Starting on Sunday 30 September, we have begun to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of this church. Throughout this anniversary year, I invite you to reflect and celebrate what it means to be a member or friend of Holy Name today.
The Parish Council and I hope that as a result of the celebrations our community and its identity will continue to grow and become even better known 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
Cake and Fizz
On Sunday 30th September 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?
If you are active in any of our parish groups, what could this group do to celebrate and make its activities better known? For instance, the Film Club might celebrate the actress Audrey Hepburn who was born in 1929? For the Tea Club, what about a 1920s style Tea Dance? Perhaps the Book Club could focus on one book per month published in that decade? Maybe the Wine Club could have a tasting of a 1929 Chateau Lafite? (only joking,!) We could have photographic and art exhibitions; a series of public lectures (on how the Church has developed its teaching and practice since 1929?); concerts embracing various styles of music?; a pilgrimage to a holy place e.g. Iona; and, perhaps, we could also have a mini parish Retreat over a weekend during the anniversary year.
These are just a few ideas but your own suggestions will be most welcome and the Parish Council will be discussing them in the months ahead. So please start thinking of what Holy Name means to you and how we can celebrate together our church’s 90th anniversary.
Earlier this year the Parish Council decided that we would fund-raise throughout the anniversary year for a project in the parish of St Anthony in Walker to benefit young people. So, if you can, you might host a small event in your home or workplace to support this very worthwhile project?