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

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(* with thanks to Begonia for this photograph of her children in Spain)

May 1915
Charlotte Mary Mew

Let us remember Spring will come again
To the scorched, blackened woods, where all the wounded trees
Wait, with their old wise patience for the heavenly rain,
Sure of the sky: sure of the sea to send its healing breeze,
Sure of the sun. And even as to these
Surely the Spring, when God shall please
Will come again like a divine surprise
To those who sit to-day with their great Dead, hands in their hands, eyes in their eyes,
At one with Love, at one with Grief: blind to the scattered things and changing skies.

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

Please remember in your prayers the following people who are ill and for whom our prayers are requested – Sheila Manley, Nancy Lavin, Jeremy Beecham, Melvyn Elbury, Elke Smith, Imogen Hollingsworth, Josie Mulligan, Charlotte Elliott, Kieran Corcoran, Jack Leonard, Hanka Postawska, Ian Peacock, Mary O’Brien, Margaret McMenamin, Michael Prindiville, Jane Noble, Peter Lindblom, John Regan, Stephanie Grant, Peter Nicholson, Susan Greener, Christopher Levant, Christine Wickens, Brian Wheeler, Claire Lamont, Mark Holder and Ambrose Mulroy,   May the Lord grant them comfort, strengthen them in their weakness, take away their fear and give them his peace.

Church Closed – In light of the escalating transmission of the coronavirus and the government’s clear advice for everybody to ‘stay at home’ and to limit our contact with other households, our church is closed – except for funerals – until the current National Restrictions are lifted. The warnings about the highly contagious nature of the new strain of COVID-19 are quite stark. While churches in England may remain open for public Mass and other Services, I think it is wrong to continue to ask volunteer stewards, cleaners and others taking part in Mass to risk their health or be the potential cause of others being infected. We also have a moral duty not to do anything that would endanger the staff in our hospitals and the limited facilities of the NHS. As the clear message from health officials is that this already dangerous situation is going to get worse over the coming weeks, I see no alternative but to keep our church closed. (The other churches in our Partnership have been closed as well.).

Sunday 17 January 2021

Homily, 2nd Sunday of the Year (B) 2021 click here


Being young he spoke of atonement, drew
In exact and confidant graphs
The economy of salvation.
Preaching this seamless order he left
No crevice, no escape; it was this
Or it was Judas’ step into the dark.

Grown old now, God, he perseveres,
Student of the geography of your grace,
Found coded in the chaos of love
And even at the edge of death’s confusion.
You are here, God says, to repent
Those sermons; you are here to sit
Mute in the cruciform shadow
Of a love ample as daylight.

Live-streamed Masses this week are on:
Sunday 10.00am
Tuesday 10am
Wednesday 10.00am
Thursday 10.00am
Friday 10.00am
Sunday 10.00am

Today is Peace Sunday for the Church in England and Wales. This year Pope Francis asks us to think about ‘A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace’. How many resources,” he says, are spent on weaponry, especially nuclear weapons, that could be used for more significant priorities such as ensuring the safety of individuals, the promotion of peace and integral human development, the fight against poverty, and the provision of health care.”  He calls on us to strive daily, in concrete and practical ways, to form a community composed of brothers and sisters who accept and care for one another.

In this country there is an active Catholic peace movement called Pax Christi.  Its website suggests many ways we can promote peace in our daily lives, with activities for families to do at home, including a 15-minute peace liturgy for young children. Go to https://paxchristi.org.uk/peace-sunday-2021/. If you wish to make a donation in support of Pax Christi’s work, click on https://tinyurl.com/yxfcw67x

– Martin and Shelagh Lamont have left Jesmond to live in Harrogate and be nearer their family. We wish them every blessing in their new home and thank them both for their much appreciated contributions to life at Holy Name over many years. We are especially grateful to Martin who meticulously tended our church grounds for the past 10 years and recently was our Health and Safety officer. We will miss them as friends and dear members of our community.

Bingo! Throughout the lockdown, our  virtual Book, Poetry, French Conversation and Wine Clubs have continued to thrive on Zoom.  We would like to expand our range of parish activities by launching our virtual Bingo Club. Keeping in touch with friends and family, making new friends or just seeing a friendly face is now more important than ever. Bingo is fun and appeals to all ages: it would be a lovely, simple way to help maintain and develop our community here at Holy Name.  If you are interested in helping to set this up please contact Fr Campion.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021 ~ The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from 18 – 25 January, the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. This year, resources have been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit“, is based on John 15: 1 – 17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family. Resources can be found online here.

On this day Mary Oliver, born 1935, the American poet whose work reflects a deep communion with the natural world, died  in 2019. In this first poem she reads ‘Wild Geese’ and the second features one of her better known poems.

It’s time we thought more about procreation –
click here

Wine Club – Our first tasting of 2021 will be on Friday 29 January at 7.30 pm (by Zoom) and will be led by Will Ridley.  His selection is as follows:

Cuvée Royale Brut Crémant de Limoux Waitrose, £11.99
Co-op Gunderloch, Redstone Riesling, Rheinhessen, £8
Aldi Silandeiro Albariño, £6.79.
Aldi, Carlos Lucas, Dao, Portugal, £5.99

Poetry Group – The next meeting via Zoom will take place on Wednesday at 7pm on the theme of FEAR.

Book Club – Our next meeting is on Wednesday 3 February and will discuss the Sunday Times’ best-seller Three hours by Rosamund Lupton. Here is the ‘blurb’ from goodreads.com: Three Hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds. It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods. It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible. It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for. In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption. To read The Guardian review click here. Future Book Club reads are Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell; On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin; ‘They Came Like Swallows’ by William Maxwell; and ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernardine Evaristo.

It’s the birthday of the youngest of the Brontë sisters, Anne Brontë. born in Thornton, Yorkshire, in 1820. We don’t know as much about her as we do about her sisters, Charlotte and Emily. She was sensitive, passionate, and spiritual, but also a bit meek and timid. She was especially close to Emily, and they would make up fanciful stories about an imaginary country called “Gondal.” When she was 19, she took a position as a governess, because she wanted to contribute to the support of the household. Six years later, she returned home and began writing. The three sisters hatched a plan to publish a book of poetry under three male pseudonyms: Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. The book got a couple of good reviews and sold all of two copies. But Anne continued to write, and she sold a couple of poems to regional periodicals. She also wrote two novels: the first, Agnes Grey (1847) sold pretty well, and her second, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), was a smash hit. It sold out the first printing in six weeks. It was also in 1848 that Charlotte and Anne went to London to reveal the fact that the Bell brothers were really the Brontë sisters. Anne in particular had gotten frustrated over the speculation about the sex of the authors, and whether it was appropriate for women to write novels. She wrote: “I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be. All novels are or should be written for both men and women to read, and I am at a loss to conceive how a man should permit himself to write anything that would be really disgraceful to a woman, or why a woman should be censured for writing anything that would be proper and becoming for a man.” Within the next year, three of the four Brontë siblings — Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell — died of tuberculosis. Anne was the last to die, and before she died, leaving Charlotte alone, Anne whispered, “Take courage.”

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have appointed Dr Edward Morgan, a barrister and an internationally-respected expert in the Code of Canon Law, to oversee the establishment of a National Tribunal Service as part of wide-ranging development of safeguarding structures and processes in the Church. The National Tribunal Service, among the first of its kind to be set up anywhere in the world, is to be established following the 2019-2020 Elliott Review into safeguarding practices and processes within the Catholic Church.

The following poem by Seamus Heaney reflects on the healing of the paralytic by Jesus in the Gospel of St Mark (chapter 2) and considers it from the perspective of the friends who lowered the sick man on a stretcher down through the roof. Heaney suffered a stroke while on holiday in County Donegal in 2006 and had to be carried downstairs and taken by ambulance to hospital. In the poem he identifies with the paralytic’s experience  and commemorates not the beneficiary of Jesus’ healing (‘the one who takes up his bed and walks’) but, rather, the stretcher-bearers, like his own. The poem is taken from Human Chain , poems that Heaney wrote after he recovered from his stroke.

Seamus Heaney

Not the one who takes up his bed and walks
But the ones who have known him all along
And carry him in —

Their shoulders numb, the ache and stoop deeplocked
In their backs, the stretcher handles
Slippery with sweat. And no let up

Until he’s strapped on tight, made tiltable
and raised to the tiled roof, then lowered for healing.
Be mindful of them as they stand and wait

For the burn of the paid out ropes to cool,
Their slight lightheadedness and incredulity
To pass, those who had known him all along.

making plans

How Catholics got conned by Donald Trump – A psychological analysis of the President and his supportersclick here

Parish Calendar – The sale of our 2021 calendar has raised £265.50 profit for our nominated charity The Bostey. Many thanks to Carmel Knox and her team for this uplifting production and to all who contributed photographs. We have four calendars left for anyone who wishes to purchase one (£5) which can be collected or posted (£6.50).

The 2021 Northern Catholic Calendar (the annual diocesan directory) is available for posting (£4.50). Please email the office if you wish to have a copy.

Today is the anniversary of death of Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, born 1671, the Italian composer remembered chiefly for his instrumental music,. He died in Venice in 1751.

The Price of a Human Lifeclick here

A new Catholic investment fund that will seek to align Catholic social teaching with ethical investment is being launched by CCLA investment management, a specialist investment manager for charities, churches and local authorities. The fund is expected to launch on 1 April and will, according to the CCLA “invest responsibly to support sustainable development and adopt a faith-consistent investment policy that aligns with the teachings of the Catholic Church”. These ethical requirements will be overseen by a committee with members from “Catholic religious orders, organisations and charities”. Catholic social teaching has long been a major force in politics and economics and has its origins in Papal encyclicals such as Rerum Novarum and Quadragesimo Anno, responding to the emerging class and social conflicts generated by modern industrial capitalism. Traditionally it has centred on questions of human dignity, social justice and the rights of workers, and this has been strongly reaffirmed and applied to new frontiers such as the environmental and refugee crises under Pope Francis. (THE TABLET)

Nights Our House Comes to Life
by Matthew Brennan

Some nights in midwinter when the creek clogs
With ice and the spines of fir trees stiffen
Under a blank, frozen sky,
On these nights our house comes to life.
It happens when you’re half asleep:
A sudden crack, a fractured dream, you bolting
Upright—but all you can hear is the clock
Your great-grandfather found in 1860
And smuggled here from Dublin for his future bride,
A being as unknown to him then as she is now
To you, a being as distant as the strangers
Who built this house, and died in this room
Some cold, still night, like tonight,
When all that was heard were the rhythmic clicks
Of a pendulum, and something, barely audible,
Moving on the dark landing of the attic stairs.

The Archbishop of Glasgow Phillip Tartaglia died suddenly at his home in Glasgow on Wednesday, the feast day of St Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow. According to the Archdiocese he “had tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after Christmas and was self-isolating at home. The cause of death is not yet clear.” He was 70 years of age. Requiescat in pace.

Get Well Soon – Please remember one of our oldest parishioners, Sheila Manley, who is in hospital following a fall in her home and damage to her knee. She hopes to be home within the next few days..

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


Diocesan Refugee Project – Collections resume at the church hall (Towers Avenue) on Saturday 23 January from 9 to 10am. Tins of chickpeas, tinned fish and tinned corned beef will be very welcome, as will also toilet rolls, toiletries and sanitary products (but not tampons). If you wish to support the Project financially, you can pay by BACS to HSBC DHN DESTITUTE ASYLUM FUND, sort code 40–34–18, account number 52854058. Cheques made payable to D.H&N DESTITUTE ASYLUM FUND can also be sent to Justice and Peace Refugee Project, St. Anne’s Presbytery, Half Fields Road, Winlaton, NE21 5RW. Enquiries should be directed to Sara Harris by email: sara.harris@diocesehn.org.uk or telephone: 07407 091184.

Church Decorations – Thank you to Lorraine and Paul Lee, Mary Robinson and Eileen Waddell who arranged the Christmas Crib and flowers in church for Christmas; and to the Hipkin family for erecting and decorating the Christmas Tree.

Christmas Donations – Thank you to everyone who, in lieu of giving me Christmas presents, made donations instead to the The Bostey charity in Walker. Around £5,500 + Gift Aid was raised in this way for the charity. I am most grateful.~ Fr Campion

From Jodie Grieveson at The Bostey – We have been over-whelmed by the amount of donations we have received already from parishioners and friends of Holy Name. Everyone has been so kind. While I am able to contact those who have donated through PayPal , I am unable to contact many people who have donated through online banking.  Please pass on our sincere thanks to all.

Nature Notes – We are in midwinter, but already the great tits are ringing the changes. Reacting to the lengthening daylight, they have begun to sing. Some people liken their repetitive, two-note call to the sound of a squeaky bike pump, others to a saw being sharpened. Given the way the clear notes chime so resoundingly, perhaps the best comparison is to a schoolyard handbell. These peals don’t mean spring is here, but they do signify that the great tits have started thinking about breeding. To the human ear the sound can send a visceral, deeply welcome message that the year has turned the corner, the worst of the annual darkness is lifting. ~ Jonathan Tulloch

Requiescant in Pace
– Please remember Fr David Milburn who has died and whose Funeral Mass will take place on Friday 22 January in St Mary’s Cathedral at 1pm. Following cremation, Fr David’s ashes will be buried at a later date in the ground of Ushaw College where he taught for many years. Please remember also Keith Poyser, a member of our virtual community, who died on Sunday.

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.

Thus in the winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.

(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 at 7.30pm, currently via Zoom.  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 19 January, with the theme All Things Working Together for Good.  Together we will reflect on Romans 8: 28 and consider how challenging this verse can feel in difficult times and as LGBT+ people.  Does the key to our understanding lie in the words:  “….for those who love God” and have there been occasions in our lives, which we can share, which help illustrate the truth of Paul’s words? For more information, telephone me, Isabel, on 07858 934457, email proud.catholics@yahoo.com, or visit our website http://www.proudcatholics.co.uk.

Wellbeing for Life Coffee Morning: ~ Join our Zoom meeting at 10.30am on Wednesday 20 January when, amongst other things, we’ll be sharing recommendations about any books we’ve particularly enjoyed over the past few months. These relaxed sessions are ideal for both ‘zoom newbies’ and more experienced folk. Open to all aged 50+ See attached poster for full details.(Chris Clarke)

From Jesmond Library: We are sorry to announce that, as from Saturday 2 January, Jesmond Library will once again only be open for its “Click and Collect” service, with no public access to the bookshelves or computers. To order a book for collection from the library, email enquiries@jesmondlibrary.org or telephone 0191 281 2385. If you are having to self-isolate at home, you can also ask that your book be delivered by a volunteer, to addresses in Jesmond. If you wish to return a book outside our normal opening hours, pop it into the library letter box, which is located in the back lane. The hours when you can collect pre-ordered books are still between 2 and 4 pm on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Elders Council: (from Barbara Douglas) “What is the health research breakthrough you hope to see in your lifetime?” Residents living north of the Tyne are being asked to take part in a new interactive, online experience called Multiverse Lab that will shape the future of health research in North East England.
Whilst Multiverse Lab is a playful and fun online experience to take part in, health research is more important than ever.  If you are not quite sure where to start or what you think is the most important area of research, why not join us for a tour of Multiverse Lab and a chance to talk through your thoughts with others.
Unfolding Theatre, the makers of Multiverse Lab, have offered the Elders Council a special session to find out more on Thursday 4 February at 10.30 am on Zoom. If you would like to join us, please email info@elderscouncil.org.uk  and we will send you the link. You can find out more here Multiverse Lab: shaping the future of health research | Unfolding Theatre

On 18 December the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, in its annual Christmas performance, celebrated the scientists in Oxford who helped to develop one of the Covid-19 vaccines now being distributed worldwide. The performance also featured a new Christmas carol by the English composer and conductor John Rutter. “Joseph’s Carol,” dedicated to the “foster father” of Jesus, specifically draws on the narratives of the uncertainty and worries St. Joseph must have felt en route to Bethlehem. “Joseph is the character in the Christmas story who most often gets overlooked and passed over, and I always feel rather sorry for him,” Mr. Rutter said during the programme. “He must have felt he was treading a very long, dark road and not knowing what was at the end of it.” “But at the end of that long, difficult journey a miracle took place, and that’s what my carol is all about—a miracle which will never be forgotten,” he continued. “Joseph’s Carol,” and the entire performance, was specifically dedicated to the team of scientists at Oxford—a “musical thank you,” as Rutter put it. The carol was sung by Sir Bryn Terfel and the choir of Merton College, Oxford.  It ties the journey of the Holy Family two millennia ago into the anxieties and worries of today. “Long and weary was the journey/ Hard and dark the road we trod/ Deep enfolded in the stillness of the night” begins the carol. But the voice of God, ever present and ever encouraging, moves Mary and Joseph onward to Bethlehem, so that he, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, might be born among the poor and meek to save us all. The angels sing out, and hope is brought into the world. Out of the darkness and uncertainty, Mr. Rutter reminds us in “Joseph’s Carol,” emerges a miracle.

The release of “Joseph’s Carol” coincides with Pope Francis’ declaration of the Year of St. Joseph (2020-21). As Pope Francis wrote in the apostolic letter “Patris Corde”: “The spiritual path that Joseph traces for us is not one that explains, but accepts…. Joseph is certainly not passively resigned, but courageously and firmly proactive. In our own lives, acceptance and welcome can be an expression of the Holy Spirit’s gift of fortitude.” Mr. Rutter’s “Joseph’s Carol” evokes much the same sentiment: that the path is difficult and unsure, enveloped in shadows and doubts, but with faith and hope we shall meet the miracle of God and find a new day of rejoicing. We shall make it through this long winter and enjoy summer once more. (extract from ‘America’)

Tyne and Wear Citizens: For all the latest news and details of upcoming events please take a look at the Tyne and Wear Citizens page. A Diocesan Social and Environmental Justice policy has been approved by the Diocesan Board. For more information and the policy document, please visit the policy section. For more about the Pope’s ‘Laudato Si’, the American Bishops have issued a good discussion guide on the document

Faith in Music – In an excellent series on BBC Radio 4, Catholic composer James McMillan looked at the role religious faith has played in the life of four composers – Thomas Tallis, Richard Wagner, Edward Elgar and Leonard Bernstein. All four programmes are available on BBC Sounds.

Covid-19 vaccines that use the cells of aborted foetuses are “morally acceptable” according to the Vatican’s doctrine office. A note from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith rules that the vaccines are “morally licit” because those receiving injections are not directly involved in abortion. Some bishops and Catholic groups have raised concerns about the use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine because it was developed from cell-lines originating from the cells of an aborted foetus in 1983. The Pfizer and the Moderna vaccine, meanwhile, used an aborted cell line during the testing phase.  Issued with the approval of Pope Francis, the doctrinal office said it had issued its ruling following the “diverse and sometimes conflicting pronouncements in the mass media by bishops, Catholic associations, and experts” on the morality of the vaccine. Catholics are forbidden from “co-operation” with abortion but the note states: “All vaccinations recognised as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive.” It adds: “The moral duty to avoid such passive material cooperation is not obligatory if there is a grave danger, such as the otherwise uncontainable spread of a serious pathological agent.”  … In their note, the doctrine office said that getting vaccinated is not “a moral obligation” but that those who refuse vaccinations must take steps to avoid transmitting the virus. Getting a vaccine, the note added, is also a question of promoting the common good. “In the absence of other means to stop or even prevent the epidemic, the common good may recommend vaccination, especially to protect the weakest and most exposed,” it explained. (THE TABLET)

From Hilary Cope ~ Many of you were involved in charity events a year or so ago to support the building of a Health Centre in Uganda with over £4k having been raised towards the project from the Holy Name’s Auction Night. The Health Centre is now reaching completion with the building itself finished with works remaining in connecting to water and electricity mains services and commissioning. It was hoped to have the building open and treating patients this year but CV19 amongst other things has delayed completion so it is now expected next spring. Father Ernest Akhonya Mukavana, who is the Montfortian Missionary overseeing the project on the ground, has sent his and his congregation’s thanks and prayers to all involved in supporting the development. kabuyanda@btinternet.com

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

Christ has no body on earth now but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours;
yours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion on the world;
yours are the feet with which he walks to do good;
yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world. (St Teresa of Avila)

If you wish to support a homeless charity on Tyneside, here are six to consider:
Crisis Skylight Newcastle  – helps with shelter, counselling, advice and skills for employment. https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-help/newcastle  telephone (0191) 222 0622
Depaul UK Nightstop NE – provides emergency accommodation in the homes of local volunteers https://www.nightstop.org.uk/NightstopNE    telephone (0191) 253 6161
People’s Kitchen Newcastle – a lifeline of food, friendship and future for the most vulnerable in our city https://www.peopleskitchen.co.uk/     telephone (0191) 222 0699
Emmaus North East – provides a home community and meaningful work for homeless people, from which they can move on.  https://emmaus.org.uk/north-east    telephone (0191) 497 5302
Changing Lives Newcastle (Cyrenians) – helps over 14,000 people a year to overcome their problems and live safe, independent lives.  https://www.changing-lives.org.uk/   telephone (0191) 273 8891
St Vincent de Paul – provides crisis and transitional accommodation supporting vulnerable and socially excluded people, helping them to reach their full potential https://www.svp.org.uk/supported-accommodation  0191 261 6027

At the St Vincent de Paul Support Centre on Newbridge Street in Newcastle (NE1 2TQ) we provide help and support to people and families struggling in a time of need.  We provide free hot weekly meals, food parcels, clothing and toiletry packs. We recently opened a charity shop and cafe within our Centre and all the money we take from the shop and cafe comes directly to support us. We are always looking for donations of the following: Food to support our food bank, ladies, men’s & children’s clothing / shoes, bags & accessories, bedding, curtains and blankets.  Donations can be dropped at our Centre, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. This Christmas we will be providing food hampers and gifts of toys. We will also be holding our free Christmas lunch day at our Vinnies café.  You can follow our work on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/151469575461103/?ref=share and on Twitter – @VinniesSVP . For more information or to find out more about how you can make a donation to support our work, please telephone (0191) 2616027

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

First Holy Communion: At the moment our plans are rather up in the air because of the virus.  We do hope to start the programme of preparation in the Spring with the children making their Communion in early Summer.  We use resources from the Diocese of Liverpool in which parents work with their children, as, of course, they are the most important educators in the faith of their children. (Mrs Cathy Corcoran)

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