Parish newsletter

10th Sunday of the Year (B)

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • 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
  • Thursday: (13th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre:  George Owens
  • Saturday: (15 June ) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (16th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church:  Kathleen Costelloe
  • Tuesday: (18th June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s parish centre: Esther McConnell

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 and,
  • all those whose memories we cherish at this time especially John Donald and George Owens

Update your Contacts’ list for our parishes

Please note that the parish email address has changed 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.

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 visiting Bishops’ Conference

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

New Lectionary for Mass

On the first Sunday of Advent, 1st December, 2024, the Lectionary, which is the book that contains the Scripture Readings for Mass and the celebration of the Sacraments, is changing as part of the continuing process of revising liturgical translations, which began with the Roman Missal in 2011. The new Lectionary will use the English Standard Version – Catholic Edition of the Bible and the Abbey Psalter for the Psalms. The changes are intended to make the biblical translations more faithful to the original languages and where appropriate, more inclusive. Each parish will need to purchase a new set of Lectionaries, which is composed of four volumes at a cost of £695.00 per set. (£173.75 per volume). Fr. Patterson is very aware and greatly appreciative of your most recent generosity, but should anyone wish to contribute towards the cost of these Lectionaries please place your donation in an envelope marked “Lectionary” and deposit it in one of the boxes at the church doors over the next couple of weeks.

Property Repairs

One of the Diocesan Property Team came to visit St. Patrick’s during the week, at Fr. Patterson’s request, to investigate water ingress into one of the attic rooms of the presbytery; to inspect water seepage in the entrance to the parish centre; to re-examine “bowing” in part of the boundary wall and to view remedial work which needs to be done to the finials on the presbytery roof. It will involve having to erect scaffolding to access the roof in an attempt to discover the cause of the water ingress and to point the finials. Costings for the work will be obtained on our behalf by the Property Department. You will, I feel sure, be pleased to learn that overall the property both At. St. Alban’s and St. Patrick’s is deemed to be in good condition.

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.

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.

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 6.30pm. 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 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

School News from Mrs Robinson

You may notice on our school website, a very happy and smiley pop-up message for our nursery. Please have a look and share with anyone you know with a three- or four-year-old interested in a school nursery place. I’d be delighted to hear from them and to arrange a school visit.

Day for Life

Next weekend there will be an opportunity, for those of you who wish, to contribute towards the “Day for Life Fund” which provides financial assistance to organisations working to support the Church’s mission to protect human life from conception to natural death. Donations may be placed in an envelope marked “Day for Life” and deposited in the collection boxes at our church doors. Those of you with boxes of envelopes should have an envelope in your box.

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


The Parish operates in accordance with Statutory Safeguarding Guidance and the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) and Diocesan policies and procedures at all times. Each of our churches has a Parish Safeguarding Representative indicated on the Safeguarding posters displayed  in each church.

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