Bulletin Weekly Notices

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A message from Fr Bill
Dear Parisioners,
You will be dissappointed to hear that the weekend Masses are cancelled again and this may continue and applies to weekday masses as well.
Please continue to pray that the medical experts, in the immediate future, will find the means to destroy the corona virus.
Please keep yourselves as safe as possible. I include you and your private mass intentions in my daily Mass which I celebrate every day. God bless you and keep you safe.
This week we celebrate the Feast of The Holy Trinity. Some people are intimidated by the mysteries of the Blessed Trinity. This is a pity and we should see the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as friends to whom we can relate and talk to in prayer. The Russian Iconographer, Rublev, painted a beautiful icon of the Blessed Trinity. The image depicts the three divine persons sitting at a table. On the table there is some food and a vacant place at the front of the table, and that place is meant for you, it is meant for each one of us! This is Gods' invitation to us to share in the life of the trinity.
God doesn't keep us standing at the doorstep, he invites us in, to sit at table with him and share his life. So, we should see the Father Son and Holy Spirit as friends, with whom we can speak in prayer. We're not strangers or outsiders, we are Gods' children, part of his family. He wants us to have a place at his banquet on Earth, the Eucharist. He has already prepared a place for us at the banquet of eternal life. It is only at Gods' table that we can find the nourishment our hearts are hungering for. God id a God of love, our response must be one of trust in God and of love towards each other.

Fr. Bill

Deacon Richard adds to this saying :
Hope you are all well.
As the lockdown is eased I think we can start to hope that the church will be re-opened for private prayer in the not too distant future. (not for public worship). There is message from Bishop Robert within the attached communication which explains that even this partial re-opening will be done very gradually and after much preparation....

Re-opening of Churches: A Message from Bishop Robert
At present, there is no change in the Government regulations which means that all churches and other places of worship remain closed and public acts of worship are forbidden. The Bishops of England & Wales are working with the Government to prepare for the gradual reopening of churches for private prayer, and later for public worship. Our Diocese has begun planning for the reopening of some of our churches when that is approved by the Government, taking into account:

The safety of parishioners, volunteers, staff and clergy to be the highest priority
The plan is that the five churches listed below, one from each Vicariate, will open as soon as is practicable following all necessary risk assessment and health and safety considerations. Then, hopefully, after a short trial period others would follow:
· St Aidan’s, Ashington
· St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle
· St Patrick’s, Consett
· St Mary’s, Sunderland
· St Joseph’s, Hartlepool.
A full risk assessment will be carried out on each church by the Diocese to ensure health and safety.
The Diocese will provide the necessary equipment for a deep clean of the churches, and for essential regular cleaning.
Volunteers will be needed for church cleaning, and as stewards to ensure social distancing when the church is open.
Full compliance with Diocesan health and safety regulations and procedures will be required by clergy, employees and volunteers before a church is opened.

The Bishop has instructed that no action is to be taken until further guidance is received.

A diocesan Day of Scripture
Join us on Friday 19 June 2020 for a diocesan Day of Scripture, as part of our 2020 Year of the Word celebrations. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have declared 2020 to be a year of special focus on the Bible. This marks the tenth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini, (The Word of the Lord) and the 1600 years since the death of Saint Jerome – who translated the Bible into Latin.
Join us on www.rcdhn.org.uk from 10.00am on Friday 19 June 2020 for the beginning of the full programme which is as follows:
The timing of the day is as follows:
• 10 am Welcome and introduction, Canon Chris Jackson
• 10:10 Office of Readings, Sophie Taylor & Margaret Taylor
• 11:00 Lectio Divina, Bishop Robert Byrne CO
• 11:30 Scripture for children, Dr Medi Volpe- Ayres
• 13:30 Visio Divina, Sister M. Michael RSM
• 14:30 Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible; Nick McTernan
• 15:30 The scriptural Rosary, young people of our diocese
• 16:30 The Lindisfarne Gospels; Emmet O’Leary
• 17:30 Promoting a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
• 18:00 Bible, Belief and Belonging: Professor Karen Kilby
• 19:00 Closing prayer: Imaginative Contemplation, Fr Mark Millward

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Broadcast of Mass by the BBC
BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship will broadcast Mass, celebrated by the Cardinal in Westminster Cathedral, on Sunday 14 June at 8.10am. As an accessible radio broadcast, this is good news for the Catholic community. Please share news of this broadcast with any isolated parishioners who may not have access to the internet and therefore have been unable to attend online Mass services.

200 Club
Due to the current situation it has not been possible to do the monthly 200 club draw. As soon as public Masses resume, the draws for March, April, May and June will be made. As I am unable to collect the subs for July to December, these draws are cancelled. All the people who have already paid their subs for July to December will have their monies transferred over to January to June 2021. I hope you all understand this decision. Anne W

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Bible Alive
Kathleen Turnbull has received copies of June’s edition of Bible Alive for distribution but she is unable to deliver them as she is shielded. If anyone would like their copy please contact Kathleen on 5840344 to arrange to collect it or to have it collected on their behalf.

During the time of Isolation and Lockdown
Some parishes’ Masses throughout the diocese have a live-stream facility for privately celebrated Masses and details of these can be found on the diocesan website www.rcdhn.org.uk and follow the link on the Home Page. Fr Bill continues to celebrate Mass privately every day and he says “every parishioner is in my heart and prayers as I celebrate the sacred mysteries”.
If you find yourself in need spiritually, or need to speak about a personal or family illness or bereavement, please continue to contact Fr Bill on 0191 5842142

National Mass for the Sick
Each Thursday at 7pm one of the Bishops of England and Wales will celebrate a Mass which will be live-streamed for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care. This week’s Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 11th June by Bishop Patrick McKinney from the St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham. You can access the live-streaming of this Mass by visiting the Bishops’ Conference Webpage (cbcew.org.uk) and following the appropriate links or on churchservices.tv

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Hearing Mass over the Phone
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 do not have internet access to listen to Mass over the telephone. If you know of someone who would like to access Mass in this way, please let them know the telephone number to call is 01642 130120. Whenever you dial this number you will hear a Mass from the beginning. Calls are charged at local rate and free if in your included minutes.
Helping our Neighbours . this time of uncertainty, we need to be concerned about the most vulnerable members of our community and do all that we can to help. Many of us will already be caring for family, friends, neighbours and fellow parishioners who need a helping hand and no doubt will continue to do so as long as it’s necessary.
I know many parishioners are reaching out to others by phone calls, texts etc and would I like to thank them for doing so, it is very important to support each other and sustain community during this difficult time. As a parish, we would like to offer help to those who would like some help whether it is in collecting shopping, prescriptions, etc., or just a phone contact to check that all is well. If you are able to offer support, or if you know of someone who would welcome support please contact Deacon Richard at mclaughlinrm@aol.com or on 07977 179 106 and we will do our best to put them in touch with someone who can help them.

Helping our Neighbours.
At this time of uncertainty, we need to be concerned about the most vulnerable members of our community and do all that we can to help. Many of us will already be caring for family, friends, neighbours and fellow parishioners who need a helping hand and no doubt will continue to do so as long as it’s necessary.
I know many parishioners are reaching out to others by phone calls, texts etc and would I like to thank them for doing so, it is very important to support each other and sustain community during this difficult time. As a parish, we would like to offer help to those who would like some help whether it is in collecting shopping, prescriptions, etc.,
or just a phone contact to check that all is well.
If you are able to offer support, or if you know of someone who would welcome support please contact Deacon Richard at mclaughlinrm@aol.com or on 07977 179 106 and we will do our best to put them in touch with someone who can help them.

Keeping in Touch
We would like to be able to keep in touch with as many people as possible and in the current climate the easiest option to do so is on-line. However, we also know there are some in our community who do not have access to the internet and so we would ask that if you know of someone who may not be on-line but would like to be kept informed please pass the message on. If you have e-mail and would like to receive any further updates please let us have your e-mail address (send to mclaughlinrm@aol.com) and we will ensure you receive any updates directly. Your e-mail address will only be used to forward any updates during the time of the Covid-19 crisis

Sacraments During the Lockdown
Under normal circumstances we would be celebrating the First Holy Communions at this time of year. Due to the restrictions in place these celebrations, which are celebrations for the whole community, cannot take place until we are able to gather again as a community. Please keep the children and their families in your prayers. In addition, some couples have had to postpone their weddings due to the restrictions and it has not been possible to celebrate the Sacrament of baptism. Please keep all the families affected by these restrictions in your prayers.

Baptisms
Baptisms will also be deferred until the Government announces the restoration of public gatherings. In case of necessity, baptisms will be celebrated with all the necessary hygiene precautions.

Matrimony
The Sacrament of Matrimony is deferred until the time when congregations are permitted to gather. Only in the most pressing of circumstances will a marriage take place and will then be restricted to the celebrant, bride and groom and witnesses and immediate family, and if necessary, the legal Registrar.

Funerals
During the enforced closure of the church funeral services will only be conducted at the graveside or crematorium, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematorium authorities. Arrangements will be made for memorial Masses to be celebrated later when congregations are allowed to gather again.

Charities during the Lockdown
Many charities rely on fund raising events and collections to support the work they do. Sadly, during the lockdown such events will not be taking place and this will impact on the important work they undertake.
Two such charities, which have been generously supported by our parish, are The Little Sisters of the Poor in Newcastle and the Diocesan Justice and Peace Refugee Project.
Details of the particular problems being encountered by these two charities can be found on the Diocesan Website (www.rcdhn.org.uk) together with details of how we can help. Please help if you are able.

Northern Cross
DUE to the COVID–19 pandemic, April's edition of Northern Cross is only available online this month. You can read it, free of charge, by visiting the Northern Cross website.

Please spare a moment to Pray the Rosary every day in this time of great need and also for Priestly Vocations.
There are link and more reflections on Vocation Sunday on teh Diosocean website

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PLEASE KEEP PRAYING FOR OUR CURRENT SIUATION TO IMPROVE IN THIS PARISH, COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.

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