Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bishop Seamus Cunningham at St Joseph's, Gateshead

This weekend was the Episcopal Visitation of St Joseph's parish together with the satellite church of St Wilfrid. Bishop Cunningham celebrated Mass at St Wilfrid's on Saturday & spent Sunday at St Joseph's. He celebrated & preached at both the 8.30am & 10.30am OF Masses before joining us for the EF 12noon Mass. This being the 3rd Sunday of the month we celebrated a Missa Cantata with Fr Adrian Dixon the parish priest who celebrates our EF Mass every Sunday.

The bishop sat in choir & was accorded the required rubrics throughout Mass. He also preached a most excellent sermon on prayer & silence coupled with our need to evangelise. He met with the congregation as they left the church after Mass & gave his blessing to the servers following Mass.

We were delighted that Bishop Seamus was able to share in our celebration of Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

BBC4 programme on Pugin from St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne

Last November BBC4 decided to record a programme on the architect Pugin. As he designed St Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle it was decided that this would be a good venue.

In view of the fact that the cathedral was designed for the Usus Antiquior the cathedral dean, Fr Peter Leighton, asked Fr Michael Brown if it were possible to re-enact a part of a Solemn High Mass (the Offertory). A team of servers plus the Schola Sancti Baedae took part with Fr Brown as celebrant, Fr David Phillips as deacon and Fr Jim Angus as sub-deacon.

The programme is to be televised on BBC4 on Thursday 19th January 2012. Watch out for details of time in your TV guide.

Update Mass details for Hexham & Newcastle

St Mary's Barnard Castle

2nd February 2012 (Feast of the Purification) Low Mass 7.30pm
22nd February 2012 (Ash Wednesday) Low Mass 7.30pm
26th March 2012 (Annunciation) Low Mass at 7.30pm

These are in addition to usual Masses

SS Joseph, Patrick & Cuthbert

There will be NO MASSES on 19th & 26th January 2012.
2nd February 2012 (Purification) Mass at 11.45am instead of 12 noon
9th February 2012 Mass reverts back to 12 noon
There will be NO MASSES on 16th & 23rd February 2012 nor on 2nd & 9th March 2012
Masses will revert to normal from 15th March 2012 at 12 noon.

Information on Masses at St Mary's, Forest Hall & Sacred Heart & English Martyrs, Thornley will be published as soon as possible

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Masses were held at Coxhoe (Missa Cantata), Barnard Castle (Low Mass) & Forest Hall (Low Mass) to celebrate the feast.

Thank to to our clergy, singers & servers for making them possible.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Episcopal Visitation to St Joseph's, Gateshead

Rt Rev Seamus Cunningham will be carrying out a Visitation at St Joseph's Church, High Street West, Gateshead on Sunday 15th January 2011. In accordance with his usual format he will be present at all parish Masses including the 12 noon Extraordinary Form. As the 15th is the 3rd Sunday of January this Mass will be a Missa Cantata.
We cordially invite all LMS members to attend & meet our Ordinary after Mass.