Newsletter

Sunday 15 October 2017

Parish Ceilidh
Tickets are on sale for the ceilidh in the hall on Saturday 28 October at 7pm. There will be a bar and admission, £7, will include a Pie and Peas Supper.

Arts and Galleries Club
We wish a safe and enjoyable trip for the members and friends of Holy Name who will be visiting Amsterdam this week. Goede Reis!

Confirmation
Three young members of our congregation – Joseph D’Cruz, Julian Gibson and Madeleine Mahon – have begun their preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation to be celebrated in our Partnership on 22 November at St Teresa’s Church in Heaton. Please remember them in your prayers.

Counters
Every week the offertory collection is counted by a team of two or three people. They usually meet on Sunday evenings during Mass but this could be done on a Monday morning instead.  Are you available to volunteer for Sunday evening or Monday morning, for a couple of hours once every four or five weeks?  If so, please contact Fr Campion or Barbara Cooper at the parish office either at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk or on (0191) 2810940.

Old Coins
From today the old £1 coin is no longer legal tender. These coins needed to be banked or exchanged no later than yesterday. This means that anyone putting them into the offertory collection will be giving us money we cannot bank as the coins are now worthless …

Yoga
From Paula Taggart: The planned yoga classes are being postponed because there isn’t enough interest at present. I’ll be available at the back of church today for comments or questions.

Eucharistic Ministers
From Fr Andrew Shaw, Hospital Chaplain: When some people are staying in hospital, they greatly appreciate the opportunity to receive Holy Communion on a Sunday.  We have two wonderfully committed teams of volunteers but, sadly, due to ill health, some of them are having to step down.  If you are a Eucharistic Minister, would you be willing to join a rota to take Holy Communion to people in hospital?  Full training will be provided.  If you wish to help, please contact me at Saint Andrews on 0191 2321892 or email newcastle.standrew@rcdhn.org.uk.

Give a Lift?
Volunteers are needed to join a rota for providing a lift to Sunday morning Mass for a member of the congregation who lives in Spital Tongues. If you are willing to help, please contact Avril O’Reilly at avril.oreilly94@googlemail.com.

Poetry Club
You are welcome to choose a published poem on the theme of Jealousy and share it with others, over a glass of wine, at the meeting in the hall on Wednesday at 7pm. All are welcome.

Quiet Prayer
You are welcome to join fellow parishioners to take part in an hour of quiet prayer, from 7 to 8pm, at Hartside Gardens on Tuesday.

Hospice Service
Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s Hospice next Sunday at 4pm. You will be very welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and your own friends.

Congratulations and best wishes to Lea Brayson and John McIlvenna who married at Holy Name yesterday.

Theatre Club
From Mary Curtis and Madeleine Hardy: If you are interested in any of the events arranged for the next six months, please speak to either of us or put your name on the list at the back of the church.

A Church without Priests?
From Michael Kerrigan: Professor Werner Jeanrond, Master of St Benet’s Hall at Oxford University – the first lay person to hold this post – will give a lecture here at Holy Name 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 Jeanwond believes the renewal of our Church requires a radical rethinking of ministry. As the number of priests declines and our diocese reorganises and rethinks its future, Professor Jeanrond’s message is one all should hear?

The Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 27 October at 7pm we will be showing the ghoulish horror Nosferatu (1922), directed by FW Murnau and starring Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim and Greta Schröder. An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the film is a pioneering classic of the German expressionist movement.

Eucharistic Ministers
From Fr Campion: I’d be grateful if all our Eucharistic Ministers would attend a meeting in church on Tuesday 31 October at 6pm.

The Autumn Leaves
Thank you to Martin Lamont who faithfully sweeps the church grounds every week and gathers the leaves from the 100 trees on the Holy Name site.

Sunday 8 October 2017 Sunday

CAFOD Fast
You are invited to the hall after morning Mass today to watch a video about the latest CAFOD campaign our Family Fast donations are supporting.

French Lessons – On Continue!
The course of 10 lessons in aid of the Sightsavers charity will begin in the hall on Monday at 6 pm. It is open also to those who were unable to attend the previous samplers. If interested, prior knowledge of French will be an advantage. The cost of the course is £50, payable after the first lesson.

Holy Name Wine Club – Dei Vini Italiani
Our next tasting is on Monday at 7pm in the hall. Wine expert Alistair Stewart of Richard Granger Wines in Jesmond will take us on a wine tour of Italy. There will be 7 wines, 1 sparkling, 3 whites and 3 reds with tasting notes and simple ‘nibbles’ to accompany the wines. Tickets are £10 each.

Theatre Club
From Mary Curtis and Madeleine Hardy: We have arranged another interesting and varied programme of events for the next six months.  If you are interested in any of these, please speak to either of us or put your name on the list at the back of the church. Also do let us know if there is anything else you would be interested in seeing.

Parish Ceilidh
On Saturday 28 October at 7pm, a ceilidh will be held in the hall with ‘live’ music provided by Robert Whitehead. There also will be a Pie and Pea Supper and a bar.  Tickets, £7, will be on sale in church from next Sunday, or from the parish office on 0191 281 0940 or welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk.

Counters
Every week the offertory collection and other monies donated to the parish are counted by a team of two or three people. They usually meet on Sunday evenings during Mass to count the collection but this could be done on a Monday morning instead.  Are you available to volunteer for Sunday evening or Monday morning, a couple of hours once every four or five weeks?  If so, please contact Fr Campion or Barbara Cooper at the parish office either at welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk or on (0191) 2810940.

Genetic Research
From John Waddell, Justice & Peace Group: Much has happened since Dolly the Sheep and there have been significant developments since in the world of genetic research, especially here in Newcastle. But what exactly? Stem cells, mitochondria, three parents and now gene editing? What are these? So that we can consider the benefits or dangers arising from these developments, Professor Jackie Leach Scully, Director of Research at the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre in Newcastle, will give a talk in our Hall on Wednesday at 7pm. All are welcome – you do not have to be Catholic to take part in this interesting and thought-provoking evening.

Book Club
From Tessa Burton Roberts: Our group met on 27 September to discuss Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopic novel The Handmaid’s Tale, recently televised and starring Elizabeth Moss. The next meeting is on 25 October, at 7pm in the hall, where we will discuss Days Without End by Sebastian Barry – ‘a sweeping vision of America in the making’ (Kazuo Ishiguro). November’s book is Rose Tremain’s The Gustav Sonata. All are welcome to join us.

Biscuits Sunday
Thank you to everyone who last Sunday donated 190 packets of biscuits, some other goods and £10 in cash for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Fr Michael Conaty RIP
Fr Conaty, parish priest of St Anthony’s, Walker died in hospital on Wednesday, following an accident last month. He was 84 years of age. Michael gave outstanding service to the people of St Anthony’s for 44 years. His passing is a huge loss not just for his parishioners but also for people in the wider community who benefited immensely from his ministry. As we give thanks for Michael’s generous life of service, we offer our condolences to all his parishioners and friends. Michael’s body will be received into St Anthony’s on Thursday at 7pm; and his Requiem Mass will take place in St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday at 12.05pm, followed by a Reception in St Anthony’s that will be open to all. Requiescat in pace.

A Church without Priests?
From Michael Kerrigan: Professor Werner Jeanrond, Master of St Benet’s Hall at Oxford University – the first lay person to hold this post – will give a lecture here at Holy Name 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 Jeanwond believes the renewal of our Church requires a radical rethinking of ministry. As the number of priests declines and our diocese reorganises and rethinks its future, Professor Jeanrond’s message is one all should hear?

Prisoners’ Sunday
The Catholic charity PACT asks us to think and pray today for prisoners, their families and their children. We are asked ‘to open our hearts to those members of our community who may be in crisis and to be there for those who most need our support’.

Eucharistic Ministers
From Fr Campion: I’d be grateful if all our Eucharistic Ministers would attend a meeting in church on Tuesday 31 October at 6pm.

24 September 2017

Holy Name Book Club
You are very welcome to join Wednesday’s discussion of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in the hall at 7pm. You do not have to be a Catholic to take part – all are welcome. The choice for October is Days Without End by Sebastian Barry which won this year’s Costa Book of the Year Prize.

Holy Name Wine Club – Dei Vini Italiani
Our next tasting will be on Monday 9 October at 7pm. Wine expert Alistair Stewart of Richard Granger Wines in Jesmond will take us on a wine tour of Italy. There will be 7 wines, 1 sparkling, 3 whites and 3 reds. Tasting notes and simple ‘nibbles’ to accompany the wines will be provided. Tickets are now available, priced £10.There is a limited number of £5 tickets available to non-imbibers.

Partnership Sacrament of Confirmation
From Fr Martin Morris: Thank you to the young people who have signed up for Confirmation preparation in our Partnership of parishes. The sessions begin on Thursday 5 October at 4.15pm at St. Mary’s School, Benton Park Road. Bishop Seamus will celebrate the Confirmation Mass at St. Teresa’s Church, Heaton on Wednesday 22 November at 7.00pm. See you all at St Mary’s on 5 October!

Biscuits Sunday
Please remember to take some biscuits to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Afternoon Tea Club
Drivers are needed to offer lifts for Tea Club members on Thursdays, collecting them, on a rota system, for 2pm and taking them home at 4pm. Please contact Fr Campion if you can help.

St Mary’s School
From John Foster, Head Teacher: Applications are open for admission into St Mary’s Year 7 for September 2018. The school is holding its annual Open Evening on this Thursday from 5.45pm until 8pm. This is an opportunity for parents and children, particularly those in Years 6 and 5, to visit the school and meet staff and students.  Families with younger children are, of course, welcome too.  The evening begins with a presentation in the hall at 6.00pm, repeated at 7.15pm. If you are unable to make this date and would like an individual or group tour of the school at another time, please contact the Head Teacher’s PA, Mrs Julie Patterson, on 0191 2153260.

Yoga, Anyone?
From Paula Taggart: After the introductory yoga classes in the summer, a few people said they would like to continue long term. If you are interested, please write your name on the list at the back of church. Everyone is welcome, even if you missed the summer classes. Step by step instructions are given throughout every class. We would need enough people willing to commit and pay £40 for a 5 week term, beginning on 18 October from 10 to 11am and continuing until 15 November. For further details please telephone me on 07961 499665.

Genetic Research
From John Waddell, Justice & Peace Group: Much has happened since Dolly the Sheep and there have been significant developments since then in the world of genetic research, especially here in Newcastle. But what exactly? Stem cells, mitochondria, three parents and now gene editing? What are these? So that we can consider the benefits or dangers arising from these developments, Professor Jackie Leach Scully, Director of Research at the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre in Newcastle, will give a talk in our Hall on Wednesday 11 October at 7pm. All are welcome – you do not have to be Catholic to take part in what should be an interesting and thought-provoking evening.

A Church Without Priests?
From Michael Kerrigan: Professor Werner Jeanrond, Master of St Benet’s Hall at Oxford University – the first lay person to hold this post – will give a lecture here at 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 Jeanwond 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?

The Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 27 October at 7pm we will be showing the ghoulish horror Nosferatu (1922), directed by FW Murnau and starring Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim and Greta Schröder. An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the film is a pioneering classic of the German expressionist movement. Don’t be put off by its age and the fact that it’s a silent film! This is a film of immense visual power (including one image that is a classic of the entire cinematic oeuvre) and is accompanied by a musical score of sumptuous dramatic intensity by the acclaimed film music composer James Bernard. It also has the distinction of being one of fifteen listed in the “Art” category on the Vatican Film List. That’s right – it’s the Pope’s favourite film! Come and see why! (Contains scenes you might find very scary!)

Congratulations to Mark Holliday and Rebeccah Moore who were married at Holy Name yesterday. We wish them a very happy future together.

Sunday 17 September 2017

Sunday Refreshments
Now that the new hall kitchen has been completed, the serving of tea, coffee and fruit juice resumes after 10am Mass today. The hall is on Towers Avenue, the most direct access being through the presbytery garden. All are welcome.

Poetry Club
The monthly meetings resume on Wednesday in the hall at 7pm. This time there is a choice of theme – Laughter or The Sea (or both). You will be very welcome to join our friendly group and share a published poem of your choice.

Home Mission Sunday
There is a retiring collection today to support the work of the Catholic Faith Centre. The Centre responds to people in England and Wales who contact it with questions about the Catholic Faith or wish to know more about joining the Church.

Holy Name Wine Club – Dei Vini Italiani
Our next tasting will be on Monday 9 October at 7pm. Wine expert Alistair Stewart of Richard Granger Wines will take us on a wine tour of Italy. There will be 7 wines, 1 sparkling, 3 whites and 3 reds. Tasting notes and simple ‘nibbles’ to accompany the wines will be provided. Tickets are now available, priced £10.There is a limited number of £5 tickets available to non-imbibers.

Holy Name Book Club
Meetings resume on 27 September at 7pm in the hall to discuss Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. All are welcome. The choice for October is Days Without End by Sebastian Barry which won this year’s Costa Book of the Year Prize.

Christmas Cards Sunday
Christmas cards will be on sale on Sunday 12 November in the hall after morning Mass. Please make a note of this in your diary.

Abbey Visit
From Veronica Whitty: The ecologically-advanced Stanbrook Abbey at Wass is the home of the Benedictine Sisters in North Yorkshire. The Sisters have invited the North East Catholic Writers Guild and friends for a visit on Saturday 30 September. We will leave from Bewick Street, by St Mary’s Cathedral, at 9.30am and return around 6pm. The fare – £25 – includes a donation to the Abbey. For further details contact me at whitty@hotmail.com  or telephone (0191) 263 0920 or 07729 730281.

Afternoon Tea Club
Volunteers are needed to offer car lifts for Tea Club members on Thursdays. On a rota system, they would collect members for 2pm and take them home at 4pm. Any combination would be very welcome. Please contact Fr Campion if you can help.

Iyengar Yoga
From Paula Taggart: The introductory yoga classes were quite popular in the summer holidays [Wednesdays 10-11am]. A few people have said they would like to continue long term. If you are interested, please write your name on the list at the back of church. Everyone is welcome – beginners and improvers – even if you missed the summer classes. Iyengar Yoga has such an emphasis on alignment and precision that step by step instructions are given throughout every class. We would need enough people willing to commit and pay £40 for a 5 week term, beginning on 18 October from 10 to 11am and continuing until 15 November. For further details or any questions, please telephone me on 07961 499665.

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity. ~ G K Chesterton (1874-1936)

Quiet Prayer
You are welcome to take part in an hour of quiet prayer at 31 Hartside Gardens on Tuesday at 7pm.

Fr Anthony Donaghue RIP
Anthony Michael Donaghue was born in November 1948 and died on 9 September following a short illness. He was 68 years of age. Anthony was ordained priest at Peterlee in 1974 and served as assistant priest in Ashington, Hartlepool and St Mary’s Cathedral before becoming parish priest of St Joseph’s, Gateshead in 1990. He was appointed parish priest of Our Lady and St Columba’s, Wallsend in 2003 and served there for the past 14 years. Anthony’s Requiem Mass takes place at Our Lady and St Columba’s Church tomorrow, Monday, at 12 noon. Requiescat in pace.

‘All Things Bright and Beautiful …’
There are plump conkers on the horse chestnut trees, and the first of them are falling and splitting open on the ground. Conker fights have always been a classic feature of the first weeks of autumn term in playgrounds. However, children who throw sticks into the trees to knock the seeds down can be disappointed, finding soft white conkers with brown streaks on them still in the green shells. The ripe conkers when they fall are a rich glossy brown. The poet Gerard Manley Hopkins noticed the strong red element in the colour, saying that they were “as bright as coals”. The first acorns are also falling out of their knobbly cups from the oak trees. As a result, jays are coming in numbers into the oak woods, even gathering in flocks, although they are generally seen only singly or in pairs. They not only eat the acorns, but bury them for the future, and seem to have a good memory for where they have put them. ~ Derwent May

The Last Word
Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed. ~ G K Chesterton (1874-1936)

Sunday 10 September 2017

I, Daniel Blake
The Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake will be showing in our hall on Wednesday at 7pm. It will be preceded by a short talk by John Woods of Best Solutions Benefits. He will give some detail of the current Benefits system, thereby offering an insight into the actual situation Blake encounters in the film, as well as other problems many face including the introduction of Universal Credit. ~ John Waddell

Diocesan Refugee Project
Thank you to everyone who last Sunday contributed 67 packets of biscuits, 6 tins of beans, a good quantity of cosmetics and clothing, a new double sleeping bag and cash donations of £46. And thank you to the parishioners who delivered them on our behalf to the Project at Summerhill Square.

Diamond Anniversary
Heartiest congratulations to Molly and Bernard Hearne who are joining us for morning Mass today in celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary.

Mobilise and Socialise
Starting this week, the Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance (Holy Name is a member) will host dance sessions in our hall on Thursdays from 10.15 – 11.45am, with refreshments served afterwards. These sessions are for everyone and are totally manageable, regardless of age and ability. Apart from being great fun, dance is one of the activities said to maintain healthy brain function

For the next meeting of the Poetry Club on 20 September, there is a choice of theme – Laughter or The Sea. You are welcome to select a published poem on either theme and join our very friendly group.

Education Sunday
There is a retiring collection today for the work of the Catholic Education Service.

The Jesmond St Mary Partnership
At Pentecost this year, all 156 parishes in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle were formally incorporated into 18 Partnerships. ‘A Partnership’, Bishop Cunningham says, ‘is a group of parishes agreeing to work together, to share resources, both human and material, to become stronger and better equipped for furthering the Kingdom of God.’ Each Partnership has been given a name rooted in our Christian Heritage. The Jesmond St Mary Partnership – named after the Shrine of Our Lady in Jesmond Dene – comprises the parishes of St Aidan, Benton; St Teresa, Heaton; St Mary, Forest Hall; Our Lady and St Vincent, Monkchester Road; St Lawrence, Byker; St Anthony of Padua, Walker; St Dominic, New Bridge Street; and Holy Name, Jesmond.

After the summer holidays, the Partnership Development Group held its second meeting on 6 September at St Mary’s School, Benton Park Road. We were joined by the Episcopal Vicar for Newcastle and North Tyneside, Fr Simon Lerche. The Partnership Finance Group will meet later this month. Then both Groups will take part in an Away Day, led by an external facilitator who will help us to agree on a Vision for our Partnership and devise strategies for implementing it. In the meantime, please keep our Partnership in your prayers, that God will inspire and help us to work together effectively.  ~ Fr Michael Campion, Partnership Dean

French Lessons – On Continue!
Thank you to everyone who attended the recent taster lessons. The £120 raised will be donated to the Sightsavers charity. A course of 10 lessons for charity will resume on 9 October at 6 pm, which is also open to those who were unable to attend the samplers. If interested, prior knowledge of French will be an advantage. The cost of the course is £50, payable after the first lesson.

Church Anniversary
From Catherine Hearne, Chair of the Parish Council: Next year will mark the start of the 90th anniversary of the building of our church. In September 1928 the foundation stone was laid and the solemn opening of the building took place in November 1929. You are invited to complete a short form, available at the back of church, suggesting ways we might mark the occasion over the year, starting in 2018. Next month we will collate the forms and arrange an open parish meeting to discuss the suggestions. In the meantime, please complete and return a form or email your suggestions to me, catherinehearne@btinternet.com

Our Lady of Fatima
From Bishop Cunningham: On Saturday and Sunday, the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima along with the Relics of Saints Francisco and Jacinta will be visiting St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. The reception will commence with Mass on Saturday at 12 noon.

Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday at 7pm in the hall we will be showing the inspired comedy “mockumentary” Best in Show (2000), written and directed by Christopher Guest. Like the best sort of “fly on the wall” documentary, the film follows the experiences of five very different entrants in the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show in Philadelphia and is a by turns hilarious, wickedly observant, but ultimately affectionate observation of the foibles and downright peculiarities of human nature. Best known for the now cult classic This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Guest is a master of this sort of improv comedy – so come along for a fun night out and see just how much people really can resemble their pets! (Contains occasional sexual references.)

The Last Word
Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it. ~ G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

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Sunday 3 September 2017

Coffee Break
Refreshments after Sunday morning Mass resume today. You will be very welcome to join fellow parishioners.

Church Closed
From Monday to Saturday this week the church will be closed for replacing the wooden sanctuary steps (with matching marble), restoring the nave floor in front of the sanctuary, and re-felting the leaking side-chapel roof.

Church Cleaning
From Fr Campion: If anyone can help with cleaning the church on Saturday, following the contractors’ work ending on Friday, I’d be grateful for their help between 8.30 and 9am.

Hospice Service
Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s at 4pm today. You will be welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own friends.

Hour of Prayer
You are welcome at 50 Bemersyde Drive, Jesmond on Tuesday from 7.30-8.30pm for quiet prayer

Thank you everyone taking biscuits and other goods to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

French Lessons – On Continue!
Thank you to everyone who attended the taster language lessons. All the money raised will be donated to charity. Lessons will resume on 9 October at 6 pm, priced £5, and are open to those who were unable to attend the samplers. If interested, prior knowledge of French will be an advantage.

Church Anniversary
From Catherine Hearne, Chair of the Parish Council: Next year will mark the start of the 90th anniversary of the building of our church. In September 1928 the foundation stone was laid.  The solemn opening of the building took place just over a year later in November 1929. How should we celebrate this anniversary? You are invited to complete a short form, available from the back of church, suggesting ways we might mark the occasion over the year, starting in 2018. Next month we will collate the forms and then arrange an open parish meeting to discuss the suggestions. In the meantime do email me with your suggestions: catherinehearne@btinternet.com

Holy Name Book & Poetry Clubs
For the Poetry night on 20 September the theme is Laughter or The Sea. The Book choice for 27 September is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. All are welcome.

If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention. ~ Heather Mayer, the protestor killed by a white supremacist at Charlottesville, USA

No Pain, No Gain?
From Slimming World: Come and meet our new Consultant, Gillian Taggart, on Thursdays at 7pm in the Holy Name Hall on Towers Avenue. You can learn how to lose weight without ever being hungry and reach that weight you’ve always dreamed of! It is possible and you still can eat lots of lovely food! And you can make some new friends too!

Guided Walk
Parishioner Tony Flynn, an accredited City Guide, has organised a new walk – Journey from Coal to Culture – beginning from the Guildhall at 2.30pm today and finishing at The Sage. The circular route around the Quayside, covering both Gateshead and Newcastle, will highlight their contribution to the coal industry of the 19th and 20th centuries. It will cover also the decline of coal and the reinvention of NewcastleGateshead as a cultural capital. Please note the walk includes some steep slopes and steps. (Tony was Leader of the City Council from 1994 to 2004 and oversaw much of the transformation of the city.)

Partnership
Our parish is part of the Jesmond St Mary Partnership along with St Aidan, Benton; St Teresa, Heaton; St Mary, Forest Hall; Our Lady and St Vincent, Monkchester Road; St Anthony of Padua, Walker; St Dominic, New Bridge Street; and St Lawrence, Byker. After the summer recess, the Development Group meets again on Wednesday.

Job Vacancies in the Diocese
Cathedral Outreach Co-ordinator – St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, 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 visit www.rcdhn.org.uk, or telephone (0191) 243 3301.

I, Daniel Blake
From John Waddell: The Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake will be showing at the Holy Name Hall, Towers Avenue, Jesmond on Wednesday 13 September at 7pm. It will be preceded by a short talk by John Woods of Best Solutions Benefits. He will give some detail of the current Benefits system, thereby offering an insight into the actual situation Blake encounters in the film, as well as other problems many face including the introduction of Universal Credit.

The Gross National Product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. ~ Robert Kennedy, 1968

Sunday 27 August 2017

Holy Name Wine Club
We meet on Friday at 7pm in the hall for a seven wine mini Tour de France, with accompanying ‘nibbles’. Tasting glasses, priced £2, will be available. Please take your own glass if you prefer to do this. Sante!

French Lessons
The final sampler lesson will take place tomorrow, Monday, from 6-7 pm in the hall before a 10 lesson course starts on 9 October at 6pm. The course is open to all, including those unable to attend the samplers. Each lesson costs £5 and all proceeds go to charity. Some knowledge of French will be an advantage if you are interested in attending.

Coffee Break
Refreshments after Sunday morning Mass will resume next Sunday.

Holy Name Tea Club
As the hall kitchen wall tiling will not take place until 6 September, the Tea Club will not resume until Thursday 14 September.

Get Well Soon
Fr Michael Conaty, parish priest of St Anthony’s, Walker has had major surgery, following a fall in which he severely injured his cervical spine (neck). Please keep him and his parishioners in your prayers.

Church Hall
From Fr Campion: The hall, kitchen, toilets and meeting room had a professional ‘deep clean’ on Tuesday. I’d be grateful if all groups and users would do their utmost from now on to keep the premises as spotlessly clean and tidy as possible.

Gift Aid
Personal statements from the Diocese, detailing donations to Holy Name parishioners in 2016/2017, are available at the back of church.

Guided Walk
Parishioner Tony Flynn, an accredited City Guide, has organised a new walk – Journey from Coal to Culture – for next Sunday, beginning from the Guildhall at 2.30pm and finishing at The Sage. The circular route around the Quayside, covering both Gateshead and Newcastle, will highlight their contribution to the coal industry of the 19th and 20th centuries. It will cover also the decline of coal and the reinvention of NewcastleGateshead as a cultural capital. Please note the walk includes some steep slopes and steps. (Tony was the Leader of the City Council from 1994 to 2004 and oversaw much of the transformation of the city.)

Church Closed
From Monday 4 to Friday 8 September, the church will be closed for replacing the wooden sanctuary steps (with matching marble), restoring the nave floor in front of the sanctuary, and repairing the leaking side-chapel roof.

I, Daniel Blake
From John Waddell: The Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake demonstrates the plight of a local Tyneside man dismayed and left destitute by the complexities of obtaining benefits. Ken Loach’s acclaimed film will be showing at the Holy Name Hall, Towers Avenue, Jesmond on Wednesday 13 September at 7pm. It will be preceded by a short talk by John Woods of Best Solutions Benefits. He will give some detail of the current Benefits system, thereby offering an insight into the actual situation Blake encounters in the film, as well as other problems many face including the introduction of Universal Credit.

Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 15 September at 7pm we will be showing the inspired comedy “mockumentary” Best in Show (2000), written and directed by Christopher Guest. Like the best sort of “fly on the wall” documentary, the film follows the experiences of five very different entrants in the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show in Philadelphia and is a by turns hilarious, wickedly observant, but ultimately affectionate observation of the foibles and downright peculiarities of human nature. Best known for the now cult classic This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Guest is a master of this sort of improv comedy – so come along for a fun night out and see just how much people really can resemble their pets! (Contains occasional sexual references.)

Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven. ~ Pope Francis

Biscuits
Please remember to take some biscuits to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Mobilise & Socialise
From 14 September, the Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance (Holy Name is a member) will host dance sessions in our hall on Thursdays from 10.15 – 11.45am, with refreshments served afterwards. These sessions are for everyone and are totally manageable, regardless of age and ability. Apart from being great fun, dance is one of the activities said to maintain healthy brain function.

Hospice Service
Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s at 4pm next Sunday. You will be very welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own friends.

Pound for Pound
Only eight weeks to go before the old pound coin is no longer legal tender. Yet the government’s efforts to get businesses to return them before 15 October has hit a snag: they keep sending back the 12-sided new one instead. No big surprise. It’s worth less than the old one. ~ Alistair Osborne, THE TIMES, 24 September

A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of. ~ Ogden Nash

Sunday 20 August 2017

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Alex Robinson, son of Paul and Claire, who is being baptised today.

Mobilise & Socialise
Starting on 14 September, the Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance (Holy Name is a member) will host dance sessions in our hall on Thursdays from 10.15 – 11.45am, with refreshments served afterwards. These sessions are for all and are totally manageable, regardless of age and ability. Apart from being great fun, dance is one of the activities said to maintain healthy brain function. Why not come along and try it out? The session Leader, Paula Turner, will be at this month’s Wellbeing for Life meeting in Jesmond Library on 6 September at 10.30am to talk about her work and enthusiasm for dance.

French Lessons
Sampler lessons continue on Monday and 28 August from 6-7 pm in the hall before a 10 lesson course starts on 9 October at 6pm. The course is open to all, including those unable to attend the samplers. Each lesson costs £5 and all proceeds will go to charity. Some knowledge of French will be an advantage if you are interested in attending.

Wine Club
Our next tasting will be on Friday 1 September and will be a seven wine mini Tour de France, with accompanying ‘nibbles’. Tasting glasses, priced £2, will be available on the night. Please bring your own glass if you prefer to do this. Sante!

I, Daniel Blake
From John Waddell: The Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake demonstrates the plight of a local Tyneside man dismayed and left destitute by the complexities of obtaining benefits. Ken Loach’s acclaimed film will be showing at the Holy Name Hall, Towers Avenue, Jesmond on Wednesday 13 September at 7pm. It will be preceded by a short talk by John Woods of Best Solutions Benefits. He will give some detail of the current Benefits system, thereby offering an insight into the actual situation Blake encounters in the film, as well as other problems many face including the introduction of Universal Credit. All are welcome.

Gift Aid
The annual statements detailing donations for 2016/2017 by people in our Gift Aid scheme are available at the back of church. Whilst we are grateful to everyone for their donations, however small or large, the Diocese only issues acknowledgements for donations of £50 or more made over the course of the year. If you think you should have a statement or wish to query your statement, please contact Barbara at the parish office.

Welcome Back
Our secretary, Barbara Cooper, returns to work this week. She has made a good recovery and we are delighted to welcome her back.

Eucharistic Ministers
A Day of Recollection for Minsters of the Eucharist will take place at Ushaw College, Durham on 9 September from 10.30am to 4pm. Any Ministers or Readers wishing to take part are asked to contact Fr Campion as soon as possible. Six people have signed up so far and lifts will be available.

September Book & Poetry Clubs
The book choice is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The twin themes for the Poetry Club are Laughter and The Sea.

Hall Kitchen
Apart from tiling and flooring, the new kitchen is nearly completed. After morning Mass today, we’d be grateful for the help of a few people to move the long tables and the black chairs into one of the sheds at the rear of the building in readiness for the cleaning of the hall on Tuesday.

Coffee Break
Refreshments after Sunday morning Mass will not be served today or next Sunday. Thank you to all the parishioners who assist with this much appreciated service.

You are welcome to take part in a quiet hour of prayer at 31 Hartside Gardens on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire. ~ St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

Time for Dialogue
In reality, few Catholics ever live up to the church’s moral norms governing sexual activity … ~ Some members of our congregation may be interested in the NCR (USA) editorial Time for Dialogue on Sexual Ethics posted on our parish website.

Fr Michael Marr RIP
Fr Marr died on 11 August at the RVI, aged 73. His body will be received into St Mary’s Church, Forest Hall on Wednesday at 6pm, followed by Mass. Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday at 12 noon. Michael last served at Forest Hall and retired from there in 2005 following a stroke. Requiescat in pace.

Becoming a Catholic?
Thinking about becoming a Catholic? If you wish to know more about what is involved, you are welcome to contact Fr Campion.

Mr Trump is not a white supremacist. He repeated his criticism of neo-Nazis and spoke out against the murder of Heather Heyer. Even so, his unsteady response contains a terrible message for Americans. Far from being the saviour of the Republic, their president is politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office … this week he has bungled the simplest of political tests: finding a way to condemn Nazis. ~ from the ‘The Economist’ editorial, 19 August 2017

Sunday 13 August 2017

Partnership Pilgrimage
From Fr Martin Morris: A pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in celebration of the feast of St Aidan will take place on Saturday 26 August. A coach will leave St. Teresa’s Church, Heaton at 8.15am and then St. Aidan’s, Benton, at 8.30am, returning at 6.00pm. We will celebrate Mass at St. Aidan’s Shrine at mid-day. Please bring a picnic lunch. A visit to Seahouses will take place at 4.00pm. To book a place on the coach, please contact St. Teresa’s on (0191) 265 5290. The coach fare will be free, sponsored by St. Aidan’s.  All are welcome​.

Biscuits Day
Thank you to everyone who last Sunday donated 98 packets of biscuits,13 tins of various foods, a large amount of clothing, a small amount of toiletries and a total of £45 in cash, all for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Church Hall Kitchen
Work on renewing the hall kitchen will begin on Wednesday. There will be no access to the hall from Tuesday (when the units are being delivered) until Friday inclusive. Slimming World will meet as usual on Saturday and normal usage of the hall will recommence for everyone from 21 August onwards.

Holyday of Obligation
Tuesday is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady. Mass is at 7pm on Monday (vigil) and on Tuesday at 10am.

The Mother of Jesus
In the Gospels Our Lady is honoured as the Mother of Jesus and as the Lord’s first disciple and follower par excellence. Speaking in Rome in 2013, Pope Francis said: Throughout her life, Mary did everything the Church is asked to do in perennial memory of Christ. With her faith, we learn to open our hearts to God; in her self-denial, we see the importance of tending to the needs of others; in her tears, we find the strength to console those experiencing pain.

Wedding Bells
We offer our best wishes for a happy marriage to Matthäa Schwob & Nils Holland-Cunz who are getting married at Holy Name on Saturday at 12 noon.

Coffee Break
Refreshments after Sunday morning Mass will not be served today or next Sunday. Thank you to all the parishioners who assist with this valuable and appreciated service.

Eucharistic Ministers
A Day of Recollection for current minsters of the Eucharist will take place at Ushaw College, Durham on 9 September from 10.30am to 4pm. Any Ministers of the Eucharist or Readers wishing to take part are asked to contact Fr Campion as soon as possible.

Time for Dialogue
Some members of our congregation may be interested in the editorial article Time for Dialogue on Sexual Ethics posted on our parish website www.holynamejesmond.co.uk

New Ministers of Holy Communion
A Course for training new Ministers will take place at St Aidan’s, Coach Lane, Benton on Monday 9 and 16 October from 7.00-9.00pm; and on Saturday 21 October from 10.30am–4.30pm with the Commissioning Mass at 3.00pm. Any member of our congregation wishing to join this ministry is invited to contact Fr Campion.

September Book & Poetry Clubs
The book choice is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The themes for the Poetry Club are either Laughter or The Sea.

Film Club
The programme for autumn to Christmas is on the parish website. The next viewing, on Friday 15 September, will be the inspired comedy “mockumentary” Best in Show (2000), written and directed by Christopher Guest, Why not join us?

Praying for the Sick
If there is someone you wish to be prayed for at Mass, please write the person’s name in the book located by the candle stands.

They sicken of the calm who know the storm. ~ Dorothy ParkerSunset Gun: Poems

Wine Club
From Anthony Knox: Numbers are limited to 40 for our second meeting on Friday 1 September at 7pm, so please buy a ticket soon if interested as they are selling well. They are on sale today at £10. All £5 tickets have now been sold. The tasting will be a seven wine mini Tour de France (one sparkling, two whites and four reds) with accompanying ‘nibbles’. The following meeting will be on Monday 9 October at 7pm and will focus on Italian wines. Subsequent tastings will explore wines from other parts of the world. Bienvenue!

French Classes
A course of 10 French lessons will start in the hall on Mondays from 6-7 pm in early October. The cost will be £5 per class with all money going to charity. They will be led by an experienced and enthusiastic language teacher. Sampler lessons for £5 will start this Monday, 14 August for three weeks. Please take a pen. Prior knowledge of the language will be an advantage. If you wish to join, please come along but first put your name on the list at the back of church.

New to Holy Name?
If you have recently started going to Mass at Holy Name, welcome! And please do complete a Registration Form available at the back of church.

Sunday 6 August 2017

Jesmond Street Pastors
Dr John Waddell, Chair of our Justice and Peace Group, will represent the parish on the Board of the Jesmond Street Pastors charity. We are grateful to John and the other members of the J & P Group for their service to the Holy Name community.

New Ministers of Holy Communion
A Course for training new Ministers will take place at St Aidan’s, Coach Lane, Benton on Monday 9 and 16 October from 7.00-9.00pm; and on Saturday 21 October from 10.30am–4.30pm with the Commissioning Mass at 3.00pm. Any member of our congregation wishing to join this ministry is invited to contact Fr Campion.

Ad Multos Annos !
Heartiest congratulations to Peter and Kathleen Ronan who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. They invite you to join them for a Drinks Reception after morning Mass today.

Eucharistic Ministers
A Day of Recollection for current minsters of the Eucharist will take place at Ushaw College, Durham on 9 September from 10.30am to 4pm. Anyone wishing to take part should contact the parish office as soon as possible.

Hall Kitchen
Work on renewing the hall kitchen will begin on Wednesday 16 August (note change of date). There will be no access to the hall from Monday 14 to Friday 18 August inclusive. Slimming World will meet as usual on 19 August and normal usage of the hall will recommence for everyone from 21 August onwards.

Wine Club
From Anthony Knox: Our second meeting will be on Friday 1 September at 7pm. It will be a seven-wine mini Tour de France (one sparkling, two whites and four reds) with accompanying ‘nibbles’. Tickets are £10. There are a limited number of tickets at £5 for those who will not be sampling the wines. Tickets are on sale today. The following meeting will be held on Monday 9 October at 7pm and will focus on the wines of Italy. Subsequent tastings will explore wines from other parts of the world. Bienvenue!

French Classes
A course of 10 French lessons will start in the hall on Mondays from 6-7 pm in early October. The cost will be £5 per class with all money going to charity. They will be led by an experienced and enthusiastic language teacher. Sampler lessons for £5 will start on this Monday for three weeks.  Prior knowledge of the language will be an advantage. If you wish to join, please put your name on the list at the back of church and meet in the hall tomorrow (Monday) for a 6pm start.

Church Anniversary
From Catherine Hearne, Chair of the Parish Council: Next year will mark the start of the 90th anniversary of the building of our church. The first sod was cut on this site in June 1928 and in September the foundation stone was laid.  The solemn opening of the building took place just over a year later in November 1929. You are invited to complete a short form, available from the back of church, suggesting ways we might mark the occasion over the year, starting in 2018. In September we will collate the forms and then arrange an open parish meeting to discuss the suggestions. In the meantime do email me with your suggestions: catherinehearne@btinternet.com

Got a Complaint?
Taking part in Mass at Holy Name should be a prayerful as well as an uplifting experience. If you are dissatisfied with the service you receive or with any aspect of parish life, please let me know. Our members’ satisfaction is paramount. ~ Fr Campion

New to Holy Name?
If you have recently started going to Mass at Holy Name, welcome! And please do complete a Registration Form available at the back of church.

Please do not leave Mass sheets or newsletters inside the hymns books when you are leaving church. It would be helpful too if you would leave the newsletters and Mass sheets in separate piles.

Wedding
We offer our best wishes for a happy marriage to Katie Wray and Matthew Dalby who are getting married at Holy Name on Saturday at 1pm.

Quiet Prayer
You are welcome to take part in a quiet hour of prayer at 31 Hartside Gardens on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

Biscuits Sunday
Thank you to everyone taking biscuits and other items to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Retreat Day
A day for women led by Sr Sheila McNamara will be held on 16 September at St Hilda’s, West Road, Newcastle. There is no charge but booking is essential and you will need to take a packed lunch. For details call 0191 243 3313.

The place religion has in our lives is a permanent one. There’s no point in condemning it, because it’s part of the human mind to ask who made us, why are we here, what is the purpose of life, what happens when I die. To become censorious about it, to say there is no God, doesn’t help. The Bible is the most wonderful book – I wouldn’t be without it. It’s a library of all kinds of stories: poetry, history, mythology, crazy ravings. It’s got it all. Not much humour in it, though. – Philip Pulman, novelist

And if my heart be scarred and burned,
The safer, I, for all I learned. ~ Dorothy ParkerSunset Gun: Poems

Sunday 30 July 2017

Church Anniversary
From Catherine Hearne, Chair of the Parish Council: Next year will mark the start of the 90th anniversary of the building of our church. The first sod was cut on this site in June 1928 and in September the foundation stone was laid.  The solemn opening of the building took place just over a year later in November 1929. You are invited to complete a short form, available from the back of church, suggesting ways we might mark the occasion over the year, starting in 2018. In September we will collate the forms and then arrange an open parish meeting to discuss the suggestions. In the meantime do email me with your suggestions: catherinehearne@btinternet.com

Women Prisoners
Thank you to everyone who donated items for Open Gate, the small charity whose volunteers visit women in Low Newton Prison in Durham and maintain a regular support when they are discharged.

Tea Club
The Afternoon Tea Club will not meet in August but will resume on Thursday 7 September. We thank all the helpers for their great work throughout the year and wish them and all the members a happy holiday.

Biscuits Sunday
Please remember to take some biscuits to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

French Classes
A course of 10 French lessons will start in the hall on Mondays from 6-7 pm in early October. The cost will be £5 per class with all money going to charity. They will be led by an experienced and enthusiastic language teacher. Sampler lessons for £5 will start on Monday 14 August for three weeks.  Prior knowledge of the language will be an advantage. If you wish to join, please put your name on the list at the back of church.

Jesmond Street Pastors
Volunteer members of the local Jesmond Churches, supported by the Neighbourhood Police, patrol Osborne Road and the surrounding streets on Saturday nights from 7.30pm to midnight, caring for vulnerable people. Newcastle East Inspector Alan Pitchford says of the scheme: Street Pastors are a great asset to the community, ensuring people stay safe and are looked after if they become vulnerable through excess alcohol. The caring presence of the uniformed volunteers also frees up officers to concentrate on preventing crime and any disorder. We need a member of our congregation to represent Holy Name as a Trustee of the charity. The role involves six meetings a year, usually on Mondays from 5.00-6.30pm. If you are interested, please contact Fr Campion.

Wine Club
From Anthony Knox: Our second meeting will be on Friday 1 September at 7pm. It will be a seven-wine mini Tour de France (one sparkling, two whites and four reds) with accompanying ‘nibbles’. Tickets are £10. There are a limited number of tickets at £5 for those who will not be sampling the wines. Tickets are on sale today. The following meeting will be held on Monday 9 October at 7pm and will focus on the wines of Italy. Subsequent tastings will explore wines from other parts of the world. Bienvenue!

Becoming a Catholic?
Are you a non-Catholic adult interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? If so, you are welcome to contact Fr Campion who will be very happy to meet you. A short course will start in September and you’ll be welcome to ‘dip your toe in the water’ – there’s no pressure and no commitment.

Book Club
We meet next on 27 September to discuss Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

Poetry Club
There is a double-header for the next meeting on 20 September with the themes of Laughter and The Sea – you may choose either … or both!

Children’s Liturgy
There is no Liturgy during the school holiday. It will resume on Sunday 10 September at the 10am Mass.

Hall Kitchen
Work on renewing the hall kitchen will begin on Saturday 12 August. There will be no access to the hall from then until 18 August inclusive. Slimming World will meet as usual on 19 August and normal usage of the hall will recommence for everyone from 21 August onwards.

Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday we will be showing Inglourious Basterds (2009), written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender and Diane Kruger. Showered with award nominations, including eight Oscar nominations on its release, the film is a fictional alternate history, dramatizing two plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler and his Nazi top brass in occupied Paris. Tarantino described the film’s dramatic intention as “filling in the viscera”, he believed that it was some of the best writing he’d ever done, and with good reason: the screenplay is a masterpiece, by turns comedic, violent and with scenes of sustained, at times almost unbearable tension, and the film offers a performance of giggling, oleaginous, mesmerizing evil by Waltz as an SS colonel. Don’t be put off by Tarantino’s reputation! – the film is a tour de force and an absolute “must see”. (Contains violence and scenes of a sexual nature.)

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. ~ Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Sunday 23 July 2017

Arrivederci
We bid a fond farewell today to the Corradi family – parents Marco and Giovanna along with their children Luigi and Vittorio – who are returning this week to live in their native Italy. We wish them every blessing in the future.

Baptisms
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Connie Grace Armstrong, daughter of Scott and Amy, and baby Julia Cody Gamboa Vasquez, first child of Aaron and Montserrat, who are being baptised today.

Confirmation
Young people in Years 9, 10 and 11 in secondary school who wish to make their Confirmation next year are invited to contact Fr Campion now. A programme of preparation, in conjunction with the other parishes in our Partnership, will begin later in the year, based at St Mary’s Academy on Benton Park Road.

Book Club
On Wednesday we will discuss The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore at 7pm in the hall on Towers Avenue. Why not join us? You will be most welcome.

The Holy Name Church Anniversary
Next year, 2018, will mark the beginning of the 90th anniversary of the building of our church. The first sod was cut on this site in June 1928 and in September the foundation stone was laid.  The solemn opening of the building took place just over a year later in November 1929. From next Sunday and over the summer, members of the congregation will be invited to complete a short form suggesting ways we might mark the occasion over the year, starting in June 2018. In September we will collate the forms and then arrange an open parish meeting to discuss the suggestions.

Nappies
We should be grateful if parents would take their babies’ soiled nappies home for disposal rather than leave them in the church toilet.

French Classes
A course of 10 French lessons will start in the hall on Mondays from 6-7 pm in early October. The cost will be £5 per class with all money going to charity. They will be led by an experienced and enthusiastic language teacher. Sampler lessons for £5 will start in mid-August. More details will follow in the coming weeks. Prior knowledge of the language will be an advantage. If interested, please put your name on the list at the back of church.

On The Mend
Parish Secretary Barbara Cooper had surgery on Tuesday and all went well. Deo Gratias. She is now at home doing what does not come to her naturally – resting. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday 4 August our Film Club will be showing Inglourious Basterds (2009), written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender and Diane Kruger. Showered with award nominations, including eight Oscar nominations, on its release, the film is a fictional alternate history, dramatizing two plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler and his Nazi top brass in occupied Paris. Tarantino described the film’s dramatic intention as “filling in the viscera”, he believed that it was some of the best writing he’d ever done, and with good reason: the screenplay is a masterpiece, by turns comedic, violent and with scenes of sustained, at times almost unbearable tension, and the film offers a performance of giggling, oleaginous, mesmerizing evil by Waltz as an SS colonel. Don’t be put off by Tarantino’s reputation! – the film is a tour de force and an absolute “must see”.

Children’s Liturgy
There will be no Children’s Liturgy during the summer holiday. It will resume on Sunday 10 September.

Wine Club
From Anthony Knox: Our second meeting will be on Friday 1 September at 7pm and it will be a seven-wine mini Tour de  France (one sparkling, two whites and four reds) with accompanying nibbles. Tickets are £10. There are a limited number of tickets at £5 for those who will not be sampling the wines. Tickets will be available next Sunday. The following meeting will be held on Monday 9 October at 7pm and will focus on the wines of Italy. Subsequent tastings will explore wines from other parts of the world.

Yoga Classes
The six free Yoga Classes start on Wednesday in the hall at 10.30am. Paula Taggart, the instructor, asks that participants wear comfortable clothing and take a bottle of water. They need to be prepared to work in bare feet and if they have a yoga mat they should take this or something similar for sitting on the floor. For more information, contact Paula on 07961 499 665.

Hospice Service
Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s at 4pm today. You will be welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own friends who are ill.

‘The Lord God Made Them All’
The blackbirds that have been filling the summer air with their languorous songs in the evenings have now more or less finished singing, and the fluting notes will not be heard again until the end of next January. A few blackbird pairs are still feeding their fledglings in the trees, and making their soft, clucking warning calls to them. Most of the other small songbirds have also stopped singing. An exception are wrens, which are still breeding. The male wrens continue to challenge intruders into their territory with their loud, rapid songs, and one can sometimes hear a song duel between them. Among the summer visitors blackcaps can be heard singing an occasional brief phrase, but it is no more than an echo of their earlier rich, melodious performances in the woods. Chiffchaffs can also be heard here and there in a treetop, but between the bursts of song they now make soft hiccuping sounds — no one knows why. ~ Derwent May

Sunday 16 July 2017

Poetry Club
From Judith Dryhurst and Peter Ronan: It has been decided by public acclaim to hold a meeting on Wednesday this week, as usual on the third Wednesday, at 7pm in the hall on Towers Avenue. The subject for the readings is – with respect to George Gershwin – Anything Goes.  So use your imagination … In olden days, a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking but now, God knows, anything goes …

French Classes
A course of 10 French lessons will start in the hall on Mondays from 6-7 pm in early October. The cost will be £5 per class with all money going to charity. They will be led by an experienced and enthusiastic language teacher. Sampler lessons for £5 will start in mid-August. More details will follow in the coming weeks. Prior knowledge of the language will be an advantage. If interested, please put your name on the list at the back of church.

Children’s Liturgy
There will be no Children’s Liturgy during the summer holidays. It will resume on Sunday 10 September. We wish the children and their families a refreshing and enjoyable break.

Becoming a Catholic?
Are you a non-Catholic adult interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? If so, you are welcome to contact Fr Campion who will be very happy to meet you. A short course will start in September and you’ll be welcome to ‘dip your toe in the water’ – there’s no pressure and no commitment.

Hospice Service
Holy Name will lead the Service at St Oswald’s at 4pm next Sunday. You will be welcome to join in praying for the patients, their relatives and our own friends who are ill.

Get Well Soon
Our Parish Secretary, Barbara Cooper, is going into hospital on Tuesday for a hysterectomy. She is likely to be off work for about six weeks or so. We wish Barbara well and hope she will have a speedy recovery. Enquiries to the office will be dealt with by Fr Campion.

Yoga Classes
There are now 26 people interested in the free six- weeks Yoga Classes starting on Wednesday 26 July in the hall from 10.30am to 11.30am. Paula Taggart, the instructor, asks participants to wear comfortable clothing and to take a bottle of water. They need to be prepared to work in bare feet and if they have a yoga mat they should take this or something similar for sitting on the floor. For more information, contact Paula on 07961 499 665.

Book Club
On Wednesday 26 July we will discuss ‘The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne’ by Brian Moore. This is an unflinching and deeply sympathetic portrait of a woman destroyed by self and circumstance. First published in 1955, it marked Brian Moore as a major figure in English literature (he would go on to be short-listed three times for the Booker Prize) and established him as an astute chronicler of the human soul. Judith Hearne is an unmarried woman of a certain age who has come down in society. She has few skills and is full of the prejudices and pieties of her genteel Belfast upbringing. But Judith has a secret life. And she is just one heartbreak away from revealing it to the world. (goodreads.com)

Legion of Mary
From Fr Martin Morris: ​The Legion of Mary is a lay Catholic association that gives service to the Church, through prayer and active voluntary works, on a weekly basis​. Together we pray the Rosary and undertake some good work for our neighbour, i.e. visiting residential homes, hostels, hospitals, schools etc. On Thursday at 7.00pm in St. Aidan’s Hall, Benton, we will have an open meeting to discuss the history and mission of the Legion of Mary, and to shape the vision for a potential Legion group in our Partnership. For more information please come to the meeting or contact Aaron Gamboa on 07575 576630.

The Rosary will continue in church on Thursdays at 9.05am during the holidays.

Bienvenido
We offer a warm welcome to former parishioners Begoña Sanchez and her children, Úrsula and Alexander, now residing in Spain, who are visiting the parish this weekend.

Pre-School
The Community Interest Company which ran the Pre-School in our Hall in recent years is closing down on Wednesday. In a letter to parents earlier this year, the Company directors, Julia Gowling and Natasha Lowes, stated:  “Unfortunately, our upcoming closure is due to our current financial position and the new government grant of 30 hours that starts in September. The new legislation favours establishments that can provide greater numbers of hours’ childcare than we can.” Clearly, this is a great sadness for Julia and Natasha but their decision is understandable. They have been good tenants and they provided the parish with a valuable source of income. We thank them and wish them well for the future. ~ Fr Campion

‘All Creatures Great and Small’
The countryside is now full of young birds that have left the nest, but are still being fed by their parents. Strange sounds come from the trees and hedges because they all have their own distinctive calls for food. Young bullfinches, which lack the adults’ black cap, have a squeaky version of their parents’ deep “pew, pew” call. Young greenfinches have a variety of weird wailing notes. Some fledglings, such as wrens, long-tailed tits and goldfinches, can be seen sitting in a line on a branch or a wire. They stay together because like that they are all less likely to miss out when their parents return with food. In the air, juvenile swallows can be identified by their lack of long tail-streamers. If you see a line of dark ducklings on lakes, it is likely now to be a brood of tufted ducks, which nest much later than the others. There may also still be mallard ducklings, which whizz back to their mother as if on a taut elastic string if they are frightened. ~ Derwent May

 

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Sunday 9 July 2017

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church Luka Tarr- Gafijczuk, son of Darius and Jenn, who was baptised last week.

Bequest
We are most grateful to the late Cecilia Sidney who bequeathed £1,000 to the Holy Name parish. If you wish to include Holy Name in your Will, after you have made provision for family and friends, please complete one of the Bequest forms at the back of church and give it to the person arranging your Will.

Poetry Club
From Judith Dryhurst and Peter Ronan: It has been decided by public acclaim to hold a meeting on 19 July, as usual on the third Wednesday, at 7pm in the hall on Towers Avenue. The subject or focus for the readings is – with respect to George Gershwin – Anything Goes.  So use your imagination …

Book Club
The choice of novel for our next meeting on 26 July is The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore. You are very welcome to join us.

Eucharistic Ministers
A Day of Recollection for lay minsters of the Eucharist will take place at Ushaw College on 9 September from 10.30am to 4pm. Any ministers wishing to take part should contact the parish office as soon as possible.

Nappies
We should be grateful if babies’ soiled nappies would be taken home for disposal rather than left in the church toilet.

Diocesan Refugee Project
Thank you to everyone who last Sunday donated 103 packets of biscuits, 10 tins beans/tomatoes, a good amount of toiletries, a large quantity of clothing and £32.20 in cash.

Can You Help?
Open Gate is a small charity based in a house just outside Low Newton Prison in Durham. Project workers and volunteer mentors visit women in the prison and maintain a regular support when they are discharged, often having to begin life again. We can help them continue this very important work by donating kettles, pans, bath towels and cushions. Please do not donate any other items as we are unable to pass them onto the charity. If you can spare any of these items, please take them to church next Sunday.

Peace and Tranquillity
From a parishioner: It is a real privilege to experience the peace and tranquillity, in our beautiful church setting, at morning Mass on a weekday. That short interval on an ordinary morning, away from the hurly burly of everyday life is of inestimable value to those of us who have discovered it. Many thanks for all you do to make this possible. (Weekday Mass is from Tuesday to Saturday at 9.30am and lasts 25 minutes.)

The Apostleship of the Sea
Today’s retiring collection is for a Catholic charity that provides practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality, belief or race. The port chaplains and volunteer ship visitors welcome seafarers, offer welfare services and advice, practical help, care and friendship. The Apostleship of the Sea in Great Britain is part of an international network known to the maritime world as Stella Maris, working in more than 250 ports around the world. The life of modern seafarers can be dangerous and lonely. They may spend up to a year at a time away from home, separated from their family and loved ones and often working in harsh conditions.

Somebody said … a mother is an unskilled labourer. ‘Somebody’ never gave a squirmy infant a bath.

Quiet Hour
You are welcome to spend a quiet hour of prayer at 31 Hartside Gardens on Tuesday from 7.30-8.30pm.

Reach Out
From Bishop Cunningham: On Friday in St Mary’s Cathedral from 7.30-9.30pm, volunteers will go out onto the streets to invite people into a warm, welcoming Cathedral to light a candle, say a prayer, have a chat and experience God’s mercy. All are invited to come and pray during this time. Those who wish to go out onto the streets should attend a briefing meeting in the Cathedral Café at 6.45pm.

Becoming a Catholic?
Are you a non-Catholic adult interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? If so, you are welcome to contact Fr Campion who will be very happy to meet you. There’s no pressure and no commitment.

The Holy Name Wine Club
From Fr Campion: The first meeting of the new Wine Club took place on Friday. We had a most enjoyable evening, sampling different wines from the Beaujolais region of France. The clear ‘winner’ was the Fleurie 2016 Georges Duboeuf (currently £9 at Sainsbury’s). Thank you to Anthony and Carmel Knox who organised the tasting and to Bill Ridley who generously shared his wine expertise with us. The next meeting will take place after the holidays, most likely in early to mid-September. Santé!

A Novel Note
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and so they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation. ~ Pearl S Buck, writer and Nobel Laureate, The Goddess Abides (1972)

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Sunday 2 July 2017

Welcome
Thank you to Fr John Skivington who is celebrating the Masses at Holy Name today.

Biscuits Sunday
Thank you to everyone taking biscuits and other items of food or clothing to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Project.

Clergy Moves
Fr Michael Whalen, former parish priest of the Holy Name, has been appointed parish priest of Our Lady and St Cuthbert, Prudhoe. Fr Cornelius O’Connor at St Charles’, Gosforth has been appointed to All Saints, Lanchester and will be replaced in September by Fr William Agley.

Retiring Collection
The annual collection for the Apostleship of the Sea will take place next Sunday, Sea Sunday, here at Holy Name and in all Catholic churches in England and Wales.

Yoga at Holy Name
The first of six free classes will begin in the Hall on Wednesday 26 July from 10.30-11.30am. They will be led by parishioner Paula Taggart, an experienced yoga teacher. If you wish to take part, please put your name on the list at the back of church. If you have any questions, contact Paula on 07961 499 665.

Garden Party
The ‘Garden Party’ in the hall on 23 June was a most enjoyable celebration. Thank you very much to everyone – Blue Jazz and all who organised and supported the event – for a wonderful evening.

Wine Club: A Taste of Gamay
Our new Wine Club will meet for the first time in the hall on Friday at 7pm. All are welcome to join – you don’t have to be Catholic – but you must have purchased a ticket by the end of today (to allow us to finalise numbers and cover the outlay on the wines and sundries). We will taste six different wines from the Beaujolais region of France (made from the gamay grape), all perfect for drinking at this time of year. Tasting glasses will be available for purchase on the night at a reasonable cost or you may take along your own. Santé!

Can You Help?
Open Gate is a small charity based in a house just outside Low Newton Prison in Durham. Project workers and volunteer mentors visit the women in the prison and maintain a regular support when they are discharged, often having to begin life again. We can help them continue this very important work by donating Kettles, Pans, Bath Towels and Cushions. Please do not bring any other items as we are unable to pass them onto the charity. If you can spare any of these items, please take them to church on Sunday 16 July (but not before this date, please).

Book Club
The choice of novel for July is The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore. You are welcome to join us on Wednesday 26 July to discuss it.

New to Holy Name?
If you have recently started going to Mass at Holy name, welcome! And if you have not done so already, please complete one of the Registration Forms available at the back of church.

Please do not leave Mass sheets or newsletters inside the hymns books when you are leaving church. It would be helpful too if you would leave the newsletters and Mass sheets in separate piles.

Sacrament of Confirmation
Any young people in Years 9, 10 and 11 in secondary school who wish to make their Confirmation next year are invited to contact Fr Campion. A programme of preparation, in conjunction with the other parishes in our Partnership, will begin later in the year. Adults in our congregation who have never been Confirmed are welcome to contact Fr Campion also.

The Holy Name Church Anniversary
Next year, 2018, will be the 90th anniversary of the opening of our church. Prior to this, parishioners worshipped in a building, made of tin, that was located on the current site of Jesmond Swimming Pool on St George’s Terrace. From next Sunday and over the summer, members of the congregation will be invited to complete a short form suggesting ways we might mark the occasion over the year. In September we will collate the forms and then arrange an open parish meeting to discuss the suggestions.

The Lord God Made Them All
Fat young cuckoos are bulging out of the nests of other birds, of which each is now the sole occupant. As soon as they hatched, they started throwing out the host bird’s eggs and any tiny chicks that were already there. The most frequent species in whose nests roving female cuckoos lay an egg are meadow pipits, reed warblers and dunnocks. The hosts accept the egg into their clutch, and go on to accept this gigantic nestling as if it were their own. It is a black-barred, reddish-brown bird, and is soon so large that the foster parents have to stand on its back to push food into its open, orange-red gape. They often put their head right inside the beak, and the young cuckoo carefully keeps the beak open till they have taken it out again. They feed it in the nest for three weeks, and three more weeks afterwards. Hard labour for the sake of another bird’s offspring. Such is the young cuckoo’s magnetism that other birds are sometimes drawn to come and feed it too.
~ Derwent May