PLEASE NOTE:- There will be NO Printed Version
of the Bulletin in Church until further notice.
30th May 2020
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love
GOSPEL John 14:15-16, 23-26
Jesus said to his disciples
‘If you love me you will keep my
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever,
‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him and make our home with him.
Those who do not love me do not keep my words.
And my word is not my own:
it is the word of the one who sent me.
‘I have said these things to you
while still with you;
but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all I have said to you.’
The Gospel of the Lord.
Mass for the Sick and their Families,
NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales recognise that this time of the COVID-19
pandemic is affecting every person in our countries. Those who are sick, and their
families, are suffering many hardships of isolation from contact with those they love.
Our front-line workers in hospitals and in care homes all over our lands are giving
exceptional service to those who are vulnerable at this time.
In order to show a spiritual solidarity with all those who are involved in the ways
described above, each week from next Thursday, a Catholic Bishop will celebrate Mass
in their Cathedral which will be live-streamed for people to join.
This will take place every Thursday at 7.00pm.
Fr Oliver will continue to celebrate Mass every day at 12 noon, in Private,
for the Health and Wellbeing of all parishioners.
Every Thursday Mass will be said for NHS Front-Line workers,
those working in Social Care, the Sick and their Families.
You have Father Olivers assurance that all mass intentions received
will be honoured on the dates they have been allocated.
and for all those who have died
“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon them,
May They Rest in Peace. Amen”
St Paul’s Alnwick, All Saints, Thropton, St Aidan’s, Seahouses
No Word & Communion or Mass until Further Notice
The following parishes have set up a live stream of Mass.
St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle
The live stream of Mass can be found on
the Cathedral's YouTube Channel. The full details of this and when the
Cathedral will be open for private prayer can be found in this notice (pdf – word).
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.
St Paul’s Church, Alnwick in your will.
In Discussion With Bishop Robert Byrne CO
Purple Radio On Demand presents 'In Discussion With Bishop Robert Byrne CO’.
In this recent interview Bishop Robert discusses the church's response
to the ongoing global pandemic, offers some advice for people in isolation,
and gives an insight into living in a religious community.
www.purpleradio.co.uk/demand-- then select radio public-then episodes
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 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
Saints and Patrons Flower Festival
It is with regret that we have had to cancel the
Flower Festival due to be held in St Paul’s
from the 13th—16th August.
Alnwick District Food Bank
Dear Friends of Alnwick District Food Bank,
A milestone we hadn't wished for has arrived –
for the first time in our history we have supplied 100 food parcels in 1 week.
As 2 bags are needed for each parcel that is a good deal of packing.
Since the start of this pandemic we have packed well over 10,000 individual items.
We have plenty to do without spending too much time counting, but it gives
a good idea of the volume of food now needed by our community to help make ends meet.
The days when we marked each item with its expiry date are long gone,
although each and every donation continues to be checked
to make sure it is "in date" and not past its "use by".
Any such items are not distributed and we have no other outlet.
To match these demands on our service we thank everyone;
individuals, local and national businesses, clubs and organisations in Alnwick
and surrounding area who have rallied to the cause.
To the best of our knowledge our youngest fundraiser is only 4 years old.
She can't wait to get to "big school" in September, and is taking part in a virtua
l "school half marathon", at the same time raising funds for us.
Food donations are also rolling in and rolling back out!
Lindisfarne remains open each morning and food donations can be
dropped off each weekday, between 9 and 10;30am, with the exception of Wednesday.
Our usual donation points remain open in town (Tinned meat, fruit and vegetables are
always needed)and at the supermarkets and our website,
Facebook and Twitter pages give details should anyone wish to make a financial donation.
A sincere thank you to all, individuals and others, who contribute in whatever way
. We do not foresee demand diminishing and very much rely on you
to help us through, serving our community.
From us all at ADFB
Please use the RCDHN link on the top right of the page.
Photos of the Cribs@Christmas are now available to view on the website
Go to index then select Photo Gallery.
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.
“A People who Hope in Christ”
A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops
of the Catholic Church in England and Wales
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The radiance of the risen Lord shines upon us. At a time when so many shadows are
cast into our lives, and upon our world, the light of the resurrection shines forever to
renew and restore our hope. In the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis: ‘In the
midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up,
and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that
saves us: he is risen and is living by our side.’ (27 March 2020)
The impact of Covid-19, both nationally and internationally, has been immense. So
much of what we take for granted has changed. Our health and physical interaction,
our capacity to travel and gather, have all been affected. There is uncertainty in our
future, especially with work and the country’s economy. As we know, very sadly,
large numbers of people have died because of the coronavirus, and others have been
or remain seriously ill. Keyworkers, not least in the National Health Service and care
sectors, are serving selflessly to sustain the life of our nation. Our hearts and prayers
go out to everyone who is suffering because of Covid-19, and to all those battling to
overcome its effects. May those who have died rest in peace and those who are
bereaved find comfort.
When the Prime Minister announced the lockdown, this included places of worship
and therefore Catholic churches. These measures were put in place to stem the
general transmission of the virus. It is right that the Catholic community fulfils its
role in contributing to the preservation of life and the common good of society. This
must continue until the restrictions applied by the Government are lifted.
None of us would want to be in the situation in which we find ourselves. While the
live-streaming of the Mass and other devotions is playing an important part in
maintaining the life of faith, there is no substitute for Catholics being able to
physically attend and participate in the celebration of the Mass and the other
sacraments. Our faith is expressed powerfully and beautifully though ‘seeing,
touching, and tasting.’ We know that every bishop and every priest recognises the
pain of Catholics who, at present, cannot pray in church or receive the sacraments.
This weighs heavily on our hearts. We are deeply moved by the Eucharistic yearning
expressed by so many members of the faithful. We thank you sincerely for your love
for the Lord Jesus, present in the sacraments and supremely so in the Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass. The bishops and priests of every diocese are remembering you and your
loved ones at Mass each day in our churches as we pray ‘in hope of health and well-
being.’ We thank our priests for this faithfulness to their calling.
As the Government’s restrictions are relaxed step by step, we look forward to
opening our churches and resuming our liturgical, spiritual, catechetical and pastoral
life step by step. This will also be of service to those beyond the Catholic Church who
depend on our charitable activity and outreach through which much goodness is
shared by so many volunteers from our communities.
None of us knows, as yet, how or when the lockdown will end. There is likely to be
a phased return to travelling and gathering. As a church, we are now planning for
this time and our discussions with the statutory public health agencies and
Government representatives are ongoing. Together with Catholics across England
and Wales we desire the opening of our churches and access to the sacraments. Until
then, we are continuing to pray and prepare.
We want to acknowledge with gratitude the service of our fellow bishops and priests,
our deacons and religious, our families and lay faithful, together with all our parish
and school communities, for the wonderful ways the life of the faith is being
nourished at this time, especially in the home. We also pay tribute to the Catholic
organisations and networks that are working to support the vulnerable and needy.
On that first Easter day, the disciples were in lockdown and the doors were closed.
In their isolation the Lord Jesus came among them and said ‘Peace be with you.’ May
the peace of the risen Lord reign in our hearts and homes as we look forward to the
day we can enter church again and gather around the altar to offer together the
Sacrifice of Praise.
We unite in asking the intercession of Our Blessed Lady and assure you of our
prayers and blessing
Yours devotedly in Christ,
✠ Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
✠ Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool
✠ Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham
✠ George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff
✠ John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark
for Deans, Chairs & Deacons on Monday 23rd March
has been cancelled UFN.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020
It is with sadness that we have to inform you that the
2020 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes has been cancelled.
A full statement is available on the Pilgrimage Website, www.hexhamandnewcastlelourdespilgrimage.co.uk.
If anyone has any queries about this, please contact
the Pilgrimage Office for further details.
Peoples Kitchen and Alnwick Food Bank
-please could all food donations for People's Kitchen and
Alnwick Food Bank have lids on where necessary.
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 2019-20
Has been cancelled until further Notice.
Nights of Light
Friday 29th May---Karen Robinson---Birthday Thoughts, R.I.P.
Saturday 30th May---Arthur Carroll---In thanksgiving
Thursday 4th June---John Bland---Anniversary Memories, R.I.P.
Saturday 6th June---Arthur Carroll---In Thanksgiving
Saturday 6th June---Tommy Stewart---Anniversary
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!
St Paul’s won SILVER this year in Northumberland in Bloom.
With your help next year we will win GOLD.
Volunteers please contact Martin on
Yvonne Douglas has been to Fatima and is having a Mass said for all our
parishioners every month for a year and also every Friday included in the Rosary.
Partnership Day of Reflection
for Ministers of the Word has been moved to November.
Feasts of the Week
Monday 1st June---Mary, Mother of the Church (OT 9)
Wednesday 3rd June---Ss Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs
Thursday 4th June---Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest
Friday 5th June---St Boniface, Bishop, Martyr
USED POSTAGE STAMPS
Please continue to save your used stamps until the church re-opens.
The Peoples Kitchen
My thanks as always to all who give so generously throughout the year.
The kitchen are constantly feeding and clothing the many needy people on a
daily basis, the numbers are ever increasing.
Well done to you very kind hearted people.
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.
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.
contact Roisin on 01665 798945.
When driving within the church grounds PLEASE keep to the 15mph speed limit.
Expensive gravel is being displaced by overzealous drivers.
PLEASE let us know
if a relative or neighbour has been taken to any of our hospitals,
otherwise we will not be able to visit them.
Did you know you can pay your weekly offertory donation
via standing order or direct debit.
In these days of internet banking it is so easy to make
a regular payment to St Paul’s RC Church, Alnwick.
You can still gift aid your donation by filling in the form at the back of church.
If you, or someone you know, has recently been bereaved Hospice Care
now provide support either in your own home or in a mutually convenient place.
For more information see the leaflets in the back of church
or phone the hospice on 01665 606512.
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.
ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL
The website is http://www.stpaulsalnwick.co.uk/
containing lots of information about our schools and a
chance to keep up to date with what is happening.
Please visit our website.
The Memoriam Book placed in Our Lady’s Chapel
contains the names of family and friends of parishioners,
each written under the date of their death.
If you would like the names of your loved ones included,
please fill in the form at the back of Church
and place it in the box provided.
Fill in a separate form for each name, please.
Please be vigilant when you are in and about the Church.
Do not leave your valuables unattended in the church.
Nights of Light
Our Church looks particularly attractive at present with the flood lighting.
We depend on the Nights of Lights scheme to fund the lighting of the church.
If you would like to celebrate a important occasion,
please consider lighting up our church
If you would like the Church to be lit up for a special occasion,
please obtain a form from the back of the Church and hand it with your donation
to Tim Sewell, any of the Parish Council,
drop it through the letterbox at the Parish House
or download the form on the Nights of Light page
Minimum donation £1 per date!
In the absence of the priest, whom can we contact?
It is always good to be able to contact the priest of the
parish when you need information or in emergency.
But the parish house is not always manned.
In the absence of the priest, the number of a contact person
will be on the answering machine.
Hospital Referral Cards
It is becoming increasingly difficult to know when any
of our parishioners have been admitted to hospital.
If you or any of your family are being admitted to any of our
hospitals please let the priest know as soon as possible.
At the back of the church there are some hospital referral cards.
We would ask you to have one of these cards at home and if for any reason you have to stay
in hospital please hand it to the ward sister who will inform the hospital chaplain.
Please supply the patient’s name, ward and hospital.
Alternatively, a hospital referral card can be completed and given to Fr. Oliver.
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