New Priest

New Priest

New Assistant Priest

I am delighted and somewhat surprised to announce that Archbishop Bernard has appointed Fr Marco Egawhary as an assistant priest to Holy Trinity and Sacred Heart parishes, to assist Fr Simon and I.  Fr Marco was ordained priest in July 2019 and over the last year has been pursuing further studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.  These studies have not quite been completed, but Fr Marco will be joining us in August.  It is a great compliment to our parishes that we have been asked to be his first parish appointment as a priest.  I am sure that you will all welcome him warmly and despite the current somewhat limited scope for pastoral work, that he will soon feel at home and part of our community.

St John Vianney, Pray for Us.  St Chad, Pray for Us.

God bless us all, Fr Paul

 

Return of Public Masses at Holy Trinity

posted 21 Jul 2020, 16:00 by Pauline Cregg

The Return of Public Masses at Holy Trinity

After much thought and prayer Fr Simon and I have agreed that from next week (Monday 27th July) we will begin again the celebration of Public Mass in Holy Trinity.  But let me say from the start that there is currently no obligation for Catholics to attend Mass and that people who are elderly or who have underlying health conditions should continue to stay at home and watch live streamed Masses.  If you feel in anyway ill, please do not attend!

·       Mass will be very different.  The Diocese has put into place Guidelines to try to limit the risks of anyone contracting the COVID virus in church. 

·       There will be no servers or readers, no public singing. 

·       Everyone who attends Mass will need to wear a face mask or face covering - exceptions are made only for those who for medical reasons cannot wear a mask and children under the age of 11. 

·       On entering the church, you will be asked to sanitise your hands and then maintaining social distancing you will be escorted to a seat by a steward. Families and people who live in the same household may sit together all others must sit socially distanced. 

·       Mass will be celebrated without the distribution of Holy Communion. After the Mass has ended the priest will come forward and distribute Holy Communion then.

·       Once you have received Communion please leave the church straight away and do not linger and talk to friends, much though you would like to!

Even though Holy Trinity is a large church numbers will be limited to 60 people at any one celebration.  Given the experience of many local parishes I do not think at this time this will cause problems as people are still cautious.  I would ask that if you would like to come to Mass please do so once a week, if you can come in the week please do so, leaving Sunday for those who cannot attend on another day.

From next week there will be three Weekday Masses all at 10am. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

There will be four Masses of Sunday; on Saturday afternoons at 3pm and 5pm and Sunday Mornings 10am and 12noon.  This is only a temporary timetable and will be under review after a month.

After each and every Mass the church will need to be cleaned.  Stewards who can help showing people to their places and bringing them forward for Holy Communion and then cleaning the church are vital.  More Weekday Masses will be possible if more volunteers come forward to act as stewards.  If you would like to volunteer, please either ring the Presbytery 01782 616483 or email: holytrinitynewcastle@ yahoo.co.uk.

These are tentative baby steps which I hope in God’s providence. in the fullness of time will see us able to return to our full parish community life.

God bless, Fr Paul

 

 


Return of Public Masses at Holy Trinity

posted 21 Jul 2020, 10:41 by Pauline Cregg

The Return of Public Masses at Holy Trinity

After much thought and prayer Fr Simon and I have agreed that from next week (Monday 27th July) we will begin again the celebration of Public Mass in Holy Trinity.  But let me say from the start that there is currently no obligation for Catholics to attend Mass and that people who are elderly or who have underlying health conditions should continue to stay at home and watch live streamed Masses.  If you feel in anyway ill, please do not attend!

·       Mass will be very different.  The Diocese has put into place Guidelines to try to limit the risks of anyone contracting the COVID virus in church. 

·       There will be no servers or readers, no public singing. 

·       Everyone who attends Mass will need to wear a face mask or face covering - exceptions are made only for those who for medical reasons cannot wear a mask and children under the age of 11. 

·       On entering the church, you will be asked to sanitise your hands and then maintaining social distancing you will be escorted to a seat by a steward. Families and people who live in the same household may sit together all others must sit socially distanced. 

·       Mass will be celebrated without the distribution of Holy Communion. After the Mass has ended the priest will come forward and distribute Holy Communion then.

·       Once you have received Communion please leave the church straight away and do not linger and talk to friends, much though you would like to!

Even though Holy Trinity is a large church numbers will be limited to 60 people at any one celebration.  Given the experience of many local parishes I do not think at this time this will cause problems as people are still cautious.  I would ask that if you would like to come to Mass please do so once a week, if you can come in the week please do so, leaving Sunday for those who cannot attend on another day.

From next week there will be three Weekday Masses all at 10am. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

There will be four Masses of Sunday; on Saturday afternoons at 3pm and 5pm and Sunday Mornings 10am and 12noon.  This is only a temporary timetable and will be under review after a month.

After each and every Mass the church will need to be cleaned.  Stewards who can help showing people to their places and bringing them forward for Holy Communion and then cleaning the church are vital.  More Weekday Masses will be possible if more volunteers come forward to act as stewards.  If you would like to volunteer, please either ring the Presbytery 01782 616483 or email: holytrinitynewcastle@ yahoo.co.uk.

These are tentative baby steps which I hope in God’s providence. in the fullness of time will see us able to return to our full parish community life.

God bless, Fr Paul

 

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Holy Trinity and Sacred Churches are both closed for the forseeable future

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Statement of the Bishops’ Conference Suspending Public Catholic Worship

18th March 2020

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES 


A letter from the President and Vice-President on behalf of all the Bishops of the Conference

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith.  It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches.  This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.

 

Our churches will remain open.  They are not closing.  They will be a focal point of prayer, where you will find solace and strength.  In visiting our churches at this time, we will observe with great care the practices of hygiene and the guidance on social distancing.

 

However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation. 

 

Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated; joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the live-streaming of the Mass; following its prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion: this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days.  These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day.

 

We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181).  This pandemic is the 'serious reason' why this obligation does not apply at this time.  

 

You will find more details about the pathway of prayer and sacramental life we are now to take in the accompanying document and on the Bishops’ Conference website (www.cbcew.org.uk). Your own bishop and parish priest will provide further support, encouragement and information about our way of prayer together in the coming weeks.  

 

The second vital aspect of these challenging times is our care for each other.  There are so many ways in which we are to do this: being attentive to the needs of our neighbour, especially the elderly and vulnerable; contributing to our local food banks; volunteering for charitable initiatives and organisations; simply keeping in touch by all the means open to us.

 

During these disturbing and threatening times, the rhythm of the prayer of the Church will continue.  Please play your part in it.  The effort of daily kindness and mutual support for all will continue and increase.  Please play your part in this too. For your commitment to this, we thank you.

 

'The Lord is my shepherd,
There is nothing I shall want.'

 

May God bless us all.
 
  
 
Vincent Cardinal Nichols, President
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Vice-President

 

 


Re-opening of Holy Trinity for Private Prayer

posted 18 Mar 2020, 07:49 by Pauline Cregg   [ updated 4 Jul 2020, 04:30 ]

Re-opening of Holy Trinity for Private Prayer

From Monday 29th June Holy Trinity will be open for private prayer on Mondays and Thursdays 10am until 12noon.  If you are unsure or have a question Stewards will be there to help you. 

·       You will be asked to sanitize your hands as you enter and leave.

·       Entry to the church will be through the side door and there will be a one-way system in operation, and you will be asked to maintain social distancing. 

·       Only certain benches towards the front of the church will be used for you to sit or kneel. Family groups from one household will be allowed to sit together.

·       The lighting of votive candles will not be possible at this time.

·       Exit from the church will be through the main West door, people who cannot use the steps will be allowed to exit via the side door.

·       Only 20 people will be allowed into the church at one time and there will be a ‘one in, one out system’.  If you are waiting to come into church can I ask that you do so near the entrance to the Community Centre.  This is because social distancing will not possible in the walkway by the side door. 

·       Toilet facilities will not be accessible.

You may have heard that Public Masses will be allowed to be celebrated in the near future.  I am sure that there will be restrictions on numbers attending and we are waiting for the guidelines from the Bishops as to how we are going to move forward.  I will keep you informed.

God bless, Fr Paul

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Holy Week & Easter 2020

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