30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
28th / 29th October 2017
Services during the week
Monday – Word & Communion 10am
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday --10am Holy Mass
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
is available after the 10am Mass Tuesday to Friday in the side Chapel and on request.
Feast of All Saints
Wednesday 1st November is the Feast of All Saints
and is a Holyday of Obligation. Mass Times are as follows:-
St Agnes, Rothbury—Vigil Mass time to be confirmed
St Paul’s, Alnwick—10am
Special Collection this Weekend
for the Clergy Training Fund. Collection will remain open
and contributions invited until 26th November. Thank You.
Christmas Shoe Box Appeal
It’s time to launch the Christmas Shoebox Appeal.
The resources are late arriving due to delivery problems.
However, the boxes need to be ready for Sunday 19th November
so the children get them in time for Christmas.
The suggested donation to cover postage has increased to £5 this year.
Abbeyfield House Christmas Fair
The Oaks Roundabout, Alnwick, NE66 2NZ.
Saturday 4th November.
Refreshments, Stalls, Raffle.
Come and join us!
to tidy the front of the Church grounds in preparation for the Remembrance Day Service.
Come with gloves and suitable clothing
Rock Solid Alnwick Light Party
2nd November at St Jame’s URC. 7—8.15pm
Rock Solid Alnmouth Light Party
7th November at Alnmouth Methodist Church 6-7.15pm
Further details on Parish Notice Board
Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 2017-18
Meeting and Mass dates for the programme:
4 & 5 Nov 17; 3 & 4 Mar 18; 2 & 3 Dec 17 (Reconciliation);
21 & 22 Apr 18; 13 & 14 Jan 18; 19 & 20 May 18 (First Communion);
3 & 4 Feb 18; 9 & 10 Jun 18.
Lindisfarne Partnership News
The annual ecumenical service of hymns and readings for Advent will
be held at Biddlestone Chapel on Friday December 1st at 5.30 pm.
The service is followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the undercroft.
The chapel, of course, has no electricity and so bring a torch and wrap up warmly.
This year the service will be led by Fr Peter Etterley
St Paul’s RCVA Primary School—Open Day
Wednesday 15th November 2017
9.30am to 11.30am and 6.00pm to 7.00pm
“Choosing a school for your child? Before you make this important decision,
please do visit us at St Paul’s to discover all we can offer.
Come along to our open day sessions or contact me at the schoolb to arrange a visit.
I look forward to welcoming you to our school.”
Maria Wilson, Headteacher
Gateway Church Northumberland
“What Significance do we have in a Vast Universe”
A talk and discussion led by Professor Chris Done
on Saturday 11th November at 7.30pm.
Further details on Parish Notice Board
New lists for READERS/WELCOMERS is now at the back of Church,
if you participate in either of these Ministeries please pick up a copy.
It commences w/e 5th Nov.
A Light in the Darkness
A service for those who mourn the loss of a child
In St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle
on Sunday 5th November at 3pm.
WANTED –VOLUNTEER ADMINISTRATOR
· Would you like to support Christian-based work among
children and young people in the Alnwick area?
· Are you organised and reliable?
· Are you comfortable and efficient at handling forms on paper and online?
· Are you willing to give time to serving God and helping Contagious?
If the answer to these 4 questions is yes, then please see the Parish Notice Board for details
A Church Without Priests?
Professor Werner Jeanrond, Master of St Benet’s Hall at Oxford University –
the first lay person to hold this post – will give a lecture at The Holy Name Church
on Thursday 26 October at 7pm on A Church without Priests?
The need for new forms of leadership in the Catholic Church.
He is one of the most important theologians working in Britain
today and has taught in several European countries.
Professor Jeanrond believes the renewal of our Church
requires a radical rethinking of ministry.
He asks: Where is the Church to be found?
Where there is a priest or where there are people
responding to Christ’s invitation to build up God’s reign?
If the first is true, the Church will come to an end when the last priest dies.
If the second scenario is right, the Church flourishes wherever people
gather together around the good news of God’s project of creation.
As the number of priests declines and our diocese reorganises and
rethinks its future, Professor Jeanrond’s message is one all should hear.
Please bring in your Red Mission Box for counting.
Thank You in advance.
Once again Autumn/Winter is on its way and the demands for
warm clothing and tinned, packet and jars of food are appealed for.
So when you start sorting your winter clothes please
give a thought for those less well off than ourselves.
Thank you to all who give so generously throughout the year, it is much appreciated.
Thanking you in friendship, Jean O'Hanlon.
We need some new volunteers.
Please help or lead the children’s liturgy at the 9.30am Mass.
We can mentor you and have lots of resources to help.
The role will require an enhanced DBS check.
Please contact Pam Slater on 01665 510728 if you are interested or to get more details.
Did You Know???? We have a few groups in the parish
which meet on a regular basis and would welcome any newcomers.
Prayer Group meet each Tuesday evening at 7pm in church at the Lady Chapel.
Time for quiet prayer, the rosary and prayers for those who have
asked for intentions written in the book near the altar.
Knit and Natter meet every 2 weeks on Thursday at 2pm in the Parish Room.
A chance to meet new friends have a chat and a cuppa.
Knitting is not compulsory!!! Just come along. All welcome.
Flower Arranging Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 2pm in the Parish room.
The only charge is 50p for the oasis used. Come along and learn a new skill.
Our next is on Tuesday 2nd October.
Please come and meet new people. All welcome.
USED POSTAGE STAMPS:— Thank You
Please keep up the good work, save your used stamps and leave them at the back of church.
Once again, thank you. Yvonne Douglas
Alnwick food bank news
There is an increasing demand for food parcels, particularly during
the school holidays and we are running short of a few items.
We urgently require pasta, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tinned rice pudding,
biscuits and toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc).
If you could help with any of these we would be most grateful.
Items can be left in the box at the back of church or there are
collecting bins in Costa coffee, Iceland or the Co-op.
Sincere thanks to those who continue to support the foodbank.
It is with regret we inform you that the St Paul’s Conference of the SVP has gone into abeyance.
We would like to thank all parishioners and visitors
for their support in the past and we will continue to keep you in our prayers.
The Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies
Make yourself indispensable with CCRS...
The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is important and relevant for all.
The parish community, in collaboration with the home and school,
has a privileged opportunity and responsibility to help
all concerned to grow in their faith.
This is a lifelong process.
To achieve this we need to help those involved with parish catechesis to
share this vision and have an adult understanding of their faith.
The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is designed
for people who are engaged in the communication of
their Catholic Faith, whether directly or indirectly.
It is open to catechists, people involved in liturgical work and other interested adults.
The CCRS can provide general theological knowledge and
offer a better understanding of the Catholic faith.
It will help participants to increase their practical application
of the faith in their ministry in the Church.
It provides the means to accurately and effectively communicate
the principles of Catholic teaching.
The Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies
Make yourself indispensable with CCRS...
Board of Religious Studies More details about start dates,
fees and your nearest centre please visit the CCRS Website
More details about start dates, fees and your nearest centre
please visit the CCRS Website www.brs-ccrs.org.uk or call us 0207 901 1900
In October 2018, the Synod of Bishops
will gather in Rome to consider ‘Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.’
In preparation for this, the Bishops of England and Wales would like
to hear from young people and from those who are regularly in contact with them.
If you are aged 13-29, please take part in the Mega Youth poll at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/parish-youth-poll
Parents, teachers, catechists, youth leaders please participate in the poll at
The coffee helpers on a Sunday morning
are reducing in number and more are needed.
All that is required - set up, serve coffee etc., tidy up, takes approximately
10mins before Mass and about 45 minutes after.
Although not many people attend it is a pleasant chatty time after Mass,
with time to catch up on the weeks' events.
So please please give it some thought and speak to
Mary or Eileen, ideally 2 per session is good.
St Pauls 100 Club.
1st No.98 Fr Oliver Keyes 2nd No.156 Joan Brown
3rd No.30 Anthony McGrady
For Those Renewing their DBS (previously known as CRB)
Once you have received a Confirmation of Identity form from the Safeguarding Department,
please contact me to verify your identity or to answer any queries.
Pam Slater 01665 510728 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Catechesis In the Mission of the Church
The purpose of the course is to support those already involved in
catechesis in further developing their own faith and understanding and
also to offer a structured programme for those interested in becoming a catechist.
The modules offer time for prayer, teaching, reflection and also a time for questions.
Attendance at all sessions is required to obtain the
Diocesan Certificate in Catechesis but can be completed
at your own pace--you may wish to complete all modules in one year
or you may wish to attend over a few years.
The Bishop will award the certificate upon completion of the programme.
All sessions run from 6pm —8pm.
Detailed module information is available on the church notice board
or can be downloaded from the Diocesan website-www.rcdhn.org.uk
Alnwick Food Bank
Contributions could be left in the collecting bins at Costa Coffee,
the Co-op or Iceland in Alnwick or at the back of church.
The Deacon in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle
Have you felt a calling to the Diaconate?
Are you single and over 25?
Are you married and over 25?
Most candidates are in the world of work and continue
to do so after ordination-indeed it is the role of the Deacon to have
‘one foot in the sanctuary and the other in the workplace.’
For more information please visit the Diocesan website:
Or contact Rev. Sean Hall on 0191 268 4222
If you request a Mass Intention and would
like a particular date or time could you
please indicate this on your envelope and also provide
a contact telephone number in case your
preferred date /time is not available.
St Martin’s Magazine
Edith Humphries has taken over the distribution of the above magazine.
If anyone still wants this, and is not in receipt of it,
please contact Edith.
this is an ongoing project so any further donations
will be gratefully received.
NIGHTS OF LIGHT
It is over 15 years since the floodlighting team
achieved their objective of floodlighting St. Paul’s.
In the years since the running and maintenance
costs have risen considerably.
We would therefore like to encourage you to help us
by continuing lighting our Church by
buying or donating
a night of light for £1 minimum or an amount of your choice.
Thank you for supporting our fundraising for the running costs.
PARKING IN THE CHURCH GROUNDS
We request when parking in the Church grounds,
you do so with due regard to other users.
We ask you do not park near corners as some of us
are getting a bit older and accidents do happen.
If you are parking at the front of Church, please remember
that funeral and wedding cars need extra room.
If you park of the streets nearby, please do not cause
an inconvenience to the local people,
especially when disabled access may be needed.
Also would drivers please let their passengers out,
then park as near as possible to the left thus enabling other cars
to pass safely without having to drive over the grass on the right.
We have put a garden seat near the ramp for those who would like
to rest awhile in the quiet of the church grounds..
When driving within the church grounds PLEASE keep to the 15mph speed limit.
Expensive gravel is being displaced by overzealous drivers.
PLEASE let us know
if a relative or neighbour has been taken to any of our hospitals,
otherwise we will not be able to visit them.
IMMIGRATION ACT 2014 & NOTICE OF MARRIAGE
With effect from 2 March 2015, the Notice of Marriage
period will be extended from 15 days to 28 days.
For couples subject to immigration check,
this period will rise from 21 days to 70 days.
This change will affect all couples giving notice of marriage.
Did you know you can pay your weekly offertory donation
via standing order or direct debit.
In these days of internet banking it is so easy to make
a regular payment to St Paul’s RC Church, Alnwick.
You can still gift aid your donation by filling in the form at the back of church
Gift Aid Donation
The Gift Aid officer for St Paul's Church is Roisin Cowley.
USED POSTAGE STAMPS
Please save your used stamps and leave them at the back of church.
Yvonne Douglas is saving them for cancer research.
Changes to Safeguarding
Due to recent changes in legislation the CRB has now ceased
and has been replaced by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).
It is vital you confirm address details are up to date
if you have moved house since your last CRB check.
Please let Pam Slater know on 01665510728.
Full details are outlined in the leaflet available at the back of Church.
If you, or someone you know, has recently been bereaved Hospice Care
now provide support either in your own home or in a mutually convenient place.
For more information see the leaflets in the back of church
or phone the hospice on 01665 606512
Space for Quiet Prayer
Our Quiet Space before the Tabernacle is working well.
Thank you all. Please use it, if you would like to, before and after Mass,
for silent prayer, in front of the Blessed Sacrament
ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL
The website is www.stpaulsalnwick.co.uk
(not to be confused with the parish website www.stpauls-alnwick.co.uk )
containing lots of information about our schools and a
chance to keep up to date with what is happening.
Please visit our website.
The Memoriam Book placed in Our Lady’s Chapel
contains the names of family and friends of parishioners,
each written under the date of their death.
If you would like the names of your loved ones included,
please fill in the form at the back of Church
and place it in the box provided.
Fill in a separate form for each name, please.
Please be vigilant when you are in and about the Church.
Do not leave your valuables unattended in the church.
Nights of Light
Our Church looks particularly attractive at present with the flood lighting.
We depend on the Nights of Lights scheme to fund the lighting of the church.
If you would like to celebrate a important occasion,
please consider lighting up our church
If you would like the Church to be lit up for a special occasion,
please obtain a form from the back of the Church and hand it with your donation
to Tim Sewell, Fr Oliver, any of the Parish Council,
drop it through the letterbox at the Parish House
or download the form on the Nights of Light page
Minimum donation £1 per date!
Many ideas of fundraising are being suggested.
Perhaps you might be able to help in one of the following ways.
Win the Lottery and pay the lot!
Have a coffee morning or evening
Auction of Promises
Brass Band Concert
...and then there are your own ideas.
We need doers of the suggestions, not just suggestions!
If you wish to book the centre, contact the Caretaker,
Paul on his mobile 07845991512
If you are a visitor to our parish and would like
St. Paul's Church to claim the tax back from your offering,
please use a special Gift Aid envelope from the back of the church.
It is always good to be able to contact the priest of the
parish when you need information or in emergency.
But the parish house is not always manned.
In the absence of the priest, the number of a contact person
will be on the answering machine
We invite you to join us for a Coffee or Tea after Sunday morning Mass in the Parish Room
when we can greet our visitors and share our ideas of the liturgy and other Church
matters. Funds raised help provide for our Seasonal Celebrations with our older
parishioners and their friends.
IN HOSPITAL? WOULD YOU LIKE A PRIEST TO VISIT YOU
Parishioners who find themselves in hospital should inform the staff that they are Catholic
and that they would like a priest to visit them while
Hospital staff are not permitted to enquire of a patient’s religion,
however they will contact a visiting priest for you should you let them know.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to know when any
of our parishioners have been admitted to hospital.
If you or any of your family are being admitted to any of our
hospitals please let the priest know as soon as possible.
At the back of the church there are some hospital referral cards.
We would ask you to have one of these cards at home and if for any reason you have to stay
in hospital please hand it to the ward sister who will inform the hospital chaplain.
Please supply the patient’s name, ward and hospital.
Alternatively, a hospital referral card can be completed and given to Fr. Oliver.
Due to the unavailability of information regarding religious denomination of patients
in the RVI, Freeman and Walkergate Hospitals, patients and relatives
must take responsibility to inform the hospital chaplain.
Tel 0191 232 1892.
The same situation applies to all our local hospitals and maybe care homes.
If you or a relative are going into hospital or one of our
care homes please let the local priest know.
It will make our work much easier