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 7th July 2024

The 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)

First Reading

Ezekiel 2:2-5

The spirit came into me and made me stand up, and I heard the Lord speaking to me. He said, ‘Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to the rebels who have turned against me. Till now they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me. The sons are defiant and obstinate; I am sending you to them, to say, “The Lord says this.” Whether they listen or not, this set of rebels shall know there is a prophet among them.’

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 122(123)

Our eyes are on the Lord till he show us his mercy.

To you have I lifted up my eyes,  you who dwell in the heavens;my eyes, like the eyes of slaves  on the hand of their lords.

Our eyes are on the Lord till he show us his mercy.

Like the eyes of a servant  on the hand of her mistress,so our eyes are on the Lord our God  till he show us his mercy.

Our eyes are on the Lord till he show us his mercy.

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.  We are filled with contempt.Indeed all too full is our soul  with the scorn of the rich,  with the proud man’s disdain.

Our eyes are on the Lord till he show us his mercy.

Second Reading

2 Corinthians  12:7-10

In view of the extraordinary nature of these revelations, to stop me from getting too proud I was given a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan to beat me and stop me from getting too proud! About this thing, I have pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me, but he has said, ‘My grace is enough for you: my power is at its best in weakness.’ So I shall be very happy to make my weaknesses my special boast so that the power of Christ may stay over me, and that is why I am quite content with my weaknesses, and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and the agonies I go through for Christ’s sake. For it is when I am weak that I am strong.


Mark 6:1-6

Jesus went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Weekly prayer intentions

Prayer is a time to reflect on one's own life, but also to think of others.

Please pray for:

all those who are sick or housebound in our Parishes and also for all those who have recently died and for their families.

Our Parish Prayer

Father, pour out Your Spirit on the people of this Parish and grant us a new vision of your Glory, a new experience of your Power, a new faithfulness to your Word and a new consecration to your Service, that your Love may grow among us and your Kingdom come, through Christ our Lord.


Prayer to St. Michael

Holy Michael Archangel,
defend us in our conflict.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil;
may God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do thou Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God,
thrust down to hell,
Satan and all the wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.

Act of Spiritual Communion

(To be said when one cannot receive communion in person)

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.

The Angelus

Please try to pray the Angelus at noon and 6pm every day 

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary...

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary...

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you (Lk 1: 28)
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb' (Lk 1: 42).

This weeks further news and notices

Please let us know if you would like anything adding to the notices for the coming week.
Please see our main page for any special notices.

 Sanctuary lights:

This week’s sanctuary candles will burn in memory of: John Mongan & the Scollen & Mongan Families in St. Cuthbert’s, Mary Duggan in St Mary Magdalen’s and the Rooney & Thompson Families in St Michael’s. 

 St Cuthbert’s Summer Fayre 

This will take place on Friday 12th July in St Cuthbert’s from 2pm-4pm and all are welcome. If you have any donations for the fayre for prizes then please hand them into the school office. If any more artists, crafters, makers or bakers would like to have a stall at the fayre then please ring 07775441075 to book a place. 


St Mary Magdalen’s School requires a kitchen Assistant for 16 hours per week. The closing date to apply for this job is 12th July. If you are interested, please contact Theresa Armstrong on 0191- 5813055 for more information. 


Please keep in your prayers Eileen West who has died. Her funeral will be on Wednesday 17th July at 10.45am in St Mary Magdalen’s. Please also pray for John (Jack) Richardson who has died. John’s funeral will take place on Thursday 25th July at 11.45am in St Michael’s. Please keep both families in your prayers as they mourn their loss. 

 Thank you for being here at Mass, where you are always welcome! 

 Bingo with the Children!: 

All are invited into the hall after our liturgy on Wednesday 10th July, to play Bingo with the children from St Michael’s. This promises to be a fun morning and all are welcome 

 Ave Maria Coffee Club: 

Meets every Monday from 1pm-3pm. All are welcome for much more than just coffee. You will be offered a light lunch with homemade cakes and hot/cold drinks. With quiz, bingo, tombola, and book share. Come along and join the fun. 

 Gilpin Singers (ladies’ choir)

are holding their annual summer concert on Wednesday, 17 July at St Michael & All Angel’s, (ANGLICAN CHURCH), Church Street, Houghton, DH4 4DN at 7pm (doors open 6:40). This is a ticketed event with refreshments and a raffle Adults - £4, under 16’s - £1. Contact: Kathryn Jones 07731815325 


The Holy Father has declared 2025 to be a Jubilee Year with the motto and theme “Pilgrims of Hope.” More information will appear on the Diocesan and Vatican websites in due course. There will be two Holy Doors in our Diocese. One at St. Mary’s Cathedral and one at St. Joseph’s Church, Hartlepool. The Holy Father has decreed that the Holy Doors are opened on Sunday 29th December. The Bishop will celebrate both openings that day. The Holy Doors will be closed on 6th January 2026. 


The Education Department is having a Thanksgiving Mass for the dedication and service, of Governors and Directors, to Catholic Education on Thursday 11th July at 6pm at the Cathedral.   Refreshments will be served afterwards. 

 A New Parliament begins… 

Now the General Election is over we have a new Parliament with a big number of new MP’S, who will need our prayers: 

 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth”. 

– 1 Timothy 2:1-4, NIV UK 

 Please also: 

 Pray for your MP: that they will make wise decisions for the good of their constituents and that they will be able to cope with the stresses and strains of public office. Why not write to your MP to let them know that you are praying for them? 

 Pray for the work of the House of Commons and the House of Lords: that good and just decisions will be made and that the tone of debate is measured and constructive. 

 Pray for Christian MPs, Peers and staff: that their faith will grow and that they will seek to serve God, being salt and light in Parliament. Pray that all Christians working in Parliament will model disagreeing well and be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 

 Thank God for the freedoms we enjoy to pray and worship and to participate in public life. 

Derry/Londonderry String Quartet:

Will be preforming in St John’s Church in Seaham on Friday 26th July at 6.30pm. Tickets are £10, and you can pay at the door. 

   A thought about this week’s Gospel:

When Jesus visited Nazareth, where He grew up, He faced rejection. He was not able to perform any miracles, apart from curing a few sick people. He was amazed at their lack of faith! Contrast this with the story in Matthew chapter 8, when He said, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” A centurion had come to Him asking for help for his servant who was paralyzed. When Jesus said He would go to his home, the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” 

Sometimes, like the people of Nazareth, Jesus becomes too familiar. We grew up reciting the prayers, learning the bible stories in school, going to mass every Sunday. But did we really develop a relationship with Him? What Jesus most of all wants is a close relationship with us. He wants to journey with us every day, through good times and bad times. Let us not take Him for granted, like the people in His hometown. 

Thank you to all those who are prepared to read at Mass for us. They practice the readings many times before they proclaim the Word of God and enhance our liturgy for us. 

New Email:

Please note that Fr Marc has a new email which is: 


This is for all parish business. The previous email is now for personal correspondence  only. 

 Saints days this week:

July 9: Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions, Martyrs—Optional Memorial

July 11: Saint Benedict, Abbot—Memorial

July 13: Saint Henry—Optional Memorial

July 14: Saint Camillus de Lellis, Priest

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