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

DAY OF PRAYER FOR RACIAL JUSTICE: is celebrated today.
A special collection will be taken at all Masses to support the work of the Catholic Association for Racial

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: continues on Wednesday evenings, at 7pm in the Parish Centre. All are welcome.

RETIREMENT MASS: To mark the retirement of Bishop Seamus, a Mass will be
celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral at 7pm on Friday 22nd February 2019, Feast of The Chair of St Peter, Apostle. Everybody is welcome to this Mass which will be
followed by light refreshments in the Cathedral grounds. The Cathedral will be open to everyone and tickets are NOT required.

MARRIAGE PREPARTION DAY: will be held at St Michael’s on Saturday,
23rd February (9.30am – 4.30pm) for couples who plan to marry in the coming year. It is essential that all couples attend this course prior to their marriage. Those who have not yet spoken to Fr. Bill, but who plan to marry during 2019 or the early part of 2020, should do so as soon as possible.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: will be celebrated at Houghton Methodist Church,
Mautland Square, on Friday 1st March at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

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

FISH & CHIP SUPPER: is arranged for Saturday, 16th March (7.15pm—10.30pm)in the Parish Centre. Please join us for entertainment with Jeff Wright (variety show). Bring your own drinks. Tickets £10 each will be on sale after Masses weeks ending 2nd/3rd, 23rd/24th February and 2nd/3rd March or contact Anne Wilson (5842042). For catering purposes all tickets must be paid for no later than 3rd March. Donations of raffle prizes will be greatly appreciated.

St. Michael’s Cleaning - Group 3 - D Harrison, P & B Common

NEW BISHOP OF HEXHAM & NEWCASTLE: The Installation Mass for Bishop Robert Byrne will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral at 12 noon on Monday 25th March 2019, Feast of the Annunciation. Entry to the Cathedral for this Mass will be by invitation and ticket only.

AN EVENING OF PRAISE, WORSHIP & ADORATION: led by Eight time Grammy nominee, Matt Maher will be held on Wednesday, 29th May from 7.00pm - 9.00pm. Matt is an International Christian music artist who has had success writing and recording songs like ‘Lord I need You ‘, ‘Hold Us Together’ and ‘Because he Lives’. One of the highlights of his ministry was leading three million young people in adoration as he knelt on stage with Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Rio in 2013

HEXHAM & NEWCASTLE DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: to Lourdes will take place this year from Friday 26th July – Friday 2nd August. Posters and leaflets providing further information are available in the church porch.

THIRD WORLD: Monies collected amassed during 2018/19 have been distributed to the following charities: Mary’s Meals (£400), The People’s Kitchen (£400), The Passage (£400), The Little Way Association (£400) and Just Small Change (£400). We also have a standing order in place for an amount of £100 which is paid to CAFOD each month and have raised in excess of £5,000 for the numerous special collections held during the course of the year. Many thanks for your overwhelming generosity in supporting those who live in poverty and desperate conditions both locally and throughout the world.

PARISH CENTRE: alterations begin on Monday, 18th March and consequently the centre will not be available between that date and Easter. No bookings will be taken for this period and groups that use the area on a regular basis will need to make alternate arrangements or suspend their meetings until the work is completed. Group Organisers who store equipment in any of the cupboards should also take time to empty the cupboards they use, dispose of surplus or unused items, so that only the essentials need to be stored until the centre is back in operation.

COFFEE MORNING DONATIONS: the McLean family would like to thank everyone for the generous donations at their Sunday Coffee mornings. Over the last 7 years a total of £1350.00 has been handed over to the Fountain of Hope and Vakighol projects sponsored by St. Michael’s School. In addition, we have contributed £220.00 to the Hosanna House & Children’s Pilgrimage Trust (HCPT). Thanks again for your continued support!

Please pray for Bishop Seamus and Bishop Robert as they each prepare for the next phase of their ministry.