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Last Updated: Saturday, 20 January 2018 13:42

 

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Sunday 21 January 2018 - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“Follow me.”
 

 

 

Lots of motives and events influence people who switch their path in life for a new one. In today’s Gospel we hear of four fishermen – Simon, Andrew, James and John – who dropped their fishing nets when Jesus called them to follow him. They left behind their daily routine at the Sea of Galilee as soon as they heard the call to a new life. God has a way of showing up in the ordinary places of life and interrupting the daily routines. This was also the experience of Jonah in today’s first reading, who was sent on a mission by God to the city of Nineveh. When these men accepted the invitation, their lives were different for ever. God’s call led them into an uncertain but inspirational future. Whatever your life is, however you spend your time, whatever circumstances affect normal living, there is in that life Jesus’ call to “Follow me”. It is the call to participate in God’s saving work and the building up of the kingdom of God. That work is always about moving to a larger vision, orienting life in a new direction and experiencing that our own story of life is connected to a much larger story of life, God’s life. It happens in the casting and mending of nets. It happens in the context of our everyday activities: work, school, families, paying the bills, running errands, fixing dinner, relationships and trying to do the right thing. These are the times and places Jesus shows up and calls us into a new way of being, and our world changes.

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

STUDENT
We welcome Luke Wilkinson, a seminarian training for the Priesthood, who will be staying with us for the next 2 and a half weeks. Please make him feel at home in our Parish, and keep him in your prayers.

FURNITURE NEEDED
Thank you to those who have recently supported one of our families in the parish with various things to equip a home. If there is anyone with some unwanted wardrobes going spare, please get in touch with either Fr Simon or Rachel in the Office. Many thanks in advance.

SOCIAL GROUP
Thanks to all who attended the Cheese and Wine evening! There are photographs of the event on the ‘Social Group’ Noticeboard.
Next meeting is Wednesday 24th January at 7pm in the meeting room. We need ideas for events or trips you would like to go on. Think big, and add them to the list on the noticeboard for discussion at the meeting.

CHRISTMAS CANDLES & TREE LIGHTS
Every year we share the funds raised from the Christmas Candles and Tree Lights between local and international charities. Please add the name of any charity you would like to nominate for consideration to the list on the noticeboard by Wednesday 24th January. If you have any information about the Charity, please place it in the envelope. All parishioners will have the opportunity to decide how the funds are shared.

OPPORTUNITY FOR LOW COST RETREAT ON HOLY ISLAND, 12 - 18 FEBRUARY 2018
Would you, someone you work with, or someone in your parish or partnership benefit from a retreat but cannot make one because of cost? The Retreat Association has partnered up with Marygate Retreat centre to offer a retreat on Lindisfarne - Holy Island for those on low or restricted income. The retreat will be led by the Bishop of Salford, Bishop John Arnold, who was Bishop of Lindisfarne 2006 - 2014. There are up to 17 places available. Bishop John will be leading the retreat which gives an introduction to retreats and prayer and draws on the history and heritage of the North East. The normal cost of this retreat would be £315 per person but places will be offered with up to 50% discount on an application basis.
If you know someone who may be interested in applying for a place, please contact the Retreats Association (email@retreats.org.uk) for an application form. (Please note that the maximum income level quoted on the form has now been set aside – the RA realised they had set it too low!) Help with transport from Berwick station would usually be available. Applications close on 24 January 2018.
 

ECUMENICAL SERVICE FOR WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
SUNDAY 21 JANUARY AT 4PM, ST. BEDE'S CHURCH

This will be an opportunity to join with our friends from Churches Together in Benwell, Denton Burn and Scotswood to pray together and reflect on the many issues being addressed by the churches of the Caribbean including abuses of human rights, trafficking and modern day slavery.

 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 

RC CHAPLAIN POST AT HMP DURHAM
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A Chaplaincy job in an establishment which provides pastoral and faith specific care to prisoners and staff. The minimum qualification for this post is normally the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies.
- 37 hour working week - this role requires working regular unsocial hours
- Salary: £25,920 - £29,176
- Closing date for application is 30th January 2018.
Further details can be found at: https://justicejobs.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-2/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/3/opp/15634-15634-Roman-Catholic-Ordained-Priest-Roman-Catholic-Ordained-Deacon-Brother-Sister-Lay-Person/en-GB

PEACE SUNDAY (21ST JANUARY)


INTERNATIONAL PEACE PRAYER
Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.
Peace, peace, peace.


 

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GOING INTO HOSPITAL?
All calls for the Newcastle Hospitals can be made to St Andrew's Church, Worswick Street, 0191 232 1892

 

 

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Sunday 14 January 2018 - 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“Come and see.”
 

 

 

Today’s readings give us two vocation stories. The first concerns a young boy called Samuel, who lived in the ancient Hebrew temple at Shiloh. One night he heard a voice calling his name. Assuming it was the old priest Eli, he went to him, only to be told to go back to bed because Eli certainly hadn’t called him. The same thing happened twice more, and Eli realised that it was God who was doing the calling; he advised young Samuel that if he heard the voice again he should respond: “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” Samuel did as he was told, and the outcome was that he “grew up and the Lord was with him and let no word of his fall to the ground”. It seems that Samuel continued listening for God’s word and was always ready to follow it. He became a great leader of God’s people. The second vocation story is in the Gospel, and concerns two of John the Baptist’s disciples. One day, as Jesus passes by, John says: “Look, there is the lamb of God.” The disciples begin following Jesus. He turns and asks: “What do you want?” Perhaps taken by surprise, they answer rather vaguely: “Rabbi… where do you live?” But in John’s Gospel words like “live” or “stay” or “dwell” often have a deeper meaning; they are asking: where do we meet you, where do we encounter you, how do we get to know you? Jesus’ answer is simple: “Come and see.” They respond to his invitation; they stay with him all that day; they become his friends for life.

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

FURNITURE NEEDED
Thank you to those who have recently supported one of our families in the parish with various things to equip a home. If there is anyone with some unwanted wardrobes going spare, please get in touch with either Fr Simon or Rachel in the Office. Many thanks in advance.

SOCIAL GROUP
Thanks to all who attended the Cheese and Wine evening! There are photographs of the event on the ‘Social Group’ Noticeboard.
Next meeting is Wednesday 24th January at 7pm in the meeting room. We need ideas for events or trips you would like to go on. Think big, and add them to the list on the noticeboard for discussion at the meeting.

CHRISTMAS CANDLES & TREE LIGHTS
Every year we share the funds raised from the Christmas Candles and Tree Lights between local and international charities. Please add the name of any charity you would like to nominate for consideration to the list on the noticeboard by Wednesday 24th January. If you have any information about the Charity, please place it in the envelope. All parishioners will have the opportunity to decide how the funds are shared.

MENTAL WELLBEING SUPPORT
New Peer Support Group for anyone facing depression or similar mental health concerns in Whitley Bay, every Wednesday evening, 7 – 8.30pm, at The Whitley Bay Big Local, 503 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2HU. Hosted by PeerTalk, a charity underpinned by the Methodist Church, it offers a friendly and confidential space to share and be heard. No need to book, just come along. Starts on Wed 6th Dec and weekly thereafter. More info at www.peertalk.org.uk/index.php/support-groups

 

CATHOLIC EDUCATION
Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit the below to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools. http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Featured/Safeguard-the-future-of-Catholic-education2

ST. JOSEPH’S CHOIR/SINGING CLUB – HELP NEEDED!
St. Joseph’s are looking for volunteers to come into school and help the children with their singing. They currently do not have anyone available to lead the choir and the children are really missing out. If you feel you could help, even just for an hour a week, it would be very much appreciated. Contact the school on 0191 2739063

 

MINI VINNIES ‘KNIT AND NATTER’ CLUB
Every Thursday from 3:15pm until 4:30pm the Mini Vinnies of St Bede’s Primary School will be hosting their ‘Knit and Natter’ after school club. They are looking for parishioners to come in and pass on their knitting skills to the children (and staff!)
If you have any knitting needles or wool that is surplus to requirement, the club will put them to good use, and perhaps knit something for a good cause or charity. Meetings will be held in the Year 2 classroom. Hope to see you there!

 

WISH CAMPAIGN
The Wish Campaign ended on Saturday 6th January. If anyone collected the tokens on behalf of the school, we would be grateful if all tokens could please be placed in the see-through pocket at the back of church on or before Sunday 21st January. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and we will let everyone know how many tokens were collected and how much money raised for the school. Pauline & Roisin (Healy-O'Donnell School of Irish Dancing).


 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 

CONSULTATION ON ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE 2019/20
- Where changes to admission arrangements are intended, all schools are required to consult before these are determined and published.
- The policy for consultation for 2019-20 is available at http://www.sacredheart-high.org/admissions.
- The consultation will run from 4 December 2017 – 22 January 2018.
- A consultation response form is available by request from the school.
- The governing body will consider all comments received before they determine the arrangements for 2019-20.


 

Information

GOING INTO HOSPITAL?
All calls for the Newcastle Hospitals can be made to St Andrew's Church, Worswick Street, 0191 232 1892

 

 

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Sunday 7 January 2018 - The Epiphany of the Lord [B]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“The sight of the star filled them with delight.”
 

 

 

We need not think of the pagans and worshippers of other gods in the Graeco-Roman world of Jesus’ time as living in total darkness; and the same is true today. The Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen gentium, speaks of how members of other faiths are part of God’s plan of salvation, and also says, “Nor is God remote from those who in shadows and images seek the unknown God, since he gives to everyone life and breath” (LG 16). The magi went off in search of a greater light, the uncreated light and very source of light. Their reading of the stars succeeded on this occasion, led by God. Yet when they reached their destination, the magi left behind their worship of the stars, and fell down to worship the one who made the stars and sun and life itself. Matthew had his reasons for describing, so near to the beginning of his Gospel, the coming of these magi from pagan or Gentile lands. For at the end of the Gospel he tells us of Jesus sending out the apostles to the Gentile lands, instructing them to “Go… make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you.” The magi from the east represented all these Gentile nations coming to Christ, and the homage of their kings and people, as the light of the Gospel began to spread all over the world. Magicians they may have been when they went in search of Christ, but wise men they were when they returned home; wise enough not to go back to Herod, after being warned in a dream. Full of excitement and joy at what they had seen, they went back and shared their story.

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

SOCIAL GROUP
Thanks to all who attended the Cheese and Wine evening! There are photographs of the event on the ‘Social Group’ Noticeboard.
Next meeting is Wednesday 24th January at 7pm in the meeting room. We need ideas for events or trips you would like to go on. Think big, and add them to the list on the noticeboard for discussion at the meeting.

CHRISTMAS CANDLES & TREE LIGHTS
Every year we share the funds raised from the Christmas Candles and Tree Lights between local and international charities. Please add the name of any charity you would like to nominate for consideration to the list on the noticeboard by Wednesday 24th January. If you have any information about the Charity, please place it in the envelope. All parishioners will have the opportunity to decide how the funds are shared.

MENTAL WELLBEING SUPPORT
New Peer Support Group for anyone facing depression or similar mental health concerns in Whitley Bay, every Wednesday evening, 7 – 8.30pm, at The Whitley Bay Big Local, 503 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2HU. Hosted by PeerTalk, a charity underpinned by the Methodist Church, it offers a friendly and confidential space to share and be heard. No need to book, just come along. Starts on Wed 6th Dec and weekly thereafter. More info at www.peertalk.org.uk/index.php/support-groups

 

CATHOLIC EDUCATION
Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit the below to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools. http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Featured/Safeguard-the-future-of-Catholic-education2

ST. JOSEPH’S CHOIR/SINGING CLUB – HELP NEEDED!
St. Joseph’s are looking for volunteers to come into school and help the children with their singing. They currently do not have anyone available to lead the choir and the children are really missing out. If you feel you could help, even just for an hour a week, it would be very much appreciated. Contact the school on 0191 2739063

 

MINI VINNIES ‘KNIT AND NATTER’ CLUB
Every Thursday from 3:15pm until 4:30pm the Mini Vinnies of St Bede’s Primary School will be hosting their ‘Knit and Natter’ after school club. They are looking for parishioners to come in and pass on their knitting skills to the children (and staff!)
If you have any knitting needles or wool that is surplus to requirement, the club will put them to good use, and perhaps knit something for a good cause or charity. Meetings will be held in the Year 2 classroom. Hope to see you there!
 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 

CONSULTATION ON ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE 2019/20
- Where changes to admission arrangements are intended, all schools are required to consult before these are determined and published.
- The policy for consultation for 2019-20 is available at http://www.sacredheart-high.org/admissions.
- The consultation will run from 4 December 2017 – 22 January 2018.
- A consultation response form is available by request from the school.
- The governing body will consider all comments received before they determine the arrangements for 2019-20.


 

Information

GOING INTO HOSPITAL?
All calls for the Newcastle Hospitals can be made to St Andrew's Church, Worswick Street, 0191 232 1892

 

PARTNERSHIP NEWS


BLACKFRIARS:
The partnership development group has continued to make good progress under the leadership of Fr. Shaun O’Neill. Since our workshop in July the groups have met on several occasions to develop ideas for working together and sharing tasks to streamline the work in the parishes. Ultimately, we want to relieve the burden on our Priests to allow them to pursue their ordained duties and responsibilities. Our aim is to present the ideas to our partnership of priests for discussion and refinement later this year.


 

 

 

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Sunday 24 December 2017 - 4th Sunday of Advent [B]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“The Word was made fresh, he lived among us.”
 

 

 

For the prophet Isaiah, the glad sound of the herald's feet approaching to bring good news of peace and happiness announces that God has returned to console and redeem God's people. Throughout their history, God's chosen people, Israel, were at times cheered, at times challenged by the sound of the prophet's voice. They say, however, that actions speak louder than words, and
today we hear God's word in action: "the Word was made flesh, he lived among us". People who live near a railway or an airport may become so accustomed to the noise that they hardly hear it. They are able to shut it out of their consciousness. Over the generations of human history, our eyes and ears have become insensitive to the sight and sound of God acting and speaking in our world. We live among such beauty, yet we often take it all for granted and complain when it is too wet or too hot. We experience the joy of loving relationships and yet we are forever finding fault with each other. Throughout all these generations, there has been a constant word from God through the prophets. They announced God's way as the true and only way to find the happiness and fulfilment for which we long. In the end, God's final word of love has been spoken, the eternal expression of God's love before anything even existed; this same word, uttered by God, brought about the whole of creation. That same "Word was made
flesh, he lived among us". Jesus, born of Mary in a stable in Bethlehem, is the Word made flesh.
 

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

POINSETTIAS
Each Christmas we try to decorate the Church with Poinsettias. To do this we need your help. If you would like to donate a Poinsettia for the Sanctuary (perhaps in memory of a loved one) then they can be dropped off after a weekday Mass or at the Masses next weekend.


MENTAL WELLBEING SUPPORT
New Peer Support Group for anyone facing depression or similar mental health concerns in Whitley Bay, every Wednesday evening, 7 – 8.30pm, at The Whitley Bay Big Local, 503 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2HU. Hosted by PeerTalk, a charity underpinned by the Methodist Church, it offers a friendly and confidential space to share and be heard. No need to book, just come along. Starts on Wed 6th Dec and weekly thereafter. More info at www.peertalk.org.uk/index.php/support-groups

 

PARTNERSHIP NEWS


BLACKFRIARS:
The partnership development group has continued to make good progress under the leadership of Fr. Shaun O’Neill. Since our workshop in July the groups have met on several occasions to develop ideas for working together and sharing tasks to streamline the work in the parishes. Ultimately, we want to relieve the burden on our Priests to allow them to pursue their ordained duties and responsibilities. Our aim is to present the ideas to our partnership of priests for discussion and refinement later this year.

 
NEWSLETTER:
The latest edition of the bi-monthly Partnership Matters news update is now available on the front page of the diocesan website (www.rcdhn.org.uk). It includes items on engaging young people in partnerships, being a welcoming community and feedback from a recent meeting of partnership chairs and much more. Contributions of news items from Partnerships are always welcome.
 



 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 

CONSULTATION ON ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE 2019/20
- Where changes to admission arrangements are intended, all schools are required to consult before these are determined and published.
- The policy for consultation for 2019-20 is available at http://www.sacredheart-high.org/admissions.
- The consultation will run from 4 December 2017 – 22 January 2018.
- A consultation response form is available by request from the school.
- The governing body will consider all comments received before they determine the arrangements for 2019-20.


 

Information

GOING INTO HOSPITAL?
All calls for the Newcastle Hospitals can be made to St Andrew's Church, Worswick Street, 0191 232 1892

 

 

 

 

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Sunday 17 December 2017 - 3rd Sunday of Advent [B]

Parish Bulletin

 
 

“He was not the light, only a witness to speak for the light.”
 

 

 

In sacred history the role of the intermediary is generally positive. Abraham and Moses are shown as interceding on behalf of the people. The prophets classically act as middle men, delivering God’s message to the people, and speaking on behalf of the people to God. In Exodus, God institutes the Aaronic priesthood to act as a permanent body of intermediaries, and the liturgy itself is a way of mediating God’s holiness. These two great roles, the prophetic and the priestly, are brought together in John the Baptist. He behaves as one of the classical prophets. That is why he is asked if he is Elijah, or “the Prophet”. But he is also one of the last generations of the Aaronic priesthood, his father being Zechariah, a priest, and the priesthood being hereditary. So John is a complex figure, with a complex message. One of the reasons his message is complex is because he is announcing someone who is both yet another intermediary, and who is also the other party, so to speak, in the relationship. Christ is both fully human, so he can be our intermediary, and he is fully divine, the one who receives the intercession. John speaks about these two aspects of Jesus symbolically. Jesus’ humanity is represented by the sandal-strap that John speaks of. Jesus fully takes on our humanity, right down to the soles of his feet. But he also stands among them as one “unknown to you”. This stands for the complete otherness of his divinity.

The Living Word


           

 

 

PARISH EVENTS

POINSETTIAS
Each Christmas we try to decorate the Church with Poinsettias. To do this we need your help. If you would like to donate a Poinsettia for the Sanctuary (perhaps in memory of a loved one) then they can be dropped off after a weekday Mass or at the Masses next weekend.


ST. JOSEPH’S PRIMARY CHRISTMAS FAYRE
On Wednesday 20th December at 3pm St. Joseph’s Primary School will be holding their Christmas Fayre. Money raised at the event will go towards a new Outdoor Shelter. The PTA are hoping to raffle off prizes at the fayre, but for this to happen they are asking for donations from local people and businesses. If you want to help, there will be a box located at the back of St. Bede’s Church with a poster on.

ST. JOSEPH’S CHOIR/SINGING CLUB – HELP NEEDED!
St. Joseph’s are looking for volunteers to come into school and help the children with their singing. They currently do not have anyone available to lead the choir and the children are really missing out. If you feel you could help, even just for an hour a week, it would be very much appreciated. Contact the school on 0191 2739063.

OFFERTORY PROCESSION ROTA
There is an updated version of the rota for people to take from the back of Church, please disregard the previous version. Names are highlighted to avoid confusion.

CHRISTMAS CANDLES/TREE LIGHTS
Forms for the Christmas Candles and Christmas Tree Lights are available at the back of Church. All forms must be returned by the weekend of 16/17th December.

MENTAL WELLBEING SUPPORT
New Peer Support Group for anyone facing depression or similar mental health concerns in Whitley Bay, every Wednesday evening, 7 – 8.30pm, at The Whitley Bay Big Local, 503 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2HU. Hosted by PeerTalk, a charity underpinned by the Methodist Church, it offers a friendly and confidential space to share and be heard. No need to book, just come along. Starts on Wed 6th Dec and weekly thereafter. More info at www.peertalk.org.uk/index.php/support-groups

 

PARTNERSHIP NEWS


BLACKFRIARS:
The partnership development group has continued to make good progress under the leadership of Fr. Shaun O’Neill. Since our workshop in July the groups have met on several occasions to develop ideas for working together and sharing tasks to streamline the work in the parishes. Ultimately, we want to relieve the burden on our Priests to allow them to pursue their ordained duties and responsibilities. Our aim is to present the ideas to our partnership of priests for discussion and refinement later this year.

 
NEWSLETTER:
The latest edition of the bi-monthly Partnership Matters news update is now available on the front page of the diocesan website (www.rcdhn.org.uk). It includes items on engaging young people in partnerships, being a welcoming community and feedback from a recent meeting of partnership chairs and much more. Contributions of news items from Partnerships are always welcome.
 



 

DIOCESAN EVENTS

 

CONSULTATION ON ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE 2019/20
- Where changes to admission arrangements are intended, all schools are required to consult before these are determined and published.
- The policy for consultation for 2019-20 is available at http://www.sacredheart-high.org/admissions.
- The consultation will run from 4 December 2017 – 22 January 2018.
- A consultation response form is available by request from the school.
- The governing body will consider all comments received before they determine the arrangements for 2019-20.


 

Information

GOING INTO HOSPITAL?
All calls for the Newcastle Hospitals can be made to St Andrew's Church, Worswick Street, 0191 232 1892

 

 

 

 

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