Parish newsletter

11th Sunday of the Year (B)

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (15 June ) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (16 June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church:  Kathleen Costelloe
  • Tuesday: (18 June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Esther McConnell
  • Saturday: (22 June ) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (23 June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church:  George and Mary Laurie
  • Tuesday: (25 June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Evelyn & Mary Craig

Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from the Holy Name, Jesmond. Visit their parish website to discover the times for the coming week.


When you are unable to celebrate Mass in Church, 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:

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

Update your Contacts’ list for our parishes

Please note that the parish email address has changed to felling.stpatrick@rcdhn.org.uk (an address which has already been used for some time). For a short period, the former “lineone.net” address will automatically forward emails to the “rcdhn.org.uk” address. Please modify your contacts’ list accordingly.


Celebrating St. Alban and School News from Mrs Robinson

In our school we have a prayer room called St Alban’s Room. Unfortunately, this was damaged due to flooding earlier in the year. We are pleased to announce that it has all been fixed and re-decorated and we will open it officially and have a blessing service with Fr Patterson on St Alban’s Feast Day. Photos will be posted on our website, Facebook and Instagram for you to have a look.

Don’t forget to view our school website from time to time.


Day for Life

This weekend there will be an opportunity, for those of you who wish, to contribute towards the “Day for Life Fund” which provides financial assistance to organisations working to support the Church’s mission to protect human life from conception to natural death. Donations may be placed in an envelope marked “Day for Life” and deposited in the collection boxes at our church doors. Those of you with boxes of envelopes should have an envelope in your box.


Congratulations

Our prayerful good wishes go to Jhian who, supported by his family, friends and parish family, celebrated the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist for the first time last Saturday. We assure him and his family of our ongoing prayers.


The General Election

The Bishops’ Conference have created a webpage on their website with information about the issues which they feel are important to Catholics: You can access it by clicking Bishops’ Conference

In addition, CAFOD together with the SVP have provided a guide for Catholic voters.


New Lectionary for Mass

On the first Sunday of Advent, 1st December, 2024, the Lectionary, which is the book that contains the Scripture Readings for Mass and the celebration of the Sacraments, is changing as part of the continuing process of revising liturgical translations, which began with the Roman Missal in 2011. The new Lectionary will use the English Standard Version – Catholic Edition of the Bible and the Abbey Psalter for the Psalms. The changes are intended to make the biblical translations more faithful to the original languages and where appropriate, more inclusive. Each parish will need to purchase a new set of Lectionaries, which is composed of four volumes at a cost of £695.00 per set. (£173.75 per volume). Fr. Patterson is very aware and greatly appreciative of your most recent generosity, but should anyone wish to contribute towards the cost of these Lectionaries please place your donation in an envelope marked “Lectionary” and deposit it in one of the boxes at the church doors over the next couple of weeks. Thank you for a donation of £50.00 which was received last weekend.


Property Repairs

One of the Diocesan Property Team came to visit St. Patrick’s during the week, at Fr. Patterson’s request, to investigate water ingress into one of the attic rooms of the presbytery; to inspect water seepage in the entrance to the parish centre; to re-examine “bowing” in part of the boundary wall and to view remedial work which needs to be done to the finials on the presbytery roof. It will involve having to erect scaffolding to access the roof in an attempt to discover the cause of the water ingress and to point the finials. Costings for the work will be obtained on our behalf by the Property Department. You will, I feel sure, be pleased to learn that overall the property both At. St. Alban’s and St. Patrick’s is deemed to be in good condition.


Please bring your leaf

If you attended Mass last weekend in St. Patrick’s please remember to return your “leaf” this weekend. Extra leaves will be available from St. Patrick’s this weekend.


Refugee Week at St Mary’s Cathedral 

An event to welcome and celebrate refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to our Diocese will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle on Tuesday 18 June at 18.30. This event will celebrate the richness of our Diocesan family by bringing together people of different nationalities who make their home here in the North East of England. We will have the opportunity to listen to people’s stories, celebrate their talents and recognise that we are better off when we welcome the strangers and make them our friends. We will hear what the Diocese has to offer and also see the gifts and talents of our new neighbours. Everyone is welcome to join in this celebration organised by the Vicariate for Caritas.


 Significance Festival Weekend

All are welcome to the Emmaus Village for the Significance Festival on Saturday 29th June from 10.00am.  The day will offer a fayre of stalls and activities, sessions for children and young people, guest speakers and live music. Mass celebrated by Bishop Stepen Wright will take place at 3.15pm, followed by a Barbecue and Ceilidh in the evening. Entry is free with charges for accommodation and camping (self-catered) on Friday and Saturday nights. BBQ tickets will cost £10.  All proceeds and any donations will support Significance, the charity founded by Fr Dermott Donnelly. Please support this vital work. To book email Nicole at nsalkeld@ymt.org or Tel. 01207 592244


Holy Island Children’s Camp

Holy Island Camp has a limited number of places available on weeks 3, 5 and 7 for children in school years 5-7. A week’s  holiday costs  £150  for food, accommodation, activities and transport by coach from Tyneside. There are still some assisted and free places. The holiday is a traditional one with lots of fun, sports, craft activities and excitement. For further details please visit https://svp.org.uk/microsite/holy-island


Gift Aid Scheme

Are you aware that if you are a UK tax payer and make an offering to our church collection you could join the Gift Aid Scheme enabling our parishes to gain an extra 25% of your offering, at no extra cost to you. If you feel you could be a part of the Gift Aid Scheme, please email the Parish Gift Aid Organiser, John Gillum at stpatrick.giftaid@outlook.com for further details or have a word with Fr. Patterson.


Your offerings are our sole source of income

Although we do not take a collection at Mass by passing round a basket, we do hope you will feel able to make an offering towards the upkeep and running costs of our churches in one of the boxes you will find at the entrances to our churches.  Alternatively you may consider making your offering by Standing Order the details of which are below.

For St. Alban’s: Account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 92010984

For St. Patrick’s: Account name: DHN Felling St Patrick: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 52010453


Safeguarding

The Parish operates in accordance with Statutory Safeguarding Guidance and the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) and Diocesan policies and procedures at all times. Each of our churches has a Parish Safeguarding Representative indicated on the Safeguarding posters displayed  in each church.

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10th Sunday of the Year (B)

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (8th June ) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Dagdag Family
  • Sunday: (9th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church:  The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: (11th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Agnes McWilliams
  • Thursday: (13th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre:  George Owens
  • Saturday: (15 June ) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (16th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church:  Kathleen Costelloe
  • Tuesday: (18th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Esther McConnell

Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from the Holy Name, Jesmond. Visit their parish website to discover the times for the coming week.


When you are unable to celebrate Mass in Church, 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:

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital and,
  • all those whose memories we cherish at this time especially John Donald and George Owens

Update your Contacts’ list for our parishes

Please note that the parish email address has changed to felling.stpatrick@rcdhn.org.uk (an address which has already been used for some time). For a short period, the former “lineone.net” address will automatically forward emails to the “rcdhn.org.uk” address. Please modify your contacts’ list accordingly.


The General Election

The Bishops’ Conference have created a webpage on their website with information about the issues which they feel are important to Catholics: You can access it by visiting Bishops’ Conference

In addition, CAFOD together with the SVP have provided a guide for Catholic voters.


New Lectionary for Mass

On the first Sunday of Advent, 1st December, 2024, the Lectionary, which is the book that contains the Scripture Readings for Mass and the celebration of the Sacraments, is changing as part of the continuing process of revising liturgical translations, which began with the Roman Missal in 2011. The new Lectionary will use the English Standard Version – Catholic Edition of the Bible and the Abbey Psalter for the Psalms. The changes are intended to make the biblical translations more faithful to the original languages and where appropriate, more inclusive. Each parish will need to purchase a new set of Lectionaries, which is composed of four volumes at a cost of £695.00 per set. (£173.75 per volume). Fr. Patterson is very aware and greatly appreciative of your most recent generosity, but should anyone wish to contribute towards the cost of these Lectionaries please place your donation in an envelope marked “Lectionary” and deposit it in one of the boxes at the church doors over the next couple of weeks.


Property Repairs

One of the Diocesan Property Team came to visit St. Patrick’s during the week, at Fr. Patterson’s request, to investigate water ingress into one of the attic rooms of the presbytery; to inspect water seepage in the entrance to the parish centre; to re-examine “bowing” in part of the boundary wall and to view remedial work which needs to be done to the finials on the presbytery roof. It will involve having to erect scaffolding to access the roof in an attempt to discover the cause of the water ingress and to point the finials. Costings for the work will be obtained on our behalf by the Property Department. You will, I feel sure, be pleased to learn that overall the property both At. St. Alban’s and St. Patrick’s is deemed to be in good condition.


Please bring your leaf

If you attended Mass last weekend in St. Patrick’s please remember to return your “leaf” this weekend. Extra leaves will be available from St. Patrick’s this weekend.


Diocesan Vision – A message from Bishop Stephen

Dear Sisters and Brothers, in order to grow as a synodal Church, it is important that we all have a chance to pray and discern how the Holy Spirit is inviting us to grow in mission in our parishes and communities. To facilitate this, I, together with others, offer an initial Diocesan Vision for your prayerful reflection. Our discerned Diocesan commitments are: To Walk with Jesus and Enable Others to Encounter Him; To grow as One Diocesan Family- Rebuilding Relationships; Forming and Developing People for Mission; Living Justly and Caring for Our Common Home. Each of these commitments is developed in the Vision. It is not my intention to impose this Vision. It is offered for further reflection and I invite all of our parishes and communities to prayerfully reflect on them. With assurances and prayers, + Bishop Stephen.

If you would like to engage in meeting to discern how we can respond to Bishop Stephen’s important invitation, please email the parish office at felling.stpatrick@rcdhn.org.uk or speak to Terry or Christine Harbron, Tricia McGinley or Kevin Rhodes.


Refugee Week at St Mary’s Cathedral 

An event to welcome and celebrate refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to our Diocese will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle on Tuesday 18 June at 6.30pm. This event will celebrate the richness of our Diocesan family by bringing together people of different nationalities who make their home here in the North East of England. We will have the opportunity to listen to people’s stories, celebrate their talents and recognise that we are better off when we welcome the strangers and make them our friends. We will hear what the Diocese has to offer and also see the gifts and talents of our new neighbours. Everyone is welcome to join in this celebration organised by the Vicariate for Caritas.


Significance Festival Weekend

All are welcome to the Emmaus Village for the Significance Festival on Saturday 29th June from 10.00am.  The day will offer a fayre of stalls and activities, sessions for children and young people, guest speakers and live music. Mass celebrated by Bishop Stepen Wright will take place at 3.15pm, followed by a Barbecue and Ceilidh in the evening. Entry is free with charges for accommodation and camping (self-catered) on Friday and Saturday nights. BBQ tickets will cost £10.  All proceeds and any donations will support Significance, the charity founded by Fr Dermott Donnelly. Please support this vital work. To book email Nicole at nsalkeld@ymt.org or Tel. 01207 592244


School News from Mrs Robinson

You may notice on our school website, a very happy and smiley pop-up message for our nursery. Please have a look and share with anyone you know with a three- or four-year-old interested in a school nursery place. I’d be delighted to hear from them and to arrange a school visit.


Day for Life

Next weekend there will be an opportunity, for those of you who wish, to contribute towards the “Day for Life Fund” which provides financial assistance to organisations working to support the Church’s mission to protect human life from conception to natural death. Donations may be placed in an envelope marked “Day for Life” and deposited in the collection boxes at our church doors. Those of you with boxes of envelopes should have an envelope in your box.


Gift Aid Scheme

Are you aware that if you are a UK tax payer and make an offering to our church collection you could join the Gift Aid Scheme enabling our parishes to gain an extra 25% of your offering, at no extra cost to you. If you feel you could be a part of the Gift Aid Scheme, please email the Parish Gift Aid Organiser, John Gillum at stpatrick.giftaid@outlook.com for further details or have a word with Fr. Patterson.


Your offerings are our sole source of income

Although we do not take a collection at Mass by passing round a basket, we do hope you will feel able to make an offering towards the upkeep and running costs of our churches in one of the boxes you will find at the entrances to our churches.  Alternatively you may consider making your offering by Standing Order the details of which are below.

For St. Alban’s: Account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 92010984

For St. Patrick’s: Account name: DHN Felling St Patrick: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 52010453


Safeguarding

The Parish operates in accordance with Statutory Safeguarding Guidance and the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) and Diocesan policies and procedures at all times. Each of our churches has a Parish Safeguarding Representative indicated on the Safeguarding posters displayed  in each church.

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The Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (1st June ) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Brian Gilmore
  • Sunday: (2nd June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church:  The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: (4th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Lena & Brian Shanks
  • Thursday: (6th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre:  Private Intention
  • Saturday: (8th June ) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Dagdag Family
  • Sunday: (9th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church:  The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: (11th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Agnes McWilliams

Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from the Holy Name, Jesmond. Visit their parish website to discover the times for the coming week.


When you are unable to celebrate Mass in Church, 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:

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital
  • all those whose memories we cherish at this time and,
  • Fr. Graham Williams who has died. May he rest in peace.

Update your Contacts’ list for our parishes

Please note that as from Monday, 2nd June the parish email address will change to felling.stpatrick@rcdhn.org.uk (an address which has already been used for some time). For a short period, the former “lineone.net” address will automatically forward emails to the “rcdhn.org.uk” address. Please modify your contacts’ list accordingly.


Thank you

Fr. Patterson wishes to thank all those who were able to join him for a Mass of Thanksgiving last Friday in St. Patrick’s Church and afterwards in the parish centre. It was a wonderful opportunity to share our memories of the past and our hopes for the future as a vibrant community of faith in Gateshead. He is particularly grateful for your ongoing prayerful support, for your most generous gifts and for those who helped in preparing the celebration. May the Lord continue to bless us all as we journey together in his name.


Eucharistic Ministers – Renewal of commitment

Next weekend, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a day on which our Eucharistic ministers are invited to renew their commitment. This may be done at the Vigil Mass in St Alban’s Church or at the Sunday morning mass in St Patrick’s Church.


The Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord.

Ushaw will be hosting a Eucharistic Procession with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, led by Bishop Stephen  on Sunday 2nd June starting at 15.00 in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel. Weather permitting, the procession will go through Ushaw’s gardens, returning to the Chapel for Benediction. Teas and coffees will be available after the service. You do not need a ticket for this event, but please sign up at https://ushaw.org/whats-on-at-ushaw/ to help Ushaw to estimate numbers and car parking requirements.


Please bring your leaf

If you attended Mass last weekend in St. Patrick’s please remember to return your “leaf” this weekend. Extra leaves will be available from St. Patrick’s this weekend.


Bishop Stephen meets the clergy.

During the coming week Bishop Stephen is meeting with the clergy of the Diocese, at Vicariate level, to discuss his proposed vision. He meets with the priests and deacons of our Vicariate on Tuesday. Please keep us all in your prayers.


The General Election

The Bishops’ Conference have created a webpage on their website with information about the issues which they feel are important to Catholics: You can access it by clicking Bishops’ Conference

In addition, CAFOD together with the SVP have provided a guide for Catholic voters.



Diocesan Vision – A message from Bishop Stephen

Dear Sisters and Brothers, in order to grow as a synodal Church, it is important that we all have a chance to pray and discern how the Holy Spirit is inviting us to grow in mission in our parishes and communities. To facilitate this, I, together with others, offer an initial Diocesan Vision for your prayerful reflection. Our discerned Diocesan commitments are: To Walk with Jesus and Enable Others to Encounter Him; To grow as One Diocesan Family- Rebuilding Relationships; Forming and Developing People for Mission; Living Justly and Caring for Our Common Home. Each of these commitments is developed in the Vision. It is not my intention to impose this Vision. It is offered for further reflection and I invite all of our parishes and communities to prayerfully reflect on them. With assurances and prayers, + Bishop Stephen.

If you would like to engage in meeting to discern how we can respond to Bishop Stephen’s important invitation, please email the parish office at felling.stpatrick@rcdhn.org.uk or speak to Terry or Christine Harbron, Tricia McGinley or Kevin Rhodes.


Mobile phones

If you are attending any services in St. Alban’s Church or St. Patrick’s Church you are asked to ensure that your mobile phones are “turned off” as silent mode is not always silent. Please be considerate of each other at all times. Thank you.


 Refugee Week at St Mary’s Cathedral 

An event to welcome and celebrate refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to our Diocese will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle on Tuesday 18 June at 18.30. This event will celebrate the richness of our Diocesan family by bringing together people of different nationalities who make their home here in the North East of England. We will have the opportunity to listen to people’s stories, celebrate their talents and recognise that we are better off when we welcome the strangers and make them our friends. We will hear what the Diocese has to offer and also see the gifts and talents of our new neighbours. Everyone is welcome to join in this celebration organised by the Vicariate for Caritas.


Significance Festival Weekend

All are welcome to the Emmaus Village for the Significance Festival on Saturday 29th June from 10.00am.  The day will offer a fayre of stalls and activities, sessions for children and young people, guest speakers and live music. Mass celebrated by Bishop Stephen Wright will take place at 3.15pm, followed by a Barbecue and Ceilidh in the evening. Entry is free with charges for accommodation and camping (self-catered) on Friday and Saturday nights. BBQ tickets will cost £10.  All proceeds and any donations will support Significance, the charity founded by Fr Dermott Donnelly. Please support this vital work. To book email Nicole at nsalkeld@ymt.org or Tel. 01207 592244


Gift Aid Scheme

Are you aware that if you are a UK tax payer and make an offering to our church collection you could join the Gift Aid Scheme enabling our parishes to gain an extra 25% of your offering, at no extra cost to you. If you feel you could be a part of the Gift Aid Scheme, please email the Parish Gift Aid Organiser, John Gillum at stpatrick.giftaid@outlook.com for further details or have a word with Fr. Patterson.


Your offerings are our sole source of income

Although we do not take a collection at Mass by passing round a basket, we do hope you will feel able to make an offering towards the upkeep and running costs of our churches in one of the boxes you will find at the entrances to our churches.  Alternatively you may consider making your offering by Standing Order the details of which are below.

For St. Alban’s: Account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 92010984

For St. Patrick’s: Account name: DHN Felling St Patrick: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 52010453

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Trinity Sunday

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (25th ) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (26th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church:  Pat Donald
  • Tuesday: (28th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Patricia Lagan
  • Friday: (31st May) 6pm Mass in St. Patrick’s Church:  In Thanksgiving
  • Saturday: (1st June ) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Brian Gilmore
  • Sunday: (2nd June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church:  The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: (4th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Lena & Brian Shanks

Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from the Holy Name, Jesmond. Visit their parish website to discover the times for the coming week.


When you are unable to celebrate Mass in Church, 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:

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

World Children’s Day

In 2023, Pope Francis declared that the Catholic Church’s first World Children’s Day would take place on 25-26 May, 2024.

Bishop Stephen has a special message for the Children of our Diocese. Parents and carers are encouraged to assist their children in watching this short message.


In Thanksgiving — Friday, 31st May

You are invited to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving, to mark Fr. Patterson’s approaching retirement, in St. Patrick’s Church on Friday, 31st March at 6pm followed by a social evening in the parish centre. Everyone is welcome to come along –  families, friends and neighbours, former parishioners and partnership friends – you will all receive a very warm welcome.


Eucharistic Ministers – Renewal of commitment

Next weekend, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a day on which our Eucharistic ministers are invited to renew their commitment. This may be done at the Vigil Mass in St Alban’s Church or at the Sunday morning mass in St Patrick’s Church.


The Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord.

Ushaw will be hosting a Eucharistic Procession with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, led by Bishop Stephen  on Sunday 2nd June starting at 3pm in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel. Weather permitting, the procession will go through Ushaw’s gardens, returning to the Chapel for Benediction. Teas and coffees will be available after the service. You do not need a ticket for this event, but please sign up at https://ushaw.org/whats-on-at-ushaw/ to help Ushaw to estimate numbers and car parking requirements.


Please bring your leaf

If you attended Mass last weekend in St. Patrick’s please remember to return your “leaf” this weekend. Extra leaves will be available from St. Patrick’s this weekend.


School News from Mrs Robinson

The children and staff at school have had a very productive and fun-filled half term. Next week is our half term holiday and then we return for the final half term of the academic year. It promises to be packed with lots of learning and exciting activities as we live up to our mission statement to ‘live life to the full’.


Diocesan Vision – A message from Bishop Stephen

Dear Sisters and Brothers, in order to grow as a synodal Church, it is important that we all have a chance to pray and discern how the Holy Spirit is inviting us to grow in mission in our parishes and communities. To facilitate this, I, together with others, offer an initial Diocesan Vision for your prayerful reflection. Our discerned Diocesan commitments are: ‘To Walk with Jesus and Enable Others to Encounter Him; To grow as One Diocesan Family- Rebuilding Relationships; Forming and Developing People for Mission; Living Justly and Caring for Our Common Home.’ Each of these commitments is developed in the Vision. It is not my intention to impose this Vision. It is offered for further reflection and I invite all of our parishes and communities to prayerfully reflect on them. With assurances and prayers, + Bishop Stephen.

If you would like to engage in meeting to discern how we can respond to Bishop Stephen’s important invitation, please email the parish office at felling.stpatrick@rcdhn.org.uk or speak to Terry or Christine Harbron, Tricia McGinley or Kevin Rhodes.


Our Partnership Update

St. Alban’s and St. Patrick’s are part of the John Ingram Partnership. Regular meetings are held with clergy and lay representatives to discern ways in which the Catholic Community in our local area can work together and support each other. At the May meeting Fr. Patterson was thanked for his many years of service in the Partnership and wished a long and happy retirement. In this time of change for many of our parishes, we encourage patience and understanding. We must continue to support our priests and pray for them; and work hard to encourage and develop our faith communities. The Partnership Group will meet again in September. The Partnership representative for St. Alban’s is Terry Harbron and Alan Egdell is the Representative for St. Patrick’s.


Refugee Week at St Mary’s Cathedral 

An event to welcome and celebrate refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to our Diocese will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle on Tuesday 18 June at 18.30. This event will celebrate the richness of our Diocesan family by bringing together people of different nationalities who make their home here in the North East of England. We will have the opportunity to listen to people’s stories, celebrate their talents and recognise that we are better off when we welcome the strangers and make them our friends. We will hear what the Diocese has to offer and also see the gifts and talents of our new neighbours. Everyone is welcome to join in this celebration organised by the Vicariate for Carita.


Significance Festival Weekend

All are welcome to the Emmaus Village for the Significance Festival on Saturday 29th June from 10.00am.  The day will offer a fayre of stalls and activities, sessions for children and young people, guest speakers and live music. Mass celebrated by Bishop Stephen Wright will take place at 3.15pm, followed by a Barbecue and Ceilidh in the evening. Entry is free with charges for accommodation and camping (self-catered) on Friday and Saturday nights. BBQ tickets will cost £10.  All proceeds and any donations will support Significance, the charity founded by Fr Dermott Donnelly. Please support this vital work. To book email Nicole at nsalkeld@ymt.org or Tel. 01207 592244


Gift Aid Scheme

Are you aware that if you are a UK tax payer and make an offering to our church collection you could join the Gift Aid Scheme enabling our parishes to gain an extra 25% of your offering, at no extra cost to you. If you feel you could be a part of the Gift Aid Scheme, please email the Parish Gift Aid Organiser, John Gillum at stpatrick.giftaid@outlook.com for further details or have a word with Fr. Patterson.


Your offerings are our sole source of income

Although we do not take a collection at Mass by passing round a basket, we do hope you will feel able to make an offering towards the upkeep and running costs of our churches in one of the boxes you will find at the entrances to our churches.  Alternatively you may consider making your offering by Standing Order the details of which are below.

For St. Alban’s: Account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 92010984 For St. Patrick’s: Account name: DHN Felling St Patrick: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 52010453

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Parish Newsletter: Pentecost Sunday

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (18th) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Dominic Sloan
  • Sunday: (19th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: In Thanksgiving (BH)
  • Tuesday: (21st May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Maurice Short
  • Thursday: (23rd May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre:  Foster, Birney and Madden Families
  • Saturday: (25th ) 6pm in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners intentions
  • Sunday: (26th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church:  Pat Donald
  • Tuesday: (28th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Patricia Lagan

Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from the  Holy Name, Jesmond. Visit the website for Mass times this week.

When you are unable to celebrate Mass in Church, 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:

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

A Prayer for the troubled world

Prince of peace, in a world of conflict and violence
we pray that the peace you came to bring
may become a reality in the world of our own time. Amen.


Bishop Stephen introduces “A Way Forward”

Dear Sisters & Brothers

In order to grow as a synodal Church it is important that we all have a chance to pray and discern how the Holy Spirit is inviting us to grow in mission in our parishes and communities. To facilitate this, I together with others, offer an initial Diocesan vision for your prayerful reflection.

Our discerned Diocesan commitments are:

  • To Walk with Jesus and Enable Others to Encounter Him;
  • To grow as One Diocesan Family- Rebuilding Relationships;  
  • Forming and Developing People for Mission;
  • Living Justly and Caring for Our Common Home.

Each of these commitments are developed in the vision. It is not my intention to impose this vision. It is offered for further reflection and I invite all of our parishes and communities to prayerfully reflect on them. The Vision may be accessed here https://diocesehn.org.uk/news/diocesan-vision-what-is-the-lord-calling-us-to-be-and-do/. Those without internet access who would like a printed copy are asked to contact one of our welcomers at either church.   With assurances and prayers     + Stephen


Please bring your leaf

If you attended Mass last weekend in St. Patrick’s please remember to return your “leaf” this weekend. Extra leaves will be available from St. Patrick’s this weekend.


Afternoon Tea.

Join us next Saturday, 25th May for Afternoon Tea Party from 1pm – 3pm in St. Patrick’s parish centre. This event is open to everyone from St. Alban’s and St. Patrick’s, along with friends and neighbours.


School News from Mrs Robinson

Thank you for all your prayers for the Y6 children who took their SATs this week. They remained calm and were able to try their very best in each of the six tests.


Lay Training Fund

This weekend, Bishop Stephen invites those of us who wish to contribute to our Diocesan Lay Training which provides resources for the formation of lay people who wish to involve themselves in the pastoral work of our Diocese.

Should you wish to support this work by means of a donation, please place your donation in an envelope marked “Lay Training” and place it in one of the boxes at the doors of our churches. If you have a box of envelopes you should find an envelope in your box.


The Diocesan Justice and Peace Refugee Project…….

…….which supports people who are seeking asylum in our area, continue to appeal for donations of sugar, biscuits, tinned fish in oil, tins of tomatoes, chick peas, white rice (not microwaveable), long life milk, sugar, tomato puree, breakfast cereals, table salt, cooking oil, shampoo, shower gel and unopened toiletries If you feel able to support this project, donations may be left on the tables at the entrance to our churches and at our school.


The Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord.

Ushaw will be hosting a Eucharistic Procession with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, led by Bishop Stephen  on Sunday 2nd June starting at 3pm in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel. Weather permitting, the procession will go through Ushaw’s gardens, returning to the Chapel for Benediction. Teas and coffees will be available after the service. You do not need a ticket for this event, but please sign up at https://ushaw.org/whats-on-at-ushaw/ to help Ushaw to estimate numbers and car parking requirements.


Significance Festival Weekend

All are welcome to the Emmaus Village for the Significance Festival on Saturday 29th June from 10.00am.  The day will offer a fayre of stalls and activities, sessions for children and young people, guest speakers and live music. Mass celebrated by Bishop Stepen Wright will take place at 3.15pm, followed by a Barbecue and Ceilidh in the evening. Entry is free with charges for accommodation and camping (self-catered) on Friday and Saturday nights. BBQ tickets will cost £10.  All proceeds and any donations will support Significance, the charity founded by Fr Dermott Donnelly. Please support this vital work. To book email Nicole at nsalkeld@ymt.org or Tel. 01207 592244


Gift Aid Scheme

Are you aware that if you are a UK tax payer and make an offering to our church collection you could join the Gift Aid Scheme enabling our parishes to gain an extra 25% of your offering, at no extra cost to you. If you feel you could be a part of the Gift Aid Scheme, please email the Parish Gift Aid Organiser, John Gillum at stpatrick.giftaid@outlook.com for further details or have a word with Fr. Patterson.


Your offerings are our sole source of income

Although we do not take a collection at Mass by passing round a basket, we do hope you will feel able to make an offering towards the upkeep and running costs of our churches in one of the boxes you will find at the entrances to our churches.  Alternatively you may consider making your offering by Standing Order the details of which are below.

For St. Alban’s: Account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 92010984

For St. Patrick’s: Account name: DHN Felling St Patrick: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 52010453

Parish newsletter

Parish Newsletter: 7th Sunday of Easter

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (11th) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (12th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Paul Hughes
  • Tuesday: (14th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: William and Elizabeth Pearson
  • Thursday: (16th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre:  John Johnson
  • Saturday: (18th) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Dominic Sloan
  • Sunday: (19th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: In Thanksgiving (BH)
  • Tuesday: (21st May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Maurice Short

Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from  the Holy Name, Jesmond. Visit the website for Mass times this week.


When you are unable to celebrate Mass in Church, 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:

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital and,
  • all those whose memories we cherish at this time especially Evelyn May Craig.

A Prayer for the troubled world

Prince of peace, in a world of conflict and violence
we pray that the peace you came to bring
may become a reality in the world of our own time. Amen.


Quinquaginta Diebus (Fifty Days)  – Saturday, 18th May—from 10.30am to 11.30am

Some of the most fruitful experiences of life are a result of careful planning and preparation.  Our spiritual life should be no different and we have Jesus own way of life giving witness to this – remember how often he withdrew from his disciples so that he could be alone to pray to his Father, let alone his forty days in the desert.

We have much to be thankful for, not least for the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the gifts he brings. But we must always be aware of those gifts and the situations in which we are called to use them as Christ intended.

In the days leading up to Pentecost we invite you to an hour of prayer exploring the fifty days between Easter and Pentecost and all the emotions experienced by Jesus followers. We will listen to readings and engage in prayer and meditation considering our feelings and our lives now.

What was the significance of fifty days – the relationship between the Jewish Feast of Shavuot and Pentecost – what do they celebrate?

Do try to come along and prepare yourself for Pentecost so that it just doesn’t “come and go.”

The date is next Saturday, 18th May, 2024  from 10.30am – 11.30am in St. Patrick’s parish centre.

And do remember that the shops will still be open after our service!


Please bring your leaf

If you attended Mass last weekend in St. Patrick’s please remember to return your “leaf” this weekend. Extra leaves will be available from St. Patrick’s this weekend.


Scottish Currency

Currently, we are unable to bank Scottish bank notes, so please avoid placing them in your offerings. Many thanks.


World Communications Day

This Sunday is World Communications Day when we are reminded to take up the command of Jesus to preach the Good News of the Gospel to the whole world. Vital to this is good communication – through our websites, publications and social media channels. The Bishops of England and Wales work hard to forge positive relationships with media outlets to communicate news relating to every aspect of the life of the Catholic Church and her people. Should you wish to support this work by means of a donation, please place your donation in an envelope marked World Communications and place it in one of the boxes at the doors of our churches. If you have a box of envelopes you should an envelope in your box.


School News from Mrs Robinson

Please say a little prayer for our Year 6 children who will be sitting their SATs next week. They have worked really hard to prepare and all we want is for them to feel encouraged so that they do their best. May our prayers give them inspiration and help them keep calm as they try to remember all they have learnt at school.


Significance Festival Weekend

All are welcome to the Emmaus Village for the Significance Festival on Saturday 29th June from 10.00am.  The day will offer a fayre of stalls and activities, sessions for children and young people, guest speakers and live music. Mass celebrated by Bishop Stepen Wright will take place at 3.15pm, followed by a Barbecue and Ceilidh in the evening. Entry is free with charges for accommodation and camping (self-catered) on Friday and Saturday nights. BBQ tickets will cost £10.  All proceeds and any donations will support Significance, the charity founded by Fr Dermott Donnelly. Please support this vital work. To book email Nicole at nsalkeld@ymt.org or Tel. 01207 592244


Gift Aid Scheme

Are you aware that if you are a UK tax payer and make an offering to our church collection you could join the Gift Aid Scheme enabling our parishes to gain an extra 25% of your offering, at no extra cost to you. If you feel you could be a part of the Gift Aid Scheme, please email the Parish Gift Aid Organiser, John Gillum at stpatrick.giftaid@outlook.com for further details or have a word with Fr. Patterson.


Your offerings are our sole source of income

Although we do not take a collection at Mass by passing round a basket, we do hope you will feel able to make an offering towards the upkeep and running costs of our churches in one of the boxes you will find at the entrances to our churches.  Alternatively you may consider making your offering by Standing Order the details of which are below.

For St. Alban’s: Account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 92010984

For St. Patrick’s: Account name: DHN Felling St Patrick: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 52010453

Parish newsletter

6th Sunday of Easter

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (4th May) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Susan Gilmore
  • Sunday: (5th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: (7th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Brian Grace Snr and Brian Grace Jnr
  • Wednesday: (8th May) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Parishioners Intentions
  • Thursday: (9th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Jim & Cecile McWilliams
  • Saturday: (11th May) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (12th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Paul Hughes
  • Tuesday: (14th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: William and Elizabeth Pearson

Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from the Holy Name, Jesmond. Visit the website for Mass times this week.


When you are unable to celebrate Mass in Church, 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:

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital
  • and all those whose memories we cherish at this time especially Susan Gilmore and Paul Hughes.

A Prayer for the troubled world
Prince of peace, in a world of conflict and violence
we pray that the peace you came to bring
may become a reality in the world of our own time. Amen.


The Feast of the Ascension
Thursday, 9th May is the Feast of the Ascension. It is a Holyday on which we are all encouraged to come together to celebrate this great Feast of the Church. A Vigil Mass will be celebrated in St. Alban’s Church on Wednesday (8th May) at 6pm and Mass on Thursday morning will be in St. Patrick’s Church at 10am.


Sung Evening Prayer at Ushaw
This Sunday, 5th May at 16.00, you are invited to sung Evening Prayer of the Church in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel at Ushaw. Please note that this is not a concert performance, but an opportunity to pray together the Evening Prayer of the Church for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. As the format of this service may be new to some people, we will also be offering some reflections on praying Vespers as a group. All are welcome to join us for the service. No ticket is required.


Help with tea and coffee
We would value some more help with making teas and coffees after Sunday Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre. Please let whoever is making the refreshments this weekend know if you would like to help and be added to the next rota. Alternatively drop a line to the parish office felling.stpatrick@rcdhn.org.


Please bring your leaf
If you attended Mass last weekend in St. Patrick’s please remember to return your “leaf” this weekend. Extra leaves will be available from St. Patrick’s this weekend.


Scottish Currency
Currently, we are unable to bank Scottish bank notes, so please avoid placing them in your offerings. Many thanks.


Thank you for your generosity
Fr. Patterson wishes to express his gratitude to the family of the late Jim Farrell for inviting donations towards the upkeep of St. Patrick’s Church on the occasion of his Funeral Mass last week. A most generous £167.70 was given in donations and most gratefully received. Thank you.

Fr. Patterson is also most grateful for two recent donations to St. Patrick’s parish funds of £100.00 and £40.00. Thank you so much.


School News from Mrs Robinson
Our Year 5 class have enjoyed a wonderful retreat to Holy Island, ‘walking on holy ground’. We were blessed with good weather for all our activities – the boat trip from Seahouses, walking across the causeway, visiting the castle and the priory, finding St Cuthbert’s beads, as well as playing and praying together. Huge thanks to the volunteers at the SVP Camp for keeping us safe and looking after us so well.

Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to come into school to pray the Rosary with the children. It is much appreciated.

Please spread the word to all families with young children that we have a few places left in our lovely nursery for children who are 3 or 4 years old. Arrange a visit by contacting the school office on 0191 469 3251 and find out why we are the best school in Pelaw!


Significance Festival Weekend
All are welcome to the Emmaus Village for the Significance Festival on Saturday 29th June from 10.00am. The day will offer a fayre of stalls and activities, sessions for children and young people, guest speakers and live music. Mass celebrated by Bishop Stepen Wright will take place at 3.15pm, followed by a Barbecue and Ceilidh in the evening. Entry is free with charges for accommodation and camping (self-catered) on Friday and Saturday nights. BBQ tickets will cost £10. All proceeds and any donations will support Significance, the charity founded by Fr Dermott Donnelly. Please support this vital work. To book email Nicole at nsalkeld@ymt.org or Tel. 01207 592244.


A Pastoral Review on Gender
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have approved a document entitled “Intrinsically Woven by the Lord,” which is a Pastoral Review of Gender providing a pastoral reflection and guidance on the issues of gender and identity. It is a pastoral document to help us all accompany those who may question or struggle with their identity as male or female. We pray we will always be welcoming to all people and share the love of the Lord with everyone.


Gift Aid Scheme
Are you aware that if you are a UK tax payer and make an offering to our church collection you could join the Gift Aid Scheme enabling our parishes to gain an extra 25% of your offering, at no extra cost to you. If you feel you could be a part of the Gift Aid Scheme, please email the Parish Gift Aid Organiser, John Gillum at stpatrick.giftaid@outlook.com for further details or have a word with Fr. Patterson.


Your offerings are our sole source of income
Although we do not take a collection at Mass by passing round a basket, we do hope you will feel able to make an offering towards the upkeep and running costs of our churches in one of the boxes you will find at the entrances to our churches. Alternatively you may consider making your offering by Standing Order the details of which are below.

For St. Alban’s: Account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 92010984
For St. Patrick’s: Account name: DHN Felling St Patrick: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 52010453

Parish newsletter

5th Sunday of Easter

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (27th Apr) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (28th Apr) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Betty Wasp
  • Tuesday: (30th Apr) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Breda Kinnane
  • Thursday: (2nd May) 10am Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Jim Farrell
  • Saturday: (4th May) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Susan Gilmore
  • Sunday: (5th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: (7th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Brian Grace Snr and Brian Grace Jnr

Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from  the Holy Name, Jesmond. Visit the website for Mass times this week.


When you are unable to celebrate Mass in Church, 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:

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital
  • all those whose memories we cherish at this time especially Brian and Susan Gilmore and Brian Grace Jnr and,
  • Jim Farrell and Mary Millward (the mother of Fr. Mark) who have died. May they rest in the peace of the Risen Lord.

A Prayer for the troubled world

Prince of peace, in a world of conflict and violence
we pray that the peace you came to bring
may become a reality in the world of our own time. Amen.


Mass Intentions

Fr. Patterson is very grateful for the generous Mass Offerings you are handing in.  As he is currently only able to celebrate four Masses each week, one of which must be for “the Parishioners Intentions,” he is somewhat behind in celebrating some of your Mass requests. He tries to give priority to Anniversaries, but it is not always possible. So please be patient and understanding.


Help with tea and coffee

We would value some more help with making teas and coffees after Sunday Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre. Please let whoever is making the refreshments this weekend know if you would like to help and be added to the next rota. Alternatively drop a line to the parish office felling.stpatrick@rcdhn.org


The Diocesan Justice and Peace Refugee Project…….

…….which supports people who are seeking asylum in our area, continue to appeal for donations of sugar, biscuits, tinned fish in oil, tins of tomatoes, chick peas, white rice (not microwaveable), long life milk, sugar, tomato puree, breakfast cereals, table salt, cooking oil, shampoo, shower gel and unopened toiletries If you feel able to support this project, donations may be left on the tables at the entrance to our churches and at our school.


Collection for the Little Sisters of the Poor

St Joseph’s Home in Newcastle urgently need to replace some of the kitchenettes and furnishings. Specialist flooring on the main corridors of the care units requires essential upgrades to ensure the safety, comfort, and well-being of the residents and to maintain required standards of infection control. If you wish to make a donation to their appeal please place it in an envelope marked “Little Sisters” and place it one of the collection boxes at our church doors. If you have a box of envelopes you should find an envelope in your box. Should you wish to make a private contribution, you can do so by sending cheques made payable to ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ to St Joseph’s Home, Westmorland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7QA. Alternatively, secure online donations can be made by visiting their website at www.littlesistersofthepoor.co.uk/donate-here/


School News from Mrs Robinson

We will soon have a beautiful new school cross hanging in our hall. The children worked with a local artist and used a selection of red and gold mosaic pieces to show the pattern on our St Cuthbert’s Cross. Fr Patterson will be coming into school next week to bless it, so please keep an eye on our website, Facebook page and Instagram to have a look at the photos. Please feel free to share and comment on these posts too.

Don’t forget, if any of you would like to come into school during May to pray the Rosary with the children, please email me info@stap.bwcet.com to make arrangements. The children would be delighted to pray with you.

Please spread the word to all families with young children that we have a few places left in our lovely nursery for children who are 3 or 4 years old. Arrange a visit by contacting the school office on 0191 4693251 and find out why we are the best school in Pelaw!


Pray for Victims and Survivors of Abuse

Tuesday has been nominated by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales as the National Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse. Bishop Stephen will celebrate Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral at 12.05pm. All are welcome.


Sung Evening Prayer at Ushaw

Next Sunday, 5th May at 4pm, you are invited to sung Evening Prayer of the Church in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel at Ushaw.  Please note that this is not a concert performance, but an opportunity to pray together the Evening Prayer of the Church for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. As the format of this service may be new to some people, we will also be offering some reflections on praying Vespers as a group. All are welcome to join us for the service.  No ticket is required.


Are you new to our Parishes?

If you have recently moved into Bill Quay, Felling, Pelaw, Heworth, Windy Nook and the surrounding area you are more than welcome to come along to worship with us in either St. Alban’s Church, Queen Victoria Street, Pelaw or St. Patrick’s Church on the High Street in Felling. Mass times are Saturday evening at 6pm in St. Alban’s and 10am on a Sunday in St. Patrick’s. You will find everything you need and all our news on this website.

If you would like to offer your talents to the parish – and we all have God given talents – then please approach Fr. Patterson or any of our welcomers and provide us with your details. You would also be most welcome to join us for refreshments after Sunday Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre which is located directly underneath the Church. We look forward to seeing you.


Gift Aid Scheme

Are you aware that if you are a UK tax payer and make an offering to our church collection you could join the Gift Aid Scheme enabling our parishes to gain an extra 25% of your offering, at no extra cost to you. If you feel you could be a part of the Gift Aid Scheme, please email the Parish Gift Aid Organiser, John Gillum at stpatrick.giftaid@outlook.com for further details or have a word with Fr. Patterson.


Your offerings are our sole source of income

Although we do not take a collection at Mass by passing round a basket, we do hope you will feel able to make an offering towards the upkeep and running costs of our churches in one of the boxes you will find at the entrances to our churches.  Alternatively you may consider making your offering by Standing Order the details of which are below.

For St. Alban’s: Account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 92010984 For St. Patrick’s: Account name: DHN Felling St Patrick: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 52010453

Parish newsletter

4th Sunday of Easter

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (20th Apr) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Special Intention (Harbron)
  • Sunday: (21st Apr) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: (23rd Apr) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre:  Joyce McTaff
  • Thursday: (25th Apr) 10am Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Frank Crilly
  • Saturday: (27th Apr) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (28th Apr) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Betty Wasp
  • Tuesday: (30th Apr) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Breda Kinnane

Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from  the Holy Name, Jesmond. Visit the website for Mass times this week.


When you are unable to celebrate Mass in Church, 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:

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital
  • all those whose memories we cherish at this time and,
  • Mgr Phil Carroll (in retirement), Deacon John Hawthorne and Francis Crilly who have died. May they rest in the peace of the Risen Lord.

A Prayer for the troubled world

Prince of peace, in a world of conflict and violence
we pray that the peace you came to bring
may become a reality in the world of our own time. Amen.


Vocations Sunday

In 1964, Pope Paul VI, launched Vocations Sunday, which we celebrate this weekend – the 4th Sunday of Easter.

As Catholics and people of God we all know that God is calling us and has a plan for each of us. He called each of us by name through our Baptism to holiness. He continues to call out to us each day to be his disciples, some to the married life, some to the priesthood, some to religious life or to live as kind single people. Everybody is called! What is God calling you to?​

Along with the whole Church, let us pray for vocations today. Let us take time to stir the hearts and minds of the people around us to think about the topic of Vocation. The National Office for Vocation invites you to talk and encourage children, young people, grandchildren, students and family members to respond generously to the calling of the Lord.

God our Loving Father, you called each of us by name to holiness through the Sacrament of Baptism. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, you made us the temples of the same Spirit. Help us to listen to the call of the Lord Jesus and  to respond to his call to ‘Go out to the whole world and proclaim the good news to all the nations’.

Guide us in every step we take in life and lead us in every decision we make in responding to your call. Make us and mould us into the living images of Christ your Son, who was always close to those in need. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Collection for the Little Sisters of the Poor

St Joseph’s Home in Newcastle urgently need to replace some of the kitchenettes and furnishings. Specialist flooring on the main corridors of the care units requires essential upgrades to ensure the safety, comfort, and well-being of the residents and to maintain required standards of infection control. If you wish to make a donation to their appeal please place it in an envelope marked “Little Sisters” and place it one of the collection boxes at our church doors. If you have a box of envelopes you should find an envelope in your box. Should you wish to make a private contribution, you can do so by sending cheques made payable to ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ to St Joseph’s Home, Westmorland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7QA. Alternatively, secure online donations can be made by visiting their website at www.littlesistersofthepoor.co.uk/donate-here/


Think Tank meeting

Fr. Patterson wishes to thank those who were able to give their time to attend this meeting last Monday. It was well supported and provided the opportunity for a very positive and hopeful exchange of ideas as to how we could try to ensure that the pastoral support of the Church will develop in central Gateshead. The conclusion was that we must not feel threatened by change but develop and broaden our understanding of the nature of church and be realistic in our expectations of our new priest.


School News from Mrs Robinson

Hello again from all of us at St Alban’s School. We hope you enjoyed a wonderful Easter. It was lovely to meet many of you at Monday night’s Think Tank meeting in St. Patrick’s parish centre. I’m very much looking forward to seeing you at our school events. If any of you would like to come into school during May to pray the Rosary with the children, please email me info@stap.bwcet.com to make arrangements. The children would be delighted to meet you.


Places available in our Nursery

Please spread the word to all families with young children that we have a few places left in our lovely nursery for children who are 3 or 4 years old. Arrange a visit by contacting the school office on 0191 469 3251 and find out why we are the best school in Pelaw!


Using your car on behalf of the parish

The Diocesan Health and Safety Officer has asked us to make parishioners aware of the following:-

If a driving related task is being completed by a volunteer on behalf of a parish, it is highly recommended that the volunteer informs their car insurance provider of their voluntary role. 

A suggested approach a volunteer might make with their car Insurance provider where they are completing a task on behalf of the parish might be as follows:-

I engage in some purely voluntary activities for my local church for which I am not reimbursed in any way. (Two examples follow) (a) Every fortnight, I am asked to collect two fellow parishioners from their homes and transport them to our Church and back home after the Church service. (b) Each week I transport collection money from my church, which has been donated during the previous week, to the local Post Office. I would be grateful to know if my voluntary role needs to be noted by you against my current car insurance policy.

If their response is that you need to pay an additional premium, ask for a quote as to what the additional cost would be and if you feel it is unreasonable for you to pay, please inform your priest or Health and Safety representative. Terry Harbron is the representative for St. Alban’s and Joanne McShane is the representative for St. Patrick’s.

If your role is purely voluntary and not formally arranged by the parish or Diocese, the need to inform your insurance would not apply.


Gift Aid Scheme

Are you aware that if you are a UK tax payer and make an offering to our church collection you could join the Gift Aid Scheme enabling our parishes to gain an extra 25% of your offering, at no extra cost to you. If you feel you could be a part of the Gift Aid Scheme, please email the Parish Gift Aid Organiser, John Gillum at stpatrick.giftaid@outlook.com for further details or have a word with Fr. Patterson.


Your offerings are our sole source of income

Although we do not take a collection at Mass by passing round a basket, we do hope you will feel able to make an offering towards the upkeep and running costs of our churches in one of the boxes you will find at the entrances to our churches.  Alternatively you may consider making your offering by Standing Order the details of which are below.

For St. Alban’s: Account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 92010984

For St. Patrick’s: Account name: DHN Felling St Patrick: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 52010453

Parish newsletter

3rd Sunday of Easter

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (13th Apr) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (14th Apr) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Anne Semos
  • Tuesday: (16th Apr) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Dec Wright & Bradley families
  • Thursday: (18th Apr) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Pat Donald
  • Saturday: (20th Apr) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Special Intention (Harbron)
  • Sunday: (21sr Apr) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: (16th Apr) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre:  Joyce McTaff

Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from  the Holy Name, Jesmond. Visit the website for Mass times this week.


When you are unable to celebrate Mass in Church, 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:

  • all our parishioners who are sick, housebound or in hospital
  • all those whose memories we cherish at this time and,
  • Mgr Phil Carroll (in retirement), Deacon John Hawthorne and Francis Crilly who have died. May they rest in the peace of the Risen Lord.

A Prayer for the troubled world

Prince of peace, in a world of conflict and violence
we pray that the peace you came to bring
may become a reality in the world of our own time. Amen.


Think Tank – with an eye to our future

Bishop Stephen wrote in his pastoral letter last weekend:- “Jesus wills His followers with all their faults and failings to be His presence in the world. The Church is not an optional add on to Jesus’ ministry. The Church, the People of God, you, me, all of us, are chosen and willed by the Lord to be His presence here and now. We must be together; we must be in Communion. Jesus prayed we would be one. No factions, no divisions, no isolating from one another. If that happens then we will never meet the risen Christ let alone share Him with others. As we discern our calling, be present in communion.”

In the light of those words and with the challenges that lie ahead of us, Fr. Patterson would like to invite you to a “Think Tank” to explore how we might prepare for the future as we will inevitably face some changes. We must try to build a new and solid bank of helpers who will be able to support one another and your new parish priest in the months and years ahead.

It is a time of great hope and opportunity and we all have a part to play, so please try and attend this gathering which is open to everyone from St. Alban’s and St. Patrick’s. It will take place on Monday, 15th April at 6.30pm in St. Patrick’s parish centre.

Try not to allow your lives to be consumed by the emptiness of the tomb, but rise to the joy and hope of the new life of the Resurrection


Serving those who have served us well -The Northern Brethren Fund

The annual collection for the Sick and Retired Priests of the Diocese will be taken this weekend, 6th/7th April, and the Fund will remain open until 28th April for donations. This collection goes to support our Sick and Retired Priests who have served our diocese over many years. The “Superiors” of the Fund, who are priests of the Diocese, wish to ensure that this Fund is also there for future retired priests. Recent years have been very difficult and income has drastically declined. The Superiors invite you to consider donating to this Fund in recognition of all the priests who have served in our parishes over many years. Should you wish to make a donation please place your offering in an envelope marked “NBF” and place it in one of the collections boxes at the entrances to our churches. Those with boxes of envelopes should have an envelope. If you wish to Gift Aid your donation to this appeal, please complete a special Gift Aid Declaration Form for the NBF which are obtainable from Fr. Patterson.


Shout out for Catholics from Hong Kong

A gathering will be held on 21st April, 2024, providing an opportunity for Catholics from Hong Kong to socialise together. It will be held at St Anne’s RC Church, Winlaton, NE21 5RW, from 2pm. Fr. Bruno will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass, in Cantonese, will be celebrated at 3pm. Tea and dinner will be available after Mass for anyone interested. Please register ahead for ease of co-ordination. For further details and enquiries, please contact Maria Tel: 07901 194226.


Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. 2024

The Diocesan Pilgrimage takes place from 26th July – 2nd August, 2024. For further details, visit the diocesan website.


Using your car on behalf of the parish

The Diocesan Health and Safety Officer has asked us to make parishioners aware of the following:-

If a driving related task is being completed by a volunteer on behalf of a parish, it is highly recommended that the volunteer informs their car insurance provider of their voluntary role. 

A suggested approach a volunteer might make with their car Insurance provider where they are completing a task on behalf of the parish might be as follows:-

I engage in some purely voluntary activities for my local church for which I am not reimbursed in any way. (Two examples follow) (a) Every fortnight, I am asked to collect two fellow parishioners from their homes and transport them to our Church and back home after the Church service. (b) Each week I transport collection money from my church, which has been donated during the previous week, to the local Post Office. I would be grateful to know if my voluntary role needs to be noted by you against my current car insurance policy.

If their response is that you need to pay an additional premium, ask for a quote as to what the additional cost would be and if you feel it is unreasonable for you to pay, please inform your priest or Health and Safety representative. Terry Harbron is the representative for St. Alban’s and Joanne McShane is the representative for St. Patrick’s.

If your role is purely voluntary and not formally arranged by the parish or Diocese, the need to inform your insurance would not apply.


Mobile phones

If you are attending any services in St. Alban’s Church or St. Patrick’s Church you are asked to ensure that your mobile phones are “turned off” as silent mode is not always silent. Please be considerate of each other at all times. Thank you.


Gift Aid Scheme

Are you aware that if you are a UK tax payer and make an offering to our church collection you could join the Gift Aid Scheme enabling our parishes to gain an extra 25% of your offering, at no extra cost to you. If you feel you could be a part of the Gift Aid Scheme, please email the Parish Gift Aid Organiser, John Gillum at stpatrick.giftaid@outlook.com for further details or have a word with Fr. Patterson.


Your offerings are our sole source of income

Although we do not take a collection at Mass by passing round a basket, we do hope you will feel able to make an offering towards the upkeep and running costs of our churches in one of the boxes you will find at the entrances to our churches.  Alternatively you may consider making your offering by Standing Order the details of which are below.

For St. Alban’s: Account name: DHN Pelaw St Alban: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 92010984

For St. Patrick’s: Account name: DHN Felling St Patrick: Sort code: 40-34-18 Account No: 52010453