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

Please remember the following who are ill –  Suzanne Christie, Simon Barker, Kathleen Belshaw, Claire Lamont, Christine Wickens, Jane Noble, Ian Smith, Paul Stanford, Michael Prindiville, John Regan, Mark Holder, Willie Cusker, Alice Hagman, Melvyn Elbury, Ian Peacock, Grace McCombie, Frank McCombie, Simon Davis, Beppe Mingarini, Susan Greener and Christopher Levant. May the Lord grant them comfort, strengthen them in their weakness, take away their fear and give them his peace.

Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart,
bring hope and courage to all who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring them hope that you will make them the equal of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.
—Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765

Requiescant in Pace – Please remember in your prayers Mary Relton (wife of David, Hartlepool), Mary Drinkald (mother of Kenneth) and Fr Michael Keoghan (retired) who have died. Mary Drinkald’s Requiem Mass takes place at St Cuthbert’s, Kenton on Wednesday 6 July at 10am. Fr Keoghan’s Requiem Mass will take place at St Joseph’s Church, Brooms on Monday at 11am. His body will be taken home to Ireland for burial. 

26 June 2022


Clare Robson is retiring after 50 years as a doctor and is intending to mark this event by walking 200 miles, coast to coast, from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay. Her aim is to raise awareness and money for MSF (Doctors Without Borders) for their brave work in Ukraine and Afghanistan. If you would consider supporting this project by donating to this charity, Clare should be very grateful


The Creation Window – Here are two photographs of the new windows which were dedicated recently.                                       

Designed by Bridget Jones and set in the curved bay at the rear of the church,, the design is based on the Prayer of St Francis – where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.  In addition to celebrating Creation, the windows honour the service of all who have helped through the time of fear and darkness of the Covid pandemic. Working as one piece visually, the windows include the themes of renewal, emergence, light in darkness, healing, seeking hope in the natural world, and inter-connectedness.

Homily, 13th Sunday of the Year C 2022

Holy Name Book Club – The next meeting is on Wednesday at 7pm in the Hall. We will discuss ‘I Capture the Castle’ by Dodie Smith.  It is the first novel by the English author Dodie Smith, written during the Second World War when she and her husband Alec Beesley (also English and a conscientious objector) had moved to California. She longed for home and wrote of a happier time, unspecified in the novel apart from a reference to living in the 1930s. Smith was already an established playwright and later became famous for writing the children’s classic The Hundred and One Dalmatians. The novel relates the adventures of an eccentric family, the Mortmains, struggling to live in genteel poverty in a decaying castle during the 1930s. The first-person narrator is Cassandra Mortmain, an intelligent teenager who tells the story through her journal. It is a coming-of-age story in which Cassandra passes from being a girl at the beginning to being a young woman at the end. In 2003 the novel was listed at number 82 in the BBC‘s survey The Big Read. (Wikipedia) 

Mass Times and Intentions 25 June – 3 July 2022
Saturday – Mass 4pm (public) – John Bradford
Sunday – Mass 10am (public) – Pro Populo
Monday – No Mass
Tuesday – No Mass
Wednesday – Mass 10am (public) – Mary Relton RIP 
Thursday – No Mass
Friday – No Mass
Saturday – Mass 4pm (public) – Pro Populo
Sunday – Mass 10am (public) – Mary Shirt (A)

Public Lecture – About 30 people attended Wednesday evening’s lecture by Dr Elizabeth Powell on ‘Seeing in “Ordinary Time”: A Meditation with David Jones’s pencil and watercolour, Flora in Calix-Light‘. The next lecture will take place in November. Here is a brief introduction to Jones’ Flora In Calix Light which featured in the lecture:

Children’s Liturgy
– Following the removal of the last Covid restrictions in church, Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 10am Mass will resumes this Sunday. We ate trialling the use of the church hall for our sessions so parents are asked to take children directly to the hall on Towers Avenue prior to Mass. Children will join the congregation at the Offertory of the Mass. These sessions are for children aged 5-8 years old, who have not yet made their First Communion. We offer a separate Liturgy of the Word adapted and suitable for their needs and appropriate hands-on activities. Younger siblings/children are welcome too if accompanied by an adult. ~ Sheila Jackson

Children at Mass –
The children’s area at the back of church has reopened.  The former piety shop has been stocked with books, crayons and drawing materials for our young parishioners who become restless during Mass. There are a few chairs nearby as well. for parents who are encouraged to resume taking their children along to any of our public Masses. Parents, please put away items after Mass to keep the area tidy.

Peter’s Pence
– The annual collection for the Pope’s charities takes place at Masses this weekend. 

Piety Shop Sale –
Devotional items from the redundant Piety Shop are being displayed in the hall after Mass today and next Sunday. You are welcome to take away anything you wish in return for a small donation for the victims of the war in Ukraine. We also will have a selection of novels from Fr Michael, again in return for a donation. 

Wednesday is the birthday of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
, born 1900, the French aviator and writer whose works are the unique testimony of a pilot and a warrior who looked at adventure and danger with a poet’s eyes. His fable Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) has become a modern classic. He died in 1944.  

Receiving Holy Communion at Home
– If you are no longer able to take part in Sunday Mass, did you know that you can receive Holy Communion in your home? Also, if you are caring for someone and cannot get to Mass, that the sacrament can be taken to you as well? If you know of someone who lives alone, is confined to their home and may not have access to this newsletter but would appreciate a visit, please contact Fr Campion 

Poetry Group – The next meeting takes place on 20 July (the June meeting has been cancelled in favour of Dr Elizabeth Powell’s lecture on artist and poet David Jones. Inspired by Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, the theme of the July meeting is ‘carrying on” (endurance /resilience /stubbornness/ longevity 

by William Shakespeare

The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest,—
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The thronèd monarch better than his crown:
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway,—
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s,
When mercy seasons justice.

First Communions – Polly Wynne, daughter of Jeremy and Emma, makes her First Holy Communion along with classmates from St Catherine’s School at St Dominic’s Church. May the Lord her and all children making their First Communion this year.

From Safe Families – “Safe Families exists to create relationship and connection because no one should feel alone, and everyone deserves to belong. Loneliness is a big problem in our society; previous studies have shown that 1 in 4 of us are impacted by loneliness or isolation, and this figure will be higher after these last few years – we all understand the value of human connection more!  With and through primarily volunteers from the local church, Safe Families offers support, hope and belonging to improve the lives of those in most need in our communities. We train, equip, and empower volunteers ready to be matched with a local family. By partnering with Local Authorities, we ensure we offer a professional high-quality support to volunteers and families alike. During a year when so many organisations have struggled, Safe Families has grown and become embedded in new areas all over the UK. But more importantly we have seen relationships flourish and trajectories genuinely being changed for local families!” There’s a way for anyone and everyone to join us as we seek to bring transformation: We are currently actively recruiting volunteers in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland: find out more here: https://safefamilies.uk/volunteer/ Or could you give as little as £8 a month to enable others to volunteer? Find out more here: https://safefamilies.uk/donate/. Please join our army of prayers too! Find out more here: https://safefamilies.uk/prayer/

Dementia – When Bill noticed something wasn’t quite right with his wife, Jo, (both members of our parish), it was a struggle to get her to seek help. Now Jo has been diagnosed with dementia, Bill reflects on why finding out was the best thing for the couple. https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/blog/how-my-wifes-dementia-diagnosis-gave-relief

Help Needed – The Sisters at St Joseph’s Home (Little Sisters of the Poor), Newcastle are looking for volunteers to help throughout the Home (e.g. helping with residents’ activities, administration duties, fundraising and other various duties).  If you are interested and wish to help, please contact Sister Evelyn or Mother Deirdre at St Joseph’s Home on 0191 2731279 for further details.

Vacancies – The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has the following vacancies: Safeguarding Advisor – full-time, permanent. Closing date for applications: 27 June 2022; Refugee Project Co-ordinator – part-time (18 hours), initial 12-month contract. Closing date for applications: 4 July 2022. Please visit www.diocesehn.org.uk for full details or telephone 0191 243 3301

Invitation – Bishop Robert Byrne cordially invites you to a Mass to mark the 80th birthday of Bishop Seamus Cunningham which will be held on Thursday at 12.05 pm at St Mary’s Cathedral.  All are most welcome to attend.

Tuesday is the birthday of Peter Paul Rubens, born 1577, the Flemish painter who was the greatest exponent of Baroque painting’s dynamism, vitality, and sensuous exuberance. He died in 1640.

Joint Christian and Muslim ‘Pray for Peace’ – An event for women and young children only will take place on Saturday at 2.30pm in the St Mary’s Chapel, Reid Park Road, Jesmond. 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 parish 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. 

The Mercy Project
– This small charity, based in the North East, was set up in 2018. Since then it has supported a varied range of works from working with people who are homeless, responding to loneliness and isolation, work with young people and expanding opportunities with families. The work is wide and varied, but clear in its focus of responding with compassion. There are vacancies on our Trustee Board and we would welcome enquiries from individuals to support us in grant management and as a treasurer / bookkeeper who can commit to our project ideally for a period of two to three years. We meet on the first Friday of each month for up to two hours, currently in Newcastle. During the month our trustees commit to 0.5 days per week with more investment of time possible. For an informal conversation about our work and the opportunities please contact us preferably via email mercy@mercyproject.org.uk or telephone Ruth Corless on 07549 960071. All telephone messages will be responded to as quickly as possible.

Nature Notes
– A sweet melody bubbled from the thick hedge and filled the afternoon. Was it a nightingale? Though famed for their night music, these songsters often perform in the day. Against a backdrop of cooing woodpigeons and chiffchaffs calling out their own name, the nightingale grew even louder. Then revealed that it was actually a song thrush. The speckled one gave himself away by his trademark repetition, which often expresses itself as “Yaki-dah, yaki-dah!” (lechyd da in Welsh). Song thrushes are the only species whose musicality can compare to, or even outcompete, nightingales. Good news — they’ll be singing deep into July. Song thrushes are the soundtrack of the summer. ~ Jonathan Tulloch in THE TIMES

Refugee Project
– The next collection is on Saturday from 9 to 10am in the hall on Towers Avenue. The numbers of asylum seekers attending at Blackfriars have been much increased this year. St Vincent de Paul workers have made impressive improvements to facility in the building and provision of activities for groups of people. For the next collection there are three types of requirement: cosmetics including shampoo and women’s’ sanitary items; food, particularly tinned fish (sardines in oil preferred) and, rather than chick-peas, vegetable oil and sugar; clothing for young men and women and children. No underwear or bedding please.

Rwanda Deportations – Bishop Paul McAleenan, who has special responsibility for migrants and is Chair of the Office for Migration Policy at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, issued this statement on 14 June:  The UK’s plans to forcibly deport to Rwanda some of those seeking refuge in our country is shamefully illustrative of what Pope Francis has called the ‘loss of that sense of responsibility for our brothers and sisters on which every civil society is based’. The plan is presented as a humanitarian response to combat people trafficking and smuggling yet the result will compound the suffering of those who are already victims. Crime is defeated by confronting the perpetrators not by punishing victims. This scheme will increase the difficulties of those hoping for a new beginning, and it does nothing to address the problems which cause people to flee their homes.

Migration is a complex issue, but it is not resolved by delegating our roles and responsibilities to other countries. Our starting point should be the innate dignity of every person, created in the image and likeness of God. Our Christian faith demands that we respond generously to asylum seekers whose dignity must be protected and upheld. Whether or not the flight to Rwanda takes off today we are now in a new situation. With greater force we insist that asylum seekers are not commodities for profit, nor are they problems to be rejected and deported by government. Instead, we should be guided by the four verbs provided by Pope Francis in our approach to migrants and refugees, ‘Welcome, protect, promote and integrate’.

Today’s the birthday of Claudio Abbado, born 1933, the Italian conductor and music director of the Vienna State Opera (1986–91) and principal conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (from 1971), the London Symphony Orchestra (1979–88), and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (from 1989). He died in 2014.


‘Why Risk Prison’: Online Talk Wednesday 7pm -The climate crisis is currently the single greatest threat facing all of us across the world and the product of the greatest crime in history. But the urgency of the situation is often eclipsed by more immediate problems – the war in Ukraine, the cost-of-living crisis and the fall-out from COVID. Nevertheless, the imperative to take action on the climate was never greater. The UN is urgently and repeatedly raising the alarm.  Yet, despite this, and everything they said at last years’ COP26 Climate Summit – including pledges to keep the hope of limiting global temperature rise to just 15 degrees alive – the UK Government has just given regulatory approval for Shell’s devastatingly destructive new gas field project “Jackdaw”.  As a result Christians of all ages are risking imprisonment by engaging in action to demand that the Government stops risking the future of humanity by refusing to respond seriously to the climate crisis.

Hear three of us tell our personal stories:

  1. Rev Tim Hewes – former dentist, now retired priest who, following participation in multiple peaceful actions, was then imprisoned for contempt of court.
  2. Heidi Russenberger – PhD student who has undertaken brave acts of civil resistance and considered prison to highlight governmental and corporate inaction on the climate crisis.
  3. Rev Bill White – retired vicar who has defied high court injunctions banning his continued participation in Just Stop Oil action and who spent a week on remand after refusing to appear before a court without first having access to his solicitor.

How are their actions motivated by both their view of the climate emergency and their faith? What do their stories tell us about our responsibilities as Christians at this time of impending climate collapse? This is a FREE event.  Book here now Share the Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1040826306563985/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D

Holy Name Calendar 2023 –
Yes, it may appear a little early but as some of us start to venture further afield now seems to be a good time to start the ball rolling for next year’s calendar.  So if you are out and about, have your phones/cameras at the ready for that special shot.  There is no theme this year so something to gladden the heart: a beautiful landscape, animals in their natural habitat, a sculpture…. but please no photos of individuals. Watch this space for details of when to send in your photos. Happy snapping!

Home from Hospital Scheme – We are looking to recruit more volunteers for our Home from Hospital service. We are one of three voluntary organisations working in partnership to deliver this service across the city of Newcastle. KeyRing supports older people who live in the east of city. For many, going home following a stay in hospital can be difficult and worrying. Our project provides short term support to older people returning home from hospital. The service provides practical help e.g. shopping and collecting of prescriptions, and also emotional support e.g. a friendly face to chat. If you wish to find out more, please contact me, Susan Jones, on 07833 309856 or email Susan.Jones@keyring.org 

Donations of household items, toys and baby equipment (or any other items)
can now only be received by the SVP staff and volunteers. Such donations also require agreement in advance by the SVP so please call or message Emma on 07453 615 139, or contact reception on 0191 261 6027. Agreed donations can usually be delivered to reception on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 1pm and 3pm.


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