Monthly Archives: April 2014




Wednesday 16th April 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Good Friday 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Holy Saturday 11.00am to 12.00 noon

Monday 14th April to Wednesday 16th April

Stations of the Cross on Monday at 6.30pm

Angelus at 9.00 am followed by Morning Prayer

Mass at 9.15am

Holy Thursday

(11.00am The Solemn Chrism Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle.)



Holy Thursday

7.00pm Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

and watching at the altar of repose until Compline (Night Prayer at 11.00pm.)


Good Friday

9.45am Office of Readings and Morning Prayer

10.30am Children’s Stations of the Cross

11.30am Morpeth Churches Together procession of witness starting at St James and finishing in the Market Place

11.45am A short Service in the market Place for all the family with hot cross buns afterwards (provided by the CWL)


3.00pm Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion


Holy Saturday

10.00am Office of Readings and Morning Prayer

8.00 pm Easter Vigil and Solemn Mass of Easter


Easter Sunday

6.00am Easter Dawn Service in the Market Place followed by refreshments

9.00am Easter Mass for all the Family with renewal of Baptismal Promises

11.00am  Easter  Mass with renewal of Baptismal Promises.



Confession times at St Robert’s

Confession times at St Robert’s:

Wednesday 9th April 6.30pm  to 7.00pm

Saturday 12th April 11.00am to 12 Noon                                                         (Fr Ian Hoskins from Longhorsley will be hearing confessions  today)

Also, on Saturday 12th April – Confessions at St Mary’s Cathedral  Newcastle, from 12 noon to 5.00pm.

Wednesday 16th April 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Good Friday 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Holy Saturday 11.00am to 12.00 noon.                                

Pope Francis leads by example and goes to confession himself:


The words of Pope Francis:

“Everyone say’s to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been a long time, don’t lose another day! Go, the priest will be good. And Jesus, (will be) there, and Jesus is better than the priests – Jesus receives you. He will receive you with so much love! Be courageous, and go to confession …The sacrament of reconciliation is a sacrament of healing… I say to you, every time we go to confession, God embraces us.”

The Queen visits Pope Francis at the Vatican

The royal couple and the Holy Father exchanged an assortment of gifts, The queen kept with tradition in giving the Pope a framed, signed photograph of herself.  She added, “I am afraid you have to have a photograph. It’s inevitable.”

Pope Francis presented the Queen with a gift for her great-grandson, 8-month-old Prince George of Cambridge. He said in Spanish: “It’s for the little boy.” It was an orb, representing the world, with a silver cross of St. Edward on top. She said, “That is very nice. He’ll be thrilled for that … when he is a little older.”

Also, the Holy Father presented to Her Majesty a copy of the Decree of Saint Edward the Confessor, King of England, who was crowned king in 1043, died in 1066, and was canonized by Pope Alessandro III in 1161 with the title of “Confessor.” The duke cracked a joke: “Oh, he was canonized, was he?”

The queen noted her appreciation for the gift, and said, “I have also brought something from all our estates which is for you personally.”

Her gift to Pope  Francis was a little chest of typical English goods from her various estates, including Buckingham Palace, Sandringham in Norfok, Windsor Castle, and Castle of Balmoral, as well as from Fortnum and Mason. Items inside it ranged from honey and eggs to whisky and a haunch of venison.

The queen quipped when she gave the Pontiff honey from the garden of Buckingham Palace: “Honey from my garden. I hope that will be unusual for you.” The Duke elicited a reaction from the Pope when he lifted up the bottle of whisky. Pope Francis also gifted three papal medals to the Duke of Edinburgh, gold, silver, and bronze.

The Queen met her first Pope in 1961 (she had met Pope Pius XII as Princess Elizabeth ten  years earlier). Pope John XXIII together with Pope John Paul II will be declared saints on 27th April.

King George V and Queen Mary met Pope Pius XI in 1923. King Edward VII met Pope Leo XIII in 1903. There will be an Easter egg or a bottle of wine to the person who can name the last time an English monarch met a Pope – that is before 1903. Send your answer to Fr Lawrence at Competition closes on Easter Sunday.