If we can winter this one out we can summer anywhere ~ Seamus Heaney

Internet Mass
(*with thanks to Jane for this photograph taken in her home on Easter Sunday)

Mass from Holy Name is live-streamed daily, except on Mondays, at 10am. To join click here. For the Scripture readings for Mass and other prayers click here. You are welcome beforehand to send in your prayer intentions to be offered during Mass. 

Praying at Home – On www.universalis.com you will find the Scripture Readings for each day as well as the ‘hours’ of the Divine Office, the Church’s daily prayer offered all over the world. The Divine Office is no longer the preserve of clergy but is the Prayer of the whole Church- it’s for everyone.

Here to help … Whether you would like to just chat by telephone or need assistance with shopping, collecting medication or help with other errands (we have parish helpers ready to assist) don’t hesitate to contact me.

If you are not receiving the emails I send to members and friends of Holy Name, it is because I do not have your email address. If you wish to be included, please email me at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk. ~ Fr Michael Campion

Sunday 9 August 2020

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Homily for 19th Sunday of the Yearclick here

Recently Deceased – Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Haswell (husband of Pat) who has died and whose funeral takes place at the crematorium on Thursday. Pray also for Graham Hardy (brother of Madeleine), Dorothy Turner, Leonard Cooper, Ken Robinson and Michael Hedley who have died. We offer our condolences to their families and all who are mourning a loved one. Requiescant in pace.

Please remember in your prayers those who are ill– Peter Lindblom, Barbara Whillance, Joe McCormack, John Regan, Stephanie Grant, Peter Nicholson, Helen Fenwick, Susan Greener, Christine Wickens, Brian Wheeler, Claire Lamont, Keith Poyser, Ambrose Mulroy, Kieran Corcoran, Jack Leonard, Hanka Postawska, Ian Peacock, Mary O’Brien,  Margaret McMenamin, Michael Prindiville, Tony Colling and Jane Noble. May the Lord grant them comfort, strengthen them in their weakness, take away their fear, and give them his peace.

Edith Stein, the original name of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (born 1891), Catholic convert from Judaism, Carmelite nun, philosopher and spiritual writer, was executed by the Nazis in Auschwitz on this day in 1942 because of her Jewish ancestry. She was declared a saint in 1998, is one of the patron saints of Europe and is regarded as a modern martyr.

Edith Stein

It’s the birthday of the poet who once wrote “Nothing, like something, happens everywhere.” Philip Larkin (books by this author) was born in Coventry, England (1922). His father was a Nazi enthusiast and disillusioned country treasurer; his mother was pathologically anxious and schooled Larkin at home until he was eight. He developed a stammer that lasted until his early 30s. He began to write feverishly, which eased his shyness. He said, “I didn’t choose poetry; poetry chose me.” Though Larkin’s output was small, just four slender volumes (his first collection, The North Ship, appeared in 1945, his last High Windows, in 1974), his trademark dreary outlook proved immensely popular in England. He cultivated a curmudgeonly persona, refusing most interviews and turning down the position of poet laureate. Shunning travel, he preferred to stay in the remote environs of Hull, where he bicycled to his job as University of Hull librarian for more than 40 years. He said, “Novelists need to travel, poets re-create the familiar. Larkin said: “I think writing about unhappiness is probably the source of my popularity, if I have any. Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth.”

Days
Philip Larkin

What are days for?
Days are where we live.
They come, they wake us
Time and time over.
They are to be happy in:
Where can we live but days?

Ah, solving that question
Brings the priest and the doctor
In their long coats
Running over the fields.

Who Goes First? The ethics of distributing a COVID-19 vaccine – click here. (Although addressing the situation in the USA, the rationale and principles outlined in the article could apply here in the UK also?)

Dmitri Shostakovich, the Russian composer, renowned particularly for his 15 symphonies, numerous chamber works, and concerti, many of them written under the pressures of government-imposed standards of Soviet art, died in St Petersburgh on this day in 1975.

The New Criticism
by Paul Hostovsky

My stepdaughter
says I’m boring.
“Everything you say
is boring and like
so seventies.” Her mother
says I’m wonderful, though.
“She’s being fresh. Don’t
listen to her,” she says.
But I can’t help listening
because I want to be
fresh and not boring,
and I want to say ‘like’
like my stepdaughter
because everything
is like something, not
exactly but sort of.
And she’s so contemporary
and provocative and like
alive. She knows all the new
neologisms and would
never use neologism
in a poem. Like ever.

Pope Francis calls for prayer and aid for Lebanon after deadly explosion. “In Beirut, near the port, there were massive explosions causing dozens of deaths, wounding thousands and causing serious destruction,” Francis said. He invited the global audience following the live-streamed transmission: “Let us pray for the victims, for their families; and let us pray for Lebanon so that, through the dedication of all its social, political and religious elements, it might face this extremely tragic and painful moment and, with the help of the international community, overcome the grave crisis they are experiencing.”

beirut

Why Not To Worry –click here

Survivors of clerical abuse are among almost 5,000 people to share their stories with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s Truth Project. The project encourages victims and survivors to relate their experience of abuse and its impact in their own words, written or recorded. More than one in 10 of the participants is speaking out about their experience for the first time. (The Tablet)

Parish closures and reduced giving during the pandemic have caused a serious shortfall for Catholic charities, with many warning they face a difficult and uncertain future. Jo Kitterick, head of fundraising at Cafod, told The Tablet that its Family Fast Day income reduced by two thirds over the lockdown period. The Lent Fast Day collection took place just as churches and schools were closing in March. “We saw a dramatic reduction in the number of parishes sending donations to us,” she said, adding that “difficult decisions” were made on how best to steward reduced resources. “We have a number of supporters who commit to monthly gifts and these regular donations have been a lifeline for us at this time and we rely on them more than ever,” she added. A Coronavirus Appeal, launched at the end of April, has raised more than £1 million. “With Catholic churches and schools slowly reopening and the financial challenges our churches are managing, further down the line we know that our income will be affected,” Ms Kitterick said. “Our Harvest Fast Day takes place on 11 October,” she added, “and we will do our best to make it a Harvest Fast Day like no other.”

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS UK) reported a very positive response in giving from supporters, in particular to the Refugee Friends’ Hardship Fund appeal. Grants for Covid- specific work has enabled JRS to continue providing support over the phone, financial hardship grants, and emergency food and toiletry deliveries. “I am hugely grateful to our supporters and donors,” said Sarah Teather, director of JRS UK. “As we move into the ‘new reality’, our refugee friends will suffer from the unpredictability of changing public health guidance and precarious housing situations. And like many other charities, we currently face a significant financial shortfall for next year.” (The Tablet)

Timing is everything
by Gerald Locklin

the horoscope this morning
really put me on my guard,
sent the adrenalin coursing
through my veins,
as it predicted a crucial confrontation
that would require all the will and
ingenuity that i could muster …
until i remembered i was looking at
a week-old student newspaper.

Homily 18th Sunday of the Year (a) 2020 click here

From the Diocesan Justice and Peace Refugee Project: Although the lockdown is starting to ease we will need an adequate lead-in time to ensure that, when the refugee project re-opens within the Summerhill Grove premises, it will provide a very safe environment for clients, volunteers and staff. We remain in regular contact with the Diocesan Health and Safety lead who will provide the necessary advice as we start to prepare for re-opening. Due to a grant from the Albert Gubay Foundation and the generosity of parishes and individuals, we have been able to extend the successful supermarket voucher scheme. Until recently this enabled us to send digital vouchers to the mobile phones of destitute clients so they could purchase goods to the value of £30 in the relevant supermarket. The recent grant has meant that we have been able to increase the value of vouchers for destitute clients to £35 per month and, in addition, offer our other clients a £20 voucher each month. Another very positive development is that we have secured the temporary services of an additional project worker to assist with distributing vouchers. Jeremy Cain is working with the project on a part-time basis until October.

The Pauline Books & Media shop at St Mary’s Cathedral has re-opened on Saturdays from 9.45am – 5.00pm and on Sunday, 2 August, from 8.30am – 1.00pm. As the opening times will be re-assessed regularly, please telephone (0191 231 6040) before visiting to ensure the Centre is open. Orders can still be placed online at at orders@pauline-uk.org

Be Positive

But there’s a Tree, of many, one,
A single Field which I have looked upon …” (Wordsworth – Immortality Ode)

I was alone (and loved ones out of mind)
Looking over the field at the edge
Of the wood. It was evening
And a lowering sun lit the bright corn
Down which a darting swallow sped
Threading together shafts of light
Into a warp of lasting memory.
A cloth of gold for the nones.
(*with thanks to Joe)

Bishop Robert Byrne CO, Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle, has announced the phased reopening of churches for individual prayer and public worship. You can view the full list of churches now open and those planned to open during the current phase on the Diocesan website.

A Safety Video for the Reopening of Churches in the Diocese has been produced to help people became familiar with what to expect when churches reopens. You can watch it here.

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has issued some guidelines to enable Catholic churches and organisations to find the relevant information in one place. Visit its website for the latest guidance and advice. The Liturgy Office of the Bishops’ Conference has compiled a prayer resource for people affected by the Covid–19 virus. Read it here.

Fears Persist About Attending Mass click here

From Mgr. Andrew Faley, Vicariate for Faith & Mission (email: evfaithandmission@diocesehn.org.uk). The following resources have been created to support people in this unprecedented time of the COVID–19 pandemic. We offer these prayers in solidarity and we want you know know that the Church community is praying with you and you are not alone. Resources for times of grieving and death‘ includes; Prayers for loved ones we cannot visit in hospital, Prayers for someone who has recently died and Prayers for a loved one whose funeral you cannot attend. Prayers for the sick and dying‘ contains a collection of Catholic prayers to comfort you and your loved ones during difficult times of sickness and death.

Here is a song, chosen by Elizabeth, sung by James. She writes: He was very close to his mother and when she died he composed this song and video. It sounds sad, and it is, but it also celebrates new life. The end is very joyful! In the video his mother is in the bed and he is by her side. He loves her so much, and doesn’t want her to leave him. I’ll leave the rest to you. It is, however, quite emotional and made my daughter cry!

The Covid-19 Pandemic is having a profound effect on destitute asylum seekers locally who receive no financial support or accommodation from Government. Please click here to see how you can help.

Wearing a Mask is Pro-Life click here

Homily 17th Sunday of the Year (A) 2020 click here

It’s Time to End Male Supremacy in the Catholic Church click here

The Diocesan Refugee Project is dispensing food vouchers now that food distribution has ceased as the project had to shut. Emotional and practical help is given by telephone. Collaboration between the Project and the local St Vincent de Paul Society is being formalised. The Justice and Peace Council is most grateful for the help received from the SVP and looks forward to working more closely in the future. The Council has been successful with a grant application to the The Albert Gubay Foundation, which can be used when the back-up from the Government is scaled down. Then it will be faced with extra costs, apart from the re-stocking, prior to the Project re-opening. Donations received in April were £12,000 and in May a further £7,500 was received.

Vinnie’s Cafe from the St Vincent de Paul Society offers help and support to people in need in Newcastle. Its food bank supplies are now running low. You can donate through its justgiving fundraiser or telephone (0191) 261 6027 to arrange a suitable drop-off for supplies (option 1, Monday – Thursday).

Clothes for the homeless, as well as donations of food, can be taken to the SVP Blackfriars Centre on New Bridge Street, Newcastle.

Her concerns were echoed by Fr Nicholas King SJ, a fellow of Campion Hall in Oxford. “I

For ‘The Vanity of White Guiltby Lionel Shriver click here

The St Anthony’s Youth Education Service (known locally as “The Bostey”) supports children, young people and their families in in the parish of St Anthony’s in Walker.  For a detailed report on how it is continuing to help them during this pandemic, click here. Further details are available from Helen Woods-Waters at h.woods-waters@anthonycareservices.org.uk.  In our 90th anniversary year, Holy Name members donated over £10,000 to this project.

Do you have a favourite song or piece of music? Here is the choice of Lynn. She says: “Every time I hear this song it reminds me of God (he’s always next to me) and being reminded of that really cheers me up, but it could also be a reminder to others of a missed loved one who has passed away.”

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, president of the anti-trafficking Santa Marta Group, has endorsed Crimestoppers’ “Slavery on Your Doorstep” campaign, which seeks public help to recognise and help potential victims of modern-day slavery. “The [coronavirus] pandemic has affected vulnerable people disproportionally,” the cardinal said, “and this has led to more potential victims of human trafficking and exploitation.” Reports can be submitted anonymously, and the information will be followed up by specialist agencies. (THE TABLET)

 

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is looking to work with an experienced IT solutions provider on its latest project, ‘Digital Transformation of the Roman Catholic Church in North East England: Office 365 Migration project for the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle’. Download our tender document here, and please submit your tender proposals by 12 noon on Friday 7 August 2020. If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact our Head of Communications, Iain Riddell by email.

To read ‘The Pandemic’s Invisible Victims’ click here

Poetry Group – The theme for the next meeting – via Zoom – will be ‘Anger’ and will take place on Wednesday 19 August at 6.45pm. If you wish to take part, just choose a previously published poem of your choice on the theme and email Claris at clarisdcruz@gmail.com.

Thank you to everyone continuing to support the parish by Standing Order or by cheque. Your generosity at this time is very much appreciated. If you wish to start contributing, please contact me by email or telephone (0191) 281 0940.

For our Book Group novel for discussion on Wednesday 12 August, the choice is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Future titles are  ‘Stoner’, by John Williams; ‘Birdcage Walk’ by Helen Dunmore; ‘Their Little Secret’ by Mark Billingham; and ‘Bridge of Clay’ by Marks Zusak. Get reading!

The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal offers a livestream of the chapel and live daily broadcasts of praying the rosary and Mass. The same link also provides a gallery of pictures, videos and sounds, including an audio library of Marian hymns.

The Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land oversees 55 sanctuaries in Israel, the Palestinian territories and JordanVisitors can get a more in-depth look at these sacred places, especially the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, revered as the site of Jesus’s tomb, in Jerusalem.

Here is Fr. Adrian Dixon’s reflection for Ministers of the Word (Readers)

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 you ever can.
(John Wesley)

Here is a beautiful version of Psalm 23 (the theme of the TV series ‘The Vicar of Dibley’) by the Choir of Notre Dame in Paris. The recording, sung in impeccable English and made after the lockdown, is intercut with shots of the Notre Dame Cathedral before the great fire.

Late Fragment

by Raymond Carver

And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.

O God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can
and wisdom to know the difference.

The prayer was written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhur (1892–1971) in 1932-33.The prayer spread rapidly, often without attribution to Niebuhr, through church groups in the 1930s and 1940s and was adopted and popularised by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programsEarly versions of the prayer are given no title but by 1955 it was being called the Serenity Prayer in publications of Alcoholics Anonymous. (source: Wikipedia)

New Church Window

From Fr Campion: I have invited stained glass artist Bridget Jones to submit a design for a new stained glass window in church. It will be located beside the St Francis of Assisi window on the east wall. The window will celebrate Creation as depicted in the opening verses of Psalm 18: The heavens proclaim the glory of God and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands. Day unto day takes up the story and night unto night makes known the message. Bridget previously designed the large Madonna and Child window in the Lady Chapel in memory of Maureen Collerton.

Here is Bridget’s concept for the window design:

“The window is on the eastern wall of the church and here the first light comes through the glass. This gives the opportunity to play with light and dark glass. The theme of the window is around the two lights, the sun of day and the moon and stars of night, and the continuing cycle of the two bringing light in darkness. It is the time of the dawn chorus and many flowers open as the sun reaches them. I am proposing to use almond flowers and leaves, almonds being a symbol of resurrection as they are one of the first of the year to flower. The blossom is white. Almonds are mentioned in the Book of Genesis. The effect of tiny white flowers is quite star like. The window would be lighter at the top suggesting day with green leaves and this light would pick out white flowers in a darker firmament. Hard to describe but my idea is to suggest the glory of creation by using natural forms. I might include a bird/birds sitting in the branches – links to St Francis.”

Sunday 15 March 2020

Welcome
Fr Michael Hickey joins us today for the celebration of both Sunday Masses. Fr Michael now lives in retirement in North Tyneside.

Parish AGM
There was a good attendance at last Sunday’s annual general meeting. Many thanks to everyone who took part. A copy of Council Chair Clare Robson’s report is posted on the ‘parish council’ page of our website.

Scripture Group
Would you like to join a Scripture Group in this parish? Please put your name on the list at the back of church if you are interested and indicate the day and time convenient for you.

Holy Name Poetry Club
Please note that the poetry club planned for this Wednesday and for the foreseeable future has been cancelled.

Holy Name Book Club
Do join us on 25 March for a glass of wine and a discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Future reads are The Seal Woman’s Gift by Sally Magnussen and Testament by Margaret Atwood. New members are most welcome to take part. Please note that all of our group leaders will be consulted this week about ongoing meetings. An update will be issued as soon as possible.

Hall Facilities
A new heating boiler along with a public address system with Bluetooth, induction loop and WiFi will be installed in the first week of April.

Sing-Along Film Club
From John Waddell: We will be showing the enchanting ‘The King and I’ on Thursday in the hall with refreshments at 1pm and screening from 1.30 – 3.30pm. A warm welcome is assured!  The Sing-Along Film Club would be glad to have donations of unwanted DVDs of old musicals. We would love to obtain Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz, Blue Hawaii, Going my Way, White Christmas, Calamity Jane, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – and others! Please contact Annette Hames, aehames@hotmail.com if you can assist. Please note this event has been cancelled.

Coronavirus
From Fr Campion: Until further notice we are suspending during Mass the physical Sign of Peace, withdrawing Holy Communion from the chalice, distributing the Sacred Host only in the hand, and removing holy water from the stoups. In addition, parish groups that meet on a regular basis are under review and any decision will be shared as soon as possible.

Newman Lecture
Between 250 and 300 people attended Professor Eamon Duffy’s recent lecture in Holy Name on St John Henry Newman. Eamon enjoyed his visit very much and looks forward to returning in the future.

LGBT+
From Isabel: Do you identify as LGBT+ or are you questioning your sexual or gender identity?  Would you like to attend a support group run by and for LGBT+ Catholics in the North East? We meet on the third Tuesday of the month, 7.30-9.00pm, at St Andrew’s RC Church, Worswick Street, for a varied programme (for example: Mass, prayer, Bible study, discussion, social time…). Our next meeting will be on Tuesday when we will pray the Stations of the Cross and enjoy a little St Patrick’s Day celebration! For more information, telephone me, Isabel, on 07858 934457, email proud.catholics@yahoo.com, or visit our website www.proudcatholics.co.uk.

Happy Birthday
Michael Donnelly, who has been assisting at the altar for around 70 years, celebrates his 80th birthday on Tuesday. We wish him a very enjoyable day.

Holy Land Pilgrimage
Bishop Robert Byrne C.O. will lead a Pilgrimage to the Holy land (sometimes called the Fifth Gospel) in February next year. Details will be available soon.

Bible Study
‘Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible’ is a course to help participants understand what sort of books are in the Bible and how to read them. It’s at St John Vianney, West Denton on Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm. Telephone 243 3313 to book or email adult.formation@diocesehn.org.uk

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

New Church Window
From Fr Campion: I have invited stained glass artist Bridget Jones to submit a design for a new stained glass window in church. It will be located beside the St Francis of Assisi window on the east wall and will celebrate Creation as depicted in the opening verses of Psalm 18: The heavens proclaim the glory of God and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands. Day unto day takes up the story and night unto night makes known the message. Bridget previously designed the large Madonna and Child window in the Lady Chapel in memory of Maureen Collerton. I would welcome donations to make this new window possible.

Gift Aid
As we come to the end of this financial year, would donors who use weekly offertory envelopes for the offertory collection kindly consider switching to payment by Standing Order? This would save on administration and greatly assist in our processing of Gift Aid. S.O. mandates are available at the back of church (or you can create your own Standing Order via online banking). Please contact Barbara Cooper at the parish office if you intend to switch your donation method, and please set a date after the 6th of the month for your contributions to be paid to Holy Name.

Scripture Day – Now Cancelled
Fr Sean Hall was planning to lead a study morning entitled On the Threshold of Holy Week – A look at Jesus’ Passion and Death in the Gospels of St Matthew and St John in St Mary’s Church Hall, Great Lime Road, Benton, NE10 7AB on Saturday 4 April from 10am to 12.15pm. Please note that since the production of the paper newsletter, this event has now been cancelled.

The Stations or Way of the Cross will take place in church on Thursday at 6.30pm. The Service will last about 30 minutes and all are welcome. This event has been cancelled.

Sunday 8 March 2020

Parish AGM
The annual general meeting of the Parish Council – open to all members of our congregation –  takes place in the hall today following 10am Mass. You are welcome to take part and share with the Council members your comments on the past year of parish life as well as your expectations for the future leadership and management of the parish.

Guest Lecture
In association with the Centre for Catholic Studies, Professor Stephen Regan, Director of The Centre for Poetry and Poetics at Durham University, is joining us on Thursday at 7pm to present: ‘Francis Thompson: The Hound of Heaven and Ode to the English Martyrs’

Lent Family Fast Day
The retiring collection today is for CAFOD’s work of promoting the development of some of the poorest people and communities overseas.

Refugee Project
Thank you for the donations last Sunday of 141 tins of fish and meat, a good quantity of other foods and a small amount of toiletries. There also was a very good selection of suitcases, coats and footwear. In future please take tins of chick peas and fish in oil (no more meat) on the first Sunday of the month.

Health Centre Auction
From Hilary Cope: A Charity Auction & Musical Evening in aid of completing the Kabuyanda Health Centre in Uganda will be held in the hall on Saturday at 7.30pm. Music will be provided by Gerry and the Pacemaker. Tickets, £5, include a glass of wine and are on sale today. You can reserve tickets, make auction donations and send sealed bids to gerryohanlon@gmail.com. For a list of items to be auctioned so far visit sacredheartng.org.uk.

Coronavirus
From Fr Campion: Now that Covid-19 has reached these parts, we are suspending the physical Sign of Peace, withdrawing Holy Communion from the chalice, distributing the Sacred Host only in the hand, and removing holy water from the stoups.

Church Concert
Thank you to everybody who organised and supported the recent concert in church by the Newcastle Male Chorus. After expenses, the event raised £520 for parish funds. It will be used to offset the cost of a new heating boiler and public address system in the hall.

Holy Name Poetry Group
The next meeting on Wednesday 18 March at 7pm in the hall will be on the theme of ‘wanderings’.  All are welcome, with or without a previously published poem.

Holy Name Book Club
Do join us on 25 March for a glass of wine and a discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Future reads are The Seal Woman’s Gift by Sally Magnussen and Testament by Margaret Atwood.

Holy Land Pilgrimage
Bishop Robert Byrne C.O. will lead a Pilgrimage to the Holy land (sometimes called the Fifth Gospel) in February next year. Details will be available soon.

 ‘Can[n]on to right of them, Can[n]on to left …’
Bishop Byrne has appointed the following to form the new Chapter of Canons for the diocese: Fr Michael Brown, Fr Michael Campion, Fr John Cooper, Fr Michael Griffiths, Fr Christopher Jackson, Fr Peter Leighton, Fr Michael McCoy, Fr Ian Patterson, Fr Martin Stempczyk and Fr Dennis Tindall. The installation of the new Canons will take place at a celebration in the Cathedral at 3.00pm on Sunday 26 April to which parishioners will be invited.

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

Sing-Along Film Club
From John Waddell: We will be showing the enchanting ‘The King and I’ on Thursday 19 March in the hall with refreshments at 1pm and screening from 1.30 – 3.30pm. A warm welcome is assured!

Holy Name Travel Club
We’re off to Malaga, flying direct from Newcastle, 5 – 9 October. Deposits are due now. Any last minute enquiries, please, to catherinehearne@btinternet.com.

New Church Window
From Fr Campion: I have invited stained glass artist Bridget Jones to submit a design for a new stained glass window in church. It will be located beside the St Francis of Assisi window on the east wall and will celebrate Creation as depicted in the opening verses of Psalm 18: The heavens proclaim the glory of God and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands. Day unto day takes up the story and night unto night makes known the message. Bridget previously designed the large Madonna and Child window in the Lady Chapel in memory of Maureen Collerton. I would welcome donations to make this new window possible.

Here is Bridget’s concept for the window design:

“The window is on the eastern wall of the church and here the first light comes through the glass. This gives the opportunity to play with light and dark glass. The theme of the window is around the two lights, the sun of day and the moon and stars of night, and the continuing cycle of the two bringing light in darkness. It is the time of the dawn chorus and many flowers open as the sun reaches them. I am proposing to use almond flowers and leaves, almonds being a symbol of resurrection as they are one of the first of the year to flower. The blossom is white. Almonds are mentioned in the Book of Genesis. The effect of tiny white flowers is quite star like. The window would be lighter at the top suggesting day with green leaves and this light would pick out white flowers in a darker firmament. Hard to describe but my idea is to suggest the glory of creation by using natural forms. I might include a bird/birds sitting in the branches – links to St Francis.”

Sunday 1 March 2020

Lent Family Fast Day

On Friday this week we are invited by CAFOD to fast in solidarity with Sr Consilia, a pharmacist in Zimbabwe treating people with life-threatening diseases, such as malaria, and advising new mothers on keeping their babies healthy. The Fast Day appeal also supports CAFOD’s wider, longer term work and this funding is crucial for many communities worldwide. Please use one of the special CAFOD envelopes if you wish to contribute to this appeal and, if you can, Gift Aid your donation.

Diocesan Refugee Project

From next month please donate tins of chick peas or fish (and not meat) as these are preferred by the clients. Your continued support is much appreciated.

Holy Name Theatre Club

From Madeleine and Mary: We have arranged another interesting and varied programme for the next few months.  If you are interested in any of the events, please put your name on the list at the back of the church and indicate which dates are not suitable for you, or speak to one of us. Do let us know if there is anything else you would be interested in seeing.

Crunch

The remedial work to the west planter kerbs by the church car park entrance takes place this week. The damage has arisen from car tyres scraping against the sandstone kerbs i.e. cars not being driven in a straight line! The cost of repair is £1,676. The car park will be closed all week but open for Thursday’s funeral.

Holy Name Poetry Group

The next meeting on Wednesday 18 March at 7pm in the hall will be on the theme of ‘wanderings’.  All are welcome, with or without a previously published poem.

Parish AGM

The annual general meeting of the Parish Council – open to all members of our congregation – will take place in the hall next Sunday following the 10am Mass. If you have not done so, please complete the short questionnaire distributed last Sunday to inform the Council of your expectations for the future leadership and management of the parish.

Holy Name Book Club

Do join us on 25 March for a glass of wine and a discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Future reads are The Seal Woman’s Gift by Sally Magnussen and Testament by Margaret Atwood.

 Health Centre Auction

From Hilary Cope: A Charity Auction & Musical Evening in aid of completing the Kabuyanda Health Centre in Uganda will be held in the hall on Saturday 14 March at 7.30pm. Music will be provided by Gerry and the Pacemaker. Tickets, £5, include a glass of wine and are on sale today. You can reserve tickets, make auction donations and send sealed bids to  gerryohanlon@gmail.com. For a list of items to be auctioned so far visit sacredheartng.org.uk.  Thank you for your great generosity in supporting the recent Race Night which raised a fantastic £3,458.35. Every penny raised will go to Uganda.

Guest Lecture

In association with the Centre for Catholic Studies, Professor Stephen Regan, Director of The Centre for Poetry and Poetics at Durham University, is joining us on 12 March at 7pm to present: ‘Francis Thompson: The Hound of Heaven and Ode to the English Martyrs’.

Heal the Wounds

“The thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds.”

~ Pope Francis, 2013

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

 Holy Name Holiday Club

From Catherine Hearne: Our Holiday Club is venturing to Southern Spain from 5 to 9 October this year. Members of the congregation, family and friends are most welcome to take part. We’ll take return flights from Newcastle to Malaga with coach transfer (30 minutes) to a 3* hotel for four nights. Included in the holiday is a full day excursion to Granada. You will be responsible for your own insurance. Payments will be made directly to NST, fully bonded through ABTA and ATOL. The cost is £599 per person based on twin/double or £767 for a single. A deposit of £200 pp will be required by 6 March with the balance to be paid in the summer. There will be some additional payments nearer the time for optional meals and gallery entries. More information is available from me catherinehearne@btinternet.com  or sign up at the back of Church.

 Holy Name Galleries Club

We’ve booked a private guided tour of Paula Rego’s exhibition, “Obedience and Defiance” on Saturday 4 April at 2pm in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. It is a survey of the Portuguese artist’s work bringing politics to the fore. The train is easy to the Scottish capital so do make your own travel arrangements. If at least ten people sign up (maximum 15) the guided tour is £5 plus 50% of exhibition entry cost. Do register: catherinehearne@btinternet.com and she’ll send you more details.

Partnership Clergy Changes

Bishop Robert Byrne CO has announced the following changes: Fr Shaun O’Neill to become Parish Priest of St Teresa, Heaton, St Lawrence, Byker and Our Lady and St Vincent, Walker; Fr Arockia Mariadass Pagyasamy OCD to become Parish Priest of St Robert, Fenham, and English Martyrs, Newcastle, together with Fr John Juliet Ulaganathan OCD;  Fr Sean Hall to become Parish Priest of St Aidan, Benton, in addition to St Mary, Forest Hall.

Sunday 23 February 2020

Season of Lent

The 40 days of this penitential begin on Wednesday. In this season we are invited to rebuild our relationship with God through three ancient practices that have stood the test of time and are observed by most world religions. They are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Is there something extra in these practices that you can take on for the six weeks of Lent? The traditional signing with ashes takes place during Masses at 10am and 6.30pm.

Book Club

Do join us on Wednesday in the hall at 7pm for a glass of wine and a discussion of Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift. ~ Tessa Burton-Roberts.

Baptism: We welcome into the family of the Church baby Louis Alexander Bone, son of Christopher and Amy, who is being baptised today.

Choral Evensong

All members of our congregation are invited to All Saints Church, West Avenue, Gosforth tonight for the Service at 6.30. All are welcome.

Funeral Mass

Requiem Mass for Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Agnes Smith, who died on 9 February, age 93 years, will take place on Thursday at 10.30am. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family. Requiescat in pace.

Refugee Project

Please remember to take tins of meat or fish in oil to church next Sunday for the people being supported by the Diocesan Refugee Project based at Summerhill Square, Newcastle.

 The tragedy of growing old is not that one is old but that one is young. ~ Ruth Rendell

Parish AGM

The annual general meeting of the Parish Council – open to everyone – will take place in the hall on Sunday 8 March following the 10am Mass. A short questionnaire to inform the Council members of parishioners’ expectations is distributed today.

Film Club

From Martin Wheeler: On Friday at 7pm in the hall we will be showing Legally Blonde, the 2001 comedy directed by Robert Luketic and starring Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair and Jennifer Coolidge. Elle Woods, in a hugely entertaining performance by Witherspoon, is a naturally blonde fashion merchandising college student from LA, dumped by her politically ambitious boyfriend because “I need to marry a Jackie, not a Marilyn”. Determined to win him back, she pursues him to Harvard law school, where, unexpectedly, she discovers she has a brain and that there can be more to life than Clinique, beauty and hair care and accessorising. Come and see this witty, charming and hilarious SoCal meets East Coast comedy – and learn a cool trick that is guaranteed to get you the attention of everyone in the room: the Bend and Snap!

Professor Thomas Rae Manley RIP

Tom died peacefully at his home in Moorfield on 16 February, aged 93 years. His Requiem Mass will take place at Holy Name on Thursday 5 March at 10am. We extend our deepest sympathy to Sheila and to her family. Requiescat in pace.

Uganda Health Centre Fundraiser

A Charity Auction & Musical Evening in aid of completing the Kabuyanda Health Centre in Uganda will be held in the hall on Saturday 14 March at 7.30pm. Music will be provided by Gerry and the Pacemaker. Tickets, £5, include a glass of wine and will be on sale next Sunday. You can reserve tickets, make auction donations and send sealed bids to  gerryohanlon@gmail.com. For a list of items to be auctioned so far visit sacredheartng.org.uk.  Thank you for your great generosity in supporting the recent Race Night which raised a fantastic £3,458.35. Every penny raised will go to Uganda. ~ Hilary Cope

Guest Lecture

In association with the Centre for Catholic Studies, Professor Stephen Regan, Director of The Centre for Poetry and Poetics at Durham University, is joining us on Thursday 12 March at 7pm to present: ‘Francis Thompson: The Hound of Heaven and Ode to the English Martyrs’.

St John Henry Newman

Professor Eamon Duffy, one of the world’s most influential and widely respected Catholic historians, is visiting Holy Name on Saturday 29 February at 12.15pm to speak about St John Henry Newman, England’s newest saint. During his lecture Professor Duffy will reference his most recent book John Henry Newman: A very brief history. Tickets are free via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/john-henry-newman-a-very-brief-history-with-professor-eamon-duffy-tickets-91545955417. If you do not have internet access and wish to attend, please put your name on the list at the back of church. Do encourage your friends to come along and also share the event on social media. Bishop Robert Byrne will introduce Professor Duffy who will be signing copies of his new book in the Hall afterwards. We are grateful for the support of the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University and Pauline Media and Books in Newcastle.

Holiday Club

From Catherine Hearne: Our Holiday Club is venturing to Southern Spain from 5 to 9 October this year. Members of the congregation, family and friends are most welcome to take part. We’ll take return flights from Newcastle to Malaga with coach transfer (30 minutes) to a 3* hotel for four nights. Included in the holiday is a full day excursion to Granada. You will be responsible for your own insurance. Payments will be made directly to NST, fully bonded through ABTA and ATOL. The cost is £599 per person based on twin/double or £767 for a single. A deposit of £200 pp will be required by 6 March with the balance to be paid in the summer. There will be some additional payments nearer the time for optional meals and gallery entries. More information is available from me catherinehearne@btinternet.com  or sign up at the back of Church.

Poetry Group

It meets next on Wednesday 18 March at 7pm in the hall, featuring poems chosen by participants on the theme of ‘wanderings’.  All are welcome, with or without a poem.

Theatre club

From Mary Curtis and Madeleine Hardy: We have now arranged another interesting and varied programme of events for the next few months.  If you are interested in any of the events please put your name on the list at the back of the church and indicate which dates are not suitable for you, or speak to Mary or Madeleine. Also do let us know if there is anything else you would be interested in seeing.

Holy Name Galleries Club

We’ve booked a private guided tour of Paula Rego’s exhibition, “Obedience anad Defiance” Saturday 4th April 2pm. It is a survey of the Portuguese artist’s work bringing politics to the fore. It takes place at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh nationalgalleries.org/exhibition/paula-rego-obedience-and-defiance Train is easy to the Scottish Capital so do make your own travel arrangements. If at least ten people sign up the guided tour is £5 plus 50% of exhibition entry cost. Max 15. Do register: catherinehearne@btinternet.com and she’ll send you more details.

Sunday 16 February 2020

Sing-Along Film Club

From John Waddell: You are welcome join us on Thursday to enjoy The Sound of Music in a friendly, sociable setting. Refreshments are available from 1pm, followed by the film from 1.30 – 3.30pm.

Church Concert

The Newcastle Male Chorus will give a Concert in our church on Saturday at 7pm. The programme will feature standard songs from the shows as well as folk, modern and classic numbers. Drinks and canapés will be served in the interval. Tickets, £10, are on sale after Masses today.

Diocesan Vacancy – Head of Communications

The Diocese is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic individual to take responsibility for shaping and delivering its Communication Strategy. The appointed person will lead on Diocesan communications activity and be passionate about the positive impact the Church can make. The post is a full-time 12 month contract with the potential for the role to become permanent. For further information and details of how to apply, visit www.rcdhn.org.uk or telephone (0191) 243 3301

Parish AGM

The annual general meeting of the Parish Council – open to everyone – will take place in the hall on Sunday 8 March following the 10am Mass. A short questionnaire to inform the Council members of what parishioners expect of the Council will be distributed at Masses next Sunday.

The Holy Name Book Club

From Tessa Burton-Roberts: You are welcome to join us on Wednesday 26 February in the hall at 7pm for a glass of wine and a discussion of our next novel, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

Guest Lecture (1)

Eamon Duffy, one of the world’s most influential and widely respected historians, will visit Holy Name on Saturday 29 February at 12.30pm to speak about St John Henry Newman, the subject of his most recent book which offers a “very brief history” about England’s newest saint. Duffy’s The Stripping of the Altars (1982) was described in the London Review of Books as ‘one of those rare books which have the power radically to alter our understanding of a large piece of the past’, overturning what we thought we knew about the Reformation. His new book, John Henry Newman: A very brief history, on which this visit to Holy Name is based, makes a complex and important figure hugely accessible. Tickets are free via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/john-henry-newman-a-very-brief-history-with-professor-eamon-duffy-tickets-91545955417 where there is more information about the lecture. If you do not have internet access but wish to attend, please put your name on the list at the back of church. Please encourage your friends to come along and share the event on social media. Bishop Robert Byrne will introduce Professor Duffy

Guest Lecture (2)

In association with the Centre for Catholic Studies, Professor Stephen Regan, Director of The Centre for Poetry and Poetics at Durham University, is joining us on Thursday 12 March at 7pm to present: ‘Francis Thompson: The Hound of Heaven and Ode to the English Martyrs’.
Invitation to Choral Evensong

In celebration of our 90th anniversary, members of our congregation are invited to Choral Evensong at All Saints Church, West Avenue, Gosforth next Sunday at 6.30pm. All are welcome and Fr Campion hopes many will join him for the Service.

Elizabeth Agnes (‘Betty’) Smith RIP

Betty, formerly of Beatty Avenue, died on 9 February, age 93 years. Her Requiem Mass will take place at Holy Name on Thursday 27 February at 10.30am. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family. Requiescat in pace.

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

 Holy Name Holiday Club

From Catherine Hearne: Our very popular Holiday Club is venturing to Southern Spain from 5 to 9 October this year. Members of the congregation, family and friends are most welcome to take part. We’ll take return flights with Jet2 from Newcastle to Malaga with coach transfer (30 minutes approx) to a 3* hotel for four nights. Included in the holiday is a full day excursion to Granada. You will be responsible for your own insurance. Payments will be made directly to NST, fully bonded through ABTA and ATOL. The cost is £599 per person based on twin/double or £767 for a single. A deposit of £200 pp will be required by 6 March with the balance to be paid in the summer. Regular travellers know there will be some additional payments nearer the time for optional meals and gallery entries. More information is available from me catherinehearne@btinternet.com  or sign up at the back of Church. Very much hoping you can join us!

 French conversation – de 11 à 12.00, salle des fêtes, tous les mercredis

 The Holy Name Film Club

From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 28 February we will be showing Legally Blonde, the 2001 comedy directed by Robert Luketic and starring Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair and Jennifer Coolidge. Elle Woods, in a hugely entertaining performance by Witherspoon, is a naturally blonde fashion merchandising college student from LA, dumped by her politically ambitious boyfriend because “I need to marry a Jackie, not a Marilyn”. Determined to win him back, she pursues him to Harvard law school, where, unexpectedly, she discovers she has a brain and that there can be more to life than Clinique, beauty and hair care and accessorising. Come and see this witty, charming and hilarious SoCal meets East Coast comedy – and learn a cool trick that is guaranteed to get you the attention of everyone in the room: the Bend and Snap!

Sunday 9 February 2020

Welcome
Thank you to Fr John Skivington (10am) and Fr Michael Hickey (7pm) who are celebrating Mass with us at Holy Name today.

Holy Name Finance Committee
From Fr Campion: Bernard Kent, who has been a longstanding member of the Finance Committee – and for many years the ‘rock’ on whom all parish finances rested – has retired from the Committee. Fortunately, he will continue assisting with payments and Diocesan Returns. We are most grateful for his wonderful service. Bernard is being replaced by Jo Totton, non-executive director for the Regulator for Social Housing, and former Chief Executive of the Northern Housing Consortium and Chair of Your Homes Newcastle. Her experience will be invaluable and we thank her for her willingness to serve Holy Name in this capacity.

Sing-Along Film Club
From John Waddell: You are welcome join us on Thursday 20 February to enjoy The Sound of Music in a friendly, sociable setting. Refreshments are available from 1pm, followed by the film screening from 1.30 – 3.30pm.

Church Concert
The Newcastle Male Chorus will give a Concert in our church on Saturday 22 February at 7pm. The programme will feature standard songs from the shows as well as folk, modern and classic numbers. Drinks and canapés will be served in the interval. Tickets, £10, will be on sale after Masses today.

Thank you to everyone who last Sunday donated 114 tins of meat/fish and excellent amounts of other mixed foodstuffs, cosmetics, coats, shoes, back packs, kitchen items and £48 in cash.First Holy Communion
Parents with children aged 7 or over ready for First Holy Communion this year are invited to contact Fr Campion.  The preparation course requires one parent at least to take part in seven one hour sessions. First Communion Day will be Sunday 14 June.

Guest Lecture
Eamon Duffy, one of the world’s most influential and widely respected historians, will visit Holy Name on Saturday 29 February at 12.30pm to speak about St John Henry Newman, the subject of his most recent book which offers a “very brief history” about England’s newest saint. Duffy’s The Stripping of the Altars (1982) was described in the London Review of Books as ‘one of those rare books which have the power radically to alter our understanding of a large piece of the past’, overturning what we thought we knew about the Reformation. His terrific new book, John Henry Newman: A very brief history, on which this visit to Holy Name is based, makes a complex and important figure hugely accessible. Tickets are free via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/john-henry-newman-a-very-brief-history-with-professor-eamon-duffy-tickets-91545955417 where there is more information about the lecture. If you do not have internet access but wish to attend, please put your name on the list at the back of church. Please encourage your friends to come along and share the event on social media. Bishop Robert Byrne will introduce Professor Duffy.

The Holy Name Book Club
From Tessa Burton-Roberts: You are welcome to join us on Wednesday 26 February in the hall at 7pm for a glass of wine and a discussion of our next novel, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift. Future titles are A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles; The Seal Woman’s Gift by Sally Magnussen; and Testament by Margaret Atwood.

Poetry Club
The next meeting of the Holy Name Poetry Group on Wednesday 19 February at 7pm in the hall will feature poems chosen by participants on the theme of ‘faithlessness’. All are welcome.

French conversation – de 11 à 12.00, salle des fêtes, tous les mercredis

Racial Justice Sunday
Today our parishes are asked to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution travelling communities make to the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The Day also provides an opportunity to reflect and respond to the racial justice matters within the Church and wider society.

Holy Name Holiday Club
From Catherine Hearne: Our very popular Holiday Club is venturing to Southern Spain from 5 to 9 October this year. Members of the congregation, family and friends are most welcome to take part. We’ll take return flights with Jet 2 from Newcastle to Malaga (direct) with coach transfer (30 minutes approx) to a 3* hotel for four nights. Included in the holiday is a full day excursion to Granada. You will be responsible for your own insurance. Payments will be made directly to NST who are fully bonded through ABTA and ATOL. The cost is £599 per person based on twin/double or £767 for a single. A deposit of £200 pp will be required by 6 March with the balance to be paid in the summer – date tbc. Regular travellers know there will be some additional payments nearer the time for optional meals and gallery entries. More information is available from me catherinehearne@btinternet.com  or sign up at the back of Church. Very much hoping you can join us!

Parish AGM
The annual general meeting of the Parish Council – open to everyone – will take place in the hall on Sunday 8 March following the 10am Mass. A short questionnaire to inform the Council members of what parishioners expect of the Council will be distributed two weeks in advance.

Weekday Mass/Services
As cupboards in one of the sacristy rooms are being replaced next week, there won’t be any daily services up to and including Thursday. There will be Mass on Friday at 10am.

Sunday 2 February 2020

First Holy Communion

Parents with children aged 7 or over ready for First Holy Communion this year are invited to contact Fr Campion.  The preparation course requires one parent at least to take part in seven one hour sessions. First Communion Day will be Sunday 14 June.

Car Parking

If you use the church’s small car park, please park only in the marked bays. Please do not park in the piazza entrance or elsewhere in the car park. There are plenty of free parking spaces on Towers Avenue.

Job Vacancy

A part-time assistant is required at the Pauline Books and Media Centre at St Mary’s Cathedral. The closing date for applications is Friday. For an application form and further information, email newcastle@pauline-uk.org or write to Mrs Helen Newton, Pauline Books & Media, Clayton St West, Newcastle NE1 5HH.

 Guest Lecture

Professor Eamon Duffy, Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge, will visit Holy Name on Saturday 29 February at 12:30pm to speak about St John Henry Newman, the subject of his most recent book which offers a “very brief history” about England’s newest saint. Bishop Robert Byrne will introduce Professor Duffy. Copies of the book will be on sale afterwards during a reception in the Hall. Tickets are free via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/john-henry-newman-a-very-brief-history-with-professor-eamon-duffy-tickets-91545955417 where there is more information about the lecture. If you do not have internet access but wish to attend, please put your name on the list at the back of church. Please encourage your friends to come along and share on social media.

St John Henry Newman

Professor Eamon Duffy writes: The canonisation of Cardinal Newman, the greatest Catholic mind of the 19th century, makes him a role-model for the relationship between theology and the Church’s official magisterium. Some recent interpretations of Newman’s work have stressed the importance of dogma in his thought, and have seen him as an advocate of vigilant orthodoxy. The lecture at Holy Name on 29 February will explore the complexities of Newman’s thinking about authority and freedom, and its relevance for the Church today.

Refugee Donations

Thank you for your donations today for the Diocesan Refugee Project. The following items also are welcome: coats for men and women over 18 years of age; shoes for adults (trainers for men); towels; kitchen crockery (including large pans); suitcases and backpacks. Please donate these only on the first Sunday of the month as we do not have space to store the items.

Church Concert

The Newcastle Male Chorus will give a Concert in our church on Saturday 22 February at 7pm. The programme will feature standard songs from the shows as well as folk, modern and classic numbers. Drinks and canapés will be served in the interval. Tickets, £10, will be on sale after Masses next Sunday. (Two members of our congregation sing with the Chorus so do come along to support them.)

Invitation to Choral Evensong

From Canon Andrew Shipton, All Saints CE Church, Gosforth: In celebration of your 90th anniversary, our Director of Music, John Lewis, and I wish to extend a warm invitation to the Holy Name congregation to our Choral Evensong on 23 February at 6.30pm. If anyone wishes to sing with the choir that evening, the two practices for this service will be on 13th and 20th February at 7pm in the Choir Vestry at All Saints Church, West Avenue, Gosforth. All are welcome.

French conversation – de 11 à 12.00, salle des fêtes, tous les mercredis.

Sunday Morning Coming Down

You are very welcome to enjoy tea or freshly brewed coffee in the hall on Sunday mornings after Mass. Fruit juice is available for children. Why not go along to meet fellow parishioners and even make new friends?

Sing-Along Film Club

From John Waddell: You are welcome join us on Thursday 20 February to enjoy The Sound of Music in a friendly, sociable setting. Refreshments are available from 1pm, followed by the film screening from 1.30 – 3.30pm.

The Holy Name Book Club

From Tessa Burton-Roberts: You are welcome to join us on Wednesday 26 February in the hall at 7pm for a glass of wine and a discussion of our next novel, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift. Future titles are A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles; The Seal Woman’s Gift by Sally Magnussen; and Testament by Margaret Atwood.

St Mary’s Cathedral Mercy Hub

This project supports homeless, lonely, young people and anyone in need. It puts them in contact with access services, provides advice, offers opportunities to meet new people and learn new skills. With the assistance of volunteers, the Mercy Hub can make a difference to people’s lives. If you’d like to get involved or need more information, telephone Jeremy Cain on 07904 881430 or email jeremy.cain@themercyproject.org.uk

 Two-Volume Novel

 by Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

The sun’s gone dim, and
The moon’s turned black;
For I loved him, and
He didn’t love back.

 The Last Word

All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing. ~ Molière, French playwright (1622-1673)

Sunday 26 January 2020

Baptism

We welcome into the family of the Church baby Leo Joseph Gabriel Holmes, first child of Richard and Ana, who is being baptised today.

Altar Serving

From Ruth Gibson: There is an information session after morning Mass today with a view to increasing our number of altar servers.  Thank you to those who already expressed an interest.  It will be lovely to support our current team of three.  If you can’t make it but are interested, please let me or Father Michael know.

Holocaust Memorial Evening

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz–Birkenau concentration camps. On Tuesday the first of four Diocesan commemorations takes place at St. Mary’s School, Benton Park Road, NE7 7PE at 7.00pm. Guest speakers Gerald Stern will recall his father’s experiences during the Holocaust; and Smajo Beso will tell of his parents’ experiences during the Bosnian Genocide in 1995.

Refugee Donations

Please remember to take tins of meat or fish in oil to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project. The following items also would be welcome: coats for men and women over 18 years of age; shoes for adults (trainers for men); towels; kitchen crockery (including large pans); suitcases and backpacks. Please donate these only on the first Sunday of the month as we do not have storage room.

Visit to Montreuil-Sur-Mer 

A meeting for travellers for the trip to Montreuil from 21 – 24 April will take place on Friday 3 April at 6.30pm in the hall. Payment needs to be made by 14 February and passenger information by tomorrow.

The Holy Name Film Club

From Martin Wheeler: For Friday the first of Film Club’s guest presenters, John Waddell, has chosen and will introduce our next film, The Matrix (1999), written and directed by the Wachowskis and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving. In this classic of science fiction/action, as John says, “ingenious science fiction and innovative action meets perception of reality and nature of the human spirit”. The evening promises to be an absolute treat, so mark it in your diary! (Admission is free, there is no need to book but take your own drinks and snacks.)

First Holy Communion

Parents with children aged 7 or over for First Holy Communion this year are invited to contact Fr Campion.  The preparation course requires one parent at least to take part in seven one hour sessions.

Jesmond Pool and Gym

Friday’s Open Day from 11.30am – 4.30pm will include a Nifty Over Fifty exercise class; a talk by Dr Kelly Bowden Davies of Newcastle University on the importance of protein for older adults; and opportunities to look round the facilities.

The Holy Name Book Club

From Tessa Burton-Roberts: You are welcome to join us on Wednesday 26 February at 7pm for a glass of wine and a discussion of our next novel, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift. Future titles are A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles; The Seal Woman’s Gift by Sally Magnussen; and Testament by Margaret Atwood;

Partnership Youth Group

From Julia Henzell: The next meeting is on 2 February from 5.30-7pm at St Aidan’s Church Hall, Coach Lane, Benton. We’ll be looking at ways to become more active and involved within our community. As always, there’ll be pizza. It is open to anyone who is in Year 5 or above but if we could know rough umbers to ensure there is enough pizza that would be great. Please contact me at Julia.henzell@live.co.uk

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

 Become a Catholic?

From Fr Campion: If you are not a baptised Catholic but enjoy being part of our congregation, would you like to join the Church in Eastertide (anytime between mid-April to the end of May)? If you wish to know more about how to go about this, please contact me.

Holy Name Guest Lecture Series

Professor Eamon Duffy, Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge, will visit Holy Name on Saturday 29 February at 12:30pm to speak about St John Henry Newman, the subject of his most recent book which offers a “very brief history” about England’s newest saint. Bishop Robert Byrne will introduce Professor Duffy. Copies of the book will be on sale afterwards during a reception in the Hall.

 Kellett’s Cuddys Race Night

From Hilary Cope: A Race Night will be held on Friday 14 February at The Tyneside Irish Centre in aid of Kabuyanda Health in rural Uganda. This registered charity has been established to improve the current poor clinical services there by building and supporting a new Health Centre. Tickets and horses at £5 each are on sale via lancecope@btinternet.com or calling 07930 072631.

 Nature Notes

A new flower to look for now is the winter aconite. Where the air temperature around them is lower than 10C, these small flowers remain in tight little buds. They grow in clusters on grassy slopes, very often under overhanging trees in an adjacent wood, but are also found in churchyards and gardens. The flowers open up when the temperature reaches the right level, in the form of a cup of bright yellow petals. This cup also has a dainty green ruff beneath it, which gives the flowers a quaint and charming 17th-century look, as if they were standing about at court. They are often in the company of the early snowdrops. ~ Derwent May

Sunday 19 January 2020

Marriage Preparation

Couples getting married this year are taking part in a Marriage Preparation Course in the hall today from 12.30pm. The day-long Course is being conducted by Marriage Care.

Sunday Refreshments

You are very welcome to enjoy tea or freshly brewed coffee in the hall on Sunday mornings after Mass. Fruit juice is available for children. Why not go along to meet fellow parishioners and make new friends?

Spring Cleaning

An upholstery cleaning company gave the chair- covers in the hall a thorough cleaning last week.

The Bostey

We are welcome to visit the new dedicated and impressive facilities for the St Anthony’s Youth Education Service, known locally as “The Bostey”, in the grounds of St Anthony’s Church in Walker on Tuesday at 6.30pm. The charity supports children, young people and their families in Walker.  In our 90th anniversary year Holy Name members donated over £10,000 to this project. Further details are available on the website www.bostey.org.

French Conversation

Tous les mercredis de 11 à 12 heures dans la salle des fêtes paroissiale. Venez quand vous voulez en solidarité!

Christian Unity Service

From Alison Shiel, Jesmond United Reformed Church: We will be holding a Service to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Jesmond URC, Burdon Terrace, on Friday at 11am. We would be delighted if you would take part in the Service and, of course, there will be a warm welcome.

Altar Serving

From Ruth Gibson: There will be an information session next Sunday directly after morning Mass with a view to increasing our number of altar servers.  Thank you to those who already expressed an interest.  It will be lovely to support our current team of three.  If you can’t make it but are interested, please let me or Father Michael know.

The Holy Name Book Club

From Tessa Burton-Roberts: You are welcome to join us on Wednesday at 7pm for a glass of wine and a discussion of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It’s a gripping account of the Nazi occupation of France, seen through the eyes of two unusual young characters.

Visit to Montreuil-Sur-Mer 

To go over final arrangements for the trip to Montreuil from 21 – 24 April, a meeting will take place on Friday 3 April at 6.30pm in the hall.

Kellett’s Cuddys Race Night

From Hilary Cope: A Race Night will be held on Friday 14 February at The Tyneside Irish Centre in aid of Kabuyanda Health in rural Uganda. This registered charity has been established to improve on the current poor clinical services by building and supporting a Health Centre. Tickets and horses at £5 each are on sale after Masses today or via lancecope@btinternet.com or calling 07930 072631.

The Year of the Word

Fr. Sean Hall will lead a study morning on St. Matthew’s Gospel on Saturday from 9.30am to 12.30pm (9.00am refreshments) at St. Mary’s High School, Benton Park Road. It will be an opportunity to deepen understanding of the Sunday Readings for the coming year. To book a place, please put your name on the list at the back of church.

In addition to our Plainchant, Schubert and Dan Schute settings, a new Mass in A Minor by Frederick Strassburger will be introduced gradually from today for Sunday morning Mass.

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

Holy Name Guest Lecture Series

Professor Eamon Duffy, Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge, will visit Holy Name on Saturday 29 February at 12:30pm to speak about St John Henry Newman, the subject of his most recent book which offers a “very brief history” about England’s newest saint. Bishop Robert Byrne will introduce Professor Duffy. Copies of the book will be on sale afterwards during a reception in the Hall.

Proud Catholics 

From Isabel: We meet on Tuesday, 7.30-9.00pm, at St Andrew’s Catholic Church, Worswick Street for a Taizé-style prayer, as always followed by refreshments. For more details, telephone me on 07858 934457 or email proud.catholics@yahoo.com.

The Holy Name Film Club

From Martin Wheeler: For Friday 31 January the first of Film Club’s guest presenters, John Waddell, has chosen and will introduce our next film, The Matrix (1999), written and directed by the Wachowskis and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving. In this classic of science fiction/action, as John says, “ingenious science fiction and innovative action meets perception of reality and nature of the human spirit”. The evening promises to be an absolute treat, so mark it in your diary! (Admission is free, there is no need to book but take your own drinks and snacks.)

A Novel Quote

All I know is that while I’m asleep, I’m never afraid, and I have no hopes, no struggles, no glories — and bless the man who invented sleep, a cloak over all human thought, food that drives away hunger, water that banishes thirst, fire that heats up cold, chill that moderates passion, and, finally, universal currency with which all things can be bought, weight and balance that brings the shepherd and the king, the fool and the wise, to the same level. ~ ‘Don Quixote’ by Miguel de Cervantes

Sunday 12 January 2020

Baptism

We welcome into the family of the church baby Cameron McIlvenna, the first child of John and Lea, who is being baptised today.

CESRT Donations

From Dr Shirley Warrington: I would like to thank Holy Name parishioners for raising an amazing £3,285 for the work of CESRT in Chios. As this is a significant sum, I have sent it directly to the charity’s account so that it can be used to fund a bigger project (such as the new path in the camp). Currently, in a camp designed for 1,100 people, over 6,000 people are trying to survive in cold, wet, muddy conditions, sometimes without even a tent. Photographs of conditions for the refugees in the camp are on the noticeboard. Thank you for your support.

Dementia Action Sing Along Film Club

The next screening is on Thursday at 1.30pm in the hall. The film will be the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Carousel (1956) with subtitles during the songs so you can join in. All are welcome.

 The Holy Name Poetry Club

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday with the theme of Hope. You are welcome to take part, with or without a previously published poem.

 The Holy Name Wine Club

Our next tasting on Friday 24 January will focus on wines from the Loire Valley. Tickets, priced £10, are on sale after Mass today.

Sunday Refreshments

You are very welcome to for tea/coffee in the hall on Sunday mornings after Mass. Fruit juice is available for children. It’s a good way to meet fellow parishioners and make new friends!

Become a Catholic?

From Fr Campion: If you are not a baptised Catholic but enjoy being part of our congregation, would you like to formally join the Church in Eastertide (between mid-April to the end of May)? If you wish to know more about how to go about this (it’s very simple), please contact me. But don’t worry – if you are happy to stay as you are, so are we!

 The Holy Name Film Club

From Martin Wheeler: For Friday 31 January the first of Film Club’s guest presenters, John Waddell, has chosen and will introduce our next film, The Matrix (1999), written and directed by the Wachowskis and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving. In this classic of science fiction/action, as John says, “ingenious science fiction and innovative action meets perception of reality and nature of the human spirit”. The evening promises to be an absolute treat, so mark it in your diary! Take your own drinks and snacks.

 Kellett’s Cuddys Race Night

From Hilary Cope: A Race Night will be held on Friday 14 February at The Tyneside Irish Centre in aid of Kabuyanda Health in rural Uganda. This registered charity has been established to improve on the current poor clinical services by building and supporting a Health Centre. Tickets and horses at £5 each will be on sale after Mass next Sunday or via lancecope@btinternet.com or calling 07930 072631.

 Diocesan Refugee Project

Thank you for the donations last Sunday of 81 tins of meat/fish and other foodstuffs, a large suitcase, some kitchen towels, a lovely selection of biscuits and an excellent amount of cosmetics.

Christian Unity Service

From Alison Shiel, Jesmond United Reformed Church: We will be holding a Service to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Jesmond URC, Burdon Terrace, on Friday 24 January at 11am. We would be delighted if you would take part in the Service and, of course, there will be a warm welcome.

Holy Name Guest Lecture Series

We are delighted that Professor Eamon Duffy, Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge, will visit Holy Name on Saturday 29 February at 12:30pm to speak about St John Henry Newman, the subject of his most recent book which offers a “very brief history” about England’s newest saint. Bishop Robert Byrne will introduce Professor Duffy. Copies of the book will be on sale afterwards during a reception in the Hall. Further information will follow soon.

First Holy Communion

Parents with children aged 7 or over who wish to make their First Holy Communion this year are invited to contact Fr Campion.  The preparation course requires one parent at least to be present for seven one hour sessions.

 The Holy Name Book Club

From Tessa Burton-Roberts: You are welcome to join us on Wednesday 22 January at 7pm for a glass of wine and a discussion of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It’s a gripping account of the Nazi occupation of France, seen through the eyes of two unusual young characters. Future titles are Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift; A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles; The Seal Woman’s Gift by Sally Magnussen; Testament by Margaret Atwood; Autumn by Ali Smith; and The Glass Room by Simon Mawer.

 The Year of the Word

Fr. Sean Hall will lead a study morning on  St. Matthew’s Gospel and Year A of the Sunday Lectionary on Saturday 25 January from 9.30am to 12.30pm (9.00am refreshments) at St. Mary’s High School, Benton Park Road. It will be an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the Sunday Readings for the coming year. To book a place, please put your name on the list at the back of church or contact Rachael Blackburn, our Partnership Chair, at Rachael.Blackburn@st-marys.newcastle.sch.uk

Catholic Definitions – Justice: When kids have kids of their own.

Sunday 5 January 2020

Christmas Gift Card Scheme

During Advent the Gift Card scheme for the destitute people supported by the Diocesan Refugee Project raised £1,045. They each will receive a card this week with £5 enclosed for them to spend as they wish. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Christmas Donations to CESRT

CESRT is the charity that meets refugees arriving in ‘boats’ on the Greek island of Chios from Turkey. Dr Shirley Warrington, who spent time last year working with the charity, will be helping on the island again this year. Thanks to the generosity of our congregation we will be sending £3,000 in support of this relief work. Thank you for such amazing generosity to everyone who made a donation.

Help Required

Would you be willing to help with putting up the tables in the hall on Sunday mornings before Mass for refreshments? We have one volunteer so far but need more. The task would take 10 minutes and would be a great help to those who serve the refreshments. Please contact the Parish Office if you will help.

Dementia Action Sing Along Film Club

The next screening is on Thursday 16 January at 1.30pm in the hall. The film will be the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Carousel (1956) with subtitles during the songs so you can join in. All are welcome.

Holy Name Poetry Club

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 15 January with the theme will be Hope.

Holy Name Wine Club

Our next tasting on Friday 24 January will focus on wines from the Loire Valley. Tickets, priced £10, will be on sale after Mass next Sunday.

Holy Name Guest Lecture Series

We are delighted that Professor Eamon Duffy, Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge, will visit Holy Name on Saturday 29 February at 12:30pm to speak about St John Henry Newman, the subject of his most recent book which offers a “very brief history” about England’s newest saint. Bishop Robert Byrne will introduce Professor Duffy. Copies of the book will be on sale afterwards during a reception in the Hall. Further information will follow soon.

The Year of the Word

As part of this special Year of the Word – devoted to raising the profile of Scripture amongst Catholics in England and Wales – there will be a Study Morning on Saturday 25 January from 9.30am to 12.30pm (9.00am refreshments) at St. Mary’s High School, Benton Park Road. Fr. Sean Hall will lead a morning looking at St. Matthew’s Gospel and Year A of the Sunday Lectionary. It will be an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the Sunday Readings for the coming year. To book a place, please put your name on the list at the back of church or contact Rachael Blackburn, our Partnership Chair, at Rachael.Blackburn@st-marys.newcastle.sch.uk

 Visit to the Bostey

Members and friends of Holy Name are invited to take part in a formal visit to see the new facilities for the St Anthony’s Youth Education Service, known locally as “The Bostey, in Walker on Tuesday 21 January at 6.30pm. We supported this charity in our 90th Anniversary Year, during which parishioners donated over £10,000 to its work. This small charity supports children, young people and their families in Walker and the areas surrounding the Catholic parish of St Anthony’s (a member of our Partnership).

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

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

 Sunday Refreshments

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

Language Class

A French conversation class for intermediate/advanced speakers begins in the hall on Wednesday and will continue for each Wednesday from 11-12pm. If practising your spoken French appeals, or simply coming along and listening in a relaxed but focused “table ronde”, then why not give it a try? No commitment is needed, the cost is £5 per meeting and all proceeds will go to charity. Please sign the list at the back of church if you wish to take part.

 The Holy Name Book Club

For discussing on 22 January, our first novel for 2020 is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015. A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes: The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home; The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History; The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris; And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth. (Waterstones review) You will be most welcome to take part.

If you have not done so already – or have changed your contact details – please complete a Registration Form available from the back of church (in the rack underneath the photograph of Pope Francis). 

 We thank you for your presence
in all the years of our lives –
through joy and sorrow, success and failure,
you have been with us,
the companion on all our journeys.
We thank you for the love of faithful friends,
the wisdom we have gained with experience,
the beauty of nature and your steadfast love.
We thank you for the New Year that awaits us
and we place all our trust in your protection.
Keep us and all our loved ones safe from danger,
take us by the hand and lead us on.  Amen.

Personal Gifts

Thank you very much to everyone who made a Christmas donation on my behalf to either the CESRT charity or to the Diocesan Refugee Project. I am most grateful. ~ Fr Campion

Dementia Action Sing Along Film Club

The next screening is on Thursday 16 January at 1.30pm in the hall. The film will be the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Carousel (1956) with subtitles during the songs so you can join in. All are welcome.

Holy Name Poetry Club

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 15 January when the theme will be Hope.

Diocesan Refugee Project

Please remember to take tins of meat or fish in oil to church next Sunday for the refugees and people seeking asylum supported by the Project.

A Novel Note

“The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.” ~ Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

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

The Holy Name Book Club

On 22 January we will discuss ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015.  ‘An epic work about bravery and the power of attachment’, Rose Tremain, Observer, Books of the Year; ‘An epic and a masterpiece’, Justin Cartwright, The Observer; ‘This novel will be a piece of luck for anyone with a long plane journey or beach holiday ahead. It is such a page-turner, entirely absorbing… magnificent’, The Guardian.

The Year of the Word

As part of a special Year devoted to raising the profile of Scripture amongst Catholics in England and Wales, Fr Sean Hall will lead a Study Morning on Saturday 25 January from 9.30am to 12.30pm at St Mary’s High School, Benton Park Road. It will focus on St Matthew’s Gospel and Year A of the Sunday Lectionary. This will be an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the Sunday Readings for the coming year. To book a place, please contact Rachael  at Rachael.Blackburn@st-marys.newcastle.sch.uk

 Nature Notes

Christmas robins are an uncertain story. They are back in their winter territories after their autumn moult, and have been singing for a couple of months or so, but these pre-Christmas singers have been rather weak and spasmodic performers. Their songs were thin, and it has always been a chance whether or not they would be singing on any particular day. However, it is usually around Christmas that some of them start singing more vigorously and sweetly. These birds are starting to anticipate the spring. They are feeling a stronger urge to defend their territories, and they are beginning to look for a mate. Traditionally, birds are said to find their mate on Valentine’s Day, but robins get down to the business well before this. If you have a robin in your garden, you will have to wait and see if it is already singing an optimistic spring song on Christmas Day. ~ Derwent May

Nick Broome RIP
We offer our deepest condolences to Susannah Broome on the death of her husband, Nick, who was tragically killed in an accident in Northumberland on Tuesday. Please keep her and family in your prayers. Requiescat in pace.

Lord. It’s true there will be accounting for what I have done, but it will also be an encounter of mercy, of joy, of happiness … Thinking about the end, the end of creation, the end of one’s life, this is wisdom, the wise ones do it. ~ Pope Francis, 28 November

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

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

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