A Solemn High Mass will be celebrated at 12 noon on Saturday 26th July 2014 in honour of Bl John Ingram martyred in Gateshead on that date in 1594. The Mass will be celebrated in St Joseph's Church, Gateshead by V Rev Fr Michael Brown. The music will be provided by the Westland Singers of Sunderland. John Ingram converted to Catholicism whilst a student at Oxford and from there studied for the priesthood in the Society of Jesus, first at the English College in Rheims then to the Jesuit College at Pont-a-Mousson then to the English College in Rome where he was ordained in 1589. In 1592 he travelled to Scotland but was captured on 25th November 1593. He was first imprisoned in Berwick-on-Tweed before being transferred first to Durham then York and finally the Tower of London where he was tortured. He was finally tried with John Boste and George Swallowell before being sent to Gateshead for execution. He was beatified by Pope Pius XI in 1929.
It has been suggested that we consider a 1-day pilgrimage to the Institute of Christ the King church in New Brighton (the Dome of Home). The suggested date is Saturday 2nd August 2014 when a Solemn High Mass is to be celebrated and a tour of the shrine. At this point we are simply asking that anyone who may be interested contact us without commitment. When we know approx numbers we will check out coaches. It is suggested that we would need to leave very early on Saturday 2nd August (probably from St Joseph's in Gateshead where cars could be left) and return probably late evening. To keep prices low we would expect participants to take responsibility for their own food either by way of packed meals or purchasing food there. Anyone interested in joining us MUST let us know by Saturday 5th July 2014. Expressing interest does not give commitment.
We had a wonderful celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi at St Joseph's in Gateshead last night with Solemn High Mass. The sacred ministers were V Rev Fr Michael Brown, Rev Fr David Phillips and Rev Deacon Andrew Bunce. There was a full serving team led by Leo Darroch. The music was beautifully sung by the Westland Singers of Sunderland. Immediately following Mass we had an outdoor procession of the Blessed Sacrament which circled the church. Afterwards attendees socialised with coffee, wine & food. It was especially rewarding to have some first time attendees, one of whom was not aware that the EF Mass was celebrated twice weekly at St Joseph's. No doubt she will visit more frequently as she commented very favourably about the prayerfulness of this form of the Mass. Also in attendance were parishioners of Fr Phillips from Berwick on Tweed and two ladies from the Ordinariate parish in Gainford.
Just to confirm the details of the Solemn High Mass at St Joseph's in Gateshead for the Feast of Corpus Christi. The Mass will begin at 7.00pm with music by Bonfitto, Mozart, Elgar & Franck sung by the Westland Singers of Sunderland. As mentioned earlier it is the intention to have a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament & the evening will be rounded off with cheese & wine
A Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will be celebrated at St Joseph's Church in Gateshead for the Feast of Corpus Christi - Thursday 19th June 2014 - together with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament. More details to follow