|Saturdays||5.00 p.m. Vigil|
(followed by recitation of the Rosary
for vocations to the Priesthood)
HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION that occur on a weekday
|Vigil Mass of the Feast||6.30 p.m.|
|Mass on the Feast day itself||10 a.m.|
Exposition of Blessed Sacrament(for private prayer and reflection) before Vigil Mass and Sunday morning Mass on the first weekend of the month.
Stations of the Cross and Benedictionon Sundays in Lent at 5.30 p.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)Saturday evenings 4.30 p.m. to 4.45 p.m., and immediately after the Vigil Mass.
After weekday Masses
or by appointment with Fr. John (0661 832298)
Usually the week before Christmas and Easter, a Service of Reconciliation is held in the church with a choice of four priests for hearing Confessions. A growing number of people find this a very prayerful and meaningful way to celebrate this healing sacrament of God's forgiveness.
The first step for new parents seeking baptism for their child is to introduce themselves to Father John, the parish priest, after attending Vigil Mass or Mass on Sunday morning.
So that the parents may better understand the meaning of the rite of Baptism and the commitment they will undertake to become the first teachers of their child in the ways of the Christian faith, the parish provides two preparations sessions of about 1 hour, prior to setting a date for the baptism, utilizing an interesting and informative DVD.
Mrs Jackie Christer is our preparation provider, and she can either come to your home for both sessions with the DVDs, or meet you at the Presbytery. To make an appointment, please phone Jackie on 01661 834295.
FIRST CONFESSION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Preparing children for these two sacraments is a partnership between home, parish and parish school, in which children are expected to attend Sunday Mass and Children's Liturgy regularly.
The children clearly need the support and encouragement of their parents, in order to come to appreciate God's forgiveness and God's love as revealed in his Son Jesus Christ.
Children who are not attending a Catholic school are expected to be attending Sunday Mass and the Children Liturgy of the Word regularly for at least three months before a bespoke catechetical preparation program is set up for them in the parish. Whilst the parish catechists will give up their free time to provide some sessions on Wednesday evenings, the parents will be expected to give some of the preparation by reading with their children the relevant sections of the Preparation Work Book for First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation.
THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
Engaged couples are usually expected to be members of the parish community and they should be attending Sunday Mass regularly as an integral part of their preparation for the life commitment they are planning.
Couples should give at least 6 months notice to the priest, so that all the requirements of the church can be carried out and sufficient time is allowed for the pastoral preparation of the couple for their Wedding Day.
ANOINTING OF THE SERIOUSLY ILL
Call the parish office on 01661 832298 if there is someone in your family who is dangerously ill, or about to go into hospital because of a serious medical condition. It is always advisable to be anointed BEFORE going into hospital. If a member of your family goes into hospital for treatment or surgery, please make sure that you inform the Catholic chaplain of this and request a visit. The hospital authorities doe not automatically inform the chaplains of the faith denomination of patients because of the right of privacy. The Hexham hospital RC chaplain may be contacted on 01434 603 119. The Newcastle hospitals RC chaplain may be contacted on 0191 232 1892.
THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY (SVP)
Members visit in pairs those who are in need within the parish boundaries of Prudhoe, West Wylam, Ovingham, Ovington and Stocksfield. With so many people today living on their own, such a visit can alleviate loneliness and provide a point of contact with the parish community. If you would like the members of the St Vincent de Paul Society to visit you, please contact Fr. John 0661 832298
ST MATTHEW'S SOCIAL CENTRE (the Catholic Club), situated on South Road
The Social Centre may be hired for private and family functions. To book your party or celebration, please telephone 01661 832926 after 8.00 p.m.