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PLEASE NOTE:- There will be NO Printed Version

of the Bulletin in Church until further notice.



Year A

30th May 2020


Alleluia, alleluia!

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love



GOSPEL      John 14:15-16, 23-26

Jesus said to his disciples

‘If you love me you will keep my commandments.
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever,

‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him and make our home with him.
Those who do not love me do not keep my words.
And my word is not my own:
it is the word of the one who sent me.

‘I have said these things to you
while still with you;
but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all I have said to you.’


The Gospel of the Lord.    



Mass for the Sick and their Families,

NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales recognise that this time of the COVID-19

pandemic is affecting every person in our countries. Those who are sick, and their

families, are suffering many hardships of isolation from contact with those they love.

Our front-line workers in hospitals and in care homes all over our lands are giving

exceptional service to those who are vulnerable at this time.

In order to show a spiritual solidarity with all those who are involved in the ways

described above, each week from next Thursday, a Catholic Bishop will celebrate Mass

in their Cathedral which will be live-streamed for people to join.

 This will take place every Thursday at 7.00pm.


Fr Oliver will continue to celebrate Mass every day at 12 noon, in Private,

for the Health and Wellbeing of all parishioners.

Every Thursday Mass will be said for NHS Front-Line workers,

 those working in Social Care, the Sick and their Families.

You have Father Olivers assurance that all mass intentions received

will be honoured on the dates they have been allocated.

and for all those who have died

“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord

and let perpetual light shine upon them,

May They Rest in Peace. Amen”


St Paul’s Alnwick, All Saints, Thropton, St Aidan’s, Seahouses

No Word & Communion or Mass until Further Notice


Live streams

The following parishes have set up a live stream of Mass.


St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle

The live stream of Mass can be found on

 the Cathedral's YouTube Channel. The full details of this and when the

 Cathedral will be open for private prayer can be found in this notice (pdf – word).

 There will also be a live streaming of a time of quiet prayer

 before the Blessed Sacrament and devotions from 5.00pm until 5.45pm.


Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Sunderland

 via their YouTube channel.

 You can also find details and information on their Facebook page.


Chester le Street, St. Cuthbert and Sacriston, St. Bede

 a recording of daily Mass is viewable via their Facebook Page.


St. Mary's, Hexham

 via their parish website www.stmaryshexham.org.uk and their YouTube channel.


St. Paul's, Cramlington

 via their Facebook Page.


Stockton Family Parish

 via their Facebook Page. 


       Please remember

St Paul’s Church, Alnwick in your will.

 Thank You.


In Discussion With Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Purple Radio On Demand presents 'In Discussion With Bishop Robert Byrne CO’.

 In this recent interview Bishop Robert discusses the church's response

 to the ongoing global pandemic, offers some advice for people in isolation,

 and gives an insight into living in a religious community.

www.purpleradio.co.uk/demand-- then select radio public-then episodes


Gift Aid and Donations

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, if anyone would like to pay

their Gift Aid, sign up to Gift Aid or make a Donation through

their bank,  please contact Roisin on 01665 798945

Very many thanks to all those who have supported the

 Gift Aid Donations Scheme.  The scheme continues to make

a significant contribution to parish funds.

If you are not already signed up, please consider joining.

Thank You.


The Prayer Group

 pray in their homes at 7 o’clock every Tuesday

 we would like to share with you one of the prayers we use

Bring me now into the deep silence of your presence.
I give you my body and ask that it may become your dwelling place
This moment may every part of my being be at peace
Let my heartbeat
Be in harmony with your heartbeat
Let every part of my body be filled with your Spirit
Take each blood vessel
Take every part of my nervous system
Take each muscle ,each organ ,each cell
Fill me now
With your stillness
With the reality of you living presence

This is part of the Shalom Prayer from the Maranatha Community
I hope it helps, Barbara Dawson, SHALOM


Saints and Patrons Flower Festival

COVID-19 pandemic.

 It is with regret that we have had to cancel the

 Flower Festival due to be held in St Paul’s

 from the 13th—16th August.


 Alnwick District Food Bank

 Dear Friends of Alnwick District Food Bank,

A milestone we hadn't wished for has arrived –

 for the first time in our history we have supplied 100 food parcels in 1 week. 

As 2 bags are needed for each parcel that is a good deal of packing.

 Since the start of this pandemic we have packed well over 10,000 individual items.

 We have plenty to do without spending too much time counting, but it gives

 a good idea of the volume of food now needed by our community to help make ends meet.

 The days when we marked each item with its expiry date are long gone,

 although each and every donation continues to be checked

 to make sure it is "in date" and not past its "use by".

Any such items are not distributed and we have no other outlet. 

To match these demands on our service we thank everyone;

 individuals, local and national businesses, clubs and organisations in Alnwick

 and surrounding area who have rallied to the cause.

To the best of our knowledge our youngest fundraiser is only 4 years old.

She can't wait to get to "big school" in September, and is taking part in a virtua

l "school half marathon", at the same time raising funds for us.

 Food donations are also rolling in and rolling back out!

Lindisfarne remains open each morning and food donations can be

 dropped off each weekday, between 9 and 10;30am, with the exception of Wednesday.

 Our usual donation points remain open in town (Tinned meat, fruit and vegetables are

 always needed)and at the supermarkets and our website,

 Facebook and Twitter pages give details should anyone wish to make a financial donation.

A sincere thank you to all, individuals and others, who contribute in whatever way

. We do not foresee demand diminishing and very much rely on you

 to help us through, serving our community.

Kind regards

From us all at ADFB


Diocese Information

Please use the RCDHN link on the top right of the page.



Photos of the Cribs@Christmas are now available to view on the website

Go to index then select Photo Gallery.


The Vicariate for Faith & Mission

Pope Francis – Prayer to Mary for Protection

 during the COVID–19 Pandemic.

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test –
and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.


“A People who Hope in Christ”

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops

of the Catholic Church in England and Wales

 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The radiance of the risen Lord shines upon us. At a time when so many shadows are

cast into our lives, and upon our world, the light of the resurrection shines forever to

renew and restore our hope. In the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis: ‘In the

midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up,

and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that

saves us: he is risen and is living by our side.’ (27 March 2020)

The impact of Covid-19, both nationally and internationally, has been immense. So

much of what we take for granted has changed. Our health and physical interaction,

our capacity to travel and gather, have all been affected. There is uncertainty in our

future, especially with work and the country’s economy. As we know, very sadly,

large numbers of people have died because of the coronavirus, and others have been

or remain seriously ill. Keyworkers, not least in the National Health Service and care

sectors, are serving selflessly to sustain the life of our nation. Our hearts and prayers

go out to everyone who is suffering because of Covid-19, and to all those battling to

overcome its effects. May those who have died rest in peace and those who are

bereaved find comfort.

When the Prime Minister announced the lockdown, this included places of worship

and therefore Catholic churches. These measures were put in place to stem the

general transmission of the virus. It is right that the Catholic community fulfils its

role in contributing to the preservation of life and the common good of society. This

must continue until the restrictions applied by the Government are lifted.

None of us would want to be in the situation in which we find ourselves. While the

live-streaming of the Mass and other devotions is playing an important part in

maintaining the life of faith, there is no substitute for Catholics being able to

physically attend and participate in the celebration of the Mass and the other

sacraments. Our faith is expressed powerfully and beautifully though ‘seeing,

touching, and tasting.’ We know that every bishop and every priest recognises the

pain of Catholics who, at present, cannot pray in church or receive the sacraments.

This weighs heavily on our hearts. We are deeply moved by the Eucharistic yearning

expressed by so many members of the faithful. We thank you sincerely for your love

for the Lord Jesus, present in the sacraments and supremely so in the Holy Sacrifice

of the Mass. The bishops and priests of every diocese are remembering you and your

loved ones at Mass each day in our churches as we pray ‘in hope of health and well-

being.’ We thank our priests for this faithfulness to their calling.


As the Government’s restrictions are relaxed step by step, we look forward to

opening our churches and resuming our liturgical, spiritual, catechetical and pastoral

life step by step. This will also be of service to those beyond the Catholic Church who

depend on our charitable activity and outreach through which much goodness is

shared by so many volunteers from our communities.

None of us knows, as yet, how or when the lockdown will end. There is likely to be

a phased return to travelling and gathering. As a church, we are now planning for

this time and our discussions with the statutory public health agencies and

Government representatives are ongoing. Together with Catholics across England

and Wales we desire the opening of our churches and access to the sacraments. Until

then, we are continuing to pray and prepare.

We want to acknowledge with gratitude the service of our fellow bishops and priests,

our deacons and religious, our families and lay faithful, together with all our parish

and school communities, for the wonderful ways the life of the faith is being

nourished at this time, especially in the home. We also pay tribute to the Catholic

organisations and networks that are working to support the vulnerable and needy.

On that first Easter day, the disciples were in lockdown and the doors were closed.

In their isolation the Lord Jesus came among them and said ‘Peace be with you.’ May

the peace of the risen Lord reign in our hearts and homes as we look forward to the

day we can enter church again and gather around the altar to offer together the

Sacrifice of Praise.

We unite in asking the intercession of Our Blessed Lady and assure you of our

prayers and blessing

Yours devotedly in Christ,

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster

Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool

Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham

George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff

John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark


Partnership Meeting

 for Deans, Chairs & Deacons on Monday 23rd March

has been cancelled UFN.


Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020

It is with sadness that we have to inform you that the

2020 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes has been cancelled.

A full statement is available on the Pilgrimage Website, www.hexhamandnewcastlelourdespilgrimage.co.uk.

 If anyone has any queries about this, please contact

the Pilgrimage Office for further details.


Peoples Kitchen and Alnwick Food Bank

 -please could all food donations for People's Kitchen and

Alnwick Food Bank have lids on where necessary.

 Thank You.


 First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 2019-20

Has been cancelled until further Notice.


Nights of Light

Friday 29th May---Karen Robinson---Birthday Thoughts, R.I.P.

Saturday 30th May---Arthur Carroll---In thanksgiving

Thursday 4th June---John Bland---Anniversary Memories, R.I.P.

Saturday 6th June---Arthur Carroll---In Thanksgiving

Saturday 6th June---Tommy Stewart---Anniversary


If you would like the Church to be lit up for a special occasion or

 remembrance of a loved one, download the form on the

 Nights of Light page on the parish website.

 Minimum donation £1 per date!     

Thank You.


Help Wanted

St Paul’s won SILVER this year in Northumberland in Bloom.

 With your help next year we will win GOLD.

Volunteers please contact Martin on

Alnwick 602736.


  Fatima Mass

Yvonne Douglas has been to Fatima and is having a Mass said for all our

 parishioners every month for a year and also every Friday included in the Rosary.


Partnership Day of Reflection

for Ministers of the Word has been moved to November.


Feasts of the Week

Monday 1st June---Mary, Mother of the Church (OT 9)

Wednesday 3rd June---Ss Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

Thursday 4th June---Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest

Friday 5th June---St Boniface, Bishop, Martyr



Please continue to save your used stamps until the church re-opens.

 Thank You


The Peoples Kitchen

My thanks as always to all who give so generously throughout the year.

The kitchen are constantly feeding and clothing the many needy people on a

 daily basis, the numbers are ever increasing.

Well done to you very kind hearted people.



The staff at the Diocesan Finance Office have asked every

 Parish and Partnership to appoint a GDPR representative.

 Because of the short notice given to try and fond someone and hand in

 contact details to the diocese, Fr Oliver has notified the diocese of temporary roles for this:

 Deacon David will be the GDPR rep for St Aidans, Seahouses

 and Fr Oliver will be the GDPR rep

 for all the other Parishes in the Partnership, until we know

 what is expected of the person responsible.


Gift Aid

Very many thanks to all those parishioners who have supported

the Gift Aid Donations Scheme during the past year.

 The scheme continues to make a significant contribution to parish funds

 and last year we recouped in excess of £6500 from HMRC.

  If you are not already signed up, please consider joining. 

The only requirement is that you should be a UK taxpayer.

  contact Roisin on 01665 798945.



 When driving within the church grounds PLEASE keep to the 15mph speed limit. 

Expensive gravel is being displaced by overzealous drivers.

  Thank You.


PLEASE let us know

if a relative or neighbour has been taken to any of our hospitals,

 otherwise we will not be able to visit them.


   Offertory Collection

Did you know you can pay your weekly offertory donation

 via standing order or direct debit.

 In these days of internet banking it is so easy to make

 a regular payment to St Paul’s RC Church, Alnwick.

 You can still gift aid your donation by filling in the form at the back of church.


Bereavement Support

If you, or someone you know, has recently been bereaved Hospice Care

 now provide support either in your own home or in a mutually convenient place.

  For more information see the leaflets in the back of church

 or phone the hospice on 01665 606512.


 Space for Quiet Prayer

Our Quiet Space before the Tabernacle is working well.

 Thank you all. Please use it, if you would like to, before and after Mass,

 for silent prayer, in front of the Blessed Sacrament.



The website is http://www.stpaulsalnwick.co.uk/

containing lots of information about our schools and a

 chance to keep up to date with what is happening.

 Please visit our website.


Memoriam Book

The Memoriam Book placed in Our Lady’s Chapel

contains the names of family and friends of parishioners,

 each written under the date of their death.

 If you would like the names of your loved ones included,

 please fill in the form at the back of Church

and place it in the box provided.

 Fill in a separate form for each name, please.



Please be vigilant when you are in and about the Church.

Do not leave your valuables unattended in the church.


Nights of Light

Our Church looks particularly attractive at present with the flood lighting.

We depend on the Nights of Lights scheme to fund the lighting of the church.

If you would like to celebrate a important occasion,

please consider lighting up our church

If you would like the Church to be lit up for a special occasion,

please obtain a form from the back of the Church and hand it with your donation

to Tim Sewell, any of the Parish Council,

drop it through the letterbox at the Parish House

or download the form on the Nights of Light page

Minimum donation £1 per date!


In the absence of the priest, whom can we contact?

It is always good to be able to contact the priest of the

parish when you need information or in emergency.

But the parish house is not always manned.

In the absence of the priest, the number of a contact person

will be on the answering machine.


Hospital Referral Cards

It is becoming increasingly difficult to know when any

 of our parishioners have been admitted to hospital.

If you or any of your family are being admitted to any of our

 hospitals please let the priest know as soon as possible.

At the back of the church there are some hospital referral cards.

We would ask you to have one of these cards at home and if for any reason you have to stay

in hospital please hand it to the ward sister who will inform the hospital chaplain.

Please supply the patient’s name, ward and hospital.

Alternatively, a hospital referral card can be completed and given to Fr. Oliver.

Due to the unavailability of information regarding religious denomination of patients

in the RVI,  Freeman and Walkergate Hospitals, patients and relatives

must take responsibility to inform the hospital chaplain.

Tel 0191 232 1892.

The same situation applies to all our local hospitals and maybe care homes.

If you or a relative are going into hospital or one of our

 care homes please let the local priest know.

It will make our work much easier