Parish newsletter

The Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (1st June ) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Brian Gilmore
  • Sunday: (2nd June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church:  The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: (4th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Lena & Brian Shanks
  • Thursday: (6th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre:  Private Intention
  • Saturday: (8th June ) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Dagdag Family
  • Sunday: (9th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church:  The Parishioners Intentions
  • Tuesday: (11th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Agnes McWilliams

Mass to view on line

Mass is live streamed from the Holy Name, Jesmond. Visit their parish website to discover the times for the coming 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 and,
  • Fr. Graham Williams who has died. May he rest in peace.

Update your Contacts’ list for our parishes

Please note that as from Monday, 2nd June the parish email address will change to (an address which has already been used for some time). For a short period, the former “” address will automatically forward emails to the “” address. Please modify your contacts’ list accordingly.

Thank you

Fr. Patterson wishes to thank all those who were able to join him for a Mass of Thanksgiving last Friday in St. Patrick’s Church and afterwards in the parish centre. It was a wonderful opportunity to share our memories of the past and our hopes for the future as a vibrant community of faith in Gateshead. He is particularly grateful for your ongoing prayerful support, for your most generous gifts and for those who helped in preparing the celebration. May the Lord continue to bless us all as we journey together in his name.

Eucharistic Ministers – Renewal of commitment

Next weekend, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a day on which our Eucharistic ministers are invited to renew their commitment. This may be done at the Vigil Mass in St Alban’s Church or at the Sunday morning mass in St Patrick’s Church.

The Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord.

Ushaw will be hosting a Eucharistic Procession with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, led by Bishop Stephen  on Sunday 2nd June starting at 15.00 in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel. Weather permitting, the procession will go through Ushaw’s gardens, returning to the Chapel for Benediction. Teas and coffees will be available after the service. You do not need a ticket for this event, but please sign up at to help Ushaw to estimate numbers and car parking requirements.

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.

Bishop Stephen meets the clergy.

During the coming week Bishop Stephen is meeting with the clergy of the Diocese, at Vicariate level, to discuss his proposed vision. He meets with the priests and deacons of our Vicariate on Tuesday. Please keep us all in your prayers.

The General Election

The Bishops’ Conference have created a webpage on their website with information about the issues which they feel are important to Catholics: You can access it by clicking Bishops’ Conference

In addition, CAFOD together with the SVP have provided a guide for Catholic voters.

Diocesan Vision – A message from Bishop Stephen

Dear Sisters and Brothers, in order to grow as a synodal Church, it is important that we all have a chance to pray and discern how the Holy Spirit is inviting us to grow in mission in our parishes and communities. To facilitate this, I, together with others, offer an initial Diocesan Vision for your prayerful reflection. Our discerned Diocesan commitments are: To Walk with Jesus and Enable Others to Encounter Him; To grow as One Diocesan Family- Rebuilding Relationships; Forming and Developing People for Mission; Living Justly and Caring for Our Common Home. Each of these commitments is developed in the Vision. It is not my intention to impose this Vision. It is offered for further reflection and I invite all of our parishes and communities to prayerfully reflect on them. With assurances and prayers, + Bishop Stephen.

If you would like to engage in meeting to discern how we can respond to Bishop Stephen’s important invitation, please email the parish office at or speak to Terry or Christine Harbron, Tricia McGinley or Kevin Rhodes.

Mobile phones

If you are attending any services in St. Alban’s Church or St. Patrick’s Church you are asked to ensure that your mobile phones are “turned off” as silent mode is not always silent. Please be considerate of each other at all times. Thank you.

 Refugee Week at St Mary’s Cathedral 

An event to welcome and celebrate refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to our Diocese will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle on Tuesday 18 June at 18.30. This event will celebrate the richness of our Diocesan family by bringing together people of different nationalities who make their home here in the North East of England. We will have the opportunity to listen to people’s stories, celebrate their talents and recognise that we are better off when we welcome the strangers and make them our friends. We will hear what the Diocese has to offer and also see the gifts and talents of our new neighbours. Everyone is welcome to join in this celebration organised by the Vicariate for Caritas.

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 Stephen 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

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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