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Welcome to the website of the Roman Catholic Parish of St Robert of Newminster, Morpeth

The Parish Priest is Fr Peter J Stott

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St Robert’s is a Gem Church, which is open for worship and quiet prayer during daylight hours.

Morpeth is the County Town of Northumberland. It is a small market town situated in South Northumberland on the banks of the River Wansbeck and St Robert of Newminster Church stands in a beautiful spot next to the river.

St Robert of Newminster Parish shares it’s site with St Robert’s First School

and has active Catholic Women’s League, St Vincent de Paul and Catenian groups running.

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*****  COVID 19 Coronavirus Information  *****

Because of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Epidemic, all public Masses at St Robert of Newminster Catholic Church and St Bede’s Catholic Church, Bedlington are cancelled until further notice.

Following the statement of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday 23rd March, our churches are now closed to all people at all times until further notice.

Fr Peter will continue to celebrate Mass each day, (without a congregation) fulfilling the Mass Intentions for each day, for both St Robert’s Parish, Morpeth and St Bede’s Parish, Bedlington, praying for those intentions and praying for the intentions of all parishioners at this very difficult time.

It is unprecedented for us to be in this situation.  Daily and Sunday Mass is so important in the lives of so many Catholics in our parishes up and down the country and throughout the world.

We ask you to pray for all who are affected by this worldwide pandemic.

We are not permitted to celebrate any Funerals in Church at this time.  All that is allowed is a Service at a Crematorium, or at a graveside in a Cemetery, with limited numbers of people attending, depending on the local authority guidelines, which at the moment for us in Northumberland is eight.   Baptisms, and Weddings that are planned for the near future and also First Holy Communion celebrations and Receptions into the Church at Easter have been postponed, and new dates will be discussed once the coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.

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The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales website gives lots of information and links …   https://www.cbcew.org.uk/

This website of the Liturgy Department of the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales is very good with information, leaflets and prayers for use at home when it is not possible to be able to attend Mass  www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Resources/Flu/index.shtml

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PASTORAL LETTER FROM BISHOP ROBERT BYRNE FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2020 Pastoral Letter Holy Week 2020

 

ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PRAYER AT HOME

Our Diocesan Website has links to many resources … http://www.rcdhn.org.uk/index.php

Holy Week at Home 
As we approach Holy Week 2020 we would like you to know that even though we are separated we are still in communion with one another. The Diocesan Vicariate for Faith and Mission have produced a free resource to help you experience and celebrate Holy Week. Here is a link to the Holy Week at Home document if you wish to look at it. https://tinyurl.com/uxz6jba If you would like to have access to this resource and receive it directly, please sign up here to receive email updates from the Vicariate for Faith & Mission .. https://forms.gle/A2JWjojMxwC6u24r6

Palm Sunday Morning Prayer  and Mass leaflet … Palm-Sunday-Liturgy

Shalom World Media has some very good programmes, live steaming and recordings.  They have an App for iOS and their website is www.shalomworld.org   They also have a very good YouTube channel

 

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Pope Francis led an Extraordinary Period of Prayer on Friday 27th March and gave a special “Urbi et Orbi” blessing, “To the City and the whole world” at this time of crisis.  This link leads you to the text of his Homily and below is the You Tube recording from Vatican Media.

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2020/documents/papa-francesco_20200327_omelia-epidemia.html

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The Vatican You Tube Channel is here.  This will be broadcasting live from St Peters Basilica throughout Holy Week and Easter with the Holy Father Pope Francis presiding at the Masses and Services https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxIsefyl9g9A5SGWA4FvGIA/videos

Loyola Press, run by the Jesuits in the United States, has a great selection of devotions and prayers to use online for Holy Week on this link https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/holy-week

Our Sunday Visitor also has a selection of  prayers, devotions and practical activities for both adults and children during Holy Week     https://www.osvnews.com/2020/03/27/how-to-make-the-most-of-holy-week-at-home/

The Wednesday Word website  http://wednesdayword.org/  has various online resources for parishes, individuals and young people, to help reflect on the Sunday Readings.

“Magnificat” are offering free access to their daily prayer and Mass booklet.  This link will take you to their US website where you can access their free download. https://us.magnificat.net/free

Live Masses are also streamed via these websites www.churchservices.tv     www.mcnmedia.tv  www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass  www.ewtn.com  www.catholictv.org  Westminster Cathedral recently joined the Churches that stream on churchserices.tv   Just click the link above to scroll through the list of Churches to find.

The Walsingham website, https://www.walsingham.org.uk/ , the National Shrine of Our Blessed Lady for England, streams Daily Mass as well as having other links available on their site

The Shrine of Our Lady at Knock in Ireland is live streaming Masses and Services.  Their website also has some very good Prayers for Holy Week … www.knockshrine.ie

The Salesians of St John Bosco has provided this website for when people cant get to church http://www.salesians.org.uk/news-articles/featured-news/when-i-can-t-get-to-church.html

The Redemptorists are live streaming Mass on this link  www.rpbooks.co.uk/holy-mass-online

St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle-upon-Tyne will be streaming Mass every day during the suspension of public Masseswww.youtube.com/cha…/UC12EvW0Eqg-cFTh5i2y_EQw/videos and Mass will also be streamed live from St Mary’s Church, Hexham at 10am on a Sunday  www.stmaryshexham.org.uk

Mass and The Rosary is streamed live from The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes on this link  www.lourdes-france.org/en/tv-lourdes/ and the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima has online transmissions on this link  www.fatima.pt/en/pages/online-transmissions

KTO is a French Catholic TV Channel and broadcasts Mass and the Divine Office thought the day www.ktotv.com/page/les-horaires-des-messe-a-suivre-sur-kto-ce-dimanche-22-mars  all times given are local French time

The “Univeraslis” website  universalis.com  gives access to the daily readings for Mass as well as other Offices of the Church. It also offers for sale via the App Store for both ios and Android operating systems, the Universalis App which gives wonderful access to Mass texts and the full Divine Office of the Church as well as other devotions.

Lent in Isolation https://www.lentinisolation.com/

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Your Weekly Offering

During this time of not being able to attend Public Masses, you may be wondering about what to do about your weekly offering to the Church.  Please do not try to come to the Presbytery to drop off your weekly envelope.  Keep your offering until such time that we are once again back to our normal Sunday routine.  To make your life much easier, you could complete a Standing Order Mandate, where you ask your bank to take your collection amount out of your account and pay it directly into the Parish Account.  If you wish to do this copies of the Mandate are available here to download and complete and post to your bank.  Copies are also available in Church.

PDF version Morpeth Standing Order Mandate

Another way of making your weekly offering is direct via BACS.  You can go online to your Bank account and make an online payment.  Send an email to the parish email address and a link will be forwarded for you to follow to make a BACS payment.

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Rededication of England to Mary

On Sunday 29th March there should have been a wonderful prayerful celebration in our churches rededicating England as the Dowry of Mary and asking her to fill our country with her blessings.  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic there is even greater need for us to turn our Blessed Lady and ask her prayers.

Our Angelus Belll will chime at 12noon on Sunday, and although many of you will be unable to hear it, that will mark the time to say these special prayers

We encourage you on Sunday 29th March to pray this at home on your own or with your family.

All information about this can be found on  http://www.behold2020.com and the prayers can also be followed or downloaded  here Dowry of Mary Prayers for 29th March

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Children’s Liturgy Resources

If you have children and wondering what to do about not attending Sunday Mass, why not check out these Children’s Liturgy Resources …..

https://archedinburgh.org/childrens-liturgy-this-sundays-guide-now-available-3/

https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy

http://www.sdc.me.uk/sundayliturgy/

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Praying for the people of the Holy Land

Holy Week and Easter gives us the opportunity to support and pray for the Christians of the Holy Land.  Sadly a lot of the holy sites in the Holy Land have been locked because of the coronavirus.  The people there rely on the pilgrims visiting there for a lot of their income.  They are in lockdown and their plight is much greater than our.  The following article was included recently in a mail from the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.  And included here

Spring Reflections 2020-1 Holy Land Patriarchate letter

http://khs.org.uk/index.php

https://www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/

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Garabandal Film

From April 3rd – 12th, 2020, that is, from the Friday before Holy Week through to Easter Sunday, Garabandal, Only God Knows will be available for viewing online free of charge both in Spanish and English on the film’s official webpage: https://www.garabandalthemovie.com

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This Reflection has been written by one of our Parishioners  Corona Cross Veronica Shearer

Some corona virus prayers written by one of our prisoners for use throughout our Partnership Coronavirus Prayers w P Francis – changes (1) (1)

 

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St Robert’s Presbytery,
Oldgate,
Morpeth,
NE61 1QF

Tel: 01670 513 410
Email: morpeth.strobertnewminster@rcdhn.org.uk