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Its time to return to Mass

Since the start of the pandemic the obligation to attend Mass was suspended. We are pleased to confirm that on Pentecost Sunday, 5th June, 2022, The Bishops of England and Wales removed the suspension. So we look forward to welcoming back those parishioners that are yet to return to Mass.

The Bishops of England & Wales write:

A beautiful hallmark of the Catholic faith is the profound desire to participate in the Holy Mass and share in the Eucharist. We do so with deep gratitude and joy. The Eucharist gives the Church her identity – “The Eucharist makes the Church, and the Church makes the Eucharist.” It enables us to worship Almighty God, to support each other on our journey of faith, and to be a visible sign of faith in the world. This hallmark is supported and strengthened by the precept that our fundamental Christian duty is to worship God by participating in the celebration of Mass. Attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is the greatest of all privileges, sometimes referred to as “the Sunday Obligation.”


Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have shared with you our judgment that the situation of the last two years has meant that the Sunday Obligation has been impeded and has needed to be fulfilled in other ways. We thank God that this situation has now changed. The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the previous Covid measures. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.

We understand there will still be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation.

Our Catholic people and parishes have benefitted during these difficult times from the online streaming of Mass and other services. “Virtual viewing” of Mass online does not fulfil the Sunday Obligation. It may, however, be a source of continual spiritual comfort to those who cannot attend Mass in person, for example those who are elderly and sick, for whom the obligation does not apply. In this context, we recognise gratefully the ministry of those who administer Holy Communion to the elderly, sick and housebound.

In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Lord’s Supper, the Lord Jesus entrusted to us the precious gift of Himself. With humility, we glory in being a Eucharistic people for whom attendance at Mass is essential. Now we look forward with renewed faith and confidence and invite all parishioners who have not yet done so to return to attending Mass in person.

As the Church needs the witness of the presence of each person, so too each believer needs to journey in faith and worship with their fellow disciples. Nourished by our encounter with the Risen Lord Jesus, fed with His Word and His Body and Blood in Holy Communion, and supported by the presence of each other, we receive strength week by week, to serve the Lord and glorify Him with our lives.

Blessed Pauline Jarricot
What difference can one person make?

Recently we celebrated two great feast days which were inspired by one person, God inspired them with a special mission. When love for God had grown cold, St Margaret Mary was shown how to rekindle it with devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In a similar way St Juliana’s love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament was a catalyst for the establishment of the Feast of Corpus Christi for the whole Church. In life they were largely unknown, but their faith has borne much fruit, as faithful disciples of Jesus, over the centuries.

In May this year Pauline Jaricot was declared ‘Blessed’. Again she may not be well known by name but her legacy lives on in the red mission boxes which have been used in many homes over the years. Pauline dedicated her life to the missions, wanting everyone to know God and have the opportunity to share the Faith. She founded the Association for the Propagation of the Faith two hundred years ago; groups of people came together to pray for the missions and contribute a coin to support the work of spreading the Faith. Her foundation became very popular and developed into the international organisation which we now call ‘Missio’. Red boxes are still used and still help to support missionary work throughout the world. Anyone who would like to start using a red mission box can leave their name and address at the church.

Prayer was central to Pauline’s life. She also founded the Living Rosary Association. Groups of fifteen people were each given one of the fifteen decades of the Rosary which they were to say individually each day, making up between them all a’living Rosary’. This might be a good way for parishioners to join together in praying for a special intention.
Pauline also saw the terrible conditions of some local workers in France. Despite bad health she bought a factory and employed the poor to make rosaries and devotional items. Cruelly the managers she employed swindled her and she lived in poverty until she died.

There are leaflets and prayer cards at the back of the churches, please take one and please support the work of Missio.
‘Pauline’s life shows us that every prayer, however short, and every contribution, however small, is valued by God. By joining together we really can transform our world.’

Maxi serves Mass in church he was baptised

Server from Spain

When Maxi Potter found out he was going to visit family in the UK, the first thing he asked was if it would be possible to serve as Altar server at Mass in St. Anne's.

Maxi and his family are currently on holiday from Alicante visiting family. He is an Altar Server in the parish of San Juan Bautista, Beniarbeig in Alicante.

He was born in Ibiza but was Baptised in St. Anne's Church 11 years ago. Maxi loves been an altar server in his local parish church back in Spain and really enjoys being involved in all the processions on feast days. When Maxi found out he was coming to the Uk he asked he asked if he could be a server in St. Anne's for Sunday Mass. His God parents asked St. Andrew's Parish Priest, Fr. Michael Sellers, if it would be possible who was only too pleased to grant his wish on Sunday, June 26th at 11.00 am Mass.

Maxi said he really enjoyed the experience of being an altar boy in the church he was baptised and he is pictured above in the front centre in his alb and surrounded with his fellow servers, Fr. Michael Sellers, and his family and God parents.

Rosary
Sunday at10.40am at St Annes’s and Monday –Saturday 9am at St Andrew’s.

Novena
The Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is recited after Mass on Thursdays.

Postgate Rally
Sunday 10th July, 2.30pm hymns, 3pm outdoor Mass with the bishop at Ugthorpe. Bring your own seating and refreshments.

Stella Maris
Sunday 10th July we pray for seafarers and take a collection for the AoS.

Thanksgiving Mass
for Lourdes Pilgrims past and present Saturday 9th July, 1pm at Sacred Heart Linthorpe Road with a barbecue to follow at £5 per head. tel John Brown for details 07871958412.

Food Banks
We continue to pass on non-perishable food to the local food banks to support the needy in a practical way. Many thanks for the generosity you have shown so far this year, especially in recent weeks.

A new food bank
We have been asked to highlight a new food bank at St Thomas More’s hall, Thursdays 12.30-2.30pm, no referrals required.

Help in the churches
Volunteers needed: St Andrew’s on Mondays after Mass and St Anne’s 10.30am Saturdays for cleaning.
We would also be glad to receive a little assistance in St Annes’s with preparing the church for Mass.

Inspiration Day 2022
for all Extra-ordinary ministers of the Word and Holy Communion
The day will be at the Spa Conference Centre, Scarborough on Saturday 10th September and is to be led by the Madonna House Community from Robin Hood’s Bay. All extra-ordinary ministers will be recommissioned on the day. The day begins 9.30am with registration and ends with Mass for a 3pm departure. Please sign up if you can attend and if you need transport.

QUIZ
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the quiz on Friday, July 24th. It was an excellent social occasion which raised £106 for parish funds. Thanks also to those people who donated prizes for the raffle.


CORPUS CHRISTI
Corpus Christi
The Feast of Corpus Christi began because one person saw that something so holy, and important in the life of every Catholic, should be celebrated. Her name was St Juliana, she was orphaned and brought up by nuns in Liege, Belgium. She joined the convent and from a young age had a great devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. She asked the bishop if a new feast could be celebrated in the diocese, what came to be the feast of Corpus Christi. Some years later one of the priests of that diocese became pope. He was so impressed by this idea of St Juliana that he gave the feastday to be celebrated throughout the Church and asked St Thomas Aquinas to write the prayers of the Mass.

On this Feast day we can celebrate three aspects:
Thank God for giving us the Holy Mass which makes present on the altar the Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary. May we never miss an opportunity to go to Mass and especially encourage others to make it top priority each Sunday.

Thank God for giving us the opportunity to receive Jesus in Holy Communion so frequently. May we never take these graces for granted. Holy Communion is the food which gives us strength on our journey through life.

Thank God for the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the tabernacles of our churches.

There is a sign at the back of St Andrew’s church which is worth highlighting:

The Blessed Sacrament
Is
The Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sh-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-,

If you are going to talk in my house, please talk to Me.
I am in the tabernacle, tell Me all your problems and between us we can solve them all.
Please don’t distract anyone else from talking to Me in My house.
Thank you Your Saviour.

Another message reads: BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.

Let us take a few moments to be still and quiet in church and speak to Jesus in the tabernacle, and bring Him our thanks, our praise, our sorrows and our petitions.

JUNE — MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
We dedicate this month, traditionally, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and we celebrate the Feastday on 24th June. Looking at a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we see first His physical heart pierced with a spear and often crowned with thorns. We recall His sufferings on the Cross at Calvary.

But the statue also symbolises something deeper; the Divine Heart of Jesus, His Love for Mankind. Jesus loves us. He is heart-broken when we turn away from Him or reject His Love. He points to His Heart and calls us to come closer to Him, to accept His Love and make it our own personally.

Devotion to the Heart of Jesus was especially promoted by St Margaret Mary Alacoque and St John Eudes. In the history of the Church this was a time when love for God had grown cold. The devotion was closely linked to more frequent reception of Holy Communion, especially in Communions of Reparation on First Fridays.

This month let us renew our trust in Jesus’ Love for each of us, as seen in the image of His Sacred Heart. Let us pray especially for those who have rejected God and refuse His mercy. May their hearts be turned towards Him and opened to receive His grace.


FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS

First Holy Communion
Congratulations to the 29 children from St. Andrew's Parish who received Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time on Saturday, June 11th, in St. Andrew's Church. May God bless them and their families in their efforts to live out the Faith to the full. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the celebration run smoothly.

On behalf of their parents and of the parish I would like to thank the catechists who have been preparing the children for some months. They have worked especially hard as we have been managing the delays since the lockdowns. Thanks to everyone for their patience.


OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SOCCOUR

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
We continue our devotions to Our Lady for the month of May. This Sunday the statue of Our Lady is due to be crowned at St Andrew’s church to show our love for her. Our Lady was named one of the patrons of our diocese under the title of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, or Our Lady of perpetual help. We have a picture of the icon in every church. Below are some of the descriptions of the history and meaning of the icon taken from the diocesan calendar of saints and other sources.

The icon was painted in in Crete in the fourteenth century. It was venerated there with great devotion as a miraculous image. It eventually found its way to Rome where it survived the destruction of Napoleon’s army as well as being lost for decades. When found it came into the care of the Redemptorists in the nineteenth century. When bishop Lacey, the first bishop of Middlesbrough was a student in Rome he saw it. He went on to make our Lady of Perpetual Succour a patron of the diocese.

Icons are holy paintings which represent to us a truth about God. The painter prepares by praying, fasting and often going to Confession. In a sense God reaches out to someone who venerates an icon, and makes His Presence felt. Each part of the icon has a meaning. Here we see Mary as the Mother of God, holding the child Jesus. The archangels Gabriel and Raphael are holding the instruments of the Passion, the Cross, the reed, the lance and the sponge. A sandal falls off Jesus’ foot to illustrate this disturbing scene. Mary remains calm and holds Jesus lovingly. The icon invites us to place our hands in the hands of Mary, to have confidence in God especially if we are shaken by fear or temptation. Mary invites us to trust her as a compassionate mother, appointed by God to offer us perpetual help. Let us bring to her all our needs and prayer intentions for others with great trust.

The Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is recited again on Thursdays after Mass, all welcome.


HE IS RISEN! — THE EASTER MESSAGE

He is risen
As we read through the Easter Gospels the Risen Jesus appears many times.

Usually the groups He appears to don’t recognise Jesus and they are frightened. So His first words are often : ‘Do not be afraid’, Peace be with you.’ ‘It is I.’ He wants to help them to realise that He keeps His promises, to encourage them in faith. The resurrection greatest proof and confirmation of all Jesus’ teachings and miracles.

Traditionally, after the resurrection, Jesus appears firstly to Our Lady, even though it is not recorded in the Gospels. He then appears to the holy women including Mary Magdalene, to the disciples on the road to Emmaus and then to the Apostles. Jesus comes to those who have been most faithful to Him beginning with those who stayed with Him all the way to Calvary.

The resurrection shows us that faith is rewarded, that confidence in God is more important than self-confidence and self promotion, and to find peace in our own lives we must start by being at peace with God, trusting Him and being committed to His service.


UKRAINE CRISIS — HOW YOU CAN HELP!

Ukrain flag_Pray for Ukraine
The scenes of war and destruction on the news since Russia's attack on Ukraine and the siege and bombing in Mariupol, including that of a children's and maternity hospital, have shocked many of us. The unjust invasion and the bombing of civilians have led to over ten million people fleeing for their lives.

How can we help?

Firstly we can pray and fast and offer penances for an end to the invasion and for the restoration of their country to the people of Ukraine. The Legion of Mary are leading the Rosary before Mass during the week for this special intention, all welcome around 9am. The senior Catholic archbishop of Ukraine, Archbishop Shevchuk, has said: ‘let us not only pray for peace in Ukraine, but let us pray for our enemies, for their conversion, for the conversion of Russia, as Our Lady of Fatima has requested of us.’


Secondly we can offer financial help to supply basic necessities to those who are sheltering in other countries.

The second collection for those affected by the Ukraine invasion will be sent to the Ukraine Emergency Appeal organised by Aid to the Church in Need. The total donated to date is just over £1400, including £40 for ribbons. Many thanks to everyone who has supported this important collection with such generosity. Any late donations can be sent directly to anc.org.uk

Aid to the Church in Need have organised a special emergency fund for this intention. The Catholic Church in Ukraine is a church of martyrs, in the time of Stalin thousands were killed or put in work camps.They have helped the Church to rebuild over the decades since then and they are helping still. Please make a donation through the parish, or you can leave an offering at the presbytery, or make a gift directly to acnuk.org

The Legion of Mary are leading the Rosary before Mass during the week for this special intention, all welcome around 9am.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

Divine Mercy Sunday
Renewed thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make Holy Week and Easter a great celebration of our Faith. Thanks too to everyone who sent in offerings, greetings and gifts, they are much appreciated.

This Sunday marks the completion of the Easter week of Masses. We continue to celebrate Eastertide and to think about how the Resurrection of Jesus brings us joy and hope. This Sunday we hear about St Thomas, and how Jesus invites him to touch His Wounds. His faith is confirmed and he makes that famous act of faith which we often say when the Sacred Host is elevated at Mass: ’My Lord and My God.’

In more recent times Pope John Paul 11 promoted the Divine Mercy devotion which is celebrated today. The motto ’Jesus I trust in You’, which we see on the picture, is a very good short prayer for all of us to say frequently during the day, especially in times of doubt, uncertainly or fear. According to the saints, trust in God is one of the most important qualities in the life of a Christian. We can’t receive His mercy, or any of the graces He wants to give us, if we don’t trust Him. On this feast day let us pray for a great trust in God in our daily lives, that whatever comes our way, good or bad, God wants the best for us and always offers the graces we need and the knowledge that He carries our burdens with us.

Devotions at the Lady Chapel, Osmotherley: 1.30pm Rosary and Adoration, Chaplet of Divine Mercy followed by 3pm Mass and Confessions.

CAFOD WALK AGAINST HUNGER

Walk against hunger
Congratulations to Cath Coyle for completing her walks. Please give your sponsor money to her ASAP so that we can send it off to where it is needed.

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION

Praying hands

Holy Week is a good time for all Catholics to think seriously about making a good Confession. Any good catholic prayerbook should give guidance on how to go to Confession. For anyone who has been away for a long time, do not be afraid to approach a priest for help.

We follow four simple steps to make a Confession:

• Examination of Conscience. Say a prayer to the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to help you to be honest with yourself and with God as you think of your sins since your last Confession. There are many guides to help based on the Ten Commandments.

• Contrition. As you think of your sins, tell God how sorry you are that you have committed these sins which have separated you from Him.

• Amendment of life. Make a firm resolution to avoid situations, people or trains of thought which have led to these sins.

• Confession. Confess your sins to a priest and do the penance. Afterwards say a prayer for the priest and to thank God for His Mercy.

• Confession is a wonderful Sacrament which has been much neglected recently. Anyone who goes to Confession regularly will tell you that it gives so much strength and encouragement to our souls even when our sins might seem routine.

ST BERNADETTE — A LIFE OF SERVICE TO GOD

St. Bernadette
News has come in that the relics of St Bernadette are coming to the Cathedral 2/3rd October as part of a national tour. This might be a good time to learn a little more about her life as a preparation.

Bernadette was the daughter of a poor miller, the first of nine children. She was a sick baby and suffered cholera and asthma in childhood. She missed a lot of school and did not learn to read and write until later in life.

Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, at the age of 14, she had a series of visions of the Virgin Mary in the nearby Massabielle grotto. Mary revealed her identity with the words “I am the Immaculate Conception” and, among other messages and affirmations, told Bernadette that a chapel should be built there.

At the time she was visited by Our Lady, her family were living in the local Workhouse (Cachot) . Despite initially not being believed and being bullied by her parents, the local clergy, and civil authorities she steadfastly defended the genuineness of these visions and remained humble.

To escape public attention, she became a boarder in the local school run by the Sisters of Charity of Nevers. In 1866 she was granted admission into the novitiate in the motherhouse at Nevers. There she completed her religious instruction and passed her remaining years in prayer and seclusion, happy and loved for her kindliness, holiness, and wit, despite almost constant sickness and pain. She died in agony on April 16th 1879, willingly accepting her great sufferings in faithful fulfillment of her “Lady’s” request for penance.

She was canonized by Pope Pius XI on December 8th, 1933. Celebration of her feast is on April 16th, the day she died, and is optional in the Roman calendar, though Lourdes is a major pilgrimage centre for those seeking healing. The chapel of the St. Gildard convent, Nevers, contains her body, which is said to be incorrupt.

Although she was born into poverty, suffered from a lack of education, and much sickness throughout her life she is a fine example of how to live with the sufferings of life and stay close to God and cheerful in his service at the same time. Her feast day is April 16th.

ST. LUKE — DOCTOR, MISSIONARY, AUTHOR

St. Luke - Doctor, Missionary, Author
We are encouraged to listen to the Word of God and to ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in living out the Gospel in our daily lives. On Sundays in ‘Ordinary Time’ we work through one of the Gospels in particular. This year we are reading from the Gospel of St Luke. Each Evangelist is addressing his words to different listeners and so emphasises different aspects of Our Lord’s teachings and actions, in order to help these varieties of people to come to know Him more.

St Luke was probably born of pagan parents in Antioch and worked as a doctor. He was converted by St Paul and became his co-worker in his missionary journeys. He wrote the Acts of the Apostles which gives a history of the Church in New Testament times. His Gospel emphasises:

God’s mercy. St Luke points out that Jesus came as a Saviour for the whole world. No-one is beyond the mercy of God. Even if they are on the margins of society, no-one is outside of His creation and His love. He came to seek out the lost.

The Humanity of Christ. St Luke records the nativity stories which we look forward to reading every Christmas. The Son of God took on human flesh and experienced all that we do, except sin. Knowing this is a source of hope to so many people.

Prayer. Many times St Luke points out that Jesus went away to pray by himself, he often spent the whole night in prayer. The apostles and disciples followed Jesus’ lead as we see in the Acts of the Apostles, joining together in prayer, especially on Sundays and to ask God’s guidance.

Healing. St Luke, having been a doctor, gives many details about the miracles of healing which Jesus did. It shows that he came to restore all God’s creation, to make it whole again. He offers that healing to everyone.

Compassion. Jesus goes out of his way to show gentleness and compassion especially to those people who would have been looked down on such as the sick and the poor. He raises their spirits when he shows everyone around that they all have dignity in the eyes of God because he made them.

As we listen to St Luke’s Gospel over the coming weeks let us ask God to help us to be more faithful to daily prayer, to experience the healing which he offers to our souls in the Sacraments, and to show the compassion we receive to those who need it most.

BAPTISM — THE GATEWAY TO THE SACRAMENTS

Baptism - the gateway to the sacraments

Baptism is called ‘the gateway’ to the Sacraments. We become Christians when we are Baptised, Original sin is washed away, we are made children of God and brothers and sisters of each other in the Church.

We also receive the gift of faith in our souls. It is sometimes described as a seed which we have to nurture so that it will germinate and grow and bear fruit. This takes a lifetime.

Recently thirty children were registered by their parents for the preparation course for First Confession and First Holy Communion. Parents, at Baptism, promise to pass on the Faith to their children by teaching them to pray each day, following the Commandments, and bringing them to Mass each Sunday.

The Gospel of John relates how Jesus went to a wedding and performed his first recorded miracle, changing water into wine. In this way he blesses marriage and makes it a Sacrament. When a Christian couple gets married they celebrate a Sacrament and receive special graces from God to be good husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. Those graces are always there being offered by God, even when we don’t live up to them.

Please pray that God will bless all married couples in the parish and help them in their efforts to pass on the Faith to their children. We pray too for those couples who are preparing for marriage this year. When Jesus changes water into wine we learn that what is essential for a stable society (marriage and family life, represented by the water) can also, with Gods help, bring joy (represented by the wine) to that family and to the wider community.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Allan and Phil Burns celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary

ALLAN AND PHIL CELEBRATE MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY

A couple from St. Andrew's Parish have celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary and have been presented with a bunch of flowers on behalf of the parish.

Allan and Phil Burns were married on December 28th, 1971 at St. Joseph's Church, Marton Road, Middlesbrough by Fr. Toner and 50 years to the day they once again stood before God in St. Andrew's Church and received a blessing from Parish Priest, Fr. Michael Sellers.

The couple met on the dance floor of the Excel Night Club "as in West Side Story" quipped Allan.


Allan's best man was Andrew Lombard while Phil's chief bridesmaid was Theresa McRae and had six bridesmaids. Their reception was at the Marton Hotel and Country Club in Marton.

And on Sunday, January 2nd Allan and Phil were presented with bunch of flowers, pictured above, at the 11.00 am Mass at St. Anne's Church, Whale Hill, Eston.

PARISH HALL
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;
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;
• 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 hire the hall for your meetings, training or if you are just looking for some office space.
Please note: There will be no large events until further notice.

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

OVER ONE HUNDRED BRAVE STORM TO REMEMBER FR. JACK McKEEVER

Fr. Jack McKeever

Over a hundred parishioners and clergy braved horrendous weather to attend the memorial Mass for Fr. Jack Mckeever on Tuesday, December 7th which was celebrated by Bishop Terry. Parishioners from parishes he had served were welcomed to join together with parishioners from St. Andrew's 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.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS

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.

SACRAMENTS
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.

DEATH OF VERY FIRST CURATE OF ST ANDREW'S PARISH

Monsignor

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.

 
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