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With One Voice

The Catholic Parishes of St Agnes’ Crawcrook, St Joseph’s Highfield and Our Lady of Lourdes Chopwell

Part of the Ovingham Parish Partnership in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

OUR PARTNERSHIP CLERGY

Fr John James (resident at Crawcook) 0191 413 2766

Fr Jonathan Rose (resident at Stella)  0191 413 2749

Fr Adrian Tuckwell E.V. (resident at Winlaton)    0191 414 2654

Fr Michael Whalen (Partnership Dean - resident at Prudhoe) 01661 832298

Deacon Derek Gallagher   01207 561445 

OVINGHAM PARTNERSHIP SUPPORT SERVICES

In need of help and support? Relationship support? Domestic abuse? Dealing with bereavement? Need to talk?
Dedicated counsellors and listeners are available at the Cathedral Listening Service on 0191 232 6953 and on the Northumberland Listening Service on 07732 980740.
MarriageCare provides a counselling service for couples or individuals experiencing difficulties in their relationship which one or both find challenging and problematic.
Website: www.marriagecare.org.uk      Please click HERE for other services available.

CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME

The Emmaus Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation programme started on Tuesday 23rd November 2021 with a welcome session, held at St Joseph's, Blaydon. 

We are blessed to have 28 candidates registered from across 3 partnerships and 7 parishes, and 7 Catechists.  

Please keep the candidates, their families, Catechists and everyone involved in the Emmaus Confirmation programme in your prayers. 

EMMAUS CONFIRMATION - RETREAT & ENCOUNTER leaflets

 

Prayer for the Catechists:

All powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,by water and the Holy Spirit you freed us, your sons and daughters,from sin and gave us new life.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us to be our helper and guide.

Give us the spirit of wisdom and understanding,the spirit of right judgement and courage,the spirit of knowledge and reverence.

Fill us with the spirit and wonder of awe in your presence.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Headlines from PDG Meeting -  20th May 2021

  • During the last few months, the PDG has been reflecting on what has been going well, as well as the challenges and struggles of forming and developing the Partnership.
  • The PDG are exploring the way forward for the Partnership in a Mission context. This will consider a ‘Partnership as a Service’ model.
  • A new programme known as CONNECT aims to ignite and encourage themed conversations in our communities. Two key themes are emerging around ‘rebooting parishes’ and ‘catechesis’. 
  • The PDG will begin to define a framework for how CONNECT will be developed and launched.
  • Communities will be invited and encouraged to participate and contribute in CONNECT groups.
  • The PDG invites and welcomes your thoughts, ideas and suggestions. Please speak with your PDG Representative or email apewwithaview@gmail.com

STAYING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR PARISH COMMUNITY
We must comply with the advice/instructions from the UK Government and Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. Nevertheless, this needn’t prevent us from being a worshipping community. We offer new ways for us to come together as a “virtual” community, remaining in the real presence of Jesus Christ spiritually, until such time that we’re able to gather together again in person.  A Facebook group has been created where we are invited to keep in contact with each other as a faith community. Current members are offering support to one another, sharing useful resources such as prayers, messages of kindness and support, humour and videos. We have also linked to other parish community groups who are showing Mass and other services by a live video link so we’re able to “attend” Mass.


We invite you to join our Facebook group: Search for ‘Ovingham Partnership Catholic Community Group’ and send us a request to join.


Upon joining, we ask that you respect the rules of the group. We are a Christian faith group who are trying to support one another through difficult circumstances, remaining true to our Catholic faith. As with any social media, please consider safeguarding and privacy for yourself and others. Be sensitive to others and express any views with kindness and compassion. Do not post or share inappropriate content or political views, and take care not to divulge any personal or sensitive information.

We welcome members to post prayers, acts of kindness, messages of hope and encouragement and any other content you may expect a Christian group to share. We offer our prayers for you and your loved ones and hope you may find some comfort, help and support from this resource in the coming weeks.

OVINGHAM NEWS & EVENTS

THE EVENT - January 2020

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QUIZ NIGHT - 21st February 2020

Our Lady and St. Cuthbert’s (Prudhoe) parish hosted a Partnership Quiz Night in February. Around 12 teams competed in rounds about spelling, maths, historical politics, missing words, music, children’s characters and more. An enjoyable evening raising £140 for church funds.

 

 

BONKERS BINGO - 29th February 2020

Our Lady & St. Cuthbert’s Family and Youth Group organised their third Bonkers Bingo Community event which had a Rock theme. The children took to the stage to lead everyone with their audacious dance moves during games of Bingo. Lots of fun, great costumes, fabulous prizes and an amazing community spirit. Over £700 was raised by the event and they’re hoping to provide transport and take a group from their parish/school along to the Diocesan Festival in June, with more Bonkers Bingo.