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Parish Priest: Rev. Anthony Duffy.
Deacon: Rev. Peter Lavery.

Birtley Lane, Birtley, Tyne & Wear DH3 1LJ.
Telephone: (0191) 410 2923. Facsimile: (0191) 410 5843.
Web: www.stjosephs-birtley.co.uk

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REGULAR WEEKLY PARISH MEETINGS DURING 2018
(Please notify the Webmaster by email: birtleystjoseph@btinternet.com or telephone him on: (0191) 410 9852 of any changes to the meetings or events below)
Monday - 15th January 2018 Womens' Guild - Meet as usual.
  Youth Club - is open from 6.30 - 8.00 pm for Y3 - Y7. The Youth Leader is Chris Cowie (tel: 07411438787).  Click Here: to view our Facebook page of Youth Club activities.
Tuesday Catholic Mens' Society -
Tuesday: Rosary is said at 9.00am, in St Joseph's Church (during term time).
Tuesday:
2nd Birtley Rainbows: meet at 5.30 - 6.30 pm in the Parish Centre.  
2nd Birtley Brownies: meet at 6.00 - 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.  
All enquiries for new Girl Guide members may be made through Guide Headquarters: http://www.girlguiding.org.uk/get_involved.aspx or telephone 0800 169 5901.
Wednesday: Young Mothers' Guild -
Thursday: PM Club - Next meeting 12th January 2018.
Thursday: SVP - Meet in the Presbytery at 8.00 pm every 2nd Thursday of the month. New members are always welcome.
Friday:
1st Birtley Guides: Meet at 7.00 - 8.30 pm in the Parish Centre. Guide Leader: Jackie O'Sullivan, tel:(0191) 370 1654
Friday Parish Centre - Monthly Quiz on the First Friday of every month, at 8.00 pm.

New members to the groups are always welcome......................

COFFEE MORNING
In the Parish Centre every Sunday morning at 11.00 am (after the 10.00 am Mass) - in support of various parish & other charities.
All are Welcome!


PARISH NOTICES & EVENTS 2018
Please email the Webmaster with the details, if you have an event you would like shown on this page.

MARRIAGE CARE

Marriage Care helps couples and individuals to build and sustain strong, healthy relationships as well as providing counselling in times of difficulties.  If you are willing to offer your time and commitment you can find more information on the poster at the rear of the Church or visit www.marriagecare.org.uk/volunteer_counsellor or contact Deacon Peter Lavery on (0191) 410 2530.

THE CATHOLIC FAITH
Fr Tony Duffy is running Wednesday evening sessions, from 7.30 pm in the Presbytery for those who wish to join, or know more, about the Catholic Faith. 


'FORWARD 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: hope@diocesehn.org.uk 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 information.


PARISH GARDENS

Volunteers are needed to help with the garden around the Church - mainly helping to cut the grass. The garden behind the Presbytery could be avilable for an allotment.  Can you help please?



SAFEGUARD THE FUTURE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION

In 2016, the Government promised to lift the 50% cap on faith admissions for new religious schools in England saying the cap was unfair to the Catholic community.

The Conservative party even included a commitment to remove the cap in its manifesto. Our bishops would like as many Catholics as possible to contact the Secretary of State for Education urging her not to break the Government’s promise.

You can write to the Secretary of State (copying in your local MP) by clicking on this link: http://catholicnews.org.uk/cap

2018
  • Friday 5th January 2018 - Monthly Quiz - will be held from this date, at 8.00 pm, on the first Friday of every month, in the Parish Centre. Entry is £1 per person and all entry fees will be paid out in prize money ....... so bring your friends and have a grand night out.
  • Sunday 7th January 2018 - Preparatory Session for Confirmation - wil be held at 5.30 pm in the Parih Centre. Everyone from Year 9 and above, including adults who wish to be confirmed, are invited,
  • Sunday 14th January 2018 - Parish Pastoral Council Meeting - will be held at 7.00 pm in the Presbytery.
    SCHOOLS - CONSULTATION ON ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS

    When changes to admissions arrangements are intended all schools are required to consult before these are determined and published.  The policy for consultation for each of our parish schools for 2019 - 2020 is available on their websites (click on any of the three links below):

    st-benets.durham.sch.uk
    birtleystjosephsjuniors.org
    stjosephsinfantschool.org

    The consultation will run from until Monday 22nd January 2018.
    A consultation response form is available by request from each school and the governing bodies will consider all comments before they determine the arrangements for 2019 - 2020.

  • Wednesday 24th January 2018 - Christian Unity - will be a day of prayer and celebrated in each of Birtley's Christian Churches as follows:
    8.00 am in St John's Church,
    12.00 Noon in the Methodist Church,
    3.00 pm here in St Joseph's Church,
    7.00 pm in the Community Church, Edward Road, Birtley.  Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served afterwards at each venue.
  • Saturday 27th January 2018 - Afternoon Tea - will be served in the Parish Centre at 2.30 pm - there will be a variety of sandwiches, cakes, cream scones etc. Call or text 0779 024 7214 to book your place.
  • Sunday 4th March 2018 - Lourdes Youth Group - invite you to their Annual Afternoon Tea in the Parish Centre from 3.00 - 5.00 pm  Tickets cost £3.50 and can be obtained from Hannah Bartlett, Christine Johnson & Margaret Taylor.  Any contributions for a tombola and raffle will be gratefully received.
  • Wednesday 21st March 2018 - Confirmations - details will be announced when known but everyone from School Year 9 and above to adults are invited.
  • 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.
    SYNOD 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 at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cymfed-yourview

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HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCIES
If one of your family is in hospital and you want the Chaplain to visit them, you must ask the Ward Sister specifically for the On-Call Roman Catholic Chaplain.
(The Hospital Trust claim that, under the Data Protection Act, they are not allowed to divulge a person's religion even to the Chaplains).
The Hospital Chaplains' telephone numbers are:
Durham - (0191) 333 2333. Gateshead - (0191) 482 0000. Newcastle - (0191) 233 6161.
In an Emergency ask the Ward Sister to contact the 'On-call' RC Chaplain.

NORTHERN BRETHRENS' FUND

Is a fund run by the Secular Priests themselves - it goes back to about 1600 - which also helps sick Priests.

Please make a donation to this fund, monthly by Direct Debit, if possible. In return you get lots of prayers and Masses!

SICK & RETIRED PRIESTS

Your support is also required for sick and retired Priests please? There are leaflets at the back of the Church - donations can be by the Gift Aid Scheme whereby we can reclaim tax of 28p for every £1 donated at no extra cost to the Donator.

COURSES IN THE DIOCESE IN 2010 - 2011
DIOCESAN EDUCATION SERVICE - COURSES AND EVENTS:-
Spiritual Development and Formation for All.
Current and forthcoming diocesan formation courses and events are open to all
Click here for
Course details then click on 'Courses'.

There are some posters at the back of the church advertising various talks and courses. Please take time to have a look at them.

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