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Sunday 17 December 2017

Coffee Morning
You are invited to the hall after morning Mass today to enjoy a glass of sherry, a piece of stollen and a hot drink (juice for children). There also will be a raffle and goods for sale. The £1 charge will be donated between the Advent Alms Appeal for St Cuthbert’s Care and the Diocesan Refugee Service.

Christmas at Holy Name

23 December       Vigil Mass for Sunday, 5pm
24 December       Sunday Mass, 10am (no choir)
Christmas Eve      Mass for Families with Young Children, 3pm*
Carols for all with the Holy Name Choir, 5.15pm
The First Mass of Christmas, 6 pm
25 December       Christmas Day Mass, 10 am

At the Mass for families on Christmas Eve, children are invited to dress as angels, shepherds, kings, inn keepers, stars etc and to take along an instrument that will make a joyful sound during certain points in the Mass. All are invited to come with a generous heart and for children to join in the Candlelit Procession to the Crib. The offertory collection will be donated to the Diocesan Refugee Service which supports the failed asylum seekers in this diocese who, awaiting deportation, are destitute.

Surgery
From Fr Campion: It has been confirmed that I will be admitted to hospital for foot surgery on 16 January. In my absence – at least 12 weeks – Sunday Masses will be celebrated by Fr Philip Carroll. All going well, I hope in this time to catch up on my reading and croon with Randy Newman’s Get Me Back on My Feet Again.

Christmas 100 Years Ago
From Richard Rainbow: The ‘Evening Chronicle’ on Boxing Day 1917 reported that on Christmas Eve there was a queue almost 100 yards long in St George’s Terrace, Jesmond , of people waiting to get into the Church of the Holy Name for Midnight Mass. Will history repeat itself? (The ‘iron’ church was then located on the current site of the Swimming Pool.)

Christmas Tea
From Mary Shields: The Just.Is group at St Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Park Road, invites parishioners of the Holy Name to our Community Afternoon Christmas Tea on Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:45 pm. Do come along to enjoy festive treats and time together with the students who work to build community and raise awareness of social justice issues amongst young people. Please contact the School tomorrow, Monday, if you would like to attend – telephone (0191) 215 3260 or email  admin@st-marys.newcastle.sch.uk. No cost is involved and all are welcome.

Gifts for Christmas
This year we are hoping to provide destitute refugees with a present each of £5 in a Gift Card so that they may start the New Year with a little ‘something’ in their pockets.   If you can, please take a Gift Card at the back of church and pop a £5 note into it before placing it in the red ‘postbox’ or, alternatively, simply donate what you wish into the special collection plate beside the box.

Quiet Prayer
You are invited for an hour’s quiet reflection and prayer at the home of Michael and Hilda at 31 Hartside Gardens on Tuesday from 7 to 8pm.

Be satisfied, and pleased with what thou art,
Act cheerfully and well thy allotted part;
Enjoy the present hour, be thankful for the past,
And neither fear, nor wish, the approaches of the last.
~ Marcus Valerius Martialis (40-104 AD)

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

Holy Name Book Club
Our next meeting on 23 January will discuss the novel Troubles by JG Farrell. The plot concerns the dilapidation of a once grand Irish hotel in the midst of the political upheaval during the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921). It is the first instalment in Farrell’s acclaimed ‘Empire Trilogy’, preceding The Siege of Krishnapur and The Singapore Grip. Although there are similar themes within the three novels (most notably that of the British Empire), they do not form a sequence of storytelling. “Had [Farrell] not sadly died so young,” Salman Rushdie said in 2008, “there is no question that he would today be one of the really major novelists of the English language. Please note that our Book Club – open to people of all ages, abilities and religions – is not ‘highbrow’ and all are welcome to take part and chat over a glass of wine. Do join us!

Poetry Group
The next meeting will be on 17 January for which participants are invited to choose a previously published poem that is light-hearted and leads to laughter. Meetings take place in the hall at 7pm on the third Wednesday of the month and all are welcome.

A Church without Priests?
The text of Professor Werner Jeanrond’s recent lecture at Holy Name on ‘A Church Without Priests’ is now available on our parish website www.holynamejesmond.co.uk

Parish Income
Please note that all donations for baptisms, weddings, funerals and Mass Intentions are income the parish and do not form part of the priest’s income. These donations may be Gift Aided by those who have signed a Gift Aid Declaration.

Sunday 10 December 2017

The Season of Advent
Over the next four weeks we are invited to make some spiritual preparation for the celebration of Our Lord’s birth at Christmas.

Celebrating God’s Mercy
A communal celebration of the Sacrament of Penance with carols, scripture readings and prayers will take place in church on Tuesday at 7pm. The Service will include the blessing and lighting of the Christmas Tree. This will be a joyful occasion and all are welcome.

Advent Alms Appeal
From Moira Ashman, Chief Executive, St Cuthbert’s Care: This Advent St Cuthbert’s Care is appealing for your financial support for our community work. Your generosity to today’s retiring collection will help us to continue to distribute good quality clothing, bedding, toys, gifts and food parcels to the most impoverished and disadvantaged individuals and families across our diocese.

Christmas Mass Volunteers
Eucharistic Ministers available for Mass over the Christmas period are asked to put their names on the appropriate sheet at the back of church.

Sharing Fair
Thank you to everyone who supported last Sunday’s Sharing Fair.  A total of £320.40 was raised in goods sold and a further £45.51 was received in donations. The Sharing Fair Co-operative sells crafts on behalf of women overseas who have been trafficked or are under threat of being trafficked because of extreme poverty.

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Isabella Lily Tait, daughter of Jonathan and Clare, who is being baptised this Sunday. We wish her and all babies baptised this year every blessing.

Christmas at Holy Name
23 December       Vigil Mass for Sunday, 5 pm
24 December       Sunday Mass, 10 am (no choir)
Christmas Eve      Mass for Families with Young Children, 3 pm*
Carols with the Holy Name Choir, 5.15 pm
First Mass of Christmas, 6 pm
25 December       Christmas Day Mass, 10 am
*Children are invited to be dressed as angels, shepherds, kings, inn keepers, stars etc and to take along an instrument that will make a joyful sound during certain points in the Mass.

Holy Name Parish AGM
From Catherine Hearne: Our parish’s Annual General Meeting will take place Sunday 7 January in the hall after 10am Mass. It will be the feast of the Epiphany and stollen and sherry will be on offer. The two main areas for discussion will be our Jesmond St Mary’s Partnership and events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of our church building 2018/19.

Youth Sunday
From Ruth Gibson: Thank you to everybody who supported our Coffee Morning in aid of Mary’s Meals. The £156 raised is enough to feed 13 children overseas for a year!  Thanks also to everyone who supported with such kindness and made all the young people feel welcome and appreciated.

Refugee Support
Thank you to everyone who contributed 112 packets of biscuits, 11 items of other foods, a large amount of clothing, an excellent quantity of cosmetics and a further £40 in cash for the Diocesan Refugee Service.

Holy Name Book Club
It’s not a highbrow group and people of all ages and abilities can take part. Our next meeting on 23 January will discuss Troubles by JG Farrell. In 2010 Sam Jordison in The Guardian called Troubles “a work of genius”, and “one of the best books of the second half of the twentieth century”. Do join us!

A Church Without Priests?
The text of Professor Werner Jeanrond’s recent lecture at Holy Name is now available on our parish website www.holynamejesmond.co.uk

Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday at 7pm we will be showing the fantasy comedy Groundhog Day (1993), directed by Harold Ramis and starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott. The film tells the story of an arrogant TV weatherman who, sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day celebrations in Puxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself trapped in a time loop that condemns him to live the same day over and over again. The film won a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay and is recognised by the American Film Institute as a classic. As a comedy that addresses the tough philosophical question “how should I live?”, it is often seen as an allegory of spiritual redemption, and is the best Christmas film that isn’t actually about Christmas – so come and have your heart’s cockles warmed in time for the festive period. (Admission is free but take your own drinks and snacks.)

Christmas Coffee
Everyone is invited to the hall after morning Mass next Sunday to enjoy a glass of sherry, a piece of stollen and a hot drink (juice for children).

Gifts for Christmas
When asylum seekers have had their leave to stay in the UK refused, they lose their accommodation and all government funding, including free school meals for their children. As they await deportation (sometimes for years) they become destitute. This year we are hoping to provide them with a present each of £5 in a Gift Card so that they may start the New Year with a little ‘something’ in their pockets.   If you can, please take a Gift Card at the back of church and pop a £5 note into it before placing it in the red ‘postbox’ or simply donate what you wish into the special collection plate.

Sunday 3 December 2017

Celebrating God’s Mercy
A communal celebration of the sacrament of Penance with carols, scripture readings and prayers will take place in Holy Name on Tuesday 12 December at 7pm. The Service will include the blessing and lighting of the Christmas Tree and it will be a joyful occasion. All are welcome.

Advent Alms Appeal
From Moira Ashman, Chief Executive, St Cuthbert’s Care: This Advent, to mark Pope Francis’ first World Day of the Poor, St Cuthbert’s Care is appealing for your financial support for our community work. Your generosity will help us to continue to distribute good quality clothing, bedding, toys, gifts and food parcels to the most impoverished and disadvantaged individuals and families across our diocese. (There will be a retiring collection for this work next Sunday.)

Christmas Scripture Study
As part of our Partnership Advent preparations for Christmas, there will be two sessions reflecting on the Christmas Gospels at St Mary’s, Forest Hall on this Thursday and on 14 December from 7.00 to 8.15pm. The sessions will be led by Fr Sean Hall, and all are welcome to take part.

Christmas Mass Volunteers
Eucharistic Ministers available for Mass over the Christmas period are asked to put their names on the appropriate sheet at the back of church.

Sharing Fair Sunday
The Sharing Fair Co-operative sells crafts on behalf of women overseas who have been trafficked or are under threat of being trafficked because of extreme poverty. Our Justice and Peace Group is holding a sale of these goods – a variety of unusual handmade gifts and craft items – in the hall next today after morning Mass. Refreshments are available also.

Gifts for Christmas
From our Justice & Peace Group: This year we are hoping to provide the refugees and asylum seekers awaiting deportation with a present of £5 each in a Gift Card so that they may start the New Year with a little ‘something’ in their pockets.  This will replace the usual donations of toiletries and clothing. Please collect a Gift Card at the back of church to pop a £5 note into (you may fill as many as you wish) or simply donate what you wish into the special collection plate. We plan to distribute these after New Year so the collection will be open up to 7 January. Thank you as always for your generosity.

Christmas at Holy Name
23 December       Vigil Mass for Sunday, 5 pm
24 December       Sunday Mass, 10 am (no choir)
Christmas Eve    Mass for Families with Young Children, 3 pm*
Carols with the Holy Name Choir, 5.15 pm
First Mass of Christmas, 6 pm
25 December       Christmas Day Mass, 10 am
*Children are invited to be dressed in festive attire and to take along an instrument for shaking or ringing at appropriate times during the Mass.

French Lessons
From Anthony Knox: The course ends on 11 December. Congratulations and thanks to all involved who raised £880 for three charities: Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sightsavers and The Smile Train. Tous ensemble et formidable!

Holy Name Parish AGM
From Catherine Hearne: Our parish’s Annual General Meeting will take place Sunday 7 January in the hall after 10am Mass. It will be the feast of the Epiphany and stollen and sherry will be on offer. The two main areas for discussion will be our Jesmond St Mary’s Partnership and events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of our church building 2018/19.

Amnesty ‘Write for Rights’
Please take and complete the Amnesty International Appeal Card for a Gigantic Postal Drop to the Turkish Minister of Justice, asking for the immediate release of the ISTANBUL10, all Prisoners of Conscience. Further details are on the notice board at the back of the church.

The Summits
From Amy Cameron: Many of our young people have been taking part in a monthly event organised by the Youth Ministry Team called The Source. This aims to bring young people together, Year 9 and above, for an evening of inspiring talks, praise, worship and social activity. The Summits is the first adult version of this event and will take place in St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle NE1 5HH on Wednesday at 7pm. It will feature high quality input and excellent praise and worship music. Everyone is welcome to take part.

Youth Sunday
Thank you to Ruth Gibson for organising our Mass last Sunday morning to mark Youth Sunday; and thank you to all the young people who took part and everyone who supported the Coffee Morning afterwards in the hall in aid of Mary’s Meals.

Book Club
The next meeting on 23 January will discuss Troubles by JG Farrell. In 2010 Sam Jordison in The Guardian called Troubles “a work of genius”, and “one of the best books” of the second half of the twentieth century”.

Sunday 26 November 2017

Youth Sunday
Today we celebrate the gift of young people in our Church and have the opportunity to renew our commitment to encourage and support them. The Directors of the Youth Ministry Trust ask for your support for today’s retiring collection in aid of the work being done for young people in our diocese. Envelopes are available for those who can Gift Aid their donations. Further details about the work of the Trust are on www.ymt.org.uk

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Olivia Isabella Mary Doherty, the first child of Mark and Rachel (married at Holy Name), who is being baptised today.

Book Group
We meet in the Hall on Wednesday at 7pm to review and have a good chat about Rose Tremain’s The Gustav Sonata. You will be most welcome to take part in what is usually a lively discussion.

Amnesty ‘Write for Rights’
Today our Justice and Peace Group invites you to take part in the Amnesty International Campaign to free prisoners of conscience in Turkey. Please take an Appeal Card that already will have been written and addressed, sign it, attach a second class stamp and post. Then Amnesty will forward what they hope will be a Gigantic Postal Drop to the Turkish Minister of Justice, asking for the release of the ISTANBUL10, all Prisoners of  Conscience. Further details are on the notice board at the back of the church where, if you prefer to send your own personal letter to an individual, you will also find details and instructions.

Sharing Fair Sunday
The Sharing Fair Co-operative sells crafts on behalf of women overseas who have been trafficked or are under threat of being trafficked because of extreme poverty. Our Justice and Peace Group will hold a sale of these goods – a variety of unusual handmade gifts and craft items – in the hall next Sunday after morning Mass. Refreshments will be available also.

Confirmation
Congratulations to Joseph Boaden, Julian Gibson and Madeleine Mohon who were Confirmed at our Partnership Confirmation Mass in St Teresa’s Church, Heaton on Wednesday. Please remember them in your prayers.

Young People Survey
For young people aged 10 years and over, please take and complete a short Questionnaire from the back of church about activities and involvement at Mass for young people.  Please place the completed Questionnaire in the box on the table underneath the picture of the smiling Pope Francis.

Holy Name Wine Club
The next tasting will be on Friday at 7pm in the hall and will focus on wines for Christmas. Tickets are on sale, £10 each. Looking ahead, William Ridley will lead a tasting on Spanish wines on 26 January.

Masses at Christmas
With Christmas Day this year being on a Monday, the proposed times of Masses for that weekend are: Saturday 23rd – Vigil Mass 5pm; Sunday 24th – Mass (no choir) 10am; Christmas Eve – Children’s Mass 3pm; Christmas Eve – First Mass of Christmas 6pm (carols from 5.15pm); Christmas Day – Mass 10am.

In thanksgiving for 80 years of YCW in the UK, Mass will be celebrated at St Joseph’s, High West Street, Gateshead on Saturday at 3.30pm. After Mass there will be a time to renew friendships and share memories with refreshments. All are welcome, especially past members.

Reduction in Sunday Masses
With the number of priests steadily declining, the Bishop has decided that, where possible, there should be just one Sunday Mass in each parish in the diocese.

At present there are about 90 active priests serving 156 parishes. Around half of these clergy are over 65 years of age, with many working into their 70s and some even into their 80s. This means that when priests become ill or need a holiday, they have to rely on retired clergy to celebrate Sunday Mass. As the number of active clergy diminishes, those ‘still standing’ are taking on a huge increase in their workload when, normally, it should be getting lighter as they get older. This situation is not sustainable. Hence the Bishop’s decision, which is one of a number of steps to address this problem.

In our Partnership from next Sunday, St Anthony’s, Walker will have one Sunday Mass at 10.30am, celebrated by Fr David Smith who is parish priest also of St Columba’s, Wallsend. From 15/16 December, St Aidan’s, Benton (9.15am), St Mary’s, Forest Hall (10am), and St Teresa’s, Heaton (11am) will have one Sunday Mass each. (St Vincent’s, Walker and St Lawrence’s, Byker already have one Sunday Mass each.) These new times will have the added benefit of allowing priests in our Partnership to supply for each other in emergencies.

On a more positive note, it is to be hoped that uniting Saturday and Sunday congregations for one parish Sunday Mass will strengthen the bonds between parishioners, lead to stronger communities and enable us to work effectively together for what Jesus called the ‘Kingdom’ or ‘Rule of God’.

I hope to have foot surgery in mid-January which will leave me indisposed for at least three months. (Fr Phillip Carroll, a retired priest who celebrated Mass last Sunday morning, will celebrate Mass in my absence.) Consequently, I have proposed to the Bishop that we defer a decision about Mass times at Holy Name until the Spring when a full consultation with the Parish Council, the Finance Committee and our two congregations will be carried out. ~ Fr Michael Campion, Partnership Dean

Sunday 19 November 2017

Baptism
We welcome into the family of the Church baby Isaac Thomas Davies, the first child of Byron and Helen (married at Holy Name), who is being baptised today.

Confirmation
On Wednesday Bishop Cunningham will confer the sacrament of Confirmation on three of our young parishioners – Joseph Boaden, Julian Gibson and Madeleine Mohon – at the Partnership Confirmation Mass in St Teresa’s Church, Heaton at 7pm. Please remember them in your prayers.

Book Launch
Keith Jewitt, a member of our Poetry Group, will launch his new book In a Magpie’s Eye: the Jesmond Year in Haiku at the Jesmond Library tomorrow, Monday, at 6.30pm. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be available.

Partnership News
At the Away Day last Saturday for our Partnership  representatives (comprising eight parishes), Mrs Julia Firbank of St Aidan’s, Benton, was elected Chair of the Partnership Development Group. Previously, she had been Chair of the Diocesan Council of the Laity. Mrs Rachael Blackburn, representing St Mary’s School, was elected Vice-Chair. For the next 18 months the members decided to concentrate on working together to improve Mission (sharing our faith), Prayer & Spirituality and Good Liturgy in our parishes.

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

Holy Name Wine Club
The next tasting will be on Friday 1 December at 7pm and will focus on wines for Christmas. Tickets are on sale, £10 each, with a limited number at £5 for non-imbibers. Looking ahead, William Ridley will lead a tasting on Spanish wines on 26 January.

Youth Sunday (1)
From Ruth Gibson: For our Youth Sunday Mass next Sunday at 10am, please let me know if your child would like to take part in any of the following in the Mass: reading, making and reading a bidding prayer, welcoming, baking cakes for selling after the Mass, selling cakes afterwards and helping with the raffle after Mass.  If anyone would like to provide a small raffle prize on the day (aimed at children) this would be very much appreciated. If you can help, please call me on 07943 710345.

Youth Sunday (2)
Bishop Cunningham and the directors of the Youth Ministry Trust ask for your support for next Sunday’s retiring collection in aid of the Youth Ministry work being done in our diocese. Envelopes will be available for those who can Gift Aid their donations.

The Holy Name Film Club
From Martin Wheeler: On Friday at 7pm in the hall (Towers Avenue) we will be showing the neo-noir crime thriller Klute (1971), directed by Alan J Pakula and starring Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Roy Scheider. Sutherland is a detective searching in New York for a missing businessman, but it is Fonda in the role of the high-class prostitute Bree Daniels – surely one of the pinnacles of her career – who absolutely dominates the film in a towering, Oscar-winning, multi-faceted performance, mesmerising to watch and utterly, utterly human. It is a story of alienation, paranoia and repression, a classic of the period that is a masterclass in film making and not to be missed. (Contains scenes of a sexual nature.)

Welcome
We offer a warm welcome to Monsignor Philip Carroll who is celebrating the Masses at Holy Name today. Fr Campion is doing likewise at St Anthony’s Church in Walker.

Housebound Parishioners
It is a tradition at Holy Name to give gifts at Christmas and Easter to housebound parishioners so that they know they are still an important part of our community. There is a collection basket at the back of church today for anyone wishing to contribute to this.

Give a Lift?
We still need a volunteer or two to join a rota for proving a lift to Sunday morning Mass for a longstanding parishioner who lives in Spital Tongues. Please contact Avril O’Reilly on 07973 790169 if you wish to help.

Amnesty ‘Write for Rights’
Next Sunday our Justice and Peace Group invites you to take part in the Amnesty International Campaign to free prisoners of conscience in Turkey. Please take an Appeal Card that already will have been written and addressed, sign it, attach a second class stamp and post. Then Amnesty will forward what they hope will be a Gigantic Postal Drop to the Turkish Minister of Justice, asking for the release of the ISTANBUL 10, all Prisoners of  Conscience. Further details are on the notice board at the back of the church where, if you prefer to send your own personal letter to an individual, you will also find details and instructions.

Book Group
The choice of novel for the next meeting on 29 November in the Hall at 7pm is Rose Tremain’s The Gustav Sonata. You will be most welcome to join.Epitaph for a dead waiter: God finally caught his eye.~ S Kaufman (1888-1961), comic playwright

Sunday 12 November 2017

 Christmas Cards Sunday
A selection of Christmas cards is on sale in the hall after morning Mass today. You will be very welcome also to enjoy a glass of sherry, a hot drink, stollen or mince pie.

Refugee Service
Thank you to everyone who last Sunday contributed 99 packets of biscuits, a few other items of food, a large amount of clothing and a small amount of cosmetics as well as cash donations of £99.

Quiet Prayer
An hour’s quiet prayer (and a cup of tea) is on offer at 50 Bemersyde Drive NE2 2HJ on Tuesday at 7pm. All are welcome.  For further details, please contact Ruth Gibson on 07943 710345

Poetry Group
The theme for Wednesday’s meeting at 7pm in the hall is The Ancient World. You will be most welcome to join our friendly group.

Eucharistic Ministers
We need one more person to join the new four weeks’ rota. If you wish to join this ministry, please contact Fr Campion. Training will be provided.

Clergy Moves
Fr Martin Morris is moving from St Teresa’s, Heaton and St Aidan’s, Benton at the end of the month to become parish priest of St John Vianney’s, West Denton. He will be replaced by Fr Mariadass OCD who also will have responsibility as Chaplain for the Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary. We welcome Fr Mariadass to our Partnership and wish him every blessing in his ministry.

Dementia Action Alliance Activities
From Annette Hames: Every Thursday we have a free Mobilise & Socialise session at the Holy Name Church Hall on Towers Avenue from 10.15 to 11.45 pm. No experience or special clothes are needed, just come as you are. Family members and carers are welcome and refreshments served. We also have a free Singing Group session at St George’s Church Hall on Osborne Road every Friday from 11am to 12 noon. No experience is required, just a desire to have fun and enjoy singing popular songs in good company. Family members and carers are welcome. For more information about our dementia friendly singing and movement groups, please contact (0191) 281 8255 or email us at dementiafriendlyjes@gmail.com

Counting Team
We need just one more person to join the rota. If you are willing to help – once every few weeks – please contact Fr Campion or Barbara Cooper in the Parish Office, telephone on (0191) 281 0940 or email at  welcome@holynamejesmond.co.uk

Book Group
The choice of novel for the next meeting on 29 November is Rose Tremain’s ‘The Gustav Sonata’.
Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem only a distant echo. An only child, he lives alone with Emilie, the mother he adores but who treats him with bitter severity. He begins an intense friendship with a Jewish boy his age, talented and mercurial Anton Zweibel, a budding concert pianist. The novel follows Gustav’s family, tracing the roots of his mother’s anti-Semitism and its impact on her son and his beloved friend. Moving backward to the war years and the painful repercussions of an act of conscience, and forward through the lives and careers of the two men, one who becomes a hotel owner, the other a concert pianist, The Gustav Sonata explores the passionate love of childhood friendship as it is lost, transformed, and regained over a lifetime. It is a powerful and deeply moving addition to the beloved oeuvre of one of our greatest contemporary novelists. (Google Books)

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

Youth Sunday
From Ruth Gibson: For our Youth Sunday Mass on 26 November at 10am, please let me know if your child would like to take part in any of the following on Youth Sunday: reading, making and reading a bidding prayer, welcoming, baking cakes for selling after the Mass, selling cakes afterwards and helping with the raffle after Mass.  If anyone would like to provide a small raffle prize on the day (aimed at children) this would be very much appreciated. If anyone can help, please call me on 07943 710345.

Banking Team
Every week a volunteer from our parish takes the Sunday collections to the bank. We need a few more volunteers to form a five weeks’ rota. If you are willing to help, please contact Fr Campion or Barbara Cooper in the Parish Office

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.

My Funeral
More copies of Instructions for My Funeral are at the back of church. These enable you to leave written instructions for how and where you wish to have your funeral conducted

Holy Name Wine Club
The next tasting will be on Friday 1 December at 7pm and will focus on wines for Christmas. Tickets are on sale today, priced at £10, with a limited number at £5 for non-imbibers. Looking ahead, William Ridley will lead a tasting on Spanish wines on Friday January 26.

Beer is made by men, wine by God. ~ Martin Luther

 

Sunday 5 November 2017

Eucharistic Ministers
We need one more person to join the new four weeks’ rota. If you wish to join this ministry, please contact Fr Campion. Training will be provided.

Sunday Refreshments
From Madeleine Hardy: Coffee and other refreshments in the hall after Sunday morning Mass provide a much appreciated opportunity to meet with others in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.  If you are able to help with serving coffee etc, please contact me or Fr Michael.  Your help would be gratefully received.

Counting Team
We are short of just one person to join the rota. Please contact Fr Campion or Barbara Cooper in the Parish Office if you are willing to help.

Banking Team
Every week a volunteer from our parish takes the Sunday collections to the bank. We need a few more volunteers to form a five weeks’ rota. If you are willing to help, please contact Fr Campion or Barbara Cooper in the Parish Office

Student Welcome
Jesmond Library is holding a welcome for students on Wednesday from 5.30 – 7.30pm. Do we have a member of the congregation who would be happy to represent Holy Name at the event?

Irene MacLeod
We offer our condolences to Lynn Dresser on the death of her mother, Irene, whose Funeral takes place in Sunderland on Tuesday. Requiescat in pace.

Directional Sign
The Traffic Management Department of Newcastle City Council has agreed to install a directional sign for Holy Name Church at the junction of Osborne Road and North Jesmond Avenue. Once again, thank you to everybody who made donations to cover the considerable costs associated with this.

Biscuits
Thank you to everyone taking biscuits to church today for the Diocesan Refugee Service. Donations of cash may be made for the Service’s emergency fund.

Poetry and Book Groups
The theme for the Poetry Group meeting on Wednesday 15 November is The Ancient World. The choice of novel for the Book Group on 29 November is Rose Tremain’s The Gustav Sonata.

Partnership News
From Fr Campion: On Saturday our Partnership Development and Finance Groups will be take part in an ‘Away Day’ at St Mary’s School. Our aim is to develop a shared vision for what a successful Partnership will be and to start generating plans and actions to bring that vision to life. It is quite a challenge for us to move from thinking solely in terms of our parishes to ‘thinking Partnership’, and finding ways for our eight parishes to work effectively together. Your prayers for success will be greatly appreciated.

Offer 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 able and willing to help, please contact Avril O’Reilly on 07973 790169 or email avril.oreilly94@googlemail.com

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

Holy Name Wine Club
The next tasting will be on Friday 1 December at 7pm and will focus on wines for Christmas. Tickets are on sale today, priced at £10, with a limited number at £5 for non-imbibers. Looking ahead, William Ridley will lead a tasting on Spanish wines on Friday January 26.

The Holy Name Film Club
On Friday 24 November we will be showing the neo-noir crime thriller Klute (1971), directed by Alan J Pakula and starring Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Roy Scheider. Sutherland is a detective searching in New York for a missing businessman, but it is Fonda in the role of the high-class prostitute Bree Daniels – surely one of the pinnacles of her career – who absolutely dominates the film in a towering, Oscar-winning, multi-faceted performance, mesmerising to watch and utterly, utterly human. It is a story of alienation, paranoia and repression, a classic of the period that is a masterclass in film making and not to be missed. (Contains scenes of a sexual nature.)

Christmas Cards Sunday
A selection of Christmas cards will be on sale in the hall after morning Mass next Sunday. You will be very welcome as well to enjoy a glass of sherry, a hot drink, stollen or mince pie.

Who Am I?
A zoo has a mountain gorilla who’s been trained to read and communicate. One morning a zoo worker finds the gorilla with a Bible in one hand and a book on evolution in the other, angrily waving them. He asks the gorilla “What are you doing?” The gorilla responds, gesturing angrily at the books, “I can’t figure out if I’m my brother’s keeper or my keeper’s brother!”

The Last Word
The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost. ~ G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Sunday 29 October 2017

Holyday
On Wednesday, the feast of All Souls, Catholics are invited to take part in Mass to honour all the saints of heaven – known and unknown to us – whose lives have been examples of faith and love throughout the ages. We honour in particular those saints who are not individually recognised throughout the year. Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 7pm (vigil) and on Wednesday at 10am.

Eucharistic Ministers
From Fr Campion: I’d be grateful if all our Eucharistic Ministers would attend a short meeting in church on Tuesday at 6.15pm.

Quiet Prayer
You are welcome to take part in an hour of quiet prayer on Tuesday from 7 to 8pm at 50 Bemersyde Drive, Jesmond.  You may telephone Ruth Gibson on 07943 710345 for further information.

All Souls’ Day
In Mass at 10am on Wednesday we pray for our dead relatives and friends who have gone to God before us. We pray especially that they may be raised with Christ to live in God’s loving presence.

Biscuits
Please remember to take biscuits to church next Sunday for the Diocesan Refugee Service. Donations of cash may be made for the Service’s emergency fund.

Poetry and Book Groups
The theme for the Poetry Group meeting on Wednesday 15 November is The Ancient World. The choice of novel for the Book Group on 29 November is Rose Tremain’s The Gustav Sonata.

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

Red Boxes
From Paul Lee: If you have a red box for supporting the work of the APF-Mill Hill Missionaries, it would be appreciated if you would take your box to Church next Sunday. In the following days the money you have kindly given will be banked and the boxes returned to you.  Please check that your name is on the label attached to the base of your box.  If you wish to hand in your box at a different time and/or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on (0191) 281 6833.

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.

Theatre Group
From Mary Curtis and Madeleine Hardy: Unfortunately, one page of the Theatre Club’s sign-up sheet has gone missing from the back of church. If you had already signed it (just for the Theatre Royal), please sign again on the replacement copy. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Sunday Refreshments
From Madeleine Hardy: Coffee and other refreshments in the hall after Sunday morning Mass provide a much appreciated opportunity to meet with others in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.  If you are able to help with serving coffee etc, please contact me or Fr Michael.  Your help would be gratefully received.

Holy Name Wine Club
The next tasting will be on Friday 1 December at 7pm and will focus on wines for Christmas. Tickets will be available from next Sunday, priced at £10, with a limited number at £5 for non-imbibers. Looking ahead, William Ridley will  lead a tasting on Spanish wines on Friday January 26.

Brenda Currer RIP
We offer our condolences to the family of Brenda, wife of the late Norman and formerly of Towers Avenue, who died on Thursday. Requiescat in pace.

The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. ~ Pope Francis

A Church without Priests?
On Thursday night Holy Name hosted over 200 people from all parts of the diocese to hear Professor Werner Jeanrond, Master of St Benet’s Hall at Oxford University, give a powerful and challenging lecture on the need for new forms of leadership in the Catholic Church. In due course his text will be posted on the parish website.

Tyne & Wear Citizens
From Sara Bryson, Community Organiser: On Tuesday 7 November communities from across Tyne & Wear will come together to the Tyne Theatre & Opera House at 6.00pm to launch Tyne & Wear Citizens. This diverse alliance of faith communities, residents groups, schools, colleges, universities, and charities has been built to take action for the common good of the region. Over the last nine months we have used Community Organising to listen, build relationships, identify injustices facing our people and launch campaigns to tackle some of our regions problems. Our Launch Assembly is an opportunity to celebrate this work, seek public commitments from decision makers and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to play their part in making Tyne & Wear a better place for us all. At this historic event we will commit to peace, participation and reweaving the fabric of civil society. Amidst celebration, powerful stories and pledges of hard work, the foundations will be laid for a new wave of action for social justice. Doors open at 17.30pm with a prompt start at 6pm.

Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network
Each month Pope Francis has a main prayer intention for people to use as part of their daily prayer. He also announces an “urgent intention” for people’s prayer. A short video, based on the main intention, is published each month and known as ‘The Pope Video’. These videos can be viewed on the YouTube channel.

From a parishioner: The Church’s spirit of inclusivity plus the practical way the parish is being built up through social activities is truly remarkable.

Sunday 22 October 2017

Counting Team
Thanks to everyone who has volunteered.  We now have the basis of six teams which should make life a whole lot easier for everyone. Training will take place on Tuesday 14 November at 6.30pm for one hour.  Meet in the Church.

Book Club
From Tessa Burton Roberts: The next meeting is on Wednesday 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.

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

Confirmation
Please remember in your prayer Joseph Boaden, Julian Gibson and Madeleine Mohon who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation to be celebrated in our Partnership on 22 November at St Teresa’s Church in Heaton.

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

Children’s Liturgy
There will be no liturgy – during half-term – on Sundays 22 and 29 October.

A Church without Priests?
Professor Werner Jeanrond, Master of St Benet’s Hall at Oxford University – the first lay person to hold this post – will give a lecture here at Holy Name on Thursday 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?

Retiring Collection
Today is World Mission Sunday. Pope Francis invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his official charity for overseas mission. Our prayers and donations today will support missionaries in helping people in South Sudan, regardless of background or belief.

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.

Partnership Matters
From Tony Sacco: The latest edition of the news update on Partnerships is now available on the front page of the diocesan website www.rcdhn.org.uk. It includes information on Developing Discipleship, Communications and a feature from the Blackfriars Partnership.  Contributions of news items from Partnerships are always welcome.

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.

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.

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 by the 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!)

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.