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Wednesday 14th April

Red Boxes

In 2020 St Cuthbert's Kenton raised £1,827.13 through our Red Boxes and donations to Missio and the Mill Hill Missionaries. Communities around the world are grateful for your generous donations in these difficult times. Thank you to everyone who has donated, all beneficiaries send their thanks and prayers.


Wednesday 7th April

Dear Father,

We hope that you and your parishioners are all keeping safe and well in these worrying times. (PDF - Easter Edition attached)

In the past your parish very kindly took a supply of Catholic Universe papers, for which we were extremely grateful.

We appreciate you may not be in a direct or regular contact with our readers in your parish, but we believe it remains vital that we do our best to maintain contact with, and support, those who rely on their weekly Catholic newspapers.

We would therefore be very grateful if you could possibly add the brief message below to your parish website and any newsletters or correspondence you are sending out.

Once again, we do fully understand your position, and please do be assured we are here to help and support you in any way we can in these difficult times.



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Keeping you and your parish in our thoughts and prayers.

God Bless


Monday 15th March

The Easter Mass is now fully booked. Anyone on the list but unable to attend should ring Fr Michael asap so that people on the reserve list can be contacted.


Wednesday 10th March

Day of Recollection

Eamonn Mulcahy -ministers readers etc and anyone else. Sept 11th St Cuthberts School Kenton.


Monday 8th March

I have received the following email:

We have Fr Ian Hoskins here at St Thomas of Canterbury, Longhorsley. He is retiring at Easter (and going to live with Rebekah at Felton) but I believe he was at Kenton for a while before coming here. We thought some of your parishioners may wish to contribute to his retirement. The plan is to present a donation and a gift or two on Easter Sunday. He has been convalescing following an operation so is not celebrating mass publicly currently, but he hopes to be able to celebrate his final mass as priest in charge here at Easter. There'll be very little room in our wee church, so we are also planning to have a celebration in the garden of the parish house later in the summer when hopefully both the weather and the retreat of Covid will assist.
There is no easy way to collect in such times as now. We are looking at a Paypal account or something like that; I could also call at Kenton to collect directly. We also would like to collect comments so we can write them up for his card and gift.
First and foremost this is to make contact with you and see if you think this is something St Cuthbert's would like to contribute to. We can sort the rest out shortly if so.
Phil Boyd
Parish Committee Chair
St Thomas of Longhorsley.

If you would be interested in making a contribution there is now a justgiving link for donations.


Dave Hudson


Thursday 5th March


Re-opening of the Church for Mass

The first Mass will be celebrated on Easter Sunday at 10.00 and each Sunday after that at the same time .

As previously, you will need to book a place. Places can be booked by ringing 07513013305 on Tuesdays and Thursdays beween 10.30 and 12.00


Further Notice

As some of you will already know, the Bishop has announced the retirement of Fr Michael.

Fr O'Kane at St Mark's is also retiring. Both will continue to reside in their respective parishes. St Cuthert's will continue to be part of the cluster of St Mark's and St Matthew's Ponteland.

Fr Anthony Hastie has been appointed Priest in Charge of the cluster and will reside at St Matthew's.


Wednesday 10th February

Church Donations

People have been having problems setting up standing orders. The problem seems to have been the name of the account which has been used previously and the bank now insists that the name must match exactly the name they have on file. The name below is now the name which matches the account name on the bank statements. Apologies for problems this has caused.

A number of parishionners have asked about the best way of paying their donations to St Cuthberts. If you are unable to deliver your envelopes to the presbytery the alternatives could be either by cheque or, if you use online banking, by bank transfer. Any cheques should be made out to St Cuthbert, Kenton. You will need the following information for bank transfer:

Name :Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle

Newcastle St Cuthbert

A/C No 42010852

Sort Code 40-34-18


National Novena to St Joseph:
10th - 18th March 2021

In this Year dedicated to St. Joseph, I wanted to take this opportunity to write to you regarding this year's Novena and to thank you for any support you can give us. You may have already received some information about our annual Novena to St Joseph from our local APF - Mill Hill Secretary.

The Mill Hill Missionaries will offer their annual Novena of Masses and Prayers in preparation for the Feast of St Joseph, their patron, at St Joseph's Church in Maidenhead from Wednesday 10th to Thursday 18th March. We would be most grateful if you would advertise the Novena by placing a notice in your parish newsletter on any or all of the following Sundays: 14th, 21st & 28th February and 7th March - if possible. Many thanks.

The National Novena to St Joseph will take place from 10th- 18th March 2021 at St Joseph's Church in Maidenhead. In this Year dedicated to St. Joseph, the Mill Hill Missionaries are preparing for the Feast of St Joseph, their patron, with a special Novena of Masses and prayers to ask for God's blessing on their Society's missionary outreach, and for the intentions of all those who support their work.

If you are able, and if it is possible to attend, Masses are on Wednesday to Friday (10-12 March), at 7.30pm, Saturday, 13 March at 10am, Sunday, 14 March at 11.00am, Monday -Thursday (15-18 March) at 7.30pm.

If you are unable to attend but would like to join in from home, for the first time this year, Masses from St. Joseph's Church will be available to follow on Zoom and YouTube via the parish website: stjosephsparish.co.uk and the Mill Hill website: www.millhillmissionaries.com/novena, where you will also find the Novena prayer leaflet.

You can also join in by praying the daily Novena prayer, which will be in your Novena prayer leaflet. You are welcome to send in your petitions and/or to request a printed Novena prayer leaflet. Please write to the Novena Director, 41 Victoria Road, Liverpool, L37 1LW, or email novenamhm@gmail.com.

The past twelve months have been an exceptionally difficult time for all of us. We can only hope that the current vaccine rollout will eventually provide some relief. May the coming Novena to St. Joseph, in this Year dedicated to him by Pope Francis, be a source of comfort and support to all who have lost loved ones and whose lives have been adversely affected by this pandemic.

With every good wish,
Novena Director


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Monday 11th January



As a result of the continuing rise in covid cases it has been decided that congregational Masses at St Cuthbert's will be cancelled until further notice.

God bless and stay safe.

Fr Michael





Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 3rd January.

Booking is necessary and will be on Thursday 31st December between 10.30 and 12.00

Mass will also be celebrated on the Epiphany , Wednesday 6th January and you will need to ring between 10.30 and 12.00 to book a place on Monday 4th January .

The phone number to ring is 07513013305



Tuesday 8th December

Maggie McNeil Funeral

Maggie's Requiem Mass will be live streamed from St Charles' on Thursday 17th at 10am. St Charles are currently having trouble with their website, but the live stream can also be accessed via the Sacred Heart website (http://www.sacredheartng.org.uk/). The St Charles live stream is accessed via the third button down on the left hand side. Only 30 people may attend the actual Mass and this will be taken up with family and close friends.


Monday 7th December

Maggie McNeil RIP

We are saddened to hear of the death of Maggie McNeil in St Oswald's Hospice last Tuesday. Her funeral will be at St Charles at 10am on Thursday 17th December.

Please remember Maggie, Phil and the family in your prayers at this sad time.


Monday 2nd November

Church opening

As a result of the new government announcements the church will not now open until further notice.

I would like to thank all those who cleaned the church this weekend and am sorry that their efforts could not have been utilised next weekend.

God bless

Fr Michael.


Tuesday 27th October

Rosary Relay Rally

We mentioned the Rosary Relay Rally taking place on the 31st October at the last Partnership Chairs' meeting. The organisers have now confirmed the time-slot for our diocese as 4-5 pm. I'm attaching a poster (in jpeg format) for you to share as appropriate. I also have a PDF format but it's a much larger file so I'll only send it on request. The details have also been shared on our non-Diocesan events page http://www.rcdhn.org.uk/communications/commparish3.php, Facebook and Twitter.

Best wishes
Mark Hindmarsh




Saturday 24th October

Would you please remember in your prayers:

Jean Crilly who will undergo an operation on November 10th

Magaret (Maggie) McNeil who is in the Freeman undergoing treatment

If you would like to add anyone to the list please let me know via the site's email


Sunday 11th October

Parish Bulletin Notice

Free e-book (with church imprimatur) for your computer/tablet/phone:
John Henry Newman on the Sense of God in the Conscience
This e-book may be downloaded free of charge to a computer / tablet / phone. It offers an account of the thought of Saint John Henry Newman on a topic central to his life, namely the Conscience as involving a sense of God. There is also available with it an accompanying free ebook, which is an appendix containing several of Newman's early manuscript sermons. These e-books may be passed on for downloading to friends or acquaintances as desired.
John Henry Newman on the Sense of God in the Conscience may be accessed at this URL:



Can anyone help

My name is Doreen Haworth Watson I live in Lancashire and I am at present writing this mail from my husbands e mail address which you may use if you choose to reply which I very much hope you will.

For many years I have been trying to trace my Father I succeeded by getting in touch with social services who forwarded his name to me.My mother met him whilst in the land army during the second world war he was a soldier with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers was captured at St.Valeri en crux and spent the war in various P.o W.camps he was released early 1945 and met my mother and I am the result,I must add that he and his wife were made aware of my mothers pregnancy and also my mother was unaware he was married which was a shock to her when she paid him a visit.Therefore I have spent many years looking for him and through social services have a name and I find since having D.N.A.
tested I have matches with two first cousins and a second cousin who my father is uncle to.

My fathers name was Ronald Forster in later years his residence was 15 Coniscliffe Ave.Newcastle on Tyne sadly he passed away in July 1982 and their son Ian died in 09.although I know he also had two daughters Brenda and Katherine who I have been searching for.I am aware he was a member of the Catholic faith and may have been a parishioner at one of the churches not far from his home would it therefore be possible that someone may recall the family and maybe give me the chance to meet them at some stage,I am now seventy four years of age so time for me is running out.


Tuesday 8th September

St Vincent de Paul 200 Club


RESULTS - September 2020 DRAW

1st (£50) No 21

A Minihan St Bernadette's, Wallsend
Pat Henderson St Mary's Bishop Auckland

2nd (£25) No 150
W Welsh St Bernadette's, Wallsend

With many thanks for your continued support.


Tuesday 18th August

Reopening of St Cuthbert's Church

There will be a meeting in the church hall on Wednesday 26th August at 1 pm.
This will be with the diocesan representatives regarding the health and safety measures needed to reopen the church. All volunteers (no age restrictions) are invited to the meeting. If you wish to volunteer, please contact Fr Michael by phone or email.



Tuesday 21st July

Subject: Refugee Project Update and Job Opportunity

Hello everyone
We felt that it was timely to bring you up to date on recent developments with the Diocesan Justice and Peace Refugee Project. The Project Steering Group has asked me to relay the following update which includes a new job opportunity at the project:
Although the lockdown is starting to ease we will need an adequate lead-in time to ensure that, when the project re-opens within the Summerhill Grove premises, it will provide a very safe environment for clients, volunteers and staff. Our present thinking is that this will take place in September. In the meantime we remain in regular contact with the Diocesan Health and Safety lead who will provide the necessary advice as we start to prepare for re-opening and we will keep you informed of any developments.
Some excellent news is that due to a generous grant from the Albert Gubay Foundation we have been able to extend the successful supermarket voucher scheme. Until recently this enabled us to send digital vouchers to the mobile phones of destitute clients so they could purchase goods to the value of £30 in the relevant supermarket. The recent grant has meant that we have been able to increase the value of vouchers for destitute clients to £35 per month and, in addition, offer our other clients a £20 voucher each month. Another very positive development is that we have secured the temporary services of an additional project worker to assist with distributing vouchers - Jeremy Cain is working with the project on a part-time basis until October.
As many of you will know, John Dowling, our previous voluntary manager at the Justice and Peace Refugee Project "retired" in April. The Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council, through successful grant applications to charitable foundations, has been able to secure funding for a Project Co-ordinator from September 2020. The post is a one year fixed term, part time contract (18 hours a week). If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in applying please visit the RCDHN homepage, click on vacancies and you will find the application pack. You can follow this link http://www.rcdhn.org.uk/index.php
The closing date for applications is July 23rd 2020.
Finally, please continue to encourage people to support the project financially - they have been incredibly generous to date. Details of the destitute asylum fund account are accessible here. Ideally, contributions by direct transfer would be most welcome but cheques made payable to D.H&N DESTITUTE ASYLUM FUND can also be sent to Justice and Peace Refugee Project c/o Fr Adrian Tuckwell, St Anne's Presbytery, Half Fields Road, Winlaton, NE21 5RW.
Thank you for your continued support of the Refugee Project - we will keep you informed of developments.

Kind regards


Helen Woodland
Project Worker
Justice & Peace Refugee Project
Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle


Saturday 11th July 2020


RESULTS - July 2020 DRAW

1st (£50) No 133

Pat Andrews St Mary's, Blackhill
Catherine Trick St Cuthbert's, Kenton

2nd (£25) No 72

Tricia Spence Ss Mary & Joseph, Newton Aycliffe
D Henry St Bernadette's, Wallsend

With many thanks for your continued support.



Our prayers and condolences go out to the the family and friends of :

Rita Harbord

Joan Glendinning

Anna Doherty

and Monica Burke

May they Rest in Peace.



Please find below two events happening this Thursday 14th May

" The first is a communication from the Vatican and Pope Francis about an international day of prayer on Thursday.
The second is from our diocesan Youth Ministry Team offering an hour of prayer on Thursday for everyone but especially our young people.
In this time of uncertainty, sadness and anxiety these online opportunities can prove to be a great source of comfort and togetherness.
From the Vatican:
May 14, 2020- "All believers together, believers of different traditions, to pray, fast and do works of charity" (lhttp://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/angelus/2020/documents/papa- francesco_regina-coeli_20200503.htm)
Sunday, May 3 Pope Francis communicated to everyone that he accepted the proposal of the High Committee for Human Brotherhood so that believers of all religions will join spiritually on May 14 in a day of prayer and fasting and works of charity, to implore God of helping humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
From YMT:
This Thursday the Diocese is offering a day of prayer for the sick, their families, the NHS and all key workers. Along with young people from across the diocese, we have put together an hour of prayer from 4-5pm. The hour will be hosted by Martin and Emerald Delaney, film, TV and radio personalities who spoke at The Source last year. This prayer time will include some inspirational reflections from national and international speakers, music from Maria and Jason Vare and prayers led by The YMT gap year volunteers.

We invite you to join the whole Diocese on the Thursday 14th May and the YMT prayer time brought to you virtually from the Emmaus Youth Village at 4pm. Please spread the word and share the adverts that we have placed on our Facebook page so that as many of us as possible can come together to reflect on the situation we currently find ourselves in, reflect upon the Gospel, pray for all those affected by the pandemic and those working tirelessly to relieve suffering and pain.
Copy this link to go to Diocesan YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Oh6u5ge6nPONK8lnUOh-g
Stay safe and take care everyone
God Bless



Let's build bridges and pray for peace

Since 2010, a group of Christian and Muslim women have met annually to pray for peace in the ruins of St. Mary's chapel in Jesmond in Newcastle upon Tyne. St. Mary's chapel was once an important medieval shrine to our Lady, so it provides a very suitable setting in which to praise God, to honour Mary the mother of Jesus and to pray for peace. We had hoped to meet at 2.30 p.m. on this coming Saturday 27th June. Since sadly we cannot meet in person because of the Covid 19 restrictions we decided we would send out the outline of the service we would have held with the text of prayers and readings to as many people as possible so that we can all pray in our homes at that time if possible or at some time close to if not. Interfaith dialogue and prayer for peace is so important at the moment.
I am attaching the service as a pdf for those interested
Best wishes,
Mary McLoughlin

Programme for Christian and Muslim prayer event 2020
Opening hymn
Be still for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here.
Come bow before Him now, with reverence and fear
In Him no sin is found, we stand on holy ground.
Be still for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One is here.

We light a candle in our joint recognition of the need to pray for peace.

Chanted prayer by Muslim women together

Surat Al-Fatihah (The Opener) in Arabic and then in English

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful,
All praise and thanks to Allah, the Lord of all that exists,
The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful,
The Only Owner of the Day of Recompense.
You alone we worship, and You alone we ask for help.

Guide us to the Straight Way,
The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace,
Not the way of those who earned your anger,
Nor those who went astray.

Christian prayer.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven,
hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Readings from the New Testament and the Qu'ran about Mary

St. Luke, ch. 1, verses26-38
The annunciation: St. Luke, chapter 1, verses 26-38
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. He went in and said to her, 'Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.' She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, 'Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most high. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.' Mary said to the angel, 'But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?' 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you' the angel answered 'and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.' 'I am the handmaid of the Lord,' said Mary 'let what you have said be done unto me'. And the angel left her.

Surah 19, verses 16-22, 30-34
And mention, (O Muhammad), in the Book (the story of) Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place toward the east.
And she took a veil to shroud herself from them. Then we sent to her Our Angel (i.e. Gabriel), and he took before her the form of a perfect man.
She said: 'indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful from you, (so leave me), if you should be fearing of Allah.'
He said: 'I am only a messenger of your Lord to give you (news of) a holy son.'
She said: 'How can I have a son while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?'
He said: 'So shall it be. Your Lord says, 'It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter already decreed. So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a remote place.

(Jesus) said, 'Indeed I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the scripture and made me a prophet.
And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and almsgiving so long as I shall live
And (made me) dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant.
And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive.'
That is Jesus, the son of Mary-the word of truth about which they are in dispute.

Christian hymn in praise of Mary

O Mother blest, whom God bestows
On sinners and on just,
What joy, what hope thou givest those
Who in thy mercy trust.
Thou art clement, thou art chaste,
Mary, thou art fair; Of all mothers sweetest, best;
None with thee compare.

Verses from the Qu'ran in praise of Jesus and Mary Surah 3: verses 42-49

And (mention) when the angels said, 'O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds.
O Mary, be devoutly obedient to your Lord and prostrate and bow with those who bow (in prayer).' That is from the news of the unseen which we reveal to you, (O Muhammad). And you were not with them when they cast their lots as to which of them should be responsible for Mary. Nor were you with them when they disputed.
(And mention) when the angels said, 'O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary-distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near (to Allah).
He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous.'
She said, 'My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?'(The angel) said, 'Such is Allah; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, 'Be,' and it is. And He will teach him writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel.
And (make him) a messenger to the Children of Israel, (who will say), Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay (that which is) like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah. And I cure the blind (from birth) and the leper, and I give life to the dead-by permission of Allah. And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.

Mary's own prayer-the Magnificat. Luke 1: verses 46-55

My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her lowliness;
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me,
Holy is His name!
His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear Him.
He puts forth his arm in strength,
and scatters the proud- hearted.
He casts the mighty from their thrones,
and raises the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He protects Israel, his servant, remembering his mercy,
the mercy promised to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.

Christian and Muslim prayers for peace

Prayers for peace
1. Dear Lord and Father of all humankind, we thank you for the wonder and beauty of your creation. Help us to care for our world as good and responsible stewards. We thank you also for the uniqueness of each individual and the diversity of peoples. Help us to respect each other as children of the one Father and so help to build a more united world.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

2. We pray for all those who have suffered from injustice, prejudice or discrimination. Help us to do what we can to build a more equal, just and loving world. We pray also that our politicians and those in authority will govern with wisdom and fairness and will work together for the common good. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

3. We pray for all those affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. Grant peace to those who have died, comfort to those who are grieving, strength to those who are caring for victims, and hope to those in difficult financial circumstances.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

4. Dear Lord, we pray especially for peace in families and communities. We ask for your grace and understanding to help overcome any disagreements or bitterness so that we can all love one another as you have loved us and move forward in a spirit of mercy and forgiveness.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

5. We pray for peace and justice in our troubled world, especially in Syria, Yemen and the Holy Land. Inspire and encourage those working for peace and justice and help us to play whatever part we can in furthering peace and mutual understanding between peoples.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Joint prayer for peace

Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace.
Let peace fill my heart,
my world, my universe.

Sign of peace
As candles are exchanged, please give each other a sign of peace saying 'peace be with you' or 'salaam alaikum.'

Make me a Channel of your Peace
Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred,let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, Your pardon, Lord;
and where there's doubt, true faith in you.

O, Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, only light,
and where there's sadness, ever joy.

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving of ourselves that we receive,
and in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Sebastian Temple(1928-1997) based on the prayer of St. Francis.


The Refugee Project Management Team

Hello everyone
I hope that you are keeping well and managing to remain positive during these strange times. It is a few weeks since we've been in touch and The Refugee Project Management Team has asked me to relay the following update:

The Summerhill Grove premises remains closed and, at present, our thinking is that we are unlikely to re-open to clients before September. We are in regular contact with the Diocesan Health and Safety lead who will provide the necessary advice when we do start to prepare for re-opening and we will keep you informed as plans are firmed up.
The supermarket voucher scheme which we mentioned in our last update continues to work well. This allows us to send digital vouchers to the mobile phones of destitute clients so they can purchase goods to the value of £30 in the relevant supermarket. We currently have 74 clients who we are supporting in this way and Helen Woodland, our project worker, is receiving a lot of grateful feedback from them. Helen is also starting to contact clients proactively to provide emotional support and signposting to relevant agencies.
Stronger joint working between the agencies supporting refugees and asylum seekers has been one positive outcome of the pandemic. Members of the Management Group join in a Zoom meeting with representatives of these other agencies on a fortnightly basis. This has been a valuable forum for sharing information and practical ideas.
The Management Group, now chaired by Liz Archibald, also meets online approximately fortnightly to take stock of developments and plan ahead. There are strong links between the Management Group and the Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council.
There has been a very positive response to the recent appeal for financial support with parishes and individuals showing huge generosity at a time when many people are 'feeling the pinch' themselves. Please continue to encourage people to support the project in this way as we are not yet able to receive contributions of food. Details of the destitute asylum fund account are accessible here. Ideally, contributions by direct transfer would be most welcome but cheques made payable to D.H&N DESTITUTE ASYLUM FUND can also be sent to Justice and Peace Refugee Project c/o Fr Adrian Tuckwell, St Anne's Presbytery, Half Fields Road, Winlaton, NE21 5RW.

Thank you for your continued support of the Refugee Project - we will keep you informed of developments - and will certainly let you know when we are in a position to accept food items again.

Kind regards


Helen Woodland
Project Worker
Justice & Peace Refugee Project
Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle


Mass Attendance 04.07.2020

From 4th July St Mary's Cathedral and St Charles, Gosforth are opening for Mass attendance.

Since the numbers will be limited attendance must be booked in advance by phone.

Information about Masses and bookings are available on their websites


The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has the following vacancy:
Department for Education, Administrator (maternity cover)
For further information and details of how to apply please visit our website www.rcdhn.org.uk or contact us on

0191 243 3301


Red Boxes 08.07.2020

The Red Box Team will be sending out the magazines this quarter. There will be a card inside which gives instructions on how to send money directly or ,alternatively, people can wait and give Mel the money as usual once we get back to normal. If people do send money directly can they please say the parish, their address and HEX108 so that the donations are credited to our parish total.


Latest information on reopening St Cuthbert's Church 08.07.2020

With the continuing risks of the Covid 19 virus in mind Fr Michael has said that there are no immediate plans to re-open the church. The diocese has issued instructions as to the requirements for churches to open. These are considerable and Fr Michael feels that he cannot open the church at the present time but will keep the situation under review.