Confessions are available on Saturday mornings at 11:30am at St Columba’s Church. Further Penitential Masses and Confessions will be available at all three churches as announced.
On 17th October we began the ‘Year of the Eucharist‘ in our Diocese which has the following aims:
- Revitalise and renew our faith through a deepening prayer and devotion of the Eucharist.
- Grow as a Diocese in our love and appreciation of the Eucharist.
- Deepen our appreciation of the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist through the rites.
- Celebrate Eucharist as being at the heart of the life and mission of the Church, gathering people back.
- Go out to love and serve the world nourished by the Eucharist.
With this in mind, throughout the following year we will have the opportunity to pray before the Blessed Sacrament within our Wallsend Family of Churches. The times of Exposition and Adoration will be for 30mins before the Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday Masses in all three churches with an additional session every Saturday morning at St Columba’s from 11.00am during the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confessions.
*Saturday and Tuesday Masses from St Columba’s will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel click the button below to watch.
If you would like a Mass to be celebrated in any of the Wallsend RC Churches for an anniversary of a death or any other intention, then please write down your intention and state the date and the church where you would like the Mass to be celebrated.
Place your intention and offering in an envelope and give it to the parish priest. Please note if the date is already taken then we will ensure your Mass is celebrated as close to the requested date as possible.
To protect you and the rest of our church community please read the information provided below before you come along:
- Please DO NOT attend if you or any member of your household have any symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have been in contact with anyone who has.
- Face coverings: although no longer mandatory, if you wish to wear a mask, please feel free to do so.
- You are welcome to use the hand-sanitiser stations on entering and when leaving the church as it is still good practice to sanitise hands.
- Holy Communion will continue to be given under one kind.
- Do join in with the singing during our celebrations of Mass.
Home visits can now take place by priests, deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and other volunteers. The minister visiting the sick at home or in a care setting does present a risk to the person being visited. The guidance set out below needs to be followed. It is essential the visits to residential and nursing homes, hospitals and hospices are only carried out at the discretion of the home, ward, or department manager, complying with their COVID rules and regulations. Even if permitted, it is essential that a minister carries out no more than two spaced out visits per day to different places, observing rules around PPE, social distancing, no physical contact or shaking of hands etc.
It is recommended that only two spaced out visits are made in a day to minimise the risk of infection when visiting people’s homes.
The use of regular freely available covid-19 home test kits is recommended for those doing pastoral visits, to ensure they are not potential vectors of infection to those who are sick and medically vulnerable. These can be obtained through
www.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site and at local chemists.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist should ensure they test themselves regularly as required and have those test results saved on their phone and readily available should they need to be seen.