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Third Sunday of Advent

  Year C

16th December 2018


Services during the week

MondayóWord & Communion 10am

Tuesday, Wednesday --Holy Mass 10am in St Paulís Alnwick

Thursday--10am Mass in All Saints Thropton

FridayóHoly Mass 10am in St Aidanís Seahouses

 The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions)

is available after the 10am Mass on request.


PLEASE NOTEóSt Agnes RothburyóSaturday VigilMass

This will be held at 12 noon until the LAST Saturday

in April 2019 (thereafter 6pm)


Feasts of the Week


  St Agnes, Rothbury. Christmas Day Mass at 9am


    St Agnes, Rothbury

In the event of bad weather, please phone M.Hopper on 01669 621291

or F.Pringle on 01669 621168.


Please remember

St Paulís Church, Alnwick in your will.

Thank You.


Sympathy and Prayers

St Paul's school  are sad to announce the death of Mrs Noreen Byrne

who died on Monday  evening after losing her battle against cancer. 

She had been a teacher in our school for 15 years and only 4 weeks ago

she was working hard with the reception class children

whom she loved and nurtured through many generations.

She was passionate about Catholic education and

a regular worshipper of St Paul's parish community.

  Her sudden deterioration has come as a great shock to many

not least her family and we remember them especially.

Our prayers go out to them and may she rest in peace. 


The Contagious Experience:

10:00-12:00, Saturday 12th January, Alnwick Methodist Church.

Open to all - come along and enjoy cake & a cuppa as we share progress

of the Youth and Schools work, Mighty Oaks coffee van, etc.,

and introduce some of the exciting resources being used. 

For more details, please see church notice board.


St Paulís 100 Club Christmas Draw

takes place this Sunday (16th).

  A cheque for £1545 will be given to Fr Oliver for St Paul's Church Funds.

Thank you to all members for supporting this Church fundraiser


Ministers of the Word/Readers' List for 2019.

The new List for 2019 will be published before the end of December.

Normally, our volunteer Ministers are required to read

on no more than five times each year. 

If this Ministry is of interest to you and you would

like to join the existing group of Readers

please contact Tony Wynn on 01665-830167.


 Big Clean of the Church for our Christmas Services

This year's Big Clean of St Paul's Church will take place immediately

after Mass on Sunday 23rd December, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. 

Materials will be provided but we need volunteers, both men and women,

to help with moving furniture, dusting, hoovering, cleaning and polishing.  

With around twenty people, we could complete the work in a little

over an hour and make a real difference to the appearance of our Church over Christmas. 

Tea and coffee and mince pies will be provided for all those who help. 





£12.00 PAY ON DOOR







St Paulís R.C. School Carol Concerts

will be held in church on Wednesday 19th December.

There will be two performances, one at 1.30pm and the other at 5.30pm.

All parishioners are very welcome.


Fund Raising

Thank you for your support for sales at the back of church.

£300 has been raised fot church funds,Elsie Doherty.


Christmas cake and goodies stall

On Sunday December 16th.

Cakes, sweets and goodies. 

All proceeds going to the roof repair fund. 


Holocaust Memorial Evenings

Two separate evenings hosted by the Diocese to remember

the Holocaust and subsequent periods of genocide.

For details, please see Church Notice Board











All the 3 concerts above are free to all.

Each School with different levels of music and singing,

all amazing range, quality and content.

St.Paul's congregation has the opportunity of hearing these wonderful

young people performing music at a very high standard.


Alnwick and District Food Bank 

Thanks to the ongoing generosity of parishioners and the many contributions

from the harvest festivals at schools and churches in Alnwick we

find ourselves with an abundance of food and reluctantly  taken

the decision to suspend donations for a short time as we have limited space.

  We would like to stress that this is only a temporary measure

as we will be increasing our distribution in the run-up to Christmas. 

There are still donation points in Sainsbury's, Costa coffee, Co-op and Iceland.



Thank you to Peggy Smart for looking after the Repository for so many years.

It is now under new management.

If anyone would like something special ordered,

we have lots of catalogues.

Bethany & Pam Slater.



The National Catholic Youth Congress, takes place at Wembley Arena on March 2nd 2019.

  Booking forms are out this month in partnerships and secondary schools

and it is hoped that coaches will leave from pick-up points in every area.

The cost will be £40 per person which includes coach travel and Wembley ticket. 

Further information from YMT on 01207 592244 or admin@ymt.org


First Reconciliation and

First Holy Communion Programme

Meeting and Mass dates for the full programme

19/20 Jan 2019,

9/10 Feb 2019,16/17 Mar 2019,11/12 May 2019,

8/9 June 2019 (First Communion Day),22/23 June 2019

Please pray for them as they embark on this wonderful journey of faith.


 Youth Ministry Toolkit

A new online resource is

now available on www.hnyouthtoolkit.org.uk


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 Aidans, 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.



With the closure of the Alnwick Playhouse in August for one year,

Alnwick Music Society are using different venues around the town for their Concerts.

St.Paulís, St.Jamesí, St.Michaelís and the Northumberland Hall will all be used.

There is a booklet at the back of Church with a list of all the

Concerts/Venues and details of all the groups participating.

 Please take one.


  Coming Together

Tea and coffee will be served at the back of the church

after Mass and we hope you will stay and chat .

All are welcome


The coffee/tea at the back of Church

is very popular, it is great to see people standing round chatting

and connecting as a Congregation, but it would be wonderful if

a few more could be available to help, especially at the end.

It only needs 2 to set up, but it is great when people collect cups etc.,

and take them to be washed and reset up for the next week.

Just speak to Mary anytime.

Donations are always welcome.


Gift Aid

Very many thanks to all those parishioners who have supported

the Gift Aid Donations Scheme during the past year.

The scheme continues to make a significant contribution to parish funds

and last year we recouped in excess of £6500 from HMRC.

If you are not already signed up, please consider joining.

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

Forms are at the back of church or contact Roisin on 01665 798945.


Homemade Jams

A lovely selection of Homemade Jams are on sale at the back of church.


St Paulís 100 Club--October

1st ††£50 No.47†† Marie Johnson

2nd£30 No.37†† Michael & Sandra Armstrong

 3rd ††£20 No.88†† Margaret Cass


The Peopleís Kitchen

are grateful to St Paulís parishioners and friends for their continued support.

Thank you.


   Red Mission Boxes

Will you please bring in your Mill Hill Red Boxes for counting.

Thank you, James Bateman



It is over 15 years since the floodlighting team

achieved their objective of floodlighting St. Paulís.

In the years since the running and maintenance

costs have risen considerably.

We would therefore like to encourage you to help us

by continuing lighting our Church by buying or donating

a night of light for £1 minimum or an amount of your choice.

Thank you for supporting our fundraising for the running costs.



We request when parking in the Church grounds,

you do so with due regard to other users.

We ask you do not park near corners as some of us

are getting a bit older and accidents do happen.

If you are parking at the front of Church, please remember

that funeral and wedding cars need extra room.

If you park of the streets nearby, please do not cause

an inconvenience to the local people,

especially when disabled access may be needed.

Also would drivers please let their passengers out,

then park as near as possible to the left thus enabling other cars

to pass safely without having to drive over the grass on the right.

We have put a garden seat near the ramp for those who would like

to rest awhile in the quiet of the church grounds..

Thank you.



 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 Paulís RC Church, Alnwick.

You can still gift aid your donation by filling in the form at the back of church


Peoples Kitchen

As Always, they are full of gratitude for

your generosity in donations of food and clothing.

The need as always continues, any male clothing

and footware is always in demand.

As long as there are these items in the boxes at the back of church,

I will continue to take it down to the needy.

Thank you to you all.Jean OíHanlon



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

Yvonne Douglas is saving them for cancer research.


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 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 Ladyís 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!





Many ideas of fundraising are being suggested.

Perhaps you might be able to help in one of the following ways.

Win the Lottery and pay the lot!


Have a coffee morning or evening

Auction of Promises

Race Night

Brass Band Concert

Quiz Night

...and then there are your own ideas.

We need doers of the suggestions, not just suggestions!




The Convent Centre

If you wish to book the centre, contact the Caretaker,

Paul on his mobile 07845991512


Visitors GIFT AID

If you are a visitor to our parish and would like

St. Paul's Church to claim the tax back from your offering,

please use a special Gift Aid envelope from the back of the church.

Thank you.


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


Donít Forget !!!

We invite you to join us for a Coffee or Tea after Sunday morning Mass in the Parish Room

when we can greet our visitors and share our ideas of the liturgy and other Church

matters.Funds raised help provide for our Seasonal Celebrations with our older

parishioners and their friends.



Parishioners who find themselves in hospital should inform the staff that they are Catholic

and that they would like a priest to visit them while admitted.
Hospital staff are not permitted to enquire of a patientís religion,

however they will contact a visiting priest for you should you let them know.

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 patientís name, ward and hospital.

Alternatively, a hospital referral card can be completed and given to Fr. Peter.

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