Starting on Sunday 30 September 2018, we began to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of this church. Throughout this anniversary year, we have the opportunity to reflect and celebrate what it means to be a member or friend of Holy Name today.
The Parish Council and I hope that our various celebrations will increase our appreciation of the church itself and help our community to continue to grow as a place where all – young or old, married, single or divorced, and whatever their sexuality – are welcomed and cherished. In this spirit we hope that as many people as possible will join together to hold a variety of celebrations and events throughout the year for people of all ages, means and preferences. ~ Fr Campion
Upcoming Events 2019
Seamus Heaney and Modern Irish Poetry
We are delighted that the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University is working with us to celebrate our 90th anniversary. Four of their eminent scholars are giving presentations in our Church Hall over the next 12 months. The first event is on Wednesday 13 March at 7pm when Professor Stephen Regan is joining us. Stephen was born in Durham and went to St Bede’s School in Lanchester. His publications include essays on W B Yeats, Seamus Heaney and Robert Frost, two books on Philip Larkin, and an edition of George Meredith’s Modern Love. Stephen’s presentation will be on Seamus Heaney and Modern Irish Poetry.
A Sign of Change
Last year Helen Waddell, who works in the TV industry in London, made a film of 35 minutes about our parish which she has titled A Sign of Change. Helen explains: “A Sign of Change offers a window into how a modern, Catholic parish thinks and feels about Catholic identity, faith and the future. Filmed at Holy Name, we see how Fr Campion and the parishioners struggle with and draw strength from their Catholic faith at a time when the reputation of the Church is in crisis. The film will be screened in the hall on Saturday 23 March at 6pm – it will begin at 6pm sharp so please arrive early for drinks, snacks and seats!”
Day of Reflection
As part of our 90th anniversary celebrations we will have a spiritual Day of Reflection in the parish on Saturday 7 September. It will be led by Fr Eamon Mulcahy, a member of the Spiritans (Holy Ghost Fathers) who spent many years lecturing in theology and Scripture in Africa.
Communal Anointing of the Sick
From Fr Campion: During this, our 90th anniversary, year we hope to have a communal celebration of the Anointing of the Sick. This will take place during a Prayer Service during the day in late spring or summer. This Sacrament is for people struggling with any form of pain, disability or illness. It … gives the grace of the Holy Spirit to those who are sick: by this grace the whole person is helped and saved, sustained by trust in God, and strengthened against temptations of the Evil One and against anxiety over death. Thus the sick person is able not only to bear suffering bravely, but also to fight against it. (Pastoral Care of the Sick, n. 6).
A sung Requiem Mass for the members of the founding community of Holy name and all its benefactors will take place in November, the month of the Holy Souls.
On Sunday 30th September 2018 we marked the 90th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone for the church building with a simple Fizz and Cake reception after each Mass (just fizz in the evening). Many people took part – and said they’d like to see more occasions like this one!
The first of our celebrations took place on 23 June 2018 on HMS Calliope on the River Tyne. Guests began the evening with leisurely drinks on deck and in the Officer’s Mess while taking in the best views of the river. That very evening they had the unique and privileged view of the spectacular water feature erected on the Tyne – as part of the Great Exhibition of the North – that was paying homage to one of the North East’s most famous landmarks, the Angel of the North. Later, after enjoying sumptuous food prepared by the Navy’s chefs, they were able to dance the night away to a ‘live’ band.
Thanks to a generous sponsor (who wishes to remain anonymous) the cost of this unique celebration on the Tyne was about half what it normally would cost for such an event.
Members and friends of Holy Name are now invited to begin thinking of creative ways to celebrate the 90th within their own sphere of interest or activity in the parish. What does it mean to you to be a member or friend of this parish? And how would you like this to be celebrated and, perhaps, become better known for others to benefit?
In addition to fundraising for our parish, we are supporting a project in the parish of St Anthony in Walker to benefit young people. To the end of January 2019 over £8,000 had been raised. So, if you can, you might host a small event in your home or workplace to support this very worthwhile project?