All Saints and St Terera's Catholic Churches Lanchester and Annfield Plain
Notice Board  

"God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for Scars"

Notice Board:

This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent:

The theme 'Stay Awake' echoes throughout the Advent liturgy. The liturgy to 17th December

focuses on the second coming of Christ when He will come in glory. The final week will focus

on the Birth of Christ. Advent is meant to be about finding time for Christ and for others especially

the homeless and marginalised. Advent 2018 will be for all a marvellous opportunity to not only

prepare for the birth of Christ but to deepen our faith and strengthen our relationship with Him.


Two Advent resources from Pontop Spirituality Network. The first is a booklet of prayers and

reflections for Advent. Our intention for this booklet is that it is given to each sick or housebound

member of the Partnership so that they are united with us in prayer. Our suggestion is that they

are printed at parish level and Eucharistic Ministers or sick visitors take them with them on their

next visit. Alongside this there is a small gift for each person to go with the booklet, it is a

prayer card with a small nativity pin on it.

The second is a '24 hours' calendar, which is an overview of the prayer and reflection events

happening each day of Advent in our parishes and schools. This also includes the details of the

Christmas Mass times for the Partnership.

Please Note : St. Teresa's advent Holy Hour events.

St. Teresa's this Sunday 9th Dec 5.00pm - 6.00pm.



At the back of church are for our Advent offerings for St. Cuthbert's Care our diocesan

agency caring for the vulnerable in our diocese.



The Sacrament of Reconcilliation offers us a marvellous opportunity to get ready to welcome

the Saviour at Christmas. There will be many opportunities for all of us throughout our partnership

over the remaining days of Advent to celebrate reconcilliation. Our service of reconcilliation will

take place at All Saints next Sunday at 5.00pm. Other services throughout the partnership will

take place at: St. Patrick's Consett - Saturday 15th Dec 11.00am - 1.00pm.



All Saints : Saturday 6.00pm. - 6-30pm.

St. Teresa's : Wednesday 10.30am, Saturday 3.45pm - 4.15pm.


Grand Christmas Raffe.

Tickets will be on sale from this weekend and the draw to be held Sunday 16th Dec.

We are asking all families to take at least one bundle. Proceeds are for Parish Funds

and the 'Gilding of the War Memorial'. Many thanks.


Warm Coats, Hats, Scarves & Gloves:

Eddie Ward is collecting these to distribute to those living on the streets this winter.

If you have anything, the appeal is open for the next few weels.


Lanchester Male Voice Choir & Choral & Operatic Society:

Present a Celebration of Christmas in the Methodist Church 17th Dec 7.15pm.


Gilding of the War Memorial Name Stone:

This work has been in the pipeline for the last ten years and now in this 100 Anniversary year

of the 1918 Armistice it seems the perfect time to complete the job. For the first time in 101 years

their names will shine out in gold upon the polished granite. This will greatly enhance this wonderful

village landmark and nurture in us a sense of pride snd gratitude for the sacrifice of so many.

The sale of the Diaries and the Grand Christmas Raffle will fund this project.




Planned for the afternoon of January 3rd is still in need of one or two people to take charge

of the music & introduce the games. Could YOU do it?????

If so please contact Kate Bradley on 07557338133. Thank you.


Durham University Hospial Chapain Fr. Paul Tully has a new phone no: 01388818544


Diaries 2019: Piety Advent Calendars:

For sale from this Sunday. Suggested donation of £1 for the Diaries.



Next Meeting on Thursday 13 Dec at 6.00pm. Last one till 10 Jan 2019.

20 people attended our first meeting of this years R.C.I.A. ( Journey of Faith ) programme.

It was a most interesting gathering, some interested in coming into full communion with the

Catholic Church, some keen to find out something about God,Faith, Christianity, some already

in full communion with the catholic church and are prepared to journey with us and support our

enquirers and welcome them on this journey. Our journey will continue on Thursday evening

at 7.00pm. in the Parish Cerntre. All welcome.


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Handmade & Fair Trade Christmas Gifts!

St. Teresa's: Annfield Plain:

The Rosary:

Is recited every Wednesday morning following Mass. Refreshments are available afterwards.


Children come to meet Santa at St. Teresa's:

On Sat 8th Dec at approx 11.00am. Thank you to the Catchgate- Annfield Plain Action

Partnership for organising our visit from Santa.


Christmas Transfigure Prayer Group:

This Thursday 7.00pm. Adoration, reflective music and Scripture. Confession will also be available.

Mulled wine and mince pies served afterwards. All are welcome.


Helping the Homeless-Desting Streetworx Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2018.

Please consider contributing to the above homeless appeal. There are slips in the porch with

suggestions for gifts that can be included in the boxes. To assist with this initiative if you have

empty shoeboxes at home please leave the boxes in the porch. Completed boxes need to be

dropped off 1st - 14th December.


Date for your Diary:

Tuesday 11th December the Annual Scout Carol Service will take place at 7.00pm.

Mince Pies and Mulled wine served afterwards in the scout hut. All are welcome


Car Parking!

It is unfortunate that there is insufficient space in St. Teresa's car park for all the members of the

congregation to park their cars. If you are unable to access the car park we ask you to bear in

mind the needs of those living nearby.


Monday Club:


Santa at the Monday Club Christmas Party.

Next Monday Club Monday 17th Dec 2018.

We would welcome some more drivers and helpers.The commitment is about once every 6 weeks term


Please think of inviting a neighbour who would appreciate a good night out! Lifts provided.

For more information : please contact Kate Edwards Tel: 01207 521 735 or text 07507816036

or email


New Luncheon Club:

We will serve a light lunch in the Parish Centre, there will be no charge although donations

are always welcome, and every 3rd Wednesday monthly, except December & August.

Enquiries: Andrea Stoddart Tel:


100 Club Sept Draw results:

Next draw will take place this Sunday 9th December.

It's still not too late to join , £11 per annum.Contact Jan Taylor.Tel; 520801

As a result of the success of the 100 Club, £500 has been donated to the Parish Funds.Thank you.


S.V.P. Lanchester, All Saints:

Join the S.V.P. Give some of your time to help others!

Please donate coins and notes from any

country, used stamps, silver or gold ( an odd link or earing ).

If you have any excess rosary beads could you hand them to the S.V.P. please.

SVP meeting every Tueday at 6.15pm. in the Parish Centre.

New members most welcome


Walsingham Pilgrimage August 16th - 19th 2019:

We will be taking part in a joint parish's pilgrimage to Walsingham. Price £195 per person, including

food, accommodation and transport. We have limited places available. If you would like to secure a

place a £50 deposit will be required. Contact Thomas on 07540737121 to book your place.


Canned Fish & Coffee Collection & Food Bank:

In Lanchester is for Asylum Seekers. It is collected on 1st Sunday of each month.

and a reminder should be on the newsletter. If you attend Annfield Plain you could put it in their

Food Bank Collection which is usually in the porch if you are unable to get to Lanchester.

The Food Bank wil struggle over the school holidays to provide provisions for those in need

of support within our community.


Children's Liturgy of the World:

Each Sunday in term time. Parents please bring your child along for the KS1 & KS2 to experience

the Word of God at their level. Meet in church for 9.30am.


Coffee morning after Sunday's Mass:

This is a wonderful way to get to know and socialise with your fellow parishioners. Proceeds this

week go to the upkeep of the Parish Centre.


Sick List:

Caring or praying for the sick and housebound is a most important mission of every parish.

The general prayer "For the Sick" at every Mass we celebrate is great but it would be more

personal to pray for the sick by name ( especially those who are very sick ). Would our

Extraordinary Ministers who take Holy Communion to the sick give names of the sick to

be included in the newsletter every weekend. Please make sure you have the consent

of the sick person.


Unable to get to church to light a candle?

Light one at the Grotto in Lourdes:


The Lourdes Sanctuary offers you the possibility by internet of leaving and lighting a candle

at the Lourdes Grotto. In return for your offering, the Sanctuary will place and light your candle

at the Grotto, in a candle stand set aside for this purpose. The Sanctuary commits itself to

honour your request within 24 hours. You can link it with a prayer intenion.

light a candle


War Memorial All Saints Catholic Church: A Grade 11 Listed Building:


For more info click here & to read Michael Quigley's Leaflet

War Memorial Catholic Church of All Saints.


Say a Pray for a lost Soul in Purgatory: ( and get amazing results )

"De Profundis"

Out of the depths I have cried to thee O' Lord, Lord hear my voice

Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication

If thou O' Lord were to mark my iniquities, Lord who shall endure it

For with Thee there is mercy and by reason of Thy Law I have waited on Thee, O' Lord

My soul hath relied on His word, my soul hath hoped in the Lord

From the morning watch even until night , my soul hath hoped in the Lord

Let Israel hope in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him

plentiful Redemption and He will redeem Israel from all her iniquities

Eternal rest give unto them, O' Lord and let perpetual light shine upon

them may they rest in peace.



Northern Cross now on line ( see our links page) Now on sale £1 at back of church.


See Diocsan web link on front page to read the Dec eNewsletter.


It is time for a renewed effort to end the closure of Gaza:


Israelis and Palestinians both need security, peace and to live in dignity,

free from injustice, if communities are to flourish and contribute meaningfully to the common good.

Together with our partners, we believe that suffering, injustice, violence and war will only end when

the occupation ends. Ending the closure of Gaza is an important step to achieving this.

Email the Foreign Secretary

Pray for Peace in the Holy Land


Ushaw College 2018:

This year celebrates 450 years since the foundation of the Douai / Ushaw seminary.

Watch out for the many celebrations, lectures and concerts that are planned.

Or take a tour of the wonderful chapels any Wednesday to Saturday afternoon.

Cafe, Shop and Museum. Open Wednesday to Saturday 11.00am to 5.00pm.

Main House and chapels. Open Wednesday to Saturday 1.00pm to 5.00pm.

Fr. Bob's Home Page



Our Lord awaits us in the Eucharist.

Let our praise and glory to the Blessed Sacrament never cease.

Pope John Paul II

Benediciton Tantum Ergo : click


Credo in Latin
with English



Live Mass from Walsingham Catholic TV

Heaven's Radio FM: Live Masses in Ireland & England.


Catholic Radio Station


What makes a Pope shake with Laughter ?


Offertory Envelopes: Gift Aid tax rules:

Envelopes for the year commencing in April 2018 are ready for collection at the back of both churches.

The eligibility for gift aid tax reclamation has changed from April 2018. Generally taxable income in excess

of £11,850, is eligible, however please note that the first £1,000 of interest from banks, building societies

etc, will be exempt for basic rate taxpayers, as will the first £2,000 of dividend income, it will therefore

be possible for an individual to be in receipt of over £14,850 of income without paying any income tax.

We therefore ask parishioners who have signed Gift Aid declarations to check that they are paying

sufficient tax to cover the amount reclaimed from HMRC in relation to their donations.

Please take your box today. If you have changed your address or your circumstances have changed

( you no longer pay tax ) please inform Catherine Taylor ( St. Teresa's ) or Martin Matthews All Saints.

Or phone the parish office Tel: 01207 520 374


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Homemade & Fair Trade Shop

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Homemade & Fair Trade Christmas Cards


Christmas Gift Ideas




Ushaw is opening its doors, chapels & gardens for Christmas.

A glorious Festival of Christmas trees of all shapes & sizes will

be decorated and lit by local flower arrangers and enthusiasts.

The theme will be our best known much loved seasonal songs

and carols. The Festival will open with the lightening of St. Cuthbert's

Chapel Christmas Tree - a lovely occasion to bring the family along

and make it the start of the Advent and Christmas Season.

Everywhere £5 entry or annual pass. Launches on 30 Nov at 5.00pm

and runs right through until Christmas.




The EVENT is back! Join us for our 2nd birthday re-launch on Wed 17 October.

This year we will also be running two "Roadshow" Events, one in Crook in the

Escomb partnership and one in March at St. Mary's RC Primary in South Moor,

in the Pontop partnership.







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