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