8th March 2015 3rd Sunday Of Lent - Year B False gods At the feast of the Passover, thousands of pilgrims arrived in Jerusalem to worship in the Temple. The Law required them to offer an animal in sacrifice, and so the animal sellers set up their stalls, to provide the cows, sheep and pigeons that were needed. But the pilgrims weren’t allowed to use Roman money in the Temple, so money changers were brought in, too. When Jesus arrives in the Temple and takes in the scene, he drives out the animal sellers and the money changers, who have turned his Father’s house into a market place. The law of sacrifice has become a false “god,” and the prayerful atmosphere of the Temple has been destroyed. It may shock us to see Jesus acting in this way. But the prophets of Israel often made such dramatic gestures. Jesus is calling the attention of the people to the abuse of the Temple, and challenging the rulers who have allowed it to happen. On what authority? On his own authority, as the Son of God – the authority that will be proved when Jesus rises from the dead. Our worship is true worship only if our lives are centred on Christ. What are the false gods that distract us from him? Fr Tom McHale Fr Andrew Downie Fr Michael Keoghan 502196 503550 502320 Deacon David Westgarth Deacon Shaun McGee St Mary’s News & Notices Sanctuary Candle: Anyone wishing to sponsor the Sanctuary Candle at a cost of £10 for one week, in memory of a deceased relative or a special intention, please contact Stella Atkinson on 504004. This week the candle will burn for the Birthday Memories of Stephen Haney. Retiring Collection: None This Week Lately Deceased: James McClen (Son of Mary Reddington) Offertory envelopes; New boxes for 2015/2016 are available at the back of church-please take your box. The New Year commences from Saturday/ Sunday 4th/ 5th April 2015. If you or your spouse are a tax payer and would like to become a gift aid donor, please see Ian Hillas. All that is required is your name address and signature on a form. The tax you pay on the amount of any future donations can then be collected by the parish without any further involvement by you. The total tax reclaimed for the Parish last year was £8150. If you have ceased to become a tax payer in the year please advise Ian of this. Thank you for your generous support throughout the year. St. Mary’s Special Needs Club: would like to say a huge thank you to all who collected Evening Chronicle Wish 14 tokens. We have received an amazing £506.54—our best to date!! Thank you again. On Friday 20th March at 7pm, the drama group from Dilston Hall Residential College near Hexham are coming to provide an evening of entertainment. There is no cover charge, but we will of course have a raffle and tombola. All are invited. Macmillan Cancer Support would like to thank the family of the late Ms P. Feltham for the kind donation of £31.91 raised in her memory. This gift will enable us to continue to provide vital services and information to people who need our help. Thank you. SVP National Raffle: Tickets on sale after masses, for St. Vincent de Paul National Raffle. Prizes are £3,000, £2,000, £1,000 Plus many more. CAFOD Please return CAFOD Lenten Fast Day Envelopes on the Collection Plate or through the Presbytery letter box. Singing Group – The Singing Group is on a Wednesday from 7-20pm -8.45pm in the Day Centre. New members are very welcome, no ability necessary! Please contact Gill for more information on 588321. Trip to Heighley Gate Garden Centre For all those who have enjoyed the recent trips to Dobbies Garden Centre, another outing is being organised on Tuesday March 24th to Heighley Gate. Please sign the notice at the back of church , indicating if you would like to board the bus at St. Mary's or Shotley Bridge beside the King's Head. The bus will leave St. Mary’s, Blackhill at 10.30a.m. and Our Lady of the Rosary at 10.35a.m. Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am - 2pm. email:[email protected] Tel: 01207 502320 Our Lady’s News & Notices Retiring Collections: None this week. Monday Coffee Mornings after Mass or the Service of the Word and Communion. Lenten Lunches The next Lenten Lunch is tomorrow March 9th at Blackhill Baptist church hall at12.30pm. Come along and meet our fellow Christians over a bite to eat. S V P National Raffle Tickets on still sale after Sunday Masses for St Vincent de Paul National raffle until Sunday 8th March. Prizes are £3,000, £2,000, £1,000 and many more. Trip to Heighley Gate Garden Centre For all who have enjoyed the recent trips to Dobbies Garden Centre, another outing is being organised on Tuesday March 24th to Heighley Gate. Please sign the notice at the back of church, indicating where you would like to board the bus, either at St. Mary's or outside the King's Head at Shotley Bridge Safeguarding Checks We are in the process of having our checks updated. If your previous check was 3 or more years ago you will have received an initial self declaration form. Once this has been returned to the diocese, a further form will be sent directly to your home address which asks for various forms of identification. I’d be grateful if you could photocopy the 3 documents you choose to use as Identification and show me the originals so I can sign to say I have seen them. I will send the photocopies to the diocesan office together with your completed form. If anybody needs to use the photocopier at St Mary’s Presbytery you are welcome to do so during office hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 am- 2pm. Any questions or help needed just ask Kath Clayson 01207 502014/ 07958492535. Offertory envelopes New boxes for 2015/2016 are available at the back of churchplease take your box. The New Year commences from Saturday/ Sunday 4th/ 5th April 2015.If you or your spouse are a tax payer and would like to become a gift aid donor, please see Ian Hillas. All that is required is your name address and signature on a form. The tax you pay on the amount of any future donations can then be collected by the parish without any further involvement by you. The total tax reclaimed for the Parish last year was £3410. This has contributed significantly to parish funds and could be further increased if all tax payers in the parish joined the Gift Aid scheme. If you have ceased to become a tax payer in the year please advise Ian of this. Thank you for your generous support throughout the year. Re St Patricks day 17 the March Irish coffee morning to be held in Shotley Bridge church hall on 21st March after mass. Any raffle or tombola prizes should be left at the back of church, I would be most grateful also to anyone who can help in anyway would be most welcome. Eileen Willis. Village Trust Open Meeting in the church hall Tuesday 24th March at 7.15 for 7.30pm. Items for the Newsletter Items for the newsletter to be E mailed to [email protected] by 10.00am Wednesdays or left in the church mail box . St Patrick’s News & Notices Retiring Collections: This week: Lenten Alms Next week: Liberia Sick list: If you know of sick or housebound parishioners who would wish to receive Holy Communion at home, or to be included in the list of those whom the parish community is praying for, please speak to Fr Andrew, or Deacon David. Altar servers: Boys and girls who have made their First Communion can become altar servers. If your child is interested in serving on the altar. We also need adult servers to take a turn at serving at weekday Mass. If you might be able to help, please speak to Fr Andrew. The Season of Lent Why not join us for 8.00am Mass on Friday, on your way to school or work, or for Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 11.30am, followed by soup lunch in aid of CAFOD. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held next Saturday, 14th March, after 12.00 Mass until 4.00pm. Congratulations to Szymon Nawrocki and Grace and Holly Ng-Perkins who will be Baptised today. May God bless them and their families. Donations for future fayres: Following the great success of recent mini fayres, these will be continued in the future, with the next one planned for Easter time. You have been very generous with your kind donations which have ensured the success that has been achieved. As Christmas is over you may have one or two surplus gifts which you might consider donation for raffles and tombolas at future events. If you have, and would like to donate them, then please hand them into the parish office, or at the Church Hall Coffee Mornings after Sunday Mass. Thank you! CTS rack in the porch has been restocked for Lent. 200 Club. Membership subscriptions for this year are now due with the draws for January and February to take place on Sunday 1st March. Envelopes will be at the back of Church for your subs. Thank you to everyone who took part last year and congratulations to the winners. Please consider taking part this year as there are numbers are available. Safeguarding Checks We are approaching the next round of checks. If anyone has either changed their address or ceased their ministry, please contact Agnes Nelson on 592505 or at the Sunday coffee morning, or inform Fr Andrew Gift Aid Statements: Gift Aid Donation Statements, which cover donations for the 2013/2014 tax year, can be found at the back of church. Please collect your statement as soon as possible. You will need it to complete your tax return. Thank you once again for making this commitment to the support of St Patrick’s – it is an important contribution to our parish, and is very much appreciated. Notice Board Please don’t display any items on the Church notice board without showing them to Fr Andrew. Notices for Bulletin If you would like an item included, email details to [email protected] St Pius News and Notices Diocesan Development Fund: A collection will be taken after Mass today. Please be as generous as you can. Partnership Lent Reflection: Today at 3.00pm at St Pius. A time of quiet prayer and reflection as we journey together through the season of Lent. Refreshments afterwards. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): Wednesday 18th March. 6.156.45pm, in St Pius X sacristy. Lourdes Pilgrimage 2015: There are 4 seats available for this trip at a cost of £699 each. Dates of travel are 23rd to 30th June. Should you be interested please phone Eleanor on 504090. Please don't park your car on the grass in front of the church. Durham County Council have warned that they may fine offenders. Please also be considerate of residents when parking. Space is also available over the main road at the old petrol station Coffee Mornings: After 11am Mass on Sundays and 10am Service on Mondays – always a great way to catch up with everything. Prayers for Vocations: During Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday mornings, the Rosary is said for the vocation of Priests. New Altar Servers: Boys and girls who have made their First Communion are eligible to serve on the altar. If your Son or Daughter would like to become an altar server, please see Father Andrew Sick List: If you know of any sick or housebound parishioners who would wish to receive Holy Communion at home, or to be included in the list of those whom the parish community is praying for, please speak to Father Andrew or Deacon Shaun. 100 Club: Please consider joining this club. Numbers are 50p per week and all profits go to Church Funds. Winning numbers are on the notice board. Prizes of £50, £20 and 3 x £10 awarded monthly. Statue of Our Lady: With Mr & Mrs Agnew, 16 Dunelm Road. There are vacancies on the rota to have the statue of Our Lady for one week at a time. If you want to join there is a list at the back of Church. Newsletter Items: By 6pm Wednesday to 7, Consett Park Terrace or [email protected] General Notices Lent Reflections: Today at 3.00pm at St Pius X. Sunday 22nd March at 3.00pm, at Our Lady’s, Shotley Bridge. Saturday 28th March at 10.00am, at St Patrick’s, Consett (Exposition and Confessions afterwards.) Continuing The Journey: Tuesday 10th March at 7.30pm. Theme—The Holy Spirit. Durham Cathedral comes to Ushaw for Evening Prayer: Today, 8th March, we have the Durham Cathedral Consort directed by James Lancelot the Organist and Director of Music coming to Ushaw for Evening Prayer, with Canon Rosalind Brown leading the service in St Cuthbert's Chapel at 6.00.p.m. A very special moment in the life of Ushaw College.The Cafe and Gift shop will be open from 2.00.p.m. Youth Village currently looking for part-time staff. Housekeeping and Kitchen duties. Hours are negotiable. Rate of pay is living wage of £7.85. Anyone interested, please ring Youth Village on 592244. Quiet Day at Ushaw: On Wednesday 25th March from 11.00.a.m. - 4.00.p.m. Father John Marsland - the President of Ushaw will be leading a "Quiet day of prayer and reflection" at Ushaw in the week leading up to Holy Week. The cost will be £15.00. including lunch and refreshments. 25 places available Please contact [email protected] or leave message on the phone 07421035240 Catholic Perspectives on Poverty: A Study Day for Clergy, Laity, and Students of Theology. Saturday 21st March 2015 at Ushaw College; 10.00am (registration) 5.30pm. If you would like to attend the study day, places must be booked and paid for in advance by 1st March. £50 with a buffet lunch; £40 without lunch (packed lunches can be brought and eaten in the refectory). Concessions are available on request. For further details, any queries about transport from Durham to Ushaw College, and to book, please contact Eddie Jarvis at: [email protected] or 0191 334 1656. Forward Together in Hope: Our diocesan development programme. Meetings are scheduled during March with the Council of Priests, Youth Council and Council of Laity to update them on progress and seek their ideas and involvement. Episcopal Vicars will also be meeting with clergy in their areas to consider Forward Together in Hope. The next step will be to arrange meetings in each Deanery to provide more details of the forthcoming self-evaluation process. God's Gift of Love: A concert featuring original songs, poems and a Catholic Art Exhibition. Featuring Catholic singer, songwriter and poet Gerry Coates, plus friends. This FREE show will feature many of Gerry's original songs, plus new ones from his CD “God’s Month of Valentine”. Audiences are invited to send their own wedding photos to be displayed and will be given the opportunity to tell their own romantic poems, tales, secrets and experiences of a successful marriage. Wednesday 11th March at 7.00pm, in St Patrick’s Hall. A Message from the Hospital Chaplains: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gateshead, RVI and Freeman Hospitals in Newcastle do not give Chaplains access to information about patients’ admittance, so the Chaplains rely totally on information given to them from family, local priests or patients before they enter hospital. Patients are sometimes misled by being asked their religious denomination – thereby thinking that the Chaplain will be informed – they are not. Patients can ask for a visit from the Chaplain and the nurses are usually good in contacting them but they may forget. The following contact information may be helpful: QE Hospital; telephone 0191 445 2072 and leave a message; RVI & Freeman Hospitals; telephone St Andrew’s Church, Newcastle on 0191 232 1892 and leave a message. For all hospitals – in an emergency, ask the Ward Sister to contact the on-call Roman Catholic Chaplain not just a Chaplain. Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land October 12th – 19th 2015: Please consider joining the pilgrimage. Return flights from Manchester, bed and breakfast, full en-suite accommodation, lunches included most days, air conditioned coach throughout trip to transport throughout the region, full time tour guide throughout the whole 8 days. Booking forms and full pilgrimage information is available on the diocesan website www.rcdhn.org.uk or are available from Father Peter Stott at St. Joseph, North Shields. ‘Christ And The Church Need You’ In this Year for Consecrated Life, we invite young men aged 18-40 to dream big and consider a life on the spiritual vanguard. 'Come and See' the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham, based in the diocese of Brentwood, a new religious community founded in 2004. As the male branch begins to take shape you are invited to consider if its spirituality speaks to you. Dates; 20th-22nd March. Venue: Abbotswick House of Prayer near Brentwood in Essex. For further details visit www.walsinghamcommunity.org or call Jim on 01277 373848. WHITE RABBIT - RISE Theatre UK Tour 2015 YMT are delighted to welcome the professional Christian theatre company RISE Theatre, who will be performing their brand new original play ‘White Rabbit’ at: St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle on Thursday 26th March 2015 Tickets cost £5. The performance starts at 7.30pm and is suitable for adults and ages 12+.For booking information and tickets please contact YMT on 01207 592244 or [email protected] Tickets are also available from the Cathedral Bookshop and Cloister Café and can be bought online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/risetheatre Catholic Directory online: You can find information about churches, Mass times etc online at www.catholicdirectory.org Anniversaries St Mary’s Thomas Hewitson, Peter Walls, Teresa Lillian Nattrass, Helen Marie Tucker, David Christopher Chivers (Chris), Jackie Graham, Robert Rodgers, James Million, John Toner, James Welsh, Theresa Bell, Peter Ward, Mary McArdle, Mary Clarke, Anthony Martin, Eric George Tucker, Martin Rogan, Joseph Richardson, Terry Akers, Joseph Fullen, Henry Waggott, Mary Ann Brady St Patrick’s Isabella Conroy, Lily Gettings, Sarah Fletcher, James Lee, Rose Ann Carlin, Marguerite Martin, Catherine Campbell, Mollie Smith, Theresa Jackson, John Paul Walls, Patricia Osbourne, Kathleen Johnson St Pius Tony Donaghy and Josephine Kerr. Our Lady of the Rosary None This Week. Those who are sick in our Parish We keep in our prayers St Mary’s: Paul Wass, Ryan McBeath, Tilly Lockey, David Oliver, Mary Hannant, Shaun Donaghy, Kieran Richard Atkinson, Amelia Burns, Norman Riches, Ethan White, James Thomas English, David Sizmy, Eileen Fannon, Mary Barnes, Arron Armstrong, Rita Atkinson, Freya Simpson, Vera (Vicki) Thorpe, Maddy Kennedy, Mark Adams, Anne Cant, Jack Nugent, Tom McClen, John Corr, Margaret Corr, Rob Moon, Donna Philips. Teresa Anderson (nee McGuigan), Margaret Bridgewater (nee Telford) Our Lady of the Rosary: Mary Kennedy, Elsie Hughes, James Baker. St Patrick’s: Eileen Fish, Margaret Heslop, Anna Bradley, Martin Rogan, Cheryl Reilly, Judith Hindmarsh, Joe Cavanagh, Teresa Donnelly, Joseph Raw, Joe Conroy, Arthur McArdle, Theresa Hutton, Mary Hughes, Ann Dickinson, Nora Robson, Bernadette McAloon, Marian Richardson and Peter Hughes. St Pius: Dot Atherton, Marie Atherton, Patricia Bell, Michael Carney, Elsie Hughes (Harrop), Paul Hunt, Mary Kennedy, Ella Kerr, Nancy Malone, Robert Nixon Jr., Charlie O'Donnell & Jade Telford St Patrick’s Readers March 8th 9.30am: M. Gallagher 6.00pm: C. Thirlwell March 15th 9.30am: T. Gallagher 6.00pm: J. Murray Ministers March 8th 9.30am: D. Barrass, M. Lenahgan, C. Westgarth 6.00pm: R. Wright, P. Hewitson, P. Thirlwell March 15th 9.30am: J. Dimambro, C. Robson, M. Westgarth 6.00pm: T. Mulholland, M. Dimambro, J. McArdle St Pius Church Cleaning Rota: Group D: 2nd March: M Welch and M Davey Please call Mary Davey on 504532 if there are any problems with covering the rota. Ministries 8th March 2015 Reader: Rachel Hodson Minister: Sue McGee. Our Lady of the Rosary Readers C Bell T Dixon. Ministers P Watson & M Jopling. Cleaning Rota A Bradley & P A Barron. Sacrament of Reconcilliation: St Patrick’s available every Saturday 11.00-11.50am or by appointment. St Mary’s Saturday evening from 4.45-5.15pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament St Mary’s: Every Tuesday morning 10.30-11.30am. Our Lady of the Rosary: Every Friday 9.30-10.00am St Pius X: An hour before Mass on Monday and Wednesday and half an hour before communion services. First Friday of the month: 6.00-7.00pm. St Patrick’s: Half an hour before each weekday mass with recital of morning prayer of the church. Saturday 11.00am-12 Noon and Sunday 5.00-5.30pm. There is also Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Saturday of the month from 11.00am-12 Noon and after Mass until 4.00pm. Novena to Our Blessed Lady St Patrick’s Monday evening at 7.00pm. Baptism Preparation Format Please deliver the completed form to St Patrick’s Presbytery. If you have any queries ring St Patrick’s on 01207-502196 and a catechist will be pleased to help.
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