Please remember the following who are ill – Tessa Stevens, Grace McCombie, Pauline Harrison, Simon Davis, Jack Leonard, Mary O’Brien, Peter Nicholson, Beppe Mingarini, Peter Lindblom, Susan Greener, Christopher Levant, Ambrose Mulroy, Mary Drinkald, Kathleen Belshaw, Claire Lamont, Christine Wickens, Jane Noble, Fr Kevin Daly, Ian Smith, Paul Stanford, Michael Prindiville, John Regan, Mark Holder, Willie Cusker, Alice Hagman, Melvyn Elbury, Josie Mulligan, Charlotte Elliott and Ian Peacock. May the Lord grant them comfort, strengthen them in their weakness, take away their fear and give them his peace.

All Masses at Holy Name are live-streamed. To take part, click here. For the Scripture readings and prayers for Mass click here

Sunday 17 October 2021

Live-streamed Masses 17-23 October 2021:
Sunday – 10.00am (public) – Pro Populo
Tuesday – 10am (public) – Patrick Dresser RIP
Wednesday – 10am (private) – Marie Richardson
Thursday – No Mass
Friday – 10am (private) – Fr Michael Sharratt RIP
Saturday – 4pm (public) – Joseph and Angela Campion

Homily, 29th Sunday (B) 2021

The Year of the Eucharist – Bishop Robert Byrne has recently returned from the week-long International Eucharistic Congress that took place in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Established in 1881, these congresses take place every four years and celebrate the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Bishop Byrne’s diocese, Hexham and Newcastle, launches its ‘Year of the Eucharist’ with Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral today at 6.30pm. It’s an opportunity, he says, to re-connect with the Sacramental Church – Christ in the Eucharist at the source and summit of our Catholic faith. “We’re having a year of the Eucharist, linked with the synodal process that the Holy Father has asked us to engage with. It’s an opportunity for all of us to reflect on how we listen to the Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Marriage Relationship Counsellor – 
One of the many effects of Covid-19 and the consequent restrictions has been the impact on family relationships, particularly strains placed on couples, leading in some cases, to domestic and child abuse and neglect. Support for families is vital by individuals trained in relationship counselling. MarriageCare, a charity in collaboration with our Diocese, is offering a Relationship Counselling Course for our parishioners who feel a vocation to support. Full training will be provided and a Certificate in Relationship Counselling (CRC) will be awarded. Further details and application are available on the contacts shown on the flyer. MarriageCare will be hosting an online CRC Open Event via Zoom on Monday 25 October 2021 1-2pm for anyone who would like to know more about the role, training and MarriageCare. Interested parishioners can contact

Marriage Care is the largest faith-based relationship support-specialists in the UK. We provide nearly 6,000 relationship counselling sessions each year from 100 locations. All our centres and services are run by volunteers and this means that we can provide counselling sessions on a donation basis, ensuring everyone can access our support.

Requiescat in Pace – We offer our condolences to Kevin Dresser on the death of his brother, Paddy, who died in Edinburgh of COVID last week.

Calendar 2022 – If you have been busy snapping photos for next year’s Holy Name calendar, now is the time to send them in.  If you are yet to start there is still time to capture a shot which represents ‘Opening Up’. This could include an unusual window, a clearing in a forest, a restaurant re-opening and setting out tables and chairs, a flower … Let your imagination run wild!  Please send your photographs to by 22 October. All monies will be donated to a charity of parishioners’ choice. 

Poetry Group – The theme for next meeting via Zoom on Wednesday is ‘Desperation’. There should be no shortage of poems!

it may not always be so…
e e cummings (1894-1962)

it may not always be so; and i say
that if your lips, which i have loved, should touch
another’s, and your dear strong fingers clutch
his heart, as mine in time not far away;
if on another’s face your sweet hair lay
in such a silence as i know, or such
great writhing words as, uttering overmuch,
stand helplessly before the spirit at bay;

if this should be, i say if this should be—
you of my heart, send me a little word;
that i may go unto him, and take his hands,
saying, Accept all happiness from me.
Then shall i turn my face, and hear one bird
sing terribly afar in the lost lands.

Book Club – The first meeting in the hall for 18 months took place last Wednesday when 12 people (with some apologies) discussed ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover. The next meeting there will be on Wednesday 27 October to discuss ’A Spy among Friends’ by Ben Macintyre. Told with heart-pounding suspense and keen psychological insight, and based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files, A Spy Among Friends is Ben Macintyre’s best book yet, a high-water mark in Cold War history telling.

Congratulations to Newcastle Nurse and parishioner Jane Wren, celebrating her 51st working year at the Royal Victoria Infirmary Women’s Health Unit, who had a significant birthday last Monday and shows no signs of stepping down from her inspiring nursing career spanning five decades. Following nurse training in Bristol, Jane moved to Newcastle where she began her half a century career specialising in gynaecology. Having moved up the ranks to senior sister on the ‘Gynae ward’ in the Old Victoria Wing, further promotion beckoned and Jane became a Nursing Officer. It was in this role that she established Newcastle’s original Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (EPAC), setting up nurse-led ante-natal scanning, and she supported scores of nursing colleagues to learn the art of scanning over the years. This clinic is now completely managed by nurses – a testament to Jane’s pioneering spirit. Semi-retiring in 2006, Jane continued to work part time in EPAC and the gynaecology ward 40 before moving to the Women’s Health Unit where she has cared for countless women over the last eight years. 

Sir David Amess, Conservative MP for Southend West and a committed Catholic, died on Friday after being stabbed in a church in Essex.  The Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols said: “The tragic death of David Amess creates a painful loss in so many lives. I pray for him that he be welcomed into the merciful presence of Our Heavenly Father. I pray for his family and friends, those reeling from shock at this time. I pray for his constituents all those who worked with him in his political career. “This death throws a sharp light onto the fact that our Members of Parliament are servants of the people, available to people in their need, especially in their constituencies. This horrific attack, as David was undertaking his constituency surgery, is an attack on our democratic process and traditions. “David carried out his vocation as a Catholic in public life with generosity and integrity. He served in Parliament for four decades and was respected by all political parties across the House. His untimely death is a great loss. David Amess, as a Catholic, understood the role and importance of the Holy See. It was he who, in 2006, established the All-party Parliamentary Group for relations with Holy See Group, a Group including people from different faiths and beliefs. Over the years he led several parliamentary visits to Rome. He was instrumental in the historic visit of Pope Benedict to Parliament in 2010 and in the return visit by HMG representatives to Rome in the following year. He fostered this mutually respectful relationship through meetings with Cardinal Parolin, the Pope’s Secretary of State, and with other Catholic leaders. This contribution is both esteemed and will be sorely missed.”

Day of Reflection – Fr Eamonn Mulcahy CSSP will lead a Day of Reflection on the theme  What Are You Looking For?”: The Questions of Jesus  on 6 November from 11am to 3.30pm at St. Cuthbert’s Primary School Hall, Balmain Road, Kenton, from 10.30 to 3.30pm. Please take a packed lunch. Eucharistic Ministers, Reader, Catechists and all others interested are welcome to take part. To reserve a place, telephone (0191) 2841690.

Thank You – After many years of faithful service, Imelda Anderson and Sue Jamieson are relinquishing their roles of running the Piety Shop located at the rear of church. I am most grateful to them for their long and devoted service. (Fr Campion)

First Communions – Please remember in your prayers Osanna Durant, Joseph Durant, Cecile Garrett, Ben Fielding, Ben Hamilton, Harry Patterson, Max Patterson, Emily Proudlock and Alex Wilson who are preparing for their First Holy Communion next month

Pope Francis fired the starting gun on the most ambitious Catholic renewal project in 60 years by warning against the Church becoming a “museum”. Speaking at the beginning of a two-year synod process in the Vatican, the 84-year-old Jesuit Pope called for a “different Church” which is able to listen, becomes immersed in people’s lives and avoids the “poison” of complacency. “Keep us from becoming a ‘museum Church’, beautiful but mute, with much past and little future,” the Pope told the synod gathering at the Paul VI synod hall in the Vatican. Francis was speaking at the start of an unprecedented listening and consultation exercise taking place across the 1.3 billion-member Church. Although the process is set to last two years significant potential changes were suggested that means it is likely to last much longer. Every diocese in the world has been asked to begin with their own synods a week later, which will ultimately set the agenda for the October 2023 Synod of Bishops in Rome, resulting in a final text. (THE TABLET)

Monday is the birthday of Canaletto, born 1697,  the Italian topographical painter whose masterful expression of atmosphere in his detailed views (vedute) of Venice and London and of English country homes influenced succeeding generations of landscape artists. He died in 1768.  

Minsteracres ECO Retreat
– Patrick Woodhouse, Jonathan Hewitt and the Minsteracres team will lead a retreat that will explore the Climate Crisis and the Ecological Crisis, asking how we may all be involved in a different way of living for the future of the planet. The retreat will reflect on the  extent of the world-wide crisis and global initiatives of hope and the loss of biodiversity in the natural world in the North-East region particularly, Suggested donation: £175. This event will run from Friday 5 November starting at 4:30pm to Sunday 7  November finishing after lunch. For information and bookings visit:, or telephone 01434 673248, or email:

Climate Crisis – Pope Francis and the world’s religious leaders have called on governments across the globe to raise their ambitions ahead of the UN climate summit in Glasgow warning there could be just a decade left to restore the planet. “We have inherited a garden: we must not leave a desert to our children,” states the appeal, signed by the Pope and around 40 faith leaders.  Francis joined with religious leaders and scientists in the Vatican on this morning, where he handed over the joint declaration to a British government minister, Alok Sharma, the President of COP26, and Luigi di Maio, Italy’s Foreign Minister. The UK and Italy are joint hosts of the COP summit. The appeal, which calls on the world to achieve net-zero carbon emissions “as soon as possible”, was presented to the politicians during a one-day event organised by the UK and Italian embassies to the Holy See titled “Faith and Science: Towards COP26”. Along with the Pope, it brought together the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb and representatives of Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism and Jainism. They were also joined by scientists who had helped draft the declaration. (THE TABLET, 4 October 2021)

Tyne & Wear Citizens has been shortlisted for a North East Charity Award, in the new category ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Change’. Sponsored by the Millfield House Foundation, Tyne & Wear Citizens is shortlisted alongside Children North East and Thrive Teesside. The Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle is one of Tyne & Wear Citizens strategic partners.

Frédéric Chopin, born 1810, the Polish French composer and pianist of the Romantic period, best known for his solo pieces for piano and his piano concerti, died on this day in 1849. Although he wrote little but piano works, many of them brief, Chopin ranks as one of music’s greatest tone poets by reason of his superfine imagination and fastidious craftsmanship.

Trustee Vacancy – 
The Mercy Project is a small local charity which undertakes or supports activities to work with vulnerable, lonely and young people and families in need across Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. It is an established Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered with the Charity Commission working in partnership with the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese Mercy Hub based at St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle. Recent work has included summer holiday clubs, street game activity for young people, after school clubs, craft and cooking etc. The CIO has an opening to join the Board which currently consists of three trustees. Trustees must commit to attending a minimum quarterly trustee meetings each year. We would welcome interest from any individuals with a commitment to support positive change in our parishes and communities by working with others to reaching out and support our neighbours who are most in need. Trustees would ideally have

  • A commitment to supporting those most in need in our parishes/communities
  • A strong interest in community cohesion
  • An understanding of the UK charity sector
  • An understanding of good governance
  • Good networking and communication skills
  • Ability to input ideas about fundraising and projects.
  • For more information please contact  or Kevin Higgins on

From the Refugee Project –  Foodstuffs: currently we still emphasise tinned fish and tinned chickpeas. Toiletries: We are always grateful to you for any donations of toiletries that you can offer as we distribute these when we are able. Toilet rolls, shower gels, deodorants, shampoos and toothpaste are always appreciated by our clients. (If you wish to donate sanitary products, we do not take tampons.) The project has been temporarily overwhelmed by clothing and bedding donations so currently please refrain from bringing donations of these. The Blackfriars Centre is unable to take more clothing and bedding at the moment.

Where the Money Goes (1) – The recent repairs to the flat roof over the church side entrance on North Jesmond Avenue cost just under £9,000. Further repairs are required to the flat roof over the Lady Chapel as well as the replacing of the original cast iron gutters, hoppers and downpipes on the eastern side of the building. (2) – The insurance of our church, hall and presbytery this year costs £3,327.53.

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. 

Climate Crisis – Between 31 October and 12 November, governments from across the world will meet in Glasgow to discuss how to tackle the climate emergency. This year many people have met with their MP and signed our petition (please sign it here if you haven’t, or you’re not sure – it won’t count you twice) to urge our own government to play a leading role in keeping temperature rises below 1.5oC, and to put the needs of marginalised communities at the heart of these talks. On Saturday 6 November many CAFOD supporters will be on the streets on the Global Day of Action for the Climate, along with others around the world, to demand the same. Read more here. Your parish priest will soon receive 50 prayer cards and a poster that have been jointly produced by the Bishops’ Conference and CAFOD, to pray for the success of the negotiations. You can read the prayer here and order more cards here. We also have some Prayers of Intercession which you can find here. Please share these with your priest ahead of the weekend of 30/31 October. We also have some special bunting (above), available via the CAFOD Shop.

The Autumn Leaves – Many thanks to Marian Case, Kevin Dresser, Geraldine Goode, Carmel Knox, Philip Sweeney, Anne Marie Sweeney, Robin Marshall, Eileen Waddell, John Waddell and Jeremy Wynne who are tend the church, hall and presbytery grounds – and are having to collect a lot of fallen leaves this time of year.


Cleaning the church – Thank you to all our present and new volunteer church cleaners and sanitisers who make it safe and comfortable for us to gather in church. Their service to Holy Name is much appreciated.

Looking for a way to spread love, hope and kindness in your community this Christmas? Love Christmas is a national initiative to do just this. Together we are mobilising volunteers through local churches to sponsor and deliver a million Christmas Boxes to the most vulnerable and isolated. By partnering together, you will be joining thousands of churches from across the UK. It is easy for parishes to take part and it is an effective way to let your neighbourhood know that your parish cares! Join the Love Christmas webinar on Wednesday 6 October, 11am – 12pm to hear more and to find out how to get involved. Sign up here:

The Sacrament of Baptism –  It is the custom in the Catholic Church that, excluding exceptional circumstances, children should be baptised either in the parish where the parents live or in the church in which their parent(s) take part regularly in Sunday Mass.

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 and continues to need our support. Donations 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  

Bereavement Support ~ Losing a loved one is extremely hard at any time, but 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. Even though 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.

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