 or email: eamonn.diffley@diocesehn.org.uk

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