Bulletin Board


30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year A

28th / 29th  October 2017

  Services during the week

Monday – Word & Communion 10am

  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday --10am  Holy Mass

The Sacrament of Reconciliation


 is available after the 10am Mass Tuesday to Friday in the side Chapel and on request.


Feast of All Saints

Wednesday 1st November is the Feast of All Saints

and is a Holyday of Obligation. Mass Times are as follows:-

St Agnes, Rothbury—Vigil Mass time to be confirmed       

St Paul’s, Alnwick—10am    


Special Collection this Weekend

for the Clergy Training Fund. Collection will remain open

and contributions invited until 26th November.  Thank You.


Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

It’s time to launch the Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

 The resources are late arriving due to delivery problems.

 However, the boxes need to be ready for Sunday 19th November

 so the children get them in time for Christmas.

 The suggested donation to cover postage has increased to £5 this year. 

Thank you.


Abbeyfield House Christmas Fair

The Oaks Roundabout, Alnwick, NE66 2NZ.

    Saturday 4th November. 

2pm onwards.

Refreshments, Stalls, Raffle.

      Come and join us!


Help required

to tidy the front of the Church grounds in preparation for the Remembrance Day Service.

 Come with gloves and suitable clothing


Rock Solid Alnwick Light Party

2nd November at St Jame’s URC.     7—8.15pm

Rock Solid Alnmouth Light Party

7th November at Alnmouth Methodist Church    6-7.15pm

Further details on Parish Notice Board


 Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 2017-18

Meeting and Mass dates for the programme:

4 & 5 Nov 17;    3 & 4 Mar 18;    2 & 3 Dec 17 (Reconciliation);

21 & 22 Apr 18;    13 & 14 Jan 18;    19 & 20 May 18 (First Communion);

                               3 & 4 Feb 18;    9 & 10 Jun 18.                                       


Lindisfarne Partnership News

The annual ecumenical service of hymns and readings for Advent will

be held at Biddlestone Chapel on Friday December 1st at 5.30 pm.

  The service is followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the undercroft.

  The chapel, of course, has no electricity and so bring a torch and wrap up warmly.

  This year the service will be led by Fr Peter Etterley


St Paul’s RCVA Primary School—Open Day

Wednesday 15th November 2017

9.30am to 11.30am and 6.00pm to 7.00pm

“Choosing a school for your child? Before you make this important decision,

 please do visit us at St Paul’s to discover all we can offer.

  Come along to our open day sessions or contact me at the schoolb to arrange a visit.

 I look forward to welcoming you to our school.”

Maria Wilson, Headteacher


Gateway Church Northumberland

“What Significance do we have in a Vast Universe

A talk and discussion led by Professor Chris Done

on Saturday 11th November at 7.30pm.

Further details on Parish Notice Board



New lists for READERS/WELCOMERS is now at the back of Church,

if you participate in either of these Ministeries please pick up a copy.  

It commences w/e 5th Nov.


A Light in the Darkness

A service for those who mourn the loss of a child

In St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle

on Sunday 5th November at 3pm.




· Would you like to support Christian-based work among

children and young people in the Alnwick area?

· Are you organised and reliable?

· Are you comfortable and efficient at handling forms on paper and online?

· Are you willing to give time to serving God and helping Contagious?

If the answer to these 4 questions is yes, then please see the Parish Notice Board for details


 A Church Without Priests?

Professor Werner Jeanrond, Master of St Benet’s Hall at Oxford University –

the first lay person to hold this post – will give a lecture at The Holy Name Church

 on Thursday 26 October at 7pm on A Church without Priests?

The need for new forms of leadership in the Catholic Church.

He is one of the most important theologians working in Britain

 today and has taught in several European countries.

Professor Jeanrond believes the renewal of our Church

 requires a radical rethinking of ministry.

 He asks: Where is the Church to be found?

Where there is a priest or where there are people

 responding to Christ’s invitation to build up God’s reign?

 If the first is true, the Church will come to an end when the last priest dies.

 If the second scenario is right, the Church flourishes wherever people

 gather together around the good news of God’s project of creation.

 As the number of priests declines and our diocese reorganises and

 rethinks its future, Professor Jeanrond’s message is one all should hear. 


Mission Boxes

Please bring in your Red Mission Box for counting. 

 Thank You in advance.

 James Bateman.



Once again Autumn/Winter is on its way and the demands for

warm clothing and tinned, packet and jars of food are appealed for.

So when you start sorting your winter clothes please

 give a thought for those less well off than ourselves.

Thank you to all who give so generously throughout the year, it is much appreciated.

Thanking you in friendship, Jean O'Hanlon.


Childrens Liturgy

We need some new volunteers.

 Please help or lead the children’s liturgy at the 9.30am Mass.

 We can mentor you and have lots of resources to help.

 The role will require an enhanced DBS check. 

Please contact Pam Slater on 01665 510728 if you are interested or to get more details.


Did You Know???? We have a few groups in the parish

 which meet on a regular basis and would welcome any newcomers.


Prayer Group meet each Tuesday evening at 7pm in church at the Lady Chapel.

Time for quiet prayer, the rosary and prayers for those who have

 asked for intentions written in the book near the altar.


Knit and Natter meet every 2 weeks on Thursday at 2pm in the Parish Room.

A chance to meet new friends have a chat and a cuppa.

 Knitting is not compulsory!!! Just come along. All welcome.


Flower Arranging Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 2pm in the Parish room.

 The only charge is 50p for the oasis used. Come along and learn a new skill.

 Our next is on Tuesday 2nd October.

 Please come and meet new people. All welcome.



Please  keep up the good work, save your used stamps and leave them at the back of church.

  Once again, thank you. Yvonne Douglas


Alnwick food bank news 

There is an increasing demand for food parcels, particularly during

 the school holidays and we are running short of a few items.

 We urgently require pasta, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tinned rice pudding,

 biscuits and toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc).  

 If you could help with any of these we would be most grateful.

  Items can be left in the box at the back of church or there are

collecting bins in Costa coffee, Iceland or the Co-op.

Sincere thanks to those who continue to support the foodbank.  



It is with regret we inform you that the St Paul’s Conference of the SVP has gone into abeyance.

  We would like to thank all parishioners and visitors

 for their support in the past and we will continue to keep you in our prayers.


 The Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies

Make yourself indispensable with CCRS...

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is important and relevant for all.

 The parish community, in collaboration with the home and school,

 has a privileged opportunity and responsibility to help

 all concerned to grow in their faith.

 This is a lifelong process.

 To achieve this we need to help those involved with parish catechesis to

share this vision and have an adult understanding of their faith.

 The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is designed

for people who are engaged in the communication of

 their Catholic Faith, whether directly or indirectly.

 It is open to catechists, people involved in liturgical work and other interested adults.

 The CCRS can provide general theological knowledge and

offer a better understanding of the Catholic faith.

 It will help participants to increase their practical application

 of the faith in their ministry in the Church.

 It provides the means to accurately and effectively communicate

 the principles of Catholic teaching.

 The Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies

Make yourself indispensable with CCRS...

Board of Religious Studies More details about start dates,

 fees and your nearest centre please visit the CCRS Website

More details about start dates, fees and your nearest centre

 please visit the CCRS Website www.brs-ccrs.org.uk or call us 0207 901 1900


In October 2018, the Synod of Bishops

will gather in Rome to consider ‘Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.’

 In preparation for this, the Bishops of England and Wales would like

 to hear from young people and from those who are regularly in contact with them.

If you are aged 13-29, please take part in the Mega Youth poll at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/parish-youth-poll

Parents, teachers, catechists, youth leaders please participate in the poll at



   Coffee helpers.

The coffee helpers on a Sunday morning

 are reducing in number and more are needed.

 All that is required - set up, serve coffee etc., tidy up, takes approximately

 10mins before Mass and about 45 minutes after.

Although not many people attend it is a pleasant chatty time after Mass,

with time to catch up on the weeks' events.

So please please give it some thought and speak to

 Mary or Eileen, ideally 2 per session is good.



 St Pauls 100 Club.


 1st   No.98 Fr Oliver Keyes           2nd No.156 Joan Brown

 3rd   No.30 Anthony McGrady


   For Those Renewing their DBS (previously known as CRB)

Once you have received a Confirmation of Identity form from the Safeguarding Department,

 please contact me to verify your identity or to answer any queries.

 Pam Slater 01665 510728 or e-mail: pam@alnwick-web.co.uk


Catechesis In the Mission of the Church

The purpose of the course is to support those already involved in

catechesis in further developing their own faith and understanding and

 also to offer a structured programme for those interested in becoming a catechist.

  The modules offer time for prayer, teaching, reflection and also a time for questions.

Attendance at all sessions is required to obtain the

Diocesan Certificate in Catechesis but can be completed

at your own pace--you may wish to complete all modules in one year

 or you may wish to attend over a few years.

 The Bishop will award the certificate upon completion of the programme.

 All sessions run from 6pm —8pm.

Detailed module information is available on the church notice board

 or can be downloaded from the Diocesan website-www.rcdhn.org.uk


 Alnwick Food Bank

  Contributions could be left in the collecting bins at Costa Coffee,

the Co-op or Iceland in Alnwick or at the back of church.


The Deacon in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

Have you felt a calling to the Diaconate?

Are you single and over 25?

Are you married and over 25?

Most candidates are in the world of work and continue

 to do so after ordination-indeed it is the role of the Deacon to have

one foot in the sanctuary and the other in the workplace.’

For more information please visit the Diocesan website:


Or contact Rev. Sean Hall on 0191 268 4222


  Mass Intentions

If you request a Mass Intention and would

 like a particular date or time could you

 please indicate this on your envelope and also provide

 a contact telephone number in case your

 preferred date /time is not available.

 Thank you.


St Martin’s Magazine

Edith Humphries has taken over the distribution of the above magazine.

If anyone still wants this, and is not in receipt of it,

 please contact Edith.



  this is an ongoing project so any further donations

 will be gratefully received.

Mary Frater



It is over 15 years since the floodlighting team

achieved their objective of floodlighting St. Paul’s.

 In the years since the running and maintenance

costs have risen considerably.

 We would therefore like to encourage you to help us

 by continuing lighting our Church by

buying or donating

 a night of light for £1 minimum or an amount of your choice. 

Thank you for supporting our fundraising for the running costs.



We request when parking in the Church grounds,

 you do so with due regard to other users.

 We ask you do not park near corners as some of us

 are getting a bit older and accidents do happen.

If you are parking at the front of Church, please remember

 that funeral and wedding cars need extra room.

 If you park of the streets nearby, please do not cause

 an inconvenience to the local people,

especially when disabled access may be needed.

Also would drivers please let their passengers out,

 then park as near as possible to the left thus enabling other cars

 to pass safely without having to drive over the grass on the right.

We have put a garden seat near the ramp for those who would like

to rest awhile in the quiet of the church grounds..

Thank you.



 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.



With effect from 2 March 2015, the Notice of Marriage

 period will be extended from 15 days to 28 days.

 For couples subject to immigration check,

 this period will rise from 21 days to 70 days.

  This change will affect all couples giving notice of marriage.


   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


Gift Aid Donation

The Gift Aid officer for St Paul's Church is Roisin Cowley.



Please save your used stamps and leave them at the back of church.

  Yvonne Douglas is saving them for cancer research.


Changes to Safeguarding

Due to recent changes in legislation the CRB has now ceased

 and has been replaced by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).

 It is vital you confirm address details are up to date

 if you have moved house since your last CRB check.

 Please let Pam Slater know on 01665510728.

 Full details are outlined in the leaflet available 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


 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



The website is www.stpaulsalnwick.co.uk 

(not to be confused with the parish website www.stpauls-alnwick.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.



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, Fr Oliver, 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!






Many ideas of fundraising are being suggested.

Perhaps you might be able to help in one of the following ways.

Win the Lottery and pay the lot!


Have a coffee morning or evening

Auction of Promises

Race Night

Brass Band Concert

Quiz Night

...and then there are your own ideas.

We need doers of the suggestions, not just suggestions!




The Convent Centre

If you wish to book the centre, contact the Caretaker,

Paul on his mobile 07845991512


Visitors GIFT AID

If you are a visitor to our parish and would like

St. Paul's Church to claim the tax back from your offering,

please use a special Gift Aid envelope from the back of the church.

Thank you.


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


Don’t Forget !!!

We invite you to join us for a Coffee or Tea after Sunday morning Mass in the Parish Room

when we can greet our visitors and share our ideas of the liturgy and other Church

matters.  Funds raised help provide for our Seasonal Celebrations with our older

parishioners and their friends.



Parishioners who find themselves in hospital should inform the staff that they are Catholic

and that they would like a priest to visit them while admitted.
Hospital staff are not permitted to enquire of a patient’s religion,

however they will contact a visiting priest for you should you let them know.

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