St. Andrew's Parish, Teesville
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Fr. Jack McKeever

St. Andrew's Parish will host a memorial Mass for Fr. Jack Mckeever on Tuesday, December 7th at 7.00 pm, celebrated by Bishop Terry. Parishioners from parishes he has served in are welcome to join together with parishioners from St. Andrew's and his brother clergy in remembering our much loved and missed friend.

Fr. Jack passed away in James Cook University hospital following a short illness on Sunday, October 31st, the day when this year the Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of All Saints, a very fitting end to his 63 years of priesthood.

Fr John James McKeever was born in Ardee, County Louth, Ireland on 7 March 1933. He trained to be a priest in St Patrick’s Seminary, Thurles and was ordained on 15th June 1958. He came to the Middlesbrough Diocese and was Curate at St Wilfrid’s in York from 1958 to 1961; he was moved to St Pius X in Middlesbrough as Curate from 1961 to 1968. He was then moved to Our Lady and St Peters in Bridlington as Curate from 1968 to 1973. In 1974 he was appointed as Parish Priest to the Sacred Heart Church in Howden and from 1981 to 1996 he became Parish Priest at St Gabriel’s in Ormesby, Middlesbrough.

The last parish he served was Ss. Joseph and Cuthbert in Loftus as Parish Priest from 1996 retiring in 2010. He retired with his long serving housekeeper Phil Oliver, first moving to Ormesby where Phil had a house. However, they struggled in the bad winter and icey roads on the estate up Ormesby Bank so they both moved to Normanby after Fr. Jack bought a property there. In retirement he was active in support of the local priests and parishes, especially here at St. Andrew's where we have all been grateful for his good humoured and unwavering help, support and encouragement.

He was an avid sports fan and used to be a season ticket holder for The Boro at Ayresome Park and the Riverside Stadium. However, his first love was horse racing and in his younger years used to travel all over the country to see the big races, The Cheltenham Gold Cup, Royal Ascot, The Derby at Epsom and the York Ebor. In old age he never lost his love of the sport but had to be content with having a flutter at the local betting shop and watching it on the television.

Fr. Jack McKeever celebrates his Dianmond Jubilee with his fellow priests

In 2018 St. Andrew's Parish had the great honour of organising and hosting Fr. Jack's Diamond Jubilee, pictured above, which was attended by many parishioners from some of the parishes he had served and many of his fellow priests.

Fr McKeever’s housekeeper, Philomena Oliver sadly died last year. Since then Frs health had declined quite rapidly. However, in the last year, he had come to rely on, and appreciate, the practical help and support of a number of parishioners from St. Andrew's. We would like to thank them for their care and support, and to thank everyone who has kept Fr McKeever in their prayers.

At the time of his death he had spent 63 years a priest including the last 12 years helping at St. Andrew's Parish.

As we pray for Fr McKeever’s soul let us thank God for his life’s work as a priest. Could we also pray for his brothers and sisters and wider family in Ireland.

Fr. Jack's funeral was held in Ireland on Monday, November 15th at 12 noon. You can view it by clicking the link below::

Our photos show (top) Fr. Jack celebrating Mass in St. Andrew's Church; and celebrating the Mass for his Diamond Jubilee with former Parish Priests Canon Edmond Gubbins (left) and Canon Michael Loughlin. Photographs by Paul Terry.

Please note that the parish hall will be closed to all groups on Thursday December 9th and Friday December 10th for an urgent upgrade to the Fire alarm system and emergency lighting.

The blood donor service will visit St. Andrew’s Parish Hall on Tuesday, December 7th. Appointments can be made from 10.0 am — 4.00 pm at:

8.45am Exposition and silent prayer, 9am Rosary and Benediction

Following updated guidance from the Bishop it is still a requirement for everyone to wear a face covering, especially when singing, and sanitise their hands when attending Mass.

Mass at the Lady Chapel, Mount Grace at 12 noon (11.30am Rosary, Confessions available).

Advent calendars and Christmas cards are now on sale, while stocks last.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed items to this good cause, everything will now be packed into hampers ready for delivery in December. More information available on the CAUSE website.

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Congratulations to the eleven children who have received their First Holy Communion this weekend. Let us pray that they and their families will grow in faith each day. Many thanks to the catechists who have patiently guided the children through the course of teachings, despite the interruption of the pandemic. The parents of children in years 4 and 5 will be invited to apply for the course in January.

The following 300 Club prizes are still unclaimed from the 2020 draws:
March: £15 Number 162 J. Moore;
June: £15 Number 330 R. Minns;
September: £10 Number 53 H. Conway:
November: £15 Number 80 W. Graham;

Thankyou for your support.
Please contact Paul Terry to make arrangements to collect your prize.

Functions and events that can now be held in the parish hall with restrictions are:

Small prayer groups/meetings;
Educational courses;
MAP asylum seekers drop in;
Wednesday evening Jive dancing classes;
Thursday afternoon bingo from November 4th;
SVP 1st & 3rd Friday refreshments.

The following restrictions are in place for the protection of all people who use the hall:
• Everyone must sanitise their hands before taking their seat;
• Everyone attending a session has to sign in leaving a contact number for track and trace purposes;
• Face coverings must be worn while walking about the hall;
• Only two people are permitted to serve refreshments from the kitchen
• Group organisers are responsible for disinfecting any tables and chairs at the end of each session
(this must not be done by the person who cleans the hall).

We reserve the right to cancel any event should any of the above restrictions not be met by the group.

Please speak to Paul Terry if you would like to restart your group or meeting. Please note: There will be no large events until further notice.

The hall will remain closed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday


In the next weeks, we face an unprecedented attach on the sanctity of life with Baroness Meacher’s “Assisted Dying Bill 2021” which received its First Reading in the House of Lords and is due its Second Reading with full debate on Friday 15 October. The term “Assisted Dying” is euphemistic, the truth is that this bill seeks to introduce Assisted Suicide. If legalised, this Bill would allow a terminally ill adult, with less than six months to live, to be assisted in committing suicide.

The context of the debate is fundamentally different from the Marris Bill in 2015. Dignity in Dying are running a vigorous campaign, which is highly mobilised. They have some national papers on side and are using strong, personal and emotional narratives to win hearts and minds. They also have a high presence on social media and are encouraging their supporters to write to Peers. Those in favour of the bill are making good use of language to confuse the issue and call it a compassionate and caring approach to obscure the actual reality and consequences of such legalisation. As Pope Francis has said, “Physician-assisted suicide is part of a “throwaway culture” that offers a “false compassion” and treats a human person as a problem … True compassion does not marginalise anyone, nor does it humiliate and exclude – much less considers the disappearance of a person as a good thing.” He criticised “those who hide behind an alleged compassion to justify and approve the death of a patient.”

As the Church, we continue to argue for good palliative care and its important values, including spiritual ones, which are part of this approach. However, this language is being manipulated by Dignity in Dying. Importantly, at this stage we need to recognise the dangers of the introduction of Assisted Suicide, which includes the safety of people who are vulnerable due to external pressures, and later liberalisation of the law which is evidenced by other countries which have introduced Assisted Suicide. Many voices from the world of disability-rights and other allies are also very fearful and are fighting this bill.

The Bill would also fundamentally change the relationship between the Healthcare Professionals and the Patient from treatment and care to providing the lethal means to commit suicide.

It is possible that the Bill will pass to Committee Stage without a vote in October and be returned to the Lords for Third Reading and then, if passed, be sent to the Commons. There will be pressure on the Government to provide time for this.

To prepare for these events, I ask your engagement and that of your parishioners over these next weeks. Firstly, to call people to pray that the Bill will be defeated. Secondly, to write to the Peers from their personal experience and share stories which will argue the reasons for opposing the Bill as well as narrate the importance of precious time during the final stages of life. Healthcare and legal professionals should write giving reasons why they oppose the Bill. This needs to be done before the Second Reading on 15 October. Peers engage with personal correspondence and not to campaigns. Thirdly, to engage and share stories and reasons against the Bill on social media.

Yours in blessed hope,

Everyone is still required to sign in for track and trace purposes by either the Covid-19 App or using the sign in sheet and use the hand sanitiser before taking their seat. We are also required to continue to wear a face covering during Mass.
It is extremely important for the safety of others that during the singing of hymns the face coverings are kept in place and not removed. Thank you for your co-operation.


Legion of Mary centenery 2021
This week marks the centenary of the Legion of Mary, the first meeting took place in Dublin on 7th September 1921. It was founded so that its members would grow in holiness and give glory to God through prayer and cooperation with the Church’s work. Through the spirituality of St Louis de Montfort the Legion commended all their work to the intercession of Mary, mediatrix of all graces.

With the support and encouragement of popes and bishops the Legion of Mary spread rapidly through the world. Many of our parishes had a Legion of Mary in the past and much good work was done through them.

The Legion worked for the spiritual and social well-being of every individual. In parishes this meant visiting families and the sick, praying with them and for them and helping in whatever way they could. Also many lapsed Catholics have been brought back to the Faith and to the Sacraments through their help.

Please keep our own parish Legion in your prayers as I take the opportunity to thank the members for their work. On Tuesday the parish Mass is offered in thanksgiving for the Legion’s centenary and asking God’s blessings on their work. The members will lead a rosary after the Mass.

On a national and global level the centenery celebrations started on September 3rd with a Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Nicholas of Myra Church, Dublin, and the closing Mass will be celebrated on 19th November 2022. In between these dates all Legion Councils throughout the world are invited to celebrate at a local level so that every legionary can attend events local to them so as to incur little, if any cost.

The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days has been suspended during the pandemic. The latest information from the bishops of England and Wales is that the Sunday obligation will not be brought back before Advent this year. The importance of Sunday is emphasised in their statement The Day of the Lord available on their website

St John Chrysostom was a great preacher and teacher of the Faith in 4th century. He gained many enemies because he called people to go to Mass regularly and give up immorality. He was exiled for some time and went through many hardships, but remained faithful to God and his Commandments. He eventually received justice before he died.

Exaltation of the Cross. On Sunday Jesus speaks those challenging words to anyone who wants to be a true disciple of His: Take up your cross and follow Me. This feast day commemorates the rescue of a relic of the True Cross from the pagans and also the dedication of the Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem. The Cross is a sign of the love of God, which is stronger than death, shining out to a world in need. It is also a day to resolve to take up our crosses with renewed courage and faith.

Our Lady of Sorrows. We recall Our Lady standing at the foot of the Cross, suffering in her heart, with her Son, for the salvation of the world.

Ss Cornelius and Cyprian. A pope and a bishop, both died defending the Church’s teachings in 250s AD.

Now that we have a public daily Mass available in the parish, and also an extra Sunday Mass at St Anne’s we can highlight other Sacraments.

Baptism and Marriage – a number of enquiries came in during the last year and could not take place due to a lockdown or numbers being restricted. There are now no restrictions on numbers attending Baptisms or Marriages so I am happy to discuss this with any couple who is willing to make the necessary commitment to Sunday Mass attendance and bringing the child up in the Catholic Faith when a Baptism is requested.

Confirmation – as yet we have not been given a date for the next Confirmation but I will be glad to see any young person who was due to be confirmed before the lockdown and begin the preparation.

Home Visits – we are currently limited to one visit per morning and the same in an afternoon. We hope to compile an up to date list of the housebound in the parish and those who would like to receive Holy Communion in the next few weeks. Please let me have the details of anyone you know. I am always available for the Sacrament of the Sick for those who are dying within the parish. If a priest is needed in the hospital it is best to ask the ward to page the on-call Catholic chaplain.



Mgr Kilbane
Monsignor Seamus Kilbane, the first priest to serve as a curate at the newly opened St Andrew's Parish, died peacefully during the early hours of Monday morning, July 12th. He was 91. He was a resident at the Holy Name Care Home in Hull.

Monsignor Kilbane was born in Mountbellow, County Galway and attended St Patrick’s Seminary in Thurles. He was ordained priest on June 10th 1956. He arrived at St. Andrew's to assist the newly appointed Parish Priest Fr. Patrick Bluett in 1962. In the photo above Fr. Kilbane is sat at the head of the table with the boys section of the Young Christian Workers at a meeting in the parish hall in 1963.

On Saturday, February 23rd he was the celebrant of the very first wedding at St. Andrew's Parish which was between Anthony Paul Whitehead of Dormanstown and Kathleen Mary Meed from Normanby.

He was moved on in 1967 and went on to serve in a number of parishes throughout the diocese. He retired from his final parish of Leyburn and Ulshaw Bridge in September 2002 after 7 years and retired in York after giving 46 years of service to the Diocese of Middlesbrough. At the time of his retirement, the Bishop of Middlesbrough, The Rt Rev. John Crowley praised Mgr Kilbane for his 46 years of priestly service and his work throughout the Middlesbrough diocese and wished him a happy retirement at his new home in York.

Monsignor Kilbane was laid to rest in the Victorian Cemetery, Cemetery Road, York following Requiem Mass in St George’s Church on Friday, July 23rd 2021, at 11am. RIP.

A former priest of St. Andrew's Parish has died in Hull on July 13th.

Fr. John joined the parish in 1990 and spent two years serving in the area before being moved to his home parish of The Holy Name of Jesus in Hull as the Parish Priest and was among the celebrants when the church closed in November 2008.

In September 2009 he moved to the West Hull Parishes and worked with the Daughters of Charity on evangelization.

Fr. John was involved in a very serious car accident while he was parish priest at Our Lady and St. Peter in Bridlington causing him to retire early.

Mass at St Andrew’s is now at the new time of 9.30am everyday.

The last 18 months has highlighted the need to plan carefully so that the parish can thrive in the future even though we have reducing numbers. It seems likely that there will only be one priest here working alone, so it will be important to pull together and not let ourselves and our resources be spread too thinly.

If and when the weekend Mass attendance grows we can add another Mass as required. But for the moment I intend to open St Anne’s with Sunday Mass at 11.00am beginning next Sunday 25th July.

St Peter’s will remain closed while the needs of the area are assessed in the coming months

At the end of the summer we will assess whether a Saturday night Mass will be needed

The parish Hall will remain closed to all functions until September when it will be assessed further

Please keep the parish in your prayers as we plan for the future, and encourage those who are able to return to Sunday Mass if they have been absent.

As we prepare to open up from lockdown restrictions to one of personal responsibility, we are urging parishioners coming to a Mass in our parish to continue to be cautious in order to keep everyone safe.

Please if you are showing symptoms of Covid-19 then please stay away from Mass and book a PCR test on the NHS website or phone 119.

We would also like to encourage parishioners to use the Lateral Flow Tests before attending Mass. These are free and can be easily ordered free from the NHS website or NHS app or collected from a pharmacy.

Below are the main points from the latest guidance from the Bishop:

– no one needs to book in, the Mass booking phone will be switched off

– When you arrive please either scan the code with a mobile phone or sign in when you arrive

– continue to use the hand sanitiser provided

– masks are highly recommended and must be worn during congragational singing

– please feel free to sit where you wish

– the one-way system is no longer required, but we are still asked to keep a safe distance apart

– alternate benches will remain out of use for the time being

– readers can now assist at Mass

– Holy Communion will return to being administered in the proper place during Mass, please come up the centre aisle and return to your    place down the side aisles

– Holy water, the sign of peace and the chalice are not yet advised

– cleaning after Mass will have to continue for the time being

The bishop has written to urge all churches in the area to continue to use masks and distancing, he wants everything done to assure those who come to the churches that they can feel safe and secure. Please consider other parishioners in the church and if you sense that someone sitting close to you is feeling uncomfortable then please leave more space and use your face covering.


World day of prayer for grandparents and the elderly

This Sunday has been designated as World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. A special prayer has been composed for the day, copies are available after Mass.

It is to coincide with the feast of Ss Joachim and Anne, the parents of Our Lady and the grandparents of Jesus. It is a reminder that God became Man in a particular family. and that he cares for each generation.

The theme of the day is ’I am with you always’, the words of Our Lord to his Church. It is a message everyone is glad to hear in all the challenges of life. But particularly with the isolation many older people have experienced over the last year, it is important to proclaim these words of Jesus to bring them hope and strength, ‘I am with you always’

We are called to appreciate the presence, wisdom and example of older people in our community and in the Church.

We are also called to show our appreciation by visiting them and helping them in all their needs.

The pope has written a letter to mark this day, it can be found on He quotes pope emeritus Benedict XVI saying that the elderly in every parish can love and pray, that is their vocation: ’the prayer of the elderly can protect the world and help it...your prayer is a precious resource:, your intercession for the world and for the Church is not in vain, but shows everyone the serene confidence of having a firm foothold.

St. Margaret Clitherow's School were locked out of the old facebook page and have had to make a new one. As a lot of parishioners look on the page and leave posts we have been asked to publish the link to the new page for them:


The parent company which publishes the Catholic Universe and Times supplement has announced that it will cease trading after this weeks edition (Friday, June 11th).

Universe Catholic Media Ltd. has published the Catholic Universe and the Catholic Times since 1860. However, in May 2020 the Times was merged with the Universe and published as a supplement in the Universe.

The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols issued a statement thanking the owners and staff members 'for their unstinting service and commitment to the Catholic community in this country and beyond...'

In his statement Cardinal Nichols writes: "I receive this news with great sadness. It is an historic moment which comes as a ‘sign of the times’. The Universe has served the Catholic community devotedly since 1860. But now no more.

The current publishing market is difficult and the board, management and staff of Universe Media Group have made strenuous efforts to continue their operations. I thank, with all of my heart,  Clive Leach, the owner, Joe Kelly and all the staff for their unstinting service and commitment to the Catholic community in this country and beyond. For many years they have strived with every sinew to keep reporting and commenting on the Catholic Church, in full support of our mission to spread the Gospel and bear witness to our faith. I know that they have explored every avenue in trying to steer this operation through these most difficult times and circumstances. Again, on behalf of so many, I thank them for this valiant effort and commend them for their work.

The role of communication and journalism in reporting and commenting on the life of the Catholic Church, from the perspective of our faith, is a great challenge. My hope and prayer is that professional and enthusiastic Catholics will continue in this task, exploring and developing new forms of communication and new ways of telling the story of our faith in action here in our lands."

You can read the latest news from this week's edition on their website however, at the time writing it is unclear if this will continue.

Meanwhile, the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Voice, will return shortly with a summer special edition. The paper will then return to publishing monthly from October. You can pick up a copy of the summer edition at the back of church when published later in the summer.

As the country eases cautiously out of restrictions we have received new instructions from the Bishops Conference of England and Wales related to step 3 of the government's unlocking.

In St. Andrew's parish we are putting as many of these changes in place as possible while continuing to do our best to keep parishioners safe. In all cases please listen and follow the instructions of the duty stewards.

We can reduce the 2 metre space in benches to 1 metre;
The booking system for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Masses is being discontinued - simply turn up for Mass.

Sanitise your hands upon entry and ensure you are wearing a face covering.

Add your name and contact number to the signing in sheet, one line for one person —
eg: Joe Soap 01642 123456
       Freda Soap 01642 123456
NOT Joe and Freda Soap 01642 123456 — this will ensure that we don't go over the maximum number of 75.

The one way system is still in place.

Take your seat ensuring that you observe a one metre distance from people occupying the same bench.
PLEASE NOTE: If you sit in a bench that no one has occupied please think of others and sit as far to the left as possible so that people don't have to pass you to take their place e.g. don't occupy one of the middle seats as people may have to pass you to take their place.

Holy Communion will continue as it is currently — after the blessing.

Please continue to follow the guidance/instructions from the duty stewards throughout.

The booking system has to remain in place for Sunday Mass. However, because we can reduce the social distancing in the benches to 1 metre our maximum capacity will increase to 75.

Upon entry ensure you are wearing a face covering, sanitise your hands and wait for the duty stewards to show you to a seat.

Holy Communion will continue as it is currently — after the blessing.

Please continue to follow the guidance/instructions from the duty stewards throughout.

At all Masses the lighting of votive and 7 day candles is now permitted. If you wish to light a candle please do so when you enter and before you take your seat; after lighting your candle place it on the candelabra and go straight to your seat to say your thanksgiving/intention prayer.

On no account should you light a candle after you have taken your seat or after Mass.

Only one person is permitted at each candelabra.

Please do not linger at the candelabras as this may cause an obstruction in the aisles and could cause a queue at the entrance door.

Do not touch or venerate any of the statues.

The church still has to be cleaned and sanitised by the stewards after each Mass so please after you have received communion exit the church quickly without returning to the bench or stopping for a chat. You can say your thanksgiving prayer on the way home.

Thank you for your continued co-operation.

Singing together in a supportive, friendly group is uplifting, enjoyable and hugely therapeutic for people living with dementia and family carers alike. Music is a powerful connector that helps people with dementia communicate, express feelings and share moments of joy, poignancy and remembrance together with others. It appears to 'unlock' parts of the brain, allowing people to retain song words and melodies longer than other memories.

Music for the mind is music and fun for people living with or without dementia.

People can join in via You tube every second Monday in the month at 2.00 pm. If you are interested or know someone suffering with dementia who would benefit from the sessions please feel free to join in. Simply click on the relevant date below:

May 10th; June 14th; July 12th; August 9th; September 13th; October 11th; November 8th

December's session is yet to be confirmed.

The retiring collection for the Priest's Training Fund on Sunday, April 25th raised £242.79 Many thanks to everyone who contributed.


Mount Etna
Three boys who attend one of our parish schools have set their sights on a mamouth challenge to raise funds for their school. Their aim is to climb local landmark Roseberry Topping as many times as it would take to climb Mount Etna, the active volcano on the east coast of Scilcily.
The three children, aged 6, 8 and 9, all attend St. Margaret Clitherow's Catholic Primary School.

Their mam, Marie, explains: "The school always goes above and beyond supporting the local community as well as school families setting an exceptional example to young children. The school had an out door play area which the entire school family adored but unfortunately due to safety had to be demolished. The school began fundraising for a new play area but this came to a sudden halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving them behind target and still without an outdoor play area."

Marie and her husband are key workers so the family have had to utilise the school facilities during each period of lockdown.

Mam continues: "Recently the boys have enjoyed learning about volcanoes and came up with the challenge of climbing Roseberry topping as many times as it would take to climb mount Etna in the month on April. This would be 11 times."

The children have set a target of £550 and at the time of writing this has already been smashed with a current amount of £1,079.

Of course, with all good ideas there is a plan B in case of inclement weather but hopefully, our three intrepid fundraisers won't have to instigate it.

If you would like to make a donation click anywhere on the image below to be taken to their Just Giving Page. All donations and support is greatly appreciated.

Roseberry Topping

The amount raised for the Cafod Family Fast Day was £241.50. Thank you to everyone who donated.

Kath Appleyard, a former parishioner who was at the dedication service of St. Andrew's Church in April 1962, has died in a nursing home in Saltburn, aged 95. Kath and her late husband Fred, along with Kath's younger sister Joan attended St. Andrew's Church every week since the opening Mass on January 23rd, 1963, which they also attended. Sadly in 2017 both Kath and Joan started to suffer with Alzheimer's disease and were no longer able to look after themselves, so on December 5th, 2017 they very reluctantly moved into a nursing home in Saltburn. Kath's family have asked us to say that they appreciate the love and support Kath received from parishioners during their long time in St. Andrew's Parish. Kath's Funeral will take place in Saltburn.

THE YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH (December 8th, 2020 – December 8th, 2021)

St. Joseph with Jesus

This year has been dedicated to the care and intercession of St. Joseph, Guardian of the Holy Family and patron of the the universal church.

The dioscean website has resources for the year, we also have prayer cards in the church with a prayer composed by the Pope.

The bishop says: "St. Joseph looked after and guarded the Holy Family of Jesus and Mary, quietly looking over them and protecting them. I have absolutely no doubt that he will look after and protect each one of us and all our families throughout the world. All we have to do is ask his intercession. That is exactly what I am suggesting each one of us to do in the run up to his feast. Ask him to pray on our behalf and hold us in his loving arms so that we can face the future with greater confidence and trust."

Bishop Terry continues: "Please remember the Diocese as you pray and also keep in your prayers all vocations, especially to the priesthood, religious life, permanent diaconate and the married state. And please remember me and all your priests."

The annual White Flower Appeal retiring collection taken recently on behalf of SPUC raised £191.01. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this important work.

Below is the list of all the winners in our 2020 300 Club draws, from March to December. The March to August draws were made after Mass on Friday, August 28th by the duty stewarding team. The September to December draws were made on Friday, January 8th, 2021 by the duty stewarding team. Thank you all for your support and congratulations to the winners.

1st £90 C McNicholas 131
2nd £15 J Moore 162
3rd £10 Alex Mackie 147

1st £90 Ann White 250
2nd £15 Betty Rollings 283
3rd £10 M Forrestal 63

1st £90 Ann Cuthbert 48
2nd £15 John Gardner 76
3rd £10 Rita McClurey 140

1st £90 E Thompson 226
2nd £15 R Minns 330
3rd £10 Betty Thomas 220

1st £90 Jenny Tuffnell 229
2nd £15 Brian Walsh 243
3rd £10 A Reece 262

1st £90 P Rainton 190
2nd £15 Val Maughan 155
3rd £10 Linda Breckon 12

The September to December 300 Club draws in 2020 were made on Friday, January 8th, 2021 by the duty stewarding team. Thank you all for your support and congratulations to the winners.

1st £90 A Haley 84
2nd £15 A Mackie 150
3rd £10 Hannah Conway 53

1st £90 Clare McNicholas 131
2nd £15 Michael Clark 34
3rd £10 Judith Haley 278

1st £90 James Haley Winard 257
2nd £15 W Graham 80
3rd £10 Bernard Twohig 231

1st £90 B Jackson 101
2nd £15 Wendy & Michael Wall 238
3rd £10 Mary McGough 134

Please contact Paul Terry to claim your prize. If you know anyone who has won and is unable to get to Mass please ask them to contact Paul at the parish office.

We are now allowed to light 7 day votive candles but to keep everyone safe in these crazy days, the following procedure needs to be followed:

They are availble at the entrance of St. Andrew's Church where you can take a candle from the box on the table and remove the yellow lid.

A steward will light the candle for you.

Take it to one of the 7 day candelabra's and place it in the first available slot starting on the top row.

DO NOT STAY AT THE CANDELABRA but follow the steward who will show you to your seat where you can say your thanksgiving prayer.
Cost of the candles are £2.50 each.

We are happy to announce that Masses have returned to St Andrew's Church after being closed since March 23rd due to the Covid-19 Lockdown! However, the Sunday obligation continues to be suspended until further notice.

Due to social distancing laws we are only allowed fifty five people in the church for any one Mass and we must stick to this figure without any exceptions. To help manage this we have launched a Mass booking system which you can access via our HOME PAGE

We do of course have to point out that we have to keep everyone in the church safe so if you are showing any of the following symptoms then please do not attend the Mass:


Our priority is to keep parishioners safe while in the church, so while we are living with these restrictions we all have to accept that we can no longer just turn up expecting to get in for a particular Mass. If you are unable to book in for a Mass please don’t turn up at the church but rather look at alternatives. Because their is no Sunday obligation you could try one of the weekday Masses which maybe quieter. Whatever you decide please be considerate to other parishioners and do not block book Masses; it’s only fair that everyone in the parish should have a chance to attend at least one Mass.

The answer is Yes...but only if you can!

Please be mindful that from August 8th it becomes the law to wear a face covering in all enclosed spaces including places of worship.

However, not everyone can wear a face covering and there are various reasons why this may be the case, therefore these people are exempt from this rule. We must be equally mindful that it is not up to any one of us to question or ask for a reason why a person may not be wearing a face covering but rather accept and respect the fact that they can't cover their faces.

We must remember that this latest rule has been instigated to keep everyone attending Mass safe so in St. Andrew's Parish our stewards will continue to strongly encourage the wearing of face coverings during Mass.

For the governments announcement which was made on July 31st regarding face coverings and more information go to


A socially distanced Mass in St. Andrew's Church

All fifty five places were taken at 10.30 am Mass on Sunday, August 16th, pictured above. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Michael Sellers and con-celebrated by Fr. Jack Mckeever. Remember to attend one of the Masses in St. Andrew's Parish you have to book in one of two ways, either by using our Mass Booking System or by telephoning 07756443692. Also ring this number if you have booked a Mass that you can no longer attend. The days of Masses are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, each one at 10.30am. These days and times are under constant review as more parishioners find the confidence to return to Mass.
If you would like to come back to Mass but are unsure, just ring the number above and we may be able to help you take that first important step.

We are extremely lucky to have 20 volunteer stewards working in five teams of 4, 1 team at each Mass. They do a great job helping to make sure that we are all safe while in the church.

Well the first thing to say is that without these teams of volunteers we would not be able to have any Masses in the parish. Their presence is a stipulation from the Bishops of England and Wales that we have had to put in place in order to open our church. Here at St. Andrew's we are in a very fortunate position in that we have 5 teams of 4 stewards, one team for every Mass plus one team on standby. A further stipulation was that the volunteers has to be under 70 and not in a vulnerable group. It stands to reason then that some parishes could not find anyone suitable to take on the role and so have to remain closed and some parishes found enough volunteers to have just one Mass a week. At St. Andrew's we are able to offer four Masses a week with the possiblity of a fifth if demand continues to climb.

Well the first thing the stewards will do when they first arrive is put on their face masks, gloves, aprons before anyone arrives and wipe down all door handles and anything else that people may have touched.

One of the stewards will stay by the exit door, not to stop people escaping but to make sure that everybody uses the proper entrance door and to help any disabled parishioners coming in (disabled people have use this door to enter as its the closest to the ramp).

There will normally be two stewards on the entrance door and as people arrive one of the stewards will mark their names off the attendance list which has been generated by the Mass Booking System and to make sure that we do not go over our maximum capacity of fifty five people. The second steward will put sanitiser onto your hands. We have to point out here that using hand sanitiser is not negotiable and is a condition of entry to the church.

Another steward will then take you along the one way route to the first available seat ensuring a 2 metre distance between different households. People should sit exactly where the steward asks them to and not move to another seat or move about the church.

At Communion, which in these strange times is after the blessing, the stewards will guide you out via the side aisles a bench at a time allowing for social distancing, to receive the Sacrament at one of two kneelers in front of the Sanctuary. Once the Sacrament has been received people leave the church immediately via the centre aisle and main doors and not return to their seats. Two stewards will be on the exit door to sanitise your hands as you leave and to ensure that people do not linger for a chat in the porch or on the church steps.

When everyone has left the church the team of stewards stay behind to clean and sanitise the benches and kneelers and every other surface that has been used during the Mass ready for next time. The stewards then leave and the church is locked.

As a final word and as mentioned at the beginning, we are extremely lucky to have so many parishioners willing and able to volunteer to carry out the role so that we can open at least one of our churches in the parish. But if they didn't give up their time freely the rest of us would not be able to attend Mass. So the next time you go to Mass why not say a quiet thank you to them.

The Diocesan Adult Formation department have put together a 'mini retreat' to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.

The retreat consists of nine days of prayer from Saturday, August 8th to the great feast of the Assumption which is celebrated in our diocese on Sunday, August 16th.

This ‘Mini Retreat’ is an attempt to ease the burden on those who are unable to watch streamed Masses and other liturgies but can be used by anyone.

There is a Resource Booklet which is intended to help you journey through the nine days of prayer culminating in the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, by using the Gospel passages of the day taken from Holy Mass.

The booklet offers a structure for your prayer time and it suggests that you choose a time during the day that suits you best. This could be the time that you would usually attend Mass or, early in the morning, midday, evening, whatever time suits you.

There are copies of the resource booklet at the back of St. Andrew's Church though we would request that you keep these for people who do not have access to the internet and that you download and print out the resource booklet from the link above.


Marathon in a Month

Over the past few years St Margaret Clitherow's Catholic School (SMC) in South Bank have been fundraising to replace the outdoor play area and castle in the school grounds, that had to be dismantled when it became very unsafe. They set a target to raise at least £15,000 and with the fantastic support from staff, parents, the community and local businesses have managed to raise approximatley £11,000 so far.

The school had lots of fundraising activities planned for this year but it figured without the intervention of the Coronavirus and the national lockdown which started on March 23rd. And it looks very doubtful that the school will be able to hold fundraising events for the rest of this year and maybe not even into 2021.

Enter Nicola Eddon and her two children, James and Sophie who are both pupils at the school.

Nicola takes up the story: “I was thinking, what can we do to help? “We’ve been getting out and I’ve been doing a little bit of running, but I wanted the kids to understand the importance of giving something back".

Nicola, Sophie and James have taken on the massive challenge of running a Marathon in a Month and are hoping to raise £4000, which is the remainder of the total needed and they have already raised their first £1000 in just 12 days.

Nicola added: "Although running a marathon in a month may not be a big deal to some people its a really big challenge to us. We've even had special 'Marathon in a Month' t-shirts printed in the school colours which we wear when we are out running".

If you would like to donate to the 'Marathon in a Month' challenge, Nicola has set up a 'Just Giving Page' which you can access via the link below.


Mick and Mal Applegarth

St. Andrew's parishioners, Mick and Mal Applegarth celebrated 50 years of marriage on Friday, January 24th and to mark their milestone they were presented with a bouquet of flowers on Saturday, Janurary 25th at the 6.30 pm Mass by Fr. Michael Sellers.

The couple met when they lived in the same street and have been soul mates ever since. Mick and Mal were married on Saturday, January 24th, 1970 in St. Peter's Church, South Bank by Fr. Joseph O'Mahony.

From 1987 - 2001 Mick was the resident parish DJ at 'the Andrew's disco' and other parish functions including Easter, Christmas, fundraising, youth club events and not forgetting the New Year's Eve Dance when the hall was packed with revellers dancing to Victor Sylvester, Agadoo, The Birdy Song and Rock 'n' Roll Christmas songs.


Parishioners from St. Andrew's Parish are pictured in front of the Church of The Annunciation in Walsingham. The group travelled on the Diocsean Pilgramge to the National Shrine of Our Lady in Norfolk on Saturday, October 26th and returned the following day. The pilgrimage was led by Fr. Pat Hartnett pictured with the group in the middle of the back row.


Amanda braves the shave

A brave St. Andrew's Parishioner is probably feeling a little bit colder around her head this week after having all her hair shaved off for charity!

Amanda Seabourne, who lives in Normanby, was inspired to take part in Macmillan Cancer Supports 'Brave The Shave!' campaign after fighting cancer herself. Amanda survived breast cancer ten years ago and felt she needed to do something to celebrate the milestone. In her write-up for the sponsorship forms Amanda writes: " At first I was stuck as to what I could do because I don't run, jog or do any sport and I don't bake but when I heard about 'Brave The Shave!' I thought now this is something I could do." And with that Amanda registered for the event and sent off for the sponsorship forms.

Amanda 'Braved The Shave!' in front of a rather large crowd of her work mates and friends and had her hair shaved off in the office where she works and raised over £1000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.