FEAST OUR LADY OF LOURDES  Sunday 11 February 2018: The Legion of Mary and the children led a Lourdes Procession around the inside of St Peter’s Church at the end the 11.30am Mass. Also held on this day is the World Day of Prayer for the Sick and the Sacrament of Anointing was distributed at all Masses this weekend.

BENE MERENTI MEDAL (meaning well merited): This Papal award was presented to Mr Hugh Davey this Sunday 11 February 2018 at the 11.30am Mass at St Peter’s. This is in recognition of his loyalty as an altar server for over 70 years, his service/involvement in the church & his courageous defence of The Unborn. Congrats and well merited Hugh, and not forgetting Josie his loving and devoted wife of 52 years and family, who also received a flower bouquet.

ENROLMENT MASS OF CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES Sunday 4 February at St Peter’s Church 11.30am Mass


CHRISTIAN UNITY SERVICE hosted by St Joeph’s church Newby on 22 January 2018

BLESSING OF BABIES & CHILDREN BAPTISED IN 2017 On Sunday 7 January at St Peter’s Church 11.30am Mass, babies and children together with their godparents and families were welcomed for a special blessing and Renewal of Bapitsm Promises. This is the closest Sunday to the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.

CHRISTMAS VIGIL MASS on Christmas Eve at St Peter’s Church

CHILDREN’S NATIVITY at St Joseph’s, December 2018

PARENT & TODDLER GROUP held their Christmas party on 18 December.  The Parent & Toddler Group is held in the bungalow behind St Joseph’s Church on Green Lane, Newby on Mondays at 9.30am during term time. If you would like more information, contact the parish office to be put in touch with the group leaders.


UCM (Union of Catholic Mothers) ENROLMENT MASS was held on the evening of Tuesday 5 December 2017 at St Peter’s Church. Fr Gubbins blessed UCM badges and presented them to 7 new members (middle photo, left to right: Marion Broughton, Marie Birdsall, Mo Swales, Pat Scutt, Heather Tymon, Sue Gregory and Barbara Chambers).

ALTER SERVERS MASS at St Joseph’s Church. On Sunday 3 December 2017, eight altar servers at St Joseph’s Church Scarborough were enrolled into  the Guild of St Stephen. Medals were blessed and presented by Fr Albert Schembri.

BIRTHDAY BOY 97 years: parishioners celebrate George Wilson’s birthday in St Peter’s Parish Centre .

DIVINE MERCY SISTERS from Kraków visit St Peter’s Church on Sunday 10 December 2017 for the Polish Mass. Kraków is the home of the Basilica of Divine Mercy, the resting place of St Faustina Kowalska, the Polish nun and mystic who wrote a diary of her visions which inspired the Divine Mercy Devotion.

CHRISTMAS PARISH LUNCH on Wednesday 6 December in St Peter’s Parish Centre was enjoyed by all, with a Christmas sing song to finish.

CEILIDH: FR GUBBINS’ 60TH BIRTHDAY HOOLEY was on Friday 17 November, held in St Mary’s Parish Hall, just a few strides down from St Peter’s Church. Net proceeds from ticket sales were donated to Fr Gubbins’ charities of choice, the Rainbow Centre, who do great work for the homeless and needy in the Scarborough area, and Barnardo’s, who work to defend, safeguard and support the most vulnerable children in society. Many photos were taken on the evening, and these are split into batches below for ease of viewing. It was an immensely enjoyable evening.


Taking part in the Ceilidh…

Beautiful dancing by the talented Irish Dancers from Kevin O’Connor’s School of Irish Dancing

Good company, good Craic. Family and friends joined Fr Gubbins from Ireland, Scarborough, Middlesbrough, Robbin Hood’s Bay, Whitby and Hull.

MEMORIAL CANDLE SERVICE Candles were lit during Mass at St Peter’s Church on Sunday 5 November 2017, in memory of the deceased of the parish over the last year. Similarly candles were lit at St Edward’s at the Vigil Mass on 11 November and at St Joseph’s on 12 November.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Sunday 12 November at the Cenotaph in St Peter’s car park. Veteran soldier and Bene Merenti recipient Mr George Wilson, aged 97 years, laid the Poppy Wreath as we honoured the soldiers from Scarborough who died in the two great wars. George has been laying the wreath for over 31 years. It was a cold, wet and blustery day and some battled with the wind over possession of their brollies.

RACE NIGHT was held on the evening of Friday 15 September at St Edward’s Hall. It was a fun and enjoyable evening. Winners of the evening were Fiona Nolan and Kathryn Donoghue. The event was a fundraiser for the Renovations Fund and raised a fantastic £1,162.  Thanks go to all who donated, to the sponsors, owners, jockeys on the night, and especially to the organising team for all their hard work in organising the event.

DIAMOND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Friends and family gathered to help George and Heather Tymon celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday 30 September 2017 at their home. Heather and George, parishioners of St Joseph’s, Scarborough were married at St Peter’s Church, Scarborough by Canon O’Byrne in 1957. Mass was celebrated by Fr Albert Schembri (priest at St Joseph’s) in a marquee in their garden, which was followed by a shared lunch. Heather and George were presented by a papal blessing. It was a beautiful occasion, and Heather and George are wished much happiness in the future.


RITE OF WELCOME Children of two families, who are preparing for their children’s Baptism, were welcomed into the parish at St Peter’s on Sunday 15 October 2017, and were again welcomed on Sunday 29 October, when the children were anointed as part of their journey to Baptism.

PILGRIMS who visited the Shrine of Padre Pio at the  Franciscan Friary, Pantasaph in Flintshire, North Wales, and to Holywell on 24 September 2017.

SPONSORED CLIMB Parishioner, Ann Seegoolam, succeeded in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in September to raise funds for St Peter’s Restoration Funds. Congratulations and well done. £1,800 received so far, and still counting.

CONGRATULATION to Matthew Cragg and Jennifer Dunne, married at St Peter’s Church on Saturday 16 September. With music from the String Quartet from Bridlington and Hull.

FATIMA PILGRIMAGE to Middlesbrough Cathedral for the visit of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima and relics of Saints Jacinta and Francisco on the evening of Wednesday 13 September 2017: Entrance of Our Lady and Relics, Crowning of Our Lady, and Veneration of Our Lady of Fatima statue and Relics of Saints Jacinta and Francisco. 

BLESSING OF ICONS The Icons painted recently by the Icon Painting Group were blessed during a special ceremony at St Peter’s Church on Monday 14 August after the Vigil Mass of the Assumption of Our Lady.

WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS to  Joseph Barrett and Shona Cowban who were married at St Peter’s Church on Saturday 19 August 2017.

STATUE OF OUR LADY at St Joseph’s decorated with flowers for the Assumption Holy Day of Obligation of Tuesday 15 august 2017.


ASSUMPTION MASS the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Grace at Osmotherley, Sunday 13 August. A beautiful Mass and a day blessed with glorious sunshine – a rarity for this event. But the effects of the recent rain was still felt when the coach got stuck in the mud. After attempting to push it out, a local farmer was finally called to pull it free with a tractor.

PARENTS AND FAMILIES who have been attending the Baptism group another step on the road to their children’s Baptism with the Rite of Anointing at the 11.30am Mass at St Peter’s this Sunday 6 August 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to Maisie-Monique and Noah-Byron baptised this Sunday 6 August at St Peter’s Church during 11.30am Mass

Veronica Oxley was presented with Flowers from the parish on her 95th birthday on 31 July

Farewell to Fr Anthony Amadi: Fr Anthony came to say good-bye to Scarborough parishioners  this Sunday 31 July. Fr Anthony was with us from November 2013 to July 2014.  He and his fellow priests, Fr Leonard and Fr Damian will return to Nigeria in September. Fr Ruben, who was also here in Scarborough the year before, has already returned. They are all members of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy. There will be a Mass of Thanksgiving for the work and ministry of the priests of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy in our Diocese at Middlesbrough Cathedral on Sunday 6 August at 5pm. All are welcome.

Ampleforth Summertime: 13 children altogether attended from Scarborough – coming from St Joseph’s and St George’s Churches, and St George’s & St Peter’s schools.Image may contain: 26 people, people smiling, outdoor

Some photos from the Parish Summer Fayre & Raffle held at St Mary’s Hall, Castle Road on 22 July 2017Image may contain: one or more people and people sittingImage may contain: 4 people, people smilingImage may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people sittingImage may contain: 1 person, sittingImage may contain: 1 person, sitting and indoorImage may contain: 2 people, people smilingImage may contain: 1 person, sitting and standing

Rite of Welcome of the children and families from the Baptism Group at St Peter’s 11.30am Mass on Sunday 16 July 2017. The children were marked with the sign of the cross.

Middlesbrough Diocese seminarian, Richard Marsden (Rev Rich) was on Wednesday 12 July 2018 ordained to the priestly diaconate in Rome. Photo of him (2nd left) assisting at his first Mass the following day at Palazzola. With former Scarborough parish priest and diocesan Vications Director, Fr William Massie far right.

INTERNATIONAL NIGHT A wonderful night which began with an International Mass, followed by an evening of music, dance and song, of international food and native constume. The evening was much enjoyed by all, and brought us together in friendship, prayer and in our common Faith. 20 photos of the Mass and all aspects of the event….

FR ALBERT’S 44TH BIRTHDAY – birthday cake baked and presented by Cleo  at the International night. Happy birthday Fr Albert! More photos of International Night to follow…

LEAVERS MASS – St Augustines Year 11  on 28th June 2017 at St Josephs church.

NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR (HELP) ended on Tuesday 27 June 2017 with candles at St Peter’s Church burning into the night.

OUCH… damage to the war memorial in St Peter’s car park, which was hit by a delivery van on 30 June 2017.


FIRST HOLY COMMUNICANTS at St Joseph’s Church on Sunday 11 June and at St Peter’s Church on Sunday 18 June 2017, and presentation of certificates to the candidates and flowers for the Catechists at the 11.30am Mass at St Peter’s on Sunday 2 July 2017.

Blessing of the Sacred Heart Statue on the Feast of the Sacred Heart at St Augustine’s School. Present were some of the ExCons (former pupils)..from all over, even as far away Birmingham.

1951 Statue of the Sacred Heart in the Convent ground (its original setting), with Catherine Gibson and Barbara Snook in the foreground.

Congratulations and welcome to our Scarborough Church family to Joseph George, Baptised at St Peter’s Church on Friday 23 June 2017

Fr Patrick Gavigan paid a visit to St Peter’s on Wednesday 21 June, with his two nieces from Guisborough, Bernadette and Eileen. Fr Pat was priest at St Pete’s from 1961 to 1967. He now resides in Bolivia. Fr Gubbins made tea and jaffa cakes.


First Communion Retreat 2017 at Madonna House, Robin Hood’s Bay

Corpus Christi procession from Scarborough Castle to St Peter’s Church on the Feast of Corpus Christi, 18 June 2017



Visit of the Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver: Left to right – Sisters Sister Immaculata(from Nigeria) Sister Mercy (India) Sister Assumpta (Poland), who were in the Scarborough Parishes over the weekend of 3/4 June 2017 making an appeal for their Missionary work. This was the first time Sr Immaculata had seen the sea in her life.

Baptism of Tom, Harry & Ben Niklas-Smith on 22 April 2017 at St Peter’s Church

Lourdes Pilgrimage –  a few more photos from the pilgrims 1) Chaplain to the sick, Fr Pat Keogh of St Hilda’s RC Church, Whitby; 2) Liz Murphy with Val Maughan of St Andrew’s, Teesville; 3) Trevor Grindley partying; 4)

Congratulations to Mrs Ella Connor, who celebrated her 95th birthday on Saturday 27 May. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers at the Vigil Mass at St Edward’s.

Scarborough pilgrims in Lourdes, Saturday 27 May 2017: 1) Mike & Josie Warburton with Trevor Grindley; 2) Mike & Josie meet up with Liz Murphy and our former parish priest, Fr William Massie; 3) International Mass in the underground Basilica.

Scarborough pilgrims to Lourdes, Friday 26 May: at the airport. Liz Murphy with Trevor Grindley and Sheila Coupland

Our oldest parishioner at St Edward’s, Mrs Winnifred King, who will be 101 years old on 31 August.

A few more photos of the May Procession on 7 May 2017, courtesy of Cleo Robles

Congratulations to Phyllis O’Brien who celebrated her 85th birthday on 10th May, pictured with husband, Ron

May Procession 7 May 2017 started outside the Castle and processed to St Peter’s Church, where the Crowning of Mary, Queen of May took place in front of the altar

Children singing and signing at the end of Mass at St Peter’s on the day of the May Procession 7 May 2017

Polish First Communions: 10 Polish children made their First Holy Communion this Sunday 7 May 2017

Hull University Catholic Society Visit to Scarborough: Fr William Massie brought a group of young people  to Scarborough on Saturday 6th May 2017 for a beach party and prayer afterwards at St Peter’s church.

Easter Garden in front of the altar at St Peter’s Church, Scarborough 2017

Easter Garden and Cross of Victory at St Joseph’s Church, Newby, Scarborough 2017

Easter 2017 Garden and Paschal Candle floral arrangement at St Edwards Church

Vigil Mass at St Peter’s Church, Scarborough 2017. Lighting of the Easter Vigil Fire, and from it, the Paschal Candle by Fr Gubbins. Procession with the Paschal Candle a nd lighting of individual candles, to symbolise the light of Christ entering into the world to conquer sin and darkness.

Vigil Mass at St Joseph’s, Church, Newby, Scarborough 2017. Fr Albert Schembri processes with the Paschal Candle, from which individual candles are lit.

Good Friday Walk of Witness 2017 of the Churches Together In Scarborough from Albemarle Crescent to the castle, with some of our parishioners pictured. The easter story was dramamatised in the town centre. After processing through town to the castle there was a short service  to bring the event to a close, in the castle grounds . With view of North Bay from the Castle walls 

Scarborough says goodbye and thanks to Sister Dymphna and the Ladies of Mary – Farewell Mass 11:30am at St Peter’s followed by a buffet gathering at St Mary’s Hall. Sister Dymphna is pictured on the right, below. Sister Celia, on the left, read the Word of God at Mass.

UCM Easter Bonnet competition at their AGM on 21 March – winner Ann Wilson with her yellow nest bonnet

Rite of Welcome for baptism candidates Maisie-Monique and Noah-Byron with mum Annabelle at the 11:30am Mass on Sunday 19 March 2017

Golden Weding Anniversary: Sean and Mary Carney were presented with a bouquet at the 11:30am Mass at St Peter’s in celebration of their golden wedding anniversary, which was on Saturday 18th.DSC_6285a

Fr Peter Kravos, chaplain of Leeds University, with some students, visiting Scarborough 18 March – Mass at St Peter’s, then walking to Filey along the coast

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Ash Wednesday 2017 Mass at St Augustine’s School, with imposition of the ashes. Celebrated by Fr GubbinsIMG_0305 IMG_0306 IMG_0313

David Edwards tossing a pancake at Youth Club pancake nightIMG_0089

St Joseph’s 1964: Parishioners leaving Mass – do you recognise anyone? Do let us know if you do. Second photo inside the church – notice the altar and statues. Third photo Fr Dan Breen, parish priest at St Joseph’s.IMG_20170309_171248 IMG_20170309_171548IMG_20170309_175440


Happy 70th birthday to Soh Jones – celebrated at the Legion of Mary on 25 February 2017soh2

Fundraising evening at St Edward’s for the Ladies of Mary (Daughters of Mary & Joseph) where the film ‘The Quiet Man’ was shown and a bowl of Irish Stew enjoyed by all – a fun eveningJE Eds1 eds2 eds3 eds4 eds5

Scarborough Parishes wish Norah Walsh a happy 95th birthday on Tuesday 14 February. Norah was presented with a bunch of flowers by the children this Sunday 19 February at St Peter’s 11:30am MassNW1 NW2 NW3 NW4 NW5

History was made at St Peter’s on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in March 1989 when 29 ladies were enrolled as members of the Union of Catholic Mothers. See photo and news-clip below.IMG_20170204_223947 IMG_20170204_223730

Christmas Day 1983 – St Peter’s Parish Priest Canon Donal O’Byrne (left) with Curate Fr (now Canon) Eddie Gubbins (right). Fr Gubbins was ordained in June 1982IMG_20170129_131656

Enrollment Mass of the First Confession/First Communion children at St Peter’s Church 29 January 2017IMG_20170129_120051

Parish luncheon 25 January 2017 celebrating Burns Day / Night with haggis lunch and entertainment from Fr Gubbins and a wee sing or two from JimmyIMG_20170125_131725 IMG_20170125_131645 IMG_20170125_131746 IMG_20170125_131604 IMG-20170125-WA0000

Blessing of children and babies baptised during 2016 during the Mass of the Epiphany / Baptism of the Lord at St Peter’s ChurchIMG_20170121_194124

Golden Wedding: Margaret and Roger Foster of
Paisley, Glasgow renew their wedding vows on their wedding anniversary  in St Peter’s Church, the church where they were originally married, on Tuesday 17th January 2017IMGP2021a-1 IMGP2033a

St Peter’s in the snow, and views from the rear windows: Friday 13 January 2017 (front car park and views from the rear of the Rectory)IMG-20170115-WA0002 IMG-20170115-WA0004 IMG-20170115-WA0005

St Augustine’s School Leavers Mass at St Peter’s Church, July 2016IMG-20170115-WA0001

Golden wedding presentation for Hugh and Josie Davey on 14 February 2016. Hugh and Josie were married at St Marks Church, Shettleston, Glasgow on that date of 1966IMG-20170115-WA0000

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Christmas 2016 Vigil Mass at St Peter’s Church. Photos by Maisie Atkinson.15675756_10209998636315958_7276229005287813844_o 15675948_10209998634555914_1662425507816708868_o

Legion of Mary visit nursing home Christmas 2016 – giving out chocolates (Photo by Cleo Robles)15676067_10211648518790581_8857594648119247945_o

St Peters RC Primary School Advent Liturgy at St Joseph’s Church, Newby on 13 December on the theme of The Jesse Tree15590876_693856210782613_993200983052444139_o

Parish Christmas Luncheon: 14 December 2016 in St Peter’s Parish Centre15493258_693854517449449_8238030823660644900_o 15493427_693854194116148_3601288932603589300_o 15440449_693854497449451_1423735386274183902_o 15585176_693854460782788_385397487640937373_o 15578139_693854420782792_8319091970861436657_o 15591529_693854437449457_351054914564671234_o 15578348_693854440782790_492405253154844816_o

St Augustine’s School Christmas Concert Concert 14 December 2016 at Westborough Methodist Hall, Scarborough15540785_693838694117698_88860380754667185_o 15590813_693838640784370_1088300069437143532_o 15493676_693838654117702_3224989008715073416_o 15440439_693838837451017_1421507150331772426_o 15443063_693852790782955_2814525193060021703_o

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Sacred Heart Statue This statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was situated in the Convent School in Queen Street, Scarborough for many years. It has recently been retrieved and restored with money raised by the ex-cons (‘girls’ who attended the convent) and fundraising in the Parish and is now located in St Augustines School, Scarborough15578338_693815810786653_6372826796531482357_o

Advent Day of Reflection display on the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception at St Peter’s on 8 December 201615401051_689279187906982_8716908782292318953_n

Polish celebration at St Peter’s of the Feast of St Nicholas on 6 December 2016 – Santa with the children


First Sunday of Advent Taizé & Spirituality evening at St Joseph’staize-2016a taize-2016b

Visit of the Lampedusa Cross to St Peter’s October 2016
When hundreds of refugees who were fleeing Eritrea and Somalia drowned off the coast of Lampedusa, Francesco Tuccio, a carpenter from the small Italian island of Lampedusa, was moved to gather the driftwood from the wrecked boats and turn them into crosses, which he offered to survivors as a small but powerful symbol of hope. One of these crosses has visited our parishes and schools.lampedusa-cross

Syro-Malabar Mass at St Edwards: Fr James & parishioners

St Peter’s May Procession 1962 approx
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Rembrance Sunday at St Peter’s, 13 November 2016
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Shoebox appeal 2016
A wonderful night at the Youth Club Annual Shoebox event for Operation Christmas Child. More than 30 young people aged 8-18 years old and 20 adults joined together for a fun evening and managed to pack a staggering 131 shoeboxes! There was a wonderful sense of community. The young people were amazing and packed beautiful boxes filled with really good quality gift items which were generously donated by the children & Parishioners. Thank you and well done to the children, their parents and the Parishioners for all of their support and generosity.


Prayers for the Dead
Parishioners visiting Woodlands Cemetery for prayers 6th November 2016prayers-at-woodlands-2016

Polish 10th Anniversary of Sunday Mass at St Peter’s Church
Polish Choir visits St Peter’s 6 November 2016polish-celebration2

We welcome Canon Edmond Gubbins

sr-_cecilia_wilkinson_presentationCanon Gubbins (who prefers to be known as Fr Gubbins or Fr Eddie) took over as Parish Priest of the Scarborough Parishes on 15 October 2016. He resides at St Peter’s Church. Canon Gubbins comes to us from Teesville in Middlesbrough.


We say goodbye to Fr William Massie

Fr William leaves the Scarborough Parishes on 19 September to take up img_4833new roles in Hull as University Chaplain, Director and Promoter of the Hull Evangelisation Mission, and to resumes the role of diocesan Vocations Director.

Fr William writes: Quite simply, THANK YOU, for the privilege of being a part of the Scarborough Parishes these last seven years. Dare I say, I hope most of you have enjoyed our time together as much as I have. Our diocese is small and so hopefully we will continue to meet at diocesan celebrations. Please pray for me. I am so thankful that Canon Gubbins is coming here as parish priest. I was with him for a year as a curate and was inspired by his kindness, hard work, zeal for souls and good humour. Please welcome him warmly and look after him!

Visit of the Relics of St Anthony of Padua to Middlesbrough Cathedral June 2016:
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Blessed Sacrament Procession June 2016:
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First Holy Communions 2016:

Crowning of Our Lady, May 2016:

May Procession 2016: