Saturday, 23 March 2013

Next Event: Feast of Divine Mercy

On Sunday 7th April at St John Vianney, Hartlepool at 2.30pm  with talk, chaplet, veneration and blessing of images (please bring your Divine Mercy image to be blessed if you have one), opportunity for Confession.  All welcome.  A good link for finding out more about this feast:

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Monday, 18 March 2013

Stations of the Cross

We held a Lenten Family Day for the 2nd year at Osmotherley on the afternoon of 17th March.  Six families/couples met in the village to walk the mile (approximately) to the Lady Chapel, there are crosses to mark the Stations of the Cross along the way.  Despite the rain families took turns leading a station.  The older children had prepared lovely illustrations to accompany them and were each given something to carry along the way to represent each station e.g. a rosary for the meeting of Jesus and Mary.  The children enjoyed jumping in the huge puddles and mud but for the parents with pushchairs it was quite tricky!
We arrived at the Lady Chapel and prayed the Holy Family Guild prayers and prayers for the Pope.  
A lovely volunteer was waiting with much needed tea and coffee in the hall and the families had brought a selection of food to share.  We were amazed when we went back outside to discover it was snowing and it was really quite heavy on the walk back down the hill to our cars.
It was a memorable occasion for the children and the difficulties helped us adults to identify with Our Lord's way of the cross a bit better.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Novena to St Joseph

Today is the day to start a Novena to St Joseph.

We have found this on XT3 (

Join Cardinal Dolan in asking St. Joseph for prayer for the upcoming conclave and the election of a new pope!


To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also.

By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength.

Most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of his life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in heaven. Amen.

Next Event: Stations of the Cross

The next event will be family-oriented Stations of the Cross at Osmotherley during the afternoon of Sunday 17 March (5th Sunday of Lent, displacing St Patrick’s Day).
Meet at 1:45pm at the bottom of the track (looking at the map, this appears to be on the junction of Ruebury lane and North End, but we’ll only know for sure once we get there!).
We will begin walking at 2pm sharp.
Please let us know if your coming and whether your children would like to draw one of the Stations
of the Cross beforehand to bring with them.
Once we get to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Grace (pictured above), we’ll have prayers in the
chapel, followed by afternoon tea in the hall. Please bring some cakes/snacks to share. All drinks
will be provided.
See The postcode for the chapel is DL6 3AP. The postcode for the Catholic church in the village (near where you can park) is DL6 3BB.
The Catholic church in Osmotherley itself is worth a visit.