Parish newsletter

7th Sunday of Easter

World Communications Day

The theme for this year’s World Communications Day, chosen by Pope Francis, is ‘Speaking with the Heart’.

The Pope says in his World Communications Day message, “It is the heart that spurred us to go, to see and to listen, and it is the heart that moves us towards an open and welcoming way of communicating.”

The Holy Father stresses the need to listen before speaking truth with a pure heart to “see beyond appearances and overcome the vague din which also, in the field of information, does not help us discern in the complicated world in which we live.”

“The call to speak with the heart,” he says, “radically challenges the times in which we are living, which are so inclined towards indifference and indignation, at times even on the basis of disinformation which falsifies and exploits the truth.”

We are charged with the responsibility of genuinely encountering one another so that our love for each other may become stronger.

God, whose word is truth and in whose light we see light,
guide those who tell the story of our times through word and image.
Make them seekers after truth and advocates of human dignity.
Grant discernment to all who rely on their labours, and,
as we confront the pain and promise of this world, awaken in us a sense of wonder
at your presence and of longing for your peace. Amen.

All are welcome

Everyone is welcome to join us for the celebration of Mass in St. Patrick’s and St. Alban’s churches. It is a joy to welcome people of other faiths or none who come to join us in worship. Currently, only baptised Catholic people are able to receive Holy Communion and we ask that when you approach the altar you extend your hands towards the minister who will place the sacred host in your hand which you should then consume immediately before returning to your place. If you are not a Catholic or are indisposed to receive Holy Communion, you are invited to come forward at the appropriate time and receive a blessing, indicating your desire by folding an arm across your chest.

A message from Fr. Patterson

Fr. Patterson is making very slow progress from post Covid symptoms and continues to be advised to rest as much as possible. This considerably restricts what he is able to do. He remains grateful to you for your prayers, understanding and patience

Celebrations during the coming week.

The following celebrations will take place during the coming week.

  • Saturday:(20th May) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church:  Peter, Dominic and Andrew Sloan
  • Sunday: (21st May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: The Intentions of all our parishioners
  • Monday: No Mass
  • Tuesday: 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Pat Donald
  • Wednesday: No Mass
  • Thursday: No Mass
  • Friday: No Mass
  • Saturday: (27th May) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church:  The Intentions of all our parishioners
  • Sunday: (28th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Jim and Michael McErlane

Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from our Cathedral on a Sunday. Visit the Cathedral website.

Alternatively, you may like to follow Mass 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

Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermons

Each week Bishop Barron offers a Sunday sermon.

The Sacrament of Confirmation

Next Sunday, we will welcome the young people from St. Alban’s and St. Patrick’s who have expressed an interest to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation later in the year. They will be enrolled into the preparation programme during Mass in St. Patrick’s Church. Please keep them and their families in your prayers during the time leading up to their Confirmation which will take place on the Feast of Christ the King, 26th November, 2023.

Afternoon Tea Party.

Join us on Saturday, 27th May for a “Forget Me Not” Afternoon Tea Party from 2pm – 4pm 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.

World Communications Sunday

This Sunday, 21st May, is World Communications Day, when we are reminded to respond to the command of Jesus to preach the Good News of the Gospel to the whole world. Vital to this is good communication. The Bishops’ Conference works 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. If you wish to support their work in this field you may place a donation in the boxes at the church doors. Please mark your envelope “World Communications.” If you have a set of envelopes, you should find an envelope in your box.

Thank you

Fr. Patterson expresses his gratitude to the mourners attending the Funeral Mass for Susan Gilmore who donated £37.40 to St. Patrick’s parish funds and for a  donation of £85.00 donated in memory of deceased loved ones.

No collection taken

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. Your offerings are our sole source of income. Alternatively you may consider making your offering by Standing Order the details of which are above.

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

News from our School

Following the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus into heaven, we will be celebrating the Feast of Pentecost with the children in school. They have all been learning the story and taking part in activities in class. We plan to have a Pentecost party in school with a red theme to close our half term

Little Sisters of the Poor Job Vacancy

The Little Sisters of the Poor run St. Joseph’s Home for the elderly in Newcastle. This is a friendly, relaxed, well-equipped Home with over 105 staff. Registered Nurses are required for a Day shift – 37.5 hours per week, Shifts are 8am – 4pm, 1pm – 9pm; and Night shift 20 hours per week, 9pm – 8am. Two references and an enhanced DBS check are required. For more information please contact Lee-Marie on 0191 273 1279 or email

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