Parish newsletter

31st Sunday of the Year

The following celebrations will take place during the coming week.

  • Saturday: (4 Nov) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Iris Richards
  • Sunday:  (5 Nov) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: 10am Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Joan Hopkins
  • Thursday: 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Brenda and David Gibbon
  • Saturday: (11 Nov) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday:  (12 Nov) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Paul and David Clay

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 Paul Clay and,
  • Jim Nicholson who has died

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.

The Sacrament of Confirmation  – Final Session

The final preparation meeting for our young people from St. Alban’s and St. Patrick’s who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on Monday, 6th November in St. Patrick’s parish centre at 18.30. Parents and sponsors are also welcome. In order to proceed to Confirmation, it is necessary for prospective candidates to attend this session. Bishop Stephen will come to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation during Mass on Sunday, 19th November at 10am in St. Patrick’s Church.

Remembrance Sunday

Next weekend we celebrate Remembrance Day an opportunity to remember and pray for all those who have died in conflict and in the cause of peace.

Memory Books

In St. Patrick’s Church next Sunday we will rededicate our “Memory Books” containing the names of our deceased parishioners since 1995 (the centenary of the church), which were removed during the pandemic.

A Light in the Darkness

A Diocesan Service of Remembrance for those who mourn the loss of a child, will take place on Sunday, 19th November, 2023 at 3pm in St Joseph’s Church, Gateshead.

Dying for Beginners by Dr Kathryn Mannix 

In modern British society, death is out of sight and behind closed doors. Many of us lack direct exposure to the dying process – with all sorts of potential emotional and spiritual consequences for how we grieve our loved ones, as well as how we prepare for our own deaths. What does the dying process actually look like? You may wish to view a short animation by Emily Downe, and voiced by Dr Kathryn Mannix which guides you gently on a step by step journey through the process of dying.

Annual Service of Light

You are invited to a Prayer Service at St Mary’s RC Church, Whickham, on Sunday 19th November at 3pm. This candle-lit Service is to remember all our loved ones who have died in the Gateshead area and will be led by Revd Paul Nichol from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Chaplaincy Team and staff from St Bede’s Hospice Unit. Light refreshments will be available in the Church Hall afterwards.


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

Bishop Stephen

The Bishop wishes to thank everyone for their warm welcome last Tuesday, when he came to celebrate the Vigil Mass of the Feast of All Saints with us and for us in St. Alban’s Church.

School News from Mrs Robinson

It was lovely to join with St Alban’s parish for the Vigil Mass for All Saints. Bishop Stephen was so kind to the children and we look forward to inviting him into school at some point in the future. Next week, children will begin creating a remembrance tree, adding the names of loved ones who have died so that they can be included in our prayers during November.

Children’s’ Liturgy of the Word

We hope to offer an opportunity for a Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Youth Sunday, 26th November, in St. Patrick’s Church. More details later.

A Prayer for the Israeli and Palestinian People

Heavenly Father, we come to you as the source of all comfort asking that you send your Spirit to surround and uphold all those who are grieving, all those who are suffering, all those living in fear, and all those held in captivity. May the arms of comfort and compassion, overwhelm the arms of war. Amen.

Christmas shopping!!

World Gifts are Cafod’s range of virtual charity gifts that will delight the people you give them to and help transform the lives of families and communities living in poverty. To find out more pick up a leaflet from church this weekend or visit the Cafod website.

St. Patrick’s Church Heating

The heating engineers have made a successful repair to the heating system in St. Patrick’s Church at the cost of £1,350.00. It is now pleasantly warm!

Thank you.

Fr. Patterson is grateful for a donation of £40.00 recently received for St. Patrick’s parish funds . Thank you.

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

Covid Autumn Booster Vaccinations and Flu Vaccinations are now available

Everything you need to know may be found here Getting a COVID-19 vaccine

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