24th Sunday in OrdinaryTime
16th / 17th September 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.
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 2017-18
Our Reconciliation and First Holy Communion preparation programme for
children in year 4 (turning 9 years old) or older, starts on Saturday 7th October 2017
with a meeting for the children and their parents at 10am in St Paul’s church.
Then Mass at 9.30am on Sunday 8th October.
Registration forms, to be completed and returned no later than Sunday 1st October,
are available from the back of church or St Paul’s School office (01665 602547).
Sympathy and Prayers
We offer our sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of
Margaret Crole (Williamson), John Herriman and Fr. Anthony Donaghue
who have died.
May they Rest in Peace.
Macmillan Cancer Care Coffee/Soup Day
Fr Peter and June will again be having a coffee / soup day for
Macmillan Cancer Care on 29th September at 4 Clive Terrace.
Coffee / tea from 10.45 (after Mass) assorted soups at lunch time.
CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY
Friday 6th October
Please bring in your Red Mission Box for counting.
I need to clear all the old £1 coins before October 5th.
Thank You in advance.
YOUTH SUNDAY PREPARATION
An afternoon to prepare for Youth Sunday will take place at
St. Joseph’s Academy, Hebburn on Sunday 8th October 3.00pm to 5.15pm.
This year’s theme is ‘YES’ inviting us to reflect on how Mary, as a young person,
had the faith and courage to say ‘Yes’ to what God was calling her to do.
Each church is invited to be represented by adults and young people
(Year 9 and above) and there will be an opportunity to plan together
and to meet other groups in the same partnership.
Music and other resources will be available. Booking forms are in parishes
or available from the Youth Ministry Team on 01207 592244 or firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUTH MINISTRY MODULE
Adults who 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 30th September and
28th October at the Emmaus Youth Village.
Further information from email@example.com
Lindisfarne Partnership News
A fruitful meeting of the partnership took place on Tuesday 5th of September
in St Paul’s Alnwick. Parishioners from the seven parishes were present.
The meeting establishes the Partnership Development Group,
The Spirituality Network and the Partnership Finance Group.
The three groups have set dates to meet in October.
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.
SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER 2-4.30pm in ST.PAUL'S CHURCH
We are getting together, all ages young and older, to make a set of Nativity figures
for display in the OXFAM SHOP over the Christmas period.
These figures, and crib, will also feature on this year's
Christmas Card, distributed to homes in Alnwick.
We plan to have the crib and figures completed in time for them
to go on display in Oxfam's shop window to coincide with the
Alnwick Christmas Lights which will be switched on on FRIDAY 17th NOVEMBER.
Everyone welcome, no matter your age, and, for adults, it would be helpful
if you could please bring scissors suitable for fabric, if you have them.
Grateful thanks, Mary. (Chair of CTiA)
Job Vacancies in the Diocese:
Cathedral Outreach Co-ordinator –
St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, full-time, 3 year fixed term contract.
Children’s Ministry Co-ordinator –
Durham Martyrs, full-time, 3 year fixed term contract.
Youth Ministry Trust –
Director of Operations Vacancy - to provide overall leadership
to all its activities at the Emmaus (Youth) Village and across the Diocese.
30 hours per week, 2 year fixed term contract.
For further information on any of these vacancies please visit our
website www.rcdhn.org.uk or contact us 0191 243 3301,
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.
APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA (AoS) –
Mass at Hexham and Newcastle Cathedral
Please come and join in the celebration of Holy Mass at 12:05pm at
St Mary’s Cathedral, Hexham and Newcastle on Friday 22 September 2017.
It is an opportunity to pray for seafarers and the work of the AoS in ports of your diocese.
A reception will follow the Mass.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
USED POSTAGE STAMPS:— Thank You
Please keep up the good work, save your used stamps and leave them at the back of church.
Once again, thank you. Yvonne Douglas
'Prayer for Alnwick'
Dear Alnwick and Shilbottle friends.
This is to let you know about forthcoming dates for 'Prayer for Alnwick' meetings, as follows:
Saturday 7th October, Saturday 11th November... at 2.00pm,
in our cottage annex at our address-
The Coach House, 20a Bondgate Within, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1TD.
Tel 01665 605663 Mobile 07947 600779
This is open to all who would like to join us for a short time (usually about 45 minutes)
to pray for God's blessing upon our town:
for its people,
community activities, spiritual life and well-being.
If you have a particular request for prayer relating to
some aspect of life in Alnwick, please let us know. .
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
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.
Ushaw – 2017 Season
USHAW OPEN WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY 1.00. – 5.00.PM
MIDDAY PRAYER 12.30.P.M. --WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY
FOOD AT USHAW IN THE REFECTORY
11.00. – 5.00. WEDNESDAY –SATURDAY
www.ushaw.org Tel 0191 373 8500
St Pauls 100 Club.
1st No.24 Joseph Costello 2nd No.11 James Bateman
3rd No.79 Susan Marshall
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: email@example.com
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
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.
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.
NIGHTS OF LIGHT
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.
PARKING IN THE CHURCH GROUNDS
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..
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.
IMMIGRATION ACT 2014 & NOTICE OF MARRIAGE
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.
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.
USED POSTAGE STAMPS
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.
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 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.
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
Brass Band Concert
...and then there are your own ideas.
We need doers of the suggestions, not just suggestions!
If you wish to book the centre, contact the Caretaker,
Paul on his mobile 07845991512
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.
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
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.
IN HOSPITAL? WOULD YOU LIKE A PRIEST TO VISIT YOU
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
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.
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