Fr Kentigern & Fr Bernard wish you every blessing for 2024.
The Sick: The Diocese, on advice and under Data Protection Regulations (May 2018), asks us not to name individuals, but to pray for them as a group within the Parish Body as those in particular need.
Anniversaries: Margaret Ellison, Fr Dominic Milroy OSB, Fr Simon Trafford OSB.
HOME COMMUNIONS If you require Holy Communion at home, please contact Christopher Wilding, Fr Kentigern or Fr Bernard either by e-mail or leave a telephone message by 8.00pm on Friday evening stating whether you require a weekly visit or a one-off call. Someone will then be in contact to arrange a suitable day and time to visit.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS Sunday 7 January: Epiphany Bring & Share Lunch Weekend 20/21 January: Visitation by Bishop Terence Patrick Drainey
LITURGY & WORSHIP - (Coordinators Clare Lally & David Cragg-James) Discipleship & Formation – (Coordinators Dominic Carter & _____)
WORLD COMMUNITY OF CHRISTIAN MEDITATION Gathers each Monday in St Benedict’s Hall at 2pm, and on Thursdays via Zoom at 8pm.
CHRISTIAN MEN OF THE VALLEY Meet each Monday at 8.00pm to share faith, friendship and interests. Bring your own packed lunch. There is no cost for the day.
FELLOWSHIP & SOCIAL – (Coordinators Jennie & Greg Black) EPIPHANY BRING & SHARE LUNCH Sunday 7th January after Mass. Continue the celebrations and enjoy getting together to share a dish and/or drink, and a quiz and ‘bran’ tub for children! Sheet at the back to sign up for numbers and to see what others are bringing. We look forward to seeing you all!
EVANGELISATION, OUTREACH & MISSION – (Coordinators Robert Toone & ______)
CRIB OFFERINGS AND OTHER THINGS This year all Crib Offerings will be sent to Friends of the Holy Land. There is also opportunity to continue supporting ABCD Bethlehem.
WINTER WARM SPACES Ampleforth Warm Winter Spaces started again on November 22nd 12.00 – 3.00pm in Ampleforth Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a simple meal, try your hand at knitting, join in a board game or just chat with friends over tea and cake. No pre- booking required, free entry. Transport can be provided. For more information contact Mary on 07732 786643. CAFOD Donate to CAFOD’s Israeli-Palestinian Crisis Appeal at cafod.org.uk/ipc or call 0303 303 3030. I just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you for your support and prayers this year. We are truly grateful for every prayer, every donation and every signature in support of our campaigns. It has been a difficult year for many, not least for those caught up in the devastating conflict in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and other conflicts throughout the world but together, we continue on our Advent journey to the manger to welcome Christ once again. In the words of my colleague, Kayode Akintola, Head of Africa, ‘If the God of the universe was born in a dirty, messy manger, amid conflict and injustice and oppression, there is no mess or brokenness in the world or in our lives that God is not willing to step into.’ ‘We trust in God’s promises of restoration of the world. We stand in hope, peace, joy and love to ground us as we offer our lives, following God’s path toward justice and righteousness in the world.’ Thank you for standing with us. We wish you a happy and holy journey to the manger and a peaceful and joyful Christmas. Carol Cross
MIDDLESBROUGH FOOD BANK The final delivery of the Christmas Appeal which was made on Tues.12th December by Peter and Sue Allen with donations from Gilling, Stonegrave, Cawton and Oswaldkirk greatly boosted the total figures and that and a special appeal made at St Benedict’s Primary School which had chosen the MFB as their charity for the term resulted in a fantastic result! OVERALL TOTALS: FOOD-440.3kg CASH-£340 CHEQUES-£410 SO, A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO ALL, especially to the staff, the children and their families! We are very grateful for your support as indeed is Tracey!
A NOTE FOR YOUR 2024 DIARIES! NEXT DELIVERY: TUESDAY JAN.9th ’24 DEADLINE FOR DONATIONS: MON JAN 8th -12 NOON EPIPHANY SUNDAY would be a great opportunity to bring donations, including surplus Christmas goodies! THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GENEROUS GIVING!