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Mass times

Saturdays (Vigil) – 5.30pm at St Peter’s
Sundays – 9.30am at St Joseph’s
Sundays – 9.30am at St Peter’s (Polish)
Sundays – 11.30am at St Peter’s
3rd Sunday – 2pm at St Edward’s (Malayalam)
Mondays
– 10am at St Joseph’s
Tuesdays –5.30pm at St Edward’s 
Wednesdays
– 10am at St Peter’s
Thursdays – 10am at St Joseph’s
Friday 8th 9am at St Peter’s (normally 10am)
Saturdays 10am at St Peter’s

 

Normal times as follows (times may vary during Holy week and Christmastide).
Saturdays
 – 10.30am to 11am at St Peter’s
Sundays – 9am -9.20am at St Joseph’s
Mondays – 9.30-9.50am at St Joseph’s
And by request

PRAYER OF POPE FRANCIS

PRAYER OF POPE FRANCIS FOR THE
CONSECRATION OF UKRAINE AND RUSSIA
TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
FRIDAY 25 MARCH 2022

O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial we turn to you. As our Mother, you love us and know us: no concern of our hearts is hidden from you. Mother of mercy, how often we have experienced your watchful care and your peaceful presence! You never cease to guide us to Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Yet we have strayed from that path of peace. We have forgotten the lesson learned from the tragedies of the last century, the sacrifice of the millions who fell in two world wars. We have disregarded the commitments we made as a community of nations. We have betrayed peoples’ dreams of peace and the hopes of the young. We grew sick with greed, we thought only of our own nations and their interests, we grew indifferent and caught up in our selfish needs and concerns. We chose to ignore God, to be satisfied with our illusions, to grow arrogant and aggressive, to suppress innocent lives and to stockpile weapons. We stopped being our neighbour’s keepers and stewards of our common home. We have ravaged the garden of the earth with war and by our sins we have broken the heart of our heavenly Father, who desires us to be brothers and sisters. We grew indifferent to everyone and everything except ourselves. Now with shame we cry out: Forgive us, Lord!

Holy Mother, amid the misery of our sinfulness, amid our struggles and weaknesses, amid the mystery of iniquity that is evil and war, you remind us that God never abandons us, but continues to look upon us with love, ever ready to forgive us and raise us up to new life. He has given you to us and made your Immaculate Heart a refuge for the Church and for all humanity. By God’s gracious will, you are ever with us; even in the most troubled moments of our history, you are there to guide us with tender love.

We now turn to you and knock at the door of your heart. We are your beloved children. In every age you make yourself known to us, calling us to conversion. At this dark hour, help us and grant us your comfort. Say to us once more: “Am I not here, I who am your Mother?” You are able to untie the knots of our hearts and of our times. In you we place our trust. We are confident that, especially in moments of trial, you will not be deaf to our supplication and will come to our aid.

That is what you did at Cana in Galilee, when you interceded with Jesus and he worked the first of his signs. To preserve the joy of the wedding feast, you said to him: “They have no wine” (Jn 2:3). Now, O Mother, repeat those words and that prayer, for in our own day we have run out of the wine of hope, joy has fled, fraternity has faded. We have forgotten our humanity and squandered the gift of peace. We opened our hearts to violence and destructiveness. How greatly we need your maternal help!

Therefore, O Mother, hear our prayer.

Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest of war.

Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths of reconciliation.

Queen of Heaven, restore God’s peace to the world.

Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge, and teach us forgiveness.

Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear weapons.

Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and to love.

Queen of the Human Family, show people the path of fraternity.

Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world.

O Mother, may your sorrowful plea stir our hardened hearts. May the tears you shed for us make this valley parched by our hatred blossom anew. Amid the thunder of weapons, may your prayer turn our thoughts to peace. May your maternal touch soothe those who suffer and flee from the rain of bombs. May your motherly embrace comfort those forced to leave their homes and their native land. May your Sorrowful Heart move us to compassion and inspire us to open our doors and to care for our brothers and sisters who are injured and cast aside.

Holy Mother of God, as you stood beneath the cross, Jesus, seeing the disciple at your side, said: “Behold your son” (Jn 19:26.) In this way he entrusted each of us to you. To the disciple, and to each of us, he said: “Behold, your Mother” (v. 27). Mother Mary, we now desire to welcome you into our lives and our history. At this hour, a weary and distraught humanity stands with you beneath the cross, needing to entrust itself to you and, through you, to consecrate itself to Christ. The people of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate you with great love, now turn to you, even as your heart beats with compassion for them and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger, injustice and poverty.

Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine. Accept this act that we carry out with confidence and love. Grant that war may end and peace spread throughout the world. The “Fiat” that arose from your heart opened the doors of history to the Prince of Peace. We trust that, through your heart, peace will dawn once more. To you we consecrate the future of the whole human family, the needs and expectations of every people, the anxieties and hopes of the world.

Through your intercession, may God’s mercy be poured out on the earth and the gentle rhythm of peace return to mark our days. Our Lady of the “Fiat,” on whom the Holy Spirit descended, restore among us the harmony that comes from God. May you, our “living fountain of hope,” water the dryness of our hearts. In your womb Jesus took flesh; help us to foster the growth of communion. You once trod the streets of our world; lead us now on the paths of peace.

Amen.

 

Homes for Ukraine Session

From Bishop Terry
HOMES FOR UKRAINE INFORMATION ZOOM SESSION
Tuesday March 22nd 2pm-3pm

Dear brothers and sisters,

As you are aware the situation in the Ukraine is terrible beyond words. All of us want to help in some way. I offer you two ways which might be of use to you and anyone you know who is wanting to make an offer of their home or spare room or whatever. First of all there is the first note below and the possibility of joining a zoom meeting to gain more information. Also at attach the link to the CSAN toolkit which will be of assistance also.

Homes for Ukraine- Information session for North East Churches

As you know, the situation in Ukraine is desperate and the need for help with the humanitarian effort grows daily. So far, there are 2.5 million refugees who have fled Ukraine, 1.85 million people internally displaced, and 12 million people trying their best to survive in war-stricken towns and cities. These numbers continue to rise.

This week the UK Government launched a scheme whereby individuals in this country can register to offer accommodation to those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. Those offering accommodation need to link with a named person from

Ukraine and Friday 18 March they can apply for a Visa to come to the UK. This is in addition to the scheme that allows for Ukrainian families to reunite with relatives in this country. We are also expecting a second scheme where community groups, including churches, can become Community Sponsors.

We know that there are still lots of questions about the schemes: how people can volunteer and register, how they might be able to link with families in Ukraine and the surrounding countries, what will hosts have to provide, how will travel be arranged and more. Many of you also have questions about how you may be able to help and support families and hosts in the longer term if you can’t offer accommodation.

We will be hosting a zoom call on Tuesday 22 March from 2pm-3pm, where we hope to be able to update you about the latest information from the Government and answer some of your Frequently asked Questions about the situation here and in the countries bordering Ukraine.

We don’t have all the answers, but we will try and support those offering help and assistance of whatever kind and link with churches wanting to offer sponsorship and friendship.

To register to attend the meeting and receive the link, or to send any questions ahead of the meeting, please email Rob Bianchi: robbianchi56qmail.com  Thank you

Joanne Thorns (Regional Officer, North East Churches Acting Together) Val Barron (Communities Together Durham)

Rob Bianchi (ODM Creative Communications)

The CSAN toolkit can be accessed at the following

link: https://www.csan.orq.uk/ukraine/

In blessed hope,

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES 2021
Booking is essential – booking closes Midnight Sun 19 Dec
(for seating plans), but you can still phone or email, if there are still places.
Christmas Eve Vigil Masses are now full.
There are still paces at Midnight & Christmas Day Masses.
Online booking instructions below

For Confession times for Christmas, click HERE

Christmas Eve
6.30pm Christmas Vigil at St Peter’s (Carols 6pm)
8.30pm Christmas Vigil at St Joseph’s (Carols 8pm)
12 Midnight Mass at St Peter’s (Carols 11.30pm)

Christmas Day
8.30am Christmas Day at St Edward’s
9.30am Christmas Day at St Joseph’s
9.30am Christmas Day at St Peter’s (Polish)
11am Christmas Day at St Peter’s St Peter’s

ADVANCE BOOKING FOR CHRISTMAS MASSES 

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot make any guarantees, so please book early – for one Mass only 

  • Be sure of your booking – we cannot make changes (except in limited circumstances) 
  • If you wish to be seated together, you must book your group in one booking – stewards will draw up a seating plan in advance
  • We can only admit those who have booked and are on the list (unless we’re below capacity) 
  • If you have difficulties booking online, ask family/friend to help  
  • Please assist others who may have difficulty booking online 
  • Arrive early, to help our stewards seat you, & to avoid crowding. Maintain social distancing 

BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Online booking closes midnight Sunday 19 December
  • Navigate to our online booking platform at https://prayin.io/ or click HERE
  • In the button marked Enter event code type one of the following codes: 

6.30pm Christmas Vigil at St Peter’s (Carols 6pm) bkq-yex-xll
8.30pm Christmas Vigil at St Joseph’s (Carols 8pm) znr-xof-ygi
12 Midnight Mass at St Peter’s (Carols 11.30pm) sid-wrh-qxw
8.30am Christmas Day at St Edward’s ogn-zvc-hpx
9.30am Christmas Day at St Joseph’s ybe-kap-pgu
11am Christmas Day at St Peter’s St Peter’s qdl-ojz-jdu  

  • Follow the instructions and click Join (extra people can be added, but please name them – don’t leave a blank) 
  • You should receive a confirmation email. If you do not, and you want assurance, contact the parish office. Please DO NOT make another booking, as this causes duplicate bookings  

What if I want to book but don’t have access to the internet? 

FIRST ask family or friend whether they help you. We strongly recommend this, to avoid disappointment, as it takes time to receive and process your form. If you are still struggling, then you may use the paper booking form available at back of church or by request. Be aware that bookings are on a first come first served basis. 

Once received, the booking will be entered onto the online system at the office. If capacity is reached and your application is unsuccessful, we will let you know.   

ORDINATION OF PAUL GRIFFIN

ORDINATION OF PAUL GRIFFIN
TO THE PERMANENT DIACONATE
12 noon on Saturday 3 July at St Joseph’s Church

Booking is essential. Follow the instructions below:
  • Go to: https://prayin.io/
  • In the “Enter event code” button, type: hgw-qfb-vbv
  • Enter your email address
  • Enter your name
  • If there is more than 1 person in your party, click on “Add person” link (underneath the name box).
  • Repeat the last action for each additional person.
  • Click “Register” button
    NOTE please do not click “Add person” if you have nobody to add, as the system will reserve a blank place.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

The Blessed Sacrament is exposed before each weekday Mass at our churches – 30 minutes at St Peter’s & Edward’s, 1 hour at St Joseph’s, but check the newsletter for any changes.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is a ceremony in which a priest or deacon takes the Sacred Host from the tabernacle and places it on the altar for the adoration of the Faithful.  It is a celebration of the fundamental mystery of the Holy Eucharist – that our Lord is truly present, body and blood, soul and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament.  It makes Christ “sacramentally present” and is therefore “worthy of thanksgiving and worship.  And this worship must be prominent in all our encounters with the Blessed Sacrament…” (St Pope John Paul II Dominicae cenae #3).

MASSES

MASS TIMES
Although it is no longer required by law,  we ask you out of charity to continue to observe social distancing, sanitising and face coverings (unless exempt).

For Normal Mass times, see below
Live stream is from St Peter’s only

Saturdays (Vigil) – 5.30pm at St Peter’s
Sundays – 9.30am at St Joseph’s
Sundays – 9.30am at St Peter’s (Polish)
Sundays – 11.30am at St Peter’s
3rd Sunday – 2pm at St Edward’s (Malayalam)
Mondays
– 10am at St Joseph’s
Tuesdays –5.30pm at St Edward’s 
Wednesdays
 – 10am at St Peter’s
Thursdays – 10am at St Joseph’s
Fridays – 10am at St Peter’s
Saturdays 10am at St Peter’s

MALAYALAM MASS normally on 3rd Sunday of the month: 2pm at St Edward’s Church (Mass is preceded by Catechism of the children).

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.

OTHER LIVE MASSES 
Go to our LINKS page for information on other Live Masses in our diocese, country and elsewhere in the world

READINGS AT MASS

READINGS AT MASS
Click HERE for daily Mass readings for our local area of Middlesbrough Diocese. This resource is made available by Universalis. The Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office) is also available on their website. This is the Daily Prayer of the Church, which includes Morning & Evening Prayer. Lots more info is on their website, inc. info on each day, and instructions on reciting the Liturgy of the Hours. Click HERE for more QR codes or take a look at their website HERE.

 

About today

 

QR Office of Readings

 

QR Lauds (Morning Prayer)

 

QR Terce (Mid Morning Prayer)

 

QR Sext (Midday Prayer)

 

QR None (Afternoon Prayer)

 

QR Vespers (Evening Prayer)

 

QR Compline (Night Prayer)

 

CONFESSION

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION)

Normal times (may vary during Holy week and Christmastide):
Saturdays
 – 10.30am to 11am at St Peter’s
Sundays – 9am -9.20am at St Joseph’s
Mondays – 9.30-9.50am at St Joseph’s
And by request

Confessions for the Sick and Housebound can be arranged. Please phone the Parish Priest on 01723 360358, or speak to your Parish Visitor.

Children will make their First Confession during their course of preparation for First Holy Communion.

“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offence committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labours for their conversion”  (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1422)

HOW TO GO TO CONFESSION

  • Before Confession
    Spend a few minutes before your confession. Pray for God’s guidance and examine your conscience. Remember any sins you have committed. We are obliged to mention any serious (or ‘mortal’) sins; and we are encouraged to mention other smaller (or ‘venial’) sins and everyday faults (though don’t be too scrupulous about the latter)
  • During Confession
    Begin by saying: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” and then say: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It is [state the length of time] since my last confession”. Then say very briefly what your state of life is, to help him understand your situation; eg, at school, young, adult, single or married, working or not etc.
    Now confess your sins. Finish by saying “these are my sins” so the priest understands you have finished. The priest then may or may not offer some advice. He will then ask you to make an Act of Contrition. There are a few ways of saying this. Here is one authorised and commonly used example:
    Act of Contrition: O my God, I am sorry and beg pardon for all my sins, and detest them above all things, because they deserve Thy dreadful punishments, because they have crucified my loving Saviour Jesus Christ, and most of all because they offend Thine infinite goodness; and I firmly resolve, by the help of Thy grace,
    never to offend Thee again, and carefully to avoid the occasions of sin. Amen.

It is called the Sacrament of Conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus’ call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin.

It is called the Sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner’s personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction.

It is called the Sacrament of Confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a “confession” – acknowledgement and praise – of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man.

It is called the Sacrament of Forgiveness, since by the priest’s sacramental absolution God grants the penitent “pardon and peace.”

It is called the Sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the live of God who reconciles: “Be reconciled to God.”7 He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: “Go; first be reconciled to your brother.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church Nos. 1423-424

RCIA (Christian Initiation of Adults)

RCIA (RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS)

If you are an Adult who is not a Catholic, who is seeking entry into the Catholic Church, or you are a baptised Catholic but have not received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, or have been away from the Church for a long period of time and wish to return, please speak to our Parish Priest. You will normally undertake a course of Catechesis to help prepare you, at the end of which there will be a special celebration called the Rite of Reception, during which you will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church. This often, but not always, happens at the Easter Vigil Mass.

“The sacraments of Christian initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life. ‘The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity’.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1212

Sacrament of Baptism

BAPTISM

If you would like to have your child or yourself baptised, please contact the Parish Priest on 01723 360358. Parents wishing to have their child baptised are normally required to attend a Baptism Preparation Programme which is held 3 times yearly, comprising of four sessions of one hour each (during Coronavirus lockdown this may vary).

If you are not a Catholic but wish to be received into the Church, or if you are an adult who has been away from the Church for a long period of time and wishes to return, please speak to the Parish Priest. Further information can also be found on the RCIA page of this website – click HERE.

“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: ‘Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word’.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213

Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

SACRAMENT OF HOLY MATRIMONY (MARRIAGE)

Please contact the Parish Priest to arrange an appointment to discuss your proposed wedding (please give us at least 6 months notice). Couples will normally be required to complete a programme of Marriage Preparation.

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptised persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1601

Holy Orders (Ordination)

HOLY ORDERS (ORDINATION)

If you are discerning a Vocation to the Priesthood, please visit the website of the National Office for Vocations or contact the Vocations Office at the Diocese of Middlesbrough on 01642 850505 for further information.

“Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1536

Anointing of the Sick

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

From time to time our Churches offer Masses which include Anointing of the Sick.

If you would like a visit from a priest with Anointing for yourself or another, please phone the parish priest on 01723 360358. Please state if it is urgent end of life.

“The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick:

This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark, but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle and brother of the Lord.

From ancient times in the liturgical traditions of both East and West, we have testimonies to the practice of anointings of the sick with blessed oil. Over the centuries the Anointing of the Sick was conferred more and more exclusively on those at the point of death. Because of this it received the name “Extreme Unction.” Notwithstanding this evolution the liturgy has never failed to beg the Lord that the sick person may recover his health if it would be conducive to his salvation.

The Apostolic Constitution Sacram unctionem infirmorum, following upon the Second Vatican Council, established that henceforth, in the Roman Rite, the following be observed:

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill by anointing them on the forehead and hands with duly blessed oil – pressed from olives or from other plants – saying, only once: “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1511-1513

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is offered at all three of our churches at the times given on the home page (scroll down to to the bottom of the Mass Times), and also by request to one of our priests.

Children will make their First Confession during their course of preparation for First Holy Communion. Please click HERE for more information.

Confessions can be arranged for the Sick and Housebound. Please phone the Parish Priest on 01723 360358, or speak to your Parish Visitor.

“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offence committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labours for their conversion” 

It is called the Sacrament of Conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus’ call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin.

It is called the Sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner’s personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction.

It is called the Sacrament of Confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a “confession” – acknowledgement and praise – of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man.

It is called the Sacrament of Forgiveness, since by the priest’s sacramental absolution God grants the penitent “pardon and peace.”

It is called the Sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the live of God who reconciles: “Be reconciled to God.”7 He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: “Go; first be reconciled to your brother.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church No. 1422-1423