All Masses at Holy Name are live-streamed.
To take part, click here. For the Scripture readings and prayers for Mass click here. You are welcome beforehand to send in your prayer intentions to be offered during Mass.

If you wish to take part in any public Mass or Service (currently on Sundays and Tuesdays) you must reserve a place in advance by emailing or telephoning (0191) 281 0940, stating your name, telephone number, the date of the Mass and the number in your party. As Sunday Masses are beginning to be fully booked, please consider taking part in Masses on Tuesdays instead. We are under no obligation to attend Mass on a Sunday – the Sunday obligation is still suspended. And, please, do not go to Mass if you are experiencing any signs of Covid-19 or feeling unwell in any way

Please remember also in your prayers the following who are ill – Desmond Bell, Michael Prindiville, Jane Noble, Peter Lindblom, John Regan, Peter Nicholson, Susan Greener, Christopher Levant, Christine Wickens, Brian Wheeler, Claire Lamont, Mark Holder, Ambrose Mulroy, Mary Drinkald, Kathleen Belshaw, Willie Cusker, Alice Hagman, Melvyn Elbury, Josie Mulligan, Charlotte Elliott, Kieran Corcoran, Jack Leonard, Ian Peacock and Mary O’Brien. May the Lord grant them comfort, strengthen them in their weakness, take away their fear and give them his peace.

Thank you to everyone continuing to support the parish by Standing Order or by cheque. Your generosity over the past year of this pandemic is greatly appreciated, especially as we have been unable to hold the usual Offertory collections at Mass since March 2020. If you wish to start contributing by Standing Order, here are the payment details: DHN Newcastle The Holy Name , Sort code: 40-34-18, Account number: 72010798.  Please add a reference (your name) so that we can identify your donation and please contact me by email or telephone (0191) 281 0940 to confirm your contact details.

Wednesday 21April 2021
(updated next on Sunday 25 April)

Last Sunday eight people failed to turn up for the Mass they had booked. This meant that those on the reserve list could have taken part if we had been notified. This is not the first time this has happened.

Live-streamed Mass this week:

Sunday – 10.00am (public)
Tuesday – 10am (public)
Wednesday – 10.00am
Thursday – 10am
Friday – 10am
Mass – 10.00am (public)

Canon Michael McCoy RIP
  ~ Please pray for the repose of the soul of Michael, Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral, who died on 10 April. He was 57 years of age. At the request of his family, Michael’s funeral will be held in private.

Homily, Third Sunday of Easter (B) 2021 click here

Pastoral practice on gay couples ‘has overtaken church teaching’ – click here

Fr. Stephen Wang, author of the world-wide Sycamore programme, will lead a diocesan virtual conversation on Wednesday, 7-8pm, about how we can make genuine human connections, share our Catholic faith and reach out for a real sense of community with a spirit of friendship. Booking is essential.  If you would like to attend, please register at

Sick and Retired Priests Fund ~ At the moment there are about 50 retired priests in the diocese and, as they age, many more will retire in the coming years. All will have given faithful service to the people of the diocese. The Fund to support them is open until the end of the month. Cheques payable to The Northern Brethren Fund may be posted or dropped off at the presbytery.

Many thanks to Bernard Kent who is helping out in the parish office while secretary Barbara Cooper is recuperating from her recent foot surgery.

Putin’s Russia –Today, Wednesday, at 2pm Professor David Saunders of Newcastle University and author of Russia in the Age of Reaction and Reform 1801-1881 will speak on ‘Putin’s Russia’. Anyone interested in joining the Zoom talk should contact Non-members are encouraged to join Jesmond U3A to avail all interest group activities after a couple of sessions. The May U3A monthly Zoom meeting will be held in conjunction with the Jesmond Festival as detailed on the Festival website.

Poetry Group – Tonight’s meeting via Zoom is on the theme ‘Family’. If you wish to take part – with or without your choice of a previously published poem – please email

For Friday’s Wine Club Zoom tasting, here are the selections: 
Waitrose Cava, £7.99; 
M &S
Pinot Grigio 2019 La Prendina Estate, £9.50; 
Lifili 2017 Salice Salentino, Majestic, £9:99 (£8:99 if you buy any 6); 
Pasqua ‘Passione e Sentimento’ Passimento Rosso 2017, Majestic, £9.99
John Maynard Keynes, born 1883, the English economist, journalist, and financier, best known for his economic theories (Keynesian economics) on the causes of prolonged unemployment, died on this day in 1946. His most important workThe General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1935–36), advocated a remedy for economic recession based on a government-sponsored policy of full employment.

First Holy Communion Classes ~
Having looked at the government guidelines, the earliest we could start classes would be late June. We feel that many parents and children are busy during the school Summer holiday so we suggest we start classes in September. We realise that children may be at different stages as some children have requested packs to work at home while other children may not have registered an interest. It would be very helpful if parents would let me know the name, age and if children have completed any of the scheme. (Cathy Corcoran

Refugee Project
~ We are now based at St Vincent’s, the SVP Support Centre ( formerly Blackfriars), on New Bridge Street, Newcastle  and are open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30 to 2pm. We need people to meet and greet our project users, help with food and clothing distribution, serve teas and coffees  and generally be a  welcoming presence . You do not need experience or specific knowledge about the asylum system, just a willingness to be a friendly welcoming presence in the lives of people who are seeking asylum in this country.  This is such vital service, especially when so many of our project users  are having to endure the impact of the increasingly  hostile environment directed towards those seeking  asylum .  We are especially interested to hear from people who could join our teams on Wednesdays and Fridays. If you would like to know more, please contact Sara, our project co-ordinator, at to arrange an informal discussion.

It’s the birthday of Charlotte Brontë, married name Mrs. Arthur Bell Nicholls, pseudonym Currer Bell, born 1816, the  English novelist noted for Jane Eyre, a strong narrative of a woman in conflict with her natural desires and social condition. The novel gave new truthfulness to Victorian fiction. She later wrote Shirley and Villette. She died1855 at Haworth, Yorkshire. 

Friday is World Book Night
and we’re delighted to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the annual celebration of reading. This year we are supported by our brilliant partner Specsavers, and our fantastic ambassador, Sandi Toksvig! On the night, The Reading Agency will be celebrating with two live-streamed events in partnership with The British Library. Kicking off the celebrations is Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Kate Mosse. Next, we invite every book lover, writer and reader of all ages to take part in the #ReadingHour from 7-8pm before we finish the night with our Books to Make You Smile event hosted by Sandi Toksvig, with David Nicholls, Bolu Babalola and Jamie Byng. It promises to be a memorable night so get your free tickets now at the British Library website.

Mark Twain, pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, born 1835, the American humourist, journalist, lecturer and novelist who acquired international fame for his travel narratives, especially The Innocents Abroad (1869), Roughing It (1872), and Life on the Mississippi (1883), and for his adventure stories of boyhood, especially The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), died on this day in 1910. A gifted raconteur, distinctive humourist, and irascible moralist, he transcended the apparent limitations of his origins to become a popular public figure and one of America’s best and most beloved writers.

Refugee Project
– The next collection will be on Saturday 8 May between 9 and 10am. Donations of tins of chickpeas and tinned fish (no tinned meat) are very welcome, as are toilet rolls, toiletries and sanitary products (but not tampons). PLEASE DO NOT DONATE ANY BEDDING OR CLOTHES until further notice. Enquiries should be directed to Sara Harris by email: or by telephone 07407 091184.

Refugee Project ~ Please note its bank account name has changed to DHN Justice and Peace Refugee Project.  If you wish to support the Project financially, you can pay by BACS to DHN Justice and Peace Refugee Project, sort code 40–34–18, account number 52854058. Alternatively, please send any cheques to Mrs Sara Harris, JPRP Co-ordinator, Justice and Peace Refugee Project, St Vincent’s Support Centre, New Bridge Street, Newcastle NE 1 2TQ. 

Laudato Si’ Gardening Group ~ A small local group has been established to reflect on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ and consider practical ways to use our land assets for the common good. The format of the meeting (called Laudato Si God’s Garden) is usually of a prayer and a short time of reflection on Laudato Si. The main focus is on our home and church gardens so we have a small presentation followed by sharing gardening tips and ideas on how we can use our gardens to help restore nature by encouraging wildlife and improving biodiversity. The group meets on the first Saturday of the month at 10:30am via Zoom and if you are interested please contact Clare Myers at

New Members
Please remember in your prayers Kevin Dresser, Trudy Gallagher, Mark and Julia Patterson who will be entering into the full Communion of the Church in Eastertide as soon as pandemic restrictions are eased.

Book Club – The postponed discussion of ‘On the Black Hill‘ by Bruce Chatwin will take place on Wednesday 5 May. The following meeting, on Wednesday 5 June, will discuss ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell. If you wish to take part in either Zoom discussion, please email Fr Campion. Future reads are

May ~ ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’ Farrell
June ~ Girl, Woman, Other’  by Bernadine Evaristo
July ~ Educated’  by Tara Westover
September ~ A Spy among Friends’ by Ben Macintyre
October ~ ‘In the Midst of Winter’ by Isabel Allende
November ~ ‘Nemesis’  by Philip Roth ..

The Bookshop at St Mary’s Cathedral (opposite Central Station) reopens this week: Thursday & Friday 10am-3pm, Saturday 9.45am-3pm, Sunday 8.30am-1pm

The Year of St Joseph ~ Pope Francis is asking Catholics worldwide this year to reflect on the life of St Joseph, husband of Mary and step-father of Jesus. In an Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. The Holy Father wrote Patris corde against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

Bishop Robert Byrne will preside at a Celebration of Marriage and Family Life Mass in the Cathedral on Saturday 22 May at 12:00 noon which will be both an open Mass and live streamed. Couples celebrating significant anniversaries in 2021 are especially welcome but the Mass is open to all married and engaged couples preparing for marriage, those who were married in the months prior to lockdown and since the last Mass in 2019. Also invited are those widowed and bereaved who were unable to visit wives and husbands in hospital and homes prior to their deaths. Due to the limited capacity and in keeping with the current COVID restrictions, anyone wishing to attend the Mass MUST BOOK in advance by contacting the Cathedral office on 0191 232 6953 or emailing Anyone celebrating a significant anniversary should also provide the details of this at the time of booking and a certificate of celebration will be offered.

Community Organising in the North East: An Ecumenical Conversation ( Wednesday 5 May,18.30 – 20.30) ~  Over the last five years Christians have been working alongside people of other faiths, and none, to challenge the injustices that shape our communities in the North East. During this online event we want to share some of the stories of how together we have empowered people to tackle low wages, mental health provisions, hate crime, free-school meal access and climate change. Along with the Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, and the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Robert Byrne, we will be asking how community organising is part of our faith journeys.  Storytelling is at the heart of challenging injustice and we hope our stories will engage and inspire you. Please sign up: 

Blessed John Ingram Petition ~ Blessed John Ingram (1565 – 1594) is a local Reformation martyr who was executed on Gateshead High Street for ministering to the faithful of this region. During his ministry, he was assisted and sheltered by local aristocrats, but was eventually apprehended and convicted on a charge of high treason. An on-line petition for his canonisation has been set up to gain support for his cause. For the petition and more information, please click here. You can also read more about him in our Northern Saints pages.

The Little Sisters of the Poor in Newcastle have a fundraising appeal in response to the increasing pressures faced by St. Joseph’s Care Home during the current pandemic. They are appealing for support to help safeguard the Home and meet the ever-evolving needs of the Sisters, staff and residents. Donations will enable them to purchase extra essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves, sanitising gel, eye protection, face masks, safety clothing and chemical cleaning products to comply with all health and safety regulations. All donations will be gratefully received and will make a real difference to the lives of the Home’s vulnerable elderly residents. Cheques made payable to ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ may be sent to St Joseph’s Home, Westmoreland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7QA. Alternatively, you can make a secure, online donation, by visiting;

The St Vincent de Paul Support Centre on Newbridge Street in Newcastle (NE1 2TQ) provides support to people and families struggling in a time of need.  The Centre offers free hot weekly meals, food parcels, clothing and toiletry packs. It also has a charity shop and cafe. Donations of the following are always welcome ~ food to support its food bank, ladies, men’s & children’s clothing / shoes, bags & accessories, bedding, curtains and blankets.  Donations can be dropped at the Centre, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. You can follow the Centre’s work on Facebook at and on Twitter – @VinniesSVP . For more information or to find out how you can make a donation to support this work, please telephone (0191) 2616027

Holy Name Church is an active partner in Jesmond Community Forum which organises the yearly Jesmond Community Festival.  Planning is progressing very well and an interesting timetable of events will take place throughout May 2021. Activities will mainly be on line, although if the government covid  roadmap goes to plan, some live events may be possible towards the end of May. As Covid restrictions mean that the usual leafleting cannot take place, all the latest information on events is available at – extra events are still being added – so keep checking at ~ Susan Carr

Jesmond Festival Update ~ Due to demand, two extra circular walk in the Reid Park Road area by John North have been added for Wednesday 12 May. If you are interested, please email to book a place and receive detailed instructions.

This year’s Glorious Gardens competition is open to all Jesmond gardeners with a little bit of paradise in front of their houses. Entries for gardens of all sizes are welcome, and there’s a special category for the best wildlife-friendly plot. To make the competition truly inclusive, this year there will be a prize for the prettiest single container. Email for details of how to enter. The closing date for entries is Tuesday 18 May and the awards will be presented on Friday 28 May.  

Catholic Social Teaching produces its own monthly newsletter. You can read or download the latest issue (April 2021) now.

Here is Mozart’s beautiful Kyrie from his ‘Mass in C Minor’

The St Anthony’s Youth Education Service
(“The Bostey”) supports children, young people and their families in in the parish of St Anthony’s in Walker.  Parishioners of Holy Name donated over £10,000 to the charity in our 90th anniversary year. The Service continues to need support and for a detailed report on how it is continuing to help during this pandemicDonations by BACS can be made to (Account Name) St Anthony’s Youth Education & Support Sort Code:   40-35-05,  Account:   41483641. Further details are available from Helen Woods-Waters at  In our 90th anniversary year, Holy Name members donated over £10,000 to this project.

Here Charles Gounod’s Sanctus from his Mass of St Cecilia.


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