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Thought from Fr. Colm - 30th September

We celebrated the 30 years of service to our parish by Fred and Helen Haywood. Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a memorable evening. There were numerous speeches and thanks from parishioners. Chris Brennan gave an excellent summary of Fred and Helen’s work with the SVP and other parish outreaches. Both Helen and Fred spoke with gratitude to the parish for the initial welcome they received when arriving from the South not knowing anyone and how important that initial knock on the door by two parishioners to say “welcome” was. A special thank you to Miss Haggart – the Head at St. Joseph’s – for making us so welcome and thanks to the Caretaker, Alan, for being so helpful. Our parish social committee showed what we are capable of when it comes to the big events. Thank you to them for the hard work they put into this marvellous evening. Our parish council meeting on Tuesday was updated by the different groups in our parish. Buildings and grounds maintenance is a constant. Expenditures also needing regular scrutiny. The minutes of the meeting will be available soon and there will be an overview announcement at all Masses next weekend. Katie Flood’s imminent departure and possible successor was an important separate item. Again, our thanks to members of the Council for their commitment. A special Mass for the Feast of St. Francis will be celebrated next Tuesday at St. Godric’s. Brothers Paul and John welcome all. On behalf of the Parish of the Durham Martyrs, can I wish them a happy feast day and a 'thank you' for bringing the charism of Francis to our parish and beyond. A request has come for volunteers to clean at St. Godric’s Church. Please let me know if you have time to join a parish team of cleaners. Thanks.

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