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

the appeal last week raised £413.25. Thank you for your generosity.

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

from Friday, 11th October will be between the end of morning Mass and 1.00pm in the meeting room of the Parish Centre.
Please add your name to the list in the porch confirming the period you plan to attend.

will recommence in the Parish Centre each Wednesday at 7.00pm. All are welcome.

On 21st October the government in Northern Ireland will propose a law for unregulated abortion. This will allow abortion for any reason, leaving the unborn child without any protection, up to birth. Many politicians and celebrities support this proposal—where do we stand as Christians on this issue and what can we do? Would we be prepared to oppose this law? Mothers have the opportunity to seek the help they need, but the unborn child has not voice. Will mothers, already facing a difficult and emotional decision, feel under increased pressure if this proposal becomes law? At St Michael’s we pray the Rosary after weekday Masses during October giving us a meaningful way to pray for mothers contemplating abortion. Will you join us? Other intentions are; the priesthood and personal intentions. Rosary beads and leaflets are available for your use.

at Mass on Sunday, 20th October 2019 will be led by the children.

the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham arrives at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle for a 3 day triduum of prayer 24th—26th October 2019.

St Michael’s Cleaning - Group 5 T Smith, J Greenwood, A Wilson & D Smith

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING: raised the fantastic sum of £325.15.
Many thanks to all who contributed in any way to the coffee morning.

PIE & PEA SUPPER: in the Parish Centre on Saturday, 12th October 2019 (7:30pm - 10:30pm). Entertainment provided by singer, Jim Starks. Bring your own drinks, food served at 7:30pm. Tickets costing £6 available after Masses this weekend 5th/6th October or by contacting contact Anne Wilson (5842042) or Susan Wills (3852639). Any raffle prizes will be greatly appreciated.

ST MICHAEL’S SCHOOL – Tea, Cakes & Bingo: join us in the Parish Centre every Friday afternoon at 2.00pm in the Parish Centre until further notice. We look forward to seeing you there!

200 CLUB: September winners - 1st 138 (A Wilson) 2nd 50 (B Common) 3rd 101 (Fr Bill)

VACANCY: at St Michael’s Catholic School for an out of hours supervisor. Please contact school for more information on 0191 5840542. Closing date for applications is Friday, 11th October 2019.

LOURDES 2020: A group of our parishioners are planning to go Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage next year from Friday 31st July 2020 until Friday 7th August 2020, flying direct from Newcastle. If you are interested in joining them, and would like more information, please get in touch with Iain and Marie Bowater on 07971 321237, or Kathryn Jones on 07731 815352. It is hoped to provide the option for a regular savings facility for anyone who might be interested.

ETHICAL FINANCE - NE FIRST: Credit Unions provide facilities for people to save or to borrow money in a convenient and ethical way. Whether saving for school uniform, trips, Christmas or holidays or borrowing for car repairs, a new boiler or new furniture, the NE First Credit Union should be able to help. Lending is responsible and at a fair rate of interest. We hope to set up Service Points here which will provide local access to these facilities.
Typically, each Service Point will be open for an hour or two each week at the same time and place. These are staffed by volunteers who are overseen by fulltime professional employees. If you might be interested in becoming a volunteer or would like to know more about savings or loans, we are having a meeting on Wednesday, 9th October at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.
Experienced employees and representatives of NE First will provide information and will answer any questions. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact Richard McLaughlin (07977 179106).

: All who work with young people or have an interest in youth ministry are invited to take the CCRS module in youth ministry as a stand-alone module. The course covers the theology and principles of youth ministry, an understanding of faith development, a variety of approaches to working with young people and an opportunity to share ideas and good practice in parishes and partnerships. It takes place over two Saturdays 12th October and 23rd November at the Emmaus Village. Further information or to book a place, email

ALDI SCHOOL PROMOTION: Thanks for the stickers—keep them coming!