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25th Dec. 2016 The Nativity of the Lord

posted 23 Dec 2016, 08:20 by Veronica Yarwood   [ updated 23 Dec 2016, 08:21 ]

H.B. MASS 9.30a.m. People of the Parish

Hw. MASS 11.00a.m. People of the Parish


MON. 26th Dec.                St. Stephen, First Martyr

                                            H.B. MASS 10.00a.m. Sr. M. Stephen


TUES. 27th Dec.                St. John Apostle & Evangelist

               H.B. MASS 10.00a.m.

 Intention Paul Butler R.I.P. & Family


WED. 28th Dec.                The Holy Innocents H.B. MASS 10.00a.m.

                                             Intention Rev. John Milroy R.I.P.


THURS. 29th Dec.             St. Thomas Becket Hw. MASS 10.00a.m.

Intention Norah & Gordon Cathrow R.I.P.


FRI. 30th Dec.                    The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

Hw. MASS 10.00a.m.  In Thanksgiving


SAT. 31st Dec.                    Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

Hw. MASS 10.00a.m.

                                             Intention Rt. Rev. P. Cronin & Rev. Daniel Treacy R.I.P.



Today Hw.          ‘Christmas Drop In For All’  -  Methodist Hall                    






Welcome to all our visitors

Parish Website: www.rcchurchhaltwhistle.co.uk

Diocesan Website: www.rcdhn.org.uk/parishsites.htm


Collections for: 18th Dec.

H.B. £146.90p; Christmas Draw £772; Jean Smith (In Mem.) £100;

Baron Davenport Trust £500; Cafod Can £3.37p.

Hw. £129.50p.


Hw. Prayer Meeting

Resumes Mon. 9th Jan. 10.30a.m. Holy Cross Church.


Magazine Rack – Just In

Safe Home


Asylum Seekers

Due Today. All contributions gratefully accepted.


Calendars 2017

A variety of Calendars are available on Magazine Rack.

Feel free to take.

Hw. N.B. Monthly Coffee Morning

Jan. coffee morning after Sun. Mass 8th Jan. when there will be opportunity for short meeting and taking down the crib .





Hw. Advent Bible Series

The recent Bible study has now ended and a request for further studies

is to be considered. Watch this space.


Hw. Messy  Church

Thurs. 12th Jan. 2.00p.m. Review of past approach and a proposed future strategy for this monthly event. Open to all interested including parents and helpers.


Prince Charles & Aid to Church In Need

In the video message exclusively for Aid to the Church in Need and broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’ – Prince Charles speaks out against the persecution of Christians, Yazidis, Jews, Ahmadis, Baha’is and other groups and stresses how for some people religious freedom is a daily stark choice between life and death”.
Inspired by last month’s Aid To Church In Need ‘Religious Freedom’ in the World 2016 Report, The Prince highlighted the survey’s key finding that extremism is seeking to eliminate all types of religious diversity.


North East Churches Acting Together

This organisation has put together  a video highlighting Asylum Seekers -  ‘A very British Nativity’ which highlights some of the issues.  To watch follow the link:



Men's Forum

Next meeting on 1st February 2017 with a talk by Antony Evans Volunteer N.N.P.A. Details to follow.


The Sacrament of Confession

Fr. Pyle is available for anyone who wishes to partake in the Sacrament of Penance over the Christmas period.


Thought for the week

The important thing in life is not to do something, but to be born and to let yourself be loved. Fr. Julian Carron.




Christmas Meditation



But mercy is above this

sceptre sway;

It is enthroned in the hearts

Of kings,

It is an attribute to God


And earthly power doth then

Show likest God’s

When mercy seasons



Wm. Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice

Act IV scene i.


Next Sunday: 1st Jan. 2017 The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God