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Tenth Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 9th June 2024





Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!

If anyone loves me he will keep my word,

 and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him.




A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark        3:20-35

Glory to you, O Lord


Jesus went home with his disciples, and such a crowd collected that they could not even have a meal.
When his relatives heard of this, they set out to take charge of him, convinced he was out of his mind.

The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying,
‘Beelzebul is in him,‘ and, ‘It is through the prince of devils that he casts devils out.‘
So he called them to him and spoke to them in parables,
‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot last.

 And if a household is divided against itself, that household can never stand.

 Now if Satan has rebelled against himself and is divided, he cannot stand either – it is the end of him.

 But no one can make his way into a strong man’s house and burgle his property unless

 he has tied up the strong man first. Only then can he burgle his house.
‘I tell you solemnly, all men’s sins will be forgiven, and all their blasphemies;

but let anyone blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and he will never have forgiveness:

 he is guilty of an eternal sin.’
This was because they were saying, ‘An unclean spirit is in him.’

His mother and brothers now arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message asking for him.

 A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him,

 ‘Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you.‘
He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’
And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said,
‘Here are my mother and my brothers.
Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.’


The Gospel of the Lord. 

          Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


  All Saints, Thropton,

No weekday Word & Communion or Mass until Further Notice


Live Streaming of Masses

A number of parishes have set up a live stream of their Masses.

For more details of frequency and timings please go to the Diocesan website www.rcdhn.org.uk


Children’s Liturgy at Sunday Mass.

Children are welcome in the Parish room to listen to a child friendly Gospel, with theme related activities.

Two adults will instruct the children both will have a current DBS


St Paul's church is open daily for Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament each day from 5pm-6pm.

Please join us, even if it is only for a short time. 


 Mass Times from Monday 6th May

Tues 11th                                                6pm Mass. St Paul’s

Wed 12th                                               10am Mass. St Paul’s

Thurs 13th                                           10.30am Mass. Amble

Fri 14th                                                 10am Mass. St Paul’s

Sat 15th                                              5pm Vigil Mass. Amble

Sun 16h                                                10am Mass. St Paul’s.                                          


Mass Intentions

 Sunday 9th                                                                         Tommy Stewart

Tuesday 11th                                                                                  Jen Elliott

Wednesday12th                     In Thanksgiving for Fr Des’s Diamond Jubilee

Friday 14th                                                  Margaret Bond

Sunday16th                           In Thanksgiving for Fr Des’s Diamond Jubilee



Ministers of the Word for 16th June

Richard Smith; Ian Atkinson; Stanley Trafford   

Ministers of the Eucharist 16th June

William Cairns; Jenny Snooke; Sandra Armstrong


10th June          Team 5        Kevin Collins; Tony Wynn

17th June          Team 6       Yvonne Douglas; Judith Francis; Liz Harrison



Every Sunday we serve refreshments after Mass at the back of church

Everyone is welcome



There will be a Second Collection Next Sunday, 16th, for the Day for Life



First Holy Communion

 We congratulate the children who are making their First Communion and are receiving a Blessing today;

Kerissa       William      Leon      Thomas

Many congratulations to their parents and families.

A big thanks you to our school community and catechists for all their support.


Bottle in a bag fundraiser

Hello again from the Alnwick Flower committee. 

 We have had some generous donations of bottles for the

 'bottle in a bag' tombola, but are hoping for a few more. 

 Any type of bottle item welcome. 

 Bags will be provide.

Donations to Mary Frater Mary Donaghey or Jean O'Hanlon. 


 100 plus winners May Draw

1st prize £50 27 Jasmine Fitzpatrick

2nd prize £30 83 Martin Harrison

3rd prize £20 87 Damian Robinson


 Refugee Week event at St Mary’s Cathedral

 Our Home: “stretch your tents curtains wide” Isaiah 54: 2

An event to welcome and celebrate refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to our

 Diocese at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle on Tuesday 18 June at 6.30pm.

This event will celebrate the richness of our Diocesan family by bringing together people of

different nationalities who make their home here in the North East of England.

We will have the opportunity to listen to people’s stories, celebrate their talents and recognise

that we are better off when we welcome the strangers and make them our friends.

 We will hear what the Diocese has to offer and also see the gifts and talents of our new neighbours.

During the event Bishop Stephen will receive, on behalf of

the whole Diocese, a Lampedusa Cross donated by CAFOD.

 This will then be housed in the cathedral as a sign of our commitment

and welcome to those who are enriching life in our Diocese.

 Everyone is welcome to join in this celebration organised by the Vicariate for Caritas.


Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) 2024-2025

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies is managed and awarded by the

Board of Religious Studies  on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

The programme seeks to ensure that participants have a basic

understanding of the central beliefs of the Catholic faith.

 This programme is available for catechists, lay leaders and other adults wishing to

 deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith and Catholic education,

serving teachers in Catholic and other schools, and teachers

 in training preparing to take up posts in Catholic schools.

The 2024-2025 CCRS course programme is now available on the Diocesan website:


If anyone would like further information, they can contact Eamonn Diffley at the

Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Department for Education on 0191 243 3313 or email education@diocesehn.org.uk


Parish Gift Aid/Collection Counters

We need a volunteer to co-ordinate the parish Gift Aid Scheme.

We are very grateful to Kim who has undertaken this role over the past few months.

If you can help, please speak to Fr Stephen.

A Collection Counters Meeting with the Parish Administrator and Fr Stephen

 will be held in the Lindisfarne Room on Thursday 30th May at 1pm.


Alnwick Flower Festival

St Paul’s Church will be hosting the Alnwick Flower Festival 2024.

 The preview night will be Wed 7 August. The festival will run from

 Thurs 8 to Sat 10 August, 10am to 4pm and Sunday 11 August from 12 to 4pm.

 Anyone who wishes to sponsor a display or help in any way

 please contact either Mary Donaghey 01665 510253 or Jean O’Hanlon.



 “The Parish operates in accordance with Statutory Safeguarding Guidance and

 Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency( CSSA) and Diocese’s policies and procedures at all times.

 Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Pam Slater 01665 510728 and the

Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be contacted on 0191 2433305

 or at safeguarding@diocesehn.org.uk


Year of Prayer 2024

“The more generous you are toward God,

the more generous you will find he is toward you”

(St Ignatius of Loyola)

In preparation for the 2025 Jubilee Year 'Pilgrims of Hope',

2024 has been designated a Year of Prayer by Pope Francis.

Please visit our Diocesan Year of Prayer webpage (https://diocesehn.org.uk/ )

 for more information and regular updates.



All items for inclusion in the Parish newsletter to be sent by 9pm on Wednesday.

 Items to be sent to Tim Sewell. 07484611265 or newsletter.stpaul.alnwick@diocesehn.org.uk

Thank You


Used Postage Stamps

Please continue to save your used stamps and leave them at the back of church.

 Thank You.


St Paul’s Choir

New members of the choir at St Paul’s are welcome.

 Please join the choir practice at 7.30pm every Thursday in the Lindisfarne Room.


Summary of Listening Exercises, Result of Questionnaire and Bishop Stephen’s Response

On our diocesan website https://diocesehn.org.uk/ you will find all the summaries from the various

listening exercises that have been running since the summer of 2023, and the

 results of the Questionnaire for the Dicastery of Bishops Report from March 2023.

These are together with Bishop Stephen’s response to what has been presented to him.

 He reflects on the past, present and our future together. The documentation is necessarily lengthy.

 Too lengthy for a pastoral letter. If you wish to have hard copies of all or

 parts of the suite of documents, then please contact the parish office.



We need a new Missio (Red Boxes) representative to take over responsibility.

 Please contact Louis 07765 432392.


Alnwick Flower Festival

St Paul’s Church will be hosting the Alnwick Flower Festival 2024. 

The preview night will be Wednesday 7th August and the festival will run from

Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th August 10am to 4pm. 

Anyone who wishes to sponsor a display or help in any way please contact either

 Mary Donaghey 01665 510253 or Jean O’Hanlon. 



For the Parish Priest/Enquiries :- stpaul.alnwick@diocesehn.org.uk

Parish Newsletter Team :-newsletter.stpaul.alnwick@diocesehn.org.uk                               

The old Parish e-mail, stpaulschurchalnwick@gmail.com, is no longer MONITORED.


“CAFOD Israeli-Palestinian Crisis Appeal”

Donate to CAFOD’s Israeli-Palestinian Crisis Appeal at cafod.org.uk/ipc or call 0303 303 3030 to support those

affected and get funds to local trusted experts in Gaza and southern Israel

 who have been working alongside communities helping those most in need. 

 Your donation will help support aid workers providing urgent humanitarian aid including food,

 water and emergency shelter to those in need. Thank you for your prayers.”


The Lindisfarne Room.

 Until future notice, weekday Mass,

 Adoration, & meetings will take place in The Lindisfarne Room.

Please use the side sacristy door for access. 


Being Admitted to Hospital

If you, a friend or relative are admitted to hospital, a visit/Holy Communion/the

Sacraments can be arranged by the chaplaincy team.

  You can contact the chaplaincy via the hospital switchboard on 03448118111 and ask to be put

through to the chaplaincy department.

If the call is urgent, please ask the nurse to contact the Roman Catholic Priest on call.


Rainbows Bereavement Support Great Britain (GB)

is a well-respected National Charity which supports Children and Young People who have experienced a significant

 loss through death, relationship break[1]down or any other Adverse Childhood Experience.

Volunteers are needed to join the North East Team.

 If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Ruth Higginbottom,

Rainbows North East Secretary, on 01670 518546 or rainbows.northeast@btconnect.com


Prayer Group Intentions

A book has been placed in the Lady Chapel by the Prayer Group

 for anyone who would like the group to pray for their intentions.


Safeguarding Changes  

There are some changes to safeguarding, which as a Parish we need to implement.

Those working with children and vulnerable adults will continue to need a DBS, renewed every 3 years.

DBS paperwork has changed slightly.

Every leader of a group will need a DBS and if possible a deputy with a DBS should be appointed.

Parishioners may take Holy communion to their immediate family if they are unable to attend church.

 But other than this a Eucharistic Minister will require a DBS to undertake this ministry.

Every volunteer for every position in the Parish will need to fill in a volunteer registration form and

 will require 2 #references before they start volunteering.

This does not affect existing volunteers. But takes immediate effect for any new volunteers.

Many thanks Pam Slater


Knit and Natter Group

will be meet at Gill Lyons' House on Thursday 20th June 2024 at 2pm.


Prayer Group. 

The next meetings in the Parish Room are on Thursday 13th June at 2pm.

All Welcome



Donations, to parishes or featured projects, can now be made by clicking the ‘Donate’ tab

 at the top of the Diocesan website homepage www.diocesehn.org.uk. From this Donations page, donors can

choose to donate to one of the featured Projects, or can scroll down to find the parish they’d like to donate to.

They can also search for their parish using the ‘Search for a location’ field at the top of the list of parishes.

When they find their chosen parish, they just need to click on the ‘Donate’ button and then choose

one of the suggested amounts or enter the amount they would like to donate. They can choose to make a single donation,

 but can also set up a weekly or monthly donation if they’d like to, and can Gift Aid their donations simply

 by turning on the ‘I would like to Gift Aid this donation’ button.

 If you need any further information, please contact Michelle Alsop at

 michelle.alsop@diocesehn.org.uk who will be able to help.



Heavenly Father,

in Baptism you called us by name and made us members of your family, the Church.

Help all your people to know their vocation in life,  and to respond by living a life of holiness.

 For your greater glory and for the service of your people, raise up dedicated and generous men

who will serve as priests for the Church of Hexham and Newcastle.

Send your Spirit to guide and strengthen our communities, our seminarians

 and all who are discerning their vocation.



Please remember

St Paul’s Church, Alnwick in your will.

 Thank You.


Coping with Cancer North East.

 We are a charity that offers support to those affected by cancer, this includes counselling, coaching and complementary therapies.

 Our services are free to anyone who is or has been affected by a cancer diagnosis, including family, friends, and carers.

 We offer our services across the whole of the North East.

  Please find our website below for further information on the help that we provide:



Alnwick District Food Bank

SHORT OF FOOD ??                         HOW ??

 Email: alnwickdistrictfoodbank@gmail.com or

 www: alnwickdistrictfoodbank.co.uk

or tel: 07498 488797 (Tue or Thur only; 9.00—11.00)

· Confidentially, tell them your circumstances

· They will then arrange a delivery for you, if you qualify

That's all there is to it !!



 Gift Aid Appeal

The Gift Aid Donation Scheme is a government sponsored device whereby registered charities can receive

a ‘cashback’ of 25% of all the donations made by UK taxpayers.  The diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

 is registered to take advantage of this scheme and we benefit greatly from it.

If you are a UK taxpayer and are not already a member of the Gift Aid Donation Scheme we would be most grateful

 if you would consider joining it.  If you are interested, please speak to Roisin at the back of church

 or give her a ring on 01665 798945.



 Enfant Baptism is the door to the other Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church.

Baptism at St Paul's Alnwick is open to all babies who have at least one parent who is Roman Catholic themselves.

Please telephone Father Stephen at the Parish House for further information.


Diocese Information

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


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.


Feasts of the Week

Tuesday 11th---St Barnabas, Apostle

Thursday 13th---St Anthony of Padua, Priest, Doctor of the Church



Nights of Light – May/June

Thursday 13th Marian Crowe—Birthday Memories, RIP

Saturday 15th Arthur Carroll---In Thanksgiving




 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.



Please continue to save your used stamps.

 Thank You



 When driving within the church grounds PLEASE keep to the 5mph speed limit. 

Expensive gravel is being displaced by overzealous drivers.

  Thank You.


   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.


Memoriam Book

The Memoriam Book placed on the Sanctuary and

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!