Holy Places Collection – a message from Bishop Seamus

The collection for the Holy Places is taken at Mass today, Palm Sunday. Bishop Seamus writes: The Holy Places of our faith are eloquent witnesses of the death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. From those places, the Easter proclamation has spread throughout the world, and it continues to spread. A Christian community has remained in those regions down the centuries, even at the cost of great sacrifice and martyrdom. Since the first Pentecost, it has bravely shown the universal face of the Church to the world. Today, as we know, living the Christian faith in the Middle East is not all that easy. Especially in Iraq, Syria and Egypt, where Christian communities have experienced an “ecumenism of blood”, individuals are daily pressured to abandon their land, or even their faith. Keeping hope alive in such circumstances is both difficult and vitally important.

Did you give something up for Lent?


If you’ve saved money by giving up chocolate or alcohol, or if you’d just like to make a donation (Almsgiving), and you would like to support CAFOD (let us know if you would like to Gift Aid your donation), and Phoebe Sowerby, one of our young people, who will be taking part in a World Challenge project, the Justice & Peace Group will be collecting at the back of church after the 10.00am Mass, for the 2 weeks after Easter.

Diocesan Chrism Mass

This is the annual celebration when the holy oils are blessed for the coming year, and the priests and deacons of the diocese renew their commitment to service, in communion with the Bishop. The Chrism Mass will be celebrated on Holy Thursday, 13 April, at 11.00am in St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. Everyone is welcome.

Unbind him, let him go free

Today’s Gospel shows us the humanity of Jesus. He weeps at the death of Lazarus, his friend. He shares in the grief of Martha and Mary. But this miracle is also a sign that Jesus is the Son of God, with power over life and death. Lazarus was thoroughly dead, four days in the tomb. At a word from Jesus, he is restored to life, and returned to the people who love him. It’s a stunning demonstration of Jesus’ power, and of his unity with God his Father. It brings many people to believe in him.

God’s will is for all his people to be fully alive and free. When we choose sin, we choose to be less alive. We may be tempted to hide in the dark tombs that we make for ourselves. But Jesus comes to seek us. Like Lazarus, he calls us to come out of our tombs, and to enjoy the fullness of life and freedom that comes from faith in him.

Events at Minsteracres

Lenten Days of Reflection: An opportunity to step aside during the season of Lent, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. On Wednesday 5 April, 10:00am–4:00pm, with a light lunch provided. Suggested donation: £20.

Holy Week Retreat: Join the community on their journey towards Easter, including time for reflection and the opportunity to take part in the liturgies of Holy Week. This retreat starts on Thursday 13 April at 6:30pm and ends on Sunday 16 April at 2:00pm. Led by the Minsteracres team. Cost £165.


As we move into new partnerships, an important emerging priority is our relationship with young people. The report of the young people’s survey ‘The Way We See It ‘ and Pope Francis’ call for a Synod on Youth invite us to reflect on this relationship. All adult parishioners and young people of sixth form age are invited to a Diocesan Conference at the Newcastle Assembly Rooms on Saturday 13 May Every church community is asked to be represented. Further details are in the booking form available from the parish priest or from the Youth Ministry Team (01207 592244 or admin@ymt.org) Details also on YMT website www.ymt.org


Saturday 29 April 2017, 10:00am – 3:00pm at St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Gateshead, NE8 1LX. This day will look at the following:
Exploration of the Sacrament of Confirmation, Principles and planning of a Confirmation programme using the diocesan guidelines, What it means to be a Confirmation catechist.

There is no charge for this day. Please bring a packed lunch. Booking is essential. If you would like to attend, you can book online at https://confirmation2904.eventbrite.co.uk or contact us at adult.formation@diocesehn.org.uk or on 0191 243 3313


Please pray for Keira Robson, daughter of Kathryn and Anthony, sister of Sophia and granddaughter of Joan and Dave Grady who is to be welcomed at Mass today. She will be baptised after 11:30am Mass next Sunday 9 April. All are welcome to the service.

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