Parish newsletter

Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (B)

The following celebrations will take place during the days ahead.

  • Saturday: (29th June) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: Kathleen Harland
  • Sunday: (30 June) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Monday: (1st July)10am Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: James Kilty
  • Tuesday: (2nd July)10am Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Ronald Johnson
  • Saturday: (6th July) 6pm Mass in St. Alban’s Church: The Parishioners Intentions
  • Sunday: (7th July) 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church: Patsy Rafferty

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,
  • James Kilty and Ronald Johnson who have died. May they rest in the peace of the Risen Lord.

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.

Peter’s Pence

This weekend there will be an opportunity, for those of you who wish, to contribute towards “Peter’s Pence” which supports Pope Francis’ apostolic and charitable ministry. Donations may be placed in an envelope marked “Peter’s Pence” and deposited in the collection boxes at our church doors. Those of you with boxes of envelopes should have an envelope in your box.

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

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray each day, ‘your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven’. Why not pray this simple and profound prayer during the days leading up to the General Election

“May God’s will be done in our nation and in God’s world.”

New Lectionary for Mass

From the first Sunday of Advent, 1st December, 2024, the translation of the Scripture Readings for Mass and the celebration of the Sacraments is changing. The new Lectionary will use the English Standard Version – Catholic Edition of the Bible and the Abbey Psalter for the Psalms.  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.

In order to benefit from a 15% discount for St. Alban’s and St. Patrick’s, Fr. Patterson has ordered and paid for a set for each parish at the cost of £1,181.50 – (£590.75 per parish). 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 few weeks

Donations received to date, from both churches, amount to £70.00. Thank you.

A Liturgy Day for Readers

This is an opportunity for those who proclaim the Scriptures at Mass to look at the background of why we are going to be using a new translation of the Scriptures at Mass. It will take place on Friday, 15th November, 2024 at St. Aloysius, Hebburn from 10.30 – 15.30. If you would like to attend, please contact the parish office at Other dates and locations may be found here Liturgy & Prayer – Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle ( (Please note the booking fee of £15 per person will be paid for by the Parish).

Please bring your leaf as time is running out

Please remember to return your “leaf” this weekend.

Extra leaves are available from St. Patrick’s and St. Alban’s.

The Diocesan Justice and Peace Refugee Project…….

…….which supports people who are seeking asylum in our area, continue to appeal for donations of sugar, biscuits, tinned fish in oil, tins of tomatoes, chick peas, white rice (not microwaveable), long life milk, sugar, tomato puree, breakfast cereals, table salt, cooking oil, shampoo, shower gel and unopened toiletries If you feel able to support this project, donations may be left on the tables at the entrance to our churches and at our school.

School News from Mrs Robinson

At this time of year, we begin preparing our school children for change as they move into new classes. New starters for Nursery and Reception class have visited, all children have spent the morning with their new teacher in their new classroom, and our Y6 children will all have been to their new secondary school for a couple of days. This week, we invite parents into the Year 2 classroom to pray with their children as they ‘Jump into the Juniors’. Children always look forward to growing up and getting older, and being in the Juniors (or Key Stage 2 as it is now called) is a big event. Please continue to pray for all of our children as they grow and experience change in their lives.

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.

Youth 2000

……….is holding an afternoon of prayer & praise, reflection and social on Sunday, 7th July from 14.00 to 16.00 at St Cuthbert’s Church, Old Elvet, Durham. Young people aged 16-35 are invited. For more information email

Holy Island Children’s Camp

Holy Island Camp has a limited number of places available on weeks 3, 5 and 7 for children in school years 5-7. A week’s  holiday costs  £150  for food, accommodation, activities and transport by coach from Tyneside. There are still some assisted and free places. The holiday is a traditional one with lots of fun, sports, craft activities and excitement. For further details please visit

Great North Run

Would you like to take part in the Great North Run for CAFOD?If so, we’d love to invite you to take on the challenge. The Great North Run happens on Sunday, 8th September and is the biggest Half Marathon in the world! If you’d like a place to run for CAFOD, please follow this link here: Great North Run or email

A new address

Bishop Stephen has recently moved house. His new address is: Bishop’s House, St Aidan’s, Coach Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 8AD

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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