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

Please remember the following who are ill –Beppe Mingarini, Fr Kevin Daly, Anne Aitkin, Ian Smith, Jim White, baby Brendan McDonough, Cynthia Watson, Paul Stanford, Michael Prindiville, Jane Noble, Peter Lindblom, John Regan, Peter Nicholson, Susan Greener, Christopher Levant, Christine Wickens, Brian Wheeler, Claire Lamont, Mark Holder, Ambrose Mulroy, Mary Drinkald, Kathleen Belshaw, Willie Cusker, Alice Hagman, Melvyn Elbury, Josie Mulligan, Charlotte Elliott, Kieran Corcoran, Jack Leonard, Ian Peacock and Mary O’Brien. May the Lord grant them comfort, strengthen them in their weakness, take away their fear and give them his peace.

Requiescant in Pace – Please remember Anthony Cunningham whose Funeral Service takes place at Holy Name on Thursday at 11.30am. Please pray also for former parishioner Janie O’Brien and Paul Harrison who died recently.

Thank you to everyone continuing to support the parish by Standing Order or by cheque. Your support is greatly appreciated, especially as our offertory income at Mass has declined due to the lockdowns and restricted number of people at Mass. 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. 

Sunday 25 July 2021

The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak’. Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel

Homily, 17th Sunday (B) 2021

Public Mass – There are plenty of places available for public Mass on Tuesdays. However, Mass on Sundays is usually fully booked by the previous Friday. If you wish to take part in either, please email with your name, the number of people in your party and your telephone number (all for track and trace).

Live-streamed Mass this week:
Sunday – 10.00am (public)
Tuesday – 10am (public)
Wednesday – 10.00am
Thursday – 10am
Friday – 10am

Pope Francis has designated today as the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Message of Pope Francis for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 

Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly
I thank You, Lord, for the comfort of Your presence:
even in times of loneliness,
You are my hope and my confidence,
You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth!

I thank You for having given me a family
and for having blessed me with a long life.
I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty,
for the dreams that have already come true in my life
and for those that are still ahead of me.
I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me.

Increase, O Lord, my faith,
make me a channel of your peace,
teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me,
to never stop dreaming
and to tell of your wonders to new generations.

Protect and guide Pope Francis and the Church,
that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth.
Send Your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world,
that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed,
the poor consoled and wars ended.

Sustain me in weakness
and help me to live life to the full
in each moment that You give me,
in the certainty that you are with me every day,
even until the end of the age.

Refugee Project – Thank you for the magnificent amount of items taken to the church hall yesterday. We welcome donations tins of tinned chickpeas and tinned fish (no tinned meat), as well as toilet rolls, toiletries and sanitary products (but not tampons). Please note that donations of good quality clothing and bedding are now being taken again. Enquiries should be directed to Sara Harris by email: or by telephone 07407 091 184.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, born 1772, the English lyrical poet, critic, and philosopher, died on this day in 1834. His Lyrical Ballads, written with William Wordsworth, heralded the English Romantic movement, and his Biographia Literaria (1817) is the most significant work of general literary criticism produced in the English Romantic period.

Poetry Club
– The theme for the meeting on Wednesday is ‘Desert Island Verse’. Participants are invited to elect a poem to sustain them when marooned (besides Shakespeare and the Bible). There will be no meeting in August and, all going well, September’s meeting will be in the Hall.

When You Are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

A new radio drama that lays bare the tensions in the life of composer William Byrd – a Catholic in post-Reformation England – is available on BBC Sounds. As backstage revelations go, this one is in a class of its own. In BBC Radio 3’s five-part drama on the Catholic composer William Byrd (1542/43-1623), To Preserve the Health of Man, David Suchet plays the lead opposite Juliet Aubrey as Queen Elizabeth I. (THE TABLET)

Protecting the Health of Our Clergy and Congregations ~ Bishop Robert Byrne CO, in consultation with the Episcopal Council, has taken both Clergy and Lay advice with regard to HM Government’s announcement about Step 4 of the Covid–19 Roadmap. Due to the very high infection rates across all areas of the Diocese, Bishop Robert has asked that we retain all of the COVID control measures and cleaning protocols that they are currently following in all of our churches and church halls until at least the end of August 2021. In September there will be a review of available data and guidance to allow further decisions to be made regarding controls and protocols. Please click here to view the full statement from Bishop Robert Byrne CO. Please click here to view a statement from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Holy Name Protocols – For everyone’s safety when taking part in Mass, please continue to wear face coverings, sanitise hands when entering the church and keep a social distance of 2m. When leaving the building,  please try not to congregate outside.

Christine Allen, director of Cafod, has described the government’s decision to slash international aid as “beyond despicable”, writes Ellen Teague. “The government is hiding behind fiscal formulas to abandon the world’s most vulnerable,” she said. She stated that the economic rationale for its aid cut “is fatuous” because the 0.7 per cent commitment is already tied to economic growth, declining or rising with it. “The cuts in aid, whilst increasing defence spending, just underline how cynical this is,” she said, adding: “The truth is this is a political decision, which is at the expense of the world’s most vulnerable and marginalised communities affected by Covid and climate change.” She was speaking last week after charities warned that many thousands will die as a result of harsh cuts to the UK’s aid budget, endorsed by MPs on 13 July. In spite of appeals from charities and faith leaders, MPs voted for the cuts by 333 votes to 298 – a majority of 35, approving an indefinite delay to reversing the £4 billion international development cut despite opposition from prominent Tory rebels. The government insisted afterwards it remains committed to eventually restoring the 0.7 per cent commitment, but no time frame was given. Christian Aid agreed that the vote “speaks of a government trying to escape its responsibilities to the world’s poorest people”. Pete Moorey, Christian Aid’s head of UK advocacy and campaigns, said: “It beggars belief that, in the middle of a global pandemic with extreme poverty rising, we are turning our backs on the most vulnerable people in the world.” (THE TABLET)

Part time work – I am a visually impaired person living in Gosforth. I’m a fortysomething active Mum, with a 10 year old son, looking for someone to guide and assist me while I participate in daily exercise which can be anything from power walking to swimming or yoga.  I may also need assistance with cooking, household administration and housework. Days required are Monday and Wednesday mornings, for approximately three hours per day at £10 per hour. It’s possible there may be  an increase in hours  in the future. If you think you would be interested, please telephone me on (07731) 959038 or email ~ Shauna McKenna 

Nature Notes – The bluest of all our birds — so blue that its fast flight upriver strikes the mind as a small blue bolt rather than anything avian — is not blue at all. The azure feathers of a kingfisher contain no blue pigment, instead reflecting the short waves of sunlight in a phenomen known as the Tyndall effect, which also lends the sky its hue, and blue eyes their colour. In terms of pigment, kingfisher feathers are brown, as the bird seen in shadow appears; the feathers contain tiny structures that differ in size and shape, giving rise to varied reflectance spectra and scattering the sun. ~Melissa Harrison

Monday is the birthday of John Field
, born 1782, the Irish pianist and composer whose nocturnes for piano were among models used by Chopin. He died in 1837 in Moscow. Field first studied music at home with his father and grandfather and afterward in London with Muzio Clementi, under whose tuition, given in return for Field’s services as a piano demonstrator and salesman, the boy made rapid progress. In 1802 Clementi took Field to Paris and later to Germany and Russia. Field quickly secured recognition as a pianist and composer and in 1803 settled in Russia, becoming for a time a popular and fashionable teacher. He played extensively throughout Europe during the next 30 years and had great success with one of his E flat piano concerti at a Philharmonic Society concert in London in 1832. He is credited with being one of the earliest to develop the use of the sustaining pedal, both in the prescription of it for his music and in his own performance. Field was one of the earliest of the purely piano virtuosos, and his style and technique strikingly anticipated those of Chopin. As a composer he was at his best in shorter pieces, where his expressive melodies and his imaginative harmonies, often chromatic, are not exposed to the strain of long development. Field wrote seven piano concerti and four sonatas, in which high quality is often apparent but not consistently maintained. In the nocturnes, more concise and intimate than his larger works, Field’s music is distinguished in style and varied in mood.

Diocesan Year of the Eucharist ~
Bishop Robert has announced that a Year of the Eucharist will be celebrated in the Diocese starting on Sunday 17 October. It will be launched at St Mary’s Cathedral and simultaneously with the launch of the Synod of Bishops in Rome. He has defined the aims of the Year of the Eucharist as:

  • To celebrate the Eucharist at the heart of the life and mission of the Church and to gather people back.
  • To grow as a Diocese in our love and appreciation of the Eucharist.
  • To deepen our appreciation of the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist through the rites.
  • To revitalise and renew our faith through a deepening prayer and devotion of the Eucharist.
  • To go out and serve the world through the nourishment of the Eucharist.

The Year of the Eucharist will be celebrated in Episcopal Areas, Partnerships, Parishes and Schools and will provide a framework of prayer for the Diocese’s participation in the first stage of the Synod.

Nature Notes – Does honeysuckle have the strongest scent of all our wild flowers? In the daytime the fragrance attracts pollinators like while admiral butterflies and the garden bumblebee whose outrageously long tongue (2cm at full unfurl) can access the honeysuckle’s deep trumpets. But it’s during summer nights that this scent grows so powerful that even to the atrophied olfactory capabilities of humans it feels like a physical presence. It is thought that moths can follow these nocturnal scent signals from up to quarter a mile away.. Midnight dormice are also irresistibly drawn, scaling honeysuckle’s twisting bines to munch on the scent-laden flowers and skilfully harvest the bark to line their nests. ~ Jonathan Tulloch 

Hassockfield (from the Diocesan Justice and Peace Council)In October, the Home Office plans to open an Immigration Removal Centre at Hassockfield on the site of the former Medomsley Detention Centre. This will be for 80 women seeking asylum in the UK. The proposal is inhumane, unjust and incompatible with our faith which calls us to recognise the intrinsic dignity of each person. These women are people like ourselves who have the right to a place of safety and to be treated with respect and compassionA monthly prayer vigil will be held at the barrier to Hassockfield on the first Sunday of each month at 3pm starting on Sunday 1st August. This will last for about 30 minutes and will incorporate a time of silent witness. Please support this with your prayer and, if at all possible, come along. For further information, please contact

Shakespeare’s Scottish play – Hold the date of Tuesday 10 August 7pm for an outdoor performance of Macbeth, as you’ve never seen it before, on All Saints’ Church Green, Gosforth, by the Handlebards, a comedy troupe who usually perform at the Edinburgh Festival, with fun, lots of laughs laughs and tomato ketchup. Arrangements will be in line with COVID regulations. Children under 10 free with a responsible adult!  For tickets:

Baptisms – The celebration of baptisms in church will resume in the very near future. Priority will be given to those who had bookings cancelled owing to the pandemic lockdowns. We have 15 babies waiting for the sacrament so to clear the backlog, baptisms may take place on weekdays (except Mondays), Saturdays at 11am and on Sundays at 11.15am. Please note that it is the custom in the Catholic Church that, excluding exceptional circumstances, children should be baptised either in the parish where their parents live or in the church where they attend Sunday Mass regularly.

First Holy Communion – Due to the pandemic, things are different from most years and we are using two different approaches for helping children prepare for the sacrament. We use booklets from the Liverpool diocese which are very user friendly and easy for parents to work through with their children. Once parents have worked through these booklets at home with their children, and they feel their children are ready for the sacrament, parents may arrange a date for a Sunday Mass in which their children can make their First Holy Communion.  Alternatively, families can wait until we restart our preparation classes in the church hall.  We are hoping to do this if and when the hall reopens in September.  Sheila Jackson and I will work with children and parents at these sessions. We don’t have any dates yet for these sessions as we are waiting to see what the government advice is nearer the time.  (Cathy Corcoran)

Lourdes Pilgrimage – As pilgrims are unable to travel to Lourdes this year, there will be a ‘Virtual Pilgrimage’, providing opportunities for the Pilgrimage Family to join together in prayer and worship over the course of a week which starts on Saturday with a day at Ushaw. Unfortunately, numbers are restricted and places do need to be booked in advance. Following this day of reflection at Ushaw, all other Masses and Services will be streamed via YouTube or Facebook. During the week there will be a Service of Healing and a Bereavement Service. You can access the links to the services via the Pilgriamge website: or searching YouTube for HN-Lourdes Hospitalite.

Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington DC,  had this to say about LGBTQIA Catholics

You belong to the heart of this Church. And there is nothing that you may do, may say, that will ever rip you from the heart of this Church. There is a lot that has been said to you, about you, behind your back, that is painful and is sinful… We have to find a way to talk to one another. And to talk to one another, not just from one perspective, but to talk and to listen to one another. I think that’s the way that Jesus ministered. He engaged people, He took them where they were at, and He invited them to go deeper, closer to God.”

Care for our Common Home – The Diocesan Justice & Peace Council
The Council has sent a letter to the Bishops of England and Wales in response to the pastoral letter on May 23 on the theme of care of our common home. In it we express our support for the call to care for our common home and urge the Conference of Bishops to

  • Agree to fully divest from fossil fuels by the end of 2022 and adopt an ethical investment policy for all financial assets (we note and support the Scottish Bishops’ announcement that they will fully divest in their own letter at Pentecost);
  • Commit the Church to achieving net zero emissions by 2030 or sooner if the Salford project confirms this is possible;
  • Advocate for greater Government action to deliver a green, fair and sustainable recovery from the pandemic;
  • Advocate for the UK Government to advance its net zero target from 2050 to 2040 at the
    latest and to deliver a clear roadmap of actions to achieve this.

The Emmaus Bereavement Support Service – Whilst bereavement is extremely hard at any time, these last months of lockdown have been particularly difficult, whilst funerals that have had to take place in very restricted circumstances have taken their toll on so many. Whilst family and friends can be immensely supportive, sometimes a bereaved person wants to talk to someone outside of their immediate circle. The Emmaus Bereavement Support Team, trained in the Ministry of Consolation, is available to support those who wish to talk about their loss. Due to current restrictions, such conversations will most likely take place on the telephone but we hope as restrictions ease, it may be possible for people to meet face–to–face again. The Emmaus Bereavement Support Service number is 07732 980740 for anyone wishing to access this service.

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

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


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