Please see the Church Bulletin and Porch notice boards
for further notices of events and dedications in our parish.

Following the recent Consultation process to determine the future of St. Mary’s, Bishop Seamus has concluded that it is no longer viable to sustain the church in Easington Lane and has taken the very difficult decision to close St. Mary’s.
The final Mass in the church will be on Saturday 6th October and will be a concelebrated Mass with Bishop Seamus as the main Concelebrant.

(Confession) is available after Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
and at other times by appointment.

resumes this Friday, in the meeting room between the end of Mass and 6pm.
Please add your name to the list in the Church porch to ensure there is always someone in attendance.

SCRIPTURE SHARING: on Wednesday at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. All are welcome!

BAPTISM PREPARATION (Change of date): The final session of the current Baptism Preparation programme will take place at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre on Wednesday 26th September, and not Thursday as previously notified. For further details contact Pauline and Richard McLaughlin on 0191 5842903.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: will be held on Saturday 10th November from 1.00pm in the Welfare Hall. Most importantly we need prizes for the Grand Raffle asap. Nearer the time, we need good quality, new or unwanted items - books, toys, toiletries, craft items, bottles of wine and spirits (no electrical items). Goods can be left in the porch after weekend Masses. If you can help in any way, contact Norah Finnigan on 0191 3854149.

ST. MICHAEL’S CLEANING — Group 5 -M Rigby, E Smith, K Svajcova & A Tennick

GIFT AID: Letters of acknowledgements for Gift-aided donations received in excess of an annual total of £50 for tax year 2017/18, are available for collection. If your circumstances have changed and you no long pay income tax and have previously used gift aid contact Frank Wotton or Frank Bowden asap. If you are a tax payer and have not yet signed a gift aid declaration please consider doing so as this will increase the value of your contribution to the parish without further cost to yourself.

If you work with young people or have an interest in youth ministry are invited to take the CCRS module in youth ministry as a stand-alone module. The course covers the theology and principles of youth ministry, an understanding of faith development, a variety of approaches to working with young people and an opportunity to share ideas and good practice in parishes and partnerships. It takes place over two Saturdays 6th October & 3rd November at the Emmaus Village. For further information or to book a place, email

MASS OF THANKSGIVING: to mark the occasion of the canonisation of Archbishop Oscar Romero in Rome in October, Bishop Seamus will celebrate Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral , Newcastle on Saturday 13th October at 11.00am. All are welcome to attend. Archbishop Romero was assassinated in 1980 while offering Mass in San Salvador. He embraced a simple lifestyle; he was a popular preacher and responded with real compassion to the plight of the poor.

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING: there will be cakes for sale at our coffee morning on Friday 28th September after 9.30am Mass in the Parish Centre.
All are welcome to come along, enjoy coffee and cake and raise funds for a good cause!!

VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD: a day of reflection for men over the age of 40 considering a possible vocation to the Priesthood will be held on Saturday, 20th October 2018 10.00 am – 4.00 pm St. Hilda’s Centre, 391 West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 7NL. The theme of the day: “The significance of our story”.
For more information and to confirm attendance including any special dietary requirements for the lunch and refreshments that will be provided, please contact Fr David Smith on 0191 262 3882 or at

YOUTH SUNDAY - 25th November 2018
Preparation for Youth Sunday will take place at Cardinal Hume Catholic School on Sunday 7th October 3.00pm to 5.15pm. This year’s Youth Sunday is celebrated on the Feast of Christ the King. The theme is JOY.
‘Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.’ Romans 12:12.
This Youth Sunday we celebrate the truth that Jesus shows us we can have joy in Him. Joy because He has set us free to live the life we were created to live and joy even through the challenges of life. Representatives from each church (Adults & young people, Year 9 and above) are invited. There will be an opportunity to plan together and meet other groups in the same partnership. Music and other resources will be available. See your parish priest if you would like to attend. Contact the Youth Ministry Team on 01207 592244 or for more information.