Parish News and Announcements  

At long last we are able to start our popular lunch club on Wednesday, 6th July at 12.30pm.


Come and enjoy a light lunch, good company and lively conversation. If you have been before, welcome back, if not we would love to see you. Lifts available.


Of course, we would always appreciate more drivers and helpers.


Contact Kathleen or Helen for lifts (details in the 26th June bulletin)

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Congratulations to Bishop Seamus as he celebrates his 80th birthday with a special Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral next Thursday. And special congratulations to all priests celebrating their jubilees of ordination, among whom are Fr. Mark Carroll on his 60th Anniversary, always a great support here in the parish. Fr. Brendan Kelly celebrates his 50th and St. Joseph’s was his first appointment. The late and much-loved Fr. Corbett would have celebrated his golden jubilee with Fr. Brendan. Also, next Friday is the golden jubilee of priesthood of Fr. Gordon Ryan, former PP in our parish at St. Bede’s/Godric’s. Congratulations and prayers to these great servants of the Diocese over so many years.

We return to Mass at St. Bede’s/Godric’s this week. Though not on a weekly basis, it is good to be able to return and pick up on the vital link this Mass was between the parish and the school. Services of Word and Communion will take place each Monday of term when there is no Mass.

We are ceasing the need for stewards at all Masses. Many thanks to all stewards for their commitment over these challenging times. Please do continue with a sensible awareness of the need to sanitise hands and continue the reception of Holy Communion from the side isles, returning to seats from the centre aisle. The wearing of masks is optional. Covid still looms!

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A big weekend for the Eucharist. Besides our own Mass attendance, we have the second of our First Holy Communion Celebrations this Saturday at St. Godric’s. Last Saturday saw St. Joseph’s and St. Thomas More schools’ children receive for the first time. The gathering was lower key than in the past and this made for a more powerful celebration. It was very special, which I have no doubt this Saturday will be too. Again, a big thank you to all who made it so. As it’s the Feast of Corpus Christi this weekend, can I invite all Ministers of the Eucharist to renew their commitment at all Masses. A special thank you to you for your great support. Ushaw College hosts the conclusion to the Year of the Eucharist, which I am sure many of you have booked in for. “Only when we recognise the rich network of connections between the Eucharist and our life in the world can the Eucharist be ‘worldly’ and our life ‘Eucharistic’ Henri Nouwen

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