Sunday 25 August 2019

Weekday Masses

For the next few weeks while the evenings are bright, Mass is celebrated on Thursdays at 6.30pm. Starting on 7 September Mass on Saturdays will resume at 9.30am.

Holy Name 90th – Day of Reflection

You are very welcome to take part in the spiritual Day of Reflection at Holy Name on Saturday 7 September. It will be led by Fr Eamon Mulcahy, a native of Manchester who spent many years lecturing in theology and Sacred Scripture in Africa. The day will be Scripture based and will include a reflection on Pope Francis’ vision for a parish. If you wish to take part – there is no charge but do take a packed lunch – please put your name on the list at the back of church. All are welcome.

Holy Name Book Club

You will be very welcome to the next meeting on 25 September to discuss Middlemarch by George Eliot. Virginia Woolf called it ‘one of the few English books written for grown-up people’. Anti-romantic, yet intensely passionate, it is one of the greatest novels of all, says AS Byatt. October’s novel will be The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker; and for November it will be Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.

LGBT+

From Isabel: Do you identify as LGBT+ or are you questioning your sexual or gender identity?  Would you like to join a support group run by and for LGBT+ Catholics in the North East?  We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at St Dominic’s Catholic Church for a varied programme (for example: Mass, prayer, Bible study, discussion, social time …).  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 17 September.  For more details, telephone me on 07858 934457 or email proud.catholics@yahoo.com.

Holy Name 90th – Wine Tasting

Tickets, £10 each, are sale today for the next tasting on Friday 6 September at 7pm in the hall. It will feature wines, chosen by Fr Campion, available from local stockists, that are suitable for late summer and autumn drinking and represent good value for money. The tasting and supporting raffle will be in aid of the St Anthony’s Youth Education Service which the parish is supporting in our 90th anniversary year. Known locally as “The Bostey”, it is a well-run charity supporting children, young people and their families in the areas surrounding the parish of St Anthony’s in Walker. So far parishioners have contributed nearly £10,000 in the past year.

Holy Name 90th – Parish Baptism Party

Parents who have had children baptised at Holy Name in the past three years are invited with all their children to a Party on Saturday 28 September.  Following a short Service in the church at 1pm for the blessing of the children and their parents, the Party will begin in the hall with refreshments, compliments of the parish, and some fun activities as well. If you are willing to help with the Party, please contact Fr Campion or Barbara Cooper at the office.

French Language Class

This will run on Mondays 16, 23, 30 September and 14, 21 October from 6.30 to 7.30pm here at the Holy Name, price £30. All proceeds will be shared between Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sightsavers, Smile Train and Action for Children who Stammer. The atmosphere will be informal but challenging, with the focus on useful everyday language. All are welcome. If interested, please sign the list at the back of Church.

Emergency Response

This past year Dr Shirley Mansfield has been working on the Greek island of Chios with the Chios Eastern Shore Response Team (CESRT). This organisation is caring for refugees who have undertaken perilous journeys across the Aegean Sea to Greece in search of a safer and better life. Shirley will give an illustrated fundraising talk about this work on 19 September in the hall at 7pm.

Please remember to take tins of meat or fish in oil to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Certificate in Religious Studies

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies is managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The programme seeks to ensure that participants have a basic understanding of the central beliefs of the Catholic faith. It is available for catechists, lay leaders and other adults wishing to deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith. The course programme for 2019-2020 is now available and there is a short presentation shown at www.edurcdhn.org.uk/courses/courses_ccrs.php. For further information, contact Eamonn Diffley at the Diocesan Department for Education on (0191) 243 3313 or email education@diocesehn.org.uk.

Gift Aid Donors – Change of Circumstances

If you have moved house, please let us know your new address so that our records are correct when we claim tax relief on your donations. If your circumstances change and you are unable to Gift Aid, please let us know straight away – you may contact Barbara in the Parish Office if you have any queries.  Letters to Gift Aid donors from the Diocesan Finance Department for the 2018/2019 tax year are awaiting collection at the back of church.

John Ingram, Priest and Martyr

Blessed John Ingram was an English Jesuit priest and martyr who was executed in Gateshead on 26 July 1594, aged 29 years, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Fr Paul Zielinski’ biography of Ingram is on sale in the Piety Shop, price £5.99.

Piazza

Due to a delay in procuring the stone and the recent heavy rains the remodelled church entrance will not be completed until mid-September.

Definition of a Gentleman ~ A man who knows how to play the bagpipes – but doesn’t. Definition of a Bagpipe ~ an ill wind that nobody blows any good.

Holy Name Poetry Club

The next meeting is on 17 September with the theme of Water.  All are welcome

New to Holy Name?

From Fr Campion: If you have recently starting joining us for Mass at Holy Name, welcome! We hope your time with us will be enjoyable and fulfilling. If you’ve not done so already, please complete a Registration Form available from the leaflet rack at the back of church (underneath the Pope Francis photograph) and place it in the blue box provided.

Dance Classes

From Sue Smith: Have you always wanted to learn to dance? Well, now’s your chance! A beginners Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dance class resumes in the hall on Monday 9 September from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.  It costs £5 per person and is payable at the class. Couples and singles are welcome but everyone must be prepared to dance with a partner. Dancing shoes or those with a smooth sole (and low heel for ladies) are most suitable but not essential at this stage. Further details are available from me at suesmith2@talk21.com

Sunday 18 August 2019

Happy Birthday

Congratulations to Sheila Manley who is celebrating her 90th birthday tomorrow.  Ad Multos Annos!

The Holy Name Travel Club

In previous years we have travelled to Krakow (Poland) and Lake Iseo (Italy) while this year we are heading for Aix-en-Provence in October. Next year there is a planned trip to Montreuil-sur-Mer (France) from 21 to 24 April and places are still available.

Pilgrimages

Would you be interested in taking part in a pilgrimage to the island of Iona next year? And to the Holy Land of Christ’s birth? If interested in either, please contact Fr Campion.

Weekday Mass

From Fr Campion: For the next few weeks while the evenings are bright, Mass will be celebrated on Thursdays at 6.30pm. Starting in September Mass will resume on Saturdays at 9.30am.

Sunday Refreshments

If you are willing to help with setting up the six tables in the hall for the refreshments on Sunday mornings, please contact Fr Campion or Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office.

 Confirmation Course

A Course for young people (Year 9 and above) in our Partnership (Heaton, Benton, Forest Hall, Walker, Byker and Jesmond) will begin in the autumn. Young people interested in taking part are invited to contact Fr Campion as soon as possible.

If you become aware of a person no longer going to Mass at Holy Name because of disability or illness, please let Fr Campion know.

Holy Name 90th – Celebrations

6 September        Wine Tasting for The Bostey

7 September        Day of Reflection

28 September      Parish Baptism Party

29 September      Holy Mass, 10am, with

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

2 October             Lecture: English Literature and Catholicism: The Poetry of Devotion by Professor Stephen Regan, 7pm

19 October          Jazz Night

2/3 November    Anniversary Exhibition

3 November       Fauré Requiem Mass, 7pm

 Holy Name 90th – Wine Tasting

Tickets, £10 each, are sale today for the next event on Friday 6 September at 7pm in the hall. It will feature wines chosen by Fr Campion that are suitable for late summer and autumn drinking. The tasting will be in aid of the St Anthony’s Youth Education Service which the parish is supporting in our 90th anniversary year. Known locally as “The Bostey”, it is a well-run charity supporting children, young people and their families in the areas surrounding the parish of St Anthony’s in Walker

Holy Name 90th – Parish Baptism Party

Parents who have had children baptised at Holy Name in the past three years are invited with all their children to a Party on Saturday 28 September.  Following a short Service in the church at 1pm for the blessing of the children and their parents, the Party will begin in the hall with refreshments, compliments of the parish, and some fun activities as well. If you are willing to help with the Party, please contact Fr Campion or Barbara Cooper at the office.

 Gift Aid Letters

Thank you to everyone who Gift Aided their offertory donations to Holy Name last year. The reclaimed tax amounted to over £16,500 additional income for the parish (at no extra cost to the donors). If you have donated £50 or more to Holy Name in the 2018/2019 tax year, please collect the letter from the Diocese for you at the back of church. They are (were!) in alphabetical order.

French Language Class

This will run on Mondays 16, 23, 30 September and 14, 21 October from 6.30 to 7.30pm here at the Holy Name, price £30. All proceeds will be shared between Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sightsavers, Smile Train and Action for Children who Stammer. The atmosphere will be informal but challenging, with the focus on useful everyday language. All are welcome. If interested, please sign the list at the back of Church.

 Holy Name 90th – Day of Reflection

So far 34 people have signed up for the spiritual Day of Reflection at Holy Name on Saturday 7 September. If you wish to take part – there is no charge but do take a packed lunch – please put your name on the list at the back of church. All are welcome.

The Holy Name Film Club

From Martin Wheeler: For our next screening on Friday 20 September and in tribute to the great icon of British popular culture Barbara Windsor, Film Club will be showing Carry On Spying, directed in 1964 by Gerald Thomas and starring Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor, Charles Hawtrey and Bernard Cribbins. An incompetent agent of the British Secret Service and his three trainees is sent on a mission to Vienna to recover a top secret chemical formula stolen by STENCH (Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans). A satire on the British establishment and popular spy films like The Third Man and James Bond, the film received critical acclaim on its release and is one of the best of the series, fast-paced, full of laugh out loud set pieces and comic performances and featuring a fresh-faced Carry On team at the height of their powers.

The Last Word

When you grow old or disabled, your physical world shrinks fast. Things edge away beyond touch and reach. I was deeply moved recently by a Victoria Crowe painting of an extremely old lady in her customary seat in the kitchen, encircled by a tight clutter of all that she was, literally, left in touch with: her kettle, teabag, mug, toaster, book. ~ Mealnie Reid in THE TIMES, 10 August 2019 (Melanie is a tetraplegic after breaking her neck and back in a riding accident in 2010).

Sunday 11 August 2019

Sunday Refreshments

We need help with setting up and later dismantling six tables in the hall for the refreshments on Sunday mornings. Helpers are in place to serve the refreshments. If you are willing to help, please contact Fr Campion or the Parish Office.

Holy Name 90th – Wine Tasting

The tasting on Friday 6 September will feature wines suitable for late summer and autumn drinking chosen by Fr Campion. The event will be in aid of the St Anthony’s Youth Education Service which we are supporting in our 90th anniversary year. Known locally as “The Bostey”, it is a small charity supporting children, young people and their families in Walker and the areas surrounding the Catholic parish of St Anthony’s. Tickets, £10 each, will be on sale next Sunday. All are welcome.

Holy Name 90th – Parish Baptism Party

Parents who have had children baptised at Holy Name in the past three years are invited with all their children to a Party on Saturday 28 September.  Following a short Service in the church at 1pm for the blessing of the children and their parents, the Party will begin in the hall with refreshments, compliments of the parish, and some fun activities as well. If you are willing to help with the Party, please contact Fr Campion or Barbara Cooper at the office.

French Language Class

This will run on Mondays 16, 23, 30 September and 14, 21 October from 6.30 to 7.30pm here at the Holy Name, price £30. All proceeds will be shared between Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sightsavers, Smile Train and Action for Children who Stammer. The atmosphere will be informal but challenging, with the focus on useful everyday language. All are welcome. If interested, please sign the list at the back of Church.

Holy Name 90th – Celebrations

6 September        Wine Tasting for The Bostey
7 September        Day of Reflection
28 September      Parish Baptism Party
29 September      Holy Mass, 10am, with Bishop Robert Byrne CO
2 October             Lecture: English Literature and Catholicism: The Poetry of Devotion by                                     Professor Stephen Regan, 7pm
19 October          Jazz Night
2/3 November    Anniversary Exhibition
3 November       Fauré Requiem Mass, 7pm

Holy Name 90th – Day of Reflection

A spiritual Day of Reflection will take place at Holy Name on Saturday 7 September. It will be led by Fr Eamon Mulcahy, a native of Manchester who spent many years lecturing in theology and Scripture in Africa. The day will be Scripture based and will include a reflection on Pope Francis’ vision of a ‘modern’ parish. If you wish to take part – there is no charge but do take a packed lunch – please put your name on the list at the back of church.

Dance Classes

From Sue Smith: Have you always wanted to learn to dance? Well, now’s your chance! A beginners Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dance class resumes in the hall on Monday 9 September from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.  It costs £5 per person and is payable at the class. Couples and singles are welcome but everyone must be prepared to dance with a partner. Dancing shoes or those with a smooth sole (and low heel for ladies) are most suitable but not essential at this stage. Further details are available from me at suesmith2@talk21.com

 Gift Aid Letters

Thank you to everyone who Gift Aided their offertory donations to Holy Name last year. The reclaimed tax amounted to over £16,500 additional income for the parish (at no extra cost to the donors). If you have donated £50 or more to Holy Name in the 2018/2019 tax year, please collect a letter from the Diocese for you at the back of church.

From the people and of the people …

Thank you for the times when, with great emotion, you embraced sinners, healed wounds, warmed hearts and showed the tenderness and compassion of the Good Samaritan. Nothing is more necessary than this: accessibility, closeness, readiness to draw near to the flesh of our suffering brothers and sisters … the pastor who never forgets that he has come from them and that by serving them he will find and express his most pure and complete identity. ~ from Pope Francis’ Letter to Catholic priests worldwide, 4 August 2019

Holyday

Thursday is the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. A Vigil Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 7pm, and Mass on Thursday will be at 10am.

 Weekday Masses

From Fr Campion: Twenty people have completed the short questionnaire so far. There is no clear consensus but would the following meet any of your needs – Tuesday, 9.30am; Wednesday, 9.30am or 10am; Thursday, 6.30/7pm; Friday, 10am; Saturday, 10am? Please let me know.

Confirmation Course

A Course for young people (Year 9 and above) in our Partnership (Heaton, Benton, Forest Hall, Walker, Byker and Jesmond) will begin in the autumn. Young people interested in taking part are invited to contact Fr Campion as soon as possible.

Emergency Response

This year Dr Shirley Mansfield has been working on the Greek island of Chios with the Chios Eastern Shore Response Team (CESRT), caring for refugees who have undertaken perilous journeys across the Aegean Sea to Greece for a better life. She will give an illustrated fundraising talk about this work on 19 September in the hall at 7pm. Donation boxes will be available.

Heartiest congratulations to Maria and Morris MacKenzie who are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary with Mass this Sunday evening.

Sunday 4 August 2019

Holy Name 90th – Celebrations

7 September       Day of Reflection
14 September      Parish Baptism Party
29 September      Holy Mass, 10am, with Bishop Robert Byrne CO
2 October             Lecture: English Literature and Catholicism: The Poetry of Devotion by                                     Professor Stephen Regan, 7pm
19 October          Jazz Night
2/3 November    Anniversary Exhibition
3 November       Fauré Requiem Mass, 7pm

Holy Name 90th – Day of Reflection

A spiritual Day of Reflection will take place at Holy Name on Saturday 7 September. It will be led by Fr Eamon Mulcahy, a native of Manchester who spent many years lecturing in theology and Scripture in Africa. The day will be Scripture based and will include a reflection on Pope Francis’ vision of a ‘modern’ parish. If you wish to take part – there is no charge but do take a packed lunch – please put your name on the list at the back of church.

Holy Name 90th – Poetry Lecture

Looking at poems by Francis Thompson, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Seamus Heaney, Professor Stephen Regan from Durham University will speak on English Literature and Catholicism: The Poetry of Devotion on 2 October at 7pm in the Hall.

 Church Cleaning

More helpers are needed – men as well as women. There are two cleaning teams of three, meeting alternate Mondays and Wednesdays for an hour. Please contact Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office if you are willing to help.

Thank you for taking tins of meat or tuna in oil to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Holy Name 90th – Parish Baptism Party

Parents who have had children baptised at Holy Name in the past three years are invited with all their children to a Party on Saturday 14 September.  Following a short Service in the church at 1pm for the blessing of the children and their parents, the Party will begin in the hall with refreshments, compliments of the parish, and some fun activities as well. If you are willing to help with this event, please contact Fr Campion or Barbara Cooper at the parish office.

 French Language Class

This will run on Mondays 16, 23, 30 September and 14, 21 October from 6.30 to 7.30pm here at the Holy Name, price £30. All proceeds will be shared between Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sightsavers, Smile Train and Action for Children who Stammer. The atmosphere will be informal but challenging, with the focus on useful everyday language. All are welcome. If interested, please sign the list at the back of Church.

Eucharistic Ministers

More people are needed to assist with distributing Holy Communion at Sunday evening Mass. If you are willing to help, please contact Fr Campion.

 Proud Catholics 

From Isabel: ‘Proud Catholics’ is a support group run by and for LGBT+ Catholics in the North East.  We usually meet on the third Tuesday of the month at St Dominic’s Church, New Bridge Street, Newcastle for a varied programme (for example: Mass, prayer, Bible study, discussion, social time…).  Our August meeting will be a special event!  We will make a group trip to the monthly Mass with special welcome for LGBT+ people organised by the Middlesbrough Diocese.  This will take place next Sunday, 11 August, at 3pm at the Bar Convent Chapel, 17 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ.  We will meet outside the Convent between 2.30 and 2.45pm so that we can go in together.  People should make their own travel arrangements.  There will be NO meeting on Tuesday 20th August.  For more details, telephone me, Isabel, on 07858 934457 or email proud.catholics@yahoo.com.

Dance Classes

From Sue Smith: Have you always wanted to learn to dance? Well, now’s your chance! A beginners Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dance class resumes in the hall on Monday 9 September from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.  It costs £5 per person and is payable at the class. Couples and singles are welcome but everyone must be prepared to dance with a partner. Dancing shoes or those with a smooth sole (and low heel for ladies) are most suitable but not essential at this stage. Any questions or further details are available from me at suesmith2@talk21.com

Holy Name Book Club

You will be very welcome to our next meeting on 25 September to discuss Middlemarch by George Eliot. It’s quite a long read! October’s novel will be The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker; and for November it will be Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.

Nature Notes

Young swifts are coming out of their nests under the roof tiles. They have been feeding for six weeks on rich food balls made of flying insects that their parents brought them, and they can fly straight away. They generally leave the nest early in the morning, and when the parents arrive with fresh food they find that their two or three offspring have gone. These bereft parents are sometimes seen looking around the nest bewildered. Indeed, they may never see their young again, or even recognise them if they do. Most of these juveniles fly around for a bit, then find their way to Africa. The adults leave a few days after them, building up their strength before they go. Just before they leave they are often seen flying around in a screaming mob. The skies over towns and cities that have been so busy, especially on summer evenings, will soon seem eerily empty. ~ Derwent May

 The Last Word

All of man’s unhappiness comes from his inability to stay peacefully alone in his room. – Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and theologian.

Sunday 28 July 2019

Holy Name 90th – Piazza Works

Work to renew the entire hardstanding area and access ramp at the main church entrance starts tomorrow. It is expected to be completed by 6 September. During this time the entrance to the church will be via the side-door on North Jesmond Avenue where a temporary access ramp will be in place. Please note also that the small car park in the west yard will be closed. Thank you for the donations making this work possible.

Holy Name 90th – Justice and Peace

From John Waddell: The prison service, we hear, is in crisis. On Wednesday at 7pm in the hall the Diocesan Prison Chaplain, Fr Paul Douthwaite, will give a talk – Prison Ministry Today – on the evolving restorative role of the Prison Chaplain and the opportunities this presents to the wider faith community.

French Language Class

This will run from 6.30 to 7.30pm on Mondays 16, 23, 30 September and 14 and 21 October here at the Holy Name, priced £30. All proceeds will be shared between Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sightsavers, Smile Train and Action for Children who Stammer. The atmosphere will be informal but challenging, with the focus on useful everyday language. All are welcome. If interested, please sign the list at the back of Church.

First Holy Communion

From Cathy Corcoran, First Communion Catechist: On Sunday 7 July 13 young people received their First Holy Communion. This year the parents prepared their own children for this day with the help of catechists. We had a real team effort and I thank everyone involved: parents, children, catechists, choir, cake makers, wine organisers, coffee/tea servers, Fr Campion, altar servers and you, the parish, for your support and prayers.

Red Mission Boxes

Thank you to everyone who has taken their collection boxes to church. The coins collected support the work of the APF – Mill Hill Missionaries. The money will be banked and the boxes returned to you.  If you wish to hand in your box at a different time or have any queries, contact Paul Lee on (0191) 281 6833.

Confirmation Course

A Course for young people (Year 9 and above) in our Partnership (Heaton, Benton, Forest Hall, Walker, Byker and Jesmond) will begin in the autumn. Young people interested in taking part are invited to contact Fr Campion as soon as possible.

Church Cleaning

One person has offered to help so far – more are needed! There are two cleaning teams of three, meeting alternate Mondays or Wednesdays for an hour. However, the church is a very big area to keep clean and more people are needed – men as well as women. Please contact Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office if you will help.

Mary Shirt RIP

Donations in memory of Mary amounted to £400. This will be divided between ’The Bostey’ at St Anthony’s, Walker and the Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund.

Empowering Refugees

Vin Totton from Action Foundation sends his warm regards and thanks for the interest shown in the Hosting scheme supporting destitute and homeless people seeking asylum. Any further interest can be made initially with him at vintotton@actionfoundation.org.uk

Holy Name 90th – Day of Reflection

Fr Eamon Mulcahy, who spent many years lecturing in theology and Scripture in Africa, will lead a spiritual Day of Reflection in the parish on Saturday 7 September. If you wish to take part – there is no charge but take a packed lunch – please put your name on the list at the back of church.

Food Donations

Please remember to take tins of meat or tuna in oil to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Holy Name Book Club

Would you like to join our Book Club? We meet monthly (except August) on a Wednesday at 7pm in the hall. You will be very welcome to take part. For the next meeting on 25 September the group will discuss Middlemarch by George Eliot. October’s read will be The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker; and for November it will be Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.

Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven. ~ Pope Francis

Eucharistic Ministers

More people are needed to assist with distributing Holy Communion at Sunday Mass. If you are willing to help, please contact Fr Campion.

Happy Birthday

Heartiest congratulations to Anne Plimley who celebrated her 90th birthday on Wednesday. Ad Multos Annos!

Nature Notes

A few last blackbirds are singing their flutey song on TV aerials and roofs, but by the time another week has past they will almost all be silent, and summer evenings in gardens will not be the same as they were. There may be occasional outbursts from an individual in a park on a warm autumn evening, but the vast majority of blackbirds will not be heard singing again until February. Some song thrushes will go on singing a little way into August. After that a few may start singing their regular, ebullient spring song before Christmas. However, robins, which have now been silent for a month or more, will shortly take up their winter territories, and then we shall have song from them continuously again right through the autumn and winter, soft and subdued at first, but progressively stronger and sweeter. The noisiest singing birds for the next two or three months will be the woodpigeons, with their raucous, though strictly formalised, song phrases. ~ Derwent May

Sunday 21 July 2019

French Language Class

This will run from 6.30 to 7.30pm on Mondays 16, 23, 30 September and 14 and 21 October here at the Holy Name, priced £30. All proceeds will be shared between Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sightsavers, Smile Train and Action for Children who Stammer. The atmosphere will be informal but challenging, with the focus on useful everyday language. All are welcome. If interested, please sign the list at the back of Church.

First Holy Communion

From a parishioner: Thank you to all for their part in the lovely celebration of First Communion on Sunday 7 July. The children all coped well and we thought that the reception afterwards was perfect.  We are grateful to the catechists who prepared the children so well and to all those who worked so hard, often unseen, to provide the reception and make the day such a celebration for the 13 children and their families. We felt privileged to be a part of our grandchildren’s, and others, lovely day. [and so say all of us!]

 Confirmation Course

A Course for young people (Year 9 and above) in our Partnership (Heaton, Benton, Forest Hall, Walker, Byker and Jesmond) will begin in the autumn. Young people interested in taking part are invited to contact Fr Campion as soon as possible.

Baptisms

We welcome into the family of the Church babies Camilla Isabel Rose McMullan and Emily Charlotte Davies who are being baptised today.

Holy Name 90th – Baptism Party

On Saturday 14 September we are inviting families of children baptised in recent years to a Party in celebration of our 90th anniversary. Following a short Service at 1pm in the church for the blessing of the children and their parents, the party will begin in the hall with refreshments, compliments of the parish, and some fun as well. If you are willing to help with organising this important event, please contact Fr Campion or email the parish office.

 Holy Name 90th – Justice and Peace

From John Waddell: The prison service, we hear, is in crisis. On Wednesday 31 July at 7pm in the hall the Diocesan Prison Chaplain, Fr Paul Douthwaite, will give a talk – Prison Ministry Today – on the evolving restorative role of the Prison Chaplain and the opportunities this presents to the wider faith community.

 Red Mission Boxes

If you have a collection box for coins to support the work of the APF – Mill Hill Missionaries, please take it to church next Sunday, 28 July. Then the money you have kindly given will be banked and the boxes returned to you.  Please check that your name is on the label attached to the base of your box.  If you wish to hand in your box at a different time or have any queries, contact Paul Lee on (0191) 281 6833.

Holiday Club

From Joe Kirwan: This summer St Mary’s Cathedral shall host a Holiday Club with games, activities, trips and most importantly food. All free of charge! This is to help tackle the issue of holiday hunger that so many families face as they struggle to provide the basics through the long summer holidays. We are urgently looking for volunteers who are already cleared to work with children in the Diocese to help deliver this exciting project. The club shall operate every Thursday from 25 July to 29 August. If you are free on any of those dates and would like to help out then please either call on 07904881430 or email me at joe.kirwin@themercyproject.org.uk

 Holy Name 90th – Piazza Works

Work to renew the entire hardstanding area and access ramp at the main church entrance will commence on 29 July and is expected to be completed by 6 September. Entrance to the church during this time will be via the side-door on North Jesmond Avenue. The small car park in the west yard will be closed.

Church Cleaning

We have two cleaning teams of three, meeting alternate Mondays or Wednesdays for an hour. On the past six occasions there has been only one member of the Monday team available while the Wednesday team was down one member for two months. The church is a very big area to keep clean and more people are needed – men as well as women. Please contact Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office if you will help.

Eucharistic Ministers

More people are needed to assist with distributing Holy Communion at Sunday Mass. If you are willing to help, please contact Fr Campion.

 Counting

We wish to move the counting of the offertory collections to a Monday morning when the Parish Secretary will be on hand to answer queries and support the teams. If you are willing to join a Rota (involving you every four or five weeks), please let Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office know.

 Holy Name Book Club

For the next meeting on 25 September the group will discuss Middlemarch by George Eliot. October’s read will be The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker; and for November it will be Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.

 Holy Name 90th – Day of Reflection

Fr Eamon Mulcahy, a native of Manchester and a Holy Ghost Father, who spent many years lecturing in theology and Scripture in Africa, will lead a spiritual Day of Reflection in the parish on Saturday 7 September. If you wish to take part – there is no charge but take a packed lunch – please put your name on the list at the back of church.

 We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, “Oh, nothing!” Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts— not to hurt others. ~ George Eliot, ‘Middlemarch’, 1874

Sunday 14 July 2019

Parish Council

The Council meets today at 11.30am. The members are – Catherine Hearne (Chair), Clare Roberts (Vice-Chair), Aaron Gamboa, Madeleine Hardy (Safeguarding), Michael Howard (Finance), Dominic Manfredi, Tony McPhillips, Julie Mohan, Avril O’Reilly, Tessa Burton-Roberts, Roy Stanley, Nicholas Stonor, John Waddell and Fr Campion.

Church Cleaning

There are two cleaning teams of three, meeting alternate Mondays or Wednesdays for an hour. On the past six occasions there has been only one member of the Monday team available while the Wednesday team was down one member for two months. The church is a very big area to keep clean and more people are needed – men as well as women. Please contact Fr Campion or Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office if you are willing to help.

Eucharistic Ministers

We need more members of the congregation at Holy Name to assist with distributing Holy Communion at Sunday Mass. If you are willing to help, please contact Fr Campion.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations and our best wishes go to Vivienne Barrow and William Branton who married at Holy Name yesterday.

Bishop’s Visit

Bishop Robert Byrne will celebrate Mass for all the people of our Partnership parishes in St Aidan’s Church, Coach Lane, Benton on Thursday at 7.00pm. All are welcome. Earlier he will visit the clergy – Frs. Hall, Rooke, Smith, Mariadass and Campion – in their respective parishes.

Confirmation Course

A Course for young people (Year 9 and above) in our Partnership (Heaton, Benton, Forest Hall, Walker, Byker and Jesmond) will begin in the autumn. Young people interested in taking part are invited to contact Fr Campion as soon as possible.

 Red Mission Boxes

If you have a collection box for coins to support the work of the APF – Mill Hill Missionaries, please take it to church on Sunday 28 July. Then the money you have kindly given will be banked and the boxes returned to you.  Please check that your name is on the label attached to the base of your box.  If you wish to hand in your box at a different time or have any queries, contact Paul Lee on (0191) 281 6833.

Sea Sunday

Today’s retiring collection is in aid of the Apostleship of the Sea, Stella Maris, the official maritime welfare and mission agency of the Catholic Church in Great Britain. The charity supports more than one million seafarers arriving in our ports each year. This is a vitally important mission to a hidden group of people, many of whom are Catholic.

Mary Shirt RIP

The Requiem Mass for long-standing parishioner Mary will take place on Thursday at 11am. Please keep her family in your prayers.

Holy Name 90th – Pantomimes

If you have been involved in any way with the parish pantomimes over the years then please come to a Celebration in the hall next Sunday at 7pm. There will be a shared table and some drinks will be provided. And please take along any photographs and recordings you may have.

 Holy Name Poetry Club

From Judith Dryhurst: The final meeting of the Group before the summer break is on Wednesday at 7pm when the theme will be Elegy. Do come and enjoy the beauty and variety of the English language with our friendly and lively group.

Holy Name 90th – Justice and Peace

From John Waddell: The prison service, we hear, is in crisis. On Wednesday 31 July at 7pm in the hall the Diocesan Prison Chaplain, Fr Paul Douthwaite, will give a talk – Prison Ministry Today – on the evolving restorative role of the Prison Chaplain and the opportunities this presents to the wider faith community.

 Counting

We wish to move the counting of the offertory collections to a Monday morning when the Parish Secretary will be on hand to answer queries and support the teams. If you are willing to join a Rota (involving you every four or five weeks), please let Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office know.

Holy Name 90th – Piazza Works

Work to renew the entire hardstanding area and access ramp at the main church entrance will commence on 29 July and is expected to be completed by 6 September. Entrance to the church during this time will be via the side-door on North Jesmond Avenue. The small car park in the west yard will be closed.

Parish Finances

Thank you to Bernard Kent who has completed the Annual Parish Return (2018-19 Accounts) for the Diocese. We are most grateful.

New Microphones

Two new lectern microphones have been installed in church. Has this improved the sound quality for you? If not, please let us know.

Holy Name 90th – Day of Reflection

Fr Eamon Mulcahy, a native of Manchester and a Holy Ghost Father, who spent many years lecturing in theology and Scripture in Africa, will lead a spiritual Day of Reflection in the parish on Saturday 7 September. Please try to take part – there is no charge and all are welcome.

Theology Reading Group

Over 30 people have signed up to join the group which will hold its first meeting in September. Membership is now closed.

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. ~ Max Planck, German physicist

Sunday 7 July 2019

New Members

Welcome to the following children making their First Holy Communion today and also to their families – Emma Bates, Cameron Cope, Robbie Cope, Ellie Miller, Robbie Miller, Ines Mallo-Tardiveau, Emilia Siemens, Ben Proudlock, Grace Young, Nathaniel Gallagher, Zachary Gallagher, Elizabeth Voysey and Oliver Voysey.

Parish Catechists

Thank you to Cathy Corcoran, Judith Dryhurst and Sheila Jackson who led this year’s Preparation Programme for the First Communion children.

Holy Name 90th – Piazza Works

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has given approval for the Holy Name Church to enter into a formal contract with RHD Construction Ltd in the sum of £64,776.81 for the renewal of the entire hardstanding area and access ramp at the main church entrance. Work will commence on 28 July and be completed by 12 September.

Memorial Lecture

Catherine Pepinster, former editor of The Tablet, will deliver the sixth Cardinal Hume Memorial Lecture in St Mary’s Cathedral, Clayton Street West (opposite Central Station) on Thursday at 7.00pm.  She will speak on ‘A Migrant, Pilgrimage People – how the Catholic revival shaped the Church today.’ All are welcome.

Can You Sew?

We need someone to make a few small altar cloths for the church. We have the material and should be grateful for anyone with a sewing machine willing to make them. Contact Fr Campion for details.

Parish Council

The Council meets next Sunday at 11.30am. The members are – Catherine Hearne (Chair), Clare Roberts (Vice-Chair), Aaron Gamboa, Madeleine Hardy (Safeguarding), Michael Howard (Finance), Dominic Manfredi, Tony McPhillips, Julie Mohan, Avril O’Reilly, Tessa Burton-Roberts, Roy Stanley, Nicholas Stonor, John Waddell and Fr Campion.

Mary Shirt RIP

We offer our condolences to the family of Mary whose Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday 18 July at 11am. Requiescat in pace.

Bishop’s Visit

Bishop Robert Byrne will visit the clergy of our Partnership in their respective parishes on Thursday 18 July. Later he will celebrate Mass for all the people of our Partnership parishes at St Aidan’s Church, Coach Lane, Benton at 7.00 pm. All are welcome.

Holy Name Poetry Club

From Judith Dryhurst: The final meeting of the Group before the summer break is on Wednesday 17 July at 7pm when the theme will be Elegy. Do come and enjoy the beauty and variety of the English language with our friendly and lively group.

Confirmation Course

From Pat Henzell and Sarah Bell: A Course for young people (Year 9 and above) in our Partnership (Heaton, Benton, Forest Hall, Walker, Byker, Shieldfield and Jesmond) will begin in the autumn. Any young people interested in being confirmed are invited to the Youth Group BBQ at St Teresa’s, Heaton, at 5.30pm today. Please contact Pat Henzell at chris.henzell@gmail.com to confirm for catering purposes. If unable to take part today, then look out for other notices in the newsletter as we will be collecting names of those who are interested in being confirmed over the next couple of months.

Food Donations

Thank you to everyone taking tins of tuna in oil or meat to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Holy Name 90th – Justice and Peace

From John Waddell: The prison service, we hear, is in crisis. On Wednesday 31 July at 7pm in the hall the Diocesan Prison Chaplain, Fr Paul Douthwaite, will give a talk – Prison Ministry Today – on the evolving restorative role of the Prison Chaplain and the opportunities this presents to the wider faith community. All are welcome.

Holy Name 90th – Pantomimes

Anyone involved with our parish pantomimes over the years is invited to a Celebration in the hall on Sunday 21 July at 7pm. Please take along any photographs and recordings you may have. There will be a shared table and some drinks will be provided. RSVP to the Parish Office or just turn up.

The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. ~ Pope Francis

Holy Name 90th – Picnic

From Libby Welsh, aged 9: Please come to a picnic on the field at Pet’s Corner in Jesmond Dene next Sunday. We will walk down from the church hall leaving at 11.30am or you can meet us there at the Corner after 12 noon. Please take your own food, picnic blankets and, if you’d like, a game to play with others.  If you have any questions please contact Lucy Welsh at lucytiplady@icloud.com 

Holy Name Book Club

After the summer break, the next meeting will be on Wednesday 25 September for discussing Middlemarch by George Eliot. October’s read will be The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker; and for November it will be Manhatten Beach by Jennifer Egan.

Holy Name 90th – Church Abuse

Thank you to barristers Sarah Woolrich and Nick Stonor for their superb presentation and chairing of Thursday evening’s discussion of abuse in the Church. About 40 people took part.

Holy Name 90th – Day of Reflection

Fr Eamon Mulcahy, a native of Manchester and a Holy Ghost Father, who spent many years lecturing in theology and Scripture in Africa, will lead a spiritual Day of Reflection in the parish on Saturday 7 September.

Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven. ~ Pope Francis

Sunday 30 June 2019 – SS Peter and Paul

Baptism

We welcome into the family of the Church baby Hamish Michael Hustler, son of Michael and Sally, who is being baptised today.

Holy Name Book Club

From Tessa Burton-Roberts: We will meet on Wednesday at 7pm in the hall to discuss David Lodge’s novel of Catholicism in 1950s and 60s Britain, How Far Can You Go? Set against the backdrop of the Second Vatican Council and the Papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, the novel follows the lives and religious opinions of a group of students and their priest. Although broadly humorous in tone, the book deals with some difficult issues. Do join us for what promises to be an interesting discussion of change and transformation within the Catholic Church. The summer novel, for discussion in September, is Middlemarch by George Eliot.

Holy Name 90th – Photo Call

From Clare Roberts: To make a spectacular wall collage for the Exhibition to be held in November, commemorating the 90th anniversary of the opening of the church, we need many more images. PLEASE send us your photos of Baptism, First Holy Communion, Weddings, parties, celebrations, Holy Name holidays etc. You can email images to the Parish Office or to me at clare.w.roberts@gmail.com

Holy Name 90th – Church Abuse

From Fr Campion: Many people, rightly, are left angry, hurt and bewildered from the continuing revelations of abuse and cover-ups in the Church. How should we respond? Remain silent, with heads down and hoping it will all just blow over? On Thursday at 7pm Sarah Woolrich and Nick Stonor – both barristers with experience in family law – will lead a structured meeting in the hall to allow us to share our views and to discuss all the issues involved in the wider context of safeguarding and abuse in the Church. All are welcome.

New Members

Next Sunday, during 10am Mass, 13 children – Emma Bates, Cameron Cope, Robbie Cope, Ellie Miller, Robbie Miller, Ines Mallo-Tardiveau, Emilia Siemens, Ben Proudlock, Grace Young, Nathaniel Gallagher, Zachary Gallagher, Elizabeth Voysey and Oliver Voysey – will make their First Communion. Please remember them and their families in your prayers.

Food Donations

Please remember to take tins of tuna in oil or meat to Mass next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Pantomime Memories Party

If you have been involved in any capacity with our pantomimes over the years, you are invited to take part in a fun celebration in the hall on Sunday 21 July at 7pm. Please take along any photographs and recordings you may have. There will be a shared table and some drinks will be provided. RSVP to the Parish Office or just turn up.

Montreuil sur Mer

Next year’s trip, from 21 to 24 April, is open to everyone – members of Holy Name as well as their friends. We will travel by executive coach via Eurotunnel and stay in the Best Western Hermitage, a 3 star hotel, in the centre of Montreuil. All excursions are included and accommodation will be on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Prices per person are £349 twin or double, £499 single, based on a minimum group of 30.   The deposit of £50 per person is now due. Please make this payment to ‘Holy Name Church’ via Barbara Cooper, Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office.

Holy Name Galleries Club

From Catherine Hearne: Bridget Riley, born not long after our Church opened and fast approaching her 90th birthday, has created dazzling and compelling abstract paintings which explore the fundamental nature of perception. For the first time a comprehensive survey of her work is being exhibited in Scotland and we have booked a guided tour at Edinburgh’s National Gallery for Tuesday 3 September at 2pm. Book your own rail travel. All are welcome. We will have a cup of tea and cake together afterwards. There are 15 places: entry ticket plus £5 for the tour. Contact me at catherinehearne@btinternet.com if you wish to join the tour.

Memorial Lecture

Catherine Pepinster, former editor of The Tablet, will deliver the sixth Cardinal Hume Memorial Lecture in St Mary’s Cathedral on Thursday 11th July at 7.00pm.   All are welcome.

The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. ~ Pope Francis

Peter’s Pence

Today’s retiring collection is for the global charitable fund overseen by Pope Francis. This year the fund will support South American migrants held up in Mexico who are trying to make their way into the United States.

Holy Name 90th – Justice and Peace

From John Waddell: The prison service, we hear, is in a critical situation. On Wednesday 31 July at 7pm in the hall the Diocesan Prison Chaplain, Fr Paul Douthwaite, will give a talk – Prison Ministry Today – on the evolving restorative role of the Prison Chaplain and the opportunities this presents to the wider faith community. All are welcome.

Holy Name Poetry Club

From Judith Dryhurst: The final meeting of the Group before the summer break is on Wednesday 17 July at 7pm when the theme will be Elegy. Do come and enjoy the beauty and variety of the English language with our friendly and lively group.

Holy Name 90th – Picnic

From Libby Welsh, aged 9: Please come to a picnic on the field at Pet’s Corner in Jesmond Dene on Sunday 14 July. We will walk down from the church hall leaving at 11.30am or you can meet us there at the Corner after 12 noon. Please take your own food, picnic blankets and, if you’d like, a game to play with others.  If you have any questions please contact me or Lucy Welsh at lucytiplady@icloud.com

Confirmation Course

From Pat Henzell and Sarah Bell: A Course for young people (Year 9 and above) in our Partnership of Parishes (Heaton, Benton, Forest Hall, Walker, Byker, Shieldfield and Jesmond) will be starting in the autumn. Any young people interested in being confirmed are invited to the Youth Group BBQ at St Teresa’s, Heaton, next on Sunday, 7th July at 5.30pm. Please email (chris.henzell@gmail.com) to confirm for catering purposes. If you can’t make this date, then look out for other notices in your Parish bulletin as we will be collecting names of those who are interested in being confirmed over the next couple of months.

Friendly Bridge Group

If you are interested in joining a Group at Holy Name – you don’t need a partner – where people come to enjoy a game of cards without having a burning desire to win, and where there are no acrimonious post-mortems, please put your name on the list at the back of church or email welcome@holyname.jesmond.co.uk

Sunday 23 June – Most Holy Body & Blood of the Lord

Welcome
We are delighted to welcome back and thank Mgr Philip Carroll who is celebrating Mass with us today.

Ministers of Holy Communion
Ministers today renew their commitment and we thank them for their service to the parish.

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Ada Mary Florence Marshall, daughter of Chris and Lucy, who is being baptised today.

Joint Christian and Muslim Service
From Maria McKenzie: An event for women and young children only – Pray for Peace – will take place on Saturday at 2.30pm at the St Mary’s Chapel ruins in Jesmond Dene. Readings about Our Lady will be shared from the Bible and the Koran, along with prayers and hymns for peace. Afterwards, people will go to the Holy Name hall for refreshments. This annual event, supported by the Diocesan Department for Interreligious Relations, began in 2010 with the aim of bringing communities together, recognising our common religious ancestry, and uniting in our desire for a peaceful world.

New Members
On 7 July 13 children will make their First Communion at Holy Name. Please keep them in your prayers.

Holy Name Book Club
Book group will meet on Wednesday 3 July at 7pm in the hall to discuss David Lodge’s novel of Catholicism in 1950s and 60s Britain, ‘How Far Can You Go?’. Set against the backdrop of the Second Vatican Council and the encyclical ‘Humanae Vitae’, the novel follows the lives and religious opinions of a group of students and their priest. Although broadly humorous in tone, the book deals with some difficult issues. Please join us for what promises to be an interesting discussion of change and transformation within the Catholic Church. The summer novel, for discussion in September, is Middlemarch by George Eliot.

Holy Name 90th – Church Abuse
From Fr Campion: How should a Catholic person respond to the continuing revelations of abuse and cover-ups in the Church? Remain silent, with heads down and hoping it will all just blow over? Many people, rightly, are left angry, hurt and bewildered. On Thursday 4 July at 7pm parishioners Sarah Woolrich and Nick Stonor – who are barristers with experience in family law – will lead a structured meeting in the hall to allow people to share their views and to discuss all the issues involved in the wider context of safeguarding and abuse in the Church. All are welcome.

Holy Name 90th – Picnic
From Libby Welsh, aged 9: Please come to a picnic on the field at Pet’s Corner in Jesmond Dene on Sunday 14 July. We will walk down from the church hall leaving at 11.30am or you can meet us there at the Corner after 12 noon. Please take your own food, picnic blankets and, if you’d like, a game to play with others.  If you have any questions please ask me, Libby, or contact Lucy Welsh at lucytiplady@icloud.com

Jesmond Saint Mary’s Partnership
Bishop Robert Byrne C.O, the new Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, will celebrate Mass for the parishes of our Partnership at St Aidan’s Church, Coach Lane, Benton on Thursday 18 July at 7.00 pm. All are welcome.

Pantomime Memories Party
Calling anyone involved in any capacity with our pantomimes over the years.  You are invited to join us for a fun celebration in the hall on Sunday 21 July beginning at 7pm. Please bring any photos and recordings you may have. Shared table, some drinks provided. RSVP to the Parish Office or just turn up.

Holy Name Galleries Club
Bridget Riley was born not long after our Church opened and is fast approaching her 90th birthday too. She has created dazzling and compelling abstract paintings which explore the fundamental nature of perception and for the first time a comprehensive survey of her work is being shown in Scotland. We have booked a guided tour at the National Gallery in Edinburgh for Tuesday 3 September at 2pm. All are welcome – do book your own rail ticket. We will have a cup of tea and cake together afterwards. There are 15 places: entry ticket plus £5 for the tour. Contact catherinehearne@btinternet.com if you’d like to join us.

St Oswald’s Service
Holy Name will lead the service on Sunday 30 June at the Hospice on Regent Farm Road at 4pm. All are welcome.

Holy Name 90th – Baptism Party
Calling all parents, prospective parents, babies, children and adults who have been baptised at Holy Name in the past four years! We are arranging a Baptism Celebration Service in church on Saturday 14 September followed by refreshments and fun activities in the hall from 1pm. Please let us know if you are able to take part by emailing the parish office.

Holy Name 90th – Piazza Works
The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has given approval for the Holy Name Church to enter into a formal contract with RHD Construction Ltd in the sum of £64,776.81 for the renewal of the entire hardstanding area and access ramp at the main church entrance. Work will commence on 28 July and be completed by 12 September.

Piazza Appeal
From Fr Campion: With pledges and donations already made, the Appeal has reached £43,306. If you can afford it, please consider making a donation to help us reach our £50,000 target. All donations, small or large, will be personally acknowledged. Thank you so much to those who have contributed thus far.

Friendly Bridge Group
If you are interested in joining a Group at Holy Name – you don’t need a partner – where people come to enjoy a game of cards without having a burning desire to win, and where there are no acrimonious post-mortems, please put your name on the list at the back of church or email welcome@holyname.jesmond.co.uk

 Photo Call – 90th Celebrations
Many thanks for the photos we have already received. To make a spectacular wall collage for the exhibition, we need many more images. PLEASE send us your photos of Baptism, First Holy Communion, Weddings, parties, celebrations, Holy Name holidays etc. You can email images to the Parish Office or Clare at clare.w.roberts@gmail.com

Montreuil sur Mer
The trip from 21 to 24 April next year is still open to everyone – members and friends of Holy name as well as their friends. We will travel by executive coach via Eurotunnel and stay in the Best Western Hermitage, a 3 star hotel, in the centre of Montreuil. All excursions are included and accommodation will be on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Prices per person are £349 twin or double, £499 single, based on a minimum group of 30.   The deposit of £50 per person is now due. Please make this payment to ‘Holy Name Church’ via Barbara Cooper, Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office.

Diocesan Vacancies
Refugee Project Worker, Dept. for Justice and Peace, Newcastle – 18 hours per week, 6 month fixed term contract. Closing date: 30 June.

  • Parish Secretary, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Backworth, West Monkseaton and Whitley Bay, 18 hours per week, 12 month fixed term contract. Closing date: 3 July 2019.
  • Data Input Clerk, Dept. for Safeguarding, Newcastle – full or part-time, flexible hours of work, temporary contract.

For further information and details of how to apply please visit www.rcdhn.org.uk  contact  human.resources@diocesehn.org.uk or call 0191 243 3301.

Theology Reading Group
Professor Karen Kilby from Durham University will lead a group at Holy Name to discuss a theological book each month, The group is for people interested in reading and discussing theology but who have not formally studied the subject. While Karen would occasionally provide a little background or some orientation for reading the texts, the basic format would be conversation so it would be a book group rather than a lecture series. There are 28 people interested and the group will meet on the second Thursday of every month at 7pm in the hall except the April 2020 meeting which will meet on 2 April.. If you haven’t yet expressed interest, please contact the Parish office at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Catholic People’s Weeks (CPW)
Do you fancy a week of retreat this summer? CPW is a not-for-profit volunteer-led organisation that runs holidays that ‘make a difference’. The mission of each holiday, is to revitalise the heart, mind and spirit of Catholic people today. Our holidays are full of faith, food for thought, fun and friendships. CPW still have spaces on All-Age Weeks at two lovely locations: Kintbury (near Newbury) from 4 to 11 August 2019 and Malvern (near Worcester) from 16 to 22 August. The retreats are suitable for families, couples and single participants. Children and teenagers are looked after by a team of helpers and have their own streams running in parallel to the adult ones. Please visit www.catholicpeoplesweeks.org  for further information and booking or contact Hermarette at hermarettev@yahoo.co.uk

Bishop Seamus writes:
I would like to express my sincere thanks for the very generous gift presented to me by the priests and people of the Diocese, on the occasion of my retirement. I would also like to offer my thanks to all those involved in education in the Diocese for their very generous gift too. I am truly humbled by the kindness of so many. Rest assured that these gifts will be a great help in my retirement. Please keep me in your prayers and be assured of mine for the priests and people of Hexham and Newcastle Diocese. May God bless you all. Bishop Seamus.

Sunday 16 June – Trinity Sunday

Domestic Abuse

On this annual Day for Life we are invited to reflect and pray for people who are suffering or have survived domestic abuse. Unacceptable customs still need to be eliminated. I think particularly of the shameful ill-treatment to which women are sometimes subjected, domestic violence and various forms of enslavement which, rather than a show of masculine power, are craven acts of cowardice. The verbal, physical, and sexual violence that women endure in some marriages contradicts the very nature of the conjugal union. (Pope Francis, ‘Amoris Laetitia’, n.54)

Poetry Reading Group

From Judith Dryhurst: The group meets on Wednesday in the hall on Towers Avenue from 7 to 8.30pm. This month’s theme is Making. All are welcome to join us, with or without a previously published poem.

Ministers of Holy Communion

Ministers are invited to renew their commitment at Masses next Sunday, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. We are most grateful for their service to the parish.

Sunday Fizz

Due to First Holy Communions taking place on 7 July – when 13 children will receive the Sacrament for the first time – the Fizz & Parish Council Survey will be postponed until a ‘quieter’ Sunday in September.

Baptism Party

Calling all parents, prospective parents, babies, children and adults who have been baptised at Holy Name in the past four years! We are arranging to hold a Baptism Celebration Service in church on Saturday 14 September followed by refreshments and fun activities in the hall from 1pm. Please let us know if you are able to take part by emailing the parish office. welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Montreuil sur Mer

The trip from 21 to 24 April next year is open to everyone – to all members and friends of Holy name as well as their friends. We will travel by executive coach and Eurotunnel and stay in the Best Western Hermitage, a 3 star hotel, in the centre of Montreuil. All excursions are included and accommodation will be on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Prices per person are £349 twin or double, £499 single, based on a minimum group of 30.   The deposit of £50 per person is now due. Please make this payment to Holy Name via Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office.

Holy Name 90th – Picnic

From Libby Welsh, aged 9: Please come to a picnic on the field at Pet’s Corner in Jesmond Dene on Sunday 14 July. We will walk down from the church hall leaving at 11.30am or you can meet us there at the Corner after 12 noon. Please take your own food, picnic blankets and, if you’d like, a game to play with others.  If you have any questions please ask me, Libby, or contact Lucy Welsh at lucytiplady@icloud.com

Joint Christian and Muslim Service

From Maria McKenzie: An event for women and young children only – Pray for Peace – will take place on Saturday 29 June at 2.30pm at the St Mary’s Chapel ruins in Jesmond Dene. Readings about Our Lady will be shared from the Bible and the Koran, along with prayers and hymns for peace. Afterwards, people will go to the Holy Name hall for refreshments. This annual event, supported by the Diocesan Department for Interreligious Relations, began in 2010 with the aim of bringing communities together, recognising our common religious ancestry, and uniting in our desire for a peaceful world.

LGBT+

From Isabel: Do you identify as LGBT+ or are you questioning your sexual or gender identity?  Would you like to join a support group run by and for LGBT+ Catholics in the North East?  We meet at St Dominic’s Church, New Bridge Street, for a varied programme (for example: Mass, prayer, Bible study, discussion, social time).  Our next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm and will be centred on a prayerful Gospel sharing (lectio divina).  For more details, telephone me on 07858 934457 or email proud.catholics@yahoo.com.

Holy Name Book Club

Why not join this friendly group for lively discussion? The next meeting on 3 July will discuss How Far Can You Go? by David Lodge. The summer read, for discussion in September, will be Middlemarch by George Eliot.

Baptism

We welcome into the family of the Church baby Jonty James Imrie, son of Christopher and Claire, who is being baptised today.

Holy Name 90th – Church Abuse

From Fr Campion: How should a Catholic person respond to the continuing revelations of abuse and cover-ups in the Church? Remain silent, with heads down and hoping it will all just blow over? Many people, rightly, are left angry, hurt and bewildered. On Thursday 4 July at 7pm parishioners Sarah Woolrich and Nick Stonor – who are barristers with experience in family law – will lead a structured meeting in the hall to allow people to share their views and to discuss all the issues involved in the wider context of safeguarding and abuse in the Church. All are welcome.

New to Holy Name?

From Fr Campion: If you have recently starting joining us for Mass at Holy Name, welcome! We hope your time with us will be enjoyable and fulfilling. If you’ve not done so already, please complete a Registration Form available from the leaflet rack at the back of church (underneath the Pope Francis photograph) and place it in the blue box provided.

There is nothing so important to me that I cannot bear to lose it, and that is why I find I have no reason to fear. But the most important point is that this lust for life is actually connected to my faith. I am a Christian and so I see life as a gift that should be enjoyed sensibly. ~ Jurgen Klopp, Manager, Liverpool FC

Sunday 9 June – Pentecost

New Members

During 10am Mass today Kean and Stephanie Lim and their son Ethan are being baptised, and Helen Lamb and Sonya Puspi are being received into the full Communion of the Catholic Church. We also welcome into the family of the Church baby Cristina Panzone, first child of Luca and Viviana, who is being baptised later in the morning.

Holy Name 90thHistory and Heritage

From Clare Roberts: Do you have any photographs or other memorabilia we could use for our Anniversary Exhibition in November? If so, please report to Clare Roberts in the hall after 10am Mass today or contact her at clare.w.roberts@gmail.com

Holy Name 90th – Picnic

From Libby Welsh, aged 9: Please come to a picnic on the field at Pet’s Corner in Jesmond Dene on Sunday 14 July. We will walk down from the church hall leaving at 11.30am or you can meet us there at the Corner after 12 noon. Please take your own food, picnic blankets and, if you’d like, a game to play with others.  If you have any questions please ask me, Libby, or contact Lucy Welsh at lucytiplady@icloud.com

Thank you to everyone who contributed 63 tins of fish and 9 tins of meat last Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Theology Reading Group

Professor Karen Kilby from Durham University is willing to lead a group at Holy Name to discuss a theological book each month, sometimes reading classics and sometimes more recent texts. The group would be for people interested in reading and discussing theology but who have not formally studied the subject. While Karen would occasionally provide a little background or some orientation for reading the texts, the basic format would be conversation so it would be a book group rather than a lecture series. Please contact Fr Campion or email the office at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk if you are interested in joining.

Sunday Fizz

From Catherine Hearne: No such thing as a free lunch – or indeed free fizz – at Holy Name 7 July after both Masses! We are keen you stay behind to chat with your friends and enjoy a glass … while completing a short survey. We want to know about your expectations of the Parish Council and how it might work in the best interests of everyone who feels they belong here at Holy Name. There will be two or at most three questions with space for comments. The new Chair of the Parish Council will be elected this summer and will be announced in late July. If you’d like to nominate someone currently not on the Council, do have a word with Fr. Michael.

Holy Name leads the Service at St Oswald’s Hospice next Sunday at 4pm. You are welcome to join us in praying for the patients.

Holy Name Film Club

From Martin Wheeler: On Friday at 7pm, in tribute to the late, great Doris Day, we will be showing the 1964 comedy Send Me No Flowers, directed by Norman Jewison and starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall. Self-pitying hypochondriac George Kimball mistakenly believes he is about to die and, with the aid of his maudlin, increasingly inebriated best friend Arnold, determines to protect his wife from the ordeal and ensure she is taken care of when he is gone, but his attempts to find her a new husband go seriously awry. Day/Hudson/Randall comedies were a genre all of their own and, with the perfect comic timing of its three stars and the Technicolor dream world of pastel coloured, 1960s suburban Americana, the film is a delightful confection of comic froth and an absolute treat to see on the big screen.

Friendly Bridge Group

From Maureen: If you are interested in joining a Group at Holy Name – you don’t need a partner – where people come to enjoy a game of cards without having a burning desire to win, and where there are no acrimonious post-mortems, please contact Fr Campion.

 Retiring Collection

Today’s collection is for the Lay Training Fund i.e. preparing lay people in the diocese for ministries and other roles in their parishes.

 You are very welcome to join fellow parishioners for tea/coffee in the hall on Sunday mornings after Mass.

Trip to Montreuil sur Mer

Prices are confirmed for a parish four day visit to northern France from 21 to 24 April next year which is open to everyone. We will travel by executive coach and Eurotunnel and stay in the Best Western Hermitage, a 3 star hotel, in the centre of Montreuil. All excursions are included and accommodation will be on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Prices per person are £349 twin or double, £499 single, based on a minimum group of 30.   The deposit of £50 per person is now due. Please make payment via Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office.

Holy Name 90th – The Bostey

This year we are supporting the St Anthony’s Youth Education Service, known locally as “The Bostey”, which is a small charity supporting children, young people and their families in Walker and the areas surrounding the Catholic parish of St Anthony’s (a member of our Partnership). You can make a one-off donation or set up a monthly one by visiting its website www.bostey.org.
From Jody Grieveson, Manager: Thank you very much to everyone at Holy Name for a further donation of £1,249 from parishioners. Holy Name has contributed nearly £10,000 to the project in the past year. We are immensely grateful.

The Last Word

She is magnificently ugly, deliciously hideous, and has a larger circumference than any woman I have ever seen … but in this vast ugliness resides a most powerful beauty which, in a very few minutes, steals forth and charms the mind, so you end as I ended, falling in love with her. ~ Henry James on fellow author George Eliot

Sunday 2 June 2019

Baptism

We welcome into the family of the Church baby Amira Anna Fleming, daughter of Nigel and Cyrene, who is being baptised today.

Retiring Collection

Today’s collection is to support the work of the Communications Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Holy Name 90th – Guest Lecture

On Wednesday at 7pm in the hall Professor Paul Murray from Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies will speak on Catholicism Transfigured: The Current Catholic Moment and What It Requires of Us. In relation to a Catholic moment marked by widespread scandal, seemingly deepening divisions, and institutional diminishment, this lecture will reflect on three key questions: What modes of response does this require of us? What does it require of us at the personal-spiritual level? What does it require of us at the ecclesial-theological level? For more information contact Catherine Hearne at catherinehearne@btinternet.com

Holy Name Book Club

Why not join this friendly group? The next meeting on 3 July will discuss How Far Can You Go? by David Lodge. The summer read, for discussion in September, will be Middlemarch by George Eliot.

Picnic in Jesmond Dene

From Libby Welsh, aged 9: Please come to a picnic on the field at Pet’s Corner in Jesmond Dene on Sunday 14 July. We will walk down from the church hall leaving at 11.30am or you can meet us there at the Corner after 12 noon. Please bring your own food, picnic blankets and, if you’d like, a game to play with others.  If you have any questions please ask me, Libby, or contact Lucy Welsh at lucytiplady@icloud.com

Montreuil sur Mer, France

Prices have now been confirmed for a four day visit from 21 to 24 April next year. This is open to everyone.We will travel by executive coach and Eurotunnel and stay in the Best Western Hermitage, a 3 star hotel, in the centre of Montreuil. All excursions are included and accommodation will be on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Prices per person are £349 twin or double and £499 single, based on a minimum group of 30.  Please contact Barbara Cooper, Parish Secretary, to confirm your place on the trip. Deposits will be taken at a later date.

New Members

During 10am Mass next Sunday –Kean and Stephanie Lim will be baptised, and Helen Lamb and Sonya Puspi will be received into the full Communion of the Catholic Church.  On Friday Katie and Cameron Motion will be Confirmed at St John Vianney Church, West Denton.

Thank you to everyone taking tins of meat or fish in oil to Mass next Sunday for the Refugee Project.

Friendly Bridge

From Maureen: Would you be interested in joining a Friendly Bridge Group at Holy Name where people come to enjoy a game of cards without having a burning desire to win, and where there are no acrimonious post-mortems! If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Fr Campion

Holy Name 90thHistory and Heritage

From Clare Roberts: For the Exhibition in November, we need people to share photographs in hard copy or on a memory stick. Please take an A4 envelope from the back of church, fill it with your memorabilia and take it to the Memories Event in the hall next Sunday after 10am Mass. All will be returned to you. Please let me know if you can take part by contacting me at clare.w.roberts@gmail.com

Church Hall

Thank you to Loranne Agius, Judith Dryhurst and Pat Sumpter who emptied and cleaned the kitchen cupboards in preparation for the hall being repainted last week.

 Youth Group

From Julia Henzell: We will meet next Sunday from 5:30-7pm at St Teresa’s Church Hall, Heaton and be joined by a speaker from CAFOD’s Step into the Gap programme.  We’ll also be planning events such as the summer BBQ.  All are welcome!

Prayer Group

A meeting will be held on Tuesday in the chapel from 7-7.45pm. You will be welcome to take part in this special time leading up to Pentecost.

Holy Name Film Club 2019

On Friday 14 June at 7pm, in tribute to the late, great Doris Day, our Film Club will be showing the 1964 comedy Send Me No Flowers, directed by Norman Jewison and starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall. Self-pitying hypochondriac George Kimball mistakenly believes he is about to die and, with the aid of his maudlin, increasingly inebriated best friend Arnold, determines to protect his wife from the ordeal and ensure she is taken care of when he is gone, but his attempts to find her a new husband go seriously awry. Day/Hudson/Randall comedies were a genre all of their own and, with the perfect comic timing of its three stars and the Technicolor dream world of pastel coloured, 1960s suburban Americana, the film is a delightful confection of comic froth and an absolute treat to see on the big screen.

Theology Reading Group

Would you be interested in joining a theology reading group here at Holy Name? Led by Professor Karen Kilby from Durham University, we would discuss a theological book each month, sometimes reading classics and sometimes more recent texts. The group would be aimed at people interested in reading and discussing theology but who have not formally studied the subject. While Karen would occasionally provide a little background or some orientation for reading the texts, the basic format would be conversation so it would be a book group rather than a lecture series. Please contact Fr Campion if you are interested in joining.

Sunday 26 May 2019

Baptism

We welcome into the family of the Church baby Hannah Ellen Chisman, daughter of Andrew and Ruth (grandchild of Margaret and Philip Platt) who is being baptised today.

Holyday

On Thursday we will celebrate the Ascension of the Lord, marking the final appearance of the Risen Jesus to his disciples.

Holy Name 90th – Guest Lecture

Professor Paul Murray from Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies will be at Holy Name on Wednesday 5 June at 7pm to speak on Catholicism Transfigured: The Current Catholic Moment and What It Requires of Us. In relation to a Catholic moment marked by widespread scandal, seemingly deepening divisions, and institutional diminishment, this lecture will reflect on three key questions: What modes of response does this require of us? What does it require of us at the personal-spiritual level? What does it require of us at the ecclesial-theological level? For more information contact Catherine Hearne at catherinehearne@btinternet.com

Holy Name Book Club

The next meeting on 3 July will discuss How Far Can You Go? by David Lodge. The summer read, for discussion in September, will be Middlemarch by George Eliot.

Theology Reading Group

Would you be interested in joining a theology reading group here at Holy Name? Led by Professor Karen Kilby from Durham University, we would discuss a theological book each month, sometimes reading classics and sometimes more recent texts. The group would be aimed at people interested in reading and discussing theology but who have not formally studied the subject. While Karen would occasionally provide a little background or some orientation for reading the texts, the basic format would be conversation so it would be a book group rather than a lecture series. Please contact Fr Campion if you are interested in joining.

Children’s Liturgy

There is no Children’s Liturgy today or next Sunday because of the school Spring Bank Holiday.

Friendly Bridge

A member of the congregation asks: Would you be interested in joining a Friendly Bridge Group at Holy Name where people come to enjoy a game of cards without having a burning desire to win, and where there are no acrimonious post-mortems! If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Fr Campion.

Thank You

We are most grateful to Dominic Hipkin and John Waddell for painting the hall garden boundary fences; to Tess Daly who created and maintains the garden flowers at the hall entrance; and to Martin Lamont who sweeps and tends the church grounds throughout the year.

New Members

During 10am Mass on Sunday 9 June – Pentecost Day – Kean and Stephanie Lim will be baptised, and Helen Lamb and Sonya Puspi will be received into the full Communion of the Catholic Church

Diocesan Refugee Project

Please remember to take tins of meat or fish in oil to Mass next Sunday for the Refugee Project.

 Holy Name 90th – Day of Reflection

On Saturday 7 September Fr Eamonn Mulcahy, a Spiritan missionary from Manchester, will lead a Day of Reflection at Holy Name. A priest since 1980, he has served in Congo-Brazzaville, Nigeria and Kenya before returning to the UK in 2013. Eamonn has extensive experience of working in the Faith Formation of Adults in the UK and leading spiritual retreats to priests, religious and lay-people in Europe, North America, Australia and Africa. He is now a team member of the inner-city Holy Spirit Parish in Manchester whilst working as one of the Episcopal Vicars for Religious in Salford Diocese. Eamonn teaches Systematic Theology one day a week in Oscott College Seminary, Birmingham, and still maintains active involvement in educating street children in the infamous slum of Kibera, Nairobi. He is passionate about communicating the beauty of our faith and the interface between Theology and Spirituality.

Largely, I’m still a Catholic because I can’t believe in anything else. I’d like to but I can’t. ~ Dame Muriel Spark (1918-2006)

It’s Good to Talk

You are very welcome to join fellow parishioners for  tea/coffee in the hall on Sunday mornings after Mass.

 Holy Name 90thHistory and Heritage

From Clare Roberts: We are arranging to hold an exhibition in November as well as feature a sound recording of people’s memories of Holy Name to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of our church. We now need members and friends of Holy Name to be involved by sharing their personal memories of Holy Name. If you are willing to share photographs in hard copy or on a memory stick, as well as any other memorabilia, please take an A4 envelope from the back of church, fill it with your memorabilia and take it to the Memories Event in the hall on Sunday 9 June after 10am Mass. All will be returned to you. Please let me know if you can take part by contacting me either at clare.w.roberts@gmail.com

Holy Name 90thRequiem Mass

A sung Requiem Mass will be offered on Sunday 3 November at 7pm for the deceased members and benefactors of our parish. The augmented Holy Name Choir will sing Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D Minor throughout the Mass.

 Got a Complaint?

Taking part in Mass at Holy Name should be a prayerful and uplifting experience. If you are dissatisfied with the service you receive or with any aspect of parish life, including its management, please let me know. Our members’ satisfaction is paramount. ~ Fr Campion

Sunday 19 May 2019

Partnership Mass

To celebrate Our Lady and the Partnership of Jesmond St Mary, a Mass will be held at St Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Park Road, NE7 7PE on Tuesday at 6.30pm. There is ample parking and all are welcome.

Holy Name Book Club

From Tessa Burton-Roberts:  On Wednesday at 7pm we meet in the hall on Towers Avenue to discuss James Lee Burke’s Robicheaux. Set in the towns and backwoods of Louisiana, it is a ‘gritty, atmospheric mystery’ (Goodreads) and the last in a series featuring Burke’s troubled detective, Dave Robicheaux. You are most welcome to join us for a glass of wine as we discuss this exciting novel. Future book group titles include:  The Turn of the Screw (Henry James), Small Country (Gael Faye), The Silence of the Girls (Pat Barker), How Far Can You Go? (David Lodge) and Middlemarch (George Eliot).

Hospice Service

Holy Name will lead the service at St Oswald’s, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth today at 4pm. You will be very welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own families

Please note that there is no Children’s Liturgy on Sunday 26 May and Sunday 2 June because of the school Spring Bank Holiday.

Wedding

Congratulations to Sian Scaife and Edward Moore who were married at Holy Name yesterday.

Proud Catholics 

From Isabel: Do you identify as LGBT+ or are you questioning your sexual or gender identity?  Would you like to join a support group run by and for LGBT+ Catholics in the North East?  We meet on the third Tuesday of the month for a varied programme.  Our next meeting will be a celebration of Mass at St Andrew’s Church, Worswick Street, on Tuesday at 7.30pm.  Please note the different venue this month.  For more details, telephone Isabel on 07858 934457 or email proud.catholics@yahoo.com.

Holy Name 90th – Guest Lectures

From Catherine Hearne: We are delighted that Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies is co-producing a guest lecture series with us as part of our 90th celebrations. Centre Director Professor Paul Murray will be at Holy Name on Wednesday 5 June at 7pm to speak on Catholicism Transfigured: The Current Catholic Moment and What It Requires of Us. Our hall was full last week for the first lecture in the series, a presentation on Nobel prize-winner and poet, Seamus Heaney. It was a great evening. For more information you are welcome to contact me at catherinehearne@btinternet.com

In Confidence

Confidential email messages may be sent personally to Fr Campion at frmichael@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Visit to Montreuil sur Mer 2020

Information is available now regarding the cost of the visit. If you have signed up and have not received this, please contact Barbara Cooper, Parish Secretary.

Holy Name 90th – Church Abuse

From Fr Campion: How should a Catholic person respond to the continuing revelations of abuse and cover-ups in the Church? Do we remain silent, with heads down and hoping it will all just blow over? Many people, rightly, are left angry, hurt and bewildered. On Thursday 4 July at 7pm two parishioners – Sarah Woolrich and Nick Stonor – who are barristers with experience in family law, will lead a structured meeting in the hall to allow people to share their views and to discuss all the issues involved in the wider context of safeguarding and abuse in the Church. All are welcome.

Poetry Group

From Judith Dryhurst: As part of the Jesmond Community Festival our Poetry Reading Group members were delighted to welcome several visitors, with poems, to our May session. As usual we enjoyed a celebration of glittering words and images from gifted poets: Shakespeare, Francis Thomas, Alice Oswald, John Betjeman, John Drinkwater, Seamus Heaney, D H Lawrence and, of course, our new Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage. The theme for our next meeting on Wednesday 19 June is Making. All are welcome, with or without a poem, to join our informal and merry group in the Hall from 7 to 8.30pm.

Kathleen Winskell RIP

We offer our condolences to the family of Kathleen, formerly of Whitburn and Lesbury and who died on 24 May. Her Requiem Mass takes place on Friday at 11.30am. Requiescat in pace.

History and Heritage

From Clare Roberts: We are arranging to hold an exhibition in November as well as feature a sound recording of people’s memories of Holy Name to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of our church. We now need members and friends of Holy Name to be involved by sharing their personal memories of Holy Name. If you are willing to share photographs in hard copy or on a memory stick, as well as any other memorabilia, please take an A4 envelope from the back of church, fill it with your memorabilia and take it to the Memories Event in the hall on Sunday 9 June after 10am Mass. All will be returned to you. Please let me know if you can take part by contacting me either at clare.w.roberts@gmail.com

Sacristans Required

If you are interested in assisting with preparing the church for either weekday or Sunday Mass, as well as carrying out other light duties (washing altar linen and vessels and, generally, keeping the sacristy clean and tidy), please contact Fr Campion.

The Last Word

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your 
Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your 
Tears wash out a Word of it.
~ Edward Fitzgerald, ‘The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam’, 1859

Sunday 12 May 2019

Baptism

We welcome into the family of the Church baby Rose Sharon McGuinness, daughter of Luke and Vlasta, who is being baptised today.

Wedding

We offer our best wishes to Sian Scaife and Edward Moore who are getting married at Holy Name on Saturday at 1.30pm.

Celebration of Marriage

Bishop Robert Byrne CO will celebrate Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday at 11.00am with people who wish to give thanks for the Sacrament of Marriage. He invites each parish to be represented by at least two couples, young or old, newly married or celebrating a significant anniversary. In addition, everyone is welcome to attend.

Diocesan Refugee Project

Thank you to everyone who contributed 125 tins of fish / meat, a small quantity of other food, towels, blankets and a donation of £10.

New Members

Please remember in your prayers Helen Lamb, Kean Lim, Stephanie Lim and Sonya Puspi who will be received into the full Communion of the Catholic Church on Sunday, 9 June; and Katie and Cameron Motion who will be Confirmed on 7 June at St John Vianney Church, West Denton.

Church Services

The Services of the Word with Holy Communion this week will be held in the main body of the church. All are welcome.

Holy Name 90th – Guest Lectures

From Catherine Hearne: We are delighted that Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies is co-producing a guest lecture series with us as part of our 90th celebrations. Centre Director Professor Paul Murray will be at Holy Name on Wednesday 5 June at 7pm to speak on Catholicism Transfigured: The Current Catholic Moment and What It Requires of Us. Our hall was full last week for the first lecture in the series, a presentation on Nobel prize-winner and poet, Seamus Heaney. It was a great evening. For more information you are welcome to contact me at catherinehearne@btinternet.com

History and Heritage

From Clare Roberts: Thanks to the award of Heritage Lottery funding, we will be producing an exhibition and recording of voices in November to celebrate our church’s 90th anniversary. We now need as many members and friends of Holy Name as possible to be involved by sharing their personal memories of Holy Name. If you are willing to share photographs in hard copy or on a memory stick, please take an A4 envelope from the back of church, fill it with your memorabilia and bring it to the Memories Event on Sunday 9 June after 10am Mass. All will be returned to you. Please let me know if you can take part by contacting me either at clare.w.roberts@gmail.com

Film Club

From Martin Wheeler: As part of the Jesmond Festival, on Friday at 7pm in the hall our Film Club will be screening the 1958 crime noir masterpiece Touch of Evil, directed by and starring Orson Welles, with Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Akim Tamiroff and Marlene Dietrich. It is a story of crime, corruption, drugs and racial tension, set in a sleazy Mexican-American border town of bars and strip clubs, and the clash between Heston’s Mexican drug enforcement officer Mike Vargas and Welles’ corrupt police chief Hank Quinlan. Deeply atmospheric, by turns melancholic and shocking and full of great performances, the film is revered by directors and critics alike for the brilliance of Welles’ cinematography and is an undisputed noir classic.

Hall Spring Clean and Painting

The hall will be repainted internally in the week of 27 May. To help with preparations, we need some volunteers to clean the kitchen cupboards and drawers, tidy the other cupboards and take down the curtains. We also need volunteers to help move things into storage and return them after the decorator has finished. If you are willing to help with any of the above, please contact Barbara in the office or email welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk.

Wine Tasting

All tickets for the next tasting on 24 May have been sold. This event will focus on Cool, Light Wines for Summer. Tasting glasses will be available to purchase for £2.

Holy Name Holiday Club

A short trip is being planned to Montreuil-sur-Mer in northern France from Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 April next year. The itinerary will include a full day excursion to take in several points on the Opal Coast. We will travel by coach via Eurotunnel and stay for three nights, Bed and Breakfast, in the Best Western Hermitage, Montreuil. The cost will be confirmed once numbers are finalised.  If you are interested, please put your name on the list at the back of church or, alternatively, email welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Allotment

We have an allotment at the side of the hall which Michael Donnelly has tended for many years. We are looking for a volunteer to assist Michael for a couple of hours or so a week in maintaining this area. The work would involve some weeding, digging, grass cutting, planting and general tidiness to maintain the plot.  If you wish to help, please contact the parish office on 0191 281 0940 or at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Mental and Emotional Health

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, a Service – No Outsiders to His Love – will be held in St Mary’s Cathedral next Sunday at 3pm. It will draw attention to the importance of caring for those living with mental health and emotional issues. The Service will involve music, dance, reading and teaching, intended to highlight the dignity of people whose mental and emotional health causes them pain and a lack of peace.

Sunday 5 May 2019

Baptism

We welcome into the family of the Church baby Ella Grace Charlotte Stanley, daughter of Martin and Jennifer (grandchild of Roy and Loretta), who is being baptised today.

Church Services

The Services of the Word with Holy Communion from Monday to Thursday this week at 9.30am will be held in the main body of the church. All are welcome.

Holy Name 90th – Seamus Heaney

On Wednesday at 7pm in the hall Gary Wade from Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies will give a lecture in which he will explore Seamus Heaney’s Catholic Sensibility. He will explore how Catholicism shaped Heaney as a child and adolescent, and later as a poet. Gary will look at three main influences on Heaney, beginning with his religious upbringing on a small farm in County Derry; the study of the catechism at school; and, finally, his intellectual formation through the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Patrick Kavanagh. All are welcome.

Holy Name Book Club

James Lee Burke is one of the finest crime writers of our time. His novel Robicheaux will be discussed on Wednesday 22 May. All are welcome.

History and Heritage

From Clare Roberts: Thanks to the award of Heritage Lottery funding, we will be producing an exhibition and recording of voices in November to celebrate our church’s 90th anniversary. We now need as many members and friends of Holy Name as possible to be involved by sharing their personal memories of Holy Name. If you are willing to share photographs in hard copy or on a memory stick, please take an A4 envelope from the back of church, fill it with your memorabilia and bring it to the Memories Event next Sunday after 10am Mass. All will be returned to you. Please let me know if you can take part by contacting me either at clare.w.roberts@gmail.com or speak to me after Mass. Instructions are in the envelope.

Littler Sisters of the Poor

There is a diocesan-wide collection at Masses today for the Little Sisters of the Poor. They need to raise funds for essential fire safety improvements to their Care Home in Elswick.

Hall Spring Clean and Painting

The hall will be repainted internally in the week of 27 May. To help with preparations, we need some volunteers to clean the kitchen cupboards and drawers, tidy the other cupboards and take down the curtains. We also need volunteers to help move things into storage (to the nearby shed or garage) and return them after the decorator has finished. If you are willing to help with any of the above, please contact the Parish Secretary, Barbara Cooper, or email welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk.

Thank you to everyone taking tins of meat or fish in oil to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Project; and to the parishioners who deliver the goods for us.

Prayer Group

From Ruth Gibson: We are a small group of parishioners who pray for the parish and any other needs presented.  Our group meets fortnightly in the church’s small chapel on a Tuesday from 7-7.45pm and you will be most welcome to join us for this Tuesday’s meeting. We begin with a prayer to the Holy Spirit, followed by a short reflection.  Then we read the Gospel of the day and reflect in silence on it, sometimes sharing thoughts on what it says to us.  We then have intercessory prayer and finish with the Lord’s Prayer and the Sign of Peace.

Holy Name Holiday Club

A short trip is being planned to Montreuil-sur-Mer in northern France from Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 April next year. The itinerary will include a full day excursion to take in several points on the Opal Coast. We will travel by coach via Eurotunnel and stay for three nights, Bed and Breakfast, in the Best Western Hermitage, Montreuil. The cost will be confirmed once numbers are finalised.  If you are interested and would like more information, please put your name on the list at the back of church or, alternatively, email welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

There are just a few tickets, £10 each, left for the Wine Tasting on Friday 24 May at 7 pm in the hall. They are on sale after both Masses today.

Sue Jamieson is making a good recovery following her heart procedure. She thanks everyone for their prayers and hopes to be back with us very soon.

Allotment

We have an allotment at the side of the hall which Michael Donnelly has tended for many years. We are looking for a volunteer to assist Michael for a couple of hours or so a week in maintaining this area. The work would involve some weeding, digging, grass cutting, planting and general tidiness to maintain the plot.  If you wish to help, please contact the parish office on 0191 281 0940 or at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Film Club

From Martin Wheeler: As part of the Jesmond Festival, on Friday 17 May Film Club will be showing the 1958 crime noir masterpiece Touch of Evil, directed by and starring Orson Welles, with Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Akim Tamiroff and Marlene Dietrich. It is a story of crime, corruption, drugs and racial tension, set in a sleazy Mexican-American border town of bars and strip clubs, and the clash between Heston’s Mexican drug enforcement officer Mike Vargas and Welles’ corrupt police chief Hank Quinlan. Deeply atmospheric, by turns melancholic and shocking and full of great performances, the film is revered by directors and critics alike for the brilliance of Welles’ cinematography and is an undisputed noir classic.

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. ~ Samuel Beckett, ‘Worstward Ho’

Sunday 28 April 2019

History and Heritage

From Clare Roberts: We have been awarded Heritage Lottery funding to produce an exhibition and recording of voices to celebrate our 90th anniversary in November. We want as many members and friends of Holy Name as possible to be involved. Would you consider sharing your personal memories of Holy Name with photographs or other records of Christenings, Weddings, First Holy Communions, social events, pantomimes, parish priests and parishioners past and present? There will be a Memories Event on Sunday 12 May after 10am Mass where we would like to discuss the project and see your pictures. If you can help, please email me at clare.w.roberts@gmail.com or speak to me after Mass.

Easter Egg Hunt

Thank you to everyone who organised last Sunday’s wonderfully successful event. We had a record number of people taking part in the Mass, many of them young families.

Piazza & Lighting Appeal

Thank you to everyone who has made a donation and to those who have pledged to make one. Including pledges, the total reached so far is £37,838. Every donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated and will be personally acknowledged.

Baptism

We welcome into the family of the Church baby Joseph Sean McCann, first child of Una and Steve, who is being baptised today.

John Frodyma RIP

John’s funeral will take place at Newcastle Crematorium on Tuesday at 3pm. A  Requiem Mass for the repose of his soul will be celebrated here on Friday at 10.00am. Requiescat in pace.

Littler Sisters of the Poor

A diocesan-wide collection will be taken at Masses next Sunday for the Little Sisters of the Poor Appeal to raise funds for essential fire safety improvements to their St Joseph’s Home for the elderly in Elswick. The Sisters also need volunteers to make the appeal on their behalf in parishes. If you are interested in doing this, email ms.newcastle@lsplondon.co.uk.

 Hall Spring Clean and Painting

The hall will be repainted internally in the week of 27 May. To help with preparations, we need some volunteers to clean the kitchen cupboards and drawers, tidy the other cupboards and take down the curtains. We also need volunteers to help move things into storage (to the nearby shed or garage) and return them after the decorator has finished. If you are willing to help with any of the above, please contact the Parish Secretary, Barbara Cooper, or email welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk.

 Please remember to take tins of meat or fish in oil to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

New Members

Please remember in your prayers Helen Lamb, Kean and Stephanie Lim, and Sonya Puspi who will be received into the full Communion of the Catholic Church during Mass on Pentecost Sunday, 9 June.

 Holy Name Holiday Club

A short trip is being planned to Montreuil-sur-Mer in northern France from Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 April next year. The itinerary will include a full day excursion to take in several points on the Opal Coast. We will travel by coach via Eurotunnel and stay for three nights, Bed and Breakfast, in the Best Western Hermitage, Montreuil. The cost will be confirmed once numbers are finalised.  If you are interested and would like more information, please put your name on the list at the back of church or, alternatively, email welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

 Holy Name Poetry Club

The next meeting on 15 May will be an open meeting to coincide with the Jesmond Community Festival. People will be welcome to share any previously published poem of their choice.

 Holy Name Wine Club

Our next tasting will be on Friday 24 May at 7 pm in the hall. Tickets, £10 each, are on sale after both Masses today.

 Funerals at Holy Name

Did you know that non-Catholic spouses of Holy Name members may have their Funerals conducted at the Holy Name Church?

Holy Name 90th – Lecture

On Wednesday 8 May Gary Wade from Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies will give a lecture in our hall at 7pm, exploringSeamus Heaney’s Catholic Sensibility.” Gary writes: In an interview in 1979, Seamus Heaney said: ‘I think Catholicism meant everything to me, in some ways.’ In my talk, I will explore how Catholicism shaped Heaney as a child and adolescent, and later as a poet. I will look at three main influences on Heaney, beginning with his religious upbringing on a small farm in County Derry, what I call ‘the domestic church’; the study of the catechism at school; and, finally, his intellectual formation through the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Patrick Kavanagh. I will trace each of these influences in his poetry.’

Mission to Accompany

From Karen Brown: We are looking forward to welcoming Bill Huebsch back to the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle on Saturday 18 May to lead us on a day exploring ‘The Mission to Accompany’ at St Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Park Road from 9.45am – 3.30pm.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided and we are suggesting a donation of £10.00 to help cover the costs of the day. Booking is essential either by telephone on 0191 243 3302 or www.billhuebsch.eventbrite.co.uk

An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress … ~ ‘Sailing to Byzantium’, W B Yeats

Easter Day, 21 April  2019

I wish a very Happy Easter to all who visit this website. ~ Fr Campion

This Joyful Eastertide …

In the world of nature this is the time of year for new life and rebirth. In the Church it’s the time for celebrating our ‘rebirth’ and the new Life we receive through the Risen Christ. Our relationship with Him begins with baptism and continues beyond death. The decorated Paschal Candle will be lit throughout the next 50 days – to the end of the Easter season – to highlight this essential of our Christian faith.

Easter Egg Hunt

Please note that to avoid the Rush and Crush today, children of Primary School age and younger, accompanied by a parent, are welcome to “Hunt the Eggs” in the hall garden after Mass. The older children will be offered eggs in the hall along with refreshments.

Easter Thanks

Thank you to our church cleaners, flower arrangers, sacristans, altar servers, readers, ministers of the Eucharist, welcomers, organist, choir director, choir members and everyone else who helped in any way with the preparation and celebration of the Holy Week and Easter ceremonies.

Holy Name Book Club

James Lee Burke is one of the finest crime writers of our time. His novel Robicheaux will be discussed on Wednesday 22 May. All are welcome.

The Holy Name Film Club

From Martin Wheeler: On Friday we will be showing the cult 1994 Australian comedy-drama Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, directed by Stephan Elliott and starring Terence Stamp, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving. An unexpected critical success on release, it tells the story of two drag queens and a transgender woman from Sydney travelling across the outback in a battered old bus to perform at a night club in Alice Springs. With powerful performances from its stars, an arresting use of the vast landscapes of the Australian outback and irresistible and riotously glam musical numbers (it won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design), the film perfectly combines outrageous comedy with tenderness and humanity, a deeply enjoyable and life-affirming party of movie that should not be missed.

Who Is Jesus?

A 12 weeks’ course exploring the basic claims of Christianity about Jesus and what it means to be a Christian will begin at St Dominic’s, New Bridge Street on Wednesday 1 May and continue weekly until the end of July. For further details email andrew.brookes.op@gmail.com

An Easter Prayer

 Lord Jesus, you are the centre towards which all things are moving: if it be possible, make a place for us all in the company of those elect and holy ones whom your loving care has liberated one by one from the chaos of our present existence and who are now being slowly incorporated into you in the unity of the new earth. ~ Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)

John Frodyma RIP

Please remember in your prayers John, Queen’s Road, who died on 12 April. His funeral is due to take place at Newcastle Crematorium (date to be confirmed). A Requiem Mass for John will be celebrated here at a later date. Requiescat in pace.

Children’s Liturgy

The Liturgy sessions during 10am Mass will resume next Sunday, 28 April. Bonne vacances!

 Hall Spring Clean and Painting

The hall is being repainted internally in the week of 27 May. To help with preparations, we need some volunteers to clean inside the kitchen cupboards and drawers, tidy the other cupboards in the hall, and take down the curtains. We also need volunteers to help move things into storage (to the nearby shed or garage) and return them after the decorator has finished. If you are able and willing to help with any of the above, please contact the parish office, welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Piazza & Lighting Appeal

Thank you to everyone who has made a donation so far and to those who have pledged to make one. Every donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated and will be personally acknowledged.

 In ancient shadows and twilights
Where childhood had strayed,
The world’s great sorrows were born
And its 
heroes were made. 
In the lost boyhood of 
Judas
Christ was betrayed. ~ from ‘Germinal’ by George William Russel (AE).

Transcendence

Behind the ebb and flow of everyday affairs lies a deeper level of reality. All religion involves a search for this: for the truly deep and the deeply true. Those who follow Christ (and many others) recognise and name this reality as a personal God who can rightly be called ‘Father’. ~ ‘The Christian Faith in the Catholic Tradition, An Outline’, Kevin Nichols

 Holy Name Holiday Club

A short trip is being planned to Montreuil-sur-Mer in northern France from Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 April next year. The itinerary will include a full day excursion to take in several points on the Opal Coast. We will travel by coach via Eurotunnel and stay for two nights, Bed and Breakfast, in the Best Western Hermitage, Montreuil. The cost will be confirmed once numbers are finalised.  If you are interested and would like more information, please put your name on the list at the back of church or, alternatively, email welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Holy Name 90th – Lecture

On Wednesday 8 May Gary Wade from Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies will exploreSeamus Heaney’s Catholic Sensibilityin our hall at 7pm. All are welcome.

 A Novel Note

“There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.” ~ Anne of the Green Gables, L M Montgomery

Palm Sunday 14 April 2019

The Easter Triduum

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week we will celebrate Our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection in three separate but inter-related ceremonies. The three Services together form one celebration and, if possible, should be celebrated in their entirety.

  • On Maundy Thursday at 7pm we will commemorate Our Lord’s Last Supper when he washed his disciples’ feet and instituted the Eucharist. Following the Mass there will be a short period for silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament at the Altar of Repose until 8.30pm when the church will close.
  • On Good Friday at 3pm we will commemorate Our Lord’s death at Calvary. For Catholics this is one of two days in the year when we are invited to be in solidarity with Christ’s suffering by undergoing fasting and abstinence (reducing the amount we eat and drink as well as abstaining from a high protein food e.g. meat)
  • On Holy Saturday at 6pm we will celebrate the Lord’s resurrection from the dead and, through our baptism, the forgiveness of our sins and our share in his New Life.

Retiring Collection

The annual collection to support Catholics living in the Holy land – an increasingly persecuted and impoverished community – takes place today.

Washing of Feet

An essential part of Thursday’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper is the symbolic enacting of Our Lord’s washing the feet of his disciples. If you are willing to have your feet washed during this Mass, please put your name on the list at the back of church. More volunteers – male and female, young and old – are needed.

Easter Egg Hunt

Children are invited to take part in our annual Easter Egg Hunt in the hall garden after Mass next Sunday morning. Bring your parents!

Thank You

Charlotte Nelson is most grateful for the good wishes, advice and £412.50 she received last Sunday from the sale of cakes in aid of her trip in July to Zambia and Botswana with fellow students of St Mary’s Catholic School.  She has raised a further £979 by holding other cake sales, babysitting and gymnastics coaching. To date over half her target has been achieved. Charlotte will report back to the parish after the trip is completed.

Piazza & Lighting Appeal

Thank you to everyone who has made a donation so far and to those who have pledged to make one. Every donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.

Flowers for Easter

From Lorraine Lee: The flower arranging team would be very grateful for donations of greenery to decorate the church for Easter.  It can be taken to church on Thursday late morning or first thing on Friday.

 Holy Name Holiday Club

A short trip is being planned to Montreuil-sur-Mer in northern France from 22-24 April next year. The itinerary will include a full day excursion to take in several points on the Opal Coast. We will travel by coach via Eurotunnel and stay for two nights, Bed and Breakfast, in the Best Western Hermitage, Montreuil. The cost will be confirmed once numbers are finalised.  If you are interested and would like more information, please put your name on the list at the back of church or, alternatively, email welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

 The Holy Name Film Club

From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 26 April at 7pm in the hall we will be showing the cult 1994 Australian comedy-drama Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. All are welcome.

 Altar Servers

Do we have any young people who wish to assist with Mass by becoming an Altar Server? We hope a new training course will begin after Easter.

 Diocesan Refugee Project

Thank you to everyone who last Sunday contributed 77 tins of meat/fish, 7 tins of other produce, some dry goods, cosmetics, sweaters, socks, £20 in the collection and £5 in the food basket.

Holy Name 90th – Lecture

On Wednesday 8 May Gary Wade from Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies will exploreSeamus Heaney’s Catholic Sensibility.” Gary writes: In an interview in 1979, Seamus Heaney said: ‘I think Catholicism meant everything to me, in some ways.’ In my talk, I will explore how Catholicism shaped Heaney as a child and adolescent, and later as a poet. I will look at three main influences on Heaney, beginning with his religious upbringing on a small farm in County Derry, what I call ‘the domestic church’; the study of the catechism at school; and, finally, his intellectual formation through the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Patrick Kavanagh. I will trace each of these influences in his poetry.’

 Communion – Confirmation Gap

For children who have made their First Holy Communion but are not old enough for Confirmation, our Partnership of parishes has identified that there is need for a link between the two sacraments, particularly for those leaving Primary to enter the world of Secondary education. With this is mind, two sessions for such young people will be held at St Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Park Road between 10 and 12.30pm on Saturdays 8 and 15 June. Parents who wish for their children to take part should contact Fr Campion.

 A Novel Note

‘The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.’ ~ The Giver, Lois Lowry

Sunday 7 April 2019

The Way of the Cross
The traditional devotion of The Stations of the Cross takes place on Thursday at 7pm. There will be an opportunity afterwards for private Confession.

Cake Sale
You are invited to support today’s Cake Sale in the hall after morning Mass in aid of Charlotte Nelson’s trip in July to Zambia and Botswana with fellow students of St Mary’s Catholic School. They will be helping children to improve their English speaking and reading skills, as well as erecting a new building to ensure the children’s education can continue to a higher level.

Gift Aid Envelopes
Please collect your new envelopes from the back of church. If you wish to switch to donating by Standing Order, please complete a mandate (from the leaflet rack underneath the Pope Francis photograph).

Refugee Sunday
Thank you to everyone taking tins of meat or fish in oil to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Children’s Liturgy
There will be no Children’s Liturgy sessions from today until Sunday 28 April because of the Easter school holidays. Bonne vacances!

Holy Week: Maundy Thursday
An essential part of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (18 April, 7pm) is the symbolic enacting of Our Lord’s washing the feet of his disciples. If you are willing to have your feet washed during this Mass, please put your name on the list at the back of church.

Sick List Consent
In accordance with the new Diocesan Data Protection Policy, the consent of people whose names appear in our newsletter’s Pray for the Sick list must be obtained in either written or verbal form. If a person’s name appears in the list at your request, please complete the Consent Form at the back of church today and return it as soon as possible.

Fr James Keane RIP
The Requiem Mass for Fr James Keane, parish priest of St George’s, Bells Close since 1993 and who died on 27 March, will take place at St George’s on Thursday at 12 noon. Requiescat in pace.

Holy Name Book Club
Due to Wednesday’s meeting being cancelled, the exquisite crime novel Robicheaux by James Lee Burke will be discussed on Wednesday 22 May.

Holy Name 90thRequiem Mass
As part of our 90th anniversary celebrations, a Requiem Mass will be offered on Sunday 3 November for the deceased members and benefactors of our parish. The augmented Holy Name Choir will perform Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D Minor throughout the Mass.

Holy Name 90th – Lecture
From Catherine Hearne: The Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University is working with us to celebrate our 90th anniversary. Eminent scholars will give presentations in our Church hall over the next 12 months. The first event takes place on Wednesday 8 May at 7pm when Gary Wade will exploreSeamus Heaney’s Catholic Sensibility.” Gary writes: In an interview in 1979, Seamus Heaney said: ‘I think Catholicism meant everything to me, in some ways.’ In my talk, I want to explore how Catholicism shaped Heaney as a child and adolescent, and later as a poet. I will look at three main influences on Heaney, beginning with his religious upbringing on a small farm in County Derry, what I call ‘the domestic church’; the study of the catechism at school; and, finally, his intellectual formation through the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Patrick Kavanagh. I will trace each of these influences in his poetry.’

Wine Club
The next Wine Club tasting is on Friday at 7pm in the hall.  The focus will be on less well-known Italian wines with accompanying food. Tickets are on sale after Mass for £10. Tickets are available also for the tasting on 24 May, theme to be decided.

The Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 26 April at 7pm in the hall we will be showing the cult 1994 Australian comedy-drama Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. All are welcome.

Friday is a Day of Special Prayer in the Church for Survivors of Sexual Abuse.

Reception into the Church
Please remember in your prayers Kean, Stephanie, Helen and Sonya who are preparing to be received into the Church.

First Reconciliation & Holy Communion
The following children will celebrate the Sacrament of Penance (confession) for the first time today, and they will make their First Holy Communion in July – Emma Bates, Cameron Cope, Robbie Cope, Ellie Miller, Robbie Miller, Ines Mullo-Tardiveau, Emilia Siemens, Ben Proudlock, Grace Young, Nathaniel Gallagher, Zachary Gallagher, Oliver Yousey, Elizabeth Yousey. Their preparation consists of seven family centred monthly sessions which are led by the children’s parents with support from catechists Cathy Corcoran and Judith Dryhurst. The parents describe the afternoon sessions as “joyful and fun, as well as thoughtful and, sometimes, perhaps, a little challenging.”

Holy Week Services
Maundy Thursday (18 April) – 7pm
Good Friday (19 April) – 3pm
Holy Saturday (20 April) – 6pm
Easter Day (21 April) – 10am only

Got a Complaint?
Taking part in Mass at Holy Name should be a prayerful and uplifting experience. If you are dissatisfied with the service you receive or with any aspect of parish life, including its management, please let me know. Our members’ satisfaction is paramount. ~ Fr Campion

Sunday 31 March 2019

Parish Council
The Council meets today at 11.30am. The members are – Catherine Hearne (Chair), Clare Roberts (Vice-Chair), Aaron Gamboa, Madeleine Hardy (Safeguarding), Michael Howard (Finance), Dominic Manfredi, Tony McPhillips, Julie Mohan, Avril O’Reilly, Tessa Burton-Roberts, Roy Stanley, Nicholas Stonor, John Waddell and Fr Campion.

Stations of the Cross
The traditional devotion takes place on Thursday at 7pm. There will be an opportunity afterwards for private Confession.

Mozambique CAFOD Collection
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the near £1,450 collected last Sunday for the victims of the Cyclone Idai disaster.

Lenten Alms Appeal
From Moira Ashman, Chief Executive of St Cuthbert’s Care: Please support today’s retiring collection for our Hardship Fund. This enables us to offer financial assistance to people with limited means who wish to live in one of our two Catholic nursing homes. It ensures that no person is ever turned away from one of our homes because of an inability to pay.

Please remember to take tins of meat or fish in oil to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Piazza Project
We have received approval from Newcastle City Council and from the Diocesan Board of Trustees to proceed with the improvement to the access ramp and hardstanding area outside the main church entrance.

Missing Hymn Books
Have you mistakenly taken a hymn book home with you? If so, please return it. Since we purchased them four years ago, 25 per cent of the books have ‘disappeared’.

Gift Aid Envelopes
Please collect your new envelopes from the back of church. If you wish to switch to donating by Standing Order, please complete a mandate (from the leaflet rack underneath the Pope Francis photograph), send it to your bank and inform the parish office of the change. If you are a new donor requiring a set of envelopes, please inform Barbara Cooper at the parish office.

Thank you to the 103 parishioners who support our Gift Aid scheme. Last year they enabled us to claim extra income of £13,500 – and at no extra cost to them – from the government. If you pay tax and wish to join the scheme (it really does not cost you anything extra), please complete a Declaration Form, available from the back of church, and return it to the Parish Office or place it in the blue box provided.

Children’s Liturgy
There will be no Children’s Liturgy sessions next Sunday and on 14 and 21 April because of the Easter school holidays. We wish the children an enjoyable holiday.

Cake Sale
Charlotte Nelson will be travelling to Zambia and Botswana in July with fellow students of St Mary’s Catholic School. They will be helping children to improve their English speaking and reading skills, as well as erecting a new building to ensure the children’s education can continue to a higher level. Charlotte writes: ‘I have to raise £2,300 to go and would appreciate any support to raise this money. Next Sunday I will be holding an Easter cake stall after morning Mass and would value any contributions which would help me towards achieving this target. ‘

The Holy Name Poetry Club
From Judith Dryhurst: The theme for the 17 April meeting is Trees. Please feel free to join us, with or without a previously published poem, for beautiful words, a glass of wine and the merry and instructively lively conversation on offer.

Holy Name Wine Club
The next tasting is on Friday 12 April at 7pm in the hall.  The focus will be on less well-known Italian wines with accompanying food. Tickets are on sale after Mass for £10. Tickets are available also for the tasting on 24 May, theme to be decided.

Holy Week: Maundy Thursday
An important part of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (18 April, 7pm) is the symbolic ritual of enacting Our Lord’s washing of the feet of his disciples. If you are willing to have your feet washed during this Mass, please put your name on the list at the back of church.

We wish a very happy Mother’s Day to all mothers in our parish.

The Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 26 April we will be showing the cult 1994 Australian comedy-drama Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, directed by Stephan Elliott and starring Terence Stamp, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving. An unexpected critical success on release, it tells the story of two drag queens and a transgender woman from Sydney travelling across the outback in a battered old bus to perform at a night club in Alice Springs. With powerful performances from its stars, an arresting use of the vast landscapes of the Australian outback and irresistible and riotously glam musical numbers (it won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design), the film perfectly combines outrageous comedy with tenderness and humanity, a deeply enjoyable and life-affirming party of movie that should not be missed.

Global Healing
From Helen Coyne: A film about how to respond to Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ teaching on climate change, will be screened and followed by a discussion on Friday at 7.30pm in St Charles Church Hall, Gosforth. The film is sponsored by the Bishop’s Conference and CAFOD. The entrance is from the car park in Alwinton Terrace. All are welcome.

‘We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the present and let our illusions die.’ W H Auden, The Age of Anxiety (1947)

Sunday 24 March 2019

New Bishop
The inauguration of Robert Byrne as the new Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle will take place on Monday in St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. We wish him the blessing of good health and happiness in his new ministry.

Stations of the Cross
Fr Campion will lead the traditional devotion known as The Way of the Cross on Thursday at 7pm. The Service, which lasts about 30 minutes, is a prayerful way of accompanying Jesus, after condemnation by Pilate, on his journey carrying the cross to Calvary. There will be an opportunity afterwards for anyone wishing to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance (Confession).

Reception into Full Communion
Please remember in your prayers Kean Fah Lim and Stephanie Chew, members of our congregation, who are preparing to be received into the Church during the Easter season.

Back on My Feet
From Fr Campion: After a refreshing break following foot surgery, I am resuming full-time duties of parish priest. Thank you to Mgr Philip Carroll for his much appreciated help in my absence, and, especially, to our wonderful Parish Administrator, Barbara Cooper, for her outstanding service to the Holy Name parish.

Partnership Pilgrimage
On Saturday a walk will begin at Holy Name at 9.30am (following a short Service) and proceed through the Dene to St Mary’s Chapel, then on to St Aidan’s, Benton and to St Mary’s, Forest Hall for 12.30pm. Following refreshments (take a packed lunch), it will resume with transport to St Anthony’s, Walker, Our Lady & St Vincent’s, Byker, St Lawrence’s, Byker, St Teresa’s, Heaton and, finally, to St Dominic’s for 5pm. Contact Laurie McLeman on 07791 879 258 if taking part.

Holy Name Wine Club
The next tasting will be on Friday 12 April in the hall.  The focus will be on less well-known Italian wines with accompanying food. Tickets are on sale from today priced at £10 and with a limited number at £5 for non-imbibers. Tickets are also available for the tasting on 24 May, theme to be decided.

Gift Aid Envelopes 2019/2020
Please collect your new envelopes from the back of church. If you wish to switch to donating by Standing Order, please complete a mandate (from the leaflet rack underneath the Pope Francis photograph), send it to your bank and inform the parish office of the change. If you are a new donor requiring a set of envelopes, please inform Barbara Cooper at the parish office.

‘Saint’ John Henry Newman
Sister Michael will speak on the new English saint in a talk on Wednesday at 7pm in the Church Hall at St Mary’s, Cullercoats. All are welcome.

Holy Name Book Club
From Tessa Burton-Roberts: We meet next on Wednesday 3 April in the hall at 7pm to discuss Robicheaux by James Lee Burke. Set in the towns and backwoods of Louisiana, it is a ‘gritty, atmospheric mystery’ (Goodreads) and the last in a series featuring Burke’s troubled detective, Dave Robicheaux. You are most welcome to join us for a glass of wine as we discuss this exciting novel.  Future book group titles include:  The Turn of the Screw (Henry James), Small Country (Gael Faye), The Silence of the Girls (Pat Barker), How Far Can You Go? (David Lodge) and Middlemarch (George Eliot).

Parish Oral History
The get-together on 15 March was a huge success with parishioners who attended renewing old friendships as well as enjoying something to eat. Thank you to Clare Roberts and all members of the Oral History team who organised the event.

Lenten Alms Appeal
From Moira Ashman, Chief Executive of St Cuthbert’s Care: Next Sunday I’d be most grateful for your support for our Hardship Fund. The Fund allows us to offer financial assistance to older people with limited means who wish to live in one of our two Catholic nursing homes. It ensures that no person is ever turned away from one of our homes because of an inability to pay.

It’s Good to Talk
You are very welcome to join fellow parishioners over tea/coffee in the hall on Sunday mornings after Mass.

Cyclone Idai Appeal
On 14 to 15 March the Cyclone made landfall in central Mozambique, near Beira City, leaving almost 90 per cent of the city submerged in flood water. It brought torrential rains and winds of up to 140 km/h, and a tidal surge has cut off several villages in the area. It is not clear how many people have died since the storm hit, also affecting Malawi and Zimbabwe.  To date, it is estimated that more than 200 people have died and thousands are homeless across the three countries. At the request of CAFOD there is a retiring collection today for the Cyclone Idai Appeal.

New to Holy Name?
From Fr Campion: If you have recently starting joining us for Sunday Mass at Holy Name, welcome! We hope your time with us will be enjoyable and fulfilling. If you’ve not done so already, please complete a Registration Form available from the leaflet rack at the back of church (underneath the smiling Pope Francis photograph) and place it in the blue box provided.

This prayer by John Henry Newman (1801-1890) – who will be declared a Saint in October – is a consoling one when reflecting on death:
May He support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done! Then in His mercy may He give us safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last! 

Sunday 17 March 2019

A Sign of Change
Helen Waddell, who works in the TV industry in London, made a film of 35 minutes last year about our parish which she has titled A Sign of Change. Helen explains: “A Sign of Change offers a window into how a modern, Catholic parish thinks and feels about Catholic identity, faith and the future. Filmed at Holy Name, we see how Fr Campion and the parishioners struggle with and draw strength from their Catholic faith at a time when the reputation of the Church is in crisis. The film – recoded in the aftermath of the Pope’s visit to Ireland – will be screened in the hall on Saturday at 6pm. It will begin at 6pm sharp so please arrive in good time.

Sunday Refreshments
You are welcome to meet fellow parishioners in the hall after Sunday morning Mass. If you are willing to help with serving the refreshments please contact Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office.

New Bishop
Solemn Vespers will be celebrated in St Mary’s Cathedral next Sunday at 4.30pm to mark the installation of our new Bishop. All are welcome to take part. He will be installed as the 14th Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on Monday 25 March. Please remember him in your prayers.

Charity Wine Tasting
Last week’s tasting was a great success raising £1,169. The proceeds will be divided between our two parish charities: The Bostey and the proposed improvements to the Holy Name church.

LGBT+
From Isabel: Would you like to join a support group – called Proud Catholics – run by and for LGBT+ Catholics in the North East?  We next meet at St Dominic’s RC Church on this Tuesday for a varied programme. For more details, telephone me on 07858 934457.

CAFOD Collection
Today’s retiring collection is for CAFOD, providing us with the opportunity to offer support to our suffering brothers and sisters around the world. This Lent CAFOD is highlighting the victims of drought, floods and storms and the devastating impact these are having on their already meagre existence. Through CAFOD’s global church network – one of the largest aid networks in the world – our support can reach to the ends of the earth.

New to Holy Name?
From Fr Campion: If you have recently starting joining us for Mass at Holy Name, welcome! We hope your time with us will be enjoyable and fulfilling. If you’ve not done so already, please complete a Registration Form available from the leaflets rack at the back of church (underneath the smiling Pope Francis) and place it in the blue box provided.

Church Abuse Crisis
From Fr Campion: How should a Catholic person respond to the continuing revelations of abuse and cover-ups in the Church? Do we remain silent, with heads down and hoping it will all just blow over? Many people, rightly, are left angry, hurt and bewildered. Two parishioners, who are barristers with experience in family law, have kindly agreed to lead a structured discussion in the parish to allow us to share our views, and to discuss all the issues involved in the wider context of safeguarding and abuse in the Church. Details will follow soon.

Holy Name Poetry Group
Wednesday’s meeting in the hall at 7pm will be on the theme of Friendship. You are welcome to take along a previously published poem on this theme and share it with others over a glass of wine.

Charity Language Class
£425 was raised from the recent five-week course. It will be shared with Sightsavers, Guide Dogs and Smile Train. Grand Merci to all involved.

Partnership Lent Course
A study of Pope Francis’ “Call to Holiness” (Gaudete et Exsultate) will be led by Fr Sean Hall at St Mary’s, Forest Hall. It begins on Tuesday and continues on 26 March and 2 April from 7 to 8.15pm. All are welcome.

Lenten Liturgy of Mercy
A Reconciliation Service will take place at St Teresa’s Church, Heaton Road today at 4.00pm. Priests will be available for Confession.

Piazza and Lighting Projects
From Fr Campion: Following architect John Curtis’ excellent Presentation in the hall last Sunday, the Piazza plan is on display at the back of church. We now await two approvals – from the Diocesan Buildings Committee and the Local Authority. If you can, please make a donation to fund these works which will enhance the church building for us and generations to come.

Partnership Youth Activities
From Julia Henzell of St Teresa’s Parish: The second Youth Group meeting takes place next Sunday in St Teresa’s Church Hall from 5:30-7pm. We will be continuing our Youth Alpha series (but don’t worry if you couldn’t join us last time). So we can make sure there is enough Pizza for everyone, please RSVP to julia.henzell@live.co.uk . The Event will be held this Wednesday at St Joseph’s, Hebburn from 6-7:30pm for pupils in Years 5 to 8, with transport leaving St Teresa’s at 5pm and returning at 8pm. 

Stations of the Cross
The traditional Lenten devotion will take place on Wednesday at 7pm.

Musical Society of Gosforth
The Pirates of Penzance will be performed at the Jubilee Theatre St Nicholas Hospital, Jubilee Rd, NE3 3XT from 3 – 6 April. Tickets £12 full and £10 concession. Book via website. https://www.gosforthmusical.org/copy-of-our-next-production-3

Sunday 10 March 2019

Piazza Presentation
Following today’s 10am Mass you are invited to architect John Curtis’ PowerPoint presentation in the hall – together with drawings and photographs – of the proposed works to the access ramp and paved area outside the main entrance to the church. All are welcome to attend.

Stations of the Cross
The traditional Lenten devotion will take place on Wednesday at 7pm.

Justice and Peace Group
From John Waddell: We meet on Wednesday at 6pm in the hall. All are welcome.

Parish History Party
From Clare Roberts: We wish to invite people who have been in the parish since before 1985 to a Cake & Sandwich Party in the hall on Friday at 12.30pm. This will be an opportunity for us to get together and talk about our memories of Holy Name, and to record some of the conversations for inclusion in the final Oral History recording for the 90th anniversary celebration at the end of the year.

John Titterington RIP
We offer our condolences to Maureen on the death of her husband, John, and to all her family. John’s Funeral Service will take place at Holy Name on Tuesday 26 March at 12 noon. Requiescat in pace.

Family Fast Day
From CAFOD: On Friday there is an opportunity to support our suffering brothers and sisters around the world. Drought, floods and storms are having a devastating impact on our global family. Take Mahinur from Bangladesh – she makes a living from fishing but in an area badly hit by climate change. A drought last year killed all the fish and now she’s struggling to support her disabled husband and son. On Friday, will you eat a simple meal in solidarity and give what you save to help people like Mahinur? Through CAFOD’s global church network – one of the largest aid networks in the world – your support can reach to the ends of the earth. So please collect your Fast Day envelope from church today and donate whatever you can.

Lenten Liturgy of Mercy
A Reconciliation Service will take place at St Teresa’s Church, Heaton Road, Heaton next Sunday at 4.00pm. Priests will be available for confession. Everyone is welcome.

St Oswald’s Hospice
Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth next Sunday at 4pm. You are most welcome to take part.

Holy Name Book Club
The next meeting on 3 April will discuss Robicheaux by James Lee Burke. An outstanding crime novel.

Holy Name Poetry Group
The next meeting is on Wednesday 20 March in the hall at 7pm with the theme of Friendship. All are welcome.

New to Holy Name?
From Fr Campion: If you have recently starting joining us for Mass at Holy Name, welcome! We hope your time with us will be enjoyable and fulfilling. If you’ve not done so already, please complete a Registration Form available from the leaflets rack at the back of church and place it in the blue box provided.

Partnership Lent Course
A study of Pope Francis’ “Call to Holiness” (Gaudete et Exsultate) will be led by Fr Sean Hall at St Mary’s, Forest Hall on 19 March, 26 March and 2 April from 7 to 8.15pm. All are welcome.

Things to Do for Lent
From Ruth Gibson: ’40 Acts for Lent’ is a website based programme – https://40acts.org.uk – to encourage living a generous Lent with practical suggestions for each day.

Sunday Refreshments
We are one person short for helping to serve the refreshments – tea/coffee, juice and biscuits – after Sunday morning Mass. Please contact Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office if you are willing to help.

Church Cleaning
Would you be willing to spend an hour (or two) once a week, fortnight or month assisting with cleaning the church interior? The work consists primarily in dusting, sweeping and vacuuming. You may do this work on a Monday or Wednesday morning or on a day and time that suits you. If you wish to help, please contact Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office.

New Bishop
Bishop Robert Byrne will be installed as the 14th Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on Monday 25 March. Please remember him in your prayers.

Food Donations
Thank you for the 89 tins of fish/meat as well as toiletries, towels, jumpers and £50 cash donated last Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Lenten Alms Appeal
From Moira Ashman, Chief Executive of St Cuthbert’s Care: On Sunday 31 March I’d be most grateful for your support to help us to replenish our Hardship Fund. This allows us to offer financial assistance to older people with limited means who wish to live in one of our two Catholic nursing homes. The Fund ensures that no person is ever turned away from one of our homes because of an inability to pay.

Partnership Pilgrimage
On Saturday 30 March a walk will begin at Holy Name at 9.30am and proceed through the Dene to St Mary’s Chapel, then on to St Aidan’s, Benton and to St Mary’s, Forest Hall for 12.30pm. Following refreshments (take a packed lunch), it will resume with transport to St Anthony’s, Walker, Our Lady & St Vincent’s, Byker, St Lawrence’s, Byker, St Teresa’s, Heaton and, finally, to St Dominic’s, New Bridge Street for 5pm. Contact Laurie McLeman on 07791 879 258.

The Last Word – Virgil (70-19BC)
Omnia fert aetas, animum quoque ~ Time takes everything, including the memory.

Sunday 3 March 2019

Welcome
Thank you to Monsignor Philip Carroll who is celebrating both Masses at Holy Name today.

The Season of Lent
From Wednesday this week to Maundy Thursday, 18 April, we are invited to rebuild our relationship with God through three ancient practices that have stood the test of time and are observed by most world religions – almsgiving, prayer and fasting. The traditional ritual of being signed with ashes at the start of the season will take place during Mass on Wednesday at 10am and 7pm.

Lent Day by Day
Booklets containing the Scripture readings and a short reflection for each day of the season are on sale in the Piety Shop for £1 each.

Holy Name Book Club
From Tessa Burton-Roberts: We will meet in the hall on Wednesday at 7.45pm (after Mass) to discuss Fiona Mozley’s debut novel Elmet. You are most welcome to join us to discuss this fascinating Booker nominated novel. The choice for April’s meeting is Robicheaux by James Lee Burke.

Poetry Group
The next meeting is on Wednesday 20 March in the hall at 7pm with the theme of Friendship. You will be most welcome to take part.

New Bishop’s Visit
As part of our 90th anniversary celebrations, Bishop Robert Byrne – to be installed as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle at St Mary’s Cathedral on Monday 25 March – will celebrate Mass with us on Sunday 29 September at 10am.

Retirement Gift
From Jeff Ledger, Diocesan Financial Secretary: We know that many parishioners and clergy will want to contribute to a collection to mark Bishop Cunningham’s retirement and service after almost 10 years as Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. If you wish to contribute to the collection, please use one of the special envelopes available at the back of church and place it with your donation in the offertory collection basket at Mass. The fund will remain open until 17 March.

Piazza and Lighting Projects
Next Sunday, following the 10am Mass, there will be a PowerPoint presentation in the hall – together with the architect’s drawings and photographs – of the proposed works. All are welcome to attend.

History Party
From Clare Roberts: We wish to invite people who have been in the parish since before 1985 to a Cake & Sandwich Party in the hall on 15 March at 12.30pm. This will be an opportunity for us to get together and talk about our memories of Holy Name, and to record some of the conversations for inclusion in the final Oral History recording for the 90th anniversary celebration at the end of the year.

The Holy Name Finance Committee
From Michael Howard, Chair: The Committee takes responsibility for all our parish resources – cash, capital, employees, premises and managing risk. We are seeking to appoint someone who would offer experience in the oversight of our “estate” (the church, presbytery, hall and grounds) in terms of public liability, analysis of risk, sufficiency of insurance cover, and the like. The Committee meets four times a year. The post would be advisory in nature, with much of the execution of what is needed led by Barbara Cooper, our Parish Administrator. If you wish to know more, please contact me at michael@howard.uk.net

Lenten Reconciliation
There will be a Liturgy of Mercy for the churches in our Partnership at St Teresa’s Church, Heaton Road, Heaton on Sunday 17 March at 4.00pm. Priests will be available for confession. Everyone is welcome.

Health and Safety
From Fr Campion: we require a new Health and Safety officer for the parish. This is a voluntary role and requires someone to complete an annual inspection of our properties to ensure they comply with all aspects of Health and Safety. If anyone is interested in this service to the parish, please contact me or any member of the Parish Council.

A Novel Note
“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.” ~ Charlotte Brontë, ‘Jane Eyre’, 1847

Anniversary Events
Would you be willing to help with organising any of the following events that have been suggested to mark the 90th anniversary of the opening of our church? The proceeds would be shared with The Bostey in St Anthony’s Parish in Walker:

  • Table Top Sale
  • Silent Auction
  • Race Night
  • Quiz Night
  • Jazz Night
  • Family BBQ
  • Parish Calendar for 2020
  • Commemorative Book of Recipes
  • Communal Anointing of the Sick

If you are willing to help with any of these or have other suggestions, please contact Fr Campion.

Food Donations
Thank you to everyone taking tins of meat or fish in oil to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

The Last Word
I went to a christening of a relative a year or two ago – christenings are as big as weddings nowadays in working class life. It was friends, all dressed up. And the priest said: ‘And now the Lord’s Prayer’. None of them knew it. The priest was whispering it and looking at me, and I was whispering it so as not to draw attention to myself, and that was about it. There must have been 70 people there, mostly in their early twenties, and I just thought: it’s gone. It’s gone. ~ Melvyn Bragg, in The Sunday Times, 24 February, on the vanishing world of the Christian and his childhood faith.

Sunday 24 February 2019

Welcome
Thank you to Fr John Skivington who is celebrating both Masses at Holy Name today.

Get Ready
The 40 days season of Lent begins on (Ash) Wednesday, 6 March. Why not begin it with the traditional Signing of Ashes in Mass at 10am or 7pm?

Intermediate French
The class resumes tomorrow, Monday, at 6.30pm in the church’s small chapel.

Prayer Group
Tuesday’s meeting from 7pm to 8pm will be in the church’s small chapel. Access on this occasion is from the church car park via the side (confessional) door. Call Ruth Gibson on 07943 710 345 for further details.

Piazza and Lighting Projects
After the 10am Mass on Sunday 10 March there will be a PowerPoint presentation – together with the architect’s drawings and photographs – of the proposed works. We hope these will be carried out later this year. All are welcome to attend.

New Bishop
Bishop Robert Byrne will be installed as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle at St Mary’s Cathedral on Monday 25 March. Entry will be by invitation and ticket only.

The Holy Name Finance Committee
From Michael Howard, Chair: The Committee takes responsibility for all our resources – cash, capital, employees, premises and managing risk. We are seeking to appoint someone who would offer experience in the oversight of our “estate” (the church, presbytery, hall and grounds) in terms of public liability, analysis of risk, sufficiency of insurance cover, and the like. The Committee meets four times a year. The post would be advisory in nature, with much of the execution of what is needed led by Barbara Cooper, our Parish Administrator. If you wish to know more, please contact me at michael@howard.uk.net

Fence Painting
Do we have a volunteer or two who would be willing to complete the painting of the fencing around the perimeter of the hall garden? If so, please contact Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office.

Health and Safety
From Fr Campion: Following the retirement of Michael Anderson, we need a new Health and Safety officer for the parish. This is a voluntary role and requires someone to complete an annual inspection of our properties to ensure they comply with all aspects of Health and Safety. If anyone is interested in this role, please contact me or any member of the Parish Council.

Food Donations
Please remember to take a tin of meat or fish in oil to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Retirement Gift
From Jeff Ledger, Diocesan Financial Secretary: We know that many parishioners and clergy will want to contribute to a collection to mark Bishop Cunningham’s retirement and service after almost 10 years as Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. If you wish to contribute to the collection, please use one of the special envelopes available at the back of church and place it with your donation in the offertory collection basket at Mass. The fund will remain open until 17 March.

History Party
From Clare Roberts: We wish to invite people who have been in the parish since before 1985 to a Cake & Sandwich Party in the hall on 15 March at 12.30pm. This will be an opportunity for us to get together and talk about our memories of Holy Name, and to record some of the conversations for inclusion in the final Oral History recording for the 90th anniversary celebration at the end of the year.

Holy Name Wine Club
The next event on Friday 8 March will feature an impressive selection of vintage wine that has been donated for this special tasting and raffle. Accompanying canapés will match the wines. Tickets, £10, are now on sale after both Sunday Masses. All proceeds from the evening will go to charity – so prepare to be generous!

Lent Day by Day
Booklets containing the Scripture readings and a short reflection for each day of the season are on sale in the Piety Shop for £1 each.

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will.
All I have and call my own, y
ou have given to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me. ~ St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)

Holy Name 90th
From Catherine Hearne: The Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University is working with us to celebrate our 90th anniversary. Eminent scholars will give presentations in our Church Hall over the next 12 months. The first event takes place Wednesday 8 May at 7pm when we will explore Seamus Heaney and Modern Irish Poetry with PhD student Gary Wade. At the university Gary is studying with Professor Stephen Regan who will join us later in the year with a fresh presentation. Professor Paul Murray will come to Holy Name Wednesday 5 June to discuss Pope Francis’ Call for a Fully Synodal Church and What This Would Mean in Practice. All are welcome to these lectures.

Holy Name Book Club
From Tessa Burton-Roberts: We will meet next on Wednesday 6 March to discuss Fiona Mozley’s debut novel Elmet. You are most welcome to join us to discuss this fascinating Booker nominated novel.

New – wider diameter – pipes from the boiler to the radiators were installed last week to improve heating in the hall.

Sunday 17 February 2019

Welcome
Thank you to Fr Noel Colahan (morning) and Fr John Skivington (evening) who are celebrating Mass at Holy Name today.

Piazza and Lighting Projects
After the 10am Mass on Sunday 10 March there will be a PowerPoint presentation – together with the architect’s drawings and photographs – of the proposed works. We hope these will be carried out later this year. All are welcome to attend.

Holy Name Poetry Group
The theme for the meeting on Wednesday at 7pm in the hall is Children. All are welcome, with or without a previously published poem, in the Hall from 7 to 8-30pm. A glass of wine or fruit juice is available to help promote conviviality.

Fence Painting
We recently had most of the fencing around the perimeter of the presbytery and hall garden painted. Do we have a volunteer or two who would be willing to finish this work for us? If so, please contact Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office.

Bishop’s Retirement Mass
Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday at 7pm to mark Bishop Cunningham’s retirement. Tickets are not required and all are welcome. We wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Health and Safety
From Fr Campion: For the past 20 years Michael Anderson has been our parish Health and Safety officer. He is now retiring from the post and we are seeking a replacement. If anyone is interested in this role, please contact me or any member of the Parish Council. I am most grateful to Michael for his generous service to the parish over so many years.

New Bishop
The Installation Mass for Bishop Robert Byrne will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral on Monday 25 March at 12 noon. Entry to the Cathedral for this Mass will be by invitation and ticket only.

Intermediate French Class
There is no class this week and it will resume at 6.30pm on Monday 25 February.

Holy Name 90th
From Catherine Hearne: We are delighted that the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University is working with us to celebrate our 90th anniversary. Four of their eminent scholars are giving presentations in our Hall over the next 12 months. The first event will now be in early May when Professor Stephen Regan will speak on Seamus Heaney and Modern Irish Poetry. Stephen was born in Durham and went to St Bede’s School in Lanchester. His publications include essays on W B Yeats, Seamus Heaney and Robert Frost, two books on Philip Larkin, and an edition of George Meredith’s Modern Love.  The second event will be on 5 June. All are welcome to these lectures.

Parish Trip to Aix-en-Provence
There are just a few places remaining for the visit to France from 7-11 October. Please contact the Parish Secretary, Barbara Cooper, this week if you are interested.

The Holy Name Finance Committee
From Michael Howard, Chair: The Committee does much more than simply counting in the cash and watching it go out again. In total it takes responsibility for all our resources, be that cash, capital, employees, premises, and managing risk. We are seeking to appoint someone who would offer experience in the oversight of our “estate” (the church, presbytery, hall and grounds) in terms of public liability, analysis of risk, sufficiency of insurance cover, and the like. The Committee meets four times a year. The post would be advisory in nature, with much of the execution of what is needed led by Barbara Cooper, our Parish Administrator. You can contact me at michael@howard.uk.net 

Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On this Friday (22 February) at 7pm in the hall we will be showing Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Academy Award nominated 1958 psychological noir thriller Vertigo, starring James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes.

Prayer Group
The next meeting will take place in the small chapel of the church on Tuesday 26 February from 7pm to 8pm. Access is from the church car park via the side (confessional) door. Call Ruth Gibson on 07943 710 345.

Holy Name Book Club
From Tessa Burton-Roberts: We will meet next on Wednesday 6 March to discuss Fiona Mozley’s debut novel Elmet. The title of the book comes from the last British Celtic kingdom to fall to the Angles, which  ‘for centuries… was considered a more or less uninhabitable wilderness, a notorious refuge for criminals, a hide-out for refugees’ (Ted Hughes). The book tells the story of Daniel, his sister Cathy and their terrifying ‘Daddy’, who have built a house with their bare hands on claimed land near the East Coast railway line. They are outsiders, living a life governed by their own rules. You are most welcome to join us to discuss this fascinating Booker nominated novel.

New English Saint
The Vatican has announced that John Henry Newman will be declared a saint after Pope Francis approved a second miracle attributed to the English cardinal’s intercession. It did not release details of the miracle but it has been reported to concern the healing of a woman suffering from a “life-threatening pregnancy” in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The former Anglican priest was one of the highest profile figures to be received into the Catholic Church in Victorian England and one of the most important religious figures of his generation.

The Last Word
In a higher world it is otherwise, but here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often. ~ John Henry Newman,An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine’, (1845)

Partnership Pilgrimage
From Fr David Smith, Dean: We will be leaving St. Columbas, Wallsend on the morning of Wednesday 24th July and arriving in Lisieux early evening in time for dinner, travelling by luxury coach and ferry. We will spend two nights in Lisieux and on Thursday 25th will take in all of the places associated with the life of St. Therese of Lisieux. On Friday morning, 26 July, we will leave Lisieux and arrive in Lourdes at approximately 6.00 pm with plenty of comfort stops en route. We will then be joining the Diocesan Pilgrimage in Lourdes led this year by our new Bishop – Bishop Robert Byrne. On Thursday 1August we will leave Lourdes after breakfast and travel to a hotel in Le Mams, arriving in time for dinner, bed and breakfast before setting off on Friday 2nd of August for Calais and our ferry back to Dover and final leg of our trip home to Wallsend arriving in the evening.
The price of approximately £700 is based on full board, sharing, as we currently have no single rooms available. For more details or to request a booking form to book one of the eight places left on our coach, contact Father David Smith at Our Lady & St. Columbas.

Vacancies
The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has the following vacancies: Administrator, Dept. for Safeguarding – full-time, 12 month fixed term contract. Closing date: 28 February. Cleaner, St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle – 20 hours per week, 12 month fixed term contract. Closing date: 4 March. For further information and details of how to apply please visit our website www.rcdhn.org.uk or contact us 0191 243 3301, email human.resources@diocesehn.org.uk

Sunday 10 February 2019

New Bishop
Alleluia! Bishop Robert Byrne has been appointed as the new Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, succeeding Bishop Seamus Cunningham. Formerly Provost of the Oxford Oratory, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham in 2014. Robert Byrne was born in Manchester in 1956 and attended St Bede’s Grammar School, King’s University College, London and the Pontifical College (the Angelicum) in Rome. In 1980 he entered the Birmingham Oratory and was ordained a priest on 5 January, 1985. Bishop Byrne’s Episcopal Installation will be celebrated on Monday 25 March in St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. We wish him the blessing of good health and happiness in his new ministry.

Diocesan Refugee Project
Thank you for the generous donations of 85 tins of meat/fish, a small amount of other food stuff and a good amount of cosmetics. Some good shoes, coats and bedding were also donated as well as £60 in cash.

Piazza and Lighting Projects
On Sunday 10 March, following the 10am Mass, there will be a PowerPoint presentation with drawings and photographs of the proposed works. We hope these will be carried out later this year. Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome. Details also of the various ways to donate to the projects will be available on this day.

Parish visit to Aix-en-Provence
So far 31 people have expressed an interest in taking part. Deposits are now being taken for the trip from 7-11 October and rooms are being allocated accordingly. Details of the visit are available from Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office. Should you wish to go to Aix, please make a payment of £80 by cash, cheque or BACS no later than Tuesday this week.

Welcome
Thank you to Monsignor Philip Carroll who is celebrating both Masses at Holy Name today.

Retirement Mass for Bishop Cunningham
Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral on 22 February at 7pm to mark the Bishop’s retirement. Tickets are not required and all are welcome.

Holy Name 90th
From Catherine Hearne: We are delighted that the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University is working with us to celebrate our 90th anniversary. Four of their eminent scholars are giving presentations in our Church Hall over the next 12 months. The first event is on Wednesday 13 March at 7pm when Professor Stephen Regan will speak on Seamus Heaney and Modern Irish Poetry. Stephen was born in Durham and went to St Bede’s School in Lanchester. His publications include essays on W B Yeats, Seamus Heaney and Robert Frost, two books on Philip Larkin, and an edition of George Meredith’s Modern Love.  All are welcome to these lectures.

 Parish Council Vacancy

Catherine Hearne is retiring in the spring as the Chair and member of the Holy Name Parish Council.  She feels it is now time to hand over the reins to someone who, she says, “can bring a fresh pair of eyes to the Council”. Thank you to Catherine for her dedication and hard work over the past four years. Nominations for the vacancy on the Council are now welcome. If you wish to nominate someone, please chat with the person concerned and then contact either Fr Campion at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk or any member of the Council.

 Parish Council
The Council members are – Catherine Hearne (Chair, to retire in the spring), Clare Roberts (Vice-Chair), Michael Anderson (Health & Safety), Aaron Gamboa, Madeleine Hardy (Safeguarding), Michael Howard (Finance), Dominic Manfredi, Tony McPhillips, Avril O’Reilly, Tessa Burton-Roberts, Roy Stanley, Nicholas Stonor, John Waddell and Fr Campion (ex officio).

The Holy Name Finance Committee
From Michael Howard, Chair: The Committee does much more than simply counting in the cash and watching it go out again. In total it takes responsibility for all our resources, be that cash, capital, employees, premises, and managing risk. We are seeking to appoint someone who would offer experience in the oversight of our “estate” (the church, presbytery, hall and grounds) in terms of public liability, analysis of risk, sufficiency of insurance cover, and the like. The Committee meets four times a year. The post would be advisory in nature, with much of the execution of what is needed led by Barbara Cooper, our Parish Administrator. You can contact me at michael@howard.uk.net

French Intermediate Class
T
he course continues this Monday at 6.30pm with the forthcoming lessons in the side chapel of the church. If you are taking part, please enter via the side-door to the church on North Jesmond Avenue.

Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday at 7pm in the hall we will be showing Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Academy Award nominated 1958 psychological noir thriller Vertigo, starring James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes. Stewart plays a retired cop in San Francisco who is caught up in a dizzying vortex of obsession, illusion and murder. Shot in gorgeous Technicolor and saturated with a dream-like melancholy and repressed eroticism, the film’s beautiful, haunting cinematography is matched with a sumptuous, emotionally-charged score by Hitchcock’s go-to composer Bernard Herrmann. Vertigo replaced Citizen Kane as the greatest film ever made in the 2012 British Film Institute’s critics’ poll and will be an utter feast to see on the big screen.

Racial Justice Sunday
Today we are asked to reflect on the problems faced by people due to racism and ethnic discrimination. The theme this year is Dignity of Work, looking at how all people must not be exploited or face discrimination and hatred in their work.

Sunday 3 February 2019

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the church Isaac Daniel and Finley Jude Forster, children of Natalie and Kristian, who are being baptised today.

Diocesan Refugee Project
Thank you for your generous donations of tins of meat and fish in oil. Men’s warm outer clothing and bedding is always welcome but there is currently no room for other clothing at the Project in Summerhill Square, Newcastle.

Holy Name Book Club
You are welcome to join the Group for its meeting on Wednesday at 7pm in the hall (on Towers Avenue) to discuss Mrs Osmond by John Banville. The selection for 6 March it is Elmet by Fiona Mozley.

Finance Report
If you did not get one last Sunday, please take a copy of the 2017-2018 Report from the Finance Committee available at the back of church.

Parish Income
Please note that all donations for baptisms, weddings, funerals and Mass intentions are income for the parish and do not form part of the priest’s income. These donations may be Gift Aided.

Open Meeting
From Fr Campion: Over 50 people took part in last Sunday’s annual general meeting of the parish which, as ever, was chaired excellently by Catherine Hearne. Thank you to Catherine for her service to Holy Name and to everyone who took part.

Holy Name Wine Club
The next tasting will be on Friday, 8 March in the hall. Full details will follow soon.

Parish Council AGM
From Catherine Hearne, Chair of Parish Council: Last Sunday I announced my intention to step down as Chair of Parish Council in the spring. It has been a privilege and a huge pleasure to serve Holy Name in this role since 2015. I think it’s now time to hand over the reins to someone who can bring a fresh pair of eyes to the Council. I will continue to be an active volunteer with our parish. Fr Michael and the Parish Council are keen to hear from you with nominations to this vacancy. Who do you know with the experience, talents and time to commit to our vibrant community as Chair of our Parish Council? They may or may not already be a member of our Council. Do have a chat with the person you want to nominate to make sure they are happy, then contact Fr Campion at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk or speak to him in person.

Quiet Prayer
An evening of quiet prayer will take place at 50 Bemersyde Drive, Jesmond from 7-8pm on Tuesday. Telephone Ruth Gibson on 07943 710 345 for information or if you wish to take part.

French Language Class – Intermediate Level
This begins on Monday (4 February) at 6.30pm and will take place in the presbytery, with access at the end of North Jesmond Avenue. The cost is £30 for five lessons and all proceeds will be given to charity.

A Sign of Change
Last year Helen Waddell, who works in the TV industry in London, made a film of 35 minutes about our parish which she has titled A Sign of Change. Helen explains: “A Sign of Change offers a window into how a modern, Catholic parish thinks and feels about Catholic identity, faith and the future. Filmed at Holy Name, we see how Fr Campion and the parishioners struggle with and draw strength from their Catholic faith at a time when the reputation of the Church is in crisis. The film will be screened in the hall on Saturday 23 March at 6pm – it will begin at 6pm sharp so please arrive early for drinks, snacks and seats!”

A Prayer for Yemen
The international development faith agencies CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, World Vision and Islamic Relief are inviting supporters to pray for Yemen with the following prayer to be offered this week: Giver of Life, who hears the cries from Yemen – of mothers choosing between medicine or food, of parents grieving children lost to starvation, of those who have given up everything in hunger – hear our cries for hope, for change, for peace. In your mercy, break political deadlocks, soften hardened hearts, change closed minds, open unhearing ears.  Let people come before power, let life be holy again, let your justice and peace shape the nation of Yemen and the lives of all people.

Parish Visit to France
This year’s visit will be to Aix-en-Provence, southern France, from Monday 7 to Friday 11 October. Travel will be with British Airways to Nice via Heathrow with coach transfers to Aix, birthplace of Paul Cézanne, the French artist and Post-Impressionist painter. In addition to the many attractions of Aix itself, excursions will take place to Arles and Nîmes, for example, and the surrounding area.  Accommodation will be in a 3 star hotel in Aix on a Bread & Breakfast basis, offering double, twin and single rooms. The latter will incur a supplement. The estimated cost is £650. To sign up provisionally, please e-mail Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office, stating your room preference. Final details will be published as soon as possible.

Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 15 February we will be showing Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Academy Award nominated 1958 psychological noir thriller Vertigo, starring James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes. All are welcome.

A Screw Loose
From Fr Campion: On Friday I am due to have further surgery to remove loose metal screws from my foot which have made walking painful. All going well, I will resume parish work from mid-March. I am most grateful for everyone’s concern and prayers.

Sunday 27 January 2019

Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven. ~ Pope Francis

Open Meeting
From Fr Campion: You are invited to take part in today’s Annual General Meeting of the Parish after 10am Mass. If you have suggestions to improve the running of the parish or wish to see more activities – spiritual or social – taking place, please do come along. Our members’ satisfaction is paramount and everyone’s contribution, large or small, is important.

Parish Council
The Council members are – Catherine Hearne (Chair), Clare Roberts (Vice-Chair), Michael Anderson (Health & Safety), Aaron Gamboa, Madeleine Hardy (Safeguarding), Michael Howard (Finance), Dominic Manfredi, Tony McPhillips, Avril O’Reilly, Tessa Burton-Roberts, Roy Stanley, Nicholas Stonor, John Waddell and Fr Campion (ex officio).

Holocaust Memorial Day
Events are being held today across the UK to mark the liberation of Auschwitz and to remember the evil which perpetuated genocide wherever it has appeared. A diocesan event will be held on Tuesday at 7pm in St Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Road. Bookings may be made by telephoning St Teresa’s Church on 0191 265 2590

Holy Name Poetry Group
The theme for the meeting on 20 February is Children. All are welcome, with or without a previously published poem, in the Hall from 7 to 8-30pm. A glass of wine or fruit juice is available to help promote conviviality.

Lourdes Pilgrimage
If you are a nurse and willing to help with caring for the sick pilgrims on this year’s Pilgrimage from 26 July to 2 August, please contact Kath McTernan, Chief Nurse, on (0191) 274 3928.

Finance Report
The annual Report from the Finance Committee is distributed today with this newsletter. Thank you to the Committee members and to all who contribute to the upkeep of the Holy Name.

Day of Reflection
As part of our 90th anniversary celebrations we will have a spiritual Day of Reflection in the parish on Saturday 7 September. It will be led by Fr Eamon Mulcahy, a member of the Spiritans (Holy Ghost Fathers) who spent many years lecturing in theology and Scripture in Africa.

No More Clothes
The Diocesan Refugee Project cannot cope with the distribution of clothing at the moment. So please do not contribute clothing until further notice. This is, hopefully, a temporary situation. And don’t forget to take tins of meat or fish in oil to church next Sunday.

Youth Events
From Ruth Gibson: (1) St Teresa’s Youth Group meets next Sunday from 5.30-7pm (all young people – and there’s pizza!) This is the launch of the Youth Alpha course.   RSVP to Ruth Gibson if interested. (2) The Event (for Years 5-8) will take place on 13 February from 6-7.30 @ Joseph’s School, Hebburn with transport from St Teresa’s Church leaving 5pm and returning no later than 8,30pm. (3) The Source (for Years 9 upwards) will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral from 7-8 pm and lifts can be arranged if necessary. For more information, please contact me.

Quiet Prayer
An evening of quiet prayer will take place at 50 Bemersyde Drive, Jesmond from 7-8pm on Tuesday 5 February.  Telephone Ruth Gibson on 07943 710 345 if you wish to take part or for more information.

Holy Name Book Club
The choice of novel for 6 February at 7pm in the hall (on Towers Avenue) is Mrs Osmond by John Banville. The selection for 6 March it is Elmet by Fiona Mozley. All are welcome.

Parish Visit to France
This year’s visit will be to Aix-en-Provence, southern France, from Monday 7 to Friday 11 October. Travel will be with British Airways to Nice via Heathrow with coach transfers to Aix, birthplace of Paul Cézanne, the French artist and Post-Impressionist painter. In addition to the many attractions of Aix itself, excursions will take place to Arles and Nîmes, for example, and the surrounding area.  Accommodation will be in a 3 star hotel in Aix on a Bread & Breakfast basis, offering double, twin and single rooms. The latter will incur a supplement. The estimated cost is £650. To sign up provisionally, please e-mail Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office, stating your room preference. Final details will be published as soon as possible.

Modern Languages – French Intermediate Class
This begins on Monday 4 February at 6.30 pm. The cost is £30 for 5 classes and all proceeds will go to charity. Please add your name to the list at the back of church if interested.

Fr William Bellamy RIP
The Requiem Mass for Fr Bill, who was parish priest of St Michael’s, Elswick for 47 years until 2012, will take place at St Michael’s on Thursday at 12 noon. Requiescat in pace.

Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 15 February we will be showing Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Academy Award nominated 1958 psychological noir thriller Vertigo, starring James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes. Stewart plays a retired cop in San Francisco who is caught up in a dizzying vortex of obsession, illusion and murder. Shot in gorgeous Technicolor and saturated with a dream-like melancholy and repressed eroticism, the film’s beautiful, haunting cinematography is matched with a sumptuous, emotionally-charged score by Hitchcock’s go-to composer Bernard Herrmann. Vertigo replaced Citizen Kane as the greatest film ever made in the 2012 British Film Institute’s critics’ poll and will be an utter feast to see on the big screen.

Sunday 20 January 2019

Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven. ~ Pope Francis

New to Holy Name?
If you have recently starting joining us for Mass at Holy Name, welcome! We hope your time with us will be enjoyable and fulfilling. If you’ve not done so already, please complete a Registration Form available from the leaflets rack at the back of church and place it in the blue box provided.

Restorative Justice
From John Waddell, Justice & Peace Group: Restorative Justice brings together people harmed by crime with those responsible for the harm. It holds offenders to account for what they have done and helps them to take responsibility and make amends. Jenny Johnstone, Lecturer in Law at Newcastle University, will outline the principles and practice of this concept and describe research in its use in the Criminal Justice System in a talk at the Hall on Wednesday at 7pm. All are welcome.

Open Meeting
From Fr Campion: All members and friends of Holy Name are invited to take part in the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council in the hall next Sunday at 11.30am. If you have suggestions to improve the running of the parish or wish to see other activities taking place, please do come along. Our members’ satisfaction is paramount.

Holy Name Book Club
Meetings this year take place on the first Wednesday of the month. The choice for 6 February at 7pm in the hall (on Towers Avenue) is Mrs Osmond by John Banville. The selection for 6 March it is Elmet by Fiona Mozley. All are welcome.

Wine Tasting
Friday’s tasting on value-for-money red and white wines is sold out.

A Gentle Request
Our parish welcomes children of all ages and we are delighted that so many parents feel able to take very young babies and children to enjoy Sunday Mass and the companionship of a warm Community. Given that there are plenty of soft toys in the Children’s Corner, we politely request that children, whether in the Children’s Corner or in the body of the church, do not bring noisy toys as, just occasionally and inadvertently, this may cause undue noise during Mass.

Modern Languages – Intermediate Level French
A course of five French lessons lasting one hour will begin on Monday 4 February at 6.30pm and run every Monday until 11 March, excluding Monday 18 February. The cost is £30 and all proceeds will go to charity. If interested, please print your details on the pink sheet at the back of church.

Pilgrimage to Walsingham
From Fr Martin Morris: The Blackfriars Partnership of parishes in Newcastle is organising a Pilgrimage to Walsingham from 14 to 17 July. You will visit England’s Nazareth and enjoy a spiritually uplifting pilgrimage in the Norfolk countryside, staying at Elmham House Pilgrim Centre and taking day excursions to the nearby towns of Wells and Sheringham.  To find out more, I will hold a meeting in the St John Vianney Hall, West Denton, on Wednesday 13th February at 7.00 pm.  All welcome.

Holocaust Memorial Day
The Diocesan Department for Interreligious Relations is hosting an evening in remembrance of the Holocaust on Tuesday 29 January at 7pm at St Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Road, Long Benton, Newcastle Upon Tyne  NE7 7PE. The Guest Speaker will be Mrs Gay Keenaghan. Bookings may be made either at www.interreligioushn.eventbrite.co.uk or alternatively by telephoning St Teresa’s Church, Heaton on 0191 265 5290.

“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” ~ James Joyce, Ulysses, 1922

Communal Anointing of the Sick
From Fr Campion: During this, our 90th anniversary, year we hope to have a communal celebration of the Anointing of the Sick. This may take place during a Prayer Service either during the day or one evening in the spring or summer. This Sacrament is for people struggling with any form of pain, disability or illness. It … gives the grace of the Holy Spirit to those who are sick: by this grace the whole person is helped and saved, sustained by trust in God, and strengthened against temptations of the Evil One and against anxiety over death. Thus the sick person is able not only to bear suffering bravely, but also to fight against it. (Pastoral Care of the Sick, n. 6).

Christmas Present Scheme
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the total of £2,046 raised during Advent and Christmas for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Missing Parishioners
From Fr Campion: If you become aware of a person no longer going to Mass at Holy Name because of disability or illness, please let me know.

Novels of University Life
In the past 200 years many great writers have drawn on their experience of university life to provide material for some hugely popular novels. In a talk in Jesmond Library (St Gerorge’s Terrace) on Thursday at 6pm, Keith Jewitt will survey this genre, picking out enduring classics, bestsellers which are now out of favour, and some of his personal favourites. Admission, £3, is in aid of the Library.

A Novel Note
“I confess I could not follow him clearly. He seems deeply interested in Church matters. Are you quite sure he is right in the head? I have noticed again and again since I have been in the Church that lay interest in ecclesiastical matters is often a prelude to insanity.” ~ Decline and Fall, Evelyn Waugh (1928)

Sunday 13 January 2019

Open Meeting
From Fr Campion: All members and friends of Holy Name are invited to take part in the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council in the hall on Sunday 27 January at 11.30am. If you have suggestions to improve the running of the parish or wish to see other activities taking place, please do come along. Our members’ satisfaction is paramount.

The Bostey
Work is now well under way for the new Bostey and Extra Care Housing facility on Philipson Street in Walker. The work is being carried out by the St Anthony of Padua Community Association’s builders, BRIMS.  Holy Name is supporting the project as part of our 90th anniversary celebrations and so far parishioners have contributed over £8,000 to the project. Suggestions for further fundraising ventures are welcome.

Holy Name Poetry Club
The group meets again on Wednesday at 7pm in the hall for the theme of Beginnings. All are welcome, with or without a previously published poem.

CAFOD Talk
From David Cross: Clare Dixon, head of CAFOD’s Latin America, Caribbean and Mozambique Programme, will be speaking at St Hilda’s Diocesan Resource Centre, West Road, Newcastle NE15 7PY on Thursday about the charity’s work in El Salvador.  The evening begins at 6.30pm with a shared meal so people are invited to bring a little something for the shared table. The talk will begin at 7.00pm. You will also get to hear about CAFOD’s Lent 2019 Family Fast Day Campaign. Join us for what will be a great evening, and bring a friend or two but let me know if you’ll be attending either by emailing dcross@cafod.org.uk or telephoning 0191 384 4847.

LGBT+
From Isabel: Do you identify as LGBT+ or are you questioning your sexual or gender identity?  Would you like to join a support group run by and for LGBT+ Catholics in the North East?  We meet at St Dominic’s RC Church on this Tuesday for a varied programme. For more details, telephone me on 07858 934457.

Holy Name Wine Club
Tickets are on sale for the tasting on Friday 25 January. It will feature a range of red and white wines which offer good value and these will be served with accompanying canapés.

Restorative Justice
From John Waddell, Justice & Peace Group: Restorative Justice brings together people harmed by crime with those responsible for the harm. It holds offenders to account for what they have done and helps them to take responsibility and make amends. Jenny Johnstone, Lecturer in Law at Newcastle University, will outline the principles and practice of this concept and describe research in its use in the Criminal Justice System in a talk at the Hall on Wednesday 23 January at 7pm. All are welcome.

Holy Name Book Club
Meetings this year will take place on the first Wednesday of the month. The choice for 6 February is Mrs Osmond by John Banville:  Having fled Rome and a stultifying marriage, Isabel Osmond is in London, brooding on the recent disclosure of her husband’s shockingyears-long betrayal of her. What should she do now, and which way should she turn, in the emotional labyrinth where she has been trapped for so long? Reawakened by grief and the knowledge of having been grievously wronged, she determines to resume her youthful quest for freedom and independence. Soon Isabel must return to Italy and confront her husband, and seek to break his powerful hold on her. But will she succeed in outwitting him, and securing her revenge? Mrs Osmond is a masterly novel of betrayal, corruption and moral ambiguity, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author. (Penguin Books)

A Gentle Request
Our parish welcomes children of all ages and we are delighted that so many parents feel able to take very young babies and children to enjoy Sunday Mass and the companionship of a warm Community. Given that there are plenty of soft toys in the Children’s Corner, we politely request that children, whether in the Children’s Corner or in the body of the church, do not bring noisy toys as, just occasionally and inadvertently, this may cause undue noise during Mass.

Partnership Festival
From Fr Arokia Mariadass: You are joyfully invited to a Filipino Holy Mass, Praise and Worship, Sinulog Dance Presentation and Procession, and Filipino Refreshments at St Teresa’s Church, Heaton Road next Sunday from 2 to 5pm.

Vacancy
The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has a vacancy for an Assistant in its Department for Finance, based at the Diocesan Offices in Newcastle. It’s a full-time post with a three year fixed term contract. For further information and details of how to apply, visit www.rcdhn.org.uk, or call (0191 243 3301 or email human.resources@diocesehn.org.uk

Modern Languages – Intermediate Level French
A course of five French lessons lasting one hour will begin on Monday 4 February at 6.30pm and run every Monday until 11 March, excluding Monday 18 February. The cost is £30 and all proceeds will go to charity. If interested, please print your name and contact number on the pink sheet at the back of church.

No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. ~ John Donne [1572-1631]

Sunday 6 January 2019

First Holy Communions
We have 13 children preparing to make their First Communion in July. The children and their parents will meet in the hall today at 3pm and again on 10 February.

Church Cleaning
Thank you to everyone who assists with cleaning the church interior, including Christina Cook, Judith Dryhurst, Geraldine Goode, Lorraine Lee, Cathy Price, Angela Ridley, Tessa Burton-Roberts, Loretta Stanley, Lucy Stothard and Susie Weidner. More helpers would be greatly appreciated.

Diocesan Refugee Project
Thank you to everyone who has made a donation to the Christmas Presents Scheme. And thanks also to everyone taking tins of meat or fish in oil to church to contribute to the food parcels distributed by the Diocesan Refugee Project based at Summerhill Square.

Holy Name Wine Club
The next tasting will be in the Hall on Friday 25 January at 7 pm. It will focus on a range of red and white wines which offer good value, all served with accompanying canapés. Remember to take your tasting glass. Tickets are on sale today.

Restorative Justice
From John Waddell, Justice & Peace Group: Restorative Justice brings together people harmed by crime with those responsible for the harm. It holds offenders to account for what they have done and helps them to take responsibility and make amends. Jenny Johnstone, Lecturer in Law at Newcastle University, will outline the principles and practice of this concept and describe research in its use in the Criminal Justice System in a talk at the Parish Hall on Wednesday 23 January at 7pm. All are welcome.

Holy Name Book Club
You are welcome to join the group on Wednesday at 7pm in the hall to discuss Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh. First published in 1928, it has been chosen to mark the 90th anniversary of the laying of the church’s foundation stone in that same year:  The book choice for 6 February is Mrs Osmond by John Banville and for 6 March it is Elmet by Fiona Mozley.

Modern Languages – Intermediate Level French
A course of five French lessons lasting one hour will begin on Monday 4 February at 6.30pm and run every Monday until 11 March, excluding Monday 18 February. The cost is £30 and all proceeds will go to charity. If interested, please print your name and contact number on the pink sheet at the back of church.

The Mercy Project
From Joe Kirwan: We shall be holding an Open Evening at St Mary’s Cathedral on Wednesday from 6-8pm for people to see the Mercy Hub and find out more about it. If you are interested in volunteering or just need more information, contact me on 07904 881430 or at Joe.Kirwin@TheMercyProject.org.uk

St Oswald’s Hospice
Holy Name will lead the ecumenical Service at the Hospice, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth next Sunday at 4pm. You will be very welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own friends.

Diocesan Vacancies
The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has vacancies for a Health and Safety Officer, required to co-ordinate all aspects of health and safety across the Diocese (closing date: Friday); and an Administrator in the Department for Safeguarding, (closing date: 16 January). For further information visit www.rcdhn.org.uk or telephone (0191 243 3301 or email human.resources@diocesehn.org.uk

Three Wise Women would have asked directions, arrived on time, delivered the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole … and there would have been Peace on Earth.

Medical Aid
The required £4,000 has been raised to assist a local man who has multiple sclerosis since the age of 25. Over £1,500 was donated by members of this parish.

Holy Name Poetry Club
The group – up to 15/16 people at a time – meets again on Wednesday 16 January for the theme of Beginnings. All are welcome, with or without a previously published poem.

Memento Mori
From a parishioner: I’m adding a request at the end of my Will  that our children should dispose of my body in the cheapest, most eco-friendly way they can, with minimum trouble or fuss to anyone. This might be an immediate eco burial (preferably in someone’s garden or on their land), donation of organs etc or a quick and simple cremation.  I would like a proper Requiem Mass to take place. However, the ones I’ve been to all had the coffin present, which concerns me as when there’s no embalming or fancy coffin a quick disposal of body is probably necessary. Following a chat with Fr Campion, I was glad to hear that it’s not essential to have the body present for a Requiem Mass to be celebrated.

Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday at 7pm we will be showing the 2016 comedy Hail Caesar!, written and directed by the Coen brothers and starring a stellar cast that includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johannson and Channing Tatum. The film is a hugely entertaining affectionate homage to the art of film making in general and the Hollywood studio system of the 1950s in particular and tells the story of Capitol Pictures producing a Biblical epic along the lines of Ben Hur. The Cold War, American paranoia about Communism and the tyranny of the poisonous gossip columnists all provide a background for a comedic feast of hilarious set pieces, character performances and hugely entertaining musical numbers. If you love 50s Hollywood cinema, Hail Caesar! is not to be missed!

Sunday 30 December 2018

God is in the bits and pieces of everyday: a kiss here, a laugh again, and sometimes tears. ~ Patrick Kavanagh

Christmas Donation
The Offertory collection at the Christmas Mass for Families with Young Children raised £565 for the St Anthony’s Youth Education Service, known locally as The Bostey. This small charity, based at St Anthony’s Church in Walker, supports children, young people and their families living in the Walker and Byker wards of the City. Holy Name is supporting The Bostey throughout our 90th anniversary year. If you wish to make a one-off contribution or to set up a monthly donation, visit www.bostey.org.

Personal Gifts
From Fr Campion: Thank you very much to everyone who made a Christmas donation on my behalf to the Diocesan Refugee Project. I am most grateful.

Restorative Justice
From John Waddell: Restorative Justice brings together people harmed by crime with those responsible for the harm. It holds offenders to account for what they have done and helps them to take responsibility and make amends. Jenny Johnstone, Lecturer in Law at Newcastle University, will outline the principles and practice of this concept and describe research in its use in the Criminal Justice System in a talk at the Parish Hall on Wednesday 23 January at 7pm. All are welcome.

Holy Name Poetry Club
The group meets again on Wednesday 16 January 2019 with the theme of Beginnings. All are welcome.

Holy Name Book Club
The group meets on Wednesday 9 January (note change of date) to discuss Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh. First published in 1928, it has been chosen to mark the 90th anniversary of the laying of the church’s foundation stone in that same year.

Gifts for Christmas Scheme
From our Justice and Peace Group: At present the Diocesan Refugee Project is supporting over 600 refugees per week in our city. Thank you to everyone who put £5 in a Gift Card for the 200 refugees awaiting deportation. There is still time to take a Gift Card from the back of church and pop a £5 note with it into the ‘post box’ provided. You may fill as many as you wish but please do not seal the envelope as we need to check that every envelope contains the same amount. And if you can, please take some tins of meat or fish in oil to church next Sunday.

First Holy Communions
We now have 13 children preparing to make their First Communion in July next year. The children and their parents will meet again in the hall next Sunday at 3pm and again on 10 February.

Help Required
From Gerry O’Hanlon: Medical Aid Sacred Heart (MASH) has a Christmas appeal to help someone with MS who needs our help.  If you’d like more details please contact me (gerryohanlon@gmail.com) or visit the Sacred Heart Church, North Gosforth website: http://www.sacredheartng.org.uk

Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 11 January we will be showing the 2016 comedy Hail Caesar!, written and directed by the Coen brothers and starring a stellar cast that includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johannson and Channing Tatum. The film is a hugely entertaining affectionate homage to the art of film making in general and the Hollywood studio system of the 1950s in particular and tells the story of Capitol Pictures producing a Biblical epic along the lines of Ben Hur. The Cold War, American paranoia about Communism and the tyranny of the poisonous gossip columnists all provide a background for a comedic feast of hilarious set pieces, character performances and hugely entertaining musical numbers. If you love 50s Hollywood cinema, Hail Caesar! is not to be missed!

Happy New Year
As we are about to leave another year behind and enter a new one, I thank everyone who carries out a voluntary role in our parish as well as all who support the Holy Name throughout the year. Our parish continues to flourish, thanks to such faithful and generous service by so many. I am most grateful. I wish all members of our congregation a very Happy and Healthy New Year. ~ Fr Campion

Christmas at Holy Name
Thank you to choir director Tessa Burton-Roberts, organist Gavin Hardy and the choir members for providing us with such superb music at our Christmas Eve Mass; to everyone who helped with the packed 3pm Mass for families; and to all our church cleaners, sacristans, altar servers, readers, ministers and flower arrangers who helped to make the Christmas celebration so special.

Wedding Anniversary
We send our best wishes to Colin and Pat Ramshaw (parents of Ruth Gibson) who will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary on Thursday.

‘The Holly Wears the Crown’
Holly has had its big day in Christmas wreaths and cards but now it reverts to being a short prickly tree with some scarlet berries still on it. However, it is an attractive and interesting tree. It is only the lower leaves that have sharp, spiny edges, to deter grazing animals from feeding on them. From about halfway up the tree the leaves have no prickles, except for a pointed tip. The waxy surface of the leaves helps them to hold in moisture, and keeps them alive and green throughout the winter. Many people do not notice the little white holly flowers that open in May, because they are not very showy in an otherwise showy month. They give way to green berries that ripen to red in mid-October. Song and mistle thrushes and the wintering thrushes, redwings and fieldfares, eat them. The birds usually begin foraging at the top of the tree and work their way down it. ~ Derwent May

Sunday 23 December 2018

Christmas at Holy Name
Christmas Eve       Mass for Families with Young Children, 3pm
Carols with the Holy Name Choir, 5.15pm
First Mass of Christmas, 6pm.
Christmas Day       Mass of the Lord’s Nativity, 10am.

Christmas Mass for Families
Children are invited to dress in festive attire for this Mass on Christmas Eve at 3pm. They are welcome to take along an instrument for shaking or ringing at appropriate times during the Mass.

Personal Gifts
From Fr Campion: I’d be most grateful if members of the congregation who wish to give me a gift at Christmas would make a donation instead to the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Gifts for Christmas Scheme
From our Justice and Peace Group: We are supporting destitute refugees and asylum seekers in our city who are awaiting deportation. We wish to present each with £5 each in a Gift Card so that they may start the New Year with a little ‘something’ in their pockets. If you can, please collect a Gift Card from the back of church and pop a £5 note into it before placing it in the ‘post box’ provided. You may fill as many as you wish but please do not seal the envelope as we need to check that every envelope contains the same amount. If you are unable to donate £5, please put what you can afford onto the special collection plate.

Help Required
Medical Aid Sacred Heart (MASH) has launched a Christmas appeal to help someone local with MS who urgently needs help.  For details visit the Sacred Heart Church, North Gosforth website www.sacredheartng.org.uk  or contact Fr Jim Dunne on (0191) 236 3182.

First Holy Communions
We now have 13 children preparing to make their First Communion in July next year. The children and their parents will meet again in the hall on Sunday 6 January at 3pm.

The Bostey
From Jodie Grieveson: We have had an amazing response from the parishioners at Holy Name for the St Anthony’s Youth Education Service, known locally as The Bostey. They have donated over £7,000 so far.  We have been truly overwhelmed by the amount and have been using the money in a variety of ways to support our work with children, young people and their families living in the Walker and Byker wards of the City. (From Fr Campion: If you wish to make a one-off contribution or to set up a monthly donation to the Bostey as part of Holy Name’s 90th Fundraising Appeal, please visit www.bostey.org)

Theatre Club
From Madeleine Hardy and Mary Curtis: If you are interested in any of the events we have selected for the next few months, please put your name on the list at the back of the church or speak to one of us.

Holy Name Poetry Club
The group meets again on Wednesday 22 January 2019 with the theme of Beginnings. All are welcome.

Restorative Justice
Jennifer Johnson from Newcastle University’s Law Department will speak about Restorative Justice in the hall on Wednesday 23 January 2019. Restorative justice brings together people harmed by crime or conflict with those responsible for the harm. It gives victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, get answers to their questions and get an apology. Restorative justice holds offenders to account for what they have done. It helps them understand the real impact, take responsibility, and make amends. (source: The Crown Prosecution Service)

LGBT+
From Isabel: Do you identify as LGBT+ or are you questioning your sexual or gender identity?  Would you like to join a support group run by and for LGBT+ Catholics in the North East?  We meet at St Dominic’s RC Church next on 15 January for a varied programme. For more details, telephone me, Isabel, on 07858 934457.

Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven. ~ Pope Francis

Holy Name Book Club
The group meets on Wednesday 13 January (note change of date) to discuss Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh. First published in 1928, it has been chosen to mark the 90th anniversary of the laying of the church’s foundation stone in that same year.

Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 11 January we will be showing the 2016 comedy Hail Caesar!, written and directed by the Coen brothers and starring a stellar cast that includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johannson and Channing Tatum. The film is a hugely entertaining affectionate homage to the art of film making in general and the Hollywood studio system of the 1950s in particular and tells the story of Capitol Pictures producing a Biblical epic along the lines of Ben Hur. The Cold War, American paranoia about Communism and the tyranny of the poisonous gossip columnists all provide a background for a comedic feast of hilarious set pieces, character performances and hugely entertaining musical numbers. If you love 50s Hollywood cinema, Hail Caesar! is not to be missed!

A Novel Note
Jesus came on cold straw, Jesus was warmed by the breath of an ox.  “Who is this?” the world said.  “Who is this blue-cold child and this woman, plain as the winter?  Is this the Word of God, this blue-cold child?  Is this his will, this plain-winter woman?”  The world said, “Love cuts like the cold wind and the will of God is plain as the winter.  Where is the summer will of God?” ~ Flannery O’Connor, ‘The Violent Bear It Away’, (1960)

Thank You
Thank you to all who have decorated and prepared the church for our celebration of Christmas. I wish them, the many other helpers in the parish and all members of our congregation an enjoyable Christmas and every blessing for the New Year. ~ Fr Campion

Sunday 16 December 2018

The Nativity Story
You are welcome to join Friday’s meeting at 10.45am in the hall to study St Luke’s – the most familiar – account of the birth of Jesus.

Christmas at Holy Name
Christmas Eve       Mass for Families with Young Children, 3pm
Carols with the Holy Name Choir, 5.15pm
First Mass of Christmas, 6pm.
Christmas Day       Mass of the Lord’s Nativity, 10am.

Christmas Mass for Families
Children are invited to dress in festive attire for this Mass on Christmas Eve at 3pm. They are welcome to take along an instrument for shaking or ringing at appropriate times during the Mass.

Reconciliation Service
A Service with the opportunity for personal Confession will take place at St Anthony’s, Walker NE6 3BT tomorrow, Monday, at 7pm. All parishioners in our Partnership are welcome.

Advent Reconciliation Day
On Saturday you are invited to take part in a reflective day at St Mary’s Cathedral to celebrate God’s mercy. It will begin at 12 noon with a Reconciliation Service led by Bishop Cunningham, followed by individual Confessions until Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 4.00pm. All are welcome.

Personal Gifts
From Fr Campion: I’d be most grateful if members of the congregation who wish to give me a gift at Christmas would make a donation instead to the Diocesan Refugee Project. Thank you to those who have done so already.

Gaudete Sunday
The Offertory anthem for morning Mass today is Gaudete! (Rejoice!). There are four verses. The congregation is invited to sing the refrain Gaudete, Gaudete, Christus est natus ex Maria virgine, Gaudete! (It is sung twice each time, first loud then soft, except in the last verse which is first soft then loud). The Communion anthem is Creator of the Stars of Night, an anonymous 7th century Latin Advent hymn, sung in English (trans J. M. Neale, arranged John Scott).

Folding Tables
New light-weight rectangular tables have been purchased for the hall. The old (brown) ones are now surplus to requirements.  If anyone wishes to have one or more of these in return for a donation to the Diocesan Refugee Project, please contact Fr Campion or Barbara Cooper at the Parish office.

Gifts for Christmas Scheme
From our Justice and Peace Group: We are hoping to provide the destitute refugees and asylum seekers  awaiting deportation with a present of £5 each in a Gift Card so that they may start the New Year with a little ‘something’ in their pockets. Please collect a Gift Card from the back of church to pop a £5 note into – you may fill as many as you wish – but please do not seal the envelope as we need to check that every envelope contains the same amount. If you are unable to donate £5, please put what you can afford onto the special collection plate. The collection will be open until 6 January.

As I meet, or lend an ear to those who are sick, to the migrants who face terrible hardships in search of a brighter future, to prison inmates who carry a hell of pain inside their hearts, and to those, many of them young, who cannot find a job, I often find myself wondering: “Why them and not me?” I, myself, was born in a family of migrants; my father, my grandparents, like many other Italians, left for Argentina and met the fate of those who are left with nothing. I could have very well ended up among today’s “discarded” people. And that’s why I always ask myself, deep in my heart: “Why them and not me?” ~ Pope Francis, TED Talk 2017

Sharing Information
Many helpers are asking to share contact details so that Rota swaps can be arranged. If you take part in any ministry, please complete a “Sharing Information” form available at the back of church and place in the blue box. Alternatively, email the parish office giving your consent. We cannot pass people’s contact details to others without their permission.

Youth Party
From Ruth Gibson: Young people of Holy Name – Year 5 upwards to Year 13 – are invited by the St Teresa’s and St Aidan’s Youth Group to a Christmas party next Sunday from 4-7pm.  If anyone needs more information or wishes to attend, please contact me on 07943 710 345.

Theatre Club
From Madeleine Hardy and Mary Curtis: We have arranged another interesting and varied programme of events for the next few months.  If you are interested in any, please put your name on the list at the back of the church or speak to one of us. Also do let us know if there is anything else you would be interested in seeing.

Tea Party
From Mary Shields: The students of St Mary’s Catholic School invite parishioners of the Jesmond St Mary Partnership to a Christmas Tea at St Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Park Road, NE7 7PE on Wednesday from 1:30 – 2:45pm. This promises to be a wonderful occasion to celebrate Christmas together with music and festive treats. All ages are welcome. There is no cost but there will be a small raffle to raise funds for a local charity. Please contact us by tomorrow on (0191) 215 3260 if you would like to attend.

A Novel Note
He was poor yet always appeared to be giving something away; a stranger, yet everyone was his friend; no longer young, but as happy-hearted as a boy; plain and peculiar, yet his face looked beautiful to many. ~ ‘Little Women’, Louisa May Alcott

Sunday 9 December 2018

The Season of Advent
At this time we are invited to prepare spiritually for the celebration of Our Lord’s birth, and to be ready for when he comes as the ‘Son of Man’.

Celebrating God’s Mercy
A communal celebration of the sacrament of Penance with carols, scripture readings and prayers will take place in church on Tuesday at 7pm. The joyful celebration will include the Blessing and Lighting of the church’s Christmas tree.

The Advent Readings
You are welcome to join this Friday’s meeting at 10.45am in the hall to study the Scripture Readings for next Sunday’s Mass. The meeting on 21 December will study St Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus.

Reconciliation Service
A Reconciliation Service for the parishes in our Partnership will take place at St Anthony’s, Walker NE6 3BT on Monday 17 December at 7pm. All are welcome.

New Partnership Dean
Fr David Smith, parish priest of St Anthony’s, Walker and St Columba’s, Wallsend has been appointed as the new Dean of our Jesmond St Mary Partnership.

Christmas at Holy Name
Christmas Eve      Mass for Families with Young Children, 3pm*
Carols with the Holy Name Choir, 5.15pm
First Mass of Christmas, 6pm.
Christmas Day      Mass of the Lord’s Nativity, 10am.

*Children are invited to dress in festive attire and to take along an instrument for shaking or ringing at appropriate times during the Mass.

First Holy Communion 2019
Starting today we have 11 children – Emma Bates, Cameron Cope, Robbie Cope, Nathaniel Gallagher, Zachary Gallagher, Ellie Miller, Robbie Miller, Ines Mullo-Tardineau, Magdalena Ptaszyska, Ben Proudlock and Grace Young – preparing to make their First Holy Communion in July next year. Their first meeting with parents and catechists takes place today. Please remember them in your prayers.

Gifts for Christmas
From our Justice and Peace Group: We are hoping to provide the destitute refugees and asylum seekers  awaiting deportation with a present of £5 each in a Gift Card so that they may start the New Year with a little ‘something’ in their pockets. Please collect a Gift Card from the back of church to pop a £5 note into – you may fill as many as you wish – but please do not seal the envelope as we need to check that every envelope contains the same amount. If you are unable to donate £5, please put what you can afford onto the special collection plate. The collection will be open until 6 January.

Christmas Gifts
From Fr Campion: I’d be most grateful if members of the congregation who wish to give me a gift at Christmas would make a donation instead to the Gifts for Christmas campaign outlined above.

Thank You
In addition to £40 in cash, 92 tins of meat and fish, a good amount of other foodstuffs and a large amount of lovely clothing was donated to the Diocesan Refugee Project last Sunday.

Holy Name Book Club
The group meets next on Wednesday 13 January 2019 to discuss Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh. It was first published in 1928 and has been chosen to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the laying of the church’s foundation stone in that same year.

These days if you mention Botox no one raises an eyebrow. ~ Jack Dee, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, 26 November

New to Holy Name?
If you have recently starting joining us for Mass at Holy Name, welcome! We hope your time with us will be enjoyable and fulfilling. If you’ve not done so already, please complete a Registration Form available from the leaflets rack at the back of church and place it in the blue box provided.

Holy Name Poetry Club
The group meets again on Wednesday 22 January 2019 with the theme of Beginnings.

Christmas Tea
From Mary Shields: The students of St Mary’s Catholic School invite all parishioners of the Jesmond St Mary Partnership to an afternoon Christmas Tea at St Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Park Road on Wednesday 19 December 2018 from 1:30 – 2:45pm.  This promises to be a wonderful occasion to celebrate Christmas together with music and festive treats. All ages are welcome. There is no cost but there will be a small raffle to raise funds for a local charity. Please contact St Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Park Road, Longbenton NE7 7PE by Monday 17 December if you would like to attend – telephone (0191) 215 3260 or email  admin@st-marys.newcastle.sch.uk

Hall Hire
The Holy Name Hall on Towers Avenue, in addition to hosting parish activities, is available to hire throughout the year for children’s parties, receptions and private celebrations.  For further details, visit the parish website www.holynamejesmond.co.uk or contact Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office.

Thank you, God, for the good prospect of heaven,
inhabited by those who have died in the flesh
but risen in the body as Jesus did before them.
Let me remember them with you,
those I loved here but see no longer,
who now serve and sit with you.
Tell them I love them, and, if it be your will,
may they be among the first to welcome me into heaven.
~ John L. Bell, The Last Journey: Reflections for the Time of Grieving (SPCK, 2018)

Sunday 2 December 2018

The Season of Advent
In the liturgy over the next four weeks we are invited to prepare spiritually for the celebration of Our Lord’s birth at Christmas, and to be ready for when he comes as the ‘Son of Man’.

Day by Day for Advent
An excellent little booklet containing the Scripture readings with a short reflection for each day is available for £1 in the Piety Shop. It is highly recommended.

Celebrating God’s Mercy
A communal celebration of the sacrament of Penance with carols, scripture readings and prayers will take place in Holy Name on Tuesday 11 December at 7pm. The joyful celebration will include the Blessing and Lighting of the church’s Christmas tree.

Christmas at Holy Name
Christmas Eve    Mass for Families with Young Children, 3pm*
Carols with the Holy Name Choir, 5.15pm
First Mass of Christmas, 6pm.
Christmas Day   Mass of the Lord’s Nativity, 10am.
*Children are invited to dress in festive attire and to take an instrument for shaking or ringing at appropriate times during the Mass.

Youth Sunday
The money raised in the hall last Sunday – £150 – was divided between the Diocesan Youth Village in Consett and the charity Mary’s Meals. A further donation of £25 was received for Mary’s Meals. Thank you to Ruth Gibson who organised the children and young people taking part , and to all who organised and supported the Coffee Morning and Raffle in the hall.

Gifts for Christmas
From our Justice and Peace Group: We are hoping to provide the destitute refugees and asylum seekers  awaiting deportation with a present of £5 each in a Gift Card so that they may start the New Year with a little ‘something’ in their pockets. Please collect a Gift Card from the back of church to pop a £5 note into – you may fill as many as you wish – but please do not seal the envelope as we need to check that every envelope contains the same amount. If you are unable to donate £5, please put what you can afford onto the special collection plate. The collection will be open until 6 January.

Christmas Gifts
From Fr Campion: I’d be most grateful if members of the congregation who wish to give me a gift at Christmas would make a donation instead to the refugees and asylum seekers being supported by the Diocesan Refugee Project as outlined above.

Sr M Loreto RIP
It is with sadness that we record the death of Sr Loreto, former Head Teacher of St Charles’ Primary School in Gosforth. She was a bundle of energy with a heart of gold, lovingly devoting long and faithful service to the Church. Requiescat in pace.

Quiet Prayer
You are welcome to take part in an hour of quiet prayer in the home of Ruth Gibson, 50 Bemersyde Drive, Jesmond on Tuesday from 7-8pm. Please telephone Ruth beforehand on 07943 710345 if you intend to take part.

Hymn Books & Leaflets
Please do not leave Mass leaflets or newsletters inside the hymns books when you are leaving church. It would be helpful too if you would leave the newsletters and Mass sheets in separate piles.

A Novel Note
It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning. ~ H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, 1895

The Advent Readings
You are welcome to join Friday’s meeting at 10.45am in the hall to study the Scripture Readings for next Sunday’s Mass. The session will last no longer than an hour and all are welcome.

LGBT+
From Isabel: Do you identify as LGBT+ or are you questioning your sexual or gender identity?  Would you like to join a support group run by and for LGBT+ Catholics in the North East?  We meet at St Dominic’s RC Church on the third Tuesday of the month for a varied programme (for example: Mass, prayer, Bible study, discussion, social time…).  Our next meeting is on Tuesday 18 December.  For more details, telephone Isabel on 07858 934457.

Advent Alms
From Moira Ashman, Chief Executive of St Cuthbert’s Care: All donations for Advent Alms this year will be allocated to our community work. We have arranged Giveaway Days at targeted community centres and foodbanks, including four diocesan homeless projects in Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead and Stockton. Your generosity will help us to continue to distribute good quality clothing, bedding, toys and gifts to some of the most deserving individuals and families across our diocese. (Today’s retiring collection is for this charity, our diocesan social care agency.)

The End
We don’t like to think about the end. We always put this thought aside … Yes, there will be an end, but that end will be an encounter, an encounter with the Lord. It’s true there will be accounting for what I have done, but it will also be an encounter of mercy, of joy, of happiness … Thinking about the end, the end of creation, the end of one’s life, this is wisdom, the wise ones do it. ~ Pope Francis, 28 November

The Last Word
When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you. ~ Nora Ephron, writer and film-maker, I Feel Bad About My Neck (2006)

Sunday 25 November 2018

Birthday
Heartiest congratulations to Mrs Rita Duckett, a member of our congregation, who will celebrate her 102nd birthday on Wednesday. Ad Multos Annos!

Holy Name Book Club
The group meets on Wednesday at 7pm in the hall to discuss the novel Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. All are welcome but please make sure you have read some of the book beforehand!

Holy Name Wine Club
The tasting of Christmas wines on Friday (sold out) will start at 7pm sharp in the Hall. If you are taking part, don’t forget your tasting glass and to leave a little bit of room for the accompanying festive nibbles! If you have bought tickets for friends, please pass on this message.

Scripture Group
You are welcome to take part in Friday’s meeting at 10.45am in the hall to study and reflect on the Scripture Readings for next Sunday’s Mass, the first in Advent. No previous knowledge of the texts is required.

Youth Sunday
Welcome and thank you to the children and young people who are taking part in a variety of ministries at morning Mass today. After the Mass you are invited to refreshments in the hall where cakes will be sold and a raffle held to support the Diocesan Youth Village in Consett and Mary’s Meals, a charity providing meals in school for children in impoverished places throughout the world.

The retiring collection at both Masses today is for the Diocesan Youth Ministry Trust.

Gifts for Christmas
From our Justice and Peace Group: Following the success of last year’s Christmas gift cards scheme, we are once again asking for your generous donations of £5 to give to destitute refugees and asylum seekers in our city who are awaiting deportation. This will help them start the New Year on a positive note. We will not be collecting toiletries or clothing at this time. Please collect a gift card from the back of church, pop a £5 note in it and post it in the box we will provide. You may fill as many cards as you wish. Please do not seal the envelope as we need to check that every envelope contains the same amount.  If you are unable to donate £5, please put what you can afford onto the special collection plate. The collection will be open until 6 January.

From Fr Campion: I’d be most grateful if members of the congregation who wish to give me a gift at Christmas would make a donation instead to the refugees and asylum seekers being supported by the Diocesan Refugee Project as outlined above.

LGBT+
From Isabel: Do you identify as LGBT+ or are you questioning your sexual or gender identity?  Would you like to join a support group run by and for LGBT+ Catholics in the North East?  We plan to meet one evening a month at St Dominic’s Catholic Church for a varied programme, which could include Mass, prayer, Bible study, discussion and social time.  Do join us for our inaugural meeting.  For more details telephone 07858 934457.

Gift Aid
There are still a number of annual letters from the Diocesan Finance Office for Gift Aid donors at the back of church. Please collect yours before today or they will be removed during the week.

French Class for Charity
This will recommence in January for intermediate learners at a cost of £30 for 5 lessons with all proceeds going to charity. It will take place on Monday evenings from 6-7 pm. Further details to follow soon.

Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven. ~ Pope Francis

Diocesan Refugee Project
The Project currently helps over 500 people who, fleeing their homeland because of civil unrest or persecution, arrived in the UK penniless; were sent by the Home Office to Newcastle; had their appeal for asylum rejected; and are now waiting (sometimes for years) to be deported. The Project provides them with a weekly food parcel (a tin each of meat, tomatoes, fish and beans, and sugar, rice or pasta, toilet roll, biscuits, tea or coffee) and £5 cash. Our parish principally donates the fish and meat.

Winter Fuel Payments
If you don’t need your fuel payment from the Government this year, perhaps you might consider donating some or all of it to the Diocesan Refugee Project where it can be put to very good use? Just make a cheque payable to Holy Name and we will pass it on to the charity on your behalf.

God Has No Gender
Our Father, who art in heaven, is not a father in the human sense and should not even be seen as a male figure, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said. The Most Rev Justin Welby has warned that human language is inadequate to describe God, noting that the Christian deity is “not male or female”. Speaking as part of an autumn lecture series at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, the archbishop was asked what it meant to describe God as a father and said: “All human language about God is inadequate and to some degree metaphorical. God is not a father in exactly the same way as a human being is a father. God is not male or female. God is not definable. It is extraordinarily important as Christians that we remember that the definitive revelation of who God is was not in words, but in the Word of God who we call Jesus Christ. We can’t pin God down.” ~ THE TIMES, 21 November 2018

You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget. ~  Cormac McCarthy, The Road,

Sunday 18 November 2018

Quiet Prayer
On Tuesday from 7-8pm you are welcome to take part in an hour’s quiet prayer in the home of Ruth Gibson at 50 Bemersyde Drive.  The session keeps the parish’s intentions in mind and reflects on the day’s Gospel.  Telephone Ruth on 07943 710345 if you wish to take part.

Holy Name Poetry Group
From Judith Dryhurst: The next meeting will take place on Wednesday at 7pm in the hall when the theme will be Peace. All are welcome, with or without a previously published poem, to join our lively group.

Scripture Group
You are welcome to take part in Friday’s meeting at 10.45am in the hall to study and reflect on the Scripture Readings for the following Sunday’s Mass. No previous knowledge of the texts is required.

Christmas Tree
As he is recovering from a recent heart procedure, Michael Anderson will not be able to acquire the tree for our church this Christmas. If you are willing to help with getting the tree, please contact Fr Campion. Michael will be available to offer advice on the size of tree and installing it in church.

Holy Name Book Club
The group meets on 28 November to discuss the novel Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. It won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2018.

Today’s Mass
The Communion anthem for today’s morning Mass is O Quam Gloriosum by T. L. de Victoria, sung in Latin. Translated by Rutter, it goes: “O how fair and glorious is that Kingdom wherein the saints dwell, joyful in their Saviour, all clothed in shining raiment, following after the Lamb wherever He shall lead.”

Youth Sunday
From Ruth Gibson: Next Sunday there will be opportunities for children and young people to take part in a variety of ministries in morning Mass.  There is a list at the back of church or see me if you wish to volunteer.  Donations of cakes to sell after Mass would be great as well as small prizes for the raffle (child friendly ones preferred on this occasion).  Proceeds will be divided between our Diocesan Youth Village in Consett and Mary’s Meals, a charity providing meals in school for children in impoverished places throughout the world. (Please note there will be a collection next Sunday to support the work of the Diocesan Youth Ministry Trust. Envelopes are available if you wish to Gift Aid your donation. ~ Fr Campion)

LGBT+
From Isabel: Do you identify as LGBT+ or are you questioning your sexual or gender identity?  Would you like to join a support group run by and for LGBT+ Catholics in the North East?  We plan to meet one evening a month at St Dominic’s Catholic Church for a varied programme, which could include Mass, prayer, Bible study, discussion and social time.  Do join us for our inaugural meeting.  For more details telephone 07858 934457.

New to Holy Name?
If you have recently begun going to Mass at Holy Name, we hope your time with us will be enjoyable and fulfilling. If you’ve not done so already, please complete a Registration Form available at the back of church and place it in the blue box provided.

Got a Complaint?
Taking part in Mass at Holy Name should be a prayerful as well as an uplifting experience. If you are dissatisfied with the service you receive or with any aspect of parish life, including its management, please let me know. Our members’ satisfaction is paramount. ~ Fr Campion

Reincarnation? I don’t see the point of coming back as a tin of milk. ~ Ken Dodd

Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday we will be showing the 2016 New Zealand adventure comedy drama Hunt for the Wilderpeople, directed by Taika Waititi and starring Sam Neil. Juvenile delinquent Ricky Baker is fostered to the warm-hearted Bella and cantankerous Hec, a middle-aged married couple living on a remote farm, but tragedy and misunderstanding result in a national manhunt across the wilds of New Zealand. It’s a funny, touching film, full of humanity and deeply entertaining performances, including Rachel House as a smilingly hard-as-nails child support worker, Rima Te Wiata as Bella and Sam Neill as the grumpy, long-suffering Hec. Named by Empire magazine as the number one film of 2016 and described by the Guardian as “A big-hearted picture full of small, understated moments of magic”, it will make you laugh out loud and restore your faith in humanity.

World Day of the Poor
Last year Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church set aside one day each year for members to “reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel.” He has designated this Sunday as World Day of the Poor. In this year’s message, Pope Francis challenges us to use this day as an opportunity to make an examination of conscience and consider whether we truly do hear the cry of the poor.

This is the fifth-largest economy in the world but schools are forced to buy shoes for their pupils, children have been diagnosed with rickets and malnutrition, and slum landlords exploit the poor. About 14 million people live in poverty and 1.5 million people, including 365,000 children, were destitute at some point last year — meaning that they could not afford two or more essentials such as food, housing, heating or clothes. Frank Field, chairman of the Commons work and pensions committee, says that “we are worse than the Victorians”, because at least in Dickens’s day the workhouses made sure that people got enough to eat. Now even the food banks have to limit the number of visits each family can make because they have too much demand. ~ Rachel Sylvester in THE TIMES, 13 November 2018

Sunday 11 November 2018

Remembrance Day Prayer
The Communion anthem for today’s Remembrance Day Mass, composed by Felix Mendelssohn, is a translation of Martin Luther’s prayer: Lord, in thy mercy grant us peace throughout all generations. Thou art alone our sword and shield, Lord, who dost guide the nations. Defend us O God, we pray thee.

Christmas Cards
After morning Mass today Traidcraft and CBC Christmas cards and other items are on sale in the hall.  Sherry, mince pies, stollen along with tea/coffee will be available.

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Alice Niamh Prichard, daughter of Lucy and Daniel, who is being baptised today.

Surf N’ Turf
Thank you to everyone who donated 73 tins of tuna, 12 tins of corned beef, a good amount of other foodstuffs, a small amount of cosmetics and £45 in cash for the Diocesan Refugee Project. If anyone left something by mistake in one of the carrier bags, please contact Barbara Cooper in the Parish Office.

Become a Eucharistic Minister?
We need more members of the congregation to help with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. If you are willing to help, please contact Fr Campion.

First Holy Communion
Starting in January we will have nine children – Emma Bates, Cameron Cope, Robbie Cope, Ellie Miller, Robbie Miller, Ines Mullo-Tardineau, Magdalena Ptaszyska, Ben Proudlock and Grace Young – preparing to make their First Holy Communion in July next year.

Scripture Group
You are welcome to take part in Friday’s meeting at 10.45am in the hall to study and reflect on the Scripture Readings for the following Sunday’s Mass. No previous knowledge of the texts is required.

Holy Name Poetry Group
From Judith Dryhurst: The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 21 November at 7pm in the hall when the theme will be Peace. All are welcome, with or without a previously published poem, to join our lively group.

Holy Name Book Club
The group meets next on Wednesday 28 November to discuss the novel Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. It won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2018 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2017.

LGBT+
From Isabel: Do you identify as LGBT+ or are you questioning your sexual or gender identity?  Would you like to join a support group run by and for LGBT+ Catholics in the North East?  We plan to meet one evening a month at St Dominic’s Catholic Church for a varied programme, which could include Mass, prayer, Bible study, discussion and social time.  Do join us for our inaugural meeting.  For more details telephone 07858 934457.

‘Fun Games and Socialise’
You are welcome to take part in light-hearted, friendly, enjoyable and easy games – suitable for all ages – such as boccia (bit like boules), kurling (think curling) and putting games (like crazy golf!) in our Hall on Wednesdays from 10.15 – 11.45 am (until 21 November). These can be played seated if required. There is no charge and all are welcome.

Marriage Preparation
Couples intending to get married next year – either here in the UK or abroad – are invited to contact Fr Campion now and to take part in a marriage preparation course here on Sunday 20 January. Details are on the poster in the porch.

Lay Missionary Talk
Tricia Bolle, founder of St Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society  (www.laymissionary.org ) is on a UK speaking tour and will speak on “Called to Serve the Persecuted Church in Asia – A Catholic Lay Missionary’s Tale of Faith & Perseverance” on Monday at 7pm in the Community Room at St Dominic’s, New Bridge Street, Newcastle.

Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 23 November we will be showing the 2016 New Zealand adventure comedy drama Hunt for the Wilderpeople, directed by Taika Waititi and starring Sam Neil. Juvenile delinquent Ricky Baker is fostered to the warm-hearted Bella and cantankerous Hec, a middle-aged married couple living on a remote farm, but tragedy and misunderstanding result in a national manhunt across the wilds of New Zealand. It’s a funny, touching film, full of humanity and deeply entertaining performances, including Rachel House as a smilingly hard-as-nails child support worker, Rima Te Wiata as Bella and Sam Neill as the grumpy, long-suffering Hec. Named by Empire magazine as the number one film of 2016 and described by the Guardian as “A big-hearted picture full of small, understated moments of magic”, it will make you laugh out loud and restore your faith in humanity.

Ecological Conversion
It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So what they all need is an “ecological conversion”, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience. ~ Pope Francis in Laudato Si, paragraph 217
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I doubt there’s a heaven; I think the people from hell have probably bought it for a timeshare. ~ Victoria Wood

 

Sunday 4 November 2018

Caring for Our Common Home
Karen Kilby, the Bede Professor of Catholic Theology at Durham University, will explore Pope Francis’ ecological vision in a talk in the hall on Wednesday at 7pm.  In his encyclical Laudato Si Pope Francis appeals to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. He calls on the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path.

Parish Retreat
Following requests from several parishioners, we will hold a parish Retreat (Day of Recollection) at Holy Name next year. If you are interested in helping to organise this, please contact Fr Campion.

Scripture Group
This Friday’s meeting at 10.45am will take place in the presbytery. The one hour session will study the Scripture Readings for the following Sunday’s Mass. No previous knowledge of the texts is required.

Surf N’ Turf
Thank you to everyone taking tins of fish in oil or meat to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Marriage Preparation
Couples intending to get married next year are invited to contact Fr Campion now and to take part in a marriage preparation course here on Sunday 20 January. Details are on the poster in the porch.

Holy Name Wine Club
The next tasting will be on Friday 30 November in the hall at 7pm and will focus on Christmas Wines.  Tickets are available after Mass today at £10 each with a limited number for non-imbibers.

Become a Eucharistic Minister?
If you are a baptised Catholic and in good standing with the Church, you are invited to help with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. New ministers for our parish are required. If you are interested in this service, please contact Fr Campion.

Christmas Cards
After Mass next Sunday morning Traidcraft and CBC Christmas cards and other items will be on sale in the hall.  Sherry, mince pies, stollen along with tea/coffee will be available.

Gift Aid Letters
Letters informing gift aid donors of their 2017/2018 donations to Holy Name are available for collection at the back of church. Thank you to them and to all who contribute to the running of our parish.

Holy Name Poetry Group
From Judith Dryhurst: The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 21 November at 7pm in the hall when the theme will be Peace. All are welcome, with or without a previously published poem, to join our lively group.

Holy Name Book Club
The group meets next on Wednesday 28 November to discuss the novel Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. It won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2018 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2017.

The Permanent Diaconate
From Deacon Martin Bell: The Order of the Permanent Diaconate is well-established in our Diocese now. Deacons come from all walks of life and offer their ministry in a variety of ways. To learn more about the ministry, you are invited to an Information Evening at St Hilda’s Resource Centre, West Road, Newcastle NE15 7PY on Wednesday at 7.00 pm. This will provide an overview of the four-year formation period with a contribution from deacons on how they exercise their ministry. You will be very welcome to take part and wives of those interested in the ministry are welcome to attend as well.

Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.  ~ Pope Francis 

LGBT+
From Isabel: Do you identify as LGBT+ or are you questioning your sexual or gender identity?  Would you like to join a support group run by and for LGBT+ Catholics in the North East?  We plan to meet one evening a month at St Dominic’s Catholic Church for a varied programme, which could include Mass, prayer, Bible study, discussion and social time.  Do join us for our inaugural meeting.  For more details telephone 07858 934457.

Old Photographs
Do you have an old photograph of the interior of our church building going back to the 1940/50s? Please contact Fr Campion if you can help with this.

Holy Name Galleries Club 2019
From Catherine Hearne: Ushaw College is truly one of the hidden jewels in Durham’s crown and is steeped in history dating back to its foundation in Douai, France in 1568. As part of our 90th celebrations we have arranged a “behind the scenes” tour of the former seminary on Saturday 26 January with a coach door to door. We’ll have tea and cake in the refectory afterwards. We’ll leave Holy Name at 12:30pm and return about 5pm. The cost per person is £18.50 (16 places). If you wish to join the tour, email me at catherinehearne@btinternet.com. And – there is one remaining place for the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition on Saturday 24 November 24 at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. Contact me if you’d like to take up this offer.

Journey in Faith
Do you want to learn about the Catholic faith? Do you want to deepen your understanding of your faith? If so, you are welcome to take part in the ‘Journey in Faith’ Course for our Partnership starting in St Teresa’s Church Hall, Heaton, Newcastle NE6 5HN on Thursday at 7pm. Telephone Fr Mariadass on 0191 265 5290 for further details.

Sunday 28 October 2018

Margaret Platt
After many years of diligent and faithful service, Margaret has retired as Parish Bookkeeper. Her professional care of our accounts was acknowledged and highly commended recently by the Diocesan auditors. We thank Margaret for her much appreciated service to Holy Name and our Finance Committee and we wish her an enjoyable retirement.

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Zara Morris, the first child of Hayley and Kenneth, who is being baptised today.

All Saints’ Day
On Thursday Catholics are invited to take part in Mass to honour all the saints of heaven – known and unknown to us – whose lives have been examples of faith and love throughout the ages. We will honour in particular those saints who are not individually recognised throughout the year. A Vigil Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 7pm and Mass on Thursday will be at 10am.

All Souls’ Day
At Mass on Friday at 10am we will remember and pray for our dead relatives and friends – the Holy Souls – who have gone to God before us. Why not take part and light a candle for them on this day?

Holy Name Book Club
The group will meet in the hall on Wednesday at 7pm to discuss The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes … a novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication. (goodreads.com) You are most welcome to join us but please ensure you have read the book beforehand as the discussion is confined to the book, its plot, characterisation, narrative  etc.

The Holy Name Scripture Group
Meetings will begin in the hall on Friday at 10.45am to study the Scripture Readings for the following Sunday’s Mass. The sessions will be led by Fr Campion. No previous knowledge of the texts will be required. Coffee/tea will be provided and all are welcome to take part.

Surf N’ Turf
Please remember to take tins of fish in oil or meat to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Dirty Nappies
Parents are requested to take soiled baby nappies home rather than leave them in the toilets.

The Bostey
From Fr Campion: In this 90th anniversary year of the opening of our church, please consider supporting the St Anthony’s Youth Education Service, known locally as “The Bostey”, which is a small charity supporting children, young people and their families in Walker and the areas surrounding the Catholic parish of St Anthony’s (a member of our Partnership). You can set up a monthly donation by visiting its website www.bostey.org and clicking on either the paypal button or the My Donate BT button and then following the instructions on the screen.

Caring for Our Common Home
In his encyclical Laudato Si Pope Francis appeals to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. He calls on the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. Karen Kilby, the Bede Professor of Catholic Theology at Durham University, will explore Pope Francis’ ecological vision in a talk in the hall on Wednesday 7 November at 7pm. Not to be missed!

Priests’ Training Fund
There is a retiring collection today for the fund to train priests and deacons for their ministry of service in the diocese.

Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven. ~ Pope Francis

Gift Aid Letters
Letters informing gift aid donors of their 2017/2018 donations to Holy Name are available for collection at the back of church. Thank you to them and to all who contribute to the running of our parish.

Holy Name Wine Club
The next tasting will be on Friday 30 November in the hall at 7pm and will focus on Christmas Wines.  Tickets are available after Mass today at £10 each with a limited number for non-imbibers.

Marriage Preparation
Couples intending to get married next year are invited to contact Fr Campion now and to take part in a marriage preparation course here on Sunday 20 January. Details are on the poster in the porch.

Become a Eucharistic Minister?
If you are a baptised Catholic and in good standing with the Church, you are welcome to help with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. New ministers for Holy Name are required and if you are interested in this service to fellow parishioners, please contact Fr Campion.

First Holy Communion
Starting in January we will have nine children – Emma Bates, Cameron Cope, Robbie Cope, Ellie Miller, Robbie Miller, Ines Mullo-Tardineau, Magdalena Ptaszyska, Ben Proudlock and Grace Young – preparing to make their First Holy Communion in July next year. Please remember them and their families in your prayers.

A Novel Note
If you’ll excuse a brief history lesson: most people didn’t experience ‘the sixties’ until the seventies. Which meant, logically, that most people in the sixties were still experiencing the fifties. ~ Julian Barnes, ‘The Sense of an Ending’ (our October Book Club selection).

Sunday 21 October 2018

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the church baby Emilie Gabrielle Wattleworth, daughter of Charles and Sophie, who is being baptised today.

School Care
A Breakfast & After School Club will begin operating in our hall on 5 November, providing care for children from West Jesmond Primary School. The Club – Bugs and Plants – will be using the hall on weekdays in term time as well as providing a Holiday Club during holidays.

Dirty Nappies
Parents are requested to take soiled baby nappies home rather than leave them in the toilets.

Meet the Author
Thank you very much to Catherine Hearne and to all who helped with organising and supporting the superb evening in the hall on Wednesday with author Jonathan Tulloch.

Holy Name Poetry Group
From Judith Dryhurst: The next meeting will take place on Wednesday at 7pm in the hall when the theme will be Halloween.  All are welcome, with or without a previously published poem, to join our lively group.

World Mission Sunday
Today we are asked to support Missio, the Pope’s official charity for promoting the growth of the Church and the spread of the Gospel in predominantly impoverished areas overseas. United with Catholics all over the world, our support will help brave missionaries in remote lands and support fledgling Church communities.  If you can Gift Aid your donation, please use one of the special Missio envelopes available at the back of church.

Caring for Our Common Home
In his encyclical Laudato Si Pope Francis appeals to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. He calls on the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. Karen Kilby, the Bede Professor of Catholic Theology at Durham University, will explore Pope Francis’ ecological vision in a talk in the hall on Wednesday 7 November at 7pm. Not to be missed!

Visit to Boulogne-sur-Mer
Fancy a three day visit to France, leaving on Wednesday 6 February 2019 and returning on Friday 8 February? Travel will be by executive coach and Eurotunnel with two nights’ Bed and Breakfast in the Hotel Ibis in the old town. As well as free time, a full day excursion will be organised for Thursday to take in the National Park of Cap Gris Nez, the coastal resort of Wimereux, the Terlincthun British Cemetery at Wimille and a shopping expedition to the Auchan and Carrefour hypermarkets. The cost is £269 per person for a twin/double room and £289 for a single. Places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  If you wish to reserve a place, please put your name on the list at the back of church.

Holy Name Book Club
The group will meet on Wednesday 31 October to discuss The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. Winner of the Man Booker Prize, this intense novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about – until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought he’d left all this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement. But he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he’d understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world. A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication. (goodreads.com)

A Daily Prayer
Lord God, sole Master of the future,
keep us from despair and the fear of what is to come.
May your love in us overcome all things
and sustain our faith, our hope and our endurance.
This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Weekday Mass Times
Weekday Mass lasts about 25 minutes. Would you be willing to take part in one of these at a time that suited you? If so, please use the form at the back of church to indicate your preferred time.

Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday we will be showing the dark psychological thriller Don’t Look Now, directed in 1973 by Nicholas Roeg and starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. It tells the story of a couple’s struggle to come to terms with the death of their daughter against the backdrop of a sinister, decaying, off-season Venice plagued by a serial killer. The film is a story of the supernatural and evil, of love and the elusive mystery of human experience, and, with its examination of loss and grief and powerful performances from Christie and Sutherland, is now recognised as a masterpiece of psychological horror. (Contains scenes of a sexual and violent nature.) Entry is free but take along your own drinks and snacks.

Rosary Exhibition
From Fr Mariadass: St. Teresa’s Church in Heaton is holding a Rosary Exhibition on Saturday from 10am to 6pm (with Mass at 11am) and Holy Name parishioners are invited to join us. The rosary will be recited throughout the day in languages from around the world. People are invited to bring along their rosaries (broken or intact) to add to the display and the church will be open on Thursday and Friday to receive them.

Future Meetings
The Holy Name Scripture Group, reflecting on the following Sunday’s Readings for Mass, will begin meeting from Friday 2 November at 10.45am in the hall.

The Holy Name Discussion Group met on Friday and will meet again next month.

Sunday 14 October 2018

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby James George Rutter, son of Christopher and Laura, who is being baptised today.

Prisoners Sunday
We are invited today to think about prisoners, their families and their children. “Prisoners Sunday provides an important opportunity to reflect on how we as a community can make a difference to the lives of those whose lives are affected by the criminal justice system. It is a time to identify those who are in crisis and find themselves in need of support in our own community.” (Bishop Richard Moth, Catholic Liaison Bishop for Prisons)

Holy Name 90th – Meet the Author
The Season Ticket” is a football novel set in Newcastle during the halcyon days of Alan Shearer. The author and former Holy Name parishioner Jonathan Tulloch won the 2000 Betty Trask prize for this, his first book which was then made into a film, serialised on BBC Radio 4, dramatised for the stage and translated into five languages. Jonathan’s back in Jesmond on Wednesday at 7pm in our hall to talk about his career and sign his new collection of writings, Glimpses of Eden. This is a seasonally arranged collection from his acclaimed nature column which has run in The Tablet for more than ten years. You may reserve your £5 ticket with catherinehearne@btinternet.com and/or pay and collect after Mass today.

Holy Name Discussion Group
From Fr Campion: In response to requests to have a Discussion Group in the parish, you are very welcome to take part in the first meeting in the hall on Friday after the 10am Mass. Tea and coffee will be provided and all matters relating to faith, the Church and other topics are ‘up for discussion’. All are welcome.

‘Caring for Our Common Home’
Three years ago Pope Francis wrote an encyclical (Laudato Si) in which he made an appeal to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. He calls on the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. His appeal, he says, is an “urgent challenge to protect our common home … to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change”. (The UN now warns that we have twelve years to avoid catastrophe.) Karen Kilby, the Bede Professor of Catholic Theology at Durham University, will explore Pope Francis’ ecological vision in a talk in the hall on Wednesday 7 November at 7pm.  Not to be missed!

Hip, Hip …
Bernard Kent, our parish Treasurer of many years, is having hip surgery on Tuesday. We wish him a successful operation and a speedy recovery.

Diocesan Refugee Project
Thank you for the 59 tins of meat and fish, an excellent quantity of other groceries, a large quantity of cosmetics and clothing plus £45 in cash donated last Sunday for the Refugee Project.

Holy Name Poetry Group (date correction)
From Judith Dryhurst: The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 24 October when the theme will be Halloween.  All are welcome, with or without a previously published poem, to join our lively group.

Holy Name Book Club (date correction)
The group will meet on Wednesday 31 October to discuss The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. The choice for November is Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie.

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. ~ Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)

I’ve been asked by friends who aren’t Catholic, and some former Catholics over the years, how a progressive could stay in a church that doesn’t allow gay people to marry or how I could be part of a patriarchal institution that refuses to ordain women. I sputtered out answers that were likely insufficient, not logically airtight, and probably unacceptable for some. For me, and I would guess for many Catholics, the church is not like a political party’s platform that you parse for complete alignment with your preferred ideology or policy goals. My faith is more naturally compared to the complicated bonds of family and tribe, a place where you feel most at home even when the people in your own living room sometimes drive you mad. ~ John Gehring in ‘The National Catholic Reporter’ (USA), 24 August 2018)

Holy Name Film Club
On Friday 26 October we will be showing the dark psychological thriller Don’t Look Now, directed in 1973 by Nicholas Roeg and starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. The screening takes place in our hall on Towers Avenue which has a large screen and excellent sound facilities. Entry is free but take along your own drinks and snacks. .

Visit to Boulogne-sur-Mer
Our parish is organising a three day visit to France, leaving on Wednesday 6 February 2019 and returning on Friday 8 February. Travel will be by executive coach and Eurotunnel with two nights’ Bed and Breakfast in the Hotel Ibis, in the old town. As well as free time, a full day excursion will be organised for Thursday to take in the National Park of Cap Gris Nez, the coastal resort of Wimereux, the Terlincthun British Cemetery at  Wimille and a shopping expedition to the Auchan and Carrefour hypermarkets. The cost is £269 per person for a twin/double room and £289 for single occupancy. Places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  If you wish to reserve a place, please leave your name on the list at the back of church or email Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office who also can be contacted for more information if required.

Nothing is worth more than this day – Goethe (1749-1832)

Sunday 7 October 2018

First Holy Communion
A meeting to introduce the programme for next year’s Preparation Course will take place in the hall after today’s 10am Mass.

Family Fast
Today’s retiring collection is for CAFOD, the Catholic charity that helps the poorest, most hard-to-reach people around the world. If you are able to gift aid your donation, please use one of the special envelopes available at the back of church.

Visit to Boulogne-sur-Mer
Our parish is organising a three day visit to France, leaving on Wednesday 6 February 2019 and returning on Friday 8 February. Travel will be by executive coach and Eurotunnel with two nights’ Bed and Breakfast in the Hotel Ibis, in the old town. As well as free time, a full day excursion will be organised for Thursday to take in the National Park of Cap Gris Nez, the coastal resort of Wimereux, the Terlincthun British Cemetery at  Wimille and a shopping expedition to the Auchan and Carrefour hypermarkets. The cost is £269 per person for a twin/double room and £289 for single occupancy. Places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  If you wish to reserve a place, please leave your name on the list at the back of church or email Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office who also can be contacted for more information if required.

Holy Name Discussion Group
From Fr Campion: You are very welcome to take part in an open Discussion Group that will meet for the first time in the hall on Friday 19 October after the 10am Mass. Tea and coffee will be provided. There seems to be an interest in having such a group to discuss matters relating to faith, the Church and other related topics (Brexit?). All are welcome.

Surf n’ Turf Sunday
Thank you to everyone taking a tin of meat or fish in oil to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Project. The latest information about the Project is on the noticeboard and in leaflets at the back of the church.

Holy Name 90th – Meet the Author
The Season Ticket” is a football novel set in Newcastle during the halcyon days of Alan Shearer. The author and former Holy Name parishioner Jonathan Tulloch won the 2000 Betty Trask prize for this, his first book which was then made into a film, serialised on BBC Radio 4, dramatised for the stage and translated into five languages. Jonathan’s back in Jesmond on Wednesday 17 October at 7pm in our hall to talk about his career and sign his new collection of writings, Glimpses of Eden. This is a seasonally arranged collection from his acclaimed nature column which has run in The Tablet for more than ten years. You may reserve your £5 ticket with catherinehearne@btinternet.com and/or pay and collect after Mass next Sunday.

Holy Name Book Club
The group will meet next on Wednesday 24 October to discuss The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. The choice for November is Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie.

Poetry Group
From Judith Dryhurst: The October meeting will take place on Wednesday 31 October (note change of date) when the theme, of course, will be Halloween.  All are welcome, with or without a previously published poem, to join our lively group.

Parish Audit
Holy Name was one of 10 parishes recently selected randomly to have its financial accounts audited by the diocesan auditors (Ernst & Young). Parishioners will be pleased to know that our record keeping was found to be excellent. Thank you to our counters who complete the weekly banking sheet, those who take the collection to the bank, and to the members of the Finance Committee, along with the Parish Secretary, for their much appreciated service to the parish.

The way you see people is the way you treat them. And the way you treat them is what they become. ~ Goethe (1749-1832)

Our Anniversary Year
From Fr Campion: For the next year, until the end of September 2019, we will be holding a series of events – social and spiritual – to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the building of our beautiful church. The hope is that these events will help to strengthen everyone’s sense of belonging to Holy Name and what it means to be a member, regular or occasional, of this special Church community. I hope, too, that we will offer generous support to the St Anthony’s Youth Education Service, known locally as “The Bostey”, which is working to help children and young people between the ages of 8-13 in the east end of Newcastle.

Fizz and Cake Sunday
Thank you to everyone who organised last Sunday’s celebrations at both Masses to mark the 90th anniversary of the laying of the Church’s foundation stone. And thank you to everyone who contributed to the £650 gift presented to Mgr Phillip Carroll at Mass.

Are You A University Student?
From Mia Fox: There is a dedicated Catholic Chaplaincy located at St Andrew’s Church, Worswick Street. The main Mass for students is on Sundays at 6.00pm and is followed by social time in the Chaplaincy room. And there are many other regular and ad hoc events, both social and exploring faith which you are welcome to join. Please check the website www.catholicchaplaincy.org for further details. Today there is a Meet & Greet at 5.30pm outside the front of Haymarket Metro and two students will escort you to St Andrew’s.

Canonisation Mass
To celebrate the canonisation of Archbishop Oscar Romero in Rome, Bishop Cunningham will celebrate Mass on Saturday at 11am in St Mary’s Cathedral. All are welcome to attend.

Nothing is worth more than this day – Goethe (1749-1832)

Sunday 30 September 2018

Our Church Anniversary

Today we mark the 90th anniversary of the laying of our church’s foundation stone. After each Mass you are invited to join with fellow parishioners in celebrating this milestone with a glass of sparkling wine or fruit juice. We are delighted to be joined by Monsignor Philip Carroll and a member of the St Anthony’s Youth Education Service, known locally as “The Bostey”, who will speak at Mass. We will be supporting this charity throughout our 90th anniversary year.

Holy Name Choir

The Offertory anthem at morning Mass today is Locus iste (‘This is God’s House’) by Anton Bruckner, 1869, written for the celebration of a church’s dedication. It is sung today (in Latin) to celebrate Holy Name’s 90th anniversary. The translation (by Rutter) goes: This is God’s house, a temple He has made. O holy covenant beyond all telling, worthy of His glorious Name. The Communion anthem is O Quam Gloriosum by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611).

Family Fast Day

CAFOD is the Catholic charity that helps the poorest, most hard-to-reach people around the world. It invites us on Friday to eat simply in solidarity with the world’s poor – perhaps by giving up a meal or just having a bowl of soup – and make a donation to the CAFOD collection next Sunday. If you are able to gift aid your donation, please use one of the special envelopes available at the back of church.

When you enter this church it may be possible that you hear “the call of God”. However, it is unlikely that He will call you on your mobile. Thank you for turning off your phones. If you want to talk to God, enter and choose a quiet place to talk to Him. If you want to see Him, send Him a text while driving. (from a poster in a French church.)

Italian Language Classes

The Italian language classes raised £525 for Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sightsavers, and The Smile Train charities. Grazie mille to all who took part!

Family Night and Youth Group

From Ruth Gibson: Families are invited to a Pizza and Games Night in the Hall on Saturday. We will order pizzas as well as some potato wedges and garlic bread. Those who can may take along a sweet or something to drink.  We’ll have music and any games people want to bring along for team games are most welcome.  Please let Dominic or me know after Mass today or telephone/text me on 07943 710345 if you wish to take part.

Visit to Boulogne-sur-Mer 

Our parish is organising a three day visit to France, leaving on Wednesday 6 February 2019 and returning on Friday 8 February. Travel will be by executive coach and Eurotunnel with two nights’ Bed and Breakfast in the Hotel Ibis, in the old town. As well as free time, a full day excursion will be organised for Thursday to take in the National Park of Cap Gris Nez, the coastal resort of Wimereux, the Terlincthun British Cemetery at  Wimille and a shopping expedition to the Auchan and Carrefour hypermarkets. The cost is £269 per person for a twin/double room and £289 for single occupancy. Places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  If you wish to reserve a place, please leave your name on the list at the back of church or email Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office who also can be contacted for more information if required.

Recently Deceased

We offer our condolences to the family of Kathleen Reed (Adderstone Crescent) whose Funeral Service takes place on Thursday at 11.30am. We offer condolences also to the families of Marie Christian (Wordsworth House), Maria Glassow (Jesmond Dene Road), Martin Riley (Mitchell Avenue) and Jeanne Stark (Sutherland Court Care Home,) who have died and whose funerals will take place at a later date. Requiescant in pace.

Hospice Service

Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s Hospice today at 4pm. You welcome to join in praying for the patients and our own friends.

Surf n’ Turf Sunday 

Please remember to take a tin of meat or fish in oil to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project. The latest information about the Project is on the noticeboard and in leaflets at the back of the church.

First Holy Communion

A meeting to introduce the programme for next year’s Preparation Course will take place in the hall next Sunday following the 10am Mass.

‘The Source’

From Ruth Gibson: This youth event brings together young people in Year 9 and above for an evening of talks, worship and socialising at St Mary’s Cathedral.  The first event of this term is on Wednesday from 6.45-8pm.  Please contact me on 07943 710345 if you wish to be part of a small group from Holy Name.

 Holy Name 90th – Meet the Author

The Season Ticket” is a football novel set in Newcastle during the halcyon days of Alan Shearer. The author and former Holy Name parishioner Jonathan Tulloch won the 2000 Betty Trask prize for this, his first book which was then made into a film, serialised on BBC Radio 4, dramatised for the stage and translated into five languages. Jonathan’s back in Jesmond on Wednesday 17 October at 7pm in our hall to talk about his career and sign his new collection of writings, Glimpses of Eden. This is a seasonally arranged collection from his acclaimed nature column which has run in The Tablet for more than ten years. You may reserve your £5 ticket with catherinehearne@btinternet.com and/or pay and collect after Mass next Sunday.

 Holy Name Travel Club

Tomorrow 36 members of the parish are travelling to Iseo in northern Italy, returning on Friday. We wish them a safe and enjoyable pilgrimage.

Sunday 23 September 2018

Parish Council
The Council meets today after morning Mass. The members are – Catherine Hearne (Chair), Clare Roberts (Vice-Chair), Michael Anderson (Health & Safety), Aaron Gamboa, Madeleine Hardy (Safeguarding), Michael Howard (Finance), Dominic Manfredi, Tony McPhillips, Avril O’Reilly, Tessa Burton-Roberts, Roy Stanley, Nicholas Stonor, John Waddell and Fr Campion (ex officio).

From Abraham and Sarah to IVF – Helping people become parents in the 21st century.
Over 40 years since the world’s first IVF baby, much progress has been made in understanding how best to help couples who are struggling to conceive, a problem that, sadly, is becoming increasingly common. What can influence male infertility and how are couples who are affected by this assessed and treated here in Newcastle? Parishioner Mr Kevin McEleny will give a talk on this subject in the Parish Hall on Thursday at 7pm. Kevin has worked as a Consultant Urologist in Newcastle and Gateshead since 2009 and he also leads the Male Fertility Service at the Newcastle Fertility Centre based at the International Centre for Life.

Holy Name Book Club
The group meets on Wednesday at 7pm in the hall to discuss Legacy of Spies by John le Carré. Everyone is welcome to take part in what is always a lively exchange of views on the merits of each novel – its plot, characterisation, narrative etc.

‘Come to the Well and Drink’
From Julia Firbank: The Course on prayer continues on Thursday at St Lawrence’s, Byker Crescent, Newcastle NE6 2JT from 7.00 – 8.30 pm. Each session is independent – come for one or more. Everyone is welcome.  No expertise is needed.

Our Church Anniversary
After both Masses Next Sunday you are invited to celebrate with a glass of sparkling wine the 90th anniversary of the laying of the church’s Foundation Stone. A member of the St Anthony’s Youth Education Service, known locally as “The Bostey” and which offers supporting services for children and young people in the east end of Newcastle, will speak at the Masses. We will be supporting this Service throughout our anniversary year.

Wedding Bells
Congratulations to David Hall and Louise Dean who married here yesterday. Very sadly, Louise’s mother, Maureen, died on Tuesday. Requiescat in pace.

 Holy Name Discussion Group
From Fr Campion: In addition to having a weekly Coffee Morning, it has been suggested as well that we provide an opportunity for parishioners to take part in a Discussion Group on things relating to faith, the Church and other related topics (Brexit?). This could be done over a cup of coffee in the hall after a weekday Mass. What do you think?

Family Night and Youth Group
From Ruth Gibson: Families are invited to a Pizza and Games Night in the Hall on Saturday 6 October. Usually, we order in margarita and pepperoni pizzas as well as some potato wedges and garlic bread. Usually, those who can take along a sweet or something to drink.  We have music and any games people want to bring along or have suggestions for team games are most welcome.  Please let Dominic or me know after Mass or telephone/text me on 07943 710345 if you wish to take part.  And young people in Year 5 and Sixth Form are welcome to join the St Teresa and St Aidan’s Youth Group which is starting with a meeting today at 5.30pm at St Teresa’s  church porch. Pizza will be provided.

Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s Hospice Sunday at 4pm. You will be very welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own friends.

Holy Name Galleries Club
From Catherine Hearne: We have booked a guided tour on Saturday 24 November at 1.45pm for the Scottish National Galleries’ first Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition in Edinburgh. Everyone arranges their own travel and we’ll have a cup of tea together afterwards. If you want to join the tour, email me at catherinehearne@btinternet.com.

First Holy Communion
A meeting to introduce the programme for next year’s Preparation Course will take place in the hall on Sunday 7 October following the 10am Mass.

St Mary’s School
From John Foster, Head Teacher: Applications are open for admission into St Mary’s School Year 7 for September 2019.  The school is holding its annual Open Evening on Thursday from 5.45pm until 8pm. This is an opportunity for parents and children, particularly those in Years 6 and 5, to visit the school and meet staff and students.  Families with younger children are welcome too.  The evening begins with a presentation in the hall at 6.00pm, repeated at 7.00pm. If you are unable to make this date and wish to have an individual or group tour of the school at another time, please contact Mrs Julie Patterson on (0191) 2153260.

 ‘Glimpses of Eden: Field Notes from the Edge of Eternity’
Tickets are on sale today at £5 per head – which includes a drink on arrival – for the evening in the hall on 17 October at 7pm with Jonathan Tulloch, the award winning novelist and columnist with The Tablet and The Times newspaper. Jonathan will read from his new book and also talk about his experience of writing the Nature Notebook for The Times newspaper and his work with refugees.

Season of Mellow Fruitfulness
You are welcome to pick the crab apples from the tree by the entrance to the church’s mini car park. And thank you to Martin Lamont who sweeps the grounds throughout the year but whose help with the falling leaves is all the more appreciated.

Sunday 16 September 2018

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the church baby Sebastian Andrew Ajit Sander, son of William and Kamal, who is being baptised today.

First Holy Communion
Parents of children due to make their First Communion next year need to contact Cathy Corcoran, our First Communion catechist, or Fr Campion now. In next year’s programme parents, as the first and most important educators of their children in faith, will be expected to take part in monthly meetings, with their children, beginning in January.  A meeting to introduce the programme will take place in the hall on Sunday 7 October following the 10am Mass.

Sunday Refreshments Rota
If you help with providing refreshments after Sunday morning Mass, thank you. When finishing, please arrange to have the tables put away and the chairs, left, placed open against the walls.

Holy Name Galleries Club
From Catherine Hearne: The Scottish National Galleries are holding their first Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition this autumn. We have booked a guided tour for Saturday 24 November at 1.45pm. Everyone arranges their own travel and we’ll have a cup of tea together afterwards. If you want to join the tour, email me at catherinehearne@btinternet.com. We had a very successful tour of the BALTIC last week and met Turner prize-winning artist Lubaina Hibib afterwards over coffee!

No pleasure is worth giving up for the sake of two more years in a geriatric home in Weston-super-Mare. ~ Kingsley Amis, English novelist, poet, critic and teacher (1922-1995)

Home Mission Sunday
From Bishop Cunningham: Today’s retiring collection is to support the work of helping Catholics in England and Wales to become more confident in sharing their faith. You also are invited to take part in a workshop called “What shall we do with the Good News?” to explore the best ways for ordinary Catholics to share the Gospel. It’s taking place on Thursday from 7 to 8.30 pm at St Vincent’s Diocesan Offices, St Cuthbert’s House, West Road, Newcastle, NE15 7PY.

‘Glimpses of Eden: Field Notes from the Edge of Eternity’
As part of our ongoing Parish 90th Anniversary celebrations (which begin on 30 September), award winning novelist and former parishioner Jonathan Tulloch will join us in the hall on 17 October at 7pm to read from his new book (a collection from his weekly columns in The Tablet) and he’ll be signing copies too. Jonathan also will talk about his experience of writing the Nature Notebook for The Times newspaper and his work with refugees in the North East. Tickets are on sale at £5 per head, which includes a drink on arrival.

The Holy Name Poetry Group
For the new season starting on Wednesday, our theme is ‘Atonement’. The meeting takes place on the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. All are welcome to take along and share a published poem of their choice over a glass of wine or fruit juice. However, please note that as the meeting only lasts 90 minutes and with numbers often as high as 16 or 17, out of courtesy and respect, no-one should speak for longer than a notional 5 minutes!

Holy Name Book Club
The next meeting on Wednesday 26 September will discuss Legacy of Spies by John le Carré. The choice for October is The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes and for November it is Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. Everyone is welcome to join for lively discussion of contrasting views on the merits of each novel.

If any of the scarves, spectacles or other items at the back of church (including a watch left in the hall) belong to you, please take them away today or we will dispose of them. For the watch, please contact Fr Campion.

Wedding Bells
We offer our best wishes to David Hall and Louise Dean who are marrying here on Saturday at 12 noon.

From Abraham and Sarah to IVF – Helping people become parents in the 21st century.
Over 40 years since the world’s first IVF baby, much progress has been made in understanding how best to help couples who are struggling to conceive, a problem that, sadly, is becoming increasingly common. What can influence male infertility and how are couples who are affected by this assessed and treated here in Newcastle? Parishioner Mr Kevin McEleny will give a talk on this subject in the Parish Hall on Thursday 27 September at 7pm. Kevin has worked as a Consultant Urologist in Newcastle and Gateshead since 2009 and he also leads the Male Fertility Service at the Newcastle Fertility Centre based at the International Centre for Life.

The Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 21 September the Film Club will resume with a showing of Castaway, directed in 2000 by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt. Hanks won a Golden Globe award and was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his powerful performance in this epic survival story as a time-and-motion obsessed FedEx courier who is stranded on an uninhabited Pacific island after surviving a plane crash. By turns terrible and beautiful, harrowing and humorous, it is an engrossing exploration of the desperate physical and existential challenges faced by an ordinary man removed from all those things essential to modern life and thrust alone into an alien environment.

Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced. ~ James Baldwin, American novelist and essayist, in The New York Times (1962).

Sunday 9 September 2018

Education Sunday
Today we honour and pray for all who work in education. The retiring collection is to support the work of the Catholic Education Council.

Holy Name Parish Visit to Iseo
There will be an information evening on Thursday at 7pm in the hall for those going on the visit to Italy on 1 October.

Holy Name Galleries Club
From Catherine Hearne: Following our very successful visit to Edinburgh to see the Rembrandt exhibition, we’re planning a return trip at the end of November to see Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity. If interested, please contact me at catherinehearne@btinternet.com

Sunday Refreshments Rota
If you help with providing refreshments after Sunday morning Mass, thank you. Afterwards, please arrange to have the tables put away and the chairs, left open, placed against the walls.

Surf n’ Turf
Thank you to everyone who last Sunday contributed 75 tins of meat and fish, a small amount of cosmetics, a large amount of clothing and £17 in cash for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

First Holy Communion
Parents with children to make their First Communion next year now need to contact Cathy Corcoran or Fr Campion. In next year’s programme there will be monthly meetings over seven months, beginning in January.  Parents, as the first and most important educators of their children in faith, will be expected to take part with their children. A meeting to introduce the programme will take place in October.

Becoming a Catholic?
If you are thinking about becoming a Catholic and would welcome the opportunity to explore the Catholic faith, Fr Campion would be delighted to hear from you. A ‘Journey in Faith’ course will start later this year. There are four enquirers so far and more are welcome to take part.

Rotas and Information Sharing
If you are on any of our rotas for Welcoming, Eucharistic Ministry, Reading or Sunday Refreshments, please take a copy of the new Rota and complete and return the “Sharing of Information Form” attached to it. This will enable you to swap duties on days you cannot fulfil your ministry.

The Holy Name Poetry Group
From Fr Campion: For the new season starting on Wednesday 19 September, there is a wish among members to make the group more inclusive.  So to enable this, it has been decided that the following ground rules would be a good place from which to start:

  • Everyone is welcome, with or without a poem.
  • As the meeting only lasts 90 minutes and with numbers often as high as 16 or 17, out of courtesy and respect, no-one should speak for longer than a notional 5 minutes!
  • One of the best aspects of this group is the wide range of published poetry included at each meeting. This is to be welcomed and applauded.

In view of the above, we have decided to start in September with the theme of Atonement, as originally suggested by one of our members. September’s meeting takes place on the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism.

Quiet Prayer
On Tuesday from 7-8pm you are invited to join the Prayer Group at 50 Bemersyde Drive, Jesmond.  All are welcome but please telephone Ruth on 07943 710345 first if you wish to take part or want to know more about it.

I often think it is my work to find You, and in the tangle of my life
I stumble into brambles of doubt and pits of uncertainties
and wonder where You are hiding, and then I remember:
You seek and I am found. ~ Meister Eckhart (1260-1328)

From Abraham and Sarah to IVF –
Helping people become parents in the 21st century.
Over 40 years since the world’s first IVF baby, much progress has been made in understanding how best to help couples who are struggling to conceive, a problem that, sadly, is becoming increasingly common. What can influence male infertility and how are couples who are affected by this assessed and treated here in Newcastle? Parishioner Mr Kevin McEleny will give a talk on this subject in the Parish Hall on Thursday 27 September at 7pm. Kevin has worked as a Consultant Urologist in Newcastle and Gateshead since 2009 and he also leads the Male Fertility Service at the Newcastle Fertility Centre based at the International Centre for Life. All are welcome.

New to Holy Name?
If you have recently begun going to Mass at Holy Name, welcome! We hope your time with us will be enjoyable and fulfilling. If you’ve not done so already, please complete a Registration Form available at the back of church and place it in the blue box provided.

Weekday Coffee Morning
Would you be interested in a regular weekday Coffee Morning in the hall? It would be for a mix of ages with parents, babies, newly retired etc taking part. If you are interested, please let Fr Campion know.

 Education Sunday
If you are or have been a teacher, you may be amused by Fascinating Aida’s “OFSTED Song for Teachers” on www.youtube.com

Old teachers never die, they just grade away …

Sunday 2 September 2018

Holy Name Choir
The choir sings at the 10am Mass each Sunday. Starting tomorrow, practices take place in church on Mondays from 6.15 – 7.30pm, and also at 9.30am before Mass. The choir loves new voices and new members are eagerly welcomed!

Holy Name Wine Club
Only a few tickets are left for the USA West Coast tasting on 14 September. They are available after Mass today.

Italian Lessons for Charity
The class resumes tomorrow, Monday, and will take place in the presbytery. Access is via the front door on North Jesmond Avenue, by the red letter box. A domani sera alle 6!

Holy Name Parish Visit to Iseo
There will be an information evening on Thursday 13 September at 7pm in the hall for those going on the visit to Italy on 1 October.

Mgr Philip Carroll
A Presentation will be made to Mgr Carroll at our Parish Cake and Fizz Party on Sunday 30 September in recognition of his great service to Holy Name while Fr Campion was on sick leave. If you wish to make a donation for this, please place it in an envelope marked ‘Presentation’ and leave it in the Offertory Collection basket or drop it off at the presbytery.

Surf n’ Turf
Thank you to everyone taking tins of meat or fish to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Edinburgh Fringe Joke (1)
I took out a loan to pay for an exorcism. If I don’t pay it back, I’m going to get repossessed. ~ Olaf Falafel

Eucharistic Ministers
If you distribute Holy Communion at Mass, please inform the Lead Minister as soon as you arrive in church. If you are unable to fulfil your ministry, YOU must find a replacement, and in good time, please.

Open Gate
Thank you to everyone who so generously donated items for the Open Gate project in Durham which re-houses women recently released from prison.

Becoming a Catholic?
If you are thinking about becoming a Catholic and would welcome the opportunity to explore the Catholic faith, Fr Campion would be delighted to hear from you. A ‘Journey in Faith’ course will start later this year. There are four enquirers so far and more are welcome to take part.

Holy Name Galleries Club
There are eight places left for our guided tour of “Our Kisses are Petals” at the Baltic Gallery on Friday at 1:30pm. The exhibition features Turner prize winner Lubaina Himid MBE who is a British contemporary artist and curator. And following our very successful visit to Edinburgh to see the Rembrandt exhibition, we’re planning a return trip at the end of November to see Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity. Contact Catherine Hearne at catherinehearne@btinternet.com if you want to book a place.

First Holy Communion
Parents with children to make their First Communion next year now need to contact Cathy Corcoran or Fr Campion. In next year’s programme there will be monthly meetings over seven months, beginning in January.  Parents, as the first and most important educators of their children in faith, will be expected to take part with their children. A meeting to introduce the programme will take place in October.

Edinburgh Fringe Joke (2)
Love is like central heating. You turn it on before the guests arrive and pretend it’s like this all the time. ~ Laura Lexx

The Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 21 September the Film Club will resume with a showing of Castaway, directed in 2000 by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt. Hanks won a Golden Globe award and was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his powerful performance in this epic survival story as a time-and-motion obsessed FedEx courier who is stranded on an uninhabited Pacific island after surviving a plane crash. By turns terrible and beautiful, harrowing and humorous, it is an engrossing exploration of the desperate physical and existential challenges faced by an ordinary man removed from all those things essential to modern life and thrust alone into an alien environment.

Counting House
From Fr Campion: We need a few more people to help every six weeks on either Mondays at 10am or on Sundays at 6.30pm with counting the Sunday collections. Please contact me if you wish to help.

Coffee Morning Volunteers
Would you be interested in taking part or helping with a regular weekday Coffee Morning in the hall, for a great mix of ages with parents, babies, newly retired etc? If so, please let Fr Campion know.

‘Glimpses of Eden: Field Notes from the Edge of Eternity’
Award winning novelist and former parishioner Jonathan Tulloch will join us on 17 October at 7pm as part of our ongoing Parish 90th Anniversary celebrations. He will read from his new book – a collection from his weekly column in The Tablet – and he’ll be signing copies too. Jonathan will talk about his experience of writing the Nature Notebook for The Times, his work with refugees in the North East and, perhaps, he’ll mention that he’s never driven a car. Tickets will be on sale soon at £5 per head, including a drink on arrival. If you wish to reserve a ticket, email: catherinehearne@btinternet.com

The Last Word
I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again. ~ Tim Vine

Sunday 26 August 2018

Partnership News
Our Jesmond St Mary Partnership of eight parishes has produced a bookmark for use by parishioners throughout the Partnership. You are most welcome to take one from the back of church and, if you can, offer the Litany and Partnership Prayer.

 Holy Name Wine Club
The theme for the next tasting on Friday 14 September at 7pm in the hall will be West Coast of America. With accompanying ‘nibbles’ the tasting will focus on wines from California, Oregon and Washington State. Tickets are on sale today after both Masses at £10 each and with a limited number at £5 for non-imbibers.

Holy Name Choir
The choir sings at the 10am Mass each Sunday. Resuming on 3 September, practices take place in church on Mondays from 6.15 – 7.30pm, and also at 9.30am before Mass. The choir loves new voices and new members are eagerly welcomed!

Mgr Philip Carroll
In gratitude to Mgr Carroll for serving Holy Name so wonderfully while Fr Campion was on sick leave, you are invited to make a donation to today’s retiring collection which will be presented to him at our Parish Cake and Fizz Party on Sunday 30 September.

Hall Keys
If you have a key to our parish hall, please let Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office know as soon as possible.

Parish Party 30 September
We need someone to collect 192 glasses from TESCO on Saturday 29 September and return them on Tuesday 2 October. If you are willing to help, contact the Parish Office.

Becoming a Catholic?
If you are thinking about becoming a Catholic and would welcome the opportunity to explore the Catholic faith, Fr Campion would be delighted to hear from you. A ‘Journey in Faith’ course will start later this year.

Holy Name Book Club
The next meeting on Wednesday 26 September will discuss Legacy of Spies by John le Carré. The choice for October is The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes and for November it is Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. The group – open to people of all faiths and ages – meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month, except in August and December, and everyone is welcome to join us for lively discussion of contrasting views on the merits of each novel.

Italian Class
The class for beginners resumes on Monday 3 September and will meet at 6 pm in the presbytery.

 Kerala Floods: an SVP appeal
From Kieran Knights, National Communications Manager: Terrible flooding has taken place in Kerala in southern India.  Hundreds of people have been killed and many more are missing; countless homes have been washed away, and the monsoon season is set to continue until early September. The leading Catholic charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), is very active there and is doing great work helping the victims of the flooding in their local communities. However, they desperately need funds. Please contribute to the SVP’s Kerala appeal. To donate visit www.svp.org.uk, telephone 020 7703 3030 or send cheques made out to SVP (write ‘Kerala Appeal’ on the back) to SVP, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB.  And please remember our sisters and brothers in Kerala in your prayers.

Counting House
The parish needs more people to help every six weeks on Mondays at 10am or on Sundays at 6.30pm with counting the Sunday collections. Please contact the Parish Office if you are willing to help.

Care of Creation
Pope Francis has called for Catholics to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on this Saturday, 1 September, as the Orthodox Church has done since 1989. According to the Pope, this “offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

A Prayer for Creation from Pope Francis
All powerful God,
you are present in the universe,
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with your peace,
that we may live as brothers and sisters,
harming no one.

Surf n’ Turf
Please remember to take tins of meat or fish (in oil) to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Coffee Morning Volunteers
Prior to the closure of the Afternoon Tea Club, the volunteers discussed the possibility of holding Coffee Mornings in the hall that would be open to all.  Do you think this would meet a need in the parish?

Dancing at Holy Name
An adult beginners Ballroom and Latin dance class will begin in the hall on Monday 3 September from 6.30 to 7.30pm. The cost is £5 per person per class. Couples and singles prepared to dance with a partner are welcome. Dance shoes or a smooth sole, low heels for ladies, will be suitable but not essential. Please add your name to the list at the back of church if interested. For further information contact Sue Smith at suesmith2@talk21.com or telephone 07769 947 551.

Sunday 19 August 2018

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the church baby Felicity Rose Goodman, first child of Eleanor and Richard and grand-daughter of Margaret and Philip Platt, who is being baptised today.

First Holy Communions
A programme for children to make their First Holy Communion next year will begin in January 2019. More details will be provided by Mrs Cathy Corcoran, our First Communion catechist, in the coming weeks.

Partnership News
Our Jesmond St Mary Partnership of eight parishes has printed a bookmark for use by parishioners across the Partnership. You are most welcome to take one from the back of church.

Holy Name Wine Club
The theme for the next tasting on Friday 14 September at 7 pm in the hall will be West Coast of America. With accompanying ‘nibbles’ the tasting will focus on wines from California, Oregon and Washington State. Tickets will be on sale after Mass next Sunday at £10 each and with a limited number at £5 for non-imbibers.

Italian Class
The class for beginners resumes on Monday 3 September at 6 pm.

Diocesan Vacancies
There are vacancies for a Property Review Co-ordinator (full-time, 18 month fixed term contract); and a Property Surveyor (full-time, initial 3 month temporary contract). For further information, telephone (0191) 243 3301, visit www.rcdhn.org.uk or email human.resources@diocesehn.org.uk

Farewell
From Fr Campion: It is with sadness that we bid a fond farewell to Luz Arnaldo who is leaving our parish to move to London for her work as a Nanny. We thank Luz for her gentle service to Holy Name over many years and wish her every blessing.

Hall Cleaning
Until possibly the end of November, we need a few people to help with cleaning the hall on a weekly basis until a new hall cleaner is appointed by the Diocese. (All parish paid staff are employees of the Diocese.)  Our hall is a valuable parish and community resource and we need to maintain it well for the many groups who use it. The weekly tasks include cleaning the floors, kitchen and toilets, ensuring bins are emptied and consumables refilled.  If you are willing to help, please contact the Parish Office or speak to Fr Campion.

The Holy Name Poetry Group
From Fr Campion: For the new season starting on Wednesday 19 September, there is a wish among members to make the group more inclusive.  So to enable this, it has been decided that the following ground rules would be a good place with which to start the season:

  • Everyone is welcome, with or without a poem.
  • As the meeting only lasts 90 minutes and with numbers often as high as 16 or 17, out of courtesy and respect, no-one should speak for longer than 5 minutes. This time is to include any introduction to the poem and the discussion that follows afterwards.
  • One of the best aspects of this group is the wide range of published poetry included at each meeting. This is to be welcomed and applauded.

In view of the above, we have decided to start in September with the theme of Atonement, as originally suggested by one of our members. September’s meeting takes place on the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. (This will replace the read-around of Thomas Gray’s Elegy.)

Holy Island Pilgrimage
The annual CAFOD Pilgrimage to Holy Island will take place on Saturday 1 September. If you intend to take part, meet by the Refuge Tower at 11.30am to walk across the causeway. There will be a Liturgy at 1pm in St Aidan’s Catholic Church for non-walkers; and Mass will be celebrated at 3.30pm in St Mary’s Priory Church. All are welcome but please inform CAFOD if you are taking part – telephone (0191) 3844847 or at hexhamandnewcastle@cafod.org.uk. Crossings that day can take place between 10.15am and 5.30pm.

Hall Keys
If you have a key to our parish hall, please let Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office know as soon as possible.

Being Holy
A young mother is not meant to be Mother Teresa. She is not meant to enter the Loreto sisters, and then found a religious order and work in Calcutta. She is meant to be a woman who loves her children, loves her husband, loves her friends and neighbours and, if she’s working outside the home, her co-workers. She is meant to experience God in her life and in the lives of the people with whom she lives and works. Some­times this means doing big things with love, like raising children. And somet­imes it means doing smaller things… That’s the “Little Way” that Thérèse [of Lisieux] wrote about …

Most of the problems arise when we begin to believe that we have to be someone else to be holy. We use someone else’s map to heaven when God has already planted in our soul all the directions we need. When admirers used to visit Calcutta to see Mother Teresa, she would tell many of them, “Find your own Calcutta.” In other words, bloom where you are planted. Discover sanctity in your own life.
~ James Martin SJ, ‘James Martin: Essential Writings’ (Orbis, 2017)

Greatest Gamble?
“The government has given the gambling industry two years to adjust to changes affecting fixed odds betting terminals. The rest of Britain, meanwhile, is getting a shorter period to adjust to leaving the European Union.” ~ Matthew Parris, THE TIMES, 10 August 2018.

Sunday 12 August 2018

Holyday Masses – Correction

For the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Wednesday, Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 7pm and on Wednesday at 10am.

Rotas and Information Sharing


If you are on any of our parish rotas for Welcoming, Eucharistic Ministry, Reading or Sunday Refreshments, please take a copy of the new Rota and complete and return the “Sharing of Information Form” which will enable you to swap rota duties on days you cannot fulfil your ministry.

 Hall Hire

Did you know that the Holy Name Hall, in addition to hosting parish activities, is available to hire throughout the year for children’s parties, receptions and private celebrations? Our hall is less than a 10 minutes’ walk from West Jesmond Metro station and, located on Towers Avenue, has plentiful free parking. For further details, visit the parish website www.holynamejesmond.co.uk or contact Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office.

 Hall Cleaning

As you may know, Tess Daley left her post as Hall Cleaner a month ago in order to care for a sick friend. Due to the Diocesan HR manager going on leave until the end of October, we are not allowed to advertise for a replacement until November. Until then, we need one or two people to volunteer to clean the hall on a weekly basis until, possibly, the end of November. Our hall is a valuable parish and community resource and we need to maintain it well for the many groups who use it. The weekly tasks would include cleaning the floors, kitchen and toilets, ensuring bins are emptied and consumables refilled.  If you are willing to help, please contact the Parish Office or speak to Fr Campion.

Open Gate

For a number of years we have been supporting this charity based in Durham which helps women recently released from prison to adjust to the outside world.  In the past we have donated electrical items but this time we have been asked to provide kitchen items such as chopping boards, pyrex measuring jugs, kitchen foil, cling film, medium food bags, washing up liquid, ramekin dishes and tea towels. As we only need to provide a specific number of these, please add your name to the list at the back of church for the items you will donate and then bring them to church or the presbytery as soon as possible.

Diocesan Refugee Project

Thank you to everyone who last Sunday donated 54 tins of fish and meat along with a large amount of baby food, nappies, other food, clothing and £66.

Holy Name Book Club – Correction

The next meeting is on Wednesday 26 September to discuss Legacy of Spies by John le Carré. “It is a splendid novel … It is riveting, bitter and will be controversial … le Carre’s handling of dialogue remains perfectly fresh. Who else can tell you so much about so many people so quickly? Not a syllable is wasted.” – Andrew Marr (The Sunday Times)

Paso Doble, Anyone?

An adult beginners Ballroom and Latin dance class will begin in the hall on Monday 3 September from 6.30 to 7.30pm. The cost is £5 per person per class. Couples and singles prepared to dance with a partner are welcome. Dance shoes or a smooth sole, low heels for ladies, will be suitable but not essential. Please add your name to the list at the back of church if interested. For further information contact Sue Smith at suesmith2@talk21.com or telephone 07769 947 551.

Hospice Service

Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth today at 4pm. You will be very welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own friends.

The Holy Name Poetry Group

From Fr Campion: For the new season starting on Wednesday 19 September, there is a wish among members to make the group more inclusive.  So to enable this, it has been decided that the following ground rules (which have been implicit but need to be made explicit) would be a good place with which to start the season:

  • Everyone is welcome, with or without a poem.
  • As the meeting only lasts 90 minutes and with numbers often as high as 16 or 17, out of courtesy and respect, no-one should speak for longer than 5 minutes. This time is to include any introduction to the poem and the discussion that follows afterwards.
  • One of the best aspects of this group is the wide range of published poetry included at each meeting. This is to be welcomed and applauded.

In view of the above, we have decided to start in September with the theme of Atonement, as originally suggested by one of our members. September’s meeting takes place on the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. (This will replace the read-around of Thomas Gray’s Elegy.)

God in All Things

Then he showed me a little thing, no bigger than a hazelnut, as it seemed to me, lying in the palm of my hand, and it was as round as a ball. I looked at it with the eye of my understanding and thought: ‘What can this be?’ And I was answered generally: ‘It is all that is made.’ I gazed with astonishment wondering how it could survive because of its littleness. It seemed to me that it was about to fall into nothingness. And I was answered in my mind: ‘It lasts and always will last because God loves it.’ And so everything receives its being from the love of God. In this little thing I saw three truths: God made it. God loves it. God keeps it. ~ Julian (also known as Juliana) of Norwich (1342-1416). ‘Mother’ Julian was an English anchoress and an important Christian mystic and theologian. Her Revelations of Divine Love, written around 1395, is the first book in the English language known to have been written by a woman.

Sunday 5 August 2018

 Reception
At Mass on Tuesday, John Turnbull, sponsored by his wife, Clare, was received into the full Communion of the Catholic Church. We warmly welcome John and wish him every blessing in the years ahead.

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Etta Belle Devlin, the first child of Tom and Stella, who is being baptised today.

The Holy Name Supper Club?
Would you welcome the opportunity to join a parish Supper Club? The group would meet either in the hall, with caterers providing the food, or in local bistros and restaurants. The emphasis would be on having an enjoyable evening with good food, good conversation and a good laugh.
Rotas and Information Sharing
If you are on any of our rotas for Welcoming, Eucharistic Ministry, Reading or Sunday Refreshments, please take a copy of the new Rota and complete and return the “Sharing of Information Form” which will enable you to swap rota duties on days you cannot fulfil your ministry.

New to Holy Name?
If you have recently begun going to Mass at Holy Name, welcome! We hope your time with us will be enjoyable and fulfilling. If you’ve not done so already, please complete a Registration Form available at the back of church and place it in the blue box provided.

The Holy Name Film Club
On Friday 21 September the Film Club will resume with a showing of Castaway, directed in 2000 by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt. Hanks won a Golden Globe award and was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his powerful performance in this epic survival story as a time-and-motion obsessed FedEx courier who is stranded on an uninhabited Pacific island after surviving a plane crash. By turns terrible and beautiful, harrowing and humorous, it is an engrossing exploration of the desperate physical and existential challenges faced by an ordinary man removed from all those things essential to modern life and thrust alone into an alien environment.

Hall Hire
The Holy Name Hall, in addition to hosting parish activities, is available to hire throughout the year for children’s parties, receptions and private celebrations. The hall is less than a 10 minutes walk from West Jesmond Metro station and, located on Towers Avenue, has plentiful free parking. For further details, contact the Parish Office.

Holy Name Poetry Group
From Judith Dryhurst: After the summer break, the Group will meet next on Wednesday 19 September with the Theme of Elegy. In addition to your own choice of poem, please take along, if possible, a copy of Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard for a joint reading. Everyone will be welcome with or without a poem.

You know it’s hard, Lord, for old people to exercise. I tried once but it made the wine jump just right out of the glass.

Where I am now is part of the inner conversation I have, where I am trying to make sense of the impossible predicament of living today. I try to walk in a positive way, and to make the most of this one chance I have on this planet. And so it feels, when I did take this step of joining the Catholic Church, that I was almost wiping the slate clean … but it is wiping the slate clean in order to improve the decisions you make. It is almost like having a second chance. That’s what it felt like. I had been given another chance. ~ Cerys Matthew, Radio Presenter and former lead singer of Catatonia, in THE TABLET, 28 July 2018

Becoming a Catholic?
If you are not a Catholic but wish to know more about joining the Church, you are welcome to contact Fr Campion at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk or on 281 0940 for more information.

Holy Name Book Club
The next meeting is on Wednesday 5 September to discuss Legacy of Spies by John le Carré. “It is a splendid novel … It is riveting, bitter and will be controversial … le Carre’s handling of dialogue remains perfectly fresh. Who else can tell you so much about so many people so quickly? Not a syllable is wasted.” – Andrew Marr (The Sunday Times)

Hospice Service
Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth next Sunday at 4pm. You will be very welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own friends.

Dance The Night Away …
Adult beginners Ballroom and Latin dance class begins in the hall on Monday 3 September from 6.30 to 7.30pm. Add your name to the list at the back of church. The cost will be £5 per person per class. For further information contact Sue Smith at suesmith2@talk21.com or telephone 07769 947 551.

Sunday 29 July 2018

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Chloe Grace Anderson, daughter of Mark and Jennifer, and grand-daughter of Michael and Imelda, who is being baptised today.

Rotas and Information Sharing
If you are on any of our rotas for Welcoming, Eucharistic Ministry, Reading or Sunday Refreshments, please take a copy of the new Rota and complete and return the “Sharing of Information Form” which will enable you to swap rota duties on days you cannot fulfil your ministry.

Community Forum
The Forum is a gathering of representatives of all the voluntary organisations, including Churches, in Jesmond. Members exchange information about each other’s activities and, where possible, support them; they also work together on common projects (e.g. the annual Community Festival). The Forum meets about four times a year. Do we have a member of our parish willing to represent us at these meetings?

Gone Missing
From Fr Campion: Every parish has members who, no longer able to go to Sunday Mass because of illness or frailty, quietly disappear from our midst. If they are not known to the parish priest, they become forgotten and neglected. However, their lifelong commitment to their Church and parish deserves better. So do you know of a person who has ‘slipped through the loop’ but might, perhaps, appreciate an occasional visit from the priest or a fellow parishioner?

Wedding
Congratulations to Martin Bonner and Katherine Balmforth who were married at Holy Name on Friday.

Safe Journey
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894). If you are travelling on holiday in these summer weeks, we wish you a safe journey and an enjoyable and refreshing break.

Gift Aid
Do you contribute cash to the Offertory Collection at Mass? If so, please consider Gift Aiding your donation. This would allow Holy Name to collect a further 25p from the Inland Revenue for every £1 you put in the plate. It means your £10 donation would become – at no extra cost to you – £12.50 for your parish (a £5 donation would become £6.25). All you need to do is to complete a Gift Aid Declaration at the back of church and place it in the blue box provided or through the presbytery door.

Surf and Turf Sunday
Please remember to take tins of fish (in oil) or meat to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project. Your continued support is much appreciated.

Permit Parking
How would you feel about the roads around the church becoming a parking permit area? Residents have long been complaining about people who work in town on weekdays but leave their cars parked here all day; about students who deposit cars here for weeks on end; and about people who leave their cars here for the duration of a holiday, taking taxis to the airport. At the request of residents, Councillor Gerry Keating is pressing for a parking survey in the early autumn in this North Jesmond Avenue area, since, he says, “it is obvious that more non-residential traffic is parking here”.

God In All Things ~ Pope Francis
The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to discover God in all things. ~ Laudato Si, paragraph 233.

Thank You
The Little Sisters of the Poor thank parishioners for the very generous £728.97 they contributed to the recent collection for St Joseph’s Home on Westmorland Road, Newcastle.

Got a Complaint?
Taking part in Mass at Holy Name should be a prayerful as well as an uplifting experience. If you are dissatisfied with the service you receive or with any aspect of parish life, including its management, please let me know. Our members’ satisfaction is paramount. ~ Fr Campion

Dance The Night Away …
An adult beginners Ballroom and Latin dance class will begin in the hall on Monday 3 September from 6.30 to 7.30pm. The cost is £5 per person per class. Couples and singles prepared to dance with a partner are welcome. Dance shoes or a smooth sole, low heels for ladies, will be suitable but not essential. Please add your name to the list at the back of church if interested. For further information contact Sue Smith at suesmith2@talk21.com or telephone 07769 947 551.

God In All Things
A few last cuckoos may be calling, but most of the adult cuckoos have set out on their way south. Some left as early as June. Cuckoos have no further reason for staying here, after they have laid their eggs and left their offspring in the care of dunnocks, reed warblers and meadow pipits, in whose nests the eggs were laid. The British Trust for Ornithology is tracking the movement of a number of cuckoos using solar-powered satellite tags on them. It has found that some cuckoos from Britain have already crossed the Sahara and are in Nigeria, Mali or Chad. Others are in Spain. Nearly all the cuckoos that will still be here in August will be young birds. These are reddish-brown with black barring, but have the pointed wings and longish tails of their parents, and will winter like them in central Africa. ~ Derwent May

A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested. ~Tom Wolfe, writer, The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987)

Sunday 22 July 2019

Free Yoga Classes
Starting this Wednesday, Paula Taggart will lead five Iyengar Yoga classes in the hall on Towers Avenue from 10.30-11.30am. She writes: To begin, we’ll all sit in a chair to learn correct upright posture and then shoulder exercises, and, in fact, the whole hour could be spent using chairs where necessary. For more information, contact paula.taggart@hotmail.com or put your name on the list at the back of church if you wish to take part.

Wedding
We offer best wishes to Martin Bonner and Katherine Balmforth who are getting married at Holy Name with Nuptial Mass on Friday at 1pm.

Seamus O’ Mahoney RIP
We offer our condolences to Carmel Knox and her family on the death of her brother, Seamus. Requiescat in pace.

Bonne Vacances
Mgr Carroll is going on the diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes on Friday this week. We wish him a fruitful and enjoyable pilgrimage in la belle France.

New Partnership Dean
From Fr Campion: Following a protracted period of recuperation from foot surgery in January (I’ve just begun physiotherapy), and now dealing with a herniated disc in my lower back, I have resigned as Dean of our Partnership of eight parishes. This year I have not been able to give this post (and others) the commitment and energy required, and would not be able to do so for many months to come. My hope now is that as my health improves I’ll be able to devote my energy to Holy Name. The Bishop has appointed Fr Sean Hall, St Mary’s, Forest Hall, as the new Dean and I am sure everyone will join me in wishing him well.

Parish Oral History
From Clare Roberts: Please come to a meeting today, after refreshments, in the hall to discuss how we might make an Oral History of the memories and experiences of our parishioners from 1929 to the present, and how to combine it with an exhibition of pictures and photographs related to Holy Name in our anniversary year. If you cannot attend but are willing to help, please email me at clare.w.roberts@gmail.com. To create something worthwhile, we need a team of people with ideas, technical knowledge, practical skills and/or enthusiasm. Can you help, please?

Holy Name Galleries Club
Turner Prize-winner (2017) Lubaina Himid is presenting a solo exhibition at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art this summer. A Holy Name guided tour of “Our Kisses are Petals” will take place on Friday 7 September at 1.15pm. The tour is free although donations will be welcome. There are 15 places available and if you wish to join, please contact catherinehearne@btinternet.com or contact the Parish Office. You’ll need to make your own way to the Gallery and we’ll all meet up there. Our trip to the Scottish National Gallery in August is now full.

Blessed John Ingram Walk
Today’s ecumenical Commemorative Walk starts at 2.30pm in St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Newgate Street and ends at St Edmund’s Anglican Chapel, Gateshead – opposite where Blessed John was martyred on 26 July 1594.

Newman Circle Talk
Professor Terry Wright, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Newcastle University, will speak on Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Very Catholic Protestant Martyr in the Church Hall at St. Mary’s, Cullercoats on Wednesday at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment. ~ Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), American poet, writer, critic and satirist

Celebrate 90
From Catherine Hearne, Chair of the Parish Council: This time 90 years ago, the site was being prepared for the building of our church. On Sunday 30 September we’ll commemorate the laying of the Foundation Stone with a party after 10am Mass. A number of people have kindly offered to help run the party between 11am and 1pm: the cake is organised, there’s someone to pour the fizz, there are volunteers to help with children’s activities and the hall is booked late afternoon Saturday so that it can be decorated. Nevertheless, we need a volunteer ‘events manager’, someone who’d be happy to give a little time and expertise to lead the organisation of the party. If you have the necessary skills and would enjoy organising this party, then please contact me catherinehearne@btinternet.com as soon as possible.

Cha, Cha, Cha?
An adult beginners Ballroom and Latin dance class will begin in the hall on Monday 3 September from 6.30 to 7.30pm. The cost is £5 per person per class. Couples and singles prepared to dance with a partner are welcome. Dance shoes or a smooth sole, low heels for ladies, will be suitable but not essential. Please add your name to the list at the back of church if interested. For further information contact Sue Smith at suesmith2@talk21.com or telephone 07769 947 551.

Safe Journey
If you are going on holiday in the coming weeks, we wish you a safe journey and an enjoyable and refreshing break.

The Last Word
And these words: ‘You will not be overcome’ were said very insistently and strongly, for certainty and strength against every tribulation which may come. He did not say: You will not be troubled, you will not be belaboured, you will not be disquieted; but he said: ‘You will not be overcome’. God wants us to pay attention to these words, and always to be strong in faithful trust, in well-being and in woe, for he loves us and delights in us, and so he wishes us to love him and delight in him and trust greatly in him, and all will be well. ~ St Juliana of Norwich (1342-1430)

Sunday 15 July 2018

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Isabella Ava Johnson, daughter of Christopher and Sophie, who is being baptised by Mgr Carroll today.

Poetry Club
From Judith Dryhurst: The next meeting of the Poetry Reading Group is on Wednesday in the hall from 7 to 8.30 pm. The theme is Exhibition, with a nod to our major local event.

Thank You
Our Hall Cleaner, Tess Daley, has resigned from her post to care for a sick friend. We thank Tess for her service to the parish over a number of years and for recently doing much to improve the grounds around the hall, to the delight of many parishioners. We wish Tess every blessing for the future.

Church Cleaning
Can you spare a few hours in the month to help with keeping our beautiful church clean?  Normally, cleaning is on Mondays or Wednesdays but other days are available to suit people’s needs. If you wish to help, please contact the Parish Office on 0191 281 0940 or email welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Holy Name Galleries Club
Turner Prize-winner (2017) Lubaina Himid is presenting a solo exhibition at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art this summer. A Holy Name guided tour of “Our Kisses are Petals” will take place on Friday 7 September at 1.15pm. The tour is free although donations will be welcome. There are 15 places available and if you wish to join, please contact catherinehearne@btinternet.com or contact the Parish Office. You’ll need to make your own way to the Gallery and we’ll all meet up  there. Our trip to the Scottish National Gallery in August is now full.

Parish Oral History
From Clare Roberts: We hope to make an oral record of the memories and experiences of our parishioners from 1929 to the present, and to combine it with an exhibition of pictures and photographs related to Holy Name in our anniversary year. To create something worthwhile we need a team of people with ideas, technical knowledge, practical skills and/or enthusiasm. If you think you are interested, please come to a meeting next Sunday after refreshments in the hall or email me atclare.w.roberts@gmail.com

Dance While the Music Still Goes On …
An adult beginners Ballroom and Latin dance class starts in the hall on Monday 3 September from 6.30 to 7.30pm. The cost is £5 per person per class. Couples and singles prepared to dance with a partner are welcome. Please add your name to the list at the back of church if interested. For further information contact Sue Smith at suesmith2@talk21.com or telephone 07769 947 551.

Change is not a word that trips easily off the Catholic tongue. There’s a type of ultra-traditional Catholic, often active on social media, who argues that the Church has always been the same: semper eadem. But there are many subjects on which the Church has changed her mind: slavery, usury, capital punishment, the status of Judaism, the order in which the gospels were written, trades unions, whether women should be given the vote, whether the earth circles the sun (as Galileo argued to his cost), the theory of evolution and so on. In the realm of sexual ethics the Church used to teach that intercourse during menstruation or pregnancy was forbidden and that there was only one ‘natural’ position (with the man, of course, on top).  In the sixth century Pope Gregory identified Mary Magdalene as a prostitute while in 2016 Pope Francis declared her ‘an apostle to the apostles’. On all these subjects, the Church has quite rightly changed her mind in response to new evidence or new understanding. ~ from Professor Terry Wright’s recent lecture Why the Church Should Change its Mind on Priesthood, Sex and Gender, given recently at Holy Name. The full text is available on the parish website Blog.

Celebrate 90
From Catherine Hearne, Chair of the Parish Council: This time 90 years ago, the builders had begun to prepare the site for our beautiful new church. We celebrated the start of our 90th anniversary commemorations on HMS Calliope at the end of June with 90 parishioners dancing the night away. We were all most appreciative of Honor and Tony McPhillips’ event management skills – thank you to them.

On Sunday 30 September we’ll be commemorating the laying of the building’s Foundation Stone in 1928 by Bishop Joseph Thorman with a party in our hall after 10am Mass. A number of people have kindly offered to help run the party between 11am and 1pm: the cake is organised … there’s someone to pour the fizz … there are volunteers to help with children’s activities … and the hall is booked late afternoon Saturday so that it can be decorated.

We are also delighted that people from The “Bostey” Youth Centre in St Anthony’s Parish, Walker, will join us to explain why their project is so special. We will be fund-raising for the “Bostey” during our anniversary year as well as raising funds to maintain and improve our own church building.

For the party on 30 September, we have a vacancy for a volunteer ‘events manager’, someone who’d be   happy to give a little time and expertise to lead the organisation of the party. If you have the necessary skills – and if you’d enjoy organising this party – please contact me catherinehearne@btinternet.com by Tuesday 24 July.

Holy Name Film Club
On Friday at 7pm in the hall the Film Club will be showing the critically-acclaimed classic spaghetti-Western For A Few Dollars More, directed in 1965 by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volontè and Klaus Kinski. The second in Leone’s Dollars trilogy, it has been critically described as the best of the three, and with its dramatic musical score by Ennio Morricone, visually extravagant direction from Leone and career-defining performance from a young Eastwood, this story of two bounty hunters on the trail of “the most diabolical Western villain of all time” (Alex Cox) redefined the Western and has rightly become a classic of the genre. (Bring own drinks and snacks.)

I’m not young enough to know everything ~ JM Barrie, writer and dramatist, ‘The Admirable Crichton’ (1914)

Sunday 8 July 2018

Poetry Club
From Judith Dryhurst: The next meeting of the Poetry Reading Group is on Wednesday 18 July from 7pm to 8.30 pm. The theme is “EXHIBITION“, with a nod to our major local event.

Apostleship of the Sea – Special Collection
Today is Sea Sunday when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Without them we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops.  Today’s special collection is for The Apostleship of the Sea, the Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually.  This collection is vital to enable it to continue its work so please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers. Please consider gift aiding your donation by taking and completing an envelope at the back of Church.

 Church Cleaners
We are looking for more volunteers to help keep our church clean.  Normally this takes place on Mondays or Wednesdays but please feel free to let us know when you can volunteer. For more details please contact the Parish Office on 0191 281 0940 or email welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Refugee Service
Thank you to everyone who brought a considerable amount of tins of fish in oil or corned beef to church last Sunday along with a good selection of personal care items and £45 in cash.

 Jesmond St Mary Partnership
When Partnership Deans and Partnership Chairs from across the Diocese met together recently, a key theme that emerged was that the second year of partnership development should ‘focus on the people in the pews‘. So, an important question to think about this month is, ‘What practical approaches might we use to encourage everyone to feel part of a partnership rather than seeing the partnership as ‘something out there’?’ There isn’t a prize, but all of your ideas will help to fuel the thinking about this next stage of development. For details of new developments with partnerships and the latest edition of ‘Partnership Matters’ visit http://www.rcdhn.org.uk/partnerships/ptnphome.php

The Galleries Club
Turner Prize-winner (2017) Lubaina Himid is presenting a solo exhibition at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art this summer. A Holy Name guided tour of “Our Kisses are Petals” takes place on Friday  7 September at 1:15pm. It is free although donations are welcome. You should make your own way to the Gallery and we’ll all meet there. There are 15 places and if you’d like to join do contact: catherinehearne@btinternet.com Our trip to the Scottish National Gallery in August is now full.

Dance Class
Have you always wanted to learn to dance? Now’s your chance!  An adult beginners Ballroom and Latin dance class starts in the hall on Monday 3 Sep from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Cost is £5 per person per class. Couples and singles who are prepared to dance with a partner are welcome. Dance shoes or a smooth sole, low heels for ladies will be suitable but not essential. Numbers are limited so please add your name to the list at the back of church. Further information from Sue Smith at suesmith2@talk21.com or telephone  07769 947 551.

Oral History
From Clare Roberts: There is a meeting at 12.00 on Sunday 22 July in the Parish Centre after refreshments. We hope to make an edited oral record of the memories and experiences of our parishioners from 1929 to the present and to combine it with an exhibition of pictures and photographs related to Holy Name in the anniversary year. To create something worthwhile we need a team of people with ideas, technical knowledge, practical skills and/or enthusiasm. If you think you might be interested please come to the meeting or contact me by email at clare.w.roberts@gmail.com

Mass Times
Our Mass times are normal again for a couple of weeks but keep an eye open for any changes.

Update
From Fr Campion: Thank you everyone who has offered prayers on my behalf and to those who have sent good wishes for a speedy recovery.  I am responding well to treatment and gradually becoming more mobile, although walking can still be difficult. All going well, I hope to return to Holy Name this week, to which I am greatly looking forward! In the meantime, thank you to Barbara Cooper, our wonderful Parish Secretary, to Mgr Carroll and to everyone else helping with the running of the parish in my absence. I am most grateful.

Happy Birthday
Heartiest congratulations to Margaret Rasburn who celebrated her 90th birthday last Thursday. We wish her continued good health and happiness and thank her for her longstanding service to the parish.

And finally
Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven       Pope Francis

Sunday 1 July 2018

Mission Appeal
The appeal is still open this week for those who maybe took home a Gift Aid envelope for the Xaverian Missionaries or wish to make a donation. Fr Casey had a wonderful time here last weekend including his evening out on HMS Calliope.

Beginners Italian for Charity
This six week course starts tomorrow at 6pm in the hall and finishes at 7pm. The dates are 2 – 16 July and 3 – 17 September.  Could all who are coming please arrange payment (cheque, cash or BACS) via Barbara Cooper, Parish Secretary. £30 for the course and money going to charity.  Please bring a pen and a notepad. A domani sera alle 6!

Cake Sale
From Judith Dryhurst: My granddaughter, Lily, says a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported so generously the Cake Sale last Sunday. A magnificent £ 170-00 was raised for The Anna Foundation in the Western Cape of South Africa which helps children in rural areas with educational and social needs. On her return Lily will bring photos and wants to assure you that every penny will go to the children.

Parish Talks
Terry Wright, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Newcastle University, will give a talk in the hall this Wednesday at 7pm on Why the Church Should Change Her Mind on Priesthood, Sex and Gender.  Terry has published twelve books on various aspects of Religion and Literature, including one on John Henry Newman. Everyone welcome.

Day for Life
Thank you to everyone for their donation to the recent collection, proceeds of which will fund projects that support work with people who are suffering or have survived human trafficking and modern slavery.  We have raised £249.35.

Dance Class
Have you always wanted to learn to dance? Now’s your chance!  An adult beginners Ballroom and Latin dance class starts in the hall on Monday 3 Sep from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Cost is £5 per person per class. Couples and singles who are prepared to dance with a partner are welcome. Dance shoes or a smooth sole, low heels for ladies will be suitable but not essential. Numbers are limited so please add your name to the list at the back of church. Further information from Sue Smith at suesmith2@talk21.com  or call her on 07769 947 551.

Counter Volunteer
Thank you for your response so far.  We now have the extra welcomer but still need one more person to count on a Sunday evening (six weekly rota).  Anyone who is interested or would like to find out more about the role can contact Barbara Cooper in the parish office on 0191 281 0940 or email welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Mass Times
Over the next few weeks, mass times will vary week to week to accommodate the availability of Mgr Carroll and Holy Days of Obligation. Please see the front page of our newsletter or visit our website at https://holynamejesmond.co.uk/

Free Yoga Classes
Paula Taggart will lead six Iyengar Yoga classes on Wednesday mornings in the hall again this summer from 25 July to 29 August. Contact paula.taggart@hotmail.com or put your name on the list at the back of church.

Celebration 90 HMS Calliope
Very fittingly, 90 parishioners and guests attended the Celebration 90 event on HMS Calliope last Saturday evening. It was a lovely start to this year’s celebrations with everybody joining together to celebrate as one community. Our thanks go to the Royal Navy and Lt Jim Farquhar for helping us to organise the event. In addition to food, drink and dance, many of us were introduced to the ABBA game, which raised a phenomenal £674 for our two chosen charities. £300 will be donated to the Royal Navy charity and £374 to St Anthony’s Walker. Thank you everybody for your generosity. PS if anybody lost a pair of ladies spectacles, please contact Tony McPhillips or the parish office.

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby James Nicholson, first child of Alex and Anna, who is being baptised today.

Mass Intentions
Did you know that you may have a Mass celebrated in memory of a loved one, especially around the time of special anniversaries and birthdays?  There is no ‘charge’ – just complete one of the special Mass Intention envelopes at the back of church and drop it into the Sunday collection basket. Alternatively, just email the Parish Office, stating the intention and date that suits you.

Back in Action
Following his spinal injury while on holiday in Tilos, Fr Michael was released from hospital in Athens on Thursday. He is now staying with his sister in London where he is being treated for a herniated disc by specialists in a hospital where his brother in law is a surgeon. Fr Michael hopes to return to Holy Name as soon as possible and he thanks everyone who has sent messages of support and promises of prayer. He hopes to be “back in action” at Holy Name by the end of the month.

Sunday 24 June

Mission Appeal
We offer a warm welcome today to Fr Archie Casey SX who is making the annual Mission Appeal – held in all Catholic parishes in England and Wales – on behalf of the Xaverian Missionaries. We hope his time amongst us will be fruitful and enjoyable.

Fr Paul Hopper
As he prepares to take up a new appointment at St Joseph’s in Birtley, we are most grateful to Fr Paul for his generous service to Holy Name for weekday Masses since January and some Sunday Masses. We wish him every blessing in his future ministry.

Holy Name Book Club
You are welcome to join us in the hall on Wednesday at 7pm to discuss the highly acclaimed novel, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. The book for the following meeting on 25 July is Legacy of Spies by John Le Carré.

Holyday
Friday is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul and a Holyday of obligation. Mass at 7pm on Thursday (vigil) and 10am on Friday.

Youth Ministry Invitation
All those concerned about how we can support young people on their faith journey are invited to a co-workers’ meeting at the Emmaus Village on Sunday 8 July at 3pm (Tea, coffee and cake from 2.15pm). YMT will present a number of opportunities including the national Flame event which happens in March 2019 and this will also be a time to share good practice with people from other parts of the diocese. Please let YMT know if you are coming by calling 01207 592 244 or email admin@ymt.org

Faith in Action Award
This national Catholic award scheme for school years 6-11, encouraging  young people to reflect on their faith and put into action, can be carried out in both school and parish groups. Two training sessions will take place for those who would like to run the Award: Thursday 5 July 7pm – 8.30pm St Aloysius Parish Hall, Hebburn and Friday 6 July from 1.30pm – 3pm at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Hebburn. To book a place, please contact admin@ymt.org

Youth Ministry Toolkit
A new online resource is now available. Visit www.hnyouthtoolkit.org.uk for more details.

Italian Beginners Class for Charity
This begins on Monday 2 July at 6 pm in the Church Hall. The class will be interactive and relaxed. There are 4 places left. If interested please add your name to the list at the back of the church. The cost for the 6 lessons is £30. Please make all payments by cash or cheque (payable to the Holy Name) to Barbara Cooper, Parish Secretary. Grazie e a presto!

Christian and Muslim ‘Pray for Peace’
From Maria Mackenzie: An event for women and young children only will take place on Saturday 30 June at 1.30pm at the St Mary’s Chapel ruins in Jesmond Dene. Readings about Our Lady will be shared from the Bible and the Koran, along with prayers and hymns for peace. Afterwards, participants will meet at the Holy Name hall for refreshments. This annual event, supported by the Diocesan Department for Interreligious Relations, began in 2010 with the aim of bringing communities together, recognising our common religious ancestry, and uniting in our desire for a peaceful world. For more information, call (0191) 285 9651 or 285 0391.

Refugee Service
Please remember to bring a tin of fish in oil or corned beef to church next Sunday.

Parish Talks
Terry Wright, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Newcastle University, will give a talk in the hall on Wednesday 4 July at 7pm on Why the Church Should Change Her Mind on Priesthood, Sex and Gender.  Terry has published twelve books on various aspects of Religion and Literature, including one on John Henry Newman.

Free Yoga Classes
Paula Taggart will lead six Iyengar Yoga classes on Wednesday mornings in the hall again this summer from 10.30am to 11.30am starting on 25 July and finishing on 29 August. Interested then contact paula.taggart@hotmail.com or put your name on the list at the back of church.

Welcomer and Counter Volunteers
We had a huge response last year to a call for more volunteers to count the weekly collection.  We need one more person to count on a Sunday evening (six weekly rota). We also need one more welcomer for our Sunday morning Mass rota.  Anyone who is interested or would like to find out more about the roles can contact the parish office on 0191 281 0940 or email welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Mass Times
Over the next few weeks, mass times will vary week to week to accommodate the availability of Fr Michael and Mgr Carroll and Holy Days of Obligation. Please see the front page of our newsletter or visit our website at https://holynamejesmond.co.uk/

Dance Classes
We are looking to start dance classes on a Monday evening from September.  Watch this space for more details.

Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort. ~ John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Sunday 17 June

Day for Life
From the Bishops of England and Wales: Today we think about the Church’s work for people who are suffering or have survived human trafficking and modern slavery. This is something that is happening across our country, not just in our big cities. It’s not only happening in brothels and nail bars but on farms, building sites and factories as well.  Nor is it a problem confined to immigrant communities, it is affecting our own citizens too. In the UK alone, it is estimated that every year there are over 13,000 victims of trafficking from all countries. The proceeds of the Day for Life collection at Masses today will fund projects that support work in this area by organisations which further this objective. One of these, the Santa Marta Group – www.santamartagroup.com – works internationally to bring the Catholic Church and law enforcement agencies together to eradicate slavery.

Hospice Service
Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth today at 4pm. You are very welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own friends.

Poetry Reading Group
The next meeting is on Wednesday at 7pm with the theme of Perfection. We welcome anyone with a favourite published poem to read or simply to join in listening to the choices of others over a glass of wine and wide ranging friendly discussion.

Welcome
Members of the congregation who are not Catholic are welcome to receive a blessing from the priest during Holy Communion. Just join the Communion line with your arms crossed over your chest to receive your blessing.

First Holy Communion
From Fr Sean Hall:  It is recognised that the weakest link in our current arrangements for First Holy Communion is with the parents. The Diocese of Liverpool has been trialling a full family approach, including schools and parish catechists. Three partnerships – ourselves (Jesmond St Mary), North West Durham and Sunderland – will try this approach as a kind of pilot scheme. A meeting will take place at St Mary’s High School on Thursday 12 July that is for potential new parish Catechists as well as all interested parents as well. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Mrs Cathy Corcoran or email the Parish Office.

Italian Beginners Class for Charity
This begins on Monday 2 July. There will be six classes on Mondays from 6 – 7pm in the Church Hall, from 2 – 16 July and 3 – 17 September for a total cost of £30. All proceeds will be donated to charity.  Please sign up if interested.

Cake Sale
From Judith Dryhurst: My granddaughter Lily, a sixth Form student at Dame Allan’s, will be going in July with other students to do voluntary work with a charity, The Anna Foundation (www.annafoundation.com), in the Western Cape of South Africa. The Foundation’s primary objective is to address the educational and social needs of rural children and to offer them life-long learning in order to build positive self-worth and self-respect. To do this, it runs a 3 Rs programme: Reading, Running and Righting (‘right living’). This involves education, sports and life skills activities, and is implemented on farms, rural schools and other rural environments after school. Lily will have the opportunity to help with aspects such as food, homework and sporting activities. To raise funds for the Foundation, Lily will offer home-made cakes at Coffee in the hall next Sunday morning. Obviously, people may have a cake without offering a donation; and Lily will provide bags in case people would prefer to take a cake home. She also will be on hand to tell people more about the project if they are interested.

Refugee Week
We are asked this week to think about the plight of refugees all over the world and to do what we can to help them.

Christian and Muslim ‘Pray for Peace’
From Maria Mackenzie: An event for women and young children only will take place on Saturday 30 June at 1.30pm at the St Mary’s Chapel ruins in Jesmond Dene. Readings about Our Lady will be shared from the Bible and the Koran, along with prayers and hymns for peace. Afterwards, participants will meet at the Holy Name hall for refreshments. This annual event, supported by the Diocesan Department for Interreligious Relations, began in 2010 with the aim of bringing communities together, recognising our common religious ancestry, and uniting in our desire for a peaceful world. For more information, call (0191) 285 9651 or 285 0391.

 Mission Appeal
The annual Mission Appeal will be made next Sunday by Fr Archie Casey SX on behalf of the Xaverian Missionaries.

HMS Calliope Event
Our 90th Anniversary dinner is on Saturday 23 June starting at 7pm and finishing at 11pm. HMS Calliope is on the Gateshead side of the Tyne at South Shore Rd, Gateshead NE8 2BE. All tickets are now sold.

The Last Word
Travel changes you. As you move through this life and the world, you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And, in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt. ~Anthony Bourdain, chef, travel writer and documentarian, The Nasty Bits (2006), who died on 8 June aged 61.

Sunday 10 June

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church Emily Mae Proudlock, daughter of Mark and Andrea, who is being baptised today.

Census
If you have never done so before, please complete a Census Form (available at the back of church) and place it in the blue box provided.

Holy Name Film Club
On Friday the Film Club will be showing the satirical, science fiction comedy The Truman Show, directed by Peter Weir in 1998 and starring Jim Carrey, Ed Harris and Laura Linney, in the hall at 7pm. Truman Burbank looks like an ordinary Joe who has lived all his life in the idyllic seaside town of Seahaven Island; in fact, unbeknownst to him, Seahaven is the creation of a major television network, all its inhabitants are actors and Truman has since birth been the subject of a hugely popular “reality” TV show. By turns comic, touching and unsettling, with a central performance by Carrey that has been compared to the kind of James Stewart ‘everyman’, the film was received with critical acclaim on its release and continues to offer new perspectives on all sorts of aspects of our lives.

Italian Beginners Class for Charity
This begins on Monday 2 July. There will be six classes on Mondays from 6 – 7pm in the Church Hall, from 2 – 16 July  and 3  – 17 September for a total cost of £30. All proceeds will be donated to charity.  Please sign up if interested.

Poetry Reading Group
The next meeting is on Wednesday 20 June at 7pm with the theme of Perfection. We welcome anyone with a favourite published poem to read or simply to join in listening to the choices of others over a glass of wine and wide ranging friendly discussion.

Free Yoga Classes
Paula Taggart will lead six Iyengar Yoga classes on Wednesday mornings in the hall again this summer from 25 July to 29 August. Contact paula.taggart@hotmail.com or put your name on the list at the back of church. Go on!

Joint Christian and Muslim ‘Pray for Peace’.
From Maria Mackenzie: An event for women and young children only will take place on Saturday 30 June at 1.30pm at the St Mary’s Chapel ruins in Jesmond Dene. Readings about Our Lady will be shared from the Bible and the Koran, along with prayers and hymns for peace. Afterwards, participants will go to the Holy Name hall for refreshments. This annual event, supported by the Diocesan Department for Interreligious Relations, began in 2010 with the aim of bringing communities together, recognising our common religious ancestry, and uniting in our desire for a peaceful world. For more information, telephone (0191) 285-9651/285-0391.

Becoming a Catholic
From Fr Campion: In recent months a few people have contacted me about the possibility of becoming a Catholic. All going well, I hope to start a programme in September for enquirers. If you are not a Catholic but wish to know more, please contact me either at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk or on (0191) 281 0940.

Day for Life Collection
Next Sunday we are invited to support the Church’s work for those who are suffering or have survived human trafficking and modern slavery. More information is available at www.dayforlife.org

Diocesan Refugee Project
Thank you to everyone who last Sunday contributed 86 tins of fish and corned beef, a large collection of clothing and shoes, a small quantity of biscuits and cosmetics, and £65 in cash. The Project currently helps 550 people who, fleeing their homeland because of civil unrest or persecution, arrived in the UK penniless; were sent by the Home Office to Newcastle; had their appeal for asylum rejected; and are now waiting (sometimes for years) to be deported.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~ Mark Twain

Pope Francis Speaks
The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”. How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost!

Take a Look
The ‘red’ stained glass window over the candle stands was designed by the Harry Clarke Studios in Dublin. Harry Clarke [1889–1931] was an Irish stained-glass artist and book illustrator and a leading figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement. His glass is distinguished by the finesse of its drawing, his use of deep rich colours and his delicate depiction of beautiful elongated figures with fine carved features and deep expressive eyes. It is claimed that his innovative use of acid for producing his rich colours (especially blue) contributed to his poor health and early death. Harry created over 160 stained glass windows throughout Ireland, England, USA and Australia. Our window depicts the Resurrection. For further details visit www.harryclarke.net

Holy Name Wine Club
There are two £10 tickets left for the Anniversary Supper on 13 July in the church hall. Hurry!

Welcome
Members of the congregation who are not Catholic are welcome to receive a blessing from the priest during Holy Communion. Just join the Communion line with your arms crossed over your chest to receive your blessing.

Hospice Service
Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth next Sunday at 4pm. You are very welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own friends.

Book of the Month
You are welcome to join our Book Club in the hall on Wednesday 27 June at 7pm to discuss the highly acclaimed novel, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life – sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition – its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires. (goodreads.com)

Sunday 3 June 2018

Fr Paul Hopper CSSR
We welcome and thank Fr Paul who is celebrating our Masses today and next Sunday, as well as on Tuesday and Friday, while Mgr Carroll is on holiday. Fr Paul lives in retirement in Ebchester.

Renewal of Commitment
Eucharistic Ministers are invited to renew their commitment to their ministry at Mass today, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). We thank them – and also our Readers and other ministers – for their generous service to the parish.

Becoming a Catholic
From Fr Campion: In recent months a few people have contacted me about the possibility of becoming a Catholic. All going well, I hope to start a programme in September for enquirers. If you are not a Catholic but wish to know more, please contact me either at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk or on (0191) 281 0940.

Pope Francis Speaks
Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us his example: he has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew. ~ Pope Francis, ‘Evangelii Gaudium’

Italian Beginners Class
This begins on 2 July. There will be 6 classes from 6-7pm in the Hall on Towers Avenue, running from 2-16 July and 3-17 September. The cost is £30. All proceeds will be donated to charity. Please sign up at the back of church if interested.

Poetry Reading Group
The next meeting is on Wednesday 20 June at 7pm with the theme of Perfection. We welcome anyone with a favourite published poem to read or simply to join in listening to the choices of others over a glass of wine and wide ranging friendly discussion.

Surf and Turf
Thank you to everyone taking a tin of fish in oil or corned beef to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Project. Other items, including clothing and toiletries, are welcome also.

Diocesan Refugee Project
This project helps 550 people at present who, fleeing their homeland because of civil unrest or persecution, arrived in the UK penniless; were sent by the Home Office to Newcastle; had their appeal for asylum rejected; and are now waiting (sometimes for years) to be deported. The Diocesan Refugee Project provides them with a weekly food parcel (a tin each of meat, tomatoes, fish and beans, and sugar, rice or pasta, toilet roll, biscuits, tea or coffee) and £5 cash. Our parish principally donates the fish and meat.

Holy Name Book Club
Olive Kitteridge: indomitable, compassionate and often unpredictable. A retired schoolteacher in a small coastal town in Maine, as she grows older she struggles to make sense of the changes in her life. She is a woman who sees into the hearts of those around her, their triumphs and tragedies. We meet her stoic husband, bound to her in a marriage both broken and strong, and a young man who aches for the mother he lost – and whom Olive comforts by her mere presence, while her own son feels overwhelmed by her complex sensitivities. A penetrating, vibrant exploration of the human soul, the story of Olive Kitteridge will make you laugh, nod in recognition, wince in pain, and shed a tear or two. You will be welcome to join us in the hall on Wednesday 27 June at 7pm in the hall to discuss this novel, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stroud.

Beware
In light of recent thefts in other churches, it is recommended that people do not leave personal belongings (handbags, purses, keys etc) in the benches while going to Holy Communion.

Census
If you have never done so before, please complete a Census Form (available at the back of church) and place it in the blue box provided.

Parish Talks
Terry Wright, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Newcastle University, will give a talk in the hall on Wednesday 4 July on Why the Church Should Change Her Mind on Priesthood, Sex and Gender.  Terry has published twelve books on various aspects of Religion and Literature, including one on John Henry Newman.

Receiving Holy Communion
When you come forward for Holy Communion, do not draw near with your hands wide open or with fingers spread apart; instead, with your left hand make a throne with your right hand, which will receive the King. Receive the body of Christ in the hollow of your hand and give the response: Amen. ~ St Cyril of Jerusalem (313-386 AD)

Free Yoga Classes
Paula Taggart will lead six Iyengar Yoga classes on Wednesday mornings in the hall again this summer from 25 July to 29 August. Contact paula.taggart@hotmail.com or put your name on the list at the back of church.

Diocesan Festival
This year’s festival – with the theme of Encounter – will take place at the Emmaus Youth Village, Consett from Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 June. As well as many other activities, it will include talks by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow OBE, Sr Judith Russi, Sara Bryson and the Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Formation and Youth Services in the Diocese of Brentwood and Chair of the Flame organising committee. Leaflets with more details are available at the back of church. It will bring together youth leaders, catechists, parents, priests, teachers, chaplains and all concerned parishioners. If anyone is interested in taking part, please contact me, Ruth Gibson.

Holy Name Film Club
On Friday 15th June at 7pm the Film Club will be showing the satirical, science fiction comedy The Truman Show, directed by Peter Weir in 1998 and starring Jim Carrey, Ed Harris and Laura Linney. Truman Burbank looks like an ordinary Joe who has lived all his life in the idyllic seaside town of Seahaven Island; in fact, unbeknownst to him, Seahaven is the creation of a major television network, all its inhabitants are actors and Truman has since birth been the subject of a hugely popular “reality” TV show. By turns comic, touching and unsettling, with a central performance by Carrey that has been compared to the kind of James Stewart ‘everyman’, the film was received with critical acclaim on its release and continues to offer new perspectives on all sorts of aspects of our lives.

Holy Name Wine Club Anniversary Supper
Tickets are available now, priced at £10, for the Anniversary Supper – a three course meal with wines provided – on 13 July at 7 pm in the hall. Tickets may be purchased after both Masses today and next Sunday or via the Parish Secretary.  All are welcome.

Sunday 27 May 2018

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church Samuel and Annabel De Soyza, children of Anthony and Julia, who are being baptised by Mgr Carroll today.

 Holy Name Book Club
From Tessa Burton-Roberts: You are welcome to join our friendly group in the hall on Wednesday at 7pm to discuss William Trevor’s classic novel The Children of Dynmouth. Next month’s read is Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stroud.

New Website
Please visit our new parish website www.holynamejesmond.co.uk and let us know how it may be improved to suit your needs. You may email your comments to welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Beware
In light of recent thefts in other churches, it is recommended that people do not leave personal belongings (handbags, purses, keys etc) in the benches when going to Holy Communion.

Afternoon Tea Club
Sadly, due to the declining number of people attending, the Tea Club holds its last meeting on Thursday. Thank you to all the volunteers who put so much work into making it a success while there was a need for a Tea Club in this area. Naturally, the closure is disappointing for regular attenders but, all going well, we hope to re-launch some form of weekly social gathering in September. One suggestion is for a ‘lively and lovely’ weekday Coffee Morning open to all. Do you have other suggestions for social activities? If so, please let us know.

Holy Name Wine Club
The Waitrose tasting on Thursday evening is sold out. If you are taking part, please take your tasting glass as usual.

Italian Beginners Class for Charity.
This begins on 2 July. There will be 6 classes from 6-7pm in the Hall on Towers Avenue, running from 2-16 July and 3-17 September. The cost is £30. All proceeds will be donated to charity. Please sign up at the back of church if interested.

Surf and Turf
Please remember to take a tin of fish in oil or corned beef to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project. Other items, including clothing and toiletries, will be welcome also.

Parish Talks
Terry Wright, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Newcastle University, will give a talk in the hall on Wednesday 4 July on Why the Church Should Change Her Mind on Priesthood, Sex and Gender.  Terry has published twelve books on various aspects of Religion and Literature, including one on John Henry Newman.

Poetry Reading Group
The next meeting is on Wednesday 20 June at 7pm with the theme of Perfection. We welcome anyone with a favourite published poem to read or simply to join in listening to the choices of others over a glass of wine and wide ranging friendly discussion.

A Daily Prayer
You may find it helpful (and even stress-relieving) to reflect on the following for a few moments each day:
Lord God, sole master of the future, keep us from despair and the fear of what is to come.
May your love in us overcome all things and sustain our faith, our hope and our endurance.
This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Renewal of Commitment
Eucharistic Ministers are invited to renew their commitment to their ministry at Mass next Sunday, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).

Free Yoga Classes
Paula Taggart will lead six Iyengar Yoga classes on Wednesday mornings in the hall again this summer from 25 July to 29 August. Contact paula.taggart@hotmail.com or put your name on the list at the back of church.

Church Flowers
Thank you to the parishioners who created the lovely floral displays in the church for Pentecost, and for Easter as well.

Christmas Voucher
Last Christmas someone kindly gave me a voucher for wine at Majestic. Unfortunately, I do not know the name of the donor and I wish to acknowledge this generous gift. If it was you, please let me know. ~ Fr Campion

I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. ~ Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, no. 3

Census
If you have never done so before, please complete a Census Form (available at the back of church) and place it in the blue box provided.

Celebrate 90
From Tony McPhillips: There’s just a handful of tickets left for the celebration on HMS Calliope on 24 June. If you wish to purchase one, please visit the www.eventbrite.co.uk website and book it without delay. You will receive your ticket by email confirmation. Once purchased, provide me – mcpgos47@gmail.com – with the names of those attending for the guest list that we need to provide to the Navy.

Parish Accounts
Thank you to Bernard Kent who has completed the Annual Return of parish finances for the Diocesan Finance Office. Thanks also to Margaret Platt, our Book Keeper, for her work in the past year and also to the other members of the Finance Committee – Michael Howard (Chair), Paul Lee, John Welsh and Jim White – for their service to the parish. Once approved, the Income & Expenditure Account will be published for parishioners later this year.

All Creatures Great and Small
Song thrushes started singing at the beginning of the year, boldly hurling their sharp, clear notes, with their trills and repetitions, from conspicuous perches in the treetops on wintry mornings. But after that fine start, song thrushes generally sing more erratically as spring progresses, with distinct stretches of silence. Now, however, more of them are singing again, probably because they have already brought up one brood of young. The universal song of blackbirds tends to drown them out, but they are noticeable now at dawn and dusk, and even into the first hour of darkness. Some females may already be sitting on a fresh clutch of eggs in a new nest, but the males’ songs will go on being heard until July, after which the August silence observed by most songbirds will descend on the land. ~ Derwent May

Sunday 20 May 2018

New Website
Our new parish website is now ‘live’ on the internet and at the usual address of www.holynamejesmond.co.uk. Thank you very much to Martin Stanley who has designed it. If you have a suggestion on how to improve site, please let us know at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Confirmation
Congratulations to Hamish Walker who is receiving the sacrament of Confirmation at morning Mass today. Please remember him in your prayers.

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Ruari Kerrigan, the son and third child of Julia and Brian, who is being baptised today by Deacon Brin Dunsire.

Always Welcome
After careful discernment, John Turnbull has decided that this is not the right moment for him to make a commitment to becoming a full member of the Catholic Church. We wish him well as he continues discerning what is the best way forward for him spiritually. John has been assured that he always will be welcome at Holy Name and that his presence here will always be appreciated. Please keep him in your prayers.

New to the Parish?
If you have recently starting going to Mass at Holy Name, welcome! We hope your time with us will be enjoyable and fulfilling. If you’ve not done so already, please complete a Registration Form available at the back of church and leave it in the blue box provided.

Parish Talks
Terry Wright, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Newcastle University, will give a talk in the hall on Wednesday 4 July on Why the Church Should Change Her Mind on Priesthood, Sex and Gender.  Terry has published twelve books on various aspects of Religion and Literature, including one on John Henry Newman.

Please note that there will be no Children’s Liturgy on 27 May or 3 June as it will be the school Half Term.

Retiring Collection
Today’s collection will support the training of lay people for various ministries in the diocese, including in our own parish of the Holy Name.

Eucharistic Congress
From Catherine Joyce: A National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress will be held in Liverpool from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 September 2018. Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. Every diocese in England and Wales will take part. If you wish to attend the Congress Day at Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday 8 September, please contact us at liturgy@diocesehn.org.uk or (0191) 2433312 or 0191 2433313 for a booking form. The form also can be downloaded from our website www.rcdhn.org.uk but must be returned by this Friday.

Pope Francis on the Economy
The economy cannot attempt only to increase profits by reducing the work force and thereby adding to the ranks of the excluded. It must follow the path marked out by business leaders, politicians, thinkers, and leaders in society who place the human person in first place, and do everything possible to ensure that there are opportunities of dignified work. Let us raise our voices together, asking that economists may have the courage to reject an economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.

Free Yoga Classes
Paula Taggart will lead six Iyengar Yoga classes on Wednesday mornings in the hall again this summer from 25 July to 29 August. Contact paula.taggart@hotmail.com or put your name on the list at the back of church.

Diocesan Pentecost Prayer
Risen Christ, from your abundant grace, pour out afresh your Holy Spirit upon our Diocese. As we build on the deep foundations of faith laid by the countless saints of these Northern lands, by Aidan and Cuthbert, Hilda and Bede and Our Lady of Jesmond, may our Partnerships continue the mission of building your Kingdom on the earth: to give living witness to your love, and to your compassion and hope for our world. We pray in trustful confidence that your power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen

Celebrate 90
From Tony McPhillips: The demand for tickets for the HMS Calliope has been so high we have managed to increase the numbers and make an extra 10 tickets available. If you wish to purchase one of these tickets, please visit the www.eventbrite.co.uk website and book them without delay. Unfortunately, there will be no further tickets available once these are sold. If you have any problems or need help, email me or Honor at mcpgos47@gmail.com. You will receive your ticket by email confirmation. The site also allows you to directly contact me as the organiser and it would help greatly if you would provide the names of those attending for the guest list that we need to provide to HMS Calliope. Thank you to everybody for supporting the event. Honor and I will be at the Sunday morning Mass to answer any queries and to provide ticket confirmations to those who have not received them already by email.

Get Well Soon
Our Parish Secretary, Barbara Cooper, is having a cataract operation tomorrow, Monday. We wish her a speedy recovery and renew our thanks for the marvellous contribution she makes to the efficient and smooth running of Holy Name.

Parish Council
The Council meets in the hall on Thursday at 7pm. The members are: Catherine Hearne (Chair), Clare Roberts (Vice-Chair), Michael Anderson (Health & Safety), Aaron Gamboa, Madeleine Hardy (Safeguarding), Michael Howard (Finance), Tony McPhillips, Roy Stanley, Nicholas Stonor and John Waddell. The parish priest, Fr Campion, is an ex officio member. At present there are two vacancies on the Council. If you wish to nominate someone (or even yourself), please contact Catherine Hearne or any member of the Council.

New Every Morning
Every day is a fresh beginning,
Listen, my soul, to the glad refrain.
And, spite of old sorrows
And older sinning,
Trouble forecasted
And possible pain,
Take heart with the day and begin again~ Susan Coolidge

 Royal Wedding
A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers. ~ Mark Twain

Sunday 13 May 2018

The Call to Holiness
Dr Sean Hall will give a talk on Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”) – Pope Francis’ new Letter on “the call to holiness in today’s world” – at St Mary’s, Great Lime Rd, Forest Hall, Newcastle NE12 7AB on Wednesday (note change of date) at 7pm.

Hospice Service
Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth today at 4pm. You will be very welcome to join in prayers for the patients, their relatives and our own friends.

Pentecost
Next Sunday, when the Church celebrates the anniversary of its founding, John Turnbull will be formally received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church. Also during the Mass, Hamish Walker will receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Please remember them both in your prayers. (If you wish to know more about the Catholic faith, you are very welcome to contact Fr Campion.)

Poetry Reading Group
From Judith Dryhurst: On Wednesday at 7pm, as part of the Jesmond Community Festival, our meeting is an Open Meeting. We welcome anyone with a favourite published poem to read or simply to join us to listen to the choices of others over a glass of wine and wide ranging friendly discussion.

Holy Name Wine Club
Tickets, £10, are on sale today – or from the Parish Office – for our next event – A Taste of South America – on Thursday 31 May in the hall, starting at 7pm. Waitrose will lead it and accompanying canapés will be provided.

Diocesan Refugee Project
Thank you to all who last Sunday contributed 70 tins of fish and corned beef, a large assortment of cosmetics, a good amount of other foods, a huge amount of good quality clothing and shoes, and £55 in cash donations.

The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. ~ Pope Francis

World Communications Day
Today’s retiring collection is to support the work of the Bishops of England & Wales in their use of the various media to make the work of the Church better known.

Afternoon Tea Club
At a meeting of the volunteer helpers last Sunday, it was decided that, due to the declining number of people attending, the meetings of the Tea Club will be suspended from the end of this month until September. As Jesmond appears not to be short of Tea and Lunch Clubs, it looks as if our Club no longer meets a social need in the community. Naturally, this will be disappointing news for our regular attenders. However, the helpers will consider alternatives and, we hope, re-launch some form of social gathering in September. One suggestion is for a ‘lively and lovely’ weekday Coffee Morning open to all. If you have other suggestions, we’d be delighted to hear from you. ~ Fr Campion

90th Anniversary Celebration
From Tony McPhillips: There has been a wonderful take up for the HMS Calliope celebration on Saturday 23 June with almost all the tickets sold. There are still a few left so if you wish to take part please hurry and book them soon to avoid disappointment. You can get your tickets from the www.eventbrite.co.uk website. If you have any problems or need help, email me or Honor at mcpgos47@gmail.com. There is a nominal booking fee of £1 in addition to the price of the ticket and you will receive your ticket by email confirmation. The site also allows you to directly contact me as the organiser and it would help greatly if you would provide the names of those attending for the guest list that we need to provide to HMS Calliope.

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Amelie Victoria Foster, daughter of Kevin and Victoria, who was baptised at Holy Name last Sunday by Fr Michael Hickey.

Holy Name Book Club
From Tessa Burton-Roberts: The next book group meeting is on Wednesday 30 May at 7pm in the hall. You are welcome to join our friendly group to discuss William Trevor’s classic novel The Children of Dynmouth over a glass of wine. First published in 1976, The Children of Dynmouth shows William Trevor’s ‘readiness to face the way the human species behaves’. It is a ‘devastating study of evil in action’ (Trevor’s Guardian obituary). Next month’s read is Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stroud.

Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday at 7pm in the hall we will be showing Roman Polanski’s 1973 film of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, starring Jon Finch, Francesca Annis and John Stride. A commercial failure on release, the film is now critically recognized as an unsurpassed rendering of Shakespeare on the big screen. With its gritty naturalistic style, consummate sensitivity to Shakespeare’s language and powerful central performance from Finch as a man of a deep moral vision tormented by an impotent awareness of the monstrosity of his crimes even as he commits them, the film definitively shows Shakespeare’s story to be a gripping, at times brutal, story of both institutional and personal tragedy. (Contains scenes of nudity and violence.)

 ‘The Lord God Made Them All ‘ …
It is time to look up at the sky and see if the swifts are back. Many have returned from Africa and many more will be arriving this week. At first they feed on flying insects over reservoirs and build up strength after their journey but they will soon move on to built-up areas, where they nest under the eaves of houses. They are endlessly fascinating to watch as they speed through the sky, pursuing flying beetles and insects such as aphids, hoverflies and moths that have been swept up high. It is very hard to count them because a pair may dash out of sight and a moment later a pair will sweep in from the opposite direction. Is the second pair a new pair in the sky or is it the former pair that has simply whizzed round in a circle? Impossible to tell. Late in the evening they look especially beautiful, as the setting sun turns their underside to bronze. ~ Derwent May

No Worries … It’s Not a Problem
So. I hear what you’re saying. Cool. But with all due respect, it’s not exactly rocket science. Basically, at the end of the day, the fact of the matter is you have got to be able to tick all the boxes. It’s not the end of the world but, to be perfectly honest with you, when push comes to shove you don’t want to be literally stuck between a rock and a hard place. Going forward, we need to be singing from the same hymn sheet but at this moment in time you can’t see the wood from the trees. Naturally, hindsight is 20/20 vision but you have to take the rough with the smooth before proceeding onwards and upwards. The bottom line is you wear your heart on your sleeve and, when all is said and done, this is all part and parcel of the bigger picture. It is what it is but you have to connect the dots. You also have to put your body on the line and take one for the team. C’est la vie (you know what I mean, like).

Sunday 6 May 2018

Ascension Day
In Mass on Wednesday evening and on Thursday morning, we celebrate the final appearance of the Risen Jesus to his disciples. In his ascending to the Father, Jesus has gone where we hope to follow.

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Amelie Victoria Foster, daughter of Kevin and Victoria, being baptised today by Fr Michael Hickey.

Surf and Turf
Thank you to everyone taking tins of fish in oil or corned beef or for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

The Call to Holiness
For the parishes in our St Mary Partnership, Dr Sean Hall will give a talk on Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”) – Pope Francis’ new Letter on “the call to holiness in today’s world.” – at St Mary’s, Forest Hall on Tuesday 15 May at 7pm. All are welcome.

New Member
On Pentecost Sunday, 20 May, John Turnbull, who has been a member of our congregation for the past year, will be formally received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church. Please remember him and also Hamish Walker, who will be Confirmed, in your prayers. (If you are not a Catholic and wish to know more about the Catholic faith, you are very welcome to contact Fr Campion.)

Free Yoga Classes
There will be six Iyengar Yoga classes on Wednesday mornings in the hall again this summer from 25 July to 29 August. Iyengar Yoga is one of the more traditional types of yoga, using props to achieve correct alignment. It benefits body and mind. Contact paula.taggart@hotmail.com for more details or put your name on the list at the back of church.

Justice and Peace Group
You are most welcome to take part in the next meeting in the hall on Wednesday at 6pm.

Parish Council
From Catherine Hearne, Chair of Holy Name Parish Council: Our Council meets four times a year, including the AGM. We have two vacancies on the Council at present and are keen to appoint new, enthusiastic members in the coming weeks. This lay Council is a consultative and advisory body which supports the Parish Priest in his ministry and ensures our parish has sound governance. The Council works closely with the Parish Finance Committee. We are a friendly bunch and are very keen to reach out to new members with the knowledge, expertise and networks to help the parish of Holy Name continue to thrive. If you know someone who’d be a good addition to our team, why don’t you contact me in the first instance? Or, perhaps, you may like to nominate yourself? Do email: catherinehearne@btinternet.com

Poetry Reading Group
From Judith Dryhurst: For the Jesmond Community Festival, our meeting on 16 May is an Open Meeting. We welcome anyone with a favourite published poem to read or simply to join us to listen to the choices of others over a glass of wine and wide ranging friendly discussion. We meet at 7pm for an hour and half.

Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 18 May Holy Name Film Club will be showing Roman Polanski’s 1973 film of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, starring Jon Finch, Francesca Annis and John Stride. A commercial failure on release, the film is now critically recognized as an unsurpassed rendering of Shakespeare on the big screen. With its gritty naturalistic style, consummate sensitivity to Shakespeare’s language and powerful central performance from Finch as a man of a deep moral vision tormented by an impotent awareness of the monstrosity of his crimes even as he commits them, the film definitively shows Shakespeare’s story to be a gripping, at times brutal, story of both institutional and personal tragedy. (Contains scenes of nudity and violence.)

Hospice Service
Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth next Sunday at 4pm. You will be very welcome to join in prayers for the patients, their relatives and our own friends.

Holy Name Wine Club
Our next event – A Taste of South America – is on Thursday 31 May in the hall, starting at 7pm. Waitrose will lead it and accompanying canapés will be provided. Tickets, £10, are on sale today with a limited number for non-imbibers. (Aldi’s Animus Douro 2016 [£4.99] was deemed a Good Buy at our Wines of Portugal tasting on 20 April.)

90th Anniversary Celebration
From Tony McPhillips: Tickets are on sale now for the first of our 90thanniversary celebrations on HMS Calliope on Saturday 23 June. They can be purchased either at the back of church today or by visiting www.eventbrite.co.uk. On the Eventbrite home page there is an event search box in which you type in Holy Name Celebration 90 and our event page should come up. If you need to provide a location and date, simply type Newcastle or Gateshead for the area and 23 June for the date. Then click Tickets and buy your tickets. Alternatively this is the direct URL link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/holy-name-celebration-on-hms-calliope-tickets-45730034765. If you have any problems or need help, email me or Honor at mcpgos47@gmail.com. There is a nominal booking fee of £1 in addition to the price of the ticket and you will receive your ticket by email confirmation. The site also allows you to directly contact me as the organiser and it would help greatly if you would provide the names of those attending for the guest list that we need to provide to HMS Calliope.

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight;
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught, from South Pacific (1949).

Sunday 29 April 2018

Quiet Prayer
An hour of quiet prayer will be held at 50 Bemersyde Drive, Jesmond on Tuesday from 7pm, followed by tea and biscuits. If you wish to take part, contact Ruth on 07943 710 345.

A Plastics Crisis?
Is there a danger that we are over-reacting? In an interview on BBC Radio4 on 24 March (still available as an iPM Podcast), parishioner Jim White (Emeritus Professor in Polymer Science and Engineering) argued that some of the proposed measures will cause more environmental damage than they solve. Jim will expand on his views in a talk In the Defence of Plastics, organised by the Justice and Peace Group, in the hall on Wednesday at 7pm. All are welcome.

Rosary on the Coast
Rosary on the Coast – for Faith, Life and Peace will be held at St Mary’s Lighthouse, or near the causeway if the tide is high, at 3pm today. Anyone needing transport should contact Ruth Gibson 07943 710 345.

Sick and Retired Priests
Today’s retiring collection is for the sick and retired priests of the diocese.

Holy Name Book Club
Our Book Club choice for May is The Children of Dynmouth by William Trevor. ‘A small masterpiece of understatement … a work of rare compassion’, Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times.

Please remember to take a tin of corned beef or fish in oil to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Parish Council
From Catherine Hearne, Chair of the Holy Name Parish Council: Our Council meets four times a year, including our AGM. We have two vacancies and are keen to appoint new, enthusiastic members in the coming weeks. This lay Council is a consultative and advisory body which supports the Parish Priest in his ministry and ensures our parish has sound governance. The Council works closely with the Finance Committee. We are a friendly bunch and are very keen to reach out to new members with the knowledge, expertise and networks to help Holy Name parish continue to thrive. If you know someone who will be a good addition to our team, why don’t you contact me in the first instance. Or, perhaps, you’d like to nominate yourself? Do email: catherinehearne@btinternet.com

Tous ensemble et Tutt’insieme!
Thank you to all who attended the short French Intermediate course. The £250 raised will be shared between SightsaversGuide Dogs for the Blind and the Smile Train. Further intermediate French classes are planned from mid-October. An Italian class for beginners will run on Mondays at 6pm from 2-16 July and 3-17 September and will cost £30 for the course. All are welcome to both classes.

The Call to Holiness
Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy, Pope Francis has written in Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), his new Letter on “the call to holiness in today’s world.” Saying he was not writing a theological treatise on holiness, the Pope has focused mainly on how the call to holiness is a personal call, something God asks of each Christian and which requires a personal response given one’s state in life, talents and circumstances. For the parishes in our St Mary Partnership, Dr Sean Hall will give a talk on the Pope’s Letter at St Mary’s, Forest Hall on Tuesday 15 May at 7pm. All are welcome.

Parish 90th Anniversary Celebrations
From Fr Campion: Our parish is known for its openness, inclusivity, friendliness, generosity and sense of community. In the coming year we will celebrate our history and what it means today to be a member or friend of Holy Name. We have much to celebrate and to mark the important milestone of the 90th anniversary of the opening of the church, I hope we can hold a variety of events throughout the year for people of all ages, means and preferences. Do you have any creative ideas to celebrate the 90th within your own sphere of interest or activity in the parish? Your suggestions will be most welcome. The first of these many and varied celebrations takes place on 23 June on HMS Calliope (see below). In the course of the evening, we also will have a privileged view of the spectacular water feature on the Tyne that will pay homage to one of our most famous landmarks, the Angel of the North.

Holy Name Wine Club
Our next tasting is on Thursday 31 May in the hall, starting at 7 pm. Waitrose will lead this, focusing on wines from South America with accompanying ‘nibbles’. Tickets, £10, will be available from next Sunday with a limited number for non-imbibers.

Celebrate on HMS Calliope
From Tony McPhillips: This newsletter contains your personal invitation to the first of our parish celebrations which will be held on HMS Calliope on the River Tyne on 23 June. Being an operational Royal Navy vessel, we are guests of the Navy and the evening is limited to adults only. We are required to have a finalised guest list by the 9 June for security purposes.  The evening is fantastic value – thanks to the generosity of an anonymous sponsor – but numbers are limited so please book early next week. Honor and I will be at the back of the church after Masses next Sunday to sell tickets but they will also be available to purchase on the Eventbrite website. Details will be available next week.

Sunday 22 April 2018

Baptisms
We welcome into the family of the Church Leo and Joseph, the twin children of Lorna and Dan Burn, who are being baptised by Mgr Carroll today. We wish them and all children being baptised this year the blessings of good health and happiness.

Holy Name Book Club
You will be very welcome to take part in the discussion of Midwinter Breakby Bernard McLaverty in the hall on Wednesday at 7pm.

Diocesan Appeal
From Bishop Cunningham: The annual retiring collection for the Little Sisters of the Poor takes place throughout the diocese today. Gift Aid envelopes are available for those who pay tax. I encourage people to be as generous as possible as we are very grateful for the terrific work of the Sisters in our diocese, especially in the care of our sick and retired priests.

One-Off Donation Envelopes
If you don’t have a set of envelopes but wish to Gift Aid your one-off donations to either the parish or a special collection, please collect the white envelopes at the back of church and place them in the collection plate as required.

Election Hustings
From Ian Wylie:  At Jesmond Library on Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm  Jesmond Local will host, as in previous years, a Question Time style event where the people of North and South Jesmond get a chance to put their questions to the candidates seeking election soon to represent them on Newcastle City Council.

Donald Hill RIP
We offer our condolences to Marcia Hill on the death of her husband, Donald. His Funeral Service will take place at St Nicholas’ Church, Gosforth on 4 May at 9.45am. Requiescat in pace.

Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday our Film Club will be showing the Academy award-winning Napoleonic epic Master and Commander, directed in 2003 by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Robert Pugh and David Threlfall. Set almost exclusively onboard ship, it tells the story of Royal Navy Captain Jack Aubrey, captain of HMS Surprise, and his pursuit of the French privateer Acheron. The film is a vivid recreation of the danger and adventure and camaraderie of the great age of seafaring and discovery, of the age of Cook and Bligh, and, in the words of the film critic Roger Ebert, “achieves the epic without losing sight of the human”.

Holy Name Galleries Club
From Catherine Hearne: We have seven places left for the visit to the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh on Saturday 11 August at 2:30pm. The Gallery is hosting a new exhibition, revealing how the taste for Rembrandt’s work in Britain has evolved over the last 400 years. We have booked a guided tour and if you are interested in joining us, contact me at catherinehearne@btinternet.com.

Retiring Councillors
Liberal Democrat Councillor and parishioner Catherine Walker, who has given ten years of service as a Councillor for the North Jesmond Ward, is stepping down this month. We thank Catherine for her service to the community and for the encouragement and support she has given to Holy Name. We thank also Labour Councillor Dan Perry, also retiring – who married last year and ran for Parliament – for his service to the community and his support on issues we brought to his attention.

Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven. ~ Pope Francis

Parish Celebration
This year marks the beginning of the 90th anniversary of the building of the Holy Name church which was started in November 1928 and completed in 1929. As a parish, which was founded earlier in 1901, we are rightly proud of our inclusivity, friendliness, community and history. We invite you celebrate this wonderful milestone together on board HMS Calliope on Saturday 23 June. Enjoy leisurely drinks on deck and in the Officer’s Mess take in the best views of the River Tyne, followed by sumptuous food prepared by the Navy’s chefs. Then dance the night away to music from the fabulous Postmodernaires BandHMS Calliope is a working Royal Navy ship so numbers are limited. Therefore, to avoid disappointment, please put the date in your diary now and look out for your personal invitation in next week’s newsletter.

Who is Jesus?
From Deacon Andrew Brooks: Starting on Wednesday, St Dominic’s, New Bridge Street, is launching a Who is Jesus? course.  Over 11 Wednesday evenings it will present the basic Catholic claims about Jesus, what he did for us and offers us now, and how to begin or grow deeper in a relationship with Christ and the Church. Each evening consists of shared food, a talk and exploration of the topic in small groups. It is aimed at those with no or weak faith but should help others grow in their faith and learn about sharing it with others.   See www.thekerygmaproject.org for more details. This is part of an apostolate – The Kerygma Project – to train and support Catholics as evangelists or missionary disciples and also enable them to actually do that vital work. [If you are coming it is helpful to let us know of numbers – telephone (0191) 232 5907 to help us with catering and organisation.]

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

Sunday 15 April 2018

Poetry Group
The next meeting is on Wednesday in the hall at 7pm. This month’s theme is Change – e.g. of work, attitude, direction in life, a relationship, weather, seasons, health etc. This is a very merry and friendly group and all are welcome to join with or without a previously published poem.

Wine Club – a Taste of Portugal
Some tickets, £10 each, are on sale today for the tasting on Friday at 7pm in the hall. This tasting will focus on Portuguese wines with accompanying ‘nibbles’. The following tasting will be on Thursday May 31 (not 1 June) and will be led in the hall by Waitrose. The final tasting, before the summer break, will be in the hall on Friday 13 July. Remember: all are welcome to take part.

Holy Name Galleries Club
From Catherine Hearne: The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh is hosting a new exhibition this summer, revealing how the taste for Rembrandt’s work in Britain has evolved over the last 400 years. We have booked a guided tour for Saturday 11 August at 2:30pm. There are a few places left and if you are interested and wish to know the costs, contact me at catherinehearne@btinternet.com by Wednesday.

Diocesan Appeal
From Bishop Cunningham: The annual retiring collection for the Little Sisters of the Poor will take place next Sunday. Gift Aid envelopes are available for those who pay tax. I encourage people to be as generous as possible as we are very grateful for the terrific work of the Sisters in our Diocese, especially in the care of our sick and retired priests.

On Death and Dying
Dr Kathryn Mannix, Consultant in Palliative Care and author of the recently published (to rave reviews) With The End In Mind: Death, Dying and Wisdom in an Age of Denial, will give a talk in St Hilda’s Church, Thornleigh Road, Jesmond on Monday 23 April at 7.30pm. Cars may be parked in the nearby British Legion car park on Lonsdale Terrace.

Plastics Crisis?
Is there a danger that we are over-reacting? In an interview on BBC Radio4 on 24 March (still available as an iPM Podcast), parishioner Jim White (Emeritus Professor in Polymer Science and Engineering) argued that some of the proposed measures will cause more environmental damage than they solve. Jim will expand on his views in a talk In the Defence of Plastics, organised by the Justice and Peace Group, in the hall on Wednesday 2 May at 7pm. All are welcome.

Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 27 April our Film Club will be showing the Academy award-winning Napoleonic epic Master and Commander, directed in 2003 by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Robert Pugh and David Threlfall. Set almost exclusively onboard ship, it tells the story of Royal Navy Captain Jack Aubrey, captain of HMS Surprise, and his pursuit of the French privateer Acheron. The film is a vivid recreation of the danger and adventure and camaraderie of the great age of seafaring and discovery, of the age of Cook and Bligh, and, in the words of the film critic Roger Ebert, “achieves the epic without losing sight of the human”.

Personal Data
On myactivity.google.com/myactivity you can find out what Google knows about you and remind yourself what you have been up to. It’s a bit of an eye-opener. It allows you to delete your history too.

We have booked HMS Calliope on the River Tyne (below The Sage) for a parish-wide celebration on the evening of Saturday 23 June to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of our Holy Name church. Please keep the date free. More details will be available in the coming weeks.

Children’s Liturgy
The Liturgy during Sunday 10am Mass will resume next Sunday, 22 April.

Theatre club
From Mary Curtis and Madeleine Hardy: We have arranged another interesting and varied programme of events for the next few months.  If you are interested in any of these, please put your name on the list at the back of the church or speak to one of us. Also do let us know if there is anything else you are interested in seeing.

Day of Reflection
If you are involved in any ministry at Holy Name, you are invited to take part in a Day of Reflection at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Gateshead on Saturday 2 June from 10.30am – 3.30 pm. Demand is expected to be high so early booking is recommended. Please put your name on the list at the back of church if you wish to take part.

No ‘Dancing in the Street’
From Fr Campion: The surgeon told me last week that my foot has to remain in a cast for another six weeks and that I’ll need to have daily ultrasound treatment as well. I am not allowed to return to work until the bone healing is complete so I regret that I will continue to be of little use to the parish until, possibly, the end of June. In the meantime, thank you to everyone for their support and marvellous care for the parish, including Mgr Philip Carroll, Fr Paul Hopper and our many dedicated parish helpers. I am most grateful.

The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you found out why. ~ Mark Twain

Low Week 2018

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Saoirse Molly McHale, first child of Ronan and Beatrice, who is being baptised today.

Wedding
Congratulations to Catherine Goode and Ian Armstrong who married in Holy Name yesterday.

Refugee Project
Thank you to all who last Sunday contributed 77 tins of meat and fish, a good amount of cosmetics and clothing as well as £32 in the cash basket.

Wine Club – a Taste of Portugal
Tickets, £10 each, are on sale today for the next tasting on Friday 20 April at 7pm in the hall. It will focus on Portuguese wines with accompanying ‘nibbles’. The following two tastings will be on 1 June and 13 July.

Plastics Crisis ?
Is there a danger that we are over-reacting? In an interview on BBC Radio 4 on 24 March (still available as an iPM Podcast), parishioner Jim White (Emeritus Professor in Polymer Science and Engineering) argued that some of the proposed measures will cause more environmental damage than they solve. Jim will expand on his views in a talk In the Defence of Plastics, organised by the Justice and Peace Group, in the hall on Wednesday 2 May at 7pm. All are welcome.

Children’s Liturgy
The Liturgy during Sunday 10am Mass will resume on Sunday 22 April.

Holy Name Galleries Club
The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh is hosting a new exhibition this summer, revealing how the taste for Rembrandt’s work in Britain has evolved over the last 400 years. We have provisionally booked a guided tour for up to 20 people on Saturday 11 August at 2:30pm. If you are interested and wish to know the costs, contact catherinehearne@btinternet.com by Wednesday.

Youth Ministry
An On Fire Retreat will take place at the Youth Village in Consett from Friday 20 to Saturday 21 April for those either preparing for Confirmation or who recently have been confirmed. The cost is £30 per person. Please contact Ruth Gibson on 07943 710 345 if you wish to take part.

Afternoon Tea Club
After the Easter break, the Tea Club will resume meeting on Thursday. People of all ages – and of all faiths and none – are welcome to meet in our hall any Thursday from 2.00 to 4.00pm. A typical menu comprises finger sandwiches; freshly baked scones; fruit tea bread or similar; cakes such as lemon, cherry or raspberry. Everything served is home made. There is also a weekly raffle, the ticket being included in the £2 entry fee. You do not need to book beforehand – just come along and enjoy company, conversation and delicious food. All are welcome.

Book Club
Midwinter Break by Bernard McLaverty is the next novel for our meeting on 25 April at 7pm in the hall on Towers Avenue. All are welcome.

Poetry Group
The next meeting is on Wednesday 18 April in the hall on at 7pm when the theme will be Change. You are very welcome to join our merry and friendly group, with or without a previously published poem.

I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord” The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. ~ Pope Francis, ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ [3]

Film Club
On Friday 27 April our Film Club will be showing the Academy award-winning Napoleonic epic Master and Commander, directed in 2003 by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Robert Pugh and David Threlfall. Set almost exclusively onboard ship, it tells the story of Royal Navy Captain Jack Aubrey, captain of HMS Surprise, and his pursuit of the French privateer Acheron. Admission is free but take your own drinks and snacks for a riveting evening.

‘The Lord God Made Them All’
As the weather turns warmer, one can expect a resurgence in the activities of birds. A few early birds, such as song thrushes and very precocious blackbirds, had begun to build their nests in hedges and bushes before the onset of the cold spell, but where these were filled with snow or blown about by blizzards the birds will probably start a new nest, which they will lay their eggs in. It will not be much to their detriment. Some long-tailed tits had started to build their intricate domed nests of moss and cobwebs and, as these require a lot of labour, the birds may resume work on them if they are not too badly damaged. Robins, great tits and collared doves could be heard singing occasi onally even on very cold days. The impulse to sing was still there and will soon take charge again. The first spring visitors from the south will be here, and we shall hear the songs of newly arrived chiffchaffs in tall trees. ~ Derwent May

Easter Day 1 April 2018

Eastertide
In the world of nature this is the time of year for new life and rebirth. In the Church it is the time for celebrating ‘rebirth’ and the ‘New Life’ we receive through our relationship with the Risen Christ. This relationship begins with baptism and continues beyond death. We keep the Easter Candle lit throughout the next 50 days, until 20 May, to remind us of this essential of our faith.

Easter Thanks
Thank you to our church cleaners, flower arrangers, sacristans, altar servers, readers, ministers of the Eucharist, welcomers, organist, choir director, choir members and everybody else who helped in any way with the preparations and celebration of the Holy Week and Easter ceremonies. Special thanks to Mgr Philip Carroll for his much appreciated service to the parish and his celebration of all the liturgies.

Easter Anthems
At the Vigil the choir will sing Christ, Being Raised from the Dead by John Callcott (1766-1821) during Communion; and on Easter Day Thou Art the King of Glory, G. F. Handel (1685-1759) Dettingen Te Deum, will be sung by Martin Wheeler.

Wine Club – a Taste of Portugal
The next tasting will be on Friday 20 April at 7 pm in the hall and will focus on Portuguese wines with accompanying ‘nibbles’. Tickets are on sale after Mass at £10 each with a limited number at £5 for non-imbibers. The following two tastings are on 1 June and 13 July.

The Children’s Liturgy during Sunday 10am Mass will resume on Sunday 22 April.

Easter Egg Hunt
From Clare Roberts: Children are invited to take part in our annual Easter Egg Hunt this morning in the parish centre and garden after Mass.

Wedding
We offer our best wishes to Catherine Goode and Ian Armstrong who are getting married in Holy Name on Saturday at 12 noon.

Surf and Turf
Thank you to everyone taking tins of fish in oil or tins of corned beef to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Service.

Youth Ministry
From Ruth Gibson: On Saturday 12 May a Youth Ministry Conference will be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn with 12 workshops (Practical Steps for Parishes and Partnerships) as well as a keynote address from the Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Formation and Youth Services in the Diocese of Brentwood and Chair of the Flame organising committee. It will bring together youth leaders, catechists, parents, priests, teachers, chaplains and all concerned parishioners. If anyone is interested in taking part, please contact me.

Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday April 27 our Film Club will be showing the Academy award-winning Napoleonic epic Master and Commander, directed in 2003 by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Robert Pugh and David Threlfall. Set almost exclusively onboard ship, it tells the story of Royal Navy Captain Jack Aubrey, captain of HMS Surprise, and his pursuit of the French privateer Acheron. The film is a vivid recreation of the danger and adventure and camaraderie of the great age of seafaring and discovery, of the age of Cook and Bligh, and, in the words of the film critic Roger Ebert, “achieves the epic without losing sight of the human”.

Correction: Saints in the Sanctuary
The panels below the half dome in our church bear the images of the following saints (from left) – Thomas Becket, Thomas More, Margaret Clitheroe, the Angel Gabriel, Archangel Michael, Margaret of Scotland, John Fisher and Cuthbert.

Book Club
Midwinter Break by Bernard McLaverty is the next novel for our meeting on 25 April at 7pm in the hall on Towers Avenue.  A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly to Amsterdam for a midwinter break. A holiday to refresh the senses, to see the sights and to generally take stock of what remains of their lives. But amongst the wintry streets and icy canals we see their relationship fracturing beneath the surface. And when memories re-emerge of a troubled time in their native Ireland things begin to fall apart. As their midwinter break comes to an end, we understand how far apart they are – and can only watch as they struggle to save themselves.‘[This] is a work of extraordinary emotional precision and sympathy, about coming to terms – to an honest reckoning – with love and the loss of love, with memory and pain … this is a novel of great ambition by an artist at the height of his powers.’ (Colm Tóibín)

Poetry Group
From Judith Dryhurst: The next meeting is on Wednesday 18 April when the theme will be Change. You are very welcome to join our merry and friendly group, with or without a poem. We meet in the hall on Towers Avenue at 7pm and there is always a glass of wine or fruit juice to enjoy if you wish. You may read a previously published poem or just relax and listen to the very wide range of offerings from others, from Classics to the Modern.

We have booked HMS Calliope on the River Tyne (below The Sage) for a parish-wide celebration on the evening of Saturday 23 June to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Holy Name church. Please keep the date free. More details will be available soon.

Sunday 25 March 2018

The Easter Triduum

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week we celebrate Our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection in three separate but inter-related ceremonies. The three Services together form one celebration and, if possible, should be celebrated in their entirety.

  • On Maundy Thursday we commemorate Our Lord’s Last Supper when he washed his disciple’s feet and instituted the Eucharist. Following the Mass at 7pm there will be silent prayer before the altar of repose until 8.30pm when the church will close.
  • On Good Friday at 3pm we commemorate the Lord’s death at Calvary. For Catholics this is one of the two days in the year when we are invited to be in solidarity with Christ’s suffering by undergoing fasting and abstinence (reducing the amount we eat and drink as well as going without a high protein food e.g. meat)
  • On Holy Saturday at 6pm we celebrate the Lord’s resurrection from the dead and, by virtue of our baptism, the forgiveness of our sins and our share in his New Life. Weather permitting, the Service will begin outside.

Please note that on Easter Day there will be just one Mass at 10am – there will be no evening Mass.

 Walk of Witness
On Good Friday we are invited to join members of the other Churches in Jesmond for a brief Service outside Holy Name at 10.45am before processing first to St George’s Green and then gathering on Acorn Road. Refreshments will be served afterwards at the nearby St Hilda’s Church.

Retiring Collection
The annual collection for Catholics living in the Holy Land – an increasingly persecuted and impoverished community – takes place today.

Washing of the Feet
We need more people, male and female, young and old, to take part in the Washing of the Feet during 7pm Mass on Thursday. If you are willing to take part, please put your name on the list at the back of church or email the parish office.

Today’s Choir Anthems
During 10am Mass the choir will sing the Introit Hosanna to the Son of David (Matthew 21:9) by George Telemann (1681-1767); and during Communion I Hear Thy Welcome Voice, Welsh Hymn, words and music Lewis Hartsough (1828-1919)

Surf and Turf
Please remember to take tins of fish in oil or corned beef to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Service. For the time being, biscuits are no longer required, thanks to a recent generous gift.

Easter Egg Hunt
From Clare Roberts: Children are invited to take part in our annual Easter Egg Hunt in the parish centre and garden after Mass next Sunday morning. Bring your parents!

Flowers for Easter
If you can spare some greenery from your garden, please take it to church for the flower arrangers on Friday at 10am.

Church Rotas
Thank you to our Readers, Welcomers, Eucharistic Ministers and Sunday Refreshments teams for their service. They have received by email the new Rota covering the period 15 April to 12 August.  There are spare copies at the back of church for those who do not have email access.

Book Club
From Tessa Burton-Roberts: We will be discussing ‘Slow Horses’, by Newcastle born author and former parishioner Mick Herron, on Wednesday at 7pm in the hall. Do join us to enjoy a glass of wine and talk about a book described as ‘one of the best twenty spy novels of all time’ (Daily Telegraph). We hear from Tony McPhillips that Mick Herron says he is ‘Very happy to know that the book’s being read around my old haunts …’ April’s book is Midwinter Break by Bernard McLaverty.

French Intermediate Class
This will run from tomorrow, Monday, to 23 April, excluding Easter Monday, from 6-7pm in the hall at a cost of £20. All proceeds will be donated to charity. Please add your name to the list in church if interested in taking part or turn up tomorrow night.

Holy Name Wine Club
The next tasting is on Friday 20 April. Details and tickets will be available next Sunday.

Eucharistic Ministers
If you haven’t already done so, please take a form from the back of Church, complete it and put it in the blue box next to the forms.

Saints in the Sanctuary
The panels of below the half dome in our church bear the images of the following saints (from left) – Thomas Becket, Thomas More, Margaret Clitheroe, the Angel Gabriel, George, Margaret of Scotland, John Fisher and Cuthbert.

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
~ attributed to John Wesley (1703-1791)

Sunday 18 March 2018

The Way of the Cross
The traditional Lenten devotion of the ‘Stations of the Cross’, lasting about 30 minutes, will take place in church on Thursday at 7pm.

Choir Anthems
During 10am Mass today the choir will sing I Hear Thy Welcome Voice – Welsh Hymn, words and music Lewis Hartsough (1828-1919) – during Communion.

Poetry Group
From Judith Dryhurst: Our next meeting is on Wednesday when the theme will be Courage. You are very welcome to join our merry and friendly group, with or without a published poem. We meet in the hall at 7pm and there is always a glass of wine or fruit juice to enjoy if you wish.

Washing of the Feet
We need 12 people, male and female, young and old, to take part in the Washing of the Feet during 7pm Mass on Maundy Thursday, 29 March. If you are willing to take part, please put your name on the list at the back of church or email the parish office.

Bookcase
There is a double-sided bookcase on wheels at the back of church which we no longer need.  If anyone has a use for it, please contact the parish office.

Receiving Holy Communion
When you come forward for Holy Communion, do not draw near with your hands wide open or with fingers spread apart; instead, with your left hand make a throne with your right hand, which will receive the King. Receive the body of Christ in the hollow of your hand and give the response: Amen. ~ St Cyril of Jerusalem (313-386 AD)

Austin Donohoe RIP
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Austin Donohoe, former Director of St Cuthbert’s Care, who has died. His Funeral Mass will take place here on Friday at 10am. Requiescat in pace.

Eucharistic Ministers
If you haven’t already done so, please take a form from the back of Church, complete it and put it in the blue box next to the forms.

Easter Egg Hunt
From Clare Roberts: Children are invited to take part in our annual Easter Egg Hunt in the parish centre and garden after Mass on Easter Sunday morning Mass. Bring your parents!

French Intermediate Class
This will run from 26 March to 23 April, excluding Easter Monday, from 6-7pm in the hall at a cost of £20. All proceeds will be donated to charity. Please add your name to the list in church if interested in taking part.

Who Am I To Judge?
“If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, well who am I to judge them?” the Pope asked (in 2013). It was a simple question that nonetheless would go on to define the papacy of a pastor whom the world was just getting to know. The Pope’s question held obvious appeal for L.G.B.T. Catholics and their families. For one thing, Francis actually used the word gay—a first for a Pope. Many Catholic leaders employ the more clinical sounding phrase “same-sex attraction” when talking about gays and lesbians, often over the objection of the people they are talking about … In a later interview (in 2016) the Pope added: “I am glad that we are talking about ‘homosexual people’ because before all else comes the individual person, in his wholeness and dignity. And people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies: let us not forget that God loves all his creatures and we are destined to receive his infinite love. ~ Michael J O’Loughlin in ‘America’, the Jesuit Magazine’, 27 February 2018

Church Donations
From the Parish Secretary: With more people making their donations to church by Standing Order, there are fewer donors using weekly numbered envelopes. For the new financial year we are issuing envelopes only to people who regularly donate by envelope or who have expressly requested them. Consequently, if there are no envelopes for you at the back of Church today it is because you have not used them for some time. However, if you require envelopes, please contact the parish office. Generic envelopes for special collections or additional offertory donations will be available soon. Meanwhile, if you wish to make your donation by Standing Order, please complete the mandate at the back of Church and send it to your bank.

Guide for Parents
If you are willing to help with compiling a Parish Guide for new families joining our parish, please contact the Parish Secretary.

Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday we will be showing the BAFTA-winning, Academy Award nominated black comedy Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes), written and directed in 2014 by Damián Szifrón, produced by the Almodóvar brothers and starring Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez and Leonardo Sbaraglia. Inventive, absurd and grimly comical, the film is an anthology of six tales united by a common theme of violent vengeance, ranging from an outrageous “I’ll be revenged on the whole pack of you!” to a shockingly hilarious example of the dangers of road rage, and offers two hours of consummately stylish and masterful cinematic storytelling. The New York Times reported that it became a cultural phenomenon on its release – a must-see! (Contains scenes of a violent nature. Spanish with subtitles.)

Without imperfection, you or I would not exist. ~ Stephen Hawking (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018)

Sunday 11 March 2017

Family Law
Parishioner Nick Stonor, a QC specialising in Family Law and Court of Protection proceedings, will give a talk – Faith and Family Life: When (if ever) should the state interfere? – in the Holy Name Hall on Wednesday at 7pm. Nick will look at how the courts approach safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, with a particular focus on Adoption; Forced Marriage and FGM; and Hearing the Voice of the Child. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Hosts Shortage
We apologise to those affected that sufficient consecrated hosts were not available for everyone at Mass last Sunday evening.

Turf and Surf Sunday
Thank you very much to everyone who contributed 76 tins of meat or fish, 26 packets of biscuits, a good quantity of cosmetics, a large quantity of clothing, shoes and new socks for the Diocesan Refugee Project. Until further notice, please take tins of corned beef or fish in oil to church for the Project from now on (instead of biscuits).

Shopping in the Snow
If you live alone, were you unable to go shopping for food because of the recent bad weather? If this happens to you again, you are welcome to telephone Fr Campion or the Parish Secretary who will arrange for someone to help you.

Guide for Parents
We hope to produce a Parish Guide for new families joining our parish. If you have any skills that would be helpful in compiling this, please contact the Parish Secretary, Barbara Cooper.

Holy Name 90th Anniversary
From Catherine Hearne, Chair of the Parish Council: It was clear both at our AGM in January and in consultation with members of our congregation (2015-2016: Forward Together in Hope) that members of the parish are very keen to raise money for projects that make a real difference to people’s lives. The Parish Council decided last Sunday that The John Boste Youth Project in Walker fits the bill perfectly – and it is in our own Jesmond St Mary Partnership too. More information about the project soon! And if you have ideas to fund-raise for this Youth Project while commemorating the building of our church, do let me know. We will be fund-raising for almost 18 months from June this year until November 2019 – the actual anniversary of the opening of our beautiful church.

Refugee Project Thanks
From John Dowling, Project Manager: On behalf of everyone at the Diocesan Refugee Project, I thank the Justice & Peace members and everyone at Holy Name for the generous gift of £6 for every one of our destitute asylum seekers. It was very welcome and the money has now been distributed. I have received multiple requests to thank you and your friends for their generosity.

Youth Mass
From Ruth Gibson: Thank you to all who helped, donated, supported and baked for last Sunday’s Youth Mass and the refreshments and raffle that followed afterwards. We raised £110.52 to be divided between Mary’s Meals and the Diocesan Youth Village in Consett.

Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 23 March we will be showing the BAFTA-winning, Academy Award nominated black comedy Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes), written and directed in 2014 by Damián Szifrón, produced by the Almodóvar brothers and starring Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez and Leonardo Sbaraglia.

Choir Anthems
During 10am Mass today the choir will sing Shout For Joy (American Spiritual), arr. Alan Bullard at the Offertory; and God So Loved The World(John 3:16), Sir John Stainer (1840-1901) at Communion.

Osborne Road Signs
Once again, thank you very much to everyone who made donations to cover the cost of the two new signs for the Holy Name Church that have been erected by the City Council on Osborne Road.

Wine Club
The tasting at Marks and Spencer, Northumberland Street, will take place on Thursday from 6-8 pm. For those taking part please collect the blue information sheet at the back of church which outlines the evening’s arrangements.

Hospice Service
There will be a Prayer Service at St Oswald’s, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth next Sunday at 4pm. It will be led by Holy Name parishioners. You are welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own friends.

Language Classes
The French class has been postponed until further notice.  The Italian class will start in the summer.

Washing of the Feet
We need 12 people, male and female, young and old, to take part in the Washing of the Feet during 7pm Mass on Maundy Thursday, 29 March. If you are willing to take part, please put your name on the list at the back of church or email the parish office.

From Fr Campion: Thank you to everyone involved in the smooth running of the parish in my absence. I have another five weeks to go before the cast is removed and then begin physiotherapy. In the meantime, I am very happy to meet anyone who wishes to see me for advice or support.

Sunday 4 March 2017

Youth Mass
After today’s 10am Mass we are invited to join our young parishioners in the hall for refreshments and also to support their raffle for Mary’s Mealsand the Youth Village ministry at Consett.

Eucharistic Ministers
From Madeleine Hardy, the Holy Name Safeguarding Representative: The Diocesan Safeguarding Board is considering the extent of the ministry undertaken by existing Eucharistic Ministers. I would be grateful if ministers would complete a short form, available at the back of the church under the picture of Pope Francis, and either return it directly to me or place it  in the box on the table.

Visiting the Sick
Do we have a Eucharistic Minister willing to take Holy Communion to a person who has just moved into a Care Home in Jesmond? If you wish to help, please contact Fr Campion.

Family Law
Parishioner Nick Stonor is a QC specialising in Family Law and Court of Protection proceedings. His will give a talk – Faith and Family Life: When (if ever) should the state interfere? – in the Holy Name Hall on Wednesday 14 March at 7pm. Nick will look at how the courts approach safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, with a particular focus on Adoption; Forced Marriage and FGM; and Hearing the Voice of the Child.

The next Book Club meeting is on 28 March to discuss ‘Slow Horses’ by Mick Herron. A funny, stylish, satirical, gripping story … Memorably seedy characters, sharp dialogue, complex plot. I’m hooked.” – The Guardian

Mobilise and Socialise
From Annette Hames: Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance runs a movement group every Thursday from 10.15-11.45am in the Holy Name hall called Mobilise and Socialise.  This is a free integrated class for people with and without dementia.  Physical exercise is known to put off the onset of dementia and may improve the memories of people with dementia.  The group is also a wonderful opportunity for people with and without dementia to socialise together.  The exercises are simple and straightforward, many are seated, and everyone is supported to take an active part.  Everyone is welcome, come as you are and leave with a spring in your step and a smile on your face. “It’s great, you see people change, brighten and blossom and you feel that change for yourself in your own body and mind” (participant). The session is followed by half an hour for refreshments. Why not join us?

Modern Language Classes
This year the following classes for charity are on offer and will run on Mondays from 6-7pm in the Hall: (1) French (Intermediate Level), March 12-April 23, excluding Easter Monday; (2) Italian (Holiday/Beginners) July 2-16 and September 3-17. The cost is £30 for 6 lessons. An Italian Intermediate class may also be offered in early September (details to be confirmed). Please sign the list at the back of Church if you are interested in taking part.

Poetry Festival
From Judith Dryhurst: The University Of Newcastle’s Poetry Festival from 2-5 May will feature a range of symposiums on Translation, Music events, Readings by national and international poets as well as poetry commissions related to a new exhibition by Sean Scully at the Hatton Gallery and the Laing. You can become a Friend of the Festival for £25, gaining huge benefits for the events, by telephoning (0191) 222 7787 or emailing ncenla@ncl.ac.uk. The closing date for becoming a Friend is 14 March. (Our own Poetry Group meets 21 March with the theme Courage.)

The traditional Lenten devotion of the Stations of the Cross, lasting about 30 minutes, will take place in church on Thursday at 7pm.

Got a Complaint?
Taking part in Mass at Holy Name should be a prayerful as well as an uplifting experience. If you are dissatisfied with the service you receive or with any aspect of parish life, including its management, please let me know. Our members’ satisfaction is paramount. ~ Fr Campion

Lenten Alms Appeal
If you can, please support today’s retiring collection for St Cuthbert‘s Care, our diocesan social care agency. It seeks support this Lent for its Hardship Fund which offers financial assistance to older people of limited means who wish to reside in its nursing homes.

Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 23 March we will be showing the BAFTA-winning, Academy Award nominated black comedy Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes), written and directed in 2014 by Damián Szifrón, produced by the Almodóvar brothers and starring Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez and Leonardo Sbaraglia. Inventive, absurd and grimly comical, the film is an anthology of six tales united by a common theme of violent vengeance, ranging from an outrageous “I’ll be revenged on the whole pack of you!” to a shockingly hilarious example of the dangers of road rage, and offers two hours of consummately stylish and masterful cinematic storytelling. The New York Times reported that it became a cultural phenomenon on its release – a must-see! (Contains scenes of a violent nature. Spanish with subtitles.)

The proportion of working-age men without qualifications who are “not active in the labour force” is more than 40% today compared with 4% two decades ago. ~ The Economist, 10 February

Sunday 25 February 2018

Jesmond Street Pastors
The charity’s Annual General Meeting takes place tomorrow, Monday, at 7.30pm in the Jesmond Methodist Church on St George’s Terrace. The short meeting will provide an opportunity for discovering more about this valuable ministry.

Prayer Group
You are invited to take part in an hour of quiet prayer from 2-3pm on Thursday, followed by a cup of tea, at 50 Bemersyde Drive. Please telephone Ruth Gibson on 07943 710 345.if you wish to know more.

Maria Frodyma RIP
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Maria Frodyma, mother of John and lately of Queen’s Road, who died on 16 February and whose Funeral Service will take place in Holy Name on Monday 5 March at 11.30am. Requiescat in pace.

Corned Beef and Tinned Fish Sunday
The Diocesan Refugee Project has received a substantial donation of biscuits. Consequently, we have been asked to donate tins of corned beef or tins of fish in oil (sardines, tuna etc) instead. If you can, please take one of these to church next Sunday. We shall continue with these foods until further notice.

First Holy Communion
Parents of children in Year 4 or above who want them to make their First Holy Communion should speak to Cathy Corcoran in the hall after 10am Mass today (even if they have contacted her already). If unable to meet, please email the parish office.

The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. ~ Pope Francis

Family Law
Parishioner Nick Stonor is a QC specialising in Family Law and Court of Protection proceedings. His will give a talk – Faith and Family Life: When (if ever) should the state interfere? – in the Holy Name Hall on Wednesday 14 March at 7pm. Nick will look at how the courts approach safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, with a particular focus on Adoption; Forced Marriage and FGM; and Hearing the Voice of the Child. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Retiring Collection
Following Friday’s Fast Day, we are invited to make a donation today to CAFOD for its work promoting development overseas. If you can gift aid, please use one of the special envelopes for your donation.

Modern Language Classes
Last year’s language classes supported SightsaversThe Smile Train and Guide Dogs for the Blind. This year the following classes for charity are on offer and will run on Mondays from 6-7pm in the Hall: (1) French(Intermediate Level), March 12-April 23, excluding Easter Monday; (2) Italian (Holiday/Beginners) July 2-16 and September 3-17. The cost is £30 for 6 lessons. An Italian Intermediate class may also be offered in early September (details to be confirmed). Please sign the list at the back of Church if you are interested in any of these.

Youth Mass
From Ruth Gibson: Next Sunday our young parishioners will be taking part in various ministries at the 10am Mass.  Everyone is invited afterwards to join us in the hall for refreshments as well as a raffle – and we’d be grateful for some Fairtrade items of any description for prizes. Cakes will be on sale as well. Proceeds will be shared between Mary’s Meals and the Youth Village ministry at Consett which supports the spiritual needs of the young people.  If you are donating to the raffle or providing some cakes, please drop them off at the hall before Mass.

Book Club
You are welcome to join us in the hall on Wednesday at 7pm to discuss Ian McEwan’s latest novel, Nutshell ~ ‘a masterpiece’ (The Times).

Wine Club
All tickets for the M & S tasting on Thursday 15 March must be paid for today to allow time to organise the redeemable vouchers. Those taking part are asked to collect the blue information sheet from the back of church.

Poetry Group
From Judith Dryhurst: The next meeting is on Wednesday 21 March when the theme will be Courage. You are very welcome to join our merry and friendly group, with or without a poem. We meet in the hall at 7pm and there is always a glass of wine or fruit juice to enjoy if you wish. You may read a poem or just relax and listen to the very wide range of offerings from others, from Classics to the Modern.

In Our Hearts It’s Spring
Snowdrops in their full glory are spread as downy pillows around the ankles of the still-bare trees. Daffodils are opening, oblivious to winter’s gales and showers, insistent that spring and sunshine are just around the corner. On a mid-February morning, early rehearsals for April’s full-on dawn chorus can be savoured; we listen, enraptured by the blackbird’s poignant warblings in the darkness, with the knowledge that the best is yet to come. And, although few trees show any sign of it yet, their sap is rising, too. There may be gales and hail outside, but, with the lengthening of days now apparent, winter is truly on the back foot. Above all, this is the time to take pleasure in singular things. The fattened buds of camellias are primed, ready to burst forth with just a few more degrees Celsius. Look around your feet on that bright-green mossy bank in the churchyard and a precocious primrose has opened here and there … Few poets come to our assistance to define the fleeting cusp of winter and spring, preferring instead to focus on midwinter’s pared-back gloom or true spring’s generous abundance. Emily Dickinson, the reclusive New England poet, got it, however: ‘When March is scarcely here/A colour stands abroad/On solitary hills/That silence cannot overtake,/But human nature feels.’ Or, to paraphrase a popular song: it may be winter outside, but in our hearts it’s spring. ~ Country Life, 21 February

Sunday 18 February 2018

Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace
From Pope Francis: Faced with the tragic continuation of conflict in several parts of the world, I invite all faithful to a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for peace on this coming Friday of the First Week of Lent. We will offer this in particular to the populations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and of South Sudan. As on other similar occasions, I also invite non-Catholic and non-Christian brothers and sisters to participate in this initiative in the ways they consider most appropriate, but all together.

Lenten Alms Appeal
St Cuthbert‘s Care seeks our support this Lent for its Hardship Fund which offers financial assistance to older people of limited means who wish to reside in its nursing homes. The charity also is seeking volunteers to work in its two homes – no experience is necessary, just a friendly face and a little free time is all that is required. Please contact Nicola Milne on 0191 242 4809 or email her at  nicola.milne@stcuthbertscare.org.uk

First Holy Communion
Parents of children in Year 4 or above who wish for them to make their First Holy Communion are asked to make themselves known to Cathy Corcoran in the hall after 10am Mass today (even if they have contacted her already). If unable to meet, please email the parish office.

Poetry Group
From Judith Dryhurst: Our next meeting is this Wednesday at 7pm in the hall with the theme of Fracture. With or without a poem, you will be most welcome to join us.

Youth Ministry
From the Youth Ministry Trust: Parishioners who are concerned about how we can support young people on their faith journey are invited to a co-workers’ gathering at the Emmaus Village next Sunday at 3.00pm.  Refreshments will be served from 2.15pm. There are a number of opportunities that YMT will share with you and this will also be a time to share good practice and network with other parts of the diocese. Please let YMT know if you are taking part on 01207 592 244 or at admin@ymt.org

Youth Mass
Any young members of our congregation willing to read the Intercessions, welcome, bake cakes, join in a music group or assist in any way with the next  Youth Mass on Sunday 4 March at 10am should telephone Ruth Gibson on 07943 710 345.

Wine Club
All tickets for the M & S tasting on Thursday 15 March must be paid for by next Sunday to allow time to organise the redeemable vouchers. Tickets are available after both Masses today or from the Parish Office. More details to follow.

Modern Language Classes
Last year our language classes supported SightsaversThe Smile Trainand Guide Dogs for the Blind. This year the following classes for charity are on offer and will run on Mondays from 6-7pm in the Hall. The cost is £30 for 6 lessons. (1) French (Intermediate Level), March 12-April 23, excluding Easter Monday; (2) Italian (Holiday/Beginners) July 2-16 and September 3-17. An Italian Intermediate class may also be offered in early September (details to be confirmed). Please sign the list at the back of Church if you are interested in any of these.

Wedding Bells
Congratulations to Amelia Richardson and Stephen Yates who were married at Holy Name on Monday. We wish them a happy and long life together.

Holy Name Book Club
We meet on 28 February to discuss Nutshell by Ian McEwan. The book for March is Slow Horses by Mick Herron (formerly of Mitchell Avenue, Jesmond).

Day by Day
The Day by Day booklets – containing the Scripture readings and a short reflection for each day of the Lenten season – are now on sale in the piety shop.

Hugging Children
When I was training for the volunteer reading scheme in schools we were told that on no account should there be any physical contact with the children. If, for example, a very young child tried to take your hand to show the way to the classroom you were to distract them and not take it. If a child was upset, you were not to put an arm round them or wipe away their tears. This in a building full of people, where it was compulsory to keep doors open when teaching individual children. Common sense has gone out of the window. ~ Brenda Wolfe, Liverpool, in a letter to THE TIMES, 9 February.

Deliver Us from the Evil of Plastic

The Church of England has issued a set of climate-conscious commandments to reduce the amount of plastic we use over Lent … The guide was partly inspired by Blue Planet, the acclaimed BBC series that highlighted the damage wreaked in the oceans by discarded plastic. Avoiding over-packaged food, ordering milk in glass bottles, and buying loose fruit and vegetables from local food markets would help, while the guide also advises: “Avoid plastic pens and giveaways. Try using a refillable fountain pen or pencils.” Bamboo toothbrushes can replace the plastic variety, while clothes with synthetic fibres should be avoided. The guide focuses on five areas, including food, kitchen and bathroom products, clothing, general homeware, and travel items. Disposable razors, liquid hand soap and wet wipes are out of bounds, while you should also stick a “No junk mail” sign on your letterbox. ~ THE TIMES

Sunday 11 February 2018

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Rafaela Alice Soares, daughter of Orlando and Katy, who is being baptised today.

The Season of Lent
From Wednesday this week to Maundy Thursday on 29 March, we are invited to rebuild our relationship with God through three ancient practices that have stood the test of time and are observed by most of the world’s religions – almsgiving, prayer and fasting. The traditional ritual of being signed with ashes at the start of the season will take place during Mass on Wednesday – Ash Wednesday – at 10am and 7pm. You will be very welcome to take part.

Day by Day
The Day by Day booklets – containing the Scripture readings for each day of the Lenten season along with a brief reflection – are now on sale in the piety shop for £1 each.

Biscuits
Thank you to everyone who took 98 packets of biscuits and 6 cakes to church last week for the Diocesan Refugee Service. A small amount of cosmetics and clothing plus £57 in cash was donated also.

Youth Mass
From Ruth Gibson: Our next Youth Mass will take place on Sunday 4 March at 10am. Any young members of our congregation willing to read the Intercessions, welcome, bake cakes, join in a music group or assist in any way should contact Ruth Gibson on 07943 710 345 or catch her at Mass!

Oral History of the Parish
From Clare Roberts: To mark the 90th anniversary of the opening of our church, we are looking to create an oral history of the parish. We want to collect memories from people of all ages to produce sound-bites of our parish accompanied by photographs to record what we have achieved over the years. To do this we need people with good editing and IT skills. If anyone is interested in either taking part or helping with production, please add your name to the list at the back of church or contact me by email at clare.robson@nhs.net

Holy Name Wine Club
The next event will take place on Thursday 15 March and will focus on six wines, three reds and three whites, from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa with a glass of sparkling on arrival. This will be a private tasting with “nibbles” hosted by Marks and Spencer, in the first floor cafe of their Northumberland Street store, from 6 – 8 pm. Tickets are £10 and will be redeemable against the purchase of any wine in the store, either on the evening or within one week of the tasting. A limited number of £5 tickets are available for non-imbibers who can also opt for the £10 ticket in order to receive a redeemable voucher. Tickets are available after both Masses today or from Barbara Cooper at the Parish Office.  All tickets must be paid for by Sunday 25 February to enable M & S to organise the £10 vouchers.

Hospice Service
Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth today at 4pm. You are very welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own friends.

Poetry Group
From Judith Dryhurst: We meet again on Wednesday 21 February at 7pm in the hall. Our theme this month is Fracture. With or without a poem, you will be most welcome to join us.

Wedding
We offer our best wishes to Amelia Richardson and Stephen Yates who are marrying at Holy Name tomorrow, Monday, at 11am.

Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: Poetry and love are on the cards this month of Saint Valentine. On Friday 16 February at 7pm, we will be showing Bright Star, written and directed by Jane Campion in 2009 and starring Ben Wishaw and Abbie Cornish. The film observes the growing relationship between the poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne in Regency Hampstead and is a beautiful, thoughtful evocation of its subjects and time; with strong performances from the cast, but most especially from Cornish as Brawne and Wishaw as Keats, it is a film which one critic has described as “an artistic monument to his life, love, poetry and soul”. No need to book but take along your own drinks and snacks.

Holy Name Book Club
Our book for February is Nutshell by Ian McEwan. It retells Shakespeare‘s play Hamlet from the point of view of an unborn child. Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home – a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse – but not with John. Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb.
Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world’s master storytellers
(goodreads.com). We will meet on Wednesday 28 February at 7pm in the hall.

Our life is love and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusation against another, but praying for one another and helping another up with a tender hand. ~ Isaac Penington, Quaker, 1616–1679

Sunday 4 February 2018

Youth Mass
From Ruth Gibson: There will be a Youth Mass at 10am on Sunday 4 March. Anyone wishing to read the Intercessions, welcome, bake cakes, join in a music group or assist in any way should contact Ruth Gibson on 07943 710345 or catch her at Mass!

Justice and Peace Group
From John Waddell: Christopher Robson from Aid to the Church in Needwill give a talk on ‘Israel and the Middle East Now’ in the hall on Wednesday at 7pm. A discussion will follow and all are welcome.

Biscuits
Thank you to everyone taking biscuits to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Service. Cash also may be donated for the charity’s Emergency Fund.

Oral History of the Parish
From Clare Roberts: We are looking to create an oral history of the parish, collecting memories from people of all ages to produce sound-bites of our church accompanied by photographs to record what we have achieved over the years. To do this we need people with good editing and IT skills. If anyone is interested in either taking part or helping with production, please add your name to the list at the back of church or contact me by email at clare.robson@nhs.net

Poetry Group
From Judith Dryhurst: Our next meeting on Wednesday 21 February at 7pm in the hall will have the theme of Fracture.  All are welcome, with or without a previously published poem.

Who, being loved, is poor?~ Oscar Wilde

Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: Poetry and love are on the cards for the February (month of Saint Valentine) Film Club. On Friday 16 February at 7pm, we will be showing Bright Star, written and directed by Jane Campion in 2009 and starring Ben Wishaw and Abbie Cornish. The film observes the growing relationship between the poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne in Regency Hampstead and is a beautiful, thoughtful evocation of its subjects and time; with strong performances from the cast, but most especially from Cornish as Brawne and Wishaw as Keats, it is a film which one critic has described as “an artistic monument to his life, love, poetry and soul”. No need to book but take along your own drinks and snacks (and friends are welcome too).

Hospice Service
Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth next Sunday at 4pm. You are very welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own friends.

Coach Crash
Welcome home to Michael and Kathryn Howard who, following their coach crash in La Gomera, returned to Jesmond on Friday.

Day by Day
The penitential season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on 14 February. The Day by Day booklets – containing the Scripture readings for each day of the season along with a brief reflection – will be on sale in the piety shop for £1 each next week.

Parish Trip to Lake Iseo, Italy
The trip is now full with 34 parishioners and friends booked to travel on 1 October. Those who have not yet paid their deposit of £80 per person should drop a cheque, made payable to “Church of the Holy Name”, into the presbytery or contact Barbara Cooper at the parish office (details are on the front of this newsletter) for BACS details.

Holy Name Wine Club
The next event will take place on Thursday 15 March and will focus on six wines, three reds and three whites, from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa with a glass of sparkling on arrival. This will be a private tasting with “nibbles” hosted by Marks and Spencer, in the first floor cafe of their Northumberland Street store, from 6-8 pm. Tickets are £10 and will be redeemable against the purchase of any wine in the store, either on the evening or within one week of the tasting. Tickets will be available from next Sunday after 10.00 Mass or from Barbara Cooper, Parish Secretary.  All tickets must be paid for by Sunday 25 February to enable M & S to organise the £10 vouchers.

Homosexual Partnerships
The vice-president of the German Catholic bishops’ conference has called for deeper discussion on church blessings for homosexual partnerships. Bishop Franz Josef Bode, who has headed the diocese of Osnabruck since 1995, said in an interview published on 10 January in the daily Neue Osnabrucker Zeitung that while “a homosexual relationship is very often first of all categorised as a grievous sin,” the Church had to “think about how to arrive at a differentiated evaluation of a relationship between two homosexual human beings. One can, for example, think about a blessing, which cannot be mistaken for a marriage celebration,” he said. (The Tablet, 20 January)

On the Mend
From Fr Campion: Thank you to everybody who has offered prayers and sent good wishes following my recent foot surgery. Progress, by its nature, is slow but, all going well, the cast will be removed in mid-April. Then, after a few weeks of physiotherapy, I hope to be “dancing in the street”. Meanwhile, I am most grateful to everybody involved in the smooth running of the parish in my absence, including Fr Carroll and Fr Hopper, and, not least, our Parish Secretary, Barbara Cooper.

Sunday 28 January 2018

First Holy Communion
Parents who have children aged 8 or older in June (Year 4 pupils or older) and wish for them to make their First Holy Communion are requested to contact Mrs Cathy Corcoran, c/o the parish office as soon as possible.

Book Club
You will be very welcome to take part in our next meeting to discuss Troubles by JG Farrell, on Wednesday at 7pm in the hall. February’s selection is Nutshell by Ian McEwen and the choice for March is The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrere. Future selections will include Midwinter Break by Bernard McLaverty, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stroud, The Children of Dynmouth by William Trevor and Slow Horses by Mick Herron.

Parish Trip to Lake Iseo, Italy
The trip is now full with 36 parishioners and friends booked to travel on 1 October. Those who have not yet paid their deposit of £80 per person should drop a cheque made payable to “Church of the Holy Name”, into the presbytery or contact Barbara Cooper at the parish office for BACS details.

Parish Finances
Copies of the Annual Finance Report are available at the back of church.

Justice and Peace Group
From John Waddell: Christopher Robson of “Aid for the Church in Need” will give a talk on ‘Israel and the Middle East Now’ on Wednesday 7 February at 7pm in the hall, followed by discussion. All are welcome.

Gift Aid Envelopes
For the next financial year we will not be distributing  offertory envelopes to every Gift Aider. Those who wish to continue donating by envelope will still be able to have an allocated Gift Aid envelope.  For those who donate by Standing Order, please let Barbara Cooper in the parish office know if you also require an envelope, as most of the envelopes are uncollected or unused. This should reduce our costs.

Gift Aid
For anyone who is not currently a Gift Aid donor and wishes to sign up to the scheme, there are forms at the back of church for you to complete. Hand in the declaration to the parish office and send the Standing Order mandate to your bank. By signing up, the Inland Revenue will be giving an extra 25p to Holy Name for every £1 you donate. [Remember, though, that you must be a UK tax payer to become a Gift Aid donor.] For existing donors who wish to increase their Standing Order donations or create a new one, please take a mandate form and send directly to your bank. Contact the parish office if you have any queries.

Biscuits
Please remember to take biscuits to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Service. You may donate cash if you wish for its Emergency Fund.

Holocaust Memorial Day
Yesterday was Holocaust Memorial Day. In cities and towns across the United Kingdom, events were held to mark the liberation of Auschwitz and to remember the evil and injustice which has characterised genocide wherever it has appeared. Holocaust Memorial Day puts us on our guard against what happens when prejudice and racism are allowed to go unchallenged. Please take a card from the back of church for more information.

90th Anniversary Celebrations
We have booked HMS Calliope on the Tyne for a parish wide celebration on Saturday 23 June.  Watch this space for more details.

Oral History of the Parish
From Clare Roberts: We are looking to create an oral history of the parish, collecting memories from people of all ages to produce sound-bites of our church accompanied by photographs to record what we have achieved over the years. To do this we need people with good editing and IT skills. If anyone is interested in either taking part or helping with production, please add your name to the list at the back of church or contact Clare by email clare.robson@nhs.net

Vacancies
The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has the following vacancy: Parish Secretary, Our Lady and St Columba Wallsend, 10 hours per week, 12 month fixed term contract. Closing date: 31 January. For further information and how to apply please visit  www.rcdhn.org.uk call 0191 243 3301 or email human.resources@diocesehn.org.uk

Poetry Group
From Judith Dryhurst: The February meeting will be at 7pm in the hall on Wednesday 21 February with the theme of “Fracture”.  All are welcome, with or without a poem.

A Retreat for Young Women
“Deep calls to Deep” – A retreat for young women with the Religious of the Sacred Heart, Fenham, from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March.  For further details contact Sr Barbara Sweeney 0191 272 3000 or www.societysacredheart.org.uk

New to the Parish?
Please complete a Parish Registration Form 2018 available at the back of church and pop it into the blue box.

Theresa Lowe RIP
The Requiem Mass for Theresa, formerly of Buston Terrace, Jesmond, who died on 31 December, takes place tomorrow, Monday 22 January at 12 noon. Requiescat in pace.

Sunday 21 January 2018

Theresa Lowe RIP
The Funeral Service for Theresa, formerly of Buston Terrace, Jesmond, who died on 31 December, takes place on Monday 22 January at 12 noon. Requiescat in pace.

Holocaust Memorial Evening
On Tuesday at 7pm in St Mary’s School, Benton Park Road, Mr Simon Wallfisch will tell the story of his Grandmother, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a survivor of Auschwitz and Belsen. All are welcome.

First Holy Communion
Parents who have children aged 8 or older in June and wish for them to make their First Holy Communion are requested to contact Mrs Cathy Corcoran, c/o the parish office as soon as possible at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk.

The Holy Name Afternoon Tea Club
People of all ages – and of all faiths and none – are welcome to meet in our hall any Thursday from 2.00 to 4.00pm. A typical menu comprises finger sandwiches; freshly baked scones; fruit tea bread or similar; cakes such as lemon, cherry or raspberry. Everything served is home made. There is also a weekly raffle, the ticket being included in the £2 entry fee. You do not need to book beforehand – just come along and enjoy company, conversation and delicious food. All are welcome.

Diocesan Refugee Project
We have had some amazing and moving feedback from a gentleman who received one of the gift envelopes after Christmas. He tells us it made a huge difference to him and thanks us for our generosity at his time of great need.

An Invitation
I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord” The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. ~ Pope Francis, ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ [3]

Parish Mini-Retreat?
Later this year, all going well, I wonder if it would be possible for us to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation (above) by exploring how to go about having ‘a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ’? We could do this, possibly, in a parish mini-retreat, as part of our 90th anniversary celebrations? Other suggestions are welcome. ~ Fr Campion

Migrants and Refugees
On 8 January, addressing diplomats assigned to the Vatican, Pope Francis explained again in no uncertain terms our moral obligation to welcome and protect migrants and refugees. He challenged these national representatives about political rhetoric used against migrants “only for the sake of stirring up primal fears.” Francis told them to “abandon the familiar rhetoric and start from the essential consideration that we are dealing, above all, with persons.” (National Catholic Reporter)

Book Club
You will be very welcome to take part in our next meeting to discuss Troubles by JG Farrell, on Wednesday 31 January at 7pm in the hall. February’s selection is Nutshell by Ian McEwen and the choice for March is The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrere. Future selections will include Midwinter Break by Bernard McLaverty, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stroud, The Children of Dynmouth by William Trevor and Slow Horses by Mick Herron.

Parish Trip to Lake Iseo, Italy
Following two successful trips abroad, our next holiday is to Italy from 1 – 5 October. The cost will be £650 approximately, flying from Newcastle to Milan with options for single or double rooms. The itinerary includes a visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady, hands-on pasta making, a visit to vineyards near Adro, olive oil tasting, a visit to the Chapel of St Nicolò, Lazise, the weekly market and Sirmione on Lake Garda, a trip to the stunning city of Bergamo, the ferry to Monte Isola with optional canoeing as well as plenty of free time and options for group meals. Interested?  Please leave your name at the back of church or email the parish office. A deposit of £80 is now due. Cheques to ‘Holy Name’, or contact the office for BACS details.

Wine Club
Our next tasting on Spanish wines is this Friday 26 January at 7pm.  Tickets are sold out. Tasting glasses priced £2.50 will be available if needed.

Justice and Peace Group
From John Waddell: Christopher Robson of “Aid for the Church in Need” will give a talk on ‘ Israel and the Middle East Now’ Wednesday 7 February 7pm in the hall followed by discussion. All welcome.

Parish Finances
Copies of the Annual Finance Report are available at the back of church.

Church Cleaning
Thank you to the two teams, consisting of Christina Cook, Judith Dryhurst, Lorraine Lee, Cathy Price, Tessa Burton Roberts, Jo Wilson and Susie Weidner who give generously of their time and effort to cleaning our church.

Finally…
Fr Michael is recovering well from his operation and thanks you all for your prayers and good wishes.

Sunday 14 January 2018

A Welcoming Church
From visitors to Holy Name at Christmas: We recently visited Jesmond and attended Mass at Holy Name.  What a joy to see your “welcome” notice outside the church and repeated in your weekly newsletter.   If only all our churches adopted this Christian attitude!   I will certainly suggest it to our local churches in Leamington Spa.

Thank You
Many thanks to everyone who last Sunday donated the 140 packets of biscuits (and a lovely selection of chocolates); a good amount of cosmetics, boots and clothing; £10 in cash; and a further two gift cards containing £5 each for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Poetry Group
You are welcome to join Wednesday’s meeting at 7pm in the hall. You are invited to take along and share a previously published poem that is light-hearted and leads to laughter.

Film Club 2018
On Friday Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, directed by Howard Hawks in 1953 and starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, will be shown in the hall at 7pm. Admission is free and you are welcome to take your own drinks and snacks – and as many friends as you wish or just come along on your own. There’s room for everyone!

First Holy Communion
Parents who have children aged 8 or older in June and wish for them to make their First Holy Communion are requested to contact Mrs Cathy Corcoran, c/o the parish office as soon as possible at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk .

Peace Sunday
Today in England and Wales the Church celebrates the 51st World Peace Day. In his message, Pope Francis draws our attention to the tens of thousands of people around the globe who have been displaced and forced to leave their homes because of violence, famine or climate-related disasters. In response he asks us to be ‘seekers of peace’ and to do what we can to support them.

Parish Trip to Lake Iseo, Italy
Following two successful trips abroad, our next holiday is planned to Italy from 1 – 5 October. The cost will be £650 approximately, flying directly from Newcastle to Milan and with options for single or double rooms. The itinerary will include a visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady, hands-on pasta making, a visit to vineyards near Adro, olive oil tasting, a visit to the Chapel of St Nicolò, Lazise, the weekly market and Sirmione on Lake Garda, a trip to the stunning city of Bergamo, the ferry to Monte Isola with optional canoeing on Lake Iseo as well as plenty of free time and options for group meals. If you are interested, please leave your name at the back of church or email the parish office welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk . A deposit of £80 is required by 19 January. Cheques to Holy Name please or contact the office for BACS details.

Theresa Lowe RIP
The Requiem Mass for Theresa, formerly of Buston Terrace, Jesmond, who died on 31 December, takes place on Monday 22 January at 12 noon. We offer our condolences to her family. Requiescat in pace.

Getting to Know You …
Freshly brewed coffee, tea and juice for children are served on Sundays in the hall after 10am. Why not go along and meet fellow parishioners?

You are welcome to take part in an hour of quiet prayer on Tuesday from 7pm at 31 Hartside Gardens.

‘Get Me Back on My Feet Again’
I am due to be admitted to hospital on Tuesday for foot surgery, following which I will be immobile for at least 12 weeks. During this time Fr Philip Carroll will celebrate Mass on Sundays and Tuesdays, and Fr Paul Hopper will do so on Fridays. Thank you for the good wishes and promises of prayers that I have received from so many people. ~ Fr Campion

Wine Club: A Taste of Spain
There are a few tickets left – at £10 each – for the next tasting on Friday 26 January at 7pm in the hall. This tasting of Spanish wines will be conducted by Bill Ridley, formerly chief wine buyer for Vaux Breweries Ltd (which included Swallow Hotels and Blayney Wines).

Book Club
You will be very welcome to take part in our next meeting to discuss Troubles by JG Farrell, on Wednesday 31 January at 7pm in the hall. February’s selection is Nutshell by Ian McEwen and the choice for March is The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrere. Future selections will include Midwinter Break by Bernard McLaverty, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stroud, The Children of Dynmouth by William Trevor and Slow Horses by Mick Herron.

This is about the moment in the new year when people begin to notice blackbirds singing. Until quite recent years, this significant moment did not come till the beginning of February. However, bird song altogether is starting distinctly earlier nowadays in this country. The start of blackbird song is significant simply because it looks forward to some of the greatest days in the British summer, when evening after evening, in town and country, the air is filled with the wonderful lazy fluting of blackbirds on roofs and in gardens. Just now one only hears brief snatches of the husky, mellow notes, often from a low tree in the hour before dusk, sometimes in a city square where the temperature is higher than outside in the countryside. It will be worth pausing to listen for in the coming weeks. ~ Derwent May

Sunday 7 January 2018

Parish AGM
Our parish’s Annual General Meeting takes place today in the hall after 10am Mass. As it is the feast of the Epiphany, stollen, sherry and tea/coffee will be served as well. The main areas for discussion are the annual Financial Report, our Jesmond St Mary’s Partnership and how to fittingly celebrate the 90th anniversary of our church building 2018/19. All are welcome.

Getting to Know You …
Freshly brewed coffee, tea and juice for children are served on Sundays in the hall after 10am. Why not take part and meet fellow parishioners?

Justice and Peace
From John Waddell: The Parish Justice and Peace Group meets on Wednesday this week at 6 pm in the parish centre.  We are a small group aiming to do a few things throughout the year to promote causes of concern at home and abroad. If you may be interested, please join us. All are welcome.

Gifts for Christmas
Thank you to everyone who contributed £860 through our Gift Card scheme for the 140 destitute clients of the Diocesan Refuge Project.  This means that they each now can receive £6 each. Thank you also to everyone taking some biscuits to church today for the 400 clients supported by the Project.

Wine Club: A Taste of Spain
The next tasting will be on Friday 26 January at 7pm in the hall and will focus on Spanish wines. Tickets are on sale today at £10 each and a limited number will be available at £5 for non-imbibers. ‘Nibbles’ to accompany the wines will be available also.

Partnership New Priest
The induction of Fr Mariadass, the new parish priest of St Teresa’s, Heaton and St Aidan’s, Benton, will take place in St Teresa’s Church, Heaton Road on Tuesday at 6.30pm. All are welcome.

Holy Name Book Club
You will be very welcome to take part in our next meeting discussing Troubles by JG Farrell, on Wednesday 31 January at 7pm in the hall.

New to Holy Name?
If you have recently started going to Mass at Holy Name, welcome! If you have not done so already, please complete a Registration Form available at the back of church.

Theresa Lowe RIP
We offer our condolences to the family of Theresa, formerly of Buston Terrace, Jesmond, who died on 31 December. The Funeral Mass will take place on Monday 22 January at 12 noon. Requiescat in pace.

‘The Lord God Made Them All’
On these winter days, blackbirds that come into gardens often try to chase out any other blackbirds that come down to join them there. The females, which are not black but brown, seem particularly aggressive, even though the other blackbirds may include their own offspring or even their last summer’s mate. It all seems a rather futile waste of feeding time, because the birds they chase flit off yet rarely go very far. However, the instinct to guard a food territory may serve a bird’s interest in the long run. It is noticeable that the presence of some blackbirds in a garden will frequently attract other species. A dunnock, or hedge sparrow, comes and starts creeping about under dead plants. One or two great tits explore some bushes. Then a pairof jays appear and strut magisterially about the lawn. They probably all feel a greater sense of security with other birds’ eyes looking out for danger too. ~ Derwent May

Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven. ~ Pope Francis

Poetry Group
For the next meeting – on 17 January – you are invited to choose a previously published poem that is light-hearted and leads to laughter.

Hearing the Cry of the Poor and the Earth
From the Diocesan Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council: The Diocesan Directors have approved a policy for Social and Environmental Justice within the Diocese. It is a response to Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato Si in which he calls for an ‘Integral Ecology’ that seeks the Common Good for the whole of God’s creation. He challenges us to hear and respond both to the cries of the earth and the poor. The diocesan policy, called Hearing the Cry of the Poor and the Earth, outlines activities we can undertake in parishes as part of our communal response. It also highlights our own personal responsibilities in sustaining the Common Good, the dignity of the human person and what Pope Francis states in his understanding of the earth’s ecology, ‘Our Common Home’.

New Refugee Project Worker
From the Diocesan Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council: Leah Stephenson has been appointed to the new position of Project Worker for the Diocesan Refugee Project in Newcastle. John Dowling will continue on a voluntary basis to be the Project Manager. He hopes that Leah’s appointment will allow him to have the time to develop relationships with other refugee support groups in the north-east. We thank John for the dedication, wisdom and commitment he has shown since he became Project Manager in October 2016 and for securing the necessary funding for this new role.

‘Somebody’ said you know how to be a mother by instinct. ‘Somebody’ never took a three year old shopping.

Sunday 31 December 2017

Requiescant in Pace
The Funeral Mass for Win Parker will take place on Friday at 11am. We extend our condolences to her son, Martin, his family and all Win’s friends. We also offer our condolences to Margaret Clare on the death of her brother, George, in Glasgow.

Family Night
From Ruth Gibson: On Saturday we are holding a Family Pizza, Music and Games Night at the Parish Centre from 6-9pm.    Please let me know if you and family would like to join in – if you can, bring a board game or idea of any sort of game that would be great. Please bring drinks and either crisps or a little something for shared dessert.   Also let me know your pizza preference so that we can place the order from Dominos in time. You can email me at mrsruthgibson@yahoo.co.uk or telephone 07943 710345.

Christmas Collections
The Offertory Collection at the 3pm Christmas Eve Mass for families with small children raised £685 for the Diocesan Refugee Project. The other collections for the running of the parish amounted to £1,130. Thank you for such wonderful generosity.

Christmas at Holy Name
Thank you to choir director Tessa Burton-Roberts, organist Gavin Hardy and the choir members for their superb singing at the Carols and Christmas Eve Mass.  Thank you also to our regular church cleaners, sacristans and all those who decorated the church so beautifully for the Christmas celebrations.

Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst. ~ Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Gifts for Christmas
At present the Diocesan Refuge Project is supporting over 400 refugees per week in our city.  Thank you to everyone who put £5 in a Gift Card for the 140 destitute refugees who are awaiting deportation – over £700 was raised which means that they all will receive a gift. And please remember to take some biscuits to church next Sunday for all the clients supported by the Project.

Quiet Prayer
On Tuesday you are welcome to take part in an hour of quiet prayer – for peace and for the intentions of the Parish in the coming year – at 50 Bemersyde Drive from 7-8pm.  Please let Ruth Gibson know if you wish to take part, telephone 07943 710345.

Holy Name Parish AGM
From Catherine Hearne: Our parish’s Annual General Meeting will take place next Sunday in the hall after 10am Mass. It will be the feast of the Epiphany and stollen and sherry will be on offer. The main areas for discussion will be the annual Financial Report, our Jesmond St Mary’s Partnership and events to celebrate the 90th anniversary of our church building 2018/19. All are welcome.

Wine Club: A Taste of Spain
The next tasting will be on Friday 26 January at 7 pm in the hall and will focus on Spanish wines. Tickets will be on sale next Sunday at £10 each and a limited number will be available at £5 for non-imbibers. ‘Nibbles’ will be available also.

Hospice Service
Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth today at 4pm. You are very welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own friends.

The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. ~ Pope Francis

Holy Name Book Club
Would you like to join our Book Club but feel you might be a little bit ‘out of your depth’? If your go to the next meeting on 23 January at 7pm in the hall (on Towers Avenue) you will see what a friendly, chatty and ‘normal’ group of people we are. You can be as forthright as you wish with your opinions of the book or just listen to others and enjoy the wine. The meeting lasts about an hour and usually comprises between 10 and 15 people. Our January book is the novel Troubles by JG Farrell. Get reading!

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. ~ Mark Twain

Holy Name Film Club 2018
On Friday 19 January we will be showing Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, directed by Howard Hawks in 1953 and starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. Admission is free and you take along your own drinks and snacks – and as many friends as you wish or just come along on your own.

It’s a Dog’s Life?
A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family,or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones. Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

Happy New Year
As we are about to leave another year behind and enter a new one, thank you to everyone who organises and carries out all the voluntary roles in our parish. In our growing parish, thank you also to all who support Holy Name throughout the year. I am most grateful for such faithful and generous service and I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year. ~ Fr Campion