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.

 

 

11th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Sunday 13th June 2021

 

Services

COVID-19 Pandemic

PLEASE NOTE

  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!

I call you friends, says the Lord,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.

Alleluia!

GOSPEL

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark           4:26-34

 

Glory to you, O Lord

Jesus said to the crowds: ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man throws seed on the land.

Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know.

Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the crop is ready,

 he loses no time: he starts to reap because the harvest has come.’

He also said, ‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it?

It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;

 yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big

 branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’

Using many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, so far as they were capable of understanding it.

 He would not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything to his disciples when they were alone.

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.

 

Weekday

Wednesday 16th June--- 9.30am 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 17th June--- 10am 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. 

 

The Re–opening of our Churches:

To view the current list of churches that are now open please

 visit our website, www.rcdhn.org.uk, for further news and details.

As our churches have re–opened, may we remind everyone that they must continue

with the controls that we have in place in our churches.

 It is only in this way that they can remain COVID secure and can continue to be a safe place for our congregations.

May we also take this opportunity to recognise that the churches only remain safe

 because of the hard work of all of our clergy, cleaners and volunteers.

 

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.

 

       Please remember

St Paul’s Church, Alnwick in your will.

 Thank You.

 

Mary’s Meals

The people of Tigray in Ethiopia urgently need our help.

Due to brutal fighting in the region, frightened families have been

 forced to flee their homes and millions are living in fear of starvation. 
The region’s capital, Mekelle, is being overwhelmed by displaced and traumatised

 people arriving every day. Many are unaccompanied children who have lost their parents.
Mary’s Meals has been working with a trusted partner in the region for many years

and together we are reaching out to children and communities affected by this dire situation. 
But we really need your help to continue this life-saving work.

Please give if you can.

https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/crisis-in-ethiopia

 

SPUC

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

 

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


Dear friends of YMT

 Hope you are all well. 

We are happy to announce and invite you to an open day to

 reconnect at the Emmaus Youth Village on the 3rd July 2021. 

 It is a little last minute due to the current climate.

 The day will start at 11am and the time table will run until 3pm with a ‘Sing Along; Hymns Old and New’, a quiz and a BBQ.

  It is £5 entry that can be paid on the door with cheque, cash or card which will cover you for the BBQ and quiz entry.

  The bar will also be open serving alcohol and soft drinks.

Iit is an outdoor event so depending on weather you may want to bring an umbrella or gazebo.

 We hope you will come and are looking forward to seeing you on the 3rd of July.

 It would be great if parishes booked together and came as a group.

 Please reply to admin@ymt.org to let us know you’re coming and how many in your group. 

 God bless, from all at YMT

 

  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 beginning on June 30th, followed by July 7th, 14th, 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

We are a support group for Catholics in the Diocese who identify as LGBT+ .

You can find more information about the group on:-

https://www.proudcatholics.co.uk/

 


VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

MINSTERACRES RETREAT CENTRE

 Set in 110 acres of beautiful woodland and parkland which offers peaceful surroundings and a place

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

 


Little Sisters of the Poor – Urgent Appeal

The Little Sisters of the Poor have launched a vital fundraising appeal,

 in response to the increasing pressures faced by St. Joseph’s Care Home

 during the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Joseph’s Home in Newcastle are

 finding the current economic climate increasingly more demanding.

 The emergency lockdown measures we implemented to aid efforts

 to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and keep our residents safe has had a

massive impact on our fundraising activities and the charitable donations

 we rely on to meet the daily running costs of the Home.

We are appealing for urgent donations to help us continue with our

 work of caring for the Elderly and to enable us to carry out

essential fire prevention upgrades to our Home.

In these uncertain times, small acts of kindness can make

 a huge difference in helping our Home.

Make a Donation

Cheques made payable to ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ can be sent to:

 St. Joseph’s Home, Westmoreland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7QA.

Alternatively, secure, online donations can be made at :

https://www.littlesistersofthepoor.co.uk/donate-here/

We ask God to bless and reward you and your families for your continued support.

  

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.

SPECIAL OFFER 3 MONTHS :-£25.00

SPECIAL OFFER  12 Months:-  £99.00

OR

DIGITAL COPY:- 12 Months:    £55.00

Keeping you and your parish in our thoughts and prayers.

 May we take this opportunity in thanking you for all your support.

 God bless

 

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

Thursday 10th June---Vera Mallon--- R.I.P.

Thursday 10th June---Tony Pucci---R.I.P.

Saturday 12th June---Arthur Carroll---In Thanksgiving

Saturday 19th June---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.

 

  Fatima Mass

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.

 

Feasts of the Week

Monday 7th June---St Robert of Newminster AB

Friday 11th June---The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Saturday 12th June---The Immaculate Heart of Mary

 

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 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 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.

 

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 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.

 

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!

 

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

 

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Minutes of the meeting of St Paul’s Parish Council

 held on Tuesday 4th May 2021 at 7 pm via Zoom.

Present – Fr Stephen Watson, Mary Donaghey (Chair /Minutes)

June Etterley, Edith Humphries, Edward Sweeney

Co-Opt Members-- Michelle Burgess attended for financial update

 and Mary Frater to update on Christians Together in Alnwick.

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

Apologies for absence

Apologies received from Co-opt member Martin O’Hanlon. 

No other apologies received.

Review of the Agenda.

The Agenda as it stood was accepted.

Minutes of previous meeting and Matters Arising:

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 2nd March 2021 were agreed.

  There was then a review of Action points from the meeting as follows: -

(a) Action Point:  Michelle Burgess will send a letter to Environmental Health

 asking for clarification.  Completed.  There are no further information of previous noise complaints

 regards the clock.  No other complaints have been received to date.

(b) Action point – secretary to send out a copy of the Constitution for information

 to all Parish council members.  Completed

(c) Action point – Mary Frater will write and see if the stall can be booked for mid-June.  Completed.

  This is on hold pending fund raising stall in Church grounds on 17th July.

(d) Action point – Mary Donaghey will approach Martin and ask if A J Scott has been approached.

 Completed – rubbish will be removed free of charge by Martin once the work commences.

 Tree Lopping is on hold during nesting season.

Parish Administrator’s Report

Report from Michelle Burgess on the Church’s current financial position: -

Current account £30,681.81

Deposit account £74,355.37

Roof fund £7,355

Michelle explained that in addition to producing the financial report for last year she had now also been

 allocated responsibility for completing the roof funding grant applications.  From an e mail she has received

 from the Diocese Finance Department they are trying to consolidate the current and deposit accounts

 to give a clearer idea of the monies going in and out of the Parish.  To this end the £7,355 in the roof fund

 has been allocated against the £46,238.40 paid from the deposit account for the roof slates. 

This means the roof fund now stands at £0.  The deposit account figure of £74,355.37 may need

 to be updated to take this into account.

Michelle explained that we are applying for three grants to help towards the cost of repairing the roof. 

The first is Northumbria Churches Trust for £5,000.  This application has been submitted by Minnie Frazer.

 The other two grants are from National Churches Trust of £10,000 each.  Michelle will take the lead as these

are more financially detailed with support from the Diocese Finance Department.  To support these applications

 Mary Frater stated that, in her capacity as Events organiser, she has provided details of the various groups,

 including local schools, and community events that have taken place in the church in the past. 

This shows that the church is a community assess as well as a place of worship.  However, it may be July befor

e we find out if we have been successful.  We will eventually be able to reclaim the VAT

on the roof slates amounting to £7,706.

Correspondence received

Ed Sweeney had sent an e mail to the Parish Council secretary asking the council to recognise fund

raising efforts for the church over the past three years of, Elsie Doherty and Yvonne Douglas.

  Between them they have been making home-made jams, knitting garments, and sending shoe boxes at

Christmas amongst other things.  Unfortunately, they feel a little underappreciated and need some encouragement to continue with their efforts.  Ed put forward a proposal that a letter of thanks be sent to encourage the ladies to continue with their efforts.

 All those present agreed that they were aware of and appreciated the amount of work and funds raised as a result. 

Unfortunately. due to the pandemic the sale of goods and storage of items such as the shoe boxes had had to be suspended.

  The Council passed the proposal for a letter of thanks to be sent to Yvonne Douglas and Elsie Doherty

Action Point.  Mary Donaghey as secretary will send out letters on behalf of the Council.

An e mail dated 4th April was received from a parishioner regards the online Church Bulletin.  Their concern

 was that the Bulletin contained out of date information.  For example, they had logged in

 on 4th April and the  Bulletin was still showing details of Palm Sunday from the previous week.

 After discussion it was felt that this may have been due to Good Friday as the Bulletin is normally updated

 each week on Friday.  There are other items which have been carried over for some time and some items may need reviewing.

Action Point.  Mary Donaghey was contact Tim Sewell to discuss a review of items on the Bulletin.

Building repair and maintenance –

In his absence Martin O’Hanlon had sent an update via email which Fr Stephen read out on his behalf.

PANDEMIC. With an additional team to attend service on Saturday evening, we are coping well

with sanitising the Church and keeping all safe.

New Cherry Trees. I was informed that the Alnwick Town Council (ATC) might have some spare.

Therefore, having liaised with ATC, Janet and Sid came to the Church grounds where they not only donated 6 Trees

 but planted and staked them. (Fr Stephen stated Michelle has written to ATC and thank them).

Church Trees. Slight delay in having the Church Trees lopped. The arborist is prevented from cutting trees

 whilst Birds are Nesting. Therefore, a slight delay will occur in having the work actioned.

Update on funding application for the roof fund – from Fr Stephen

It was agreed that this item had been covered above by Michelle during her update.

Wedding fees – discussion to consider an increase

 with regards to any future bookings

Fr Stephen stated that currently we ask for £300 for the Church, £70 for an organist and the approved

 person fee, which is a legal requirement, is £70.  Mary Frater stated that £300 is what we charge for concerts.

 The wedding fee is at the discretion of the Parish priest and can be waived if there is a pastoral or financial need.

 The rules for how marriages are registered is changing and may be more streamlined.  It is not known if our fees are similar to other local churches.  No increases are suggested at this time.

Reopening the Church for events - how we can go about this

 with regards to responsibilities for stewards, cleaners,

 monitoring government guidance changes and communication

Fr Stephen pointed out how unpredictable things are at this time and how difficult it is to plan especially with

 booking future concerts and events.  Any booking would have to be provisional pending any updates or developments. 

The next booking for a concert is not until 13th November and Mary Frater has let them know it is provisional. 

When we do reopen, we will need to point out to the groups their responsibility for cleaning, disposal of rubbish

 and ensuring that any rules and restrictions which may be in place are followed to ensure the safety of parishioners.

 At some point we will need to draw up an Action Plan to make guidance clear for groups using the church outside of services.

Fund Raising stall – proposal for fund raising stall in

Church Grounds Saturday 17th July 10.00am-12noon.

This has come about because Christians Together in Alnwick had wanted to have a stall for Christian Aid week

 in the church grounds on 17th July but had decided to hold a plant stall in the market on Saturday 8th May instead.

 Mary Frater has spoken to Fr Stephen about the idea of kick-starting fund raising for the roof by having several stalls in the church grounds on Saturday 17th July.  This could include a raffle and serving tea and coffee.  It would also give people

 the opportunity to meet Fr Stephen.  We could charge people a small entrance fee at the gate.

Another idea from Mary Frater is that she has a large glass jar which she could leave in the church for donations.

  June Etterley confirmed there are no plans to open the church during the week to visitors while restrictions are on.

Christian Aid Week – Stanley Trafford will be outside

 Church after Mass on 8th and 9th May giving out envelopes.

Stanley Trafford had asked Fr Stephen if he could stand outside church this coming weekend after mass to give

 out envelopes for Christian Aid week.  There was no collection for Christian Aid last year and funds were

considerably down.  The envelopes can be returned to Stanley the following weekend 15th and 16th May.

 The envelopes will need to be stored in the church safe.  Clarification will be needed as to whether the

 envelopes are to be returned unopened to Christian Aid or the money counted and then returned.

 Fr Stephen pointed out that the envelopes do usually have a slip for gift aid, and these will contain

 personal details which Christian Aid will need to claim back the tax.

Action point Mary Donaghey will contact Stanley Trafford to see if he is aware

 of the procedure for returning funds raised to Christian Aid.

Christians Together in Alnwick –

update including Heritage Weekend in September

Update from Mary Frater.  Lenten lunches were done virtually this year and was

 a success managing to raise £456.04 with another £50 due.

 This is in line with the amount normally raised in the hall itself.

As said earlier there will be a plant stall this Saturday to raise funds for Christian Aid.

  There will also be an online quiz on 13th May.

All Churches will be open on Saturday 11th September as part of Heritage Weekend. 

Fr Stephen has agreed to open St Paul’s and to lend some prayer cards for prayer stations.

Any other business – Alnwick Flower Festival.

 Parish appeal for fund raising for Covid vaccines.

The Alnwick Flower Festival 2020 was to be held in St Paul’s Church but due to Covid 19 was cancelled. 

The event passed to St Michael’s Church this year as is tradition.  They have been in touch with Jean O’Hanlon

 and advised that the event for 2021 is also cancelled.  However, there was a misunderstanding that St Paul’s

intended to hold a flower festival this summer.  As Chair of the Alnwick Flower Festival 2021 Mary Donaghey

confirmed that this is not the case and it had been expected to pass to St Michael’s as usual.

 Confusion may have arisen due to the event on 17th July.

An email from a parishioner asked if we as a church could assist with fund raising for vaccines following the crisis in India.

 Fr Stephen suggested that a link to the CAFOD appeal for India be placed on the Bulletin as the most suitable way to assist.

Date of next meeting to be arranged – next meeting being AGM Tues 6th July 2021

open to all parish members.  Time and venue to be confirmed.

 

 

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