Update from the Vicariate

Happy Easter from the Vicariate of Faith & Mission, we have had a very fruitful Easter season as a Vicariate. Some of the highlights have included the Easter reflections, the publication of further Year of the Eucharist resources, the first weekend of the ‘Accompanying those seeking healing’ course, alongside some further reflection work on the Universal Synod.

We have some exciting celebrations taking place this month and next, which you will find detailed below. As we enter the warmer part of the year (fingers crossed) we hope that people will gain in confidence in gathering together once more as communities of Faith joining in these events.

Amy Cameron

Eastertide Reflections

Eastertide is the period of 50 days spanning from Easter Sunday to Pentecost and is the season when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Please visit our website for our Seasonal Reflections.

Father Sean Hall continues to offer his weekly reflections on the Sunday Readings and Pat Kennedy her monthly reflections, both available to read online or download.

Year of the Eucharist

This Diocesan Year aims to celebrate the Eucharist at the heart of the life and mission of the Church and to gather people back to the Mass and the Sacraments. We are to grow as a Diocese in our love and appreciation of the Eucharist. We are to deepen our appreciation of its celebration through the liturgy. We are to revitalise and renew our faith through a deepening prayer and devotion of the Eucharist. And we are to go out and serve the world through the nourishment we receive.

Eucharistic Festival – Save the date! On the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, our Diocese will celebrate a Eucharistic Festival at Ushaw on Sunday 19 June 2022. Further details will follow.

Bishop Robert’s Reflections are available on the Year of the Eucharist page.

The second Year of the Eucharist reflection booklet ‘Encountering the Son’ is available to download and read. The booklet contains reflections written by voices from across the Diocese and invite us to reflect on our relationship with the Son.

All are welcome to attend the monthly Holy Hour on the first Sunday of each month between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, held at St Andrew’s Church, Worswick Street, Newcastle. The next Holy Hour will be held on Sunday 5 June. Organised by the Association of the Eucharist, we invite you to spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament as part of this Diocesan Year of the Eucharist. Refreshments are served afterwards.

Celebration of Marriage & Family Life

Bishop Robert will celebrate Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday 21 May 2022 at 11.00am to give thanks for the Sacrament of Marriage and Family Life.

This open invitation will focus on couples celebrating significant anniversaries in 2022 but is open to engaged couples preparing for marriage, those who have been married since our last Mass in 2021 and all married couples. We include too those widowed and bereaved who were unable to visit wives and husbands in hospital and homes prior to their deaths. In these unprecedented times we remember couples in crisis and individual adults and children experiencing difficulties and abuse in their family relationships. We wish all to know that none is forgotten and that the Sacramental life, despite our Covid experiences over the past two years, is very much alive and prayed for.

Anyone celebrating a significant anniversary, may request a certificate to be given on the day.

This day promises to be a wonderful diocesan celebration and will provide a positive affirmation of the graces of Marriage to the entire North-East community.

Liturgical Formation

The Liturgy Team are running a number of courses over the coming months for parishioners who are interested in serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion or a Sacristan.

Visit our website for Days of Reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers of the Word of God.

Further information about each of the courses/events, along with booking information, is available on the Liturgy and Prayer webpage.

CHARIS (Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Service)

Arrangements are now in place for ‘Celebrating the gifts of the Holy Spirit: A Mass for Pentecost’ at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, at 1.00pm on Saturday 28 May 2022. More details will be made available in the events section of the Diocesan website and shared with sisters and brothers in our contact list.

Thanks go to those from the Vicariate who have redesigned our presence on the Diocesan Website. Several people who participated in our launch events spoke of a difficulty they had experienced in finding prayers groups they could join. In our Diocese we are blessed with five well established Charismatic Prayer groups; Anawim in Newcastle, Agape in Sunderland, New Life in Durham, Theotokos in Stockton and Bethany in Darlington. Descriptions of each prayer group and contact details on the CHARIS section of the Diocesan website will hopefully now make it much easier for people to find a prayer group they can join, in addition to information on occasional larger gatherings for people from the prayer groups hosted by Emmanuel.

Please continue to pray for the work of the team.

John Wheeler
Hexham & Newcastle Diocesan Service of Communion

Interreligious Relations

The Christian and Muslim Prayer for Peace event, which feels more poignant this year with the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, will take place on Saturday 25 June at the historic Lady Chapel which is situated in Jesmond Dene. More details will be made available next month.

Advance notice: As part of the Year of the Eucharist, we will also be holding a ‘Faith and Food’ event on Thursday 22 September, 7.00 – 9.00pm at English Martyrs Church Hall, Stamfordham Road. We look forward to sharing more details with you in due course.

Bereavement Support

Whilst bereavement is extremely hard at any time, the time spent in lockdown when funerals had to take place in very restricted circumstances have taken their toll on so many. Whilst family and friends can be immensely supportive, sometimes a bereaved person wants to talk to someone outside of their immediate circle. The Emmaus Bereavement Support Team, trained in the Ministry of Consolation, is available to support those who wish to talk about their loss. Due to current restrictions, such conversations will most likely take place on the phone, but we hope as restrictions ease, it may be possible for people to meet face-to-face again.

Since the launch of this service earlier this year, there have been a number of requests for support, and several of our listeners have been able to accompany others on their journey of loss and bereavement.

The Emmaus Bereavement Support Service number is 07732 980740 a member of the team will contact you promptly.

Contact Us

Contact the Vicariate of Faith & Mission by email: adminfaith.mission@diocesehn.org.uk or by telephone 0191 243 3316 / 07375 934713 during office hours.

Visit our vicariate homepage here.