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Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday 5th December 2021

 

Services

PLEASE NOTE

 

COVID-19 Pandemic

Booking will still be required to ensure that we remain COVID secure

 Everyone is welcome to attend Mass but please can you book your place in advance.

All Mass Bookings can be done in person with the steward at the door or

by calling 01665 579303 on a Wednesday only between the hours of 10am and 1pm.

 Many thanks

 

·      The wearing of Face Masks is compulsory

 

 

Gospel  Acclamation

 
Alleluia, alleluia!

Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight..
and all mankind shall see the salvation of God.

Alleluia!

GOSPEL

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to  Luke          3:1-6   

Glory to you, O Lord

 

In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judaea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee,

 his brother Philip tetrarch of the lands of Ituraea and Trachonitis, Lysanias tetrach of Abilene, during the pontificate of

Annas and Caiaphas the word of God came to John son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. He went through the whole Jordan

 district proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the sayings of the prophet Isaiah: 

A voice cries in the wilderness:
Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight.
Every valley will be filled in,
every mountain and hill be laid low,
winding ways will be straightened
and rough roads made smooth.
And all mankind shall see the salvation of God.

 

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.

 

PLEASE NOTE

Holy Communion. To maintain social distance at Sunday Masses-please wait in your place until

called forward by our stewards to go to Holy Communion/receive a blessing. Thank you.

 

Due to the extent of Scaffolding inside St Paul's church  our seating capacity is now reduced to 140.

For Christmas masses a booking system will therefore be reintroduced.

Also, for the same reason, we cannot use the building for weekday mass in the coming weeks.

 As soon as it is safe to do so we will recommence.

Thank you and God Bless,

 Fr.Stephen.

 

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”

 

 

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

 

From 4th July, the Mass times are changing at Ashington and Longhorsley.

 I know from time to time some people may attend the Sunday evening Mass in Ashington.

The new Mass times are as follows:

Ashington    

 Sunday 9.00am     5.00pm

Longhorsley

  Sunday 11.15am

 

       Please remember

St Paul’s Church, Alnwick in your will.

 Thank You.

 

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.

 

Eucharistic Ministers.

 The new rota is available now.

  Thank you to all who have agreed to continue this ministry.

 

Booklets of Advent reflections

The Vicariate for Faith and Mission has produced a set of booklets of Advent reflections, one for each week of Advent.

The Seasonal Reflections page on the diocesan website can be found here:

https://diocesehn.org.uk/living-the-faith/liturgy-prayer/#seasonal*. 

As we prepare for Jesus’ coming at Christmas, we hope that this year’s edition will once again foster prayerful reflection

 on the Scriptures and their relevance to our daily Christian living.

 

Prayers of the Faithful (bidding prayers)

Those who intend to be a part of a Parish Team involved in the writing and reading of the Sunday Mass Prayers of the Faithful,

 please contact David Williams who has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the team:

davidlwilliams75@gmail.com

 

HOLY ISLAND VINNIE CAMP 2022

Holy Island Camp will be running holidays for children in 2022. Our helpers are all volunteers and in order to go ahead

successfully in 2022 we urgently need new volunteers  to help in the kitchens, preparing food, washing up and clearing the dining hall.

 We also need caretaking staff who would be able to carry out a cleaning role. The work is tiring but  also fun (you would be joining

 an established and  very welcoming team) and the young people benefit enormously from a  traditional seaside type holiday.

 The commitment  can be for as little as three days a year in Term Time  or  more if you are able to help on multiple weeks

 or through the Summer Holidays. All helpers will be  required to obtain a free Diocessan DBS check and some training.

 If you are interested please visit our website  https://www.svp.org.uk/microsite/holy-island/about-camp

 

STARS STARS

This years theme for Christmas by CTinA is STARS, last year over 1000 angels were knitted and

 distributed around the town,  into care homes, schools and hung on trees, which were all a huge success.

 STARS can be knitted, crocheted, felted, made with twigs or anything.

Mary Frater has patterns for all the ideas for anyone who would be keen to be involved. 

As a Church we knitted over 200 Angels, so no pressure!. 

They will be put into biodegrable bags 5.5" by 7.5" with a prayer card. Larger ones will be hung in shops, market stalls, Churches.

 I will be at Mass on Sunday with patterns etc., for anyone willing to give it a go.

  There will be a day putting them into the small bags on Friday 10th December at St.James' Hall for anyone who wishes to be involved, just ask me.

Mary Frater

 

Northumberland Hospitals

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.

 

First Holy Communion

Registration Forms available from Fr Stephen

 

 BAPTISM

 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.

 

Alnwick Food Bank.

The collection box for the foodbank has been reinstated in church.

 We still have a great need as we are helping more and more families and single people.

 There was 227 parcels alone in July and we are averaging 48 parcels a week.

  We have collection points in the supermarkets and some shops around the town but we have noticed that donations

 have decreased over the last few months so any help would be gratefully received.

  We are always in need of tinned foods, soup, beans, tomatoes and tinned meats.

 You can find a list of items required on our website:- www.alnwickdistrictfoodbank.co.uk.  Thank you.

  

 CAFOD responding to multiple emergencies across the world

You can read more about how we can all express solidarity with our sisters and brothers affected

 by these emergencies on the CAFOD website: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news.

 Your compassion, generosity and prayers have helped us to stand together and enable

 us to continue to support communities in these difficult times. Thank you.]

 


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.

 to read the report  go to www.rcdhn.org.uk

  

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.

 

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.

 

Nights of Light- December

  Saturday 4th Arthur Carroll—In Thanksgiving

Saturday 11th —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.

 

Feasts of the Week

 Tues 7th—St Ambrose Bp, D

Wed 8th—The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patron of the Diocese

  

USED POSTAGE STAMPS

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.

 

DRIVEWAY

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Security

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.

 

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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of St Paul’s Parish Council

 held on Sunday 7th November 2021 in the Church.

Background

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, meetings of the Parish Council were suspended, and the last meeting held in the Parish Room

 took place on 3rd March 2020. The next Meeting did not take place until 15th September 2020 and then it was held via Zoom.

This was also Fr Oliver’s last meeting due to a reshuffle with Fr Stephen Watson joining the Parish in November.

 The Parish Council continued to meet via Zoom during 2021 publishing Minutes on the Parish website Bulletin. Due to continued restrictions,

 we were unable to hold the AGM in July. However, the AGM has now taken place and the Parish Council were able to

 welcome members of the congregation to the first AGM since 2019.

Present

Fr Stephen (President/Chair), Mary Donaghey (secretary/minutes) June Etterley, Edith Humphries,

 Ed Sweeney, Mary Frater (co-opted member/ Events) Martin O’Hanlon (co-opted member/Grounds and Maintenance).

1.Opening Prayer led by Fr Stephen

2 Apologies for absence received from Michelle Burgress (Parish Administrator) 

3 Minutes of previous AGM. The last AGM was held on 2nd July 2019. The Minutes had previously been circulated

and agreed so there was no need for further consideration. A copy of the Minutes is available at the back of Church.

4 Welcome new members to the Parish Council. There had previously been three self-nominations to the Council.

 One being Sally Williams was present at the AGM and was invited by Fr Stephen to introduce herself to the Meeting.

 Her nomination seconded by June Etterley she was welcomed to the Council as a member.

5 Financial Report from Parish administrator. The Financial report for the year 2020-2021 was given at the Meeting held on 7th September

 and full details can be found in the Minutes from that meeting, Fr Stephen provided an update financial report on behalf of Michelle.

Current account - £57,316.34 (this includes money raised for the roof fund of £21,287.70)

Deposit account - £50,428.56 [Michelle has since told me that this is lower than our last meeting due a payment of £925 for a bat survey].

 

The cost of repair to the Parish house was £29,684 with a final bill of £16, 668 which has been paid. Unfortunately,

the shower is still leaking and will need further attention but other than that work on the house has been completed.

 

Having successfully secured grants totalling £133,976 work is now underway on the Church oof. Fr Stephen explained that the

 Welsh slate tiles previously purchased cannot now be used under the terms of the grant from Northumbria Historic Churches Trust.

 However, arrangements have been made to sell the tiles to be used by another church.

The Church clock is undergoing repair thanks to a generous bequest. This will include work to allow the clock chimes to be silenced during the night.

 

6 Building repair and maintenance report. Martin O’Hanlon provided a full update at the last meeting on 7th September

 for the proposed AGM and this can be found on the Minutes for that meeting.

 Fr Stephen thanked Martin for his continued hard work over the past year.

7 Review of the year 2020-2021 and plans for future. A review is due to take place of the continuing Covid restrictions. At present face masks

 are still to be worn inside the Church and the booking system to monitor numbers attending services is still in place.

First Communions and Confessions are going ahead this year and Fr Stephen spoke about the options

offered under the First Communion/Confession Programme.

Option 1 Friendship with Jesus – This is open to any child with the support of their parents who wishes to learn more

 about Jesus and the Christian way of life. Parents who choose Option 1 for their child make a general

 commitment to support their child as they learn about Jesus at school.

Option 2 Two Walking with Jesus – This is open to all children Baptised in any Christian denomination who,

 with the support of their parents wish to renew the promises first made at their Baptism.

Parents who choose Option 2 for their child made a general commitment to support the child as they learn more about Jesus at school.

Option 3 Meeting Jesus – This is open to all Roman catholic children who, with the active support of their parent(s)

 wish to become a full member of the parish family. This involves making a formal commitment

 on the part of the parent(s) to attend all meetings of the programme.

Any parents approaching Fr Stephen for information about the programme will receive a pack.

Fr Stephen is building up contacts with nursing/care homes in the area and has made a number of visits to residents.

The Church choir has reformed under the direction of a new leader Colette Boushell.

Synod 2021-2023 – discussion needs to take place around our repose to the Synod. Pope Francis and the Synod office

 in Rome are inviting the whole Church to take part. The whole ‘Synod’ will be a two–year process beginning in every

diocese in October 2021 and moving on to a national then international listening exercise. Bishop Robert Byrne

 has produced a video introducing the Synod and Year of the Eucharist which can be viewed on the Diocesan Website.

 Once the roof is fixed it is hoped the Church can be opened more during the week.

 

8 Christians Together in Alnwick update given by Mary Frater. Last year the theme for Christmas was angels.

 This year it is stars, and everyone is invited to join in by making stars in whatever material or way they wish.

They can be knitted, crotched, made from paper or wood. The stars will be put into bags and placed in trees around the Town

 for people to pick up. All stars need to be completed by 4th December to allow time for them to be put in place.

 Percy Lion will be on display in shops and local shops will again be asked to place a crib in their window.

 The Cribs were an enormous success last year.

The Christmas lights will be switched on in Alnwick on Friday 19th November. This will include a projection of the Three Wise men

making their way up Narrowgate.

9 Parishioners’ concerns, queries and/or questions. Open to the floor.

Can a list of the members of the Parish Council be placed at the rear of the Church?

 This had previously done prior to Covid but the list now needs updating.

Concerns have been raised over the lack of social distancing when going up for Communion.

People are no longer standing apart. It is difficult to pass down the side of the Church due to the building work and the temporary altar.

 Also having two Eucharistic ministers means people are crossing in front of each other as they make their way back to their bench.

Action point – reduce to one Eucharistic minister and reintroduce stewards to direct people from their benches.

Does the parish intend to give a gift / card to care home residents? Last year they were given a small plant and Christmas card.

Is there a way that the sign of the peace can be given during Mass that is Covid safe?

How are priest distributed around the Diocese? Fr Stephen replied that most are based in Newcastle.

Once the pandemic is over could parishes consider spreading their Mass times out during the week?

 This would allow people to attend Mass more often as they could chose a time and day that was convenient.

Mass time – can Fr consider changing the Mass time on Sunday to 10am? This would benefit older people and those

 with young children and may encourage people to travel over from Rothbury.

10 Any other Business there was no other business

11 Closing Prayer given by Fr Stephen

 

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