Welcome to our Parish




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Mobile Number: 07971 354750

Priest in Charge: Rev. Fr. J. G. Rose                                                           www.stellachurch.co.uk Facebook: Stella Church

15th Sunday of the Year.   14th July, 2024.

Saturday 13th July                    Vigil Mass.     5.00 p.m.Fred Wilson.
Sunday 14th July                 15th of the Year.10.00 a.m.Bill Robson.
Monday 15th                       (St. Bonaventure.)9.15 a.m.The Murray Family.
Tuesday 16th             (Our Lady of Mount Carmel.)            9.15 a.m.In Thanks for unfailing petition to St. Joseph.
Wednesday 17th                      6.00 p.m.Muriel Slater.
Thursday 18th                      9.15 a.m.The November Book.
Friday 19th                        6.00 p.m.Robert McDarby.
Saturday 20th July               (St. Apollinaris)        
Vigil Mass.                             
10.00 a.m.

5.00 p.m.
Our Lady’s Intentions.
Rita Rutherford.
Sunday 21st July                   16th of the Year.10.00 a.m.Cath King.

Confessions:- Saturday 4.15 – 4.45 p.m.; Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Saturday, 4.15 – 4.45 p.m..

Please pray for:- the sick – Mark Armstrong; Joyce Madine; Doreen Hodgson; Jessica Rich; Annie O’Connor; Natasha Rose; D. C.; Matthew Stewart; Margaret March; Bocis Buiuc; Avril & Paul Kimmitt & Pat Brewster.

Offertory Procession:- This week:- Sat.:   Molly Coyne & Family;          Sun.: Lucas Wheeler & Family;

200 Club Winner. This week’s winner: P. Rodgers, no. 114. Congratulations Peter!  

Changes to Sunday Mass Times at St. Agnes’ & Stella from September 1st.

With Fr. James’ impending retirement as Parish Priest of St. Agnes’ on 28th July and the Bishop’s request that I take pastoral responsibility for the parishes of St. Agnes and Stella from that date, there will need to be some adjustment to the Sunday Mass times in each of our churches to enable me to celebrate both Sunday morning Masses. Fortunately, the adjustment will be slight.

From Sunday, 1st September, the new Sunday Mass times will be as follows:-

St. Agnes’, Crawcrook: Sunday 9.00 a.m.;

Stella: Sunday, 10.15 a.m.

Indian Food Festival.                                                                                          

An Indian Food Festival will be held at the newly consecrated St. Thomas’ Indian Orthodox Church, Front Street, Winlaton on Sunday, 14th July from 11.00 a.m. onwards. All proceeds from this event will be going to charity.

First Confession & First Holy Communion 2025…


Our parish programme for First Confession and First Holy Communion is already being prepared! As always, our programme is open to children who will be in year 4 or older in the school year beginning September 2024. The application forms for our 2024/25 programme are available from the table at the back of church NOW!

Please do read them carefully before completion – they not only outline the dates of the celebrations, but also highlight what our programme entails and the basic requirements from parents if they choose to enrol their child.

Completed forms must be returned to Fr. Rose by Sunday, 21st July at the very latest.

The parents’ packs will be delivered to home addresses during the summer holidays and the Mass of Commitment and Enrolment will be on the weekend of 7th/8th September.


Many thanks to all who came along to our annual Summer Fayre and Garden Party last Sunday. As always, we’re really grateful too, to all who helped with this year’s event:– those who prepared the grounds and set up all the tables and erected the bunting; the stall-holders who gave so much of their time; those who baked for the cakes stall; those who donated so many great items this year; the group of young people who gave their afternoon up to help and the staff from Blaydon Funeralcare for their donations and support. The total raised this year comes to £2,683.76!  

Annual Parish Summer Draw Winners!

1 litre of Scotch whisky: Yellow 699 Garry Gray  (Serial no. AD213442);

bottle of cognac: Light Pink 001  Ann Jeavons  (Serial No. AD189091);

Presentation Pack of Occitane de Provence: Blue 560 Olwyn c/o Joan (Serial No. 198964);

12 bottles of Leffe 6.6% beer: Yellow 463 Mike Stephenson (Serial No. AD213442);

bottle of Croft Original: Light Pink 523 Geraldine (Serial No. AD191419);

La Mere Poulard St. Michel Biscuits & Tin:): Yellow 970 Fenwick (Serial No. AD213442);

Presentation Pack of red and white wine: Light Pink 922 Pat Shevlin (AD189091);

Hexland & Whittle of London Votive Candles: Dark Pink 716 Rita Harrison (AE642893);

6 Bottles of Biere Ambree 7% beer: Light Pink 221 Denise Burdon (serial No. AD230262);

6 Bottles of Biere Ambree 7%: Gray 643 Matthew c/o Rosalind (Serial No. AD195699);

Heyland & Whittle of London Fragrance Set: Blue 990 Leanne McCallum (AD198964);

3 Packs of Crayola Activity 3D & Paint Sets: Light Pink 75 Peter Higgins (AD191419);

2 x Paw Patrol 6 pack of stamps & games: Blue 559 Olwyn c/o Joan (AD198964);

 ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ Game: Light Pink 680 Sarah Meikle (Serial No. AD191419).


We warmly welcomed Frankie into the Catholic faith last weekend as we celebrated his Baptism. Do pray with and for his family as they guide him in the ways of Christ in the years to come.

A few chuckles…?

A six-year-old boy called his mother from his friend Charlie’s house and confessed he had broken a lamp when he threw a football in their living room.
“But, Mom,” he said, brightening, “you don’t have to worry about buying another one. Charlie’s mother said it was irreplaceable.”

A young boy had just gotten his driver’s permit and enquired of his father, if they could discuss his use of the car. His father said, “I’ll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, get your hair cut and we’ll talk about the car.”
Well, the boy thought about that for a moment, and settle for the offer, and they agreed on it. After about six weeks they went in to the study, where his father said, “Son, I’ve been real proud. You’ve brought your grades up, and I’ve observed that you have been studying your Bible, and participating a lot more in the Bible study groups. But, I’m real disappointed, since you haven’t gotten your hair cut.”
The young man paused a moment, and then said, “You know, Dad, I’ve been thinking about that, and I’ve noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair and there’s even a strong argument that Jesus had long hair also.”
To this his father replied, “Did you also notice that they all walked everywhere they went?”