Welcome to the Parish website of
HRH Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
1921 - 2021
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Her Majesty the Queen and all members of the Royal Family on the death of Prince Philip.
May he rest in Peace. Amen.
The Celebration of Mass
This weekend we celebrate the:
3rd Sunday of Easter
I invite you to pray this Mass with me at home.
I hope that we can be together at Mass very soon.
May God bless you.
– Fr Simon
How you can support our parish during the pandemic…
Several people have kindly contacted the parish to ask about how to continue to finance St Michael’s during this difficult time. The easiest solution is to set up a standing order with the bank to pay directly into the parish account
(this can of course be cancelled at any time).
If you wish to do this then please email Fr Simon at the address below and bank details can be provided – please state in your email that you wish to support St Michael’s. You can appreciate that virtually our sole source of income is via the Offertory collection on a Sunday which has of course finished due to the present regulations.
Sincere thanks for your support.
“It was the great biblical scholar, St. Jerome, who said that “ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ”. The scriptures are a deep well which never runs dry; if we take time to engage with the word of the Lord prayerfully then it will refresh and energise us in God’s service.”
Bishop Robert – Pastoral Letter, September 2019
The God Who Speaks
Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.
2020 is the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death. These dates have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to dedicate 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’.
During the year, we will be celebrating, living and sharing God‘s word with an exciting new Scripture initiative. It’s an opportunity to enrich current practice and to develop and explore new ways of responding to ‘The God who Speaks’.
Throughout 2020 there will be a range of events, activities and resources to participate in all around the country. To help achieve transformation in our hearts and in our communities there will be three themes of celebrating, living and sharing God’s word.
Pope Francis announces a ‘Sunday of the Word of God’
Pope Francis has instituted a day dedicated to celebrating the Word of God.
In a Motu Proprio – a personal decree of the Pope – titled ‘Aperuit illis’, Pope Francis has declared the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time the ‘Sunday of the Word of God’.
St Michael’s has served the families and communities in Elswick since 1873. It is a proud history founded on the faith of so many people, but also a history that is not without moments of heartache