Bulletin Board


PLEASE NOTE:- There will be NO Printed Version

of the Bulletin in Church until further notice.


 Saturday Vigil Mass at St Paul's at 5pm.

This is a TEMPORARY measure to ease numbers at

 Sunday Mass and help with social distancing.




Sunday 18th July 2021



COVID-19 Pandemic


  Due to increasing numbers at Mass

we feel we need to implement a booking system to ensure that

 we remain COVID secure in line with Government guidance.

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

All Future 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


·      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. 


Gospel  Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!

The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice, says the Lord,
I know them and they follow me.




A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark          6:30-34


Glory to you, O Lord

The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them,

 ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’;

 for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat.

So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going,

 and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them.
So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep

 without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length..

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.




Wednesday 21st July—NO 10am Mass


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 22nd July---NO 10.00am Mass


All Saints, Thropton,

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. 


Our Lady and St Wilfred’s, Blyth

 via their Facebook Page. 


From this coming weekend (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:


 Sunday 9.00am     5.00pm


  Sunday 11.15am


       Please remember

St Paul’s Church, Alnwick in your will.

 Thank You.



 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.


Catholic Safeguarding Project

The Catholic Church in England and Wales is holding an independent review

Of Safeguarding arrangements.  To complete this we need the views of all those

Volunteers working with vulnerable adults, children or young people.

Therefore an online survey will be sent to all those involved to complete.

Many thanks

Fr Stephen & Pam Slater.



Please meet your MP to lobby against DIY abortion and assisted suicide

SPUC is holding a Mass lobby of MPs on Friday 16 July or Saturday 17 July 2021.

 We are asking pro-life supporters up and down the country to organise a meeting with their MP,

 at the MP’s constituency office, on one of these dates.

 The DIY abortion policy is still in place, and there is a renewed threat of assisted suicide being legalised.

 Please ask your MP to lobby the Health Secretary to end DIY abortion.

 Please ask your MP to vote against assisted suicide.

 SPUC has produced dedicated briefings to help you lobby your MP.

 Please go to www.spuc.org.uk/MassLobby2021

Thank you



In October, the Home Office plans to open an Immigration Removal Centre at

Hassockfield on the site of the former Medomsley Detention Centre.

 This will be for 80 women seeking asylum in the UK. The proposal is inhumane, unjust and

 incompatible with ur faith which calls us to recognise the intrinsic dignity of each person.

These women are people like ourselves who have the right to a place of safety and to be treated with respect and compassion.

 A monthly prayer vigil will be held at the barrier to Hassockfield on the first Sunday of

 each month at 3pm starting on Sunday 1st August.  

This will last for about 30 minutes and will incorporate a time of silent witness.

 Please support this with your prayer and, if at all possible, come along.

 For further information, please contact lizarchibald.justiceandpeace@gmail.com


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. 


Prayer of Intercession

All the faithful in our parishes are invited to join the mother Church of Jerusalem

in the prayer of intercession for peace and justice in the Holy Land.

 Please be united in prayer at 7 pm every evening.

Thank you very much,

 The Administration team for The Vicariate for Faith & Mission

 Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

  Continuing the Journey (Beyond RCIA)

 Some people may feel that they would like to pause and reflect at the end of their

 RCIA journey, whilst others may be asking what next after RCIA? 

 For anyone who has completed an RCIA programme, we are offering an opportunity to continue the

 process of learning and sharing the Faith, using video and group discussion, through five online Zoom sessions in June/July.

 These will take place on Wednesdays at 7.00 pm. 21st and 28th.

 Each session will last for around 1¼ hours. Please register at https://forms.office.com/r/LMPReCA8nK 

 or contact Faith & Mission by email at adminfaith.mission@diocesehn.org.uk.


Proud Catholics

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

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

 We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm, currently via Zoom.  

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 20th July, with the theme What is Caritas? 

Proud Catholics has been welcomed into the diocesan family and has a home within the Vicariate for Caritas,

 but what exactly is Caritas? Fr Adrian Tuckwell, Episcopal Vicar for Caritas in the diocese,

will join us to explain and to answer any questions we may have.

For more information, phone Isabel on 07858 934457,

 email proud.catholics@yahoo.com, or visit our website http://www.proudcatholics.co.uk 




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to recharge batteries for those who most need our support after such challenging times

We're re-opening and we're raring to go!

If you would like to share your skills or learn new ones, meet new people or simply

help us provide our unique service please check us out at

 www.minsteracres.org or email: info@minsteracres.org for more information


 Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) 2021-2022

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies is managed and awarded by the

Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

The programme seeks to ensure that participants have a basic understanding of the central beliefs of the Catholic faith .

 This programme is available for catechists, lay leaders and other adults wishing to deepen their understanding

 of the Catholic faith and Catholic education, serving teachers in Catholic and other schools,

and teachers in training preparing to take up posts in Catholic schools.

 The CCRS course programme is now available for 2021-2022 and there is a short presentation shown on the

 Diocesan website: www.edurcdhn.org.uk/courses/courses_ccrs.php   

 If anyone would like further information, they can contact Eamonn Diffley at the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle,

 Department for Education on 0191 243 3313 or email education@diocesehn.org.uk    


Where is the best Catholic shop you've ever imagined?

Answer - on your laptop.

 Visit our online shop on our website, www.thecatholicuniverse.com, for a huge selection of gifts and cards.

 St Patricks Day is coming. Easter is coming. Order your gifts and cards online now!


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

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.

Thank You.


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.

Kind regards

From us all at ADFB


 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


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-May/June

Saturday 17th---Arthur Carroll---In Thanksgiving

Saturday 18th July---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

Thursday 22nd July----St Mary Magdalene

Friday 23rd-----St Bridget of Sweden, Rel. Patron of Europe

Saturday 24th-----The Martyrs of the Diocese



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.



 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.


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.



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.



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 or any family member are admitted to hospital and you would like the chaplain to visit,

please speak to the ward staff who will make a referral.



Minutes of the meeting of St Paul’s Parish Council held

on Tuesday 6th July 2021 at 4 pm via Zoom.

Present – Fr Stephen Watson, Mary Donaghey (Chair /Minutes) June Etterley, Edith Humphries

Opening Prayer – The opening prayer was given by Fr Stephen. 

Apologies for absence

Apologies received from Co-opt members Martin O’Hanlon and Mary Frater,

 Michelle Burgress, Parish Administrator (updates provided by them in their absence.  No other apologies received.

Review of the Agenda.

The Agenda as it stood was accepted with additional item regards Tabernacle area in church under other business. 

Minutes of previous meeting and Matters Arising:

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 4th May 2021 were agreed.  There was then a review of Action points from the meeting as follows: -

(a) Action Point.  Mary Donaghey as secretary will send out letters on behalf of the Council to Yvonne Douglas and Elsie Doherty – completed.

(b) Action Point.  to contact Tim Sewell to discuss a review of items on the Bulletin – completed.

(c) Action point to contact Stanley Trafford to see if he is aware of the procedure for returning funds raised to Christian Aid – completed.

Parish Administrator’s Report

Report from Michelle Burgess given on her behalf by Fr Stephen on the Church’s current financial position: -

Current account £32,161.92

Deposit account £80,021.56

This is an increase on the figures reported at the last meeting.

Fr Stephen gave some good news that a bequest of £12,000 given on the understanding that it is used to repair the clock

This will cover the entire amount needed and will include a mechanism to allow the chimes to be turned out during the night. 

Regarding the roof information has been received via Mini Frazer at the Diocese of a possible further

 grant available from the Heritage Stimulus Fund which is a government grant.

 It has since been discovered that St Paul’s is a grade II listed building which strengthens our position in applying for grants.

  If our application to Heritage Stimulus was successful, they will pay up to 80% of the cost of repairs.

  The application process needs to be completed by 15th July 2021.

It maybe a while before we hear if the application has been successful. 

Fr Stephen informed the meeting of a generous donation from a family in the Parish of £1,000

for the roof fund for which we are all incredibly grateful.   

A donation of £400 was also received from a group of Pilgrims visiting the church.             

Building repair and maintenance

Fr Stephen advised that he had been waiting for a back door and a window for the downstairs toilet in the Parish house which should be completed shortly.

  The conservatory has now been demolished and there are no plans to replace it due to the cost.

 The downstairs toilet also needs weather-proof cladding and a new roof.

There is now a full-time cleaner which is proving very successful.

Unfortunately, there has been some damage to the church.

  About six weeks ago the main window of St Paul was damaged possibly by a catapult as there is a stone now lodged

in the grate covering the strain glass window and one of the clear glass panels above has been smashed.  In the grounds one of the cherry

 tree stakes has been smashed.  The Police are now patrolling the grounds and area and it is hoped this is an isolated incident.

There followed a discussion around the possible lifting of restrictions on 19th July 2021.  Sadly, Northumberland now

has the second highest rate of infection in the UK.  We need to continue to be cautious and, in any event, we need to wait

 for an update from the Diocese for any updated guidance.

Prior to work beginning on the roof, we will need to clear the top end of the church. 

Once the work is completed, we may need industrial cleaners in as there will be a lot of dust created.

Christians Together in Alnwick

In her absence the update was given on behalf of Mary Frater. 

At the last meeting of Christians Together in Alnwick via zoom 10th June we said farewell to Dawn & Bill McDonald

 who are leaving Alnwick, to move to Skipton, after more than 30 years as loyal members of Alnwick Baptist Church,

 they have been great supporters of St. Paul’s Church.

 Farewell also to Gerard Rundell Curate of St. Michael’s who is moving to the Denton area of Newcastle.


Bob and Mary Bain from Welcome Network in Shilbottle are setting up a Gospel Choir and the first session

 to join up is Saturday 24th July in the Costello Centre 10.00-12noon £10.00 for adults £6.00 for children.


There was also a discussion about Remembrance Sunday already booked in St. Paul’s and future Christmas plans,

ideas welcome after the success of the Angels in 2020. Cribs in shops will again be taken on by Mary Frater with the help of some volunteers. 

The next Meeting to be held on Thursday 9th September, should be in St. Paul’s Parish Room, but this will need to be confirmed nearer the time.


Regarding The Tabletop sale to be held on 24th July 2021 Fr Stephen explained that several things need to be considered

 and that we need to take precautions.  For example, handling money and people examining goods for sale.

 Catering cannot be provided and if the weather is inclement then we cannot move into the church.

 Fr Stephen proposed that we go ahead making necessary adjustments such as stallholders wearing gloves and masks. 


Proposal made to thank Dorothy and Mike Brett for all their hard work over many years and not least the period of the Pandemic.

 It was agreed to send a letter of thanks on behalf of the Parish council.


Action point:- Mary Donaghey will prepare a letter of thanks to be given on behalf of the Parish Council by Fr Stephen.


Update on Parish Council nominations.

At the time of this meeting one nomination for the Parish Council vacancies had been received.


Update: - since the meeting, a further two nominations have been received.

 These will be discussed at the rescheduled AGM in September.


Another business

Fr Stephen spoke about the Tabernacle base which is brass and is very dull.  He asked the meetings opinion on asking for volunteers to clean the brass.

  Also, should we have some new Tabernacle veils made which would be longer to cover the shelf.  This would make the Tabernacle more prominent.

Action point: - Fr Stephen will ask for volunteers to clean the Tabernacle and he knows of a parishioner who could make the veils for us. 

A discussion took place around opening the church for visitors during the week in the future and June advised Fr that this

 had been done successfully during the summer prior to the Pandemic.  Indeed, she still has her list of church sitters. 


Date of next meeting to be arranged – next meeting to include the postponed AGM Tues 7th September 2021 open to all Parish members.

 Time and venue to be confirmed.


Closing Prayer – given by Fr Stephen