Parish newsletter

6th Sunday of Easter

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (4th May) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Susan Gilmore
  • Sunday: (5th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: (7th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Brian Grace Snr and Brian Grace Jnr
  • Wednesday: (8th May) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Parishioners Intentions
  • Thursday: (9th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Jim & Cecile McWilliams
  • Saturday: (11th May) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (12th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Paul Hughes
  • Tuesday: (14th May) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: William and Elizabeth Pearson

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 Susan Gilmore and Paul Hughes.

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.

The Feast of the Ascension
Thursday, 9th May is the Feast of the Ascension. It is a Holyday on which we are all encouraged to come together to celebrate this great Feast of the Church. A Vigil Mass will be celebrated in St. Alban’s Church on Wednesday (8th May) at 6pm and Mass on Thursday morning will be in St. Patrick’s Church at 10am.

Sung Evening Prayer at Ushaw
This Sunday, 5th May at 16.00, you are invited to sung Evening Prayer of the Church in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel at Ushaw. Please note that this is not a concert performance, but an opportunity to pray together the Evening Prayer of the Church for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. As the format of this service may be new to some people, we will also be offering some reflections on praying Vespers as a group. All are welcome to join us for the service. No ticket is required.

Help with tea and coffee
We would value some more help with making teas and coffees after Sunday Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre. Please let whoever is making the refreshments this weekend know if you would like to help and be added to the next rota. Alternatively drop a line to the parish office

Please bring your leaf
If you attended Mass last weekend in St. Patrick’s please remember to return your “leaf” this weekend. Extra leaves will be available from St. Patrick’s this weekend.

Scottish Currency
Currently, we are unable to bank Scottish bank notes, so please avoid placing them in your offerings. Many thanks.

Thank you for your generosity
Fr. Patterson wishes to express his gratitude to the family of the late Jim Farrell for inviting donations towards the upkeep of St. Patrick’s Church on the occasion of his Funeral Mass last week. A most generous £167.70 was given in donations and most gratefully received. Thank you.

Fr. Patterson is also most grateful for two recent donations to St. Patrick’s parish funds of £100.00 and £40.00. Thank you so much.

School News from Mrs Robinson
Our Year 5 class have enjoyed a wonderful retreat to Holy Island, ‘walking on holy ground’. We were blessed with good weather for all our activities – the boat trip from Seahouses, walking across the causeway, visiting the castle and the priory, finding St Cuthbert’s beads, as well as playing and praying together. Huge thanks to the volunteers at the SVP Camp for keeping us safe and looking after us so well.

Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to come into school to pray the Rosary with the children. It is much appreciated.

Please spread the word to all families with young children that we have a few places left in our lovely nursery for children who are 3 or 4 years old. Arrange a visit by contacting the school office on 0191 469 3251 and find out why we are the best school in Pelaw!

Significance Festival Weekend
All are welcome to the Emmaus Village for the Significance Festival on Saturday 29th June from 10.00am. The day will offer a fayre of stalls and activities, sessions for children and young people, guest speakers and live music. Mass celebrated by Bishop Stepen Wright will take place at 3.15pm, followed by a Barbecue and Ceilidh in the evening. Entry is free with charges for accommodation and camping (self-catered) on Friday and Saturday nights. BBQ tickets will cost £10. All proceeds and any donations will support Significance, the charity founded by Fr Dermott Donnelly. Please support this vital work. To book email Nicole at or Tel. 01207 592244.

A Pastoral Review on Gender
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have approved a document entitled “Intrinsically Woven by the Lord,” which is a Pastoral Review of Gender providing a pastoral reflection and guidance on the issues of gender and identity. It is a pastoral document to help us all accompany those who may question or struggle with their identity as male or female. We pray we will always be welcoming to all people and share the love of the Lord with everyone.

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.

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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