Parish newsletter

4th Sunday of the Year

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (27th) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (28th) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Mary Eleanor McWilliams
  • Tuesday: (30th) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Ellen Farrell
  • Thursday: 10am Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Agnes Swinhoe
  • Saturday: (3rd Feb) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: George Burrell
  • Sunday: (4th Feb) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: (6th Feb) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Lindsay Bradley

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 Denis Patrick Lenehan, Mary Eleanor McWilliams, Patsy Rafferty and Lindsay Bradley and,
  • and Agnes Swinhoe and John Brown 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.

School News from Mrs Robinson

In school this year, we are trying to take care of the little things. This is really helping us focus on just small acts of kindness that, when put together, build up to have a bigger impact on the world. We hope you will also be inspired to take care of the little things and, as St David once said, to “be joyful, keep the faith, and do the little things”.

We currently have spaces in our nursery for children who are 3 or 4 years old. If you are interested in either a 15-hour place or a 30-hour place in our teacher-led nursery, please contact the school office on 0191 4693251 for an application pack.

Annual White Flower Appeal

The Annual White Flower Appeal for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children will be taken next weekend 3rd/4th February, by means of a basket as you leave our churches.

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

The path to Jerusalem

Following a discussion at the Think Tank meeting held on 19th January, we offer the following approach to Lent this year. If you would like to help us with further planning please contact Kevin Rhodes, Trisha McGinley or any of our welcomers.

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The Path to Jerusalem

A journey in prayer and liturgy

from Ash Wednesday, 14th February to Palm Sunday, 24th March

First Steps
Ash Wednesday Mass and distribution of Ashes ending with a Short
Prayer service – based on Christ’s time in the wilderness, with the setting up
of a prayer space

Fruitful Steps
First Sunday of Lent – Distribution of a sheet of Gospel Readings relating to
Alms Giving and suggestions as to what we can do in practically supporting
those in need in our community. (Your
ideas on this aspect of Lent would be greatly valued)

Learning Steps
A time for discussion about “The Lord’s Prayer. In response to the Year of

Healing Steps
A liturgy based on the healing ministry of Christ which may incorporate the
Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick   

Forgiving Steps
A liturgy based around readings focusing on the forgiveness of Christ which
may incorporate the Sacrament of Reconciliation


Nurturing Steps
A liturgy based on the Feeding of the Five Thousand followed by a Lenten Lunch

Quiet Steps
Encouragement to quiet personal prayer. Selecting a time and place each
week to spend in prayer supported by the weekly distribution of our prayer

The dates and times of each step will vary.

Feel free to join in as many steps of our Journey as you can manage or suits
your circumstances and remember whatever steps you take you will be sharing in
the journey.

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