ROSARY AND BENEDICTION ON SUNDAY AT 5pm
EXPOSITION of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday 9-9.50am
PARISH CONSULTATION on placing of the benches. If we have enough volunteers after Mass on Sunday we will move the benches to the ‘Plan A’ design. Please stay to help if you can.
CONGRATULATIONS to Eric and Joyce Wharton who were received into full Communion with the Catholic Church on Saturday at St. Mary’s.
RELICS: Fr. Brown writes; I’ve been asked what the small objects between the candlesticks are. These are reliquaries.
I acquired a number of relics from the Vicariate at Rome (with
authentication) over the years. They are pieces of bone of St. Wilfred, St. Oswald, St. Thomas Becket, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Pius V and St. Therese of Lisieux although only frou are displayed at any one time. It is traditional to put out the relics on the altar on major feasts such as Pentecost and they give us a awareness of the
Saints joining our prayers around the throne of the Lamb as depicted in the Book of Revelation.
Una and the Humble family would like to publicly thank Fr. Brown and the parishioners of St. Mary’s for mass cards, cards and letters of sympathy and especially their prayers, support and love during Ernest’s illness and death and the wonderful attendance on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. God bless you all.
The fantastic sum of £500. was donated for DePaul Trust
DIOCESAN FESTIVAL: The Diocesan Festival wil take place on 29th and 30th June at the Diocesan Youth Village in Consett. More details and booking instructions to follow.
JUSTICE & PEACE ANNUAL CONFERENCE—”BREAKING OPEN THE WORD”, a call to faith in action from 19th—21st July 2013 at Swanwick, Derbyshire, transport can be organised, leaflets now available. This conference has a crèche and specially designed programmes for children and young people in families.
OFSTED St. Mary’s Primary did very well in the recent Ofsted
inspection and is now categorised as a good school.
Congratulations to all involved. To read the full report go to the school website printed at the top of the newsletter and click on the Ofsted link.
GAS BILL: While we did have a very severe winter the gas bill for the parish has reached new levels. Last month it was £1200. This month it is £1600. This means all our offertory collections last month were only enough to pay the gas bill. Please think twice before switching on the heaters. They are designed to be effective quickly so please don’t put them on hours before they are needed.
HALL BOOKINGS: Anyone wishing to book the hall must complete a booking form with full details, bookings for the hall will not be accepted without a booking form having been completed. Please include a telephone number so we can contact you to let
you know if the hall is available at the time and date you wish to
hire it. Hire of the hall is £15 per hour which includes use of facilities of kitchen etc. Forms can be found in the hall and in the front porch of the church.
Minutes of Parish Meeting held on 14th May now available from the Hall.
BOWLING TRIP for young people of the parish: This will now take place on Sunday 9th June at 6pm.