PLEASE NOTE:- There will be NO Printed Version
of the Bulletin in Church until further notice.
second Sunday in ordinary time
Sunday 17th January 2021
Sunday Mass---17th January at 9.30am
Wednesday Mass ---20th January at 9.30am
· Maximum Attendance is 77 persons.
· 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.
· The wearing of Face Masks is compulsory
Unfortunately, toilet facilities are unavailable.
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John 1:35-42
Glory to you, O Lord
As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’
Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?‘
They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went
and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour.
One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter.
Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus.
Jesus looked hard at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ – meaning Rock.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
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 Stephen will continue to celebrate Mass every day, in Private,
for the Health and Wellbeing of all parishioners.
You have Father Stephen’s assurance that all mass intentions received
will be honoured on the dates they have been allocated.
And 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 Aidan’s Seahouses
Thursday 21st January---Mass 10am
All Saints, Thropton,
No weekday Word & Communion or Mass until Further Notice
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.
Our Lady and St Wilfred’s, Blyth
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.
St Paul’s Church, Alnwick in your will.
If you are planning to marry in St Paul’s church in 2021,
and Father Stephen has not yet been in contact with you,
PLEASE can you contact the parish by email:-
St Paul’s Roof
Work on the roof was scheduled to begin on 11th January 2021.
At an extra ordinary meeting of St Paul’s Parish Council, held on
Friday 18th December 2020 at 7 pm via Zoom, It was decided to postpone starting
the work with a view to seeking funding.
For further details please see the meeting notes at the bottom of the page.
new contact details are:-
St. Joseph, Ragworth Road, Norton,
Stockton-on-Tees, TS20 1EN.
Appeal for Help
In setting up a new home a mother, with 2 young children, is in need of most domestic items.
A member of the Alnwick Lions Club is successfully gathering things,
but is still seeking floor coverings eg carpets and rugs. There will also be a need for curtains but as yet sizes unknown.
If anyone can help, please contact me soonest and I will collect: 01665 600830 E: email@example.com"
Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
Respond to Department of Health consultation to stop home abortions!
The Department of Health is holding a public consultation on whether to continue the practice of allowing abortion providers
to send abortion pills to women so that they can perform their own abortion at home.
We need as many pro-life people as possible to complete the Department of Health’s questionnaire
in order to help stop dangerous DIY abortions becoming permanent.
SPUC has prepared a briefing which gives a step by step guide to completing the consultation questionnaire.
Please go to https://www.spuc.org.uk/Get-Involved/Campaigns/England-DIY-Abortion-Consultation
The consultation ends on 26 February 2021.
TO OUR CATHOLIC UNIVERSE AND
CATHOLIC TIMES READERS IN THE PARISH:-
at the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass,
but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE.
Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call them on
0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you.
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Keeping you and your parish in our thoughts and prayers.
May we take this opportunity in thanking you for all your support.
Statement regarding the publication of the IICSA report
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), has published its investigation report
into the Catholic Church in England and Wales today. This is based on the main public hearings
held in October and November 2019.
Bishop Byrne CO and the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle fully
supports the response from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales:
Bishops’ Conference Statement on the Publication of the IICSA Report
The Catholic Church in England and Wales welcomes the Report from the Independent Inquiry
into Child Sexual Abuse relating to the institutional response of the Church in its duty of
care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
We thank the IICSA Panel for their work. The Report will now inform the
ongoing reform and improvement of safeguarding in all aspects of the Church’s life.
An important aspect of the Inquiry’s work was the voice given to victims and survivors of abuse,
including the accounts which they gave of their subsequent engagement with the Church.
Listening attentively to their witness testimony has brought into sharp relief the extent of the
damage this sexual abuse has had on their lives.
We apologise to all victims and survivors who have not been properly listened to,
or properly supported by us. By listening with humility to those who have suffered, we can
contribute to the healing of the wounds of abuse, as well as learn from those most directly affected
how we must improve the Church’s safeguarding standards, policies and procedures.
This is an ongoing task and one to which we are wholly committed. Child sexual abuse is a crime.
It is a crime that requires committed vigilance and strict procedures to ensure reporting to the
statutory authorities. This is the Church’s policy. It is also why our safeguarding work needs to be
continually reviewed and improved. Where there have been failings and inconsistency
in the application of our safeguarding procedures, we acknowledge these and commit
to actions which will bring about improvement.
Abuse is an evil act against the most vulnerable; it must never be excused or covered up.
Abuse committed against children and the consequent damage to people’s lives cannot be undone.
For this, we apologise without reservation, and we are committed to listen attentively to the voices
of those who have been abused.
This report is an important moment in our safeguarding journey in the Catholic Church in our countries.
It will now be considered in detail by us, the Bishops, at our Plenary Assembly beginning next week
so we can explore how to integrate the findings of this important Inquiry into the life and work of
the Church in order to consistently safeguard children and the vulnerable.
Vincent Cardinal Nichols—President Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP—-Vice-President
If you have been affected by this report further support is also available:
You can contact the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Safeguarding Team on 0191 243 3305 or find
further contact details at: http://www.rcdhn.org.uk/safeguardingdio/safeguardingcontacts.php
‘Safe Spaces’ is an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse.
This independent service is run by the charity Victim Support and is free to access
via telephone – 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times),
email – firstname.lastname@example.org, or
web-chat via www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk.
Other organisations offering support can also be found via the
Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service at https://www.csas.uk.net/
Now that Sunday Morning Mass can resume,
Volunteers are wanted to help with cleaning of St Paul's to keep our church safe.
All COVID Guidelines will be adhered to.
This has been a challenging time for us all,
want to thank you for your faithful support of Mary’s Meals at this
Our founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow has recorded a special message for
parishioners. We hope you will continue to spread the word about our beautiful mission.
Thanks to our new match funding campaign ‘Double The Love’, donations
will go even further. Give until 31 January 2021 and public donations
will be doubled by the UK government, up to £2 million – meaning we can reach
even more hungry children in Liberia with life-changing school meals.
All information and links can be found on our website:-
We wish you and your congregation peace and
blessings this Advent and Christmas.
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 798945.
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.
The Alnwick District Food Bank
This is to confirm we continue to operate from our base at Lindisfarne Adult Learning Centre and will do so with
the goodwill and cooperation of Northumberland County Council throughout this latest lockdown.
Our website www.alnwickdistrictfoodbank.co.uk is kept updated with regard to opening times as is our FaceBook page.
Both also detail where donations can be dropped off and items needed.
Our team of volunteers have committed to "keeping the show on the road".
We are here to serve our local community to the best of our ability.
From us all at ADFB
Statements from Pope Francis, Bishop Robert Byrne and the
Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
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
St Paul’s 100 winners 2020
1st Henry & Pam Gormally 2nd Peter Duffy 3rd Peter Deeble
1st Joan McLelland 2nd Peggy Smart 3rd Jacqui Bettel
1st Mick & Sandra Armstrong 2nd Arthur Carroll 3rd Fr Oliver
1st Martin & Jean O’Hanlon 2nd Laurence Collins 3rd Brian Lindsay
1st Stan Trafford 2nd Carol Gibson 3rd Fr Des
1st Arthur Carroll 2nd Arthur Carroll 3rd Mary Donaghey
1st Rebecca Smissen 2nd Susan Buckle 3rd Chris McElhone
1st Arthur Carroll 2nd Graham Bloodworth 3rd Lorna Pearson
1st Bruce & Myra Collyns 2nd Angela Rule 3rd Anne Burn
1st Tim & Anne Sewell 2nd Linden & Elizabeth Dodds 3rd Joan Brown
1st Mr & Mrs H Harrison 2nd Fr Phil Carroll 3rd John Carr
Congratulations to all winners
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.
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 2019-20
Has been cancelled until further Notice.
Nights of Light
Wednesday 13th---James Keenan---In Memory
Thursday 14th---Daniel Triplett---Happy Birthday
Saturday 16th---Arthur Carroll---In Thanksgiving
Saturday 23rd---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!
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
Thursday 21st---St Agnes, Virgin, Martyr
USED POSTAGE STAMPS
Please continue to save your used stamps until the church re-opens.
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.
When driving within the church grounds PLEASE keep to the 15mph speed limit.
Expensive gravel is being displaced by overzealous drivers.
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.
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.
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.
ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL
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.
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. Stephen.
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
Minutes of the extra ordinary meeting of St Paul’s Parish Council
held on Friday 18th December 2020 at 7 pm via Zoom.
Fr Stephen Watson (Chair), Mary Donaghey (Minutes) June Etterley, Edith Humphries.
Co-Opt Members Michelle Burgess and Mary Frater
The opening prayer was led by Fr Stephen.
This was an extra ordinary meeting of the Parish Council called at short notice by Fr Stephen
to give a further update on proposed building and maintenance work to the church roof, the parish house, and the church clock.
As such there was only one item to discuss with no formal agenda.
Building repair and maintenance
As discussed at the Parish Council Meeting held on 1st December an inspection of the house had identified several urgent repairs were needed.
Fr Stephen explained that he had received a call from Andrew Gillingham Head of Property Management for the Diocese.
Mr Gillingham had received the two most competitive quotes for work needed on the house. One was for £60,700 plus VAT and one was
for £56,000 plus VAT. Any major building work must be approved by the Diocese. Therefore, both quotes were put to the Building Committee
which is a group of Lay experts and priests who make an informed decision on value for money and necessity. They gave their approval of the proposed work
As the building work is over £50,000 the Finance committee also had to be approached and they also gave their approval. Prior to going ahead with the
work approval is also required from the Parish representatives in the form of the Parish Council.
Therefore, Fr Stephen had called this meeting to speak to the Parish Council.
Regards work on the Church roof. Andrew Gillingham has spoken to Fiona Standfield Chief Operating Officer for the Diocese
who has suggested some possible funding opportunities. However, it is not possible to seek funding on work that has already begun.
Work on the roof was scheduled to begin on 11th January 2021. The cost being £96,000 and with the possibility of what may be substantial help,
Fr Stephen had taken the decision to postpone starting the work with a view to seeking funding. The Diocese will help with the funding applications.
An estimate has also been received to repair the Church clock. The power strike and the third motor which drives
the quarter hour strike need replacing at an estimated cost of £12,000. Some good news is that we will be able to reclaim VAT on the roof and clock repairs.
An interim invoice had also been received for the cost of the slate for the roof. There had been problems sourcing the slate due
to the pandemic and import issues. The contractor has already purchased the slate at a cost of £40,000. Payment will be made from the
church deposit account. However, this will not affect our seeking funding as it will not count as part of the work on the roof.
There is also the outstanding safety work to be carried out on the Church trees which had been discussed at the Parish Council
meeting held on 15th September 2020. The estimate at that time was for £8,000. Michelle Burgess explained that Martin O’Hanlon had
applied for planning permission to the Council to carry out the work but there had been a delay sorting the paperwork. This had now been done.
It was unanimously decided to approve the go ahead for the work on the house for the safety and comfort of Fr Stephen. It was further
decided to delay the repair of the church clock as it was not seen as a priority at this time. Once the planning application is approved by the
council the work on the trees in the grounds must go ahead. The Parish Council agreed with Fr Stephen’s decision to delay work on the roo
f to explore the funding opportunities as this will be a huge help.
As it stands the current financial commitments using funds from the deposit account are as follows:-
Deposit Account £162,636
Roof slate £40,000
There being no other items to discuss the meeting ended.
The next planned meeting is Tuesday 2nd March 2021.
Minutes of the meeting of St Paul’s Parish Council
held on Tuesday 1st December 2020 at 7 pm via Zoom.
Fr Stephen Watson, Mary Donaghey (Chair /Minutes) June Etterley, Edith Humphries.
Co-Opt Members Michelle Burgess attended for financial update and Mary Frater to update on Christians Together
The opening prayer was given by Fr Stephen.
Apologies for absence
Apologies received from Co-opt member Martin O’Hanlon. Ed Sweeney is away.
Apologies passed on behalf of Christopher Benjamin by June.
Review of the Agenda.
The Agenda as it stood was accepted.
Minutes of previous meeting and Matters Arising:
The minutes of the previous meeting 15th September were agreed without further review.
Parish Administrator’s Report:
Michelle Burgess gave an account of the church’s current financial position:
Current Account: £36,538.03
Deposit Account: £162,636
Roof Fund: £7,010.74
There has been little change in the figures from the last meeting.
Building repair and maintenance
Fr Stephen and Martin O’Hanlon recently attended a meeting in the Church to discuss the
future work to be carried out on the roof. Those present included Andrew Gillingham
(Property manager for the Diocese) and building contractors. Martin being aware
he was not able to attend the Parish Council meeting sent an e mail to Mary Donaghey
and Fr Stephen giving an update of the meeting. Fr Stephen read out the e mail which
summarised the main points. The e mail reads, ‘It is going to be a very big task and much
disruption both internally and externally will occur. To reduce the dust level in the Church sheeting
will be installed to reduce the spread but all Internal materials will be taken into the Church
via the main door. All of the Statues, candle holders, spare chairs and anything that can be moved
will have to be moved prior to all scaffolding being installed. Only Contractor Traffic will be
allowed to park in the grounds except for Wedding and Funeral official vehicles.
It is envisaged that work will commence on the 11 Jan 2021 and weather and COV19 permitting
the task should take 11 weeks. …’ Fr Stephen explained that the main work will be to the
Sanctuary Roof and that a great deal of dust is expected to come down. As a result, we will be
asking for a lot of help from parishioners during this period to help with Church cleaning.
The cost of work on the roof is estimated to be £96,000 plus VAT.
Two large containers will be placed in the car park for building materials and use by the contractors.
Work is also going to be carried out shortly to check that the plaster to be removed does
not contain asbestos. Scaffolding will be erected in the Sanctuary on Friday 8th January 2021
and this means the area will need to be cleared of statues etc by Thursday 7th January.
This work will be carried out by paid contractors under the supervision of Martin O’Hanlon.
Residents on Percy Street and the surrounding area will need to be advised of the
parking restrictions and disruption as some residents do use the Church car park.
Action point Michelle will draft a letter for a letter drop.
Action point Mary Frater volunteered to dismantle the coffee/tea facilities.
Fr Stephen went on to say that an inspection has also been carried out of the house which
is in a poor state of repair. Three local contractors came in with Andrew Gillingham and
one estimate has so far been received for £61,000. The conservatory at the back has been condemned.
The end gable wall is bowing. The office floor at the front of the house is uneven.
The kitchen and carpets all need updating. Unfortunately, the Church bells are also in need of repair.
Only the hour chime is currently working. One of the three motors needs repairing and this will cost £8,000.
Christians Together in Alnwick
Mary Frater gave an update on the mission to distribute angels to bring some joy this Christmas.
Over 800 angels have been knitted for the project and they are currently in self isolation in
biodegradable bags. Half will go into care homes and half will be distributed around the town
on Saturday 19th December at the Christmas Market. Sadly, there will be no carol singing and no
service in the market square this year.
Last year we gave out small potted plants to some members of the parish.
This year Pam Slater and Mary Frater will again have some potted plants and comfort bags
to give out to some members of the parish. Fr Stephen said that to allow them to be given out
after Mass they will need to be in isolation for three days prior to the service and then people
invited to pick up the bags themselves. They will need to be left at the side exit to the church where people leave.
Other matters -Week day services
Fr Stephen is hoping to have at least one service during the week but will
need volunteers to steward and clean the church after services as it is unfair to
ask Martin and Dorothy to help as they have done on each Sunday.
Ideally, we could draw up a rota of helpers.
The next Parish council meeting will also take place via Zoom on Tuesday 2nd March 2021.
Fr Stephen then gave the closing prayer.