Some of the young people in our parish will be taking their First Communion at Mass next weekend. The Mass at St Mary’s Church will be at 10:30am on Saturday 12th May and St Wilfrid’s Church will be at the usual time of 09:30am on Sunday 13th May.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, starts on Thursday 18th January. We will be hosting one of the 9:30am Unity Services here at St Mary’s Church on Friday 19th January.
As part of this special week, there will be a United Service at Bishop Auckland Baptist Church on Sunday 21st January at 3pm with a guest speaker, Fr Gordon Ryan, department Head of Ecumenism for the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The final service for the Week of Prayer is on Thursday 25th January and will, as usual, be in St Paul’s Church at Witton Park at 7pm. This day is the feast of the Conversion of St Paul.
Wednesday 11th October will see a special Day of Prayer to honour the mining community and its legacy in Bishop Auckland and to give thanks for the opening of the Mining Art Gallery. St Mary’s Church will be part of this and will be holding a Service of Peace at 2pm on this day, where the stained glass windows by Tom McGuinness will be a focus point. Light refreshments will be provided after the service. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact us if you’d like to know more.
Following the service here on the afternoon, there will also be an Evening of Thanksgiving at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church in the market place featuring singer-songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones who has composed music in response to mining art and the stories of miners and their families. There will be an interval when drinks and nibbles will be available during which people can chat with mining artist Norman Cornish’s son John and mining writer Sid Chaplin’s son Michael.
We are already a few days into the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which started on Wednesday 18th January.
As part of this special week, there will be a United Service at St Mary’s Church on Sunday 22nd January at 3pm with a guest speaker, Revd David Herbert, Moderator of the Northern Synod of the United Reformed Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The final service for the Week of Prayer is on Wednesday 25th January and will, as usual, be in St Paul’s Church at Witton Park at 7pm. This day is the feast of the Conversion of St Paul.
On Tuesday 18th October at 7pm at St Mary’s Church, Bishop Auckland, we will be hosting the Northern Cross Communicators’ Mass. Bishop Seamus Cunningham will be in attendance as this is one of his engagements across the diocese.