Parish newsletter

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (23 Dec) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Norah Lagan
  • Sunday: (24 Dec) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Nellie Armstrong
  • Christmas Eve: 5.30pm First Mass of Christmas with carols in St. Patrick’s Church:   The Parishioners Intentions
  • Christmas Day: 9.30am Christmas Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Andrew Sloan
  • Tuesday, (26th Dec)  10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre : Maurice Brown
  • Thursday: (28th Dec) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Desmond Costelloe
  • Saturday: (30 Dec) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday:  (31 Dec) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s: Gerry Toberty & the Toberty Sisters
  • Monday: (1 Jan) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Allan Lavin

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 Gerry Toberty, Nellie Armstrong, Allan Lavin and Jim Murray

All are welcome

Everyone is welcome to join us for the celebration of Christmas 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

Christmas Services

Saturday 23rd December6pm Mass in St Alban’s Church for the 4th Sunday of Advent
Sunday 24th December 10am Mass in St Patrick’s Church for the 4th Sunday of Advent
5.30pm (Christmas Eve) The First Mass of Christmas with carols in St. Patrick’s Church
Monday 25th December9.30am Mass in St Alban’s Church Christmas morning Mass

Fr. Patterson would like to take this opportunity

to wish you and your families a peaceful and joy filled Christmas

nativity scene

“Every year, at this time,
we are asked to escape from the tumult of our hearts,
to put aside our weighty cares and leave our wearisome toil;
to enter for a while into the inner chamber  of our souls,
to listen to God’s Word.
The Word — calling us, through the mist of ignorance and apathy,
to be silent, to listen to the sound of stillness,
and to see in the Child, born of Mary,
The Word who became flesh”

Cardinal Basil Hume (OSB)

Christmas Raffle

Father Patterson wishes to thank all those who supported our Christmas Raffle this year; those who organised it, sold and bought tickets and gifted prizes. You have helped to raise the most generous total of £851.00 which will be shared between St. Alban’s and St. Patrick’s helping to offset the running costs in each of our churches.

Thank you

Fr. Patterson is grateful for two recent donations made to St. Patrick’s parish funds in the sums of £100.00 (gift aided) and another in the sum of £40.00. Thank you very much indeed.

School News from Mrs Robinson

Wishing you a blessed and peaceful Christmas from all at St Alban’s School. Thank you for your continued and generous support throughout this term and we look forward to meeting up with you again in the new year. We return to school on Tuesday 9th January 2024.

Mobile phones and hot drinks

If you are attending any services in St. Alban’s Church or St. Patrick’s Church, including those hosted by our school, you are asked to ensure that your mobile phones are “turned off” as silent mode is not always silent. It is not our custom to bring hot drinks into our churches – nor is it safe from a Health and Safety point of view, as there is a potential risk of scalding if a cup is accidently knocked over. Please be considerate of each other at all times.

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.

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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