Our Lady of Lourdes, Shotton Colliery                                                               

Parochial Administrator: Fr. Ian Jackson

Pastoral Support: Fr. John Masshedar Tel.07811101704                Parish Contact:  Mrs. Norma Musgrave Tel. 0191 5262965/07932 465188

School/Parish Link: Charlotte Carr Tel. 07538 258781   Parish Welfare/Safeguarding Representative: Jo Anne Laing 07528 753110

PARISH NEWS 17th January 2021 

Confessions: By prior arrangement with Fr. John (via his mobile number at top of Page).  Note: You will be required to stand (and so will Fr. John!), therefore please consider others who may be waiting (and Fr. John’s legs!).

Your prayers are asked for all the sick and housebound, including; Little Isaac, James and Jude, Steven Briggs, Steven Briggs Snr., Christopher Brown, Kenneth Bruce, Andrew Brydon, Liz Butler, Dennis Champley, Christopher, Anne Conroy, James Cooper, Daniel, Fr. Dickson, Connie Evans, John Frain & partner Lynsy, Winnie Hudson, Ann Jones, Denise Jones, Dyllis Jones, Marie, Julie McCluskey, Morris, Baby Nancy, Richy, Mr. Robinson, David Roche, Rose, Sarah, Vera Stanger, Les Thompson, all our sick friends and relatives.

Mass Intentions

Sat      (16th)        4.30 p.m.    Walter Robinson (RIP) & People of the Parish

 Wed     (20th)        10:00          Archbishop Philip Tartaglia (RIP) 

Sat       (23rd)        4.30 p.m.    Marjorie Henderson (RIP) & People of the Parish

FR JOHN'S  PRIVATE MASS INTENTIONS: Sun 17th Theresa Hughes (ann), Mon 18th The Unity of the Church,

Tue 19th All teachers and learners, Thurs 21st Kathie Hughes, Fri 22nd Vocations, Sat 23rd a.m.  The Sick

Please  pray for the repose  of  the  soul of the Most Revd  Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop  of  Glasgow,  who died suddenly  last week, two days after his seventieth birthday. May he rest in peace.

Please remember  in your prayers Father Robert Igo, who has been elected  Abbot of Ampleforth at a difficult  time for the Monastery.  Father Robert is a former Anglican priest who, in the 1980s, served Church  of  England  parishes in Sunderland and Hartlepool. 

Congratulations to Doug Devine, one of our “well established” parishioners who celebrated his 90th birthday last Sunday.  We send him many good wishes and, while at home with his wife Margaret who is shielding, we hope they had a lovely day.  Best regards Doug, from your parish family.

Congratulations to Morris who was 84 on Tuesday.  We wish you many blessings and good wishes from your parish family.

Food bank:  Most of us will be aware how desperate the need is to support the food banks.  Please continue your generosity by bringing food items along to church or, if you would prefer to make a cash donation, please hand in when you arrive for Mass.  Thank you and many blessings to those who continuously support the food bank and seafarers. 

Pax Christi – Peace Sunday 17th January 2021 A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace’ is the theme of Pope Francis’ World Peace Day message this year.   Read the full message from the link on the Diocesan website.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021  The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from 18th – 25th January, the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. This year, resources have been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, "Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit", is based on John 15: 1 – 17 and expresses Grandchamp Community's vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.  Resources can be found on the Diocesan website.

COVID update:  Some churches have closed as the casualties of the pandemic continue to increase. Bishop Robert has sent Diocesan Clergy the following information this week: “Following a meeting last Monday between religious leaders and the Government it was decided that our churches and other places of worship may remain open. I would urge you to bear this in mind as this gives us the opportunity to provide a valuable support to the spiritual health and wellbeing of the faithful. It is of course paramount that the clergy and laity alike strictly follow the requirements for distance, stewarding, and sanitation, as specified in the guidance sent out previously. Failure to implement these measures is an extremely serious matter, and potentially jeopardises peoples’ health. I would like to keep our churches open for the reasons above until any time we are required to close by further Government regulations”. 

Parochial reminder: Please continue to follow our procedures while in church.  Any further Diocesan guidance re. lockdown will be shared with you and updated on weekly basis on the bulletin.  Stay safe – this could also apply to those negotiating icy paths and roads.  Wrap up, keep warm and ditch the high heels!!

Feasts this week:  Thursday; St. Agnes

Please remember all NHS staff, Key Workers, Carers and members of Armed Forces in your prayers


The Bulletin:  if you would like to share some good news with the parish, please let us know and we can announce it on the Bulletin, also don't forget to check out the notice boards for Diocesan news, courses etc.

Help needed:- Is there any handy persons in the parish that would like to help out with small jobs, just like in your own home small jobs crop up in the church and the presbytery . Please let us know if you maybe able to lend a hand. Thank you.   

Offertory Envelopes :-  Boxes of envelopes for planned giving are available from the back of church. Anyone who has not had envelopes in the past please consider taking a set as this helps us to forecast Parish income over the coming year. If you pay income tax and are not in the Gift Aid Scheme please consider joining as this tax can be claimed back by the Parish thus boosting Parish funds with no extra cost to you. Forms are available at the back of Church. 

Gift Aid Claims During tax year 2018/2019 we claimed back 1975.27 income tax from 8 gift aid members of this parish. If you pay tax and are not a member of the gift aid scheme see Pat Kimmitt or Joanne Musgrave for details.

Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme Tax year 2017/18 the parish claimed 1820.00 from amount collected from cash donated on the weekly collection plate.

Parish Accounts:- A report of the Parish Accounts will be available each month at the back of church. If you have any questions regarding the reports see Pat Kimmitt.

Fund Raising:- If you have any ideas to raise money for the church and would like to organise something please let Norma Musgrave know. We can publicise the event. The parish ladies will be willing to advise you on how to advertise your event.

Church Raffle:-cancelled.

Mission Box Holders: The amount realised for the December 2019  quarter  was 357.84 this has been forwarded to Mill Hill missionaries in Durham.

First Aider:- Ian Robinson.

ACTIVITIES  Retreats and Courses:- a list of events and courses can be found on the notice board at the back of church.


OTHER MEMBERS Norma Musgrave, Mary Nicholson, Judith Robinson, Charlotte Carr and Father Ian Jackson. Meetings held Quarterly in the Presbytery.



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