Our Lady of Lourdes, Shotton
Fr. Ian Jackson
Support: Fr. John
Mrs. Norma Musgrave Tel. 0191 5262965/07932 465188
School/Parish Link: Charlotte Carr
Tel. 07538 258781
Jo Anne Laing 07528 753110
PARISH NEWS 17th
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.
Sat (16th) 4.30 p.m. Walter Robinson (RIP)
& People of the Parish
(20th) 10:00 Archbishop Philip Tartaglia
Sat (23rd) 4.30 p.m. Marjorie Henderson
(RIP) & People of the Parish
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.
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.
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:
Please remember all NHS staff, Key Workers, Carers and members
of Armed Forces in your prayers
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
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
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.
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
Retreats and Courses:- a list of events
and courses can be found on the notice board at the back of church.
CHAIRMAN Alan Briggs SECRETARY Jo-Anne
TREASURER Pat Kimmitt
OTHER MEMBERS Norma Musgrave, Mary Nicholson, Judith Robinson,
Charlotte Carr and
Father Ian Jackson. Meetings held Quarterly in the Presbytery.
TO CONTACT US: OUR LADY OF LOURDES FLEMING FIELD
SHOTTON COLLIERY DURHAM DH6 2JQ