Parish newsletter

19th Sunday of the Year

Dear Parishioners

Across the world and here at home we witness the number of cases of Covid-19 on the rise leading to the introduction of restrictions, quarantines and lockdowns having to be imposed.

Many commentators put the rise in Europe down to a growing number of people choosing to ignore the call to keep social distancing, wear face coverings and to observe basic hygiene requirements.

I share with you today the following comments of Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer in the UK and Doctor David Nabarro, the World Health Organisation’s special envoy for coronavirus, which I feel are worthy of consideration.

“We have all known that what we have to try and do is get to the absolute edge of what we can do in terms of opening up society and the economy without getting to the point where the virus starts to take off again. I think what we are seeing from the data…. is that we have probably reached near the limit or limits of what we can do in terms of opening up society. So what that means potentially, is if we wish to do more things in the future we may have to do less of some other things and these will be difficult trade-offs, some of which will be decisions of government, some of which are for all of us as citizens to do. So we have to be realistic about this. The idea that we can open up everything and keep the virus under control is clearly wrong and what we are seeing (now) is that we are at the outer edge of what we can do and therefore choices will need to be made.” (Chris Whitty, 31st July, Downing Street Briefing.)

“I hear about people in many parts of other European countries saying we have had enough of (restrictions and lockdowns) and I so understand it. I think all of us are just thinking when is this going to end and I have to be this person who comes out with (the fact that) this virus is not going away, this virus is really dangerous, this virus doesn’t get bored, it really relishes when we get bored because then it can cause more trouble. This virus only has one purpose and that is to multiply and multiply and it is doing so all over the world. So… we have absolutely no choice but to take it seriously and we mustn’t compete with each other about it. We’ve got to have everybody working together on this agenda because we are all experiencing the same problem all over the world.”

(David Nabarro, The Today Programme, 4th August). The full interview can be heard at 2 hours 14.45 minutes into the programme

Please continue to look after and pray for one another and please pray for me.

May God bless you all.

Fr. Patterson


Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from our Cathedral on Sunday at 11.30 and on weekdays at 12.05. These services may be viewed live or anytime later.

Alternatively, you may like to follow daily Mass from the Holy Name, Jesmond celebrated live at 10.00 or which may also be viewed any time later.


 Mass Intentions

I continue to celebrate Mass privately every day. The following Intentions will be remembered this week.

  • Monday – Knock, Hughes and Kelly Families
  • Tuesday – Allan Neil
  • Wednesday – Lawrie Hindes
  • Thursday – The sick, their families, NHS staff & Care Workers
  • Friday – Jim McErlane
  • Saturday – Fr. “P’s” Intentions
  • Sunday – For the intentions of all our parishioners

As you are unable to celebrate Mass with me, you may wish to make this act of spiritual communion:

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen


Please keep in your prayers this week

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital
  • all those near and dear to us whose memories we cherish at this time and,
  • Allan Neil who has died. “Receive Lord into tranquillity and peace the soul of your servant whom you have called from this life. May he be taken up into glory with your Son in whose great mystery of love we are all united. Amen.”

A Prayer for Carers, Nurses and Doctors

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life, be with doctors, nurses and carers, as they act as agents of your healing touch.

In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving; and when their work is done, be with them in their weariness and in their tears. Amen.


The People of Beirut

Amidst their own country’s struggle with the coronavirus, I feel sure we can do no other than to pray earnestly for the people of Beirut following the explosion in their city last Tuesday and the ensuing deaths, injuries and devastation.


Reopening our Churches – Update

We have now been given leave by Bishop Robert to be risk assessed with a view to a phased reopening of St. Patrick’s Church.

As Fr. Patterson is in the clinically vulnerable category and on the advice of the bishops, St. Alban’s Church will remain closed for the time being.

Once St. Patrick’s has been risk assessed it will have to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized to ensure it is a Covid safe environment.

It will then depend on the number of volunteers we have who are willing to act as stewards and to clean the church after every celebration before we can determine when we can reopen and the number and times of services we will be able to offer.

As you are aware the Government Guidelines are very demanding to ensure our churches are Covid-19 secure.

A minimum of two stewards must be in attendance at every celebration to ensure the guidelines are met and the church must be thoroughly sanitized after each service.

The more volunteers we have, the easier it will be to fulfil these requirements and the less burdensome it will be on those who have volunteered.

If you can volunteer as a steward and/or help with cleaning the church, please send Fr. Patterson an email stating your availability weekday/weekend and in what way you would be able to help.  Volunteers should really not be in the vulnerable categories.


What to expect when we can return to Church

As we patiently await the reopening of our churches, this video from the Archdiocese of Liverpool gives an idea of what to expect when you can come back to Church:


Your generous Offerings are greatly appreciated

In these financially challenging times, Fr. Patterson continues to be grateful to those parishioners who contribute their weekly offering by bank transfer directly into the parish accounts and to those who have sent cheques.

He is also appreciative of those parishioners who have dropped their weekly offering envelopes through the presbytery letterbox  This all helps to meet our day to day financial commitments.

However, for security reasons, please do not put any envelopes through St. Alban’s Presbytery door. Envelopes for St. Alban’s parish should be posted through St. Patrick’s Presbytery door only.

If you Gift Aid your offertory contributions, the parish can reclaim the tax on your offering should you wish to make a bank transfer. It would be helpful to enter your name and Gift Aid envelope number as the reference when making the transfer.

If you choose to send a cheque please make it payable to the appropriate Account name below or you might wish to continue to put aside your envelopes each week and bring them along to church once we can reopen our doors.

The details for bank transfers and cheques are as follows:

St. Alban’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 92010984

St. Patrick’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Felling St Patrick, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 52010453


Mass Offerings

If you would like to have Mass offered for any particular intention, Fr. Patterson would be happy to celebrate it for you privately.

You may drop your intention and offering through the letterbox of St. Patrick’s Presbytery, so long as you follow Government guidelines about leaving your home or place it in the post with a cheque, or you may email your intention to Fr. Patterson and send your offering by bank transfer.

For security reasons, please do not put any intentions or offerings through the letterbox of St. Alban’s Presbytery.


Help Control the Virus

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

  • Wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • Make space – stay at least a metre away from people not in your household

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least ten days.

You can read more about what you can and can’t do on the government website.


Diocesan Website

More information and support may be found on our Diocesan website


Parish newsletter

18th Sunday of the Year

Dear Parishioners

Last weekend it was face coverings.  This week, the major topics of conversation have been the reintroduction of the need to quarantine for fourteen days if you are returning from Spain and Luxembourg due to a rapid increase of reported new cases in those countries; the extension of the self-isolating period if you test positive or show symptoms of Covid-19 from seven to ten days; and local restrictions.

It is not for me to enter into the politics of the Government having made these decisions, but I do remember the Prime Minister saying on the day he announced the introduction of the travel corridors, that he would be prepared “to slam the door shut at a moments notice” should the situation change from the time the decision to relax the travel restrictions took place and that is what has happened.

Indeed this policy has been at the heart of all the easements that have been made in recent weeks. They are all made based on the science at the time and are subject to review should there be a change in circumstances. We are witnessing this currently in areas of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire and in the suspension on further easements due to take place on 1st August.

The responsibility has been placed on the shoulders of us all to make our own risk assessments in the way we choose to live from day to day in the light of the Government guidelines active at the time, aware that they may change at a moment’s notice.  Hopefully in making our decisions, we take into account not only our own needs, hopes and desires, but the effect our actions and behaviour may have on others—for the sake of the common good.

It appears that a lack of respect for the social distancing rule has been a major cause of recent outbreaks. Here at home, our Government advice is still 2 metres  unless it is impossible in which case it is 1 metre plus with other measures being put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. In the more relaxed social settings that we may now enjoy, this appears not always to be happening, as some people seem to think the virus has gone away or, worse still, that they are invulnerable.

Which is why I urge you once again to keep in mind the advice of Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England who has said “Covid-19 is still in general circulation. If we do not follow social distancing guidance then cases will rise again. It is absolutely critical people stick to the guidance that has been given.”

Please look after one another, pray for each other and please pray for me.

May God bless you all.

Fr. Patterson


Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from our Cathedral on Sunday at 11.30 and on weekdays at 12.05. These services may be viewed live or anytime later at

Alternatively, you may like to follow daily Mass from the Holy Name, Jesmond celebrated live at 10.00 or which may also be viewed any time later.


Mass Intentions

I continue to celebrate Mass privately every day. The following Intentions will be remembered this week.

  • Monday – Hilda McDonald and LDM McDonald and Coffell Families
  • Tuesday – In Thanksgiving for 60 years of Marriage (R&V)
  • Wednesday – Fr. Owen Grant
  • Thursday – The sick, their families, NHS staff & Care Workers
  • Friday – Fr. “P’s” Intentions
  • Saturday – Susan Harland
  • Sunday – For the intentions of all our parishioners

As you are unable to celebrate Mass with me, you may wish to make this act of spiritual communion:

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen


Please keep in your prayers this week:

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital
  • all those near and dear to us whose memories we cherish at this time

A Prayer for Carers, Nurses and Doctors

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life, be with doctors, nurses and carers, as they act as agents of your healing touch.

In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving; and when their work is done, be with them in their weariness and in their tears. Amen.


Reopening our Churches

We continue to patiently await Bishop Robert approaching us to enquire if we are prepared  to be risk assessed with a view to reopening our churches.

As Fr. Patterson is in the clinically vulnerable category and on the advice of the Bishops, initially we may only be able to open St. Patrick’s Church.

Until such time as our own churches have been risk assessed and we are able to fulfill all the requirements for stewarding and cleaning, we will remain closed. So please be patient, prayerful and understanding.


We require a further 5 Volunteers please

If you are able to volunteer as a steward or to help with cleaning our churches please send Fr. Patterson an email stating your availability weekday/weekend and in what way you would be able to help.  Your help could make the difference between being able to open our churches or not! Volunteers should really not be in the vulnerable categories.


What to expect when we can return to Church

As we patiently await being approached by Bishop Robert to consider the reopening of our churches, this video from the Archdiocese of Liverpool gives an idea of what to expect when you can come back to Church.


Your generous Offerings are greatly appreciated

In these financially challenging times, Fr. Patterson continues to be grateful to those parishioners who contribute their weekly offering by bank transfer directly into the parish accounts and to those who have sent cheques.

He is also appreciative of those parishioners who have dropped their weekly offering envelopes through the presbytery letterbox  This all helps to meet our day to day financial commitments.

However, for security reasons, please do not put any envelopes through St. Alban’s Presbytery door. Envelopes for St. Alban’s parish should be posted through St. Patrick’s Presbytery door only.

If you Gift Aid your offertory contributions, the parish can reclaim the tax on your offering should you wish to make a bank transfer. It would be helpful to enter your name and Gift Aid envelope number as the reference when making the transfer.

If you choose to send a cheque please make it payable to the appropriate Account name below or you might wish to continue to put aside your envelopes each week and bring them along to church once we can reopen our doors.

The details for bank transfers and cheques are as follows:

St. Alban’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 92010984

St. Patrick’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Felling St Patrick, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 52010453


Thank you

Fr. Patterson is most grateful for a donation of £100.00 received during the week for St. Patrick’s parish funds.

Mass Offerings

If you would like to have Mass offered for any particular intention, Fr. Patterson would be happy to celebrate it for you privately.

You may drop your intention and offering through the letterbox of St. Patrick’s Presbytery, so long as you follow Government guidelines about leaving your home or place it in the post with a cheque, or you may email your intention to Fr. Patterson and send your offering by bank transfer.

For security reasons, please do not put any intentions or offerings through the letterbox of St. Alban’s Presbytery.


Help Control the Virus

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

Wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly

Cover face – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces

Make space – stay at least a metre away from people not in your household

If you are feeling unwell, get a test   and do not leave home for at least ten days.

You can read more about what you can and can’t do on the government website.


Diocesan Website

More information and support may be found on our Diocesan website


Parish newsletter

17th Sunday of the Year

Dear Parishioners

I suppose one of the major topics of conversation this week has been the introduction of the compulsory wearing of face coverings in shops and supermarkets.

There are those who are prepared to comply with this requirement for the sake of the common good. Others argue that it is inconvenient, uncomfortable, not British, an infringement of civil liberty.

Fr, James Martin, a Jesuit priest from the United States puts it this way:-   “I believe that all life is sacred, inviolable and a gift from God. That reverence for life includes a desire to care for the unborn child in the womb, the elderly person in danger of euthanasia, the refugee starving on the border….

To that list of sacred lives you can add: the woman standing in line at the grocery store checkout counter, the elderly man seated in a church pew or the office worker who has just stepped aboard public transportation.

Surely everyone would consider all these lives worthy of protection. So why aren’t all Christians convinced that wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are pro-life moves?”

He cites the parable of the Good Samaritan. There were those who failed to help and there was the Samaritan who went beyond the call of duty.

Fr. Martin continues: “So the question comes down to this: Do you reverence all lives—the checkout clerk as much as the unborn child? The man standing in the grocery store as much as the man in danger of euthanasia? The woman on the subway as much as the terminally ill child?

Do you really want to help save lives? Then start to bother. Wear a mask”

You can read Fr Martin’s article in America: The Jesuit Review.

Please take care of yourselves in the weeks and months ahead. Keep in mind the advice of Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England who has said “Covid-19 is still in general circulation. If we do not follow social distancing guidance then cases will rise again. It is absolutely critical people stick to the guidance that has been given.”

Pray for each other and please pray for me

May God bless you all.

Fr. Patterson


Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from our Cathedral on Sunday at 11.30 and on weekdays at 12.05. These services may be viewed live or anytime later.

Alternatively, you may like to follow daily Mass from the Holy Name, Jesmond celebrated live at 10.00 or which may also be viewed any time later.


 Mass Intentions

I continue to celebrate Mass privately every day. The following Intentions will be remembered this week.

  • Monday – Special Intention (RK)
  • Tuesday – In Thanksgiving (KC)
  • Wednesday – Lavinia and Alexander Henderson
  • Thursday – The sick, their families, NHS staff & Care Workers
  • Friday – Brian Quigley
  • Saturday – Fr. “P’s” Intentions
  • Sunday – For the intentions of all our parishioners

As you are unable to celebrate Mass with me, you may wish to make this act of spiritual communion:

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen


Please keep in your prayers this week:

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital
  • all those near and dear to us whose memories we cherish at this time

A Prayer for Carers, Nurses and Doctors

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life, be with doctors, nurses and carers, as they act as agents of your healing touch.

In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving; and when their work is done, be with them in their weariness and in their tears. Amen.


Reopening our Churches

We continue to patiently await Bishop Robert approaching us to enquire if we are prepared  to be risk assessed with a view to reopening our churches.

As Fr. Patterson is in the clinically vulnerable category and on the advice of the Bishops, initially we may only be able to open St. Patrick’s Church.

Until such time as our own churches have been risk assessed and we are able to fulfill all the requirements for stewarding and cleaning, we will remain closed. So please be patient, prayerful and understanding.


We need another 6 Volunteers please

If you are able to volunteer as a steward or to help with cleaning our churches please send Fr. Patterson an email stating your availability weekday/weekend and in what way you would be able to help.  Your help could make the difference between being able to open our churches or not! Volunteers should really not be in the vulnerable categories.


What to expect when we can return to Church

As we patiently await being approached by Bishop Robert to consider the reopening of our churches, Fr. Patterson thought it may be helpful to outline some of the changes you will experience when we are able to gather for Mass.

First of all, things will not be the same as they were! We must observe the 2 metre social distancing rule which reduces the seating capacity of our churches considerably. Everyone, with the exception of children under 11 and those with certain medical conditions, must bring and wear a face covering. Please note there will be no toilet facilities available nor votive candles, no repository items, no Mass Books, hymnbooks nor holy water.

The number of Masses offered will be determined by the number of volunteers we can call upon to act as stewards to assist you and to make you feel welcome and safe. They will greet you on your arrival at the Church and invite you to sanitise your hands. They will lead you to your seat—which may not be the one you are accustomed to sitting in. Please remain in your seat at all times. Do not move around the Church. In your bench, you must adhere to the 2 metre social distancing rule unless you are from the same household and are sharing a bench with members of your household.

Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass when you will be invited by a steward to come forward. After receiving Holy Communion you must leave the Church immediately and not return to your place.

These are only some of the guidelines we must put in place. They are under constant review by the Government and the bishops. A more comprehensive set of procedures will be published once we have had our risk assessment carried out by the Diocesan Authorities.  You may be interested in a short video from the Archdiocese of Liverpool which gives an idea of what to expect when you can come to Church. 


Your generous Offerings are greatly appreciated

In these financially challenging times, Fr. Patterson continues to be grateful to those parishioners who contribute their weekly offering by bank transfer directly into the parish accounts and to those who have sent cheques.

He is also appreciative of those parishioners who have dropped their weekly offering envelopes through the presbytery letterbox  This all helps to meet our day to day financial commitments.

However, for security reasons, please do not put any envelopes through St. Alban’s Presbytery door. Envelopes for St. Alban’s parish should be posted through St. Patrick’s Presbytery door only.

If you Gift Aid your offertory contributions, the parish can reclaim the tax on your offering should you wish to make a bank transfer. It would be helpful to enter your name and Gift Aid envelope number as the reference when making the transfer.

If you choose to send a cheque please make it payable to the appropriate Account name below or you might wish to continue to put aside your envelopes each week and bring them along to church once we can reopen our doors.

The details for bank transfers and cheques are as follows:

St. Alban’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 92010984

St. Patrick’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Felling St Patrick, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 52010453


Diocesan Website

More information and support may be found on our Diocesan website


Parish newsletter

16th Sunday of the Year

Dear Parishioners

I don’t know about you but I continue to be confused by political commentators and journalists who are critical of the Government in being slow to make decisions and then critical of them when they make decisions. The most recent example being the requirement for us to wear face coverings in shops from 24th July.

Of course there are people who agree with this ruling and those who don’t. We are all entitled to our opinion. We can question the science and the politics. But when it comes to the common good, should we not be prepared to put the needs of the community at large before our own. As Christian people that is our calling.

There is little doubt that Covid-19 lives on in our communities as we have seen resurgences during the past week in our own country and further afield. The Prime Minister made this very clear in the Downing Street briefing last Friday.

Here in Gateshead there have been a further 6 confirmed cases since last week bringing the total number of cases in our area to 1,282 and the number of Covid-19 related deaths to 236 as of 3rd July.

The science and medical advice still suggests that the best way of preventing the spread of the coronavirus is by social distancing and washing our hands. Despite what we see going on around us, 2 metres is still the “golden rule” for social distancing unless it is impossible to maintain, in which case it is “1 metre plus” which may involve the wearing of face coverings or taking other protective measures.

We are also still encouraged to stay at home as much as possible to limit contact with other people, to work from home if we can—although there is now a debate in progress on this subject. We should wash our hands regularly and not leave the house if we, or a member of our household, has any symptoms and to report those symptoms to the Government’s Test and Trace System.

It can be difficult to get the balance right between continuing to live with the restrictions and responsibly enjoying the freedom the Government has entrusted to us. Whatever we do, hopefully we will always have the well-being of others at heart and have in the forefront of our minds the advice of Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England who has said “Covid-19 is still in general circulation. If we do not follow social distancing guidance then cases will rise again. It is absolutely critical people stick to the guidance that has been given.”

So please take care of yourselves in the weeks and months ahead.

Pray for each other and please pray for me

May God bless you all.

Fr. Patterson


Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from our Cathedral on Sunday at 11.30 and on weekdays at 12.05. These services may be viewed live or anytime later.

Alternatively, you may like to follow daily Mass from the Holy Name, Jesmond celebrated live at 10.00 or which may also be viewed any time later.


 Mass Intentions

I continue to celebrate Mass privately every day. The following Intentions will be remembered this week.

  • Monday – Sister Francine
  • Tuesday – Dominic and Andrew Sloan
  • Wednesday – Kathleen Falconer
  • Thursday – The sick, their families, NHS staff & Care Workers
  • Friday – Patsy Rafferty
  • Saturday – Fr. “P’s” Intentions
  • Sunday – For the intentions of all our parishioners

As you are unable to celebrate Mass with me, you may wish to make this act of spiritual communion:

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen


Please keep in your prayers this week

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital and,
  • all those near and dear to us whose memories we cherish at this time

Masses for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

Every Thursday one of our Bishops has been celebrating a special evening Mass for the sick, their families, NHS staff, and those working in Social Care. These Masses seem to have come to an end, but Fr. Patterson will continue to celebrate a Mass each week on a Thursday for this intention.


A Prayer for Carers, Nurses and Doctors

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life, be with doctors, nurses and carers, as they act as agents of your healing touch.

In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving; and when their work is done, be with them in their weariness and in their tears. Amen.


Reopening our Churches

We continue to patiently await Bishop Robert approaching us to enquire if we are prepared  to be risk assessed with a view to reopening our churches.

As you are aware, the Bishop  has announced  that no church will be able to reopen for any communal worship until it has been risk assessed by the Diocesan Authorities and can fulfil the requirements of the Government, the guidelines of the Bishops’ Conference and the local Diocesan guidelines. This includes being able to provide sufficient volunteers to help with stewarding and cleaning to ensure all measures, including social distancing are fulfilled.

We need at least another eight volunteers if we are to be able to consider reopening our churches.

As Fr. Patterson is in the clinically vulnerable category and following the advice of the Bishops, initially we may only be able to open St. Patrick’s Church.

Until such time as our own churches have been risk assessed and we are able to fulfill all the requirements for stewarding and cleaning, we will remain closed. So please be patient, prayerful and understanding.


We need another 6 Volunteers please

If you are able to volunteer as a steward or to help with cleaning our churches please send Fr. Patterson an email stating your availability weekday/weekend and in what way you would be able to help.  Your help could make the difference between being able to open our churches or not! Volunteers should really not be in the vulnerable categories.


A Message from our School

Dear Parishioners,

It has been a while since we sent you our news so we thought it would be timely to say hello and give you an update.

Life in school has changed so much and become very quiet, as you can imagine. Teachers have been leading groups in school, providing online learning for each of their classes and keeping in touch with the children during these strange months. We have had groups of children in throughout lockdown and are making plans to have everyone return in September.

As we come to the end of the summer term, we wish our Year 6 pupils well as they leave to start secondary school and we get ready to welcome new children into our Early Years Unit.

Thank you for your ongoing support and please pray for us as we hope to re-open our school fully when it is safe for all of us.

With all our best wishes from everyone at St. Alban’s Primary School.


Your generous Offerings are greatly appreciated

In these financially challenging times, Fr. Patterson is grateful to those parishioners who contribute their weekly offering by bank transfer directly into the parish accounts and to those who have sent cheques.

He is also appreciative of those parishioners who have dropped their weekly offering envelopes through the presbytery letterbox  This all helps to meet our day to day financial commitments.

However, for security reasons, please do not put any envelopes through St. Alban’s Presbytery door. Envelopes for St. Alban’s parish should be posted through St. Patrick’s Presbytery door only.

If you Gift Aid your offertory contributions, the parish can reclaim the tax on your offering should you wish to make a bank transfer. It would be helpful to enter your name and Gift Aid envelope number as the reference when making the transfer.

If you choose to send a cheque please make it payable to the appropriate Account name below or you might wish to continue to put aside your envelopes each week and bring them along to church once we can reopen our doors.

The details for bank transfers and cheques are as follows:

St. Alban’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 92010984

St. Patrick’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Felling St Patrick, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 52010453


Diocesan Website

More information and support may be found on our Diocesan website

Parish newsletter

15th Sunday of the Year

Dear Parishioner

I do hope you have had the opportunity to take advantage of some of the various easings of the lockdown since last weekend. It isn’t always easy to get everything right but what we should all strive to do is to maintain the 2 metre social distancing rule unless it is impossible to do so, in which case it is “1 metre plus” which may involve the wearing of face coverings or taking other protective measures

We are also still encouraged to stay at home as much as possible to limit contact with other people, to work from home if we can, to wash our hands regularly and not to leave the house if we, or a member of our household, has any symptoms and to report those symptoms to the Government’s Test and Trace System.

I suppose it is a question of getting the balance right between continuing to live with the restrictions and responsibly enjoying the freedom the Government has entrusted to us. Whatever we do, hopefully we will always have the well-being of others at heart. After all, for us as Christian people, this lies at the heart of our calling.

Professor David Heymann was asked on the “Today” programme last  Friday if he thought there would be a second wave of the virus. His reply is worthy of consideration.  He thought it was not useful to talk of a second wave in relation to Covid-19 as the implication is that the coronavirus has disappeared. With Covid-19 he said it is more important to talk about resurgence, as the virus is still in the community and spreading, albeit more slowly, as we have witnessed with resurgences in our own country and throughout the world. That is why, he said, we must keep the Reproductive number (R) low to prevent resurgence, which is why social distancing and washing our hands are so important along with the Test and Trace system.

This confirms the advice of Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England who said “Covid-19 is still in general circulation. If we do not follow social distancing guidance then cases will rise again. It is absolutely critical people stick to the guidance that has been given.”

So please take care of yourselves in the weeks and months ahead.

Pray for each other and please pray for me

May God bless you all.

Fr. Patterson


Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from our Cathedral on Sunday at 11.30 and on weekdays at 12.05. These services may be viewed live or anytime later.

Alternatively, you may like to follow daily Mass from the Holy Name, Jesmond celebrated live at 10.00 or which may also be viewed any time later.


Mass Intentions

I continue to celebrate Mass privately every day. The following Intentions will be remembered this week.

  • Monday – Margaret Ford
  • Tuesday – James and Margaret Toberty
  • Wednesday – Brian Quigley
  • Thursday – The sick, NHS & Care Workers
  • Friday – Molly Bell
  • Saturday – Fr. “P’s” Intentions
  • Sunday – For the intentions of all our parishioners

As you are unable to celebrate Mass with me, you may wish to make this act of spiritual communion:

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen


Please keep in your prayers this week:

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital
  • all those near and dear to us whose memories we cherish at this time especially Margaret Ford

Masses for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

Every Thursday one of our Bishops has been celebrating a special evening Mass for the sick, their families, NHS staff, and those working in Social Care. At the time of compiling this newsletter, no details are available as to who or where the Mass this coming week will be celebrated. Fr. Patterson will send you details should he receive them.


A Prayer for Carers, Nurses and Doctors

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life, be with doctors, nurses and carers, as they act as agents of your healing touch.

In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving; and when their work is done, be with them in their weariness and in their tears. Amen.


Reopening our Churches

We continue to patiently await Bishop Robert approaching us to enquire if we are prepared  to be risk assessed with a view to reopening our churches.

As you are aware, the Bishop  has announced  that no church will be able to reopen for any communal worship until it has been risk assessed by the Diocesan Authorities and can fulfil the requirements of the Government, the guidelines of the Bishops’ Conference and the local Diocesan guidelines. This includes being able to provide sufficient volunteers to help with stewarding and cleaning to ensure all measures, including social distancing are fulfilled.

We need at least another eight volunteers if we are to be able to consider reopening our churches.

As Fr. Patterson is in the clinically vulnerable category and following the advice of the Bishops, initially we may only be able to open St. Patrick’s Church.

Until such time as our own churches have been risk assessed and we are able to fulfill all the requirements for stewarding and cleaning, we will remain closed. So please be patient, prayerful and understanding.


We need another 8 Volunteers please

If you are able to volunteer as a steward or to help with cleaning our churches please send Fr. Patterson an email stating your availability weekday/weekend and in what way you would be able to help.  Your help could make the difference between being able to open our churches or not! Volunteers should really not be in the vulnerable categories.


Mass Offerings

As you are aware, throughout the lockdown, the priests of the Diocese have been continuing to celebrate Mass each day in private without a congregation.

If you would like to have Mass offered for any particular intention, Fr. Patterson would be happy to celebrate it for you.

You may drop your intention and offering through the letterbox of St. Patrick’s Presbytery, so long as you follow Government guidelines about leaving your home or place it in the post with a cheque, or you may email your intention to Fr. Patterson and send your offering by bank transfer.

For security reasons, please do not put any intentions or offerings through the letterbox of St. Alban’s Presbytery.


Your generous Offerings are greatly appreciated

In these financially challenging times, Fr. Patterson continues to be grateful to those parishioners who are  able to contribute their weekly offering by bank transfer directly into the parish accounts and to those who have sent cheques.

He is also appreciative of those parishioners who have dropped their weekly offering envelopes through the presbytery letterbox  This all helps to meet our day to day financial commitments.

However, for security reasons, please do not put any envelopes through St. Alban’s Presbytery door. Envelopes for St. Alban’s parish should be posted through St. Patrick’s Presbytery door only.

If you Gift Aid your offertory contributions, the parish can reclaim the tax on your offering should you wish to make a bank transfer. It would be helpful to enter your name and Gift Aid envelope number as the reference when making the transfer.

If you choose to send a cheque please make it payable to the appropriate Account name below or you might wish to continue to put aside your envelopes each week and bring them along to church once we can reopen our doors.

The details for bank transfers and cheques are as follows:

St. Alban’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 92010984

St. Patrick’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Felling St Patrick, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 52010453


Diocesan Website

More information and support may be found on our Diocesan website


Parish newsletter

14th Sunday of the Year

Dear Parishioner

As the hospitality industry gradually reopens this weekend, I feel it is important to repeat what I wrote last week and urge everyone to remember that the basic Government advice, which is for the long term well-being of us all, remains the same. Social distancing is still 2 metres unless it is impossible to maintain, in which case it is “1 metre plus” which may involve the wearing of face coverings or taking other protective measures.

We are also still encouraged to stay at home as much as possible; to limit contact with other people, to work from home if we can, to wash our hands regularly and not to leave the house if we, or a member of our household, has any symptoms and to report those symptoms to the Government’s Test and Trace System.

You may be wondering why we should still be asked to follow such advice especially when some media coverage continues to remind us of those in public office or public life who seem to choose to ignore it. Whatever the rights or wrongs or the actions of others, as Christian people, we have a duty of care for each other, particularly to those in our community who are in the shielded and clinically vulnerable categories.

I invite you to reflect once again on these words of Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England. He says, Covid-19 is still in general circulation. If we do not follow social distancing guidance then cases will rise again.

If people hear a distorted version of what’s being said, that says ‘this is all fine now, it’s gone away’ and start behaving in ways that they normally would have before this virus happened we will get an uptick for sure.

It is absolutely critical people stick to the guidance that has been given.”

His words are proving to be sound advice as we have witnessed a local lockdown in Leicester this week and the emergence of other local outbreaks of Covid-19 around the country. Worldwide too there have been some severe cases of the re-emergence of the coronavirus.

So that is why we must continue to follow the Government guidelines. By all means make the most of the easing of the lockdown, but please ensure that your actions are not responsible for the spread of Covid-19.

Please take care of yourselves too. Pray for each other and please pray for me.

May God bless you all.

Fr. Patterson


Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from our Cathedral on Sunday at 11.30 and on weekdays at 12.05. These services may be viewed live or anytime later.

Alternatively, you may like to follow daily Mass from the Holy Name, Jesmond celebrated live at 10.00 or which may also be viewed any time later.


 Mass Intentions

I continue to celebrate Mass privately every day. The following Intentions will be remembered this week.

  • Monday – Janice Connolly
  • Tuesday – Fr. Michael Hickey
  • Wednesday – The sick, NHS & Care Workers
  • Thursday – Paul Hughes
  • Friday – Anthony Bunting
  • Saturday – Fr. “P’s” Intentions
  • Sunday – For the intentions of all our parishioners

As you are unable to celebrate Mass with me, you may wish to make this act of spiritual communion:

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen


Please keep in your prayers this week:

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital
  • all those near and dear to us whose memories we cherish at this time especially Doris Foster and,
  • Fr. Michael Hickey who has died. “Receive Lord into tranquillity and peace the soul of your servant whom you have called from this life. May he be taken up into glory with your Son in whose great mystery of love we are all united. Amen.” 

Masses for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

Every Thursday one of our Bishops celebrates a special evening Mass for the sick, their families, NHS staff, and those working in Social Care.

Bishop Tom Williams from Liverpool Cathedral will say Mass on Thursday, 9th July at 19.00 for the above intention.


A Prayer for Carers, Nurses and Doctors

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life, be with doctors, nurses and carers, as they act as agents of your healing touch.

In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving; and when their work is done, be with them in their weariness and in their tears. Amen.


Reopening our Churches

The Prime Minister has announced  that from 4th July, Places of Worship may reopen for prayer and services.

However, a significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.

Bishop Robert has announced  that no church will be able to reopen for any communal worship until it has been risk assessed by the Diocesan Authorities and can fulfil the requirements of the Government, the guidelines of the Bishops’ Conference and the local Diocesan guidelines. This includes being able to provide sufficient volunteers to help with stewarding and cleaning to ensure all measures, including social distancing are fulfilled.

We need at least another ten volunteers if we are to be able to consider reopening our churches.

As Fr. Patterson is in the clinically vulnerable category and following the advice of the Bishops, initially we may only be able to open St. Patrick’s Church.

Until such time as our own churches have been risk assessed and we are able to fulfill all the requirements for stewarding and cleaning, we will remain closed. So please be patient, prayerful and understanding.


We need another 10 Volunteers please

If you are able to volunteer as a steward or to help with cleaning our churches please send Fr. Patterson an email stating your availability weekday/weekend and in what way you would be able to help.  Your help could make the difference between being able to open our churches or not! Volunteers should not be in the clinically vulnerable categories.


Coping with Social Distancing

Fr. Anselm OSB offers some helpful ways to cope with social distancing which is going to continue to be a part of our lives for many months to come


What you can and can’t do from 4th July

The Government Guidelines on what you can and can’t do from 4 July can be found on the government website.


Your generous Offerings are appreciated

In what are difficult times financially for us all, Fr. Patterson wishes to express his gratitude to those parishioners who are contributing their weekly offering by bank transfer directly into the parish accounts.  This helps us meet our day to day financial commitments.

If you Gift Aid your offertory contributions, the parish can still reclaim the tax on your offering should you wish to make a bank transfer at this present time. It would be helpful to enter your name and Gift Aid envelope number as the reference when making the transfer.

Alternatively, you may wish to send a cheque made payable to the appropriate Account name below or you might wish to continue to put aside your envelopes each week and bring them along to church once we can reopen our doors.

The details for bank transfers

St. Alban’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 92010984

St. Patrick’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Felling St Patrick, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 52010453

Several parishioners have been in contact to ask if they can put their weekly offering envelopes, which they have been saving week by week, through the presbytery letter box. Those parishioners who wish to do so would be more than welcome so long as you follow Government guidelines about leaving your home.

However, for security reasons, please do not put any envelopes through St. Alban’s Presbytery door. Envelopes for St. Alban’s parish should be posted through St. Patrick’s Presbytery door only.


Parish newsletter

The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

Dear Parishioner

I suspect many of us will be pleased to hear of the further easing of the lockdown which the Prime Minister announced on Tuesday as it will enable us to socialise a little more with those we love and enable the hospitality industry and other business to gradually reopen. But please remember the basic advice remains: social distancing is still 2 metres unless it is impossible to maintain, in which case it is “1 metre plus” which may involve the wearing of face coverings or taking other protective measures.

We are also still encouraged to stay at home as much as possible; to limit contact with other people, to work from home if we can, to wash our hands regularly and not to leave the house if we, or a member of our household, has any symptoms and to report those symptoms to the Government’s Test and Trace System.

You may be wondering why we should still be asked to follow such advice.

Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England, explains why. He says, “Covid-19 has gone down due to the efforts of everyone but it is still in general circulation. If we do not follow social distancing guidance then cases will rise again.

If people hear a distorted version of what’s being said, that says, ‘this is all fine now, it’s gone away’ and start behaving in ways that they normally would have before this virus happened, yes, we will get an uptick for sure.

It is absolutely critical people stick to the guidance that has been given; it’s a changed guidance for there are still very significant restrictions socially and there are very significant restrictions on business of different sorts.

I would be surprised and delighted if we weren’t in this current situation through the winter and into next spring. I expect there to be a significant amount of coronavirus circulating at least into that time and I think it is going to be quite optimistic for science to come fully to the rescue over that kind of timeframe.”

So that is why we must continue to follow the Government guidelines. But we also have a responsibility to each other, particularly to those in our community who are in the shielded and clinically vulnerable categories – including myself! So please do enjoy yourselves, but please follow the guidelines that are provided to ensure that our actions are not responsible for the spread of the coronavirus.

Please take care of yourselves too. Pray for each other and please pray for me.

May God bless you all.

Fr. Patterson


Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from our Cathedral on Sunday at 11.30 and on weekdays at 12.00. These services may be viewed live or anytime later.

Alternatively, you may like to follow daily Mass from the Holy Name, Jesmond celebrated live at 10.00 or which may also be viewed any time later.


Mass Intentions

I continue to celebrate Mass privately every day. The following Intentions will be remembered this week.

  • Monday – Rosemary Kane
  • Tuesday – In Thanksgiving (Laurie)
  • Wednesday – The sick, NHS & Care Workers
  • Thursday – Anthony Costelloe
  • Friday- Kathy Malley
  • Saturday – For the intentions of all our parishioners
  • Sunday- Doris Foster

As you are unable to celebrate Mass with me, you may wish to make this act of spiritual communion:

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen

Please keep in your prayers this week:

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital and,
  • all those near and dear to us whose memories we cherish at this time especially Rosemary Kane and Doris Foster

Masses for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

Every Thursday one of our Bishops celebrates a special evening Mass for the sick, their families, NHS staff, and those working in Social Care.

Mass this coming Thursday, 2nd July, will be celebrated by Archbishop John Wilson from Southwark Cathedral at 19.00.


A Prayer for Carers, Nurses and Doctors

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life, be with doctors, nurses and carers, as they act as agents of your healing touch.

In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving; and when their work is done, be with them in their weariness and in their tears. Amen.


Reopening our Churches

The Prime Minister announced on Tuesday that from 4th July, Places of Worship may reopen for prayer and services.

The Archbishops have issued a letter welcoming this news. Please take time to  read it carefully noting the following:-

“A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening after 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.

Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend Mass in our churches. This will be determined locally in accordance with social distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going ‘back to normal.’ 

We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to Mass. Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.

When we return to Mass there will be some differences. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that will be issued and the instructions in each church.”

Bishop Robert has announced twenty more churches may reopen for private prayer once the necessary risk assessments have been completed by the Diocesan authorities and he will announce the opening of others soon. Visit the Diocesan website for more news.

No church will be able to reopen for any communal worship until it has been risk assessed by the Diocese and can fulfil the requirements of the Government and Bishops’ guidelines. This includes being able to provide sufficient volunteers to help with stewarding and cleaning to ensure all measures, including social distancing are fulfilled.

Until such time as our own churches have been risk assessed and we are able to fulfill all the requirements for stewarding and cleaning, we will remain closed. So please be patient and understanding.


Volunteers please

If you are able to volunteer as a steward or to help with cleaning our churches please send Fr. Patterson an email stating your availability weekday/weekend and in what way you would be able to help.  Your help could make the difference between being able to open our churches or not! Volunteers should not be in the clinically vulnerable categories.


Your generous Offerings are appreciated

In what are difficult times financially for us all, Fr. Patterson wishes to express his gratitude to those parishioners who are contributing their weekly offering by bank transfer directly into the parish accounts.  This helps us meet our day to day financial commitments.

If you Gift Aid your offertory contributions, the parish can still reclaim the tax on your offering should you wish to make a bank transfer at this present time. It would be helpful to enter your name and Gift Aid envelope number as the reference when making the transfer.

Alternatively, you may wish to send a cheque made payable to the appropriate Account name below or you might wish to continue to put aside your envelopes each week and bring them along to church once we can reopen our doors.

The details for bank transfers

St. Alban’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 92010984

St. Patrick’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Felling St Patrick, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 52010453

Several parishioners have been in contact to ask if they can put their weekly offering envelopes, which they have been saving week by week, through the presbytery letter box. Those parishioners who wish to do so would be more than welcome so long as you follow Government guidelines about leaving your home.

However, for security reasons, please do not put any envelopes through St. Alban’s Presbytery door. Envelopes for St. Alban’s parish should be posted through St. Patrick’s Presbytery door only.


Diocesan Website

More information and support may be found on our Diocesan website.


Parish newsletter

12th Sunday of the Year

Dear Parishioner

Many of you will be aware that from Monday, 15th June, some Places of Worship  in England were able to open for private and individual prayer only so long as the building has been certified as Covid-19 secure.

The celebration of Mass along with the celebration of all other Sacraments is still suspended in all of our churches throughout the country.

Bishop Robert has announced that initially five of our churches, one from each Vicariate, will open for private prayer only as soon as is practical and once all the necessary guidelines, risk assessments and health and safety requirements have been satisfied. Only two of the five churches were ready to open last Monday. The remaining three were unable to meet the necessary requirements for a Covid-19 safe church. Two more will reopen this weekend as safety requirements are now in place.

Bishop Robert’s utmost priority in allowing a church to reopen is the health and safety of the priests, deacons and parishioners. As such, a church will only be able to open if it can provide sufficient volunteers to comply with the protocols laid down especially relating to sanitising and stewarding.

Despite appeals for volunteers over the last four or five weeks, we still do not have sufficient volunteers to meet the necessary requirements to be able to reopen our own churches.

Could you volunteer as a Steward or to help sanitise the Church?

If you can help, or wish to know what is involved, please send me an email. Volunteers should not be in any of the Government’s vulnerable or at risk categories.

Please be aware things will not be the same when churches reopen. Social distancing will considerably reduce the seating capacity in our churches and, when the time comes when we are able to open for public worship, those priests who are in the “shielded” category, or are self-isolating, would not be available to celebrate Mass. As a result, it may not be possible to open all churches at the same time.

We must be patient, continue with our prayers at home and not allow ourselves to be misled by “Fake news!” 

Please take care of yourselves too. Pray for each other and please pray for me.

May God bless you all.

Fr. Patterson


Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from our Cathedral on Sunday at 11.30 and on weekdays at 12.00. These services may be viewed live or anytime later.

Alternatively, you may like to follow daily Mass from the Holy Name, Jesmond celebrated live at 10.00 or which may also be viewed any time later.


 Mass Intentions

I continue to celebrate Mass privately every day. The following Intentions will be remembered this week.

  • Monday – A Friend who is ill
  • Tuesday – Shaun McCarthy
  • Wednesday – Billy Knowles
  • Thursday – The sick, NHS & Care Workers
  • Friday – Vincent Blackwood
  • Saturday – Fr “P’s” Intentions
  • Sunday – For the intentions of all our parishioners

As you are unable to celebrate Mass with me, you may wish to make this act of spiritual communion:

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen


Mass Offerings

As you are aware, throughout the lockdown, the priests of the Diocese have been continuing to celebrate Mass each day in private without a congregation.

If you would like to have Mass offered for any particular intention, Fr. Patterson would be happy to celebrate it for you.

You may drop your intention and offering through the letterbox of St. Patrick’s Presbytery, so long as you follow Government guidelines about leaving your home or place it in the post with a cheque. For security reasons, please do not put any intentions or offerings through the letterbox of St. Alban’s Presbytery.

Alternatively you may email your intention to Fr. Patterson and send your offering by bank transfer.


Please keep in your prayers this week

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital
  • all those near and dear to us whose memories we cherish at this time and,
  • Shaun McCarthy and Kathleen Malley who have died. “Receive Lord into tranquillity and peace the souls of your servants whom you have called from this life. May they be taken up into glory with your Son in whose great mystery of love we are all united. Amen.”

Masses for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

Every Thursday one of our Bishops celebrates a special evening Mass for the sick, their families, NHS staff, and those working in Social Care.

Mass this coming Thursday, 25th June, will be celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes from Norwich Cathedral at 19.00.


A Prayer for Carers, Nurses and Doctors

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life, be with doctors, nurses and carers, as they act as agents of your healing touch.

In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving; and when their work is done, be with them in their weariness and in their tears. Amen.


A Diocesan Day of Scripture

Last Friday, the Diocese offered a Virtual Day of Scripture, as part of the 2020 Year of the Word celebrations.

If you were unable to take advantage of it, all the content of the Day is now available to watch through the Diocesan YouTube channel.


 Alone [Together]

If you are finding life difficult at the moment, living alone or shielded, you might find the thoughts of Fr Christopher Jamison helpful through the website Alone [Together] which can be found here:

This website is frequently updated, so if you have visited it before, it may be worth returning for another look.


Reopening our Churches

The Diocesan Handbook for the Reopening of our churches which was sent to you last weekend together with other information, may also be found on the Diocesan website.


Your generous Offerings are appreciated and some of your questions are answered here

In what are difficult times financially for us all, Fr. Patterson wishes to express his gratitude to those parishioners who are contributing their weekly offering by bank transfer directly into the parish accounts.  This helps us meet our day to day financial commitments.

If you Gift Aid your offertory contributions, the parish can still reclaim the tax on your offering should you wish to make a bank transfer at this present time. It would be helpful to enter your name and Gift Aid envelope number as the reference when making the transfer.

Alternatively, you may wish to send a cheque made payable to the appropriate Account name below or you might wish to continue to put aside your envelopes each week and bring them along to church once we can reopen our doors.

The details for bank transfers

St. Alban’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 92010984

St. Patrick’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Felling St Patrick, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 52010453

Several parishioners have been in contact to ask if they can put their weekly offering envelopes, which they have been saving week by week, through the presbytery letter box. Those parishioners who wish to do so would be more than welcome so long as you follow Government guidelines about leaving your home.

However, for security reasons, please do not put any envelopes through St. Alban’s Presbytery door. Envelopes for St. Alban’s parish should be posted through St. Patrick’s Presbytery door only.


Diocesan Website

More information and support may be found on our Diocesan website.


Parish newsletter

The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

Dear Parishioner

As many of you will be aware, from Monday, 15th June, some Places of Worship  in England will be allowed to open for private and individual prayer only so long as the building has been certified as Covid-19 secure.

The celebration of Mass along with the celebration of all other Sacraments is still suspended in all of our churches throughout the country.

Bishop Robert has announced that five of our churches, one from each Vicariate, will open for private prayer only as soon as is practical and once all the necessary guidelines, risk assessments and health and safety requirements have been satisfied. St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Mary’s, Sunderland are due to open for limited periods from Monday. St. Aidan’s, Ashington; St. Patrick’s, Consett and St. Joseph’s, Hartlepool will open later if protocols can be met. After a trial period, some other churches, of the Bishop’s choosing, may gradually reopen.

Bishop Robert’s utmost priority in allowing a church to reopen is the health and safety of the priests, deacons and parishioners.

A church will only be able to open if it can provide sufficient volunteers to comply with the protocols laid down especially relating to sanitising and stewarding.

Over the years appeals for volunteers in most parishes, including our own, have met with a poor response. This will obviously impact at this present time when  having sufficient volunteers is a prerequisite for the reopening of churches.

 If you would be prepared to volunteer as a steward or to help sanitise the church after services when the time is right, please send me an email to that effect. Volunteers should not be in any of the Government’s vulnerable or at risk categories.

Please be aware things will not be the same.

Social distancing will considerably reduce the seating capacity in our churches and , when the time comes when we are able to open for public worship, those priests who are in the “shielded” category, or are self-isolating, would not be available to celebrate Mass. As a result, it may not be possible to open all churches at the same time.

We must be patient, continue with our prayers at home and not allow ourselves to be misled by “Fake news!”

Please take care of yourselves too. Pray for each other and please pray for me.

May God bless you all.

Fr. Patterson


 Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from our Cathedral on Sunday at 11.30 and on weekdays at 12.00. These services may be viewed live or anytime later.

Alternatively, you may like to follow daily Mass from the Holy Name, Jesmond celebrated live at 10.00 or which may also be viewed any time later.


Mass Intentions

I continue to celebrate Mass privately every day. The following Intentions will be remembered this week.

  • Monday – Janice Connolly
  • Tuesday – Grace Spence
  • Wednesday – John Flynn
  • Thursday – The sick, NHS & Care Workers
  • Friday – Brian Quigley
  • Saturday – Fr “P’s” Intentions
  • Sunday – For the intentions of all our parishioners

As you are unable to celebrate Mass with me, you may wish to make this act of spiritual communion:

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen


Please keep in your prayers this week

  •  all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital
  • all those near and dear to us whose memories we cherish at this time and,
  • Grace Spence who has died. “Receive Lord into tranquillity and peace the soul of your servant whom you have called from this life. May she be taken up into glory with your Son in whose great mystery of love we are all united. Amen.”

Masses for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

Every Thursday one of our Bishops will be celebrating a special evening Mass for the sick, their families, NHS staff, and those working in Social Care.

Mass this coming Thursday, 18th June, will be celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley from St. Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham at 19.00.


BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship

Sunday worship will broadcast Mass, celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols from Westminster Cathedral, on Sunday 14th June at 8.10am.

Please share news of this broadcast with any parishioners who do not have access to the internet, as they will be able to listen to this Mass on their radio.


A Prayer for Carers, Nurses and Doctors

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life, be with doctors, nurses and carers, as they act as agents of your healing touch.

In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving; and when their work is done, be with them in their weariness and in their tears. Amen.


A Diocesan Day of Scripture

This “Virtual Day” will be held on Friday 19th June. All aspects of the day can be accessed via the Diocesan website nearer the time.


Ministers of the Eucharist

The Feast of Corpus Christi is the day on which our Eucharistic Ministers would renew their commitment to serving our parish families. As this is not possible at present, Fr. Adrian Dixon has prepared a short reflective video for Ministers.


Alone [Together]

If you are finding life difficult at the moment, living alone or shielded, you might find the thoughts of Fr Christopher Jamison helpful through the website Alone [Together].

This website is frequently updated, so if you have visited it before, it may be worth returning for another look.


School News

Please keep our school community in your prayers.

Since the beginning of lock-down, our school has continued to provide childcare for key worker children.  “We have had some lovely weather and they have enjoyed spending lots of time outside, even going for walks.”  

Last week we welcomed back some of our younger children in early years who were very excited to see their friends.  This Monday, 15th June, the majority of our Year 6 children will return and be taught in three separate classes to ensure social distancing measures are followed.


Your generous Offerings are appreciated and some of your questions are answered here

In what are difficult times financially for us all, Fr. Patterson wishes to express his gratitude to those parishioners who are contributing their weekly offering by bank transfer directly into the parish accounts.  This helps us meet our day to day financial commitments.

If you Gift Aid your offertory contributions, the parish can still reclaim the tax on your offering should you wish to make a bank transfer at this present time. It would be helpful to enter your name and Gift Aid envelope number as the reference when making the transfer.

Alternatively, you may wish to send a cheque made payable to the appropriate Account name below or you might wish to continue to put aside your envelopes each week and bring them along to church once we can reopen our doors.

The details for bank transfers

St. Alban’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 92010984

St. Patrick’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Felling St Patrick, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 52010453

Several parishioners have been in contact to ask if they can put their weekly offering envelopes, which they have been saving week by week, through the presbytery letter box. Those parishioners who wish to do so would be more than welcome so long as you follow Government guidelines about leaving your home.

However, for security reasons, please do not put any envelopes through St. Alban’s Presbytery door. Envelopes for St. Alban’s parish should be posted through St. Patrick’s Presbytery door only.


Diocesan Website

More information and support may be found on our Diocesan website.


Parish newsletter

Trinity Sunday

Dear Parishioner

Here is our Parish Newsletter for the coming week.

There has been a great expression of anger around the world this week as a result of the death of George Floyd. Bishops Declan Lang and Paul McAleenan have issued the following statement on behalf of the Bishops of England and Wales:

“We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the USA as they challenge the evil of racism and the brutal killing of George Floyd.” As the US Bishops made clear: “we cannot turn a blind eye to these atrocities and yet still try to profess to respect every human life. We serve a God of love, mercy, and justice.”

Systemic racism is embedded in our own society. The disproportionate harm suffered by BAME people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted profound inequalities, marginalisation and injustice here in the UK. The peaceful Black Lives Matter protests taking place in our towns and cities this week reflect the understandable anger that so many people feel about this.

As Catholics we recognise that racism is an evil which must be opposed; we all have a responsibility for actively promoting racial justice. Whenever we ignore racism or dismiss BAME people’s experience of it, we are complicit in violations of human dignity. We pray for God’s help to overcome racism in all its forms and that we might protect everyone who suffers its consequences. We are all made in God’s image.”

Here at home, the wearing of face coverings will be compulsory on all public transport in England from Monday, 15th June which includes the Metro and our local buses. I do hope we will all comply with this measure which is designed to help reduce the risk of the spread of the coronavirus.

At the same time we should remember that minimising contact with others is still the best way to prevent transmission of the virus as well as washing our hands and strictly observing social distancing rules – staying two metres apart from those who we do not live with.

Please take care of yourselves too. Pray for each other and please pray for me.

May God bless you all.

Fr. Patterson


Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from our Cathedral on Sunday at 11.30 and on weekdays at 12.00. These services may be viewed live or anytime later.

Bishop Robert Barron’s daily Mass has now come to an end due to the reopening of churches in the State of California. You may like to follow daily Mass from the Holy Name, Jesmond celebrated live at 10.00 or which may also be viewed any time later.


Mass Intentions

I continue to celebrate Mass privately every day. The following Intentions will be remembered this week:

  • Monday – The O’Donnell Cousins
  • Tuesday – Kathleen and Bill Falconer
  • Wednesday – Swafaa Jackson
  • Thursday – The sick, NHS & Care Workers
  • Friday – Paul Hughes
  • Saturday – Fr “P’s” Intentions
  • Sunday – For the intentions of all our parishioners

As you are unable to celebrate Mass with me, you may wish to make this act of spiritual communion:

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen

Please keep in your prayers this week

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital and,
  • all those near and dear to us whose memories we cherish at this time

Masses for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

Every Thursday one of our Bishops will be celebrating a special evening Mass for the sick, their families, NHS staff, and those working in Social Care.

Mass this coming Thursday, 11th June, will be celebrated by Bishop Patrick McKinney from Nottingham Cathedral at 19.00.


A Prayer for Carers, Nurses and Doctors

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life, be with doctors, nurses and carers, as they act as agents of your healing touch.

In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving; and when their work is done, be with them in their weariness and in their tears. Amen.


The Re-opening of our churches

At present, there is no change in the Government regulations, which means that all churches and places of worship remain closed and all public acts of worship are forbidden.

Faith Leaders are currently in discussion with the Government developing plans which will enable the COVID-19 secure reopening of our churches initially for private prayer and later for public worship.

Bishop Robert has announced that when the Government restrictions are lifted, five of our churches, one from each Vicariate, will open for private prayer as soon as is practical once all the necessary guidelines, risk assessments and health and safety requirements have been satisfied. After a trial period, some other churches would reopen.

The five churches are St. Aidan’s, Ashington; St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle; St. Patrick’s, Consett; St. Mary’s, Sunderland and St. Joseph’s, Hartlepool.

Bishop Robert’s utmost priority, when it comes to the reopening of our churches, will be the health and safety of the priests, deacons and all parishioners.

Each church would only be able to open if it can provide sufficient volunteers to monitor adherence to the protocols laid down.

If you would be prepared to volunteer to help with the reopening of our own churches when the time is right, please send me an email to that effect. Volunteers should not be in any of the Government’s vulnerable or at risk categories.

Things will not be the same

Social distancing will considerably reduce the seating capacity in our churches and those priests who are in the “shielded” category or are self-isolating would not be available to celebrate Mass. As a result, it may not be possible to open all churches at the same time.

We must be patient, continue with our prayers at home and not be misled by “Fake news!”


Your weekly offering is greatly valued and is our sole source of income

As our churches remain closed Fr. Patterson  would ask those of you who may feel able, in what I am aware are difficult times for us all financially, to consider contributing your weekly offering by bank transfer directly into the parish account.  It will help us meet our ongoing financial commitments. I am very grateful to those of you who have already chosen to do so.

Alternatively, you may wish to send a cheque made payable to the appropriate Account name below or you might put aside your envelopes each week and bring them along to church once we can reopen and celebrate Mass and socialise together.

The details for bank transfers

St. Alban’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 92010984

St. Patrick’s HSBC bank account name: DHN Felling St Patrick, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account No: 52010453


Felling Food Bank

Fr. Patterson has received a note of thanks from the Felling Food Bank for our donation of £250.00 which was recently sent to them from our Charity Box.


School News

Please keep in your prayers this coming week our school community as our school begins its phased reopening in keeping with the conditions outlined in the Head Teacher’s letter sent to parents and to parishioners last week.

Fr. Patterson is particularly grateful to Mrs Bridon and the entire school staff who have been working tirelessly since the lockdown began and continue to do their utmost to ensure our school provides a safe and secure learning environment for everyone.


A Diocesan Day of Scripture

Will be held on Friday 19th June. All aspects of the day can be accessed via the Diocesan website nearer the time.


And finally …

More information and support may be found on our Diocesan website.