Welcome to our Parish

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ST. MARY & ST. THOMAS AQUINAS’,

STELLA.

Landline & answering machine: 0191 4142749;

Mobile Number: 07971 354750

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

12th Sunday of the Year.   23rd June, 2024.

Saturday 22nd June                    Vigil Mass.     5.00 p.m.Dorothy Gunson.
Sunday 23rd June                 12th of the Year10.00 a.m.Joan Holdsworth.
Monday 24th         (Birth of St. John the Baptist.)              9.15 a.m.Deceased Casadei, Venturi & Mengozzi Family.
Tuesday 25th                        9.15 a.m.Charlie & Alice Shaw.
Wednesday 26th                     6.00 p.m.The November Book.
Thursday 27th               (St. Cyril of Alexandria.)9.15 a.m.Jack & Mary Dolan.
Friday 28th                             (St. Irenaeus.) 6.00 p.m.Fr. Michael Hickey.
Saturday 29th June                                                   
 Vigil Mass.                             
10.00 a.m.

5.00 p.m.
Our Lady’s Intentions.
Audrey Madine.
Sunday 30th June               
SS Peter & Paul.
10.00 a.m.Catherine Cruddas.

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;

Recently deceased: Fr. Graham Williams – Requiem at St. Robert’s, Fenham, 28th June at 10.30 a.m. R.I.P.

Offertory Procession:- This week:- Sat.:   Isaac Beadling & Family;          Sun.: Isaac Rosa & Family;

                                       Next week:- Sat.:  Leon Chmiel & Family;             Sun.: Aila Shaw & Family. 

200 Club Winner. This week’s winner: M. Kearney  no.32. Congratulations Mary!

Annual Parish Summer Draw is under way!

Tickets for this year’s Summer Draw are available before our weekend Masses – just 50p a strip! This year’s prizes are:- 1 litre of Scotch whisky; a bottle of cognac; Presentation Pack of Occitane de Provence; 12 bottles of Leffe 6.6% beer; a bottle of Croft Original; La Mere Poulard  St. Michel Fancy Biscuits & Tin; Presentation Pack of red and white wine; Hexland & Whittle of London Votive Candles; 6 Bottles of Biere Ambree 7% beer; another 6 bottles of Biere Ambree 6% beer; Heyland & Whittle of London Fragrance Set; 3 Packs of Crayola Activity 3D & Paint Sets; 2 x Paw Patrol 6 pack of stamps & games; ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ Game. Proceeds from this year’s draw will be going to buying new slates for the church roof!

Red Mission Boxes.

Please bring your boxes to church for emptying as soon as possible. Thank you!

Parish Summer FETE & GARDEN PARTY

– a Date for the Diaries!

The date for the fayre this year will be Sunday, 7th July, with the fayre beginning at 2.00 p.m. Please do remember to leave the day free and to mark it in your diaries and electronic gadgets. It’s always a great day of fun for all family members, and there are some new stalls for this year’s event!

 If you can help with any of the stalls this year, please add your name to the stallholders’ list, which is on the back table. If you have items for the fayre, please bring them along to church, or alternatively, give me a buzz and muggins will come around to collect!

First Confession & First Holy Communion 2025!

It might seem very early to be looking towards celebrations in 2025, but 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.

The Diocesan Vision – What is the Lord call us to be and do?

‘In order to grow as a synodal Church it is important that we all have a chance to pray and discern how the Holy Spirit is inviting us to grow in mission in our parishes and communities. To facilitate this, I together with others, offer an initial Diocesan vision for your prayerful reflection. Our discerned Diocesan commitments are: To Walk with Jesus and Enable Others to Encounter Him; To Grow as One Diocesan Family – Rebuilding Relationships; Forming and Developing People for Mission; Living Justly and Caring for Our Common Home. Each of these commitments are developed in the vision. It is not my intention to impose this vision. It is offered for further reflection and I invite all of our parishes and communities to prayerfully reflect on them. Bishop Stephen’

The final session will be held in the parish meeting room on Tuesday at 6.30 p.m. – and will last a maximum of 1 hour!

  • Session 4: Living Justly and Caring for Our Common Home – Tuesday, 25th June. 

Congratulations! We congratulate the children who were baptized here at Stella last weekend. May the Lord continue to guide them in the years ahead with the help and support of their parents, godparents and our faith community.

More Chuckles… …?!

One day, a Jewish man visits his rabbi, with a worried look on his face.
“Rabbi Moishe, I’ve got quite a problem. It’s my son, see. He went to Jerusalem to make pilgrimage to the Wailing Wall, but when he came back, he’d become a Christian! I tried to ask him why he converted, but he didn’t give me a straight answer. How on earth do you think that happened?”
The other Rabbi clicks his tongue in disbelief. “I wish I could give you a good answer, but to tell you the truth, the exact same thing happened to me! My son wanted to follow in my footsteps, went to Jerusalem for a theological study trip, and came back a Christian. I just don’t know how it happened!”
Since they were at an impasse, the two men decided to pray to God and seek his aid with their problem.
“Oh graceful Elohim, we seek your counsel! We both sent our sons out to Jerusalem, but one way or another, they ended up Christian! How did this happen, oh Lord?”
There’s a few seconds of silence, before a great sigh comes from above, and a divine voice booms back to them.
“Guys, you won’t believe what happened to my son…”