Flower Festival (Thursday to Saturday)

This week St Mary’s will be showing the displays and arrangements that churches in the local area have created. Come along on Thursday 10th August (11am-5pm), Friday 11th August (1pm-7pm) or Saturday 12th August (11am-4pm) to see them! Admission to the event is £3 (refreshments included) and all proceeds from the Flower Festival will go to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

All are welcome.

Feedback from the Bake-Off

Many thanks to all those who baked and entered our partnership competition on Saturday 6th May and to all parishes involved. The judges said all entries were of a high standard and it was hard to make a decision! There were some truly amazing cakes, including the two fabulous chocolate cakes from Crook complete with chocolate orange slices and the amazing Victoria Sponge from Coundon that was something to behold! We will be doing more joint efforts as we move forward together. The amount raised for Christian Aid was £90.10.

Harvest Masses – 1st & 2nd October

Our parish will be holding its annual Harvest Masses over the weekend of 1st and 2nd October ahead of the Harvest Fast Day on 7th October 2016. With YOUR help, this harvest day you can help CAFOD help Bolivian communities learn modern farming methods to grow their foods and ensure they don’t go hungry this year. Further updates will be available in our weekly bulletin.

Please see the CAFOD poster for more information.

Parish updates

A special Mass in celebration of mothers will be held tomorrow (Saturday 10th September) at 10am in St Mary’s Church. Why not bring along a favourite photograph of your mother to be placed on the altar during this special Mass. Everyone is welcome – we would love to see you there! Please note that there will be no Mass at St Wilfrid’s tomorrow.

Over the weekend, our parish will be completing the Forward Together in Hope leaflets during Mass. We will make a digest of the responses we receive and this will help us represent our parish at wider meetings. We will have a parish meeting to share where we are up to following your written responses on Tuesday 20th September at 7pm in St Mary’s meeting room. This will replace the scheduled Forward Together in Hope Group Meeting.

Here’s a few of the highlights taking place in the parish this week:

  • On Monday the art group will be held at 7pm in St Mary’s
  • Tuesday sees the return of the Film Club (2pm) and there will be a Quiz Night (7.30pm) in St Mary’s. We’d love to see you there!
  • Our local CAFOD group will be meeting at 7pm on Wednesday in St Mary’s. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Coffee Afternoon

You are all invited to attend a coffee afternoon being held at St Mary’s Church on Sunday 21st August. Young people participating in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme are putting together the event in aid of the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), part of the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. It will start at 12:30 and you are all encouraged to stay after Mass.

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