Parish newsletter

4th Sunday of Lent

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (9th Mar) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (10th Mar) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Catherine Palmer
  • Tuesday: (12th Mar) 10am Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Pat Powell
  • Thursday: (14th) 10am Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Betty Wasp
  • Saturday: (16th ) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Andrew Sloan
  • Sunday: (17th Mar) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: (19th Mar) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: In Thanksgiving

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 Andrew Sloan and Bill Harland and,
  • Fr. John McElhone Fr. Paddy Kennedy (Curate at St. Patrick’s from Aug 1962 to May 1966), Fr. Kevin Bolger, Fr. Mark Whelehan and Katherine Patterson who have died. May they rest in the peace of the Risen Lord.

Holy Hour

There will be a Holy Hour at St Joseph’s, Gateshead on Wednesday, 13th March from 7pm, providing an opportunity to pray that the current attempt to decriminalise abortion up to birth will be rejected by MPs.

Summary of Listening Exercises, and Bishop Stephen’s Response

On our Diocesan website you will find all the summaries from the various Listening Exercises that have been conducted throughout the Diocese since last summer. In Bishop Stephen’s response to what has been presented to him, he reflects on the past, the present state of ‘where we are at’ and our future together. The documentation is lengthy. Should you require a hard copy please contact Fr. Patterson.

A Prayer for Mothering Sunday

Thank you for mams and for all the joy of family life.
Be with those who are grieving because they have no mother;
be close to those who are struggling because they have no children;
be near to those who are sad because they are far apart from those they love.
Let your love be present in every home, and help your church
to have eyes to see and ears to hear the needs of all who come.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

(released on 2nd March, 2024 by the Church of England)

Lenten Reflections

The Diocesan Vicariate for Faith and Mission has produced booklets of Daily Lenten Reflections which are available for viewing, downloading and printing from the Diocesan website.

Celebrate Holy Week and Easter with one another

The following services will take place in St. Patrick’s Church.

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (28th March) at 6pm;

The Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday (29th March) at 3pm

The Solemn Celebration of the Vigil of Easter on Holy Saturday (30th March) at 5.30pm

The Mass of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday (31st March) will be celebrated

at 9.30am in St. Alban’s Church by Fr. Stanley

and at 10am in St. Patrick’s Church by Fr. Patterson

Gift Aid Scheme

Are you aware that if you are a UK tax payer and make an offering to our church collection you could join the Gift Aid Scheme enabling our parishes to gain an extra 25% of your offering, at no extra cost to you. If you feel you could be a part of the Gift Aid Scheme, please email the Parish Gift Aid Organiser, John Gillum at for further details or have a word with Fr. Patterson.

Thank you to those who already Gift Aid their offerings. We have been able to claim back from HMRC £1,637.75 for St. Alban’s and £4,034.52 for St. Patrick’s for the tax year 2022/23.

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

country path

The Path to Jerusalem

A journey in prayer and liturgy

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

Healing and forgiving steps

On Thursday, 21st March in St. Patrick’s parish centre,
there will be an opportunity to take another few steps –
or for some, it may be a leap, when we are invited
to gather to reflect on God’s mercy, healing and forgiveness
which he offers to us in the hope that we will show
mercy and forgiveness to one another. There will
be an opportunity for sacramental confession for those
who may wish to celebrate it

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

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. Dates of the various steps will be announced each week. If you would like to help us with further planning of the journey, please contact Kevin Rhodes, Trisha McGinley or any of our welcomers. Alternatively email the parish office

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