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Second Sunday of Lent

Sunday 25th February 2024





Mass Intentions

 Sunday 25th --- Peter Warren


Gospel  Acclamation


Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!

From the bright cloud the Father’s voice was heard
‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!




A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark                                                          9:2-10  

Glory to you, O Lord


Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them

 up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves.

 There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white,

 whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them.
Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus.

 Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Rabbi’, he said it is wonderful for us to be here;

 so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’
He did not know what to say; they were so frightened.

 And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud,
‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.‘ Then suddenly, when they looked round,

 they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.

As they came down the mountain he warned them to tell no one what

 they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves

 they discussed what ‘rising from the dead‘ could mean.


 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 are as follows:

Sat 24th                                           5pm Vigil Mass Amble

Sun 25th                                          10am Mass St Paul’s


Tue 27th                            6pm Mass. St Paul’s

Wed 28th                             10am Mass. St Paul’s

Thurs 29th                        10.30am. Amble

Fri 1st March                   10am Mass. St Paul’s. 


Sat 2nd                              5pm Vigil Mass Amble

Sun 3rd                             10am Mass St Paul’s



Sacrament of Reconciliation       Thursday                       6pm—7pm


Mass Intentions              Sun 25th              Peter Warren



Ministers of the Word for 25th February (2nd  Sunday of Lent)

Mary Frater;     Diana Collins;     Robert Miller

Ministers of the Eucharist

Pam Slater;     Sally Williams;    Michael Gran

Counters Team No. 3



Family Fast Day.

Please return your Family Dast Day envelopes next Sunday (25th). Thank You.


Stations of the Cross during Lent

A service of Stations of the Cross will be held on each Friday evening during

 Lent starting on 16th February and ending on Good Friday.

Services will commence at 7.00pm and will last approximately 25-30 minutes.

A different form of the liturgy will be used at each service. All are welcome


100 Plus club 2024

Thanks to your generosity we have hit the magic number and can guarantee the prize draws will take place for 2024. 

 The first draw will take place on Sunday 25th February after Mass.  


Easter Gathering   

On Wednesday 27th March at 2.30pm, we are holding an Easter Gathering

  for those who may have difficulty getting to Mass regularly.

 Their will be a short service with Holy Communion and Anointing of the sick.

 Followed by afternoon tea. If you can help on the day or bake cakes please leave your

 name on the sheet at the back of church.

Many thanks.



St. Mary’s Cathedral and Newcastle Cathedral 3rd-6th March.

Welcome to All.

Together with the Diocese of Newcastle, our diocesan family is privileged to be

 hosting a LOUDfence at St. Marys’ Cathedral and at Newcastle Cathedral.

It will begin at the 11.30 Sunday Mass on the 3rd March at St. Mary’s Cathedral and

 end with a Service of the Word at Newcastle Cathedral on the 6th March at 7pm.

 Everyone is welcome to these liturgies and to visit both Cathedrals during

 the days to offer their prayers and support for all who have suffered

 abuse within church communities and all contexts.

 We are invited to leave prayers and messages together with provided items like

 the prayer ribbons presented to Bishop Stephen at his Installation Mass,

 which are still tied to his Bishop’s Chair.

People can leave their prayers and messages within or outside of the Cathedrals,

 recognising some people would rather not enter a place of worship.

 There will be people available for pastoral accompaniment if that is requested.

 As a diocesan family we pray for all who have suffered abuse and

recognise our shared duty to safeguard the vulnerable.



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

 Please contact Louis 07765 432392.


New AP System:

Anyone needing to know how to operate the new PA system,

please contact Louis 07765 432392 for a short tutorial.


Lenten Lunch Dates for 2024

Thursdays 12noon - 1.15 at St.James's Alnwick

Thurs 29th Feb   ST.MICHAEL'S


Thurs 14th March   ST.JAME'S SHILBOTTLE

Thurs 21st March   ALNWICK BAPTIST

 Good Friday 9th March - Easter Sunday 31st March.

As you can see we are the second week in.

There is a list at the back of Church for volunteers to help set up, make soup and serve on the day.

Helpers are asked to be at the hall by 10.30 please so we are ready.

A suggested donation of £3.50 which will be split between Christian Aid, Cafod and

Alnwick District Food Bank, although people can pay what they wish.


After Mass Refreshments

It is wonderful how many parishioners and holiday makers are staying for a drink and chatting after Mass,

this is making very busy and at the moment there are 6 teams, 2 of the teams there are 3 volunteers,

which helps the running smoothly of the queue.   More helpers are needed as soon as possible, please help.

This has become a great help to all of us, and to the atmosphere of friendship in the Church, and very welcoming.


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. 


Proud Catholics - Sharing our stories with Bishop Stephen

Do you identify as LGBTQ+ or are you questioning your sexual or gender identity?

 Would you like to attend a support group run by and for LGBTQ+ Catholics in the North East?

 We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at St Andrew's RC Church, Worswick St.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 20th February, at 7.30pm.

We welcome Bishop Stephen, who invites us to pray with him and share our experiences as

 LGBTQ+ Catholics in our parish and as members of Proud Catholics.

There will be an opportunity for reflection on the future of LGBTQ+ ministry in the Diocese,

as well as our usual social time and shared refreshments. Zoom link available, get in touch if interested.

For more information, phone Isabel on 07858 934457, email proud.catholics@yahoo.com,

 or visit our website https://www.proudcatholics.co.uk/



The Life in the Spirit Seminars are designed as an introduction to a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 They provide an opportunity for you to find out more about that life, and to be helped in

 taking the first steps of a new, dynamic relationship with the living Lord.

They are being run by the Diocesan CHARIS group and you will be very welcome to attend.

 Dates and Titles of Sessions: 21 Feb: God’s Love – Andy Drozdziak

28 Feb: Salvation – Amy Cameron, 06 March : The New Life – John Wheeler

13 March : Receiving God’s Gifts – Pat Kennedy, 20 March : Baptism in the Holy Spirit – Fr Shaun O’Neill

24 April : Growth – Deacon Alison Rebello. 08 May 2024: Transformation in Christ – Bishop Stephen Wright

Venue: St Mary’s Parish Centre, Bridge Street, Sunderland SR1 1TQ.

Cost: Free. Refreshments: Light refreshments will be served at the beginning of the sessions.

Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm

To register, go to :  https://diocesehn.org.uk/whats-on/event/life-in-the-spirit-seminar-series/



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.

 In order to provide a valuable resource to our Partnership of parishes the former

 Parish Room is now called The Lindisfarne Room.

Now that the colder weather is with us, until future notice , weekday Mass,

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

Please use the side sacristy door for access. 


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



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


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 7th March 2024 at 2pm.


Prayer Group. 

The next meeting is in the Parish Room on Thursday 29th February  at 2pm.

All Welcome


Church Mugs for sale

We finally have bone china mugs for refreshments after Mass with an imprint of our church.

They are also available to buy for £8 each or 6 for £40.



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:



Notes from the Lindisfarne Partnership Open Meeting

on Tuesday 22nd March 2022

can be found on the Parish Website:-www.stpaulschurchalnwick.co.uk then select  †Lindisfarne Partnership



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

Friday 1st March    St David, Bishop, Patron of Wales




Nights of Light – December/January

Friday March 1st                         Fred Robinson--Anniversary Memories, RIP


Saturday 2nd March            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!


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.