Parish newsletter

6th Sunday of the Year

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (10th) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (11th) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Denis Patrick Lenehan
  • Ash Wednesday: (14th Feb) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s  Church celebrated for Tommy and Kathleen McKenna and Joan Neil, ending with the launch of our “Path to Jerusalem” and the setting up of a prayer space in St. Patrick’s centre, based on Christ’s time in the wilderness 
  • Thursday: 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Maureen Moore
  • Saturday: (17th) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Albert Lagan
  • Sunday: (18th) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: (19th) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Carol Belton

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

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.

Pray for Vocations

The Icon of Christ the Eternal High Priest will be present in St. Alban’s and St. Patrick’s this weekend. The icon was commissioned and blessed by our Vocations team in July 2019. It depicts Jesus wearing priestly vestments with St Cuthbert’s Cross at the centre of the chasuble. The words “I am the Good Shepherd” are on the open book in his hand. The icon is touring the parishes of the Diocese to encourage each of us to pray for Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Consecrated Life and to discern our own calling from God.

“Almighty and eternal God, in your unfailing love you provide ministers for your Church. We pray for those whom you call. Inspire in them a generous response. Grant them courage and vision to serve your people. May their lives and service call your people to respond to the presence of your Spirit among us all so that, faithful to the Gospel and hope in Jesus the Christ, we may: announce good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives, set prisoners free and renew the face of the earth.” 

A call to our parents

If you are bringing your child(ren) up for a blessing at Holy Communion, would you please ensure they cross their arms over their chest before approaching the minister to avoid any possible confusion. Thank you so much.

Walk with Me – Lenten Booklets

These booklets include a daily reflection for each day of Lent. A limited number are now available to purchase at the back of St. Alban’s Church and on the table at the front of St. Patrick’s Church priced at £1.00. First come, first served!

World Day of Prayer for the Sick

Sunday is the World Day of Prayer for those are sick and Pope Francis asks us to pray especially for those who are terminally ill and their families. He offers us the following message:-

“When some people talk about terminal illness there are two words they often confuse incurable and un-carable but they are not the same Even when little chance of a cure exists every sick person has the right to medical, psychological spiritual and human assistance. Sometimes they can’t talk, sometimes we think they don’t recognise us. But if we take them by the hand we know they are relating with us. Healing is not always possible, but we can always care for the sick person, caress them. St. John Paul II used to say, “cure if it is possible; always take care.” And this is where palliative care comes in. It guarantees the patient not only medical attention but also human assistance and closeness. Families should not be left alone in these difficult moments. Their role is decisive. They need access to adequate means so as to provide appropriate physical, spiritual and social support. Let us pray that the terminally ill and their families always receive the necessary medical and human care and assistance.”  

 Thank you

Fr. Patterson is grateful for a Gift Aided Donation of £100.00 and a donation of £40.00 received over recent weeks for  St. Patrick’s parish funds.

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 offer-ing 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.

country path

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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