Bulletin Board


PLEASE NOTE:- There will be NO Printed Version

of the Bulletin in Church until further notice.


25th Sunday of the Year

Year A

20th September 2020



The Church has undergone a 9 hour Deep Clean

by a team of professional cleaners.


SUNDAY 20th September at 9.30am

Maximum Attendance is 77 persons.

·         The wearing of a Face Mask is now compulsory

·         Please enter the church in single file (keeping a 2m distance)

by the Front Door where you will be met by a Steward.

·         The pews will be filled from the front and moving to the back.

·         The Holy Water stoops, confessionals will not be used and

 hymn books, Mass cards and all piety goods will be removed.

·         When Mass has finished please leave by the Side Door, again

in single file and keeping your distance.


Unfortunately, toilet facilities are unavailable. 



Alleluia, alleluia!

Blessings on the King who comes, in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens!





A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew              20:1-16


Jesus said to his disciples: The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going

 out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with

 the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about

 the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, “You go to

my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage”. So they went. At about the sixth

 hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same.Then at

 about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing round, and he said

 to them, “Why have you been standing here idle all day?” “Because no one has hired us”

 they answered. He said to them, “You go into my vineyard too”.

In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, “Call the workers

and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first”.

 So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received

one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too

received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner.

 “The men who came last” they said “have done only one hour, and you have

 treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day’s work in all the heat.”

 He answered one of them and said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you;

 did we not agree on one denarius? Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay

 the last comer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my

 own? Why be envious because I am generous?”

Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.’


The Gospel of the Lord.



Act of Spiritual Communion by St Alphonsus Liguori

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

 I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

 Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

 come at least spiritually into my heart.

 I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You.

 Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.



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

for the Health and Wellbeing of all parishioners.

You have Father Oliver’s assurance that all mass intentions received

will be honoured on the dates they have been allocated.

For all those whose anniversaries occur around this time

“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 weekday 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.

 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. 


Mass by Phone Service

During these times when our churches are closed and Masses are being

streamed online, the Diocese of Middlesbrough have set up a system to allow

 people who don't have internet access to listen to Mass over the telephone.

 If you would like to access this service, the telephone number to call is 01642 130120.

 Calls are charged at local rate and free if in your included minutes.



      Please remember

St Paul’s Church, Alnwick in your will.

 Thank You.


Father Oliver

As you will know by now, Father Oliver is leaving us for pastures new.

Anyone who wishes to donate towards Fathers leaving gift there is a basket in church

and for those parishioners who are not attending church right now,

 but wish to contribute, they can drop off donations to following:-

Roisin Cowley, Woodlands Mount, Alnwick, NE66 2PW

Mary Frater, 23 St Georges Crescent, Alnwick, NE66 1AY

June Etterley, 4 Clive Terrrace, Alnwick, NE66 1LQ

Thank You


Shoebox appeal-Christmas Child

Unfortunately this year due to Covid-19 we are unable to accept packed shoeboxes.

 However Samaritans Purse are able to deliver boxes safely to bring joy to children

 in at least 50 countries who have difficult and poor lives.

 If you would like to donate £20 online to fund a shoebox go to www.shoeboxonline.org.uk

  and click on pack your own shoebox where you can choose gender, age and

 pick what toys and accessories you would like in your box. You can also personalise

 your box with a message. Alternatively click on send a prepacked shoebox

 and they will make these choices for you.

Otherwise if you would like to give a donation go to the

 main website www.samaritans-purse.org.uk and click on donate today, then the gift

website and you can choose to donate £5 and upwards.

Thank you, Pam Slater


St Paul’s Roof

We have had a few enquiries about when the roof work will be starting.

 We are still waiting to hear back from the Diocese and will update as soon as we know.


Gift Aid

The Diocese is not sending out Gift Aid Donation Statements for 2019/20.

However, due to the churches not being fully opened because of COVID19, it was decided that

 this year they would only supply this information if specifically requested.

If like this information, please contact Roisin on 01665 789945.


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.

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

Thank You.


The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry:

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.


Bishop Robert Byrne CO has announced the re–opening

 of some churches for individual prayer.

Please go to the Diocesan website:- www.rcdhn.org.uk

For a list of the churches, to download our handbook for the

 reopening of churches and to read our statement in full.


Statements from Pope Francis, Bishop Robert Byrne and the

Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

condemn the death of George Floyd

In times of an international crisis such as this, the Bishop and the Diocese

 maintain communion with Pope Francis and the Bishops’ Conference of

England and Wales to condemn the death of George Floyd.

To read the statement in full

please go to the Diocesan website:- www.rcdhn.org.uk


 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


 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.


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.


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

Saturday 19th September---Arthur Carroll---In Thanksgiving

Saturday 26th September---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.


  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

Monday21st---St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Wednesday 23rd---St Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) P

Thursday 24th---Our Lady of Walsingham



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 Aydan’s, 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.



 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