TOGETHER IN HOPE' (FTH)
For the latest information
about 'Forward Together in Hope' (FTH) and for access to the range
of resources, please visit www.hope.rcdhn.org.uk
To contact one of the 'Forward
Together in Hope' (FTH) team, (Jim O’Keefe, Tony Sacco and
Nancy Gash) e-mail: email@example.com
or phone (0191) 243 3304.
To read the input by Parishioners
of St Joseph's of Birtley, click on the above link: 'Parish Questionnaire'.
Thanks to all who attended
the two meetings on Wednesday, 13th July 2016, in the Parish Centre
to discuss the current position of the FTH project. Parishioners
contributions and views have been very helpful. Copies of
the Bishop's letter and the 'Imagine New Ways' leaflet, with a
tear off section for your use, are at the back of the Church if
you have anything further you would like to say.
The FTH Team have now submitted
their observations on the Parish Questionnaire we completed at
the end of 2015. A full copy of their observations and the
parish profile can be read by clicking on the two links at the
top left of the 'homepage' of the parish website.
FTH - PARTNERSHIP
PROPOSAL: A partnership proposal for St Joseph's to
form a partnership with St Bede's, Sacriston, and St Cuthbert's,
Chester-le-Street, has been submitted to the Diocese. You
can read the full proposal by following this link: Partnership
proposal (.pdf) or
from the link(s) on the homepage.
On Thursday 9th February
2017 - 18 new partnerships have been announced within
the Diocese; our Parish forms a partnership with the following
parishes: St Cuthbert, Chester-le-Street, St Mary, Easington
Lane, St Michael, Houghton-le-Spring, Our Lady Queen of Peace,
Penshaw, St Bede, Sacriston, Our Blessed Lady Immaculate, Washington,
St Bede, Washington, and St John Boste, Washington.
There is a message from the Bishop and a map of our partnership
area on the notice board at the back of the Church - It is also
available on the Diocesan website: www.rcdhn.org.uk
Tuesday 11th July 2017 - Feast
of St Benedict - an Inaugural Mass - for our partnership
with other parishes will be held here, at 7.00 pm, in St Joseph's
Church, Birtley. Parishioners from our partnership parishes are
invited to attend and take part. Afterwards there will be
a social evening in the Parish Centre. Click here: to
print-off a poster.
Tuesday 19th September 2017
- Journey of Faith - the next 'Journey of Faith'
will begin with an information evening at 7.45 pm in the Parish
Centre. Everyone is welcome, including existing Parishioners
who wish to deepen their Catholic Faith and also those who are
enquiring and searching for Faith.
Wednesday 18th October - Journey
of Faith - this will begin at 6.00 pm in Caroline's Library
at St Benet's School. If you wish to join, please contact
Deacon Peter Lavery, telephone: (0191) 410 2530.
Sunday 24th December 2017
- Partnership Development Group - Mick Davison
has been elected as the Lay Chair for the group so there is now
a vacancy on the group for the parish representative. If
anyone is interested in the role, then speak to Mick for more
Tuesday 13th November 2018
- Journey of Faith - meet at 7.45 pm, in the
Parish Centre to follow our recent information Evening.
This a wonderful oppotunity for everyone to deepen their understanding
of the Catholic Faith and to accompany those who are enquiring
and searching about Faith. Let's pray that that this Journey
of Faith will be a rich blessing for our parsh comunity.
Contact Deacon Peter (tel: (0191) 410 2530) for any further information.
- Saturday 2nd June 2018 - Apostleship
of the Sea - a Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage to Holy Island.
For details please see the poster on display in the Church.
- Saturday - Sunday 2nd - 3rd June 2018
- Body & Blood of Christ - our Ministers of Communion
will renew their commitment to serve our parish community.
- Tuesday 5th June 2018
- Planning For Fr Tony's Retirement Celebration -
a meeting will be held in the Parish Centre, at 7.30 pm, to plan for
Fr Tony's retirement celebration. Anyone interested in helping with
the catering is invited to this meeting. Contact: Margaret Taylor,
telephone: (0191) 410 0776.
- Thursday 7th June 2018 - Jazz
in Birtley - by Bob Wade's 'Classic Swing'
- 23 years of Jazz in Birtley so come along and enjoy a great night
out to live music in the Parish Centre from 8.00 - 11.00 pm. Trad
Jazz at its best, so bring along your dancing shoes. Admission: £5.
- Saturday 9th June 2018 - Mass
for the Sick & Housebound - will be celebrated in Church
at 2.30 pm, followed by a social event in the Parish Centre. Letters
of Invitation are available for Eucharistic Ministers are located
at the back of the Church.
- Sunday 10th June 2018 - Holy
Hour - will be celebrated in Church at 3.00pm, with an hour
of Adoration before The Blessed Sacrament with Benediction. Afterwards
there will be an Afternoon Tea in the Parish Centre. Everyone is welcome.
- Tuesday - Sunday, 12th - 17th June 2018
- Ushaw Flower Festival - promises to be a wonderful
opportunity to enjoy some fantastic displays set within the stunning
setting of Ushaw College. Pauline Lavery, who arranges our own Church
flowers, is creating one of the displays and would be delighted to
arrange a parish outing, perhaps with afternoon tea. If you are interested
call Pauline on telephone: (0191) 410 2530.
- Saturday/Sunday 16th - 17th June2018
- 'Day for Life' - Over this weekend the 'Day for
Life' will remember all those who are suffering or have survived human
trafficking and modern slavery. 'Day for Life' is celebrated yearly
by the Catholic Church in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It
is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value
of human life at every stage and in every condition. The proceeds
of the special collection this weekend is used for the promotion of
the dignity of the human person.
- Sunday 17th June 2018 - Fr Tony
Duffy's Anniversary - is the 56th anniversary of Father Tony’s
ordination - please remember Father Tony in your prayers, giving thanks
for his years of service and asking God to bless him with a happy
and rewarding retirement.
- Friday 22nd June 2018
- Fr Tony Duffy's Retirement Celebration - starts
with a Concelebrated Mass of Thanksgiving at 6.30 pm in the Church
when we join Father Tony, his family and friends to give thanks for
his priesthood including the last thirty year service here in St Joseph’s.
Afterwards there is a Social Evening on the Parish Centre. The evening
will reflect on Fr Tony's 30 years in the the Parish, with an exhibition
of photographs, entertainment and a buffet supper. Everyone is welcome.
If you have any photographs of Fr Tony's time in Birtley we would
love to use them in the exhibition. Please email digital photographs
or if you have non-digital photographs please put them in an envelope
marked 'Exhibition Photographs' and post them through the Presbytery
letter-box (remember to include your name & address so we can
return the photographs to you).
- Saturday/Sunday 23rd/24th June 2018
- Diocesan Festival 2018 - at the Emmaus Youth Village,
Consett. Activities for everyone, adults, familes, young people and
children. Full details and booking forms are in leaflets at the back
of the Church.
- Saturday 30th June 2018 - Fr
Paul Hopper - has been appointed by Bishop Seamus to the
Benedict Partnership. He will reside in the Presbytery, at St Joseph's
Birt;ey, and will serve the Partnership as a whole. Fr Paul will arrive
in Birtley on Saturday, 30th June 2018, and will celebrate Masses
in St Joseph's during that weekend. Fr Mark Millward
is the Dean and Parish Priest of the Partnership and Fr Paul will
assist him, along with the other Priests, Deacons and many committed
lay people, to serve the worshipping comunities in this area.
as possible the House Mass host will invite parishioners from
their own locality.
Attendance is by invitation of the host since he/she knows
how many can be accommodated in the space.
We recommend that there be no lavish refreshments, if at all,
only tera/coffee and a bisuit.
- Sunday 1st July 2018 - St Benet's
Summer Fayre' - (12.00 –3.00pm). Tickets: £1.00
(adults) & 50p (children & concessions) can be purchased from
the school office.
- Sunday 8th July 2018 - Parish
Pastoral Council Meeting - at 7.00 pm in the Presbytery.
- Tuesday 10th July 2018 - St
Joseph's Infant School Fayre - will be held at 1.30 pm weather
permitting. If anyone would like to donate a prize for the raffle
or have something we could sell, we would be very grateful.
Initilly this will take
place on the first Thursday of the month at 12.05 pm.
Will those with
cars kindly offer our sick & housebound neighbours a lift.
Those with extreme
walking difficulties could be dropped off at the Church door
and then park the car in the Parish Centre car park.
- Wednesday 11th July 2018 - Benedict
Partnership Mass - a Mass of all the Parishes in our Partnership
will be said at 7.00 pm at St Michael's of Houghton-le-Spring. Refreshments
will be served after Mass in the Parish Centre and all are welcome.
The group of parishes to which we belong is named the Partnership
of St Benedict in recognition of the Benedictine priests who served
Birtley and the surrounding parishes after the Reformation.
Fr Paul Hopper will be installed as the Partnership Priest
at this Mass - please come along to welcome him.
TO THE SICK & HOUSEBOUND
Visits started on Thursday,
12th July 2018.
Initially Fr Paul will accompany Eucharistic Ministers who
take communion to sick & housebound parishioners.
Any sick/housebound person who does not receive communion
from a Minister and would appreciate a visit from Fr Paul,
simply drop a note into the Presbytery, giving your name,
address & telephone number.
- Monday 16th July 2018 - Autumn
Fayre Planning Meeting - there will be a meeting at 2.00
pm in the Parish Centre. We look forward to seeing anyone who would
like to help with the Fayre in any way and new ideas are always welcome.
- Friday 27th July - Friday 3rd August
2018 - Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage - Please keep
the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in your prayers.
- Saturday 18th August 2018 - 175th
Anniversary of The First Mass - Mass will be said at 6.00
pm in celebration of the first Mass said at St Joseph's in 1843. Fr
Geoffrey Scott (Abbot of Douai Abbey) will join us and after Mass
there will be a social evening in the Parish Centre. An invitstion
has been extended to the other parishes in the Benedict Partnership
to join in the celebration.
- Thursday 30th August 2018 -
Induction of Fr Mark Millward as Parish Priest - at 7.00
pm there will be a Mass during which Fr Mark will be inducted as Parish
Priest at St Joseph's of Birtley.
- Saturday 1st September 2018 - Cafod
Holy Island Pilgrimage - leaving from the Church at 9.15
am (note the departure time has been brought forward) and
returning from Lindisfarne at 5.00 pm. Cost £10 for adults.
£5.00 for children. Please add your name to the list at the
back of the Church.
- Sunday 2nd September 2018 -
SVP Meeting - the next meeting of St Joseph's SVP will be
in the Presbytery after the 10.00 am Mass.
- Thursday 6th September2018 - Jazz
in Birtley - by the 'Mississippi Dreamboats'
- so come along and enjoy a great night out to live music in the Parish
Centre from 8.00 - 11.00 pm. Trad Jazz at its best, so bring along
your dancing shoes. Admission: £5.
- Friday/Sunday 7th - 9th September 2018
- Ministeracres Retreat - The partnership have been
invited by St Michaels, Houghton-le-Spring, to join them in a weekend
Retreat at Ministeracres. All ages & families are welcome. Please
telephone Mrs Edna Harrison for more details/bookings on (0191) 682
2541 or Ministeracres direct on (0143) 467 3248.
- Saturday 8th September 2018 - Adoremus
- this is a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress
to be held in the Liverpool Echo Arena. It will include Holy Mass,
Keynote Speakers and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverance
and devotion. Each parish has been allocated two tickets and
St Benedict's Partnership will pay for the entry tickets and for transport.
Contact Deacon Peter Lavery for further information.
year 4 children in our Parish Schools have been invited to
enrol on the Preparation Programme for First Holy Communion.
If any parents have children in non-parish schools, they dshould
contact Deacon Peter Lavery as soon as possible.
- Tuesday 18th September 2018 - Prayers
for Birtley - at 9.30 am, in the Methodist Church.
If your child will have reached
their 4th birthday by 31st August 2019, they will be eligible
to start school in September 2019.
St Joseph's Infant School
are holding an 'Open Day' on Friday, 28th September,
at 09.30 - 10.30 or 1.30 - 2.30 . Please bring your child
along to see the fantastic facilities that the school has
- Saturday 29th September 2018 - Ministers
of Communion - there will be a Day of Reflection for all
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist in the Benedict Partnership
in St Robert's School Washington. Details are on leaflets and lists
at the back of the Church. Last chance this weekend to put your name
on the lists.
OF BISHOPS - 2018
In October 2018, Bishops will
gather in Rome to consider "Young People, Faith &
Vocational Discernment". In preparation the Bishops of
England & Wales would like to hear from young people and
those regularly in contact with them. If you are aged
13 - 29 please take part in the Mega-Youth Poll at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/parish-youth-poll
Parents, Teachers, Catechists and Youth Leaders can participate
- Tuesday 2nd October 2018 - Journey
of Faith - an information evening will be held at 7.45 pm
in the Parish Centre. Each year our Parish extends an invitation to
adults to enrol on a 'Journey of Faith' to learn more about our Catholic
Faith. Please contact Deacon Peter Lavery about other similar
events being held in nearby Parishes.
- Wednesday 3rd October 2018 - The Source
- an evening of inspiring talks will be held at 7.00 pm in St Mary's
Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne, inncluding praise, worship and socialising
for Year 9 and above. If you are interested in going, please
contact Margaret Taylor on (0191) 410 0776 or your school Chaplain.
- Friday 5th October 2018 - CAFOD
Family Fast Day. This time about Longora, a mother who lives
in Uganda and the conditions she is living in.
- Friday 5th October - Monthly
Quiz - at 8.00 pm in the Parish Centre. £1 per person.
- Saturday 6th October 2018 - Autumn
Fayre - will start at 1.00 pm in the Parish Centre.
We hope that everyone is collecting items for the Fayre. We
would welcome unwanted gifts, children's toys, fancy goods, bric-a-brac,
cuddly toys, DVDs, books, costume jewellery etc. There will
also be a cake & homemade preserves stall. For collection of items
of bric-a-brac, please telephone Monica on 4109007.
- Saturday 13th October 2018 - Canonisation
of Oscar Romero - Bishop Seamus will celebrate a Mass of
Thanksgiving, at 11.00 am, in St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon
Tyne, to mark the canonisation of ArchBishop Oscar Romero in Rome
in October 2018. All are invited to attend Mass. ArchBishop
Romero was assassinated while saying Mass in San Salvador.
- Sunday 14th October 2018 - Lourdes
Youth Sponsorship - meeting at 8.00 pm in the Parish Centre.
If you are aged 16 - 25 at the end of July 2019 and would like to
join the Youth Section on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, come
along to find out more.
- Sunday 14th October 2018 - First
Holy Communions - our Year 4 children and their families
will join us at the 10.00 am Mass to enrol on their programme of preparation.
Please give them a special welcome.
- Sunday 14th October 2018 - SVP
Meeting - the next meeting will be in the Presbytery following
the 10.00 am Mass.
St Joseph's have been asked
to make poppies to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of
the end of World War 1. If anyone would like to help us to
achieve this, then leave any poppies either crafted or made
at the back of the Church or give them to any member of the
The assembling of these poppies
to celebrate Remembrance Day will take place at the Church
of Our Lady of Peace, Penshaw, on Mondays in October from
9.30 am - 1.30 pm. If you have time to come along and
lend a hand you will be very welcome.
- Tuesday 16th October 2018 - Prayers
for Birtley - will be said at 9.30 am in St John's Church,
- Saturday/Sunday 20th - 21st October
2018 - Celebrate North East - a family weekend will
be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Mill Lane, Hebburn,
Tyne & Wear, NE31 2ET. Costs - Adults (over 21): £35. Young
people (4 - 21 + full time education): £10. Children (0 - 3):
Free. Full information from (click here): www.celebrateconference.org/north-east
- Sunday 21st October 2018 - World
Mission Sunday - the whole Church unites in prayer and support
for its missionary activities.
- Tuesday 23rd October 2018 - Prayers
for Birtley - will be said at 9.30 am in St John's Church,
- Tuesday 30th October 2018 - Dementia
Friends Evening - St Joseph's SVP are holding a dementia
friends evening in the Parish Centre at 7.45 pm, afer the 7.00
pm evening Mass. This will be an interactive session to learn how
dementia affects a person and what we can do to make a difference.
All are welcome.
- Tuesday 29th October 2018 - Prayers
for Birtley - will be said at 9.30 am in St John's Church,
- Saturday 3rd November 2018 - 'War's
End' Concert - presented by the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street
in St Mary's & St Cuthbert's C of E Parish Church, Chester-le-Street,
to celebrate the end of WW1 and remember those who gave their lives
in that war. Tickets: £8.50 (Adults), £5 (under 16 years
old). Click here: to
view or print-off an A5 poster. All proceeds from the Concert
will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Tickets from Past-President
Fred Richards, tel: (0191) 388 2312 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or from Kevin Jobson, tel: (0191) 410 9852 or email: email@example.com.
- Sunday 4th November 2018 - Parish
Finance Committee - will meet at 7.00 pm in the Presbytery.
Cancelled but will be re-arranged.
- Sunday/Saturday 4th - 18th November
2018 - Remembrance Poppies - over 20,000
poppies have been created to mark the Centenary of
the end of the First World War. They will be displayed at Our Lady
Queen of Peace, Penshaw and the Church will be open at the following
a. Saturday & Sunday 10.00 am - 12.00 noon.
b. Monday 2.00 pm - 4 pm.
c. Tuesday 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm.
d. Wednesday 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm.
e. Thursday 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm.
f . Friday 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm.
- Sunday 11th November 2018.-
Church Pastoral Council
- Next Meeting is at 7.00 pm in the Presbytery.
- Tuesday 13th November 2018 -
Journey of Faith - meet at 7.45 pm, in the Parish Centre
to follow our recent information Evening. This a wonderful oppotunity
for everyone to deepen their understanding of the Catholic Faith and
to accompany those who are enquiring and searching about Faith.
Let's pray that that this Journey of Faith will be a rich blessing
for our parsh comunity. Contact Deacon Peter (tel: (0191) 410
2530) for any further information.
- Wednesday 14th November 2018 - Youth
Sunday - a meeting for those interested in being involved
will take place at 7.00 pm in the Parish Centre. All are welcome.
- Friday 16th November 2018 - A
Celtic Journney - More Than Dance Company and primary chldren
from the Bede Partnership are exploring through dance and music the
lives of the Northern Saints, at St Aloysius Church, Hebburn.
For tickets call: 07711736599 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Friday 16th November 2018 - Murder
Mystery Night - Pirate themed Murder Mystery 'All aboard
the Tipsy Tern'. A fundraiser night in the Parish Centre at 7.00 pm.
Tickets cost £5 and are available behind the bar or contact
Monica Stevenson on 07453 505770. Prizes for guessing he murderer,
best costume (optional) and feel free to bring food.
- Friday/Saturday 16/17th November 2018
- Singers & Musicians Workshop - our Partnership
has organised a workshop for anyone imvolved in the Music Ministry,
or anyone who would like to be involved. The Workshop will be
led by the inspring church musician, Jo Boyce, at the Emmaus Youth
Village. Put the dates in your diary. More details and booking forms
- Saturday 17th November 2018 - Special
Memorial Mass - wil be held at 12.00 (noon) for the
late Paul Younger at St Aloysius Church, Hebburn. Lifts available
contact Kevin Haigh.
- Saturday 17th November 2018 - CAFOD
Retreat - at Ministeracres from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, entitled
'Countering Consumerism'. Please book directly at: www.cafod.org.uk/retreat
- Sunday 18th November 2018 - CAFOD
Memorial Mass - a 10.00 am, at Our Lady Queen of Peace,Penshaw.
- Friday/Sunday 23rd - 25th November 2018
- Weekend of Inner Healing - at Minsteracres Retreat
Centre. For more details telephone: Ministereacres 01343 673 248.