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

MISSION SUNDAY: a Day of Special Prayer for the Evangelisation of the World is celebrated this weekend. There will be a special collection at all Masses for the Missions.

PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT GROUP: will be represented at both Masses next weekend (27th/28th October) to talk about the Partnership approach and how it is working in the Partnership of Benedict. We extend them a warm welcome from St. Michael’s.

CLERGY TRAINING FUND: there will be a special collection at all Masses next weekend for the Clergy Training Fund. The collection will remain open for contributions until 25th November.

ROSARY: will be prayed throughout October after weekday Mass. Leaflets and Rosary beads may be borrowed. Please add your name to the list at the back of church to lead the Rosary on a day of your choice. Intentions are: healing the wounds in the Church and throughout the world and our own intentions.

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 SHARING: on Wednesday at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. All are welcome!

JOURNEY OF FAITH: will begin on Wednesday 31st October at 7pm in the Parish Centre. This invitation is extended to non-Catholics who wish to explore the Catholic faith and to Catholics who wish to extend and deepen their existing knowledge of their faith. Please add your name to the list in the church porch if you are interested in coming along.

St. Michael’s Cleaning - Group 1 B Bowden, M Gallagher, F & J Wotton

SHOEBOX APPEAL: once again St Michael’s School will supporting Operation Christmas Child in asking the children to make up a shoebox to give to children around the world at Christmas, who are less fortunate than themselves. If you would like to take part, there are some leaflets in the church porch. Your shoebox should be handed into the school no later than Friday, 2nd November!

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: will be held on Saturday 10th November from 1.00pm in the Welfare Hall. Most importantly we need prizes for the Grand Raffle asap. Nearer the time, 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, contact Norah Finnigan on 0191 3854149.

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.

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)

WEEKEND OF INNER HEALING: A weekend for anyone wishing to learn more about how Jesus can bring emotional and spiritual healing and peace. Confidential individual prayer ministry and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available during the weekend. This retreat will take place from Friday 23rd until Sunday 25th November. Further details are available in the porch or at

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 details of the three information evenings are as follows:
• Wednesday 7th November 7.00 pm
St Hilda’s Resource Centre, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 7PY.
• 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:

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