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

(*with thanks to Frankie’s parents for this photograph)

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. 

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 in these ways, please contact me by email or telephone (0191) 281 0940. 

Sunday 25 October 2020

Homily, 30th Sunday (A) 2020 – click here


Please note that there will be no Mass on Monday or Friday this week.

‘The terrible UK Covid-19 experiment resulting in death, misery and confusion’ – click here

John Stonehouse RIP – Please remember in your prayers John Stonehouse, brother of Mary Nicholson, who has died. Requiescat in pace.

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

The Holy Souls – In the month of November it is traditional in the Church to remember and honour our dead, the Holy Souls. If you wish to have a deceased relative or friend mentioned and prayed for at a weekday Mass, on a day of your choice next month, please let me know.  There is no ‘charge’ for this and everyone is welcome to take part.

Pope Francis has come out in support of civil partnerships for LGBT Catholics in a new award-winning documentary. The Pope, interviewed in the film by its director Evgeny Afineevsky, said LGBT people should be made welcome in the Catholic Church. Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God. You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.” Pope Francis backed civil partnerships while Archbishop of Buenos Aires but this is the first time he has publicly supported such unions as Pope. In the film, he also urges two gay parents to raise their children in their parish church. Only last month, Pope Francis told parents of gay children that these children are “children of God”. The Pope also speaks out in criticism of US President Donald Trump’s policies at the Mexican border, in particular describing separating children from parents as “cruelty of the highest form”. And he discusses other issues close to his heart, such as poverty, the environment and migration. He addresses the war in Syria and Ukraine and the persecution of Rohingya Muslims. (THE TABLET, 21 October 2020)

‘Pope Francis backing same sex unions isn’t a surprise. But it’s still a big deal.’ – click here

We have a number of our new members who are taking part in the diocesan virtual programme known as The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This is a programme of preparation for being received into full membership of the Catholic Church. Do we have one or two established members of Holy Name who would be willing to help the participants by being a friendly face (covered with a mask!) to welcome them when they turn up at church and, perhaps, speak to them by telephone when appropriate? In current circumstances it would not be expected for them to meet with any enquirers or give instruction but to be a parish friend.

It’s the birthday of Georges Bizet, born 1838, the French composer best remembered for his opera Carmen (1875). His realistic approach influenced the verismo school of opera at the end of the 19th century. He died in 1875.

Sacrament of Penance – If anyone wishes to ‘go to confession’, I am happy to celebrate the Sacrament in the church by appointment, maintaining the usual safety protocols.

For ‘What Leavers and Remainers Really Think Now’ by Simon Kuper click here

Holy Name Calendar 2021– Last year a parish calendar was produced which proved to be very popular. We wish to do something similar again but due to the on-going situation we have very few photographs of parish activities for this year. Therefore, the focus for the 2021 calendar will be on better days ahead, reflected in an uplifting snap of something you have seen, visited or, perhaps, made. No images of people are required, just pictures which mark the year we’ve had but in a positive way. This is open to everyone, at home and abroad. All monies will be donated to charity. Please email your photograph to knoxspitfire@gmail.com by Sunday 15 November. There is plenty of time to retrieve or get out that shot!

SPACE for Jesmond has published a new blog about the potential of Jesmond as a Low Traffic Neighbourhood, and the council’s plans to implement it. You can read the blog here: https://www.spaceforjesmond.com/2020/10/23/our-call-for-a-low-traffic-jesmond/ and you can join the chat on twitter here. 

Poetry Group – The theme for the next Zoom meeting on 18 November is ‘Doubt’. The theme for December will be ‘Happiness’. If you wish to take part, just choose a previously published poem of your choice on this theme and email Claris at clarisdcruz@gmail.com.

It’s the birthday of the artist Pablo Picasso, born in Malaga, Spain (1881), who was living in a bohemian community in Barcelona painting portraits of his friends and acquaintances when one of his paintings was selected for inclusion in the upcoming world’s fair in Paris. He was just 18 — went off to Paris for the exhibition, saw paintings by Manet, Cézanne, Degas, and Toulouse-Lautrec, and came home determined to be an artist. By the middle of the 20th century, he was generally considered the greatest living artist in the world. Pablo Picasso, who said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Jesuit Priests and lay associates working for the Jesuits in Britain have protested outside the High Commission of India calling for the release of Fr Stan Swamy SJ. The 83-year-old human rights activist was arrested in India earlier this month, accused of terrorist links. Fr Swamy was arrested and detained on 8 October by the National Investigation Agency of India. They accused him of having links with terrorist organisations. He is believed to be the oldest person to be accused of terrorism in India. Fr Damian Howard SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, attempted unsuccessfully to hand in a letter to the Indian High Commissioner, Ms Gaitri Issar Kumar, calling on the Indian government to guarantee Fr Swamy’s well-being and to obtain his release from prison. Fr Howard said: “Fr Swamy is a fellow Jesuit who has given his life to solidarity with a group of marginalised people. Now he is the one who is suffering and it is our duty to stand in solidarity with him.” The High Commission refused to meet anyone from the delegation nor to accept the letter in person. The letter was later posted to the High Commissioner after the protest took place. Paul Chitnis, Director of Jesuit Missions, said: “Fr Stan Swamy is an 83-year-old Jesuit priest who has spent his life working for peace and justice. He is a man of prayer and principle. His imprisonment on entirely false charges runs counter to the tradition of tolerance which has characterised India’s secular democracy. It is unconscionable that he should be held in prison at this time of grave threat to elderly people from Coronavirus especially in India. We demand he is released immediately.” (THE TABLET)

I know I shouldn’t have done this but I am 83 years old and I couldn’t resist it. I was in the McDonald’s drive-through this morning, when a young lady behind me leaned on her horn and started mouthing something because I was taking too long to place my order. So when I got to the first window, I paid for her order along with my own. The cashier must have told her what I’d done, because as we moved up she leaned out her window, waved to me and mouthed “Thank you”. Obviously embarrassed that I had repaid her rudeness with a kindness. When I got to the second window I showed them both receipts and took her food too. Now she has to go back to the end of the queue and start all over again. Don’t blow your horn at old people, they have been around a long time. (NOTE: No McNuggets were harmed in the telling of this joke.)

Memory of My Father
Patrick Kavanagh

Every old man I see
Reminds me of my father
When he had fallen in love with death
One time when sheaves were gathered.

That man I saw in Gardner Street
Stumbled on the kerb was one,
He stared at me half-eyed,
I might have been his son.

And I remember the musician
Faltering over his fiddle
In Bayswater, London,
He too set me the riddle.

Every old man I see
In October-coloured weather
Seems to say to me:
“I was once your father.”

Cafod has urged campaigners to put pressure on G20 governments to compel private creditors to cancel debts that developing countries owe them. Almost half of the foreign debt of low and lower-middle income countries is owed to private creditors, which include corporations like HSBC and Goldman Sachs. Dario Kenner, Cafod’s Sustainable Economic Development analyst, said: “Private creditors are profiteering off the backs of the world’s poorest people. Any debt relief that developing countries might receive from donor governments is only snatched away again by private creditors who continue to demand repayments.”

For ‘This is a shameful way to treat migrantsclick here

Our diocese is offering an online course on the Bible free, beginning on 2 November. Anyone interested should register  with the  department for Faith & Mission:  adminfaith.mission@diocesehn.org.uk . This Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible course will be delivered across 8 one-hour sessions via Zoom, during November and February, and each session will be facilitated by a group of Couse Leaders.  Each session comprises a video presentation, small-group discussion and some home learning. You may find this website https://ascensionpress.com/collections/unlocking-the-mystery useful. Course materials are included and will be available online. The course is scheduled to run on Monday evenings from 7:30 – 8:30 pm during November and February, starting on Monday 2nd November. You may also find details on the diocesan courses and events website: http://www.rcdhn.org.uk/communications/commparish1.php

Book Club – For those who like to read along but not join in the Zoom discussions, here are the novels, chosen by participants, for the coming months: Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore; Their Little Secret by Mark Billingham; Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak; Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell; and On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin. More choices will be made at next Wednesday’s meeting.

A Poem for Someone Who is Juggling Her Life
Rose Cook

This is a poem for someone
who is juggling her life.
Be still sometimes.
Be still sometimes.

It needs repeating
over and over
to catch her attention
over and over,
as someone who is juggling her life
finds it difficult to hear.

Be still sometimes.
Be still sometimes.
Let it all fall sometimes.

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

Thank you to Martin Lamont, Marian Case and Jeremy Wynne who are gathering the considerable autumn leaves falling in the grounds of the church and setting them aside for compost.

Special Collections – The Bishop has asked each parish to take three special collections over the course of the next few weeks. These worthy causes are for the upkeep of the Holy Places of Palestine (maintained by the dwindling Christian community in Jerusalem); Peter’s Pence (used by the Pope for humanitarian causes throughout the world); and for World Mission Sunday supporting the women and men who work as missionaries in poor and oppressed countries overseas. To make a donation to one or more of these charities, please either send a cheque, made payable to Holy Name (reference which collection), to the presbytery or make a payment by BACS with a reference to Peter’s Pence, Holy Places or World Mission. If you do not provide a reference, we will divide your donation equally between the three charities. . Our bank account details are (name) DHN Newcastle The Holy Name Business Account, Sort code: 40-34-18, Account number: 72010798.

Click on the following link for an interesting film that has surfaced about Exhibition Park in Newcastle: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2979469728847204

Covid Lockdowns Turn Loneliness into a Killer  – click here

Thank you to all who have volunteered as cleaners, stewards, readers and Eucharistic ministers for our public Masses, presently on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Their dedication and assistance is greatly appreciated.

Here is a video clip for all teachers finding it hard going in school at the moment …

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)

Wine Club – The three wines for our next virtual tasting on 27 October are Lidl’s “Le Rocher Saint Victor” Picpoul de Pinet, £7.99;  Lidl’s Barolo, £11.99; and Garnacha Terrenal from M&S, usually £6 but currently £5.

Trump Trails Biden as Catholic Support declines – With millions of voters casting early ballots, the Pew Research Center released a survey showing President Donald Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden by a margin of 52 per cent to 42 per cent. The president’s declining numbers among white Catholics is a large part of the reason for his overall decline. In Pew polls in July and August, Trump led Biden among white Catholics by 19 points, 59 per cent to 40 per cent. As the autumn brought a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic, the president’s response was seen to be inadequate, culminating in his own hospitalisation. His support among white Catholics declined to an 8-point margin, 51 per cent to 43 per cent. Meanwhile, Biden’s support among Latino Catholics remains robust, with 67 per cent of Latino Catholics planning to vote for Biden, up two points from earlier this year. The president has the support of just 26 per cent of Latino Catholics according to Pew. Latinos now constitute 37 per cent of voting Catholics according to the survey. Biden is also supported overwhelmingly by black Protestants (90 per cent against nine per cent), Jews (70 per cent to 27 per cent) and atheists and agnostics (83 per cent to 11 per cent). (THE TABLET, 19 October 2020)

A Short Testament
ANNE PORTER (1911-2011)

Whatever harm I may have done
In all my life in all your wide creation
If I cannot repair it
I beg you to repair it,

And then there are all the wounded
The poor the deaf the lonely and the old
Whom I have roughly dismissed
As if I were not one of them.
Where I have wronged them by it
And cannot make amends
I ask you
To comfort them to overflowing,

And where there are lives I may have withered around me,
Or lives of strangers far or near
That I’ve destroyed in blind complicity,
And if I cannot find them
Or have no way to serve them,

Remember them. I beg you to remember them
When winter is over
And all your unimaginable promises
Burst into song on death’s bare branches.

All Saints’ Church, West Avenue, Gosforth is holding a series of Master Musicians International piano concerts this autumn. The first is on Wednesday 28 October at 7.30pm when TYLER HAY will be playing Beethoven’s Appassionata sonata Op.57, a set of Waltzes by Chopin and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Admission is £10 with accompanied children free.

Public Mass takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10am. Although capacity is limited to 46, not all places are being taken. If you wish to take part in Mass on either or both days, please reserve your seat in advance by emailing welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk or telephoning 0191 251 0940, stating your telephone number, the date of the Mass and the number of people in your party. As the number of coronavirus cases is rising rapidly in Newcastle and in other parts of the North East, and the government is introducing further restrictions, I think it would not be safe or responsible to proceed with a Mass on Sundays until the situation improves and the restrictions are lifted. (The Sunday obligation is suspended so people may take part in a Mass on any day of their choice.)

The Newcastle City Council COVID-19 dashboard is published every weekday just after 4pm. To access click on the following link: https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/public-health-wellbeing-and-leisure/public-health-services/coronavirus-covid-19

From Emma Patterson, Headteacher – Applications are now open for admission into St Mary’s Catholic School Year 7 for September 2021.  The school is holding a ‘Virtual Open Evening’ this year, as the normal Open Evening and tours of the school are, unfortunately, not possible due to the current national situation.  Parents and students will therefore be provided with information about the school via the school website.  There will be a video tour of the school, a recorded Headteacher presentation to parents, presentations from St Mary’s students and much other information about the school.   This information will be uploaded onto the school website throughout the next week, therefore parents are encouraged to visit the school website regularly to view this.  The new school prospectus for 2020-2021 will also be available on the website.  Further to this, parents are very welcome to contact the school by telephone (0191 2153260) or by email (admin@st-marys.newcastle.sch.uk) if they have any questions at all or would like to discuss any aspect of school life.

Trump lead collapsing among US Catholics : A new presidential poll by the Pew Research Centre shows Catholic former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, ahead by 10 percentage points, 52 per cent against 42 per cent, over the Republican incumbent, President Donald Trump. Pew, unlike other pollsters, breaks down voter preferences by religious affiliation. And the latest poll, which was taken over the period that Trump had contracted Covid-19, showed that over a two-month period, Trump’s advantage has withered to just eight points, 51 per cent-43 per cent. A Pew poll taken in July and August had showed a Trump lead of 19 points, 59 per cent over 40 per cent, among white Catholics. Meanwhile, Biden maintains strong support among Hispanic Catholics, who account for 37 per cent of Pew’s Catholic respondents. Biden’s numbers more than doubled Trump’s, 67 per cent against 26 per cent. This figure is up from 65 per cent who said they would vote for or were leaning toward Biden in the July-August poll. For all Catholics, Trump still leads by 51 per cent over 44 per cent. Trump continues to draw majority support among Protestants, but those numbers slumped from the summer, according to Pew. One possible reason for Trump’s slippage may that the new poll included the nominees of the Green and Libertarian parties, who jointly accounted for 5 per cent, said Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, a Pew senior researcher. Religious groups favouring Biden are Black Protestants, 90 per cent-9 per cent, Jews, 70 per cent over 27 per cent; atheists and agnostics, 83 per cent over 11 per cent; and those who call themselves “nothing in particular”, 62 per cent over 31 per cent. (by Mark Pattison, CNS, in THE TABLET 16 October 2020)

Fratelli tutti (All Brothers and Sisters) is the third encyclical of Pope Francis, subtitled “on fraternity and social friendship”. In the document, Francis states that the COVID-19 pandemic has proven the failure of the world to work together during the crisis. The encyclical calls for more human fraternity and solidarity, and is a plea to reject wars. The document was signed on 3 October 2020, on the occasion of Pope Francis’s visit to the tomb of his namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi, and was published the following day, the saint’s feast day.

Are you wiling to listen in uncertain times? The Diocese is sponsoring a six week, on-line training course in Listening Skills.   Some parishioners may be experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety; low mood; loss and bereavement; family concerns etc.  You will learn effective listening skills to offer support and if necessary “sign post” people to other sources of help. The course begins on Tuesday 10 November – see the poster for more information and speak to your parish priest/deacon.   For further details on the course contact: Oonagh Atkinson on 0191 3891188.  Booking form and application for Lay Training Funding (as appropriate), please contact The Vicariate for Faith & Mission at adminfaith.mission@diocesehn.org.uk or telephone 0191 2433316

Little Sisters of the Poor Appeal from David and Theresa O’Neill: “Over the years, with the help of parishes & individuals, we have raised over £12,000 for St Joseph’s Home in Elswick, Newcastle. We collect used postage stamps (any country or period), currency (notes & coins from any country or period), broken gold & silver (even earring backs) & military medals (any conflict or period). We can be contacted by email or by telephone at (0191) 264 5771. Our address is 34 Morston Drive, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 7RZ.

The Clasp
Sharon Olds

She was four, he was one, it was raining, we had colds,
we had been in the apartment two weeks straight,
I grabbed her to keep her from shoving him over on his
face, again, and when I had her wrist
in my grasp I compressed it, fiercely, for a couple
of seconds, to make an impression on her,
to hurt her, our beloved firstborn, I even almost
savoured the stinging sensation of the squeezing,
the expression, into her, of my anger,
“Never, never, again,” the righteous
chant accompanying the clasp. It happened very
fast-grab, crush, crush,
crush, release-and at the first extra
force, she swung her head, as if checking
who this was, and looked at me,
and saw me-yes, this was her mom,
her mom was doing this. Her dark,
deeply open eyes took me
in, she knew me, in the shock of the moment
she learned me. This was her mother, one of the
two whom she most loved, the two
who loved her most, near the source of love
was this.

Book Review: ‘Scripture scholar John Wijngaards lays out the reasons to ordain women’click here

If you have a smartphone with the NHS COVID-19 Test and Trace app, you can record when you visit the Holy Name church by ‘checking in’ when you arrive by using the venue’s QR code on display in the porch. The app records the time you spend at the church without recording any personal information. You will receive an alert if you have recently visited a venue where you have come into contact with coronavirus. If you feel unwell, you can use the app to check if your symptoms could be related to coronavirus (COVID-19). It will give you a list of potential symptoms and then you can choose the ones that apply to you. It will then tell you if your symptoms suggest you have coronavirus and then take you to a website where you can book a test to see if you have coronavirus.

How the pandemic deepened the poverty pit’, by Simon Kuperclick here

Are you thinking about becoming a Catholic? If you are new to the Catholic faith and wish to know more, we invite you to join our weekly Diocesan online RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) programme, beginning on Tuesday 29 September at 6.30pm. The hour long meetings will allow you to meet with others who are beginning the RCIA programme. To register for this online programme, please contact adminfaith.mission@diocesehn.org.uk 

Diocesan Refugee Project – While the premises at Summerhill Square is still closed due to COVID restrictions, digital vouchers to the value of £35 are being sent to the mobile telephones of destitute clients so they can purchase goods in a supermarket; and the other clients get a £20 voucher each month. Donations can be made directly by bank transfer to HSBC DHN DESTITUTE ASYLUM FUND Sort code: 40–34–18 Account number: 52854058.

The church’s 90 year old cast iron rainwater downpipes and gutters are corroding and to avoid further damage to the building they need replacing. We also need to replace the materials covering the flat roofs (there are five in all) which have begun to leak in the past year. We hope to proceed with these works on a rolling programme over the coming years, starting later this month with the most urgent phase which will cost around £10,000. If you are not currently making a donation to Holy Name by Standing Order, please do so in order to help us with this and other expenditure. And my heartfelt thanks to all of you who are continuing to support our Church in this way.

The Northern Cross is the independent newspaper for people of the Christian faith in North East England, in particular the Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. The newspaper launched in January 1956 and is published on the first Sunday of the month. Until the current COVID-19 crisis hit the world printed copies sold in more than 150 parishes across the region. The current lockdown has meant that producing a printed paper has not been possible. The way forward the foreseeable future is to continue with a digital newspaper and we need you help to make it succeed. We have set a target of 2,020 subscribers in 2020. Some people will still prefer a traditional newspaper and this can still be done if we get enough people to sign up for online or postal delivery direct to your home. Thank you warmly in anticipation of your support – and we encourage you to continue to send your stories to us. We would particularly like to hear about your experiences of people and partnerships helping one another during this time. If you know someone who does not have access to the internet but would like to read Northern Cross please call 01429 274 408 and leave a message with your name and telephone number, and we will call you back. ~ Emma Little (Editor) Father Dennis Tindall (Chairman)

Vatican Reaffirms Opposition to Euthanasia

The Holy Name Book Club – Our next novel for discussion on 28 October is ‘Birdcage Walk’ by Helen Dunmore. Here is the goodreads.com description. It is 1792 and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence. Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in Radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism. But she has recently married John Diner Tredevant, a property developer who is heavily invested in Bristol’s housing boom, and he has everything to lose from social upheaval and the prospect of war. Soon his plans for a magnificent terrace built above the two-hundred-foot drop of the Gorge come under threat. Diner believes that Lizzie’s independent, questioning spirit must be coerced and subdued. She belongs to him: law and custom confirm it, and she must live as he wants. In a tense drama of public and private violence, resistance and terror, Diner’s passion for Lizzie darkens until she finds herself dangerously alone. (For The Guardian review of the novel click here)

Baptisms at Holy Name – I had been expecting that we might be able to resume Baptisms at Holy Name very soon, now that the church is open for two weekday public Masses. However, as the number of coronavirus cases has been rising rapidly in Newcastle and in other parts of the North East and the government has introduced further restrictions, I think it would not be safe or responsible to proceed with Baptisms until the situation improves. Nevertheless, I will keep this under review and let parents know as soon as I feel confident that it is safe to celebrate the Sacrament in church. Please note that when Baptisms do resume and if the current restrictions apply, there will be a limit of 6 people – or one household – taking part., all must wear face coverings and observe 2 metres social distancing.

From the Jesmond Residents Association: Jesmond Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) Facebook group member James Knox has created the link below which makes it easy to report Anti Social Behaviour, inform all involved in managing ASB reduction and keep up momentum in tackling ASB, making the number of reports easy to track. https://actionnetwork.org/letters/address-anti-social-behaviour-in-jesmond-2?source=direct_link&

Click Here for ‘Women priests are possible, says new Vatican finance council member’

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others but it also becomes richer and happier. ~ Albert Schweitzer

May He support us all the day long,
till the shades lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done!
Then in His mercy
may He give us safe lodging,
and a holy rest,
and peace at the last.
(St John Henry Newman)

The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry (from the Vicariate for Faith and Mission): Are you involved with ministry in your parish or Partnership, or would like to be involved with moving the mission of the Church forward? If so, the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry might be just what you need. The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry, offered by Loyola University Chicago, consists of ten modules delivered in an online format, allowing participants the freedom and flexibility of study in their own home and allowing you to get to know the people you are studying with. Modules include, ‘What is Pastoral Ministry’, ‘Building a Fairer World: Catholic Social Teaching’ and ‘Building Parish Communities’. We are accepting applications for the certificate now, so to receive further information and an application form, please contact by email. The course begins in January 2021. If you would like to receive updates and resources from the Vicariate for Faith & Mission, please sign up to our mailing list using this link: https://forms.gle/sfzYNucPobYpUq8s7.

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.

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.

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.”

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