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Four young people from St. Andrew's Parish who went on pilgrimage to Faith Summer Camp to Ampleforth Abbey

Forty young Catholics from across our diocese were invited to a four day summer camp at Ampleforth Abbey from Tuesday, 23rd – Friday 26th July. It was magnificent to see young Catholics gathered around on a sunny day in the grounds of Ampleforth. It was a place of faith and nourishment.
When we first arrived the staff and priests took the first register, sent us all to our dorms and we were told the rules, when to have fun and when to learn.
On Wednesday the priests gave us some talks that taught us about our faith; they said it was like a jigsaw that needed to be solved and that we have a physical body and a spiritual soul in our heart. We then went to have fun in Flamingoland and we were all excited about going on the rides since it was a very warm day.
After breakfast on Thursday we had our second talk about how to reach God and the answer is through Jesus and about him coming down in the form of man to save the world. At night we had a quiz based on our faith and the Abbey.
On Friday the talk was about if God really existed. But God does exist. People think the big bang started the universe but God did. The last talk was about original sin and how sin can lead to other sin e.g. being jealous can lead to stealing. At Masses we were all given the opportunity to read and serve on the Altar.
We all had lots of fun playing all types of sport and games including football and swimming as well as having a BBQ in the abbey grounds.
Irrespective of my condition all the children in Ampleforth showed love to me, they all made me smile everyday of the summertime camp. And, also the members of staff were brilliant! Thank you, Fr. Michael for giving us the opportunity to go.

On Thursday, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and, by the grace of God, her assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the feast – and the mystery behind it – has its roots in the earliest centuries of Christian belief. The dogma of the Assumption of Mary – also called the “Dormition of Mary” has its roots in the early centuries of the Church. The Catholic Church teaches that when Mary ended her earthly life, God assumed her, body and soul into heaven. By the 8th century, the feast day was named the Assumption of Mary and there are frequent meditations in the writings of saints throughout the centuries. However, the feast itself was not defined officially until 1950, when Pope Pius XII made an infallible, ex-cathedra statement officially defining the dogma of the Assumption. Today, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is marked as a major feast day and a public holiday in many countries. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, and Catholics are required to attend Mass - Pope Pius said: “It’s important to mark the significance of the feast by everyone celebrating the Eucharist.”


The annual pilgrimage to Mount Grace is on Sunday 18th August and there is a bus leaving St. Andrew’s Church at 12 noon. Please add your name to the list at the back of church. Help has been requested to provide refreshments for the day. If you are willing to bake cakes, sausage rolls etc, they can be taken to the Cathedral on 17th August and arrangements will be made to get them to Mount Grace.

Mon: St Jane Frances de Chantal
Tues: Ss Pontian & Hippolytus
Wed: St Maximilian Kolbe
Thurs: The Assumption of Our Lady
Fri: St Stephen of Hungary

Mon:     J & K Training 8.30 am - 4.30 pm Room 2  
             Parish Bingo 6.30 - 9.00 pm Main Hall
Tues:   J & K Training 8.30 am - 4.30 pm Room 2  
             Mother's Prayers 10.00 - 11.30 am Room 3

             MAP Asylum Seekers drop in 9.30 - 11.30 am Main Hall
            Parish Meditation Group 7.00 - 8.15 pm Room 3
Wed:    Naylor's Finance 9.00 am - 5.00 pm Room 8
             Sync Dancing 7.30 - 10.00 pm Main Hall
Thurs:  Parish Bingo 1.30 - 4.00 pm Main Hall
             Swing Fit 8.00 am - 9.00 pm Main Hall


Wednesday, August 7th — No 31 —
£30 each goes to LINDA MARTIN and MARY TAYLOR
Contact Paul Terry with your winning ticket to claim your prize.

Ministers of Word and Holy Communion are desperately needed for St Anne’s Church, in fact for St Peter’s too. So firstly, I am asking people of good faith to come forward and offer their service in either ministry. I know we always feel we are not good enough, but we are asked to serve the Lord in whatever way we can. And being commissioned is a wonderful way to express our love of God and his people. Secondly, all ministers are commissioned for St Andrew’s Parish and not for a particular church, so I would ask our present ministers, if they are able, to give thought to serving in all of our churches. Please come and have a word with me if you are willing to help or if you are willing to become a minister.

Last June there was a very big meeting in York about the future of the diocese. We had three representatives from the parish. The whole day was to get every parish in the diocese to think about what it is doing to spread the Gospel. As you know I’m leaving the parish very soon but it would be a good idea before I go to have a meeting to see who is interested at looking at how our parish is missionary. Watch this space for more information.

Tuesday, 13th August at 10.15 am at St. Anne’s for David Vallily

The date for cutting the hedge at St. Anne’s Church is Wednesday, August 21st, after 9.15 morning Mass. Last year young and old joined in a day of social and physical activity and had a great day. If anyone is a bit of a hedge-cutter and is willing to give a little of their time, just let me know. Many hands make light work so please bring your hedge cutters or shearers and hopefully we will have another successful parish day. It will take all day, so if you can give half an hour, we’d love to see you. The hardest part was getting rid of the cuttings, and I’m very indebted to the couple who looked after that last year. So if anyone can help with this part of the task this year please let me know. Thank you.

If you have any old mobile phones, video cameras, laptops, old film or digital camera’s or lenses, gadgets, sat navs, games consoles, games and accessories, MP3 players, tablet computers, jewellery, watches all broken or working or loose stamps, stamp collections and foreign currency, please help the parish raise funds by putting them in the collection boxes at the back of church or the parish hall. Thank you.

In the parish hall on Friday 13th September. Live music from Janie St John with a tombola, raffle and bingo. Donations for raffle, tombola and bottle prizes would be much appreciated. Tickets at £5 each are available from Eileen Nugent and Anne Cuthbert. Raffle tickets are on sale at the back of church. All money raised will go to St. Andrew’s Parish Lourdes Sick Fund.

If you would like to make a donation to Canon Michael’s leaving collection the last date to do so will be Sunday, September 15th. There are printed envelopes at the back of church, mark them for the attention of Paul Terry and put them in the offertory collection bags or hand direct to Paul.

Learn how to download, process and edit images from a Digital SLR camera using the most common tools in Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) on this ten week course starting on Thursday, September 19th, 6.30 — 9.00 pm in St. Andrew’s Parish Hall Conference Room. You will need: your own laptop; subscription to Adobe CC Individual Photography Plan costing £9.98 per month from or an older version (5 or above but not Elements). Cost is £60 each to pay for the conference room for ten weeks. More information from Paul Terry.

Barking Up The Right Tree, a local travelling theatre company based in Redcar, have chosen St. Andrew’s Parish Hall as one of the venues to perform their Christmas Pantomime, Aladdin on Sunday, 22nd December.



Forty hours of the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar
It was a wonderful parish occasion at this year’s 40 hours of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. From the start on Thursday, July 4th after morning Mass to the closing Holy Hour at 4.00 pm on Sunday, July 7th, it was great to see so many people dropping in to spend whatever time they could with Jesus. I am sure that the parish and individuals will receive blessings.


Two local ex army men who served Queen and country for a combined total of 50 years have teamed up to form a singing duo entertaining in local care homes to people suffering with dementia. On Sunday, June 9th they took a break from the care homes to provide the entertainment in a packed St. Andrew's Parish Hall for the Vintagte Tea fundraising event...and it has to be said, they took the place by storm! It was a great entertaining afternoon with over £1800 being raised for the parish buildings fund.

An army of volunteers worked extremely hard over two days, the Friday and Sunday, setting out the tables and preparing the sandwiches, cakes etc providing flowers for the tables, preparing and running the tombola, keeping the tea and coffee flowing during the afternoon and, just as important, leaving hall clean and tidy afterwards ready for the next day and we would like to thank each and everyone of them for all the planning and good organisation which made for a very enjoyable and successful afternoon. We couldn't have done without you.

The total raised from the event after expenses was £806 plus the total raised from the Summer Draw of £1077 making a total of £1883. A very big thank you to everyone who bought tickets and supported both the Vintage Tea and the Summer Draw, the results of which are:

1st prize: £150 M. O’Dwyer Claimed;
2nd prize: £75 F. Banks Claimed;
3rd prize: £50 Olivia Daynes Claimed;
4th prize: £25 Sheila Angus Claimed.

Pictured top are Jon (left) and Jimmy who perform as The Veterans and below the army of volunteers who set the whole thing up over two days; bottom images are during the afternoon. All Photos by Paul Terry.


The May Queen crowns Mary's statue
The statue of Mary is crowned by this year’s Parish May Queen at the annual May Procession in St. Andrew's
Church. The procession took place last Sunday, May 19th at 3.00pm. Six of the children who made their First
Holy Communion on Sunday, May 12th attended the celebration and one of them was chosen to Crown the
statue of Our Lady, pictured right, after a short procession outside. The celebration ended with Benediction
followed by refreshments in the hall.
Photo by Paul Terry.


The First Holy Communion Group who received the Eucharist for the first time on Sunday, May 12th

Twenty seven children from St. Andrew's Parish, Teesville, have made their First Holy Communion.
The children received the Eucharist for the first time on Sunday, May 12th at the 9.30 am Mass in St. Andrew's Church. The Mass was celebrated by the Parish Priest, Canon Michael Loughlin with Fr. John Bain con-celebrating. 478 people attended the Mass and afterwards parents, relatives and friends were invited into the parish hall for lite refreshments.
Our photo shows our First Holy Group of 2019 pictured before the blessing and recessional hymn. Photo by Paul Terry.


Anna Chadwick presented with a bouquet of flowers
St. Andrew's parishioner, Anna Chadwick has been presented with a bouquet of flowers in celebration of her
80th birthday. Anna is a Minister of the Word, a Minister of the Eucharist and the co-ordinator for
Eucharistic Ministers as well as a former lead catechist for the parish First Holy Communion programme.
The presentation was made by Parish Priest Canon Michael Loughlin at the 9.30 am Mass on Sunday, February 17th.
She was joined at Mass by her four grandchildren. She is celebrating her milestone birthday with a celebratory
meal with her family. Anna is pictured above with Canon Michael and one of our Altar servers after being
presented with the flowers and below with her grandchildren after Mass.
Photo by Paul Terry.

Anna with her grandchildren after Mass.


Canon Michael Loughlin with the statue of St. Barbara, Area Project Director Duncan Smith and Councillor Sue Jeffrey.

Canon Michael Loughlin, Parish Priest of St. Andrew’s, Teesville, was given the honour of blessing a statue of the patron saint of miners at the start of excavation work of a transportation tunnel to the Sirius Mine, Wilton.

The Feast of St. Barbara is on December 4th and Canon Michael was invited by the CEO of Sirius Minerals, Chris Fraser, to go along to the official start of excavations and bless the statue of St. Barbara, which is now stood at the entrance of the tunnel.

When completed the tunnel will house a 23 mile underground mineral transportation system. Up to 20 million tonnes of polyhalite ore, a natural mineral used as fertilizer, will travel through the tunnel from the underground mine near Whitby, to a processing plant on the banks of the River Tees.
The company expects to be producing 10m tonnes per year by 2024 from a new purpose-built facility in the shadow of the blast furnace at Redcar, creating 1,000 long term jobs.

Our photo shows Canon Michael Loughlin with the statue of St. Barbara, Area Project Director Duncan Smith and Councillor Sue Jeffrey.
Photo Courtesy of Richard Doughty Photography, York.


The poppy display at St. Margaret Clitherow's School

“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,
age shall not weary them nor years condemn,
at the going down of the sun and in the morning,
we will remember them.”

This weekend we mark the centenary of the end of World War I and in common with organisations, towns, villages and schools up and down the country one of our own parish schools has embraced the atmosphere and created their own tribute to the fallen of the The Great War.

Pupils, staff and friends of St. Margaret's School in South Bank, Middlesbrough, gave up a day of their recent half term holiday to help create the touching display above. All of the poppies on the ground and netting from the fence to the cross are made from the bottoms of plastic bottles and black bottle tops, while the poppies hanging on the fence to the left of the soldier are knitted. The silhouette of the soldier, the white cross and the 100 small wooden crosses were created by a friend of the school. Each of the crosses has a local soldiers name on it while the framed display at the back carries the names of 200 soldiers from the local area all killed during the conflict.

On Friday morning at 9.15 am the whole school, with parents and governors, gathered at the display to hold a prayer and memorial service for the fallen before going into the hall for a whole school Mass.

Some 65 million men were mobilised across Europe during World War 1. Nearly a third of them – some 21 million – were wounded; another 8.5 million were killed and 7.7 million were taken prisoners of war. All of them had family and friends whose lives were changed forever by the events of 1914-1918.  Since then there has been another World War and many acts of conflict and strife throughout the world with many people dying and lives being drastically affected.
This centenary year gives us all the chance not only to remember, but also to pray and work for peace, looking forward with hope. Photo by Paul Terry.


Parishioners from St. Andrew's Parish attended Walsingham with the 2018 Diocsean pilgrimage

Parishioners from St. Andrew's Parish visited Walsingham as part of the 2018 Diocesan pilgrimage. They departed from Middlesbrough Cathedral on Saturday, October 28th. The pilgrimage was led by Bishop of Middlesbrough the Rt. Rev. Terrence Patrick Drainey and Very Rev. Canon Pat Harnett, The Episcopal Vicar for Spirituality and Worship. The pilgrims are pictured above outside the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation with Canon Pat on the left. They returned to Middlesbrough on Sunday, October 29th. Photo by Val Maughan.


The Shea Family Band on stage with Margaret and Tony Maughan, Pete Davies and friends

A FANTASTIC NIGHT ! That was the verdict of the capacity crowd when three local acts from the folk music scene came together at St. Andrew's Hall to help raise money for the Parish Building Fund. Margaret and Tony Maughan & Friends, Pete Davies and The Shea Family Band all performed free of charge on Friday, October 5th for a Night of Acoustic Music and helped raise a total of almost £800 for the total. Our picture above shows all three acts on the stage for one last song, Sloop John B, at the end of the night. Photo by Val Maughan.


Sheila Walsh and Stephen Laurence on their wedding day

Pictured above walking down the aisle after their marriage are Sheila Walsh and Stephen Laurence. The happy couple were married in St. Ancrew's Church, Teesville, on Friday, September 14th by Fr. Pat Day. We wish them every joy and blessing in their married life together.
Photo by J. D. Photography


The Baptism of Madeline Sofia Campbell, daughter and second child of Siobhan and Gavin Campbell took place on Saturday, August 18th, 2018. The Godparents were David Campbell, Sarah Haley, Rachel and Adam Philpot and the celebrant was Parish Priest Canon Michael Loughlin. Photo courtesy of Elaine Murray.

It was all hands on deck for the massive task to cut back the hedge surrounding St. Anne's Church in Whale Hill, Eston. The operation took place on Friday, August 3rd and started early in the morning and finished at tea time. All kinds of help was on hand including electric hedge cutters, sweeping up, a trailer to take the cuttings away and of course, the all important cups of all made for a great community spirit as our photos, sent to us by parishioner Margaret Whitfield, show. A massive thank you to the army of volunteers.


Top: Fr. Jack McKeever celebrates his Diamond Jubilee with Mass at St. Andrew’s Church, Teesville. Also pictured are former parish priest Canon Edmond Gubbins (left) and current parish priest, Canon Michael Loughlin.

Middle: Fr. Jack McKeever during the Eucharistic Prayer.

Above left: 24 diocesan priests and Bishop Terry con-celebrated at the Mass and are pictured during the recessional hymn as they process from the Sanctuary.

Above right: Fr. Jack cuts his Diamond Jubilee cake in the parish hall afterwards.

Over 250 people from three parishes came together on Friday, June 15th in St. Andrew’s Church, Teesville, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Fr. Jack McKeever. Fr. Jack celebrated the Mass at 7.00 pm with Bishop Terry and 24 of his brother priests who travelled from all parts of the diocese.

It was great to see so many people come together to pay tribute to Fr. Jack as he celebrated his milestone anniversary. Parishioner’s attended from the last two parishes he served as parish priest, St. Gabriel’s, Ormesby and St. Joseph’s, Loftus as well as St. Andrew’s where Fr. Jack helps in his retirement.

Fr. Jack was ordained in 1958 at Thurles Cathedral before being appointed to the Diocese of Middlesbrough and his first parish, St. Wilfrid’s in York.
In his homily Fr. Jack alluded to those early days in his new parish and meeting the parish priest for the first time. On arrival the parish priest had greeted him with a lot of rules and regulations and do’s and don’ts and when he had finished he had asked Fr. Jack if he had anything to ask him to which Fr. replied: “Yes, how far is it to the racecourse?”

After the Mass the celebration continued in St. Andrew’s Parish Hall where Fr. Jack cut his Diamond Jubilee cake and a buffet and fellowship was enjoyed by all.

It was a splendid occasion and a fitting tribute to a priest that is still serving (and wants to serve) the people of Middlesbrough Diocese 60 years after ordination.


Sheila Kirkbright celebrated her 80th birthday on Tuesday, June 12th and was presented with bouquet of flowers on Sunday, June 17th at the 9.30 am Mass by Parish Priest, Canon Michael Loughlin and Altar Server Max.


Bridie McHugh receives the Bene Merente Medal

A parishioner has been awarded a Bene Merente Medal by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Bridie McHugh was presented with her medal and framed certificate by Fr. Peter Ryan on Sunday, June 3rd at the 12.15 pm Mass. The papal award is in recognition of her outstanding work for the Eston Handicapped Fellowship and her loyalty to the church.

Members of Bridie's family, friends and members of the parish were all at the Mass to witness her receive the award. Photo by Paul Terry.


Mary McPhillips celebrated her 90th birthday on Tuesday, May 8th

Congratulations to Mary McPhillips who celebrated her 90th birthday on Tuesday, May 8th. At the 9.30 am Mass last Sunday she was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Fr. Michael to mark her milestone birthday.
If you know of anyone within St. Andrew's Parish who is celebrating a special occasion in the parish contact Paul Terry with the details so that we can honour them in the traditional way.


Two nuns from the Sisters of the Renewal visited St. Andrew's Parish and were the principal speakers at the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour on Wednesday May 9th

Pictured above are Sr. Therese Wong, CFR (left) and Sr. Catherine Holum, CFR, two Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. It was a great joy to welcome the sisters to our parish last week as they visited our schools and were part of our Novena. The sisters are part of a relatively new order founded by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR over in the United States. The sisters are based at St. Clare’s Convent in Corpus Christi, Osmondthorpe, Leeds.

Our Novena continues on Wednesday, May 16th, at 7.00 pm concluding with Benediction. Our guest speaker this week will be Canon John Loughlin. Don’t forget to bring any special intentions along with you and place them in the box provided.


The new Mr and Mrs James


Two parishioners of St. Andrew's Parish have finally taken the plunge into married life...20 years after they first met.

David James and Cheryl Owens were married on Friday, April 20th at noon in St. Andrew's Church by Parish Priest, Canon Michael Loughlin. David's best man was Joshua Aungiers and Cheryl's chief bridesmaid was Ann Marie Tyler and was attended by Isabelle, Amelia and Ava. After the Nuptual Mass the wedding party went on to Crathorne Hall for their reception.

David and Cheryl are pictured above after signing the register. Photo by Bob Norton


David James, centre, pictured with members of his family at the end of the Easter Vigil.

Precious, Comfort, Wisdom and Success Emmanuel-Olu are pictured above with their mother and members of the Legion of Mary who were also their God Parents.

St. Andrew's Parish Easter Vigil was a tremendous event with one being received into full communion with the church and being confirmed and four children from the same family being baptised and making their First Holy Communion.

David James, pictured in the top photo in the centre, was received into the church by Parish Priest, Canon Michael Loughlin during the Easter Vigil and also opted to be confirmed. He was sponsored by Mary Owens and took Dominic as his confirmation name because he was born on the feast of St. Dominic.

Also during the vigil, four children from the same family were baptised and received the Eucharist for the first time. Precious, Comfort, Wisdom and Success Emmanuel-Olu are pictured above with their mother and members of the Legion of Mary who have been giving the children instruction and were also their God parent’s.

We warmly congratulate them all as they take their first steps into the Catholic faith.

Fr Philip and I would like to wish you and your families the joy of the Risen Lord.

Christ is indeed truly risen! Easter is the feast of all feasts. We have had 40 days of Lent and we now have 50 days of Easter. May our shared faith in the Risen and Crucified Christ energise us to bring the Good News to all we share our lives with. Death, suffering, illness and the evils of this world do not have the last word; Christ is risen. Photos by Paul Terry


Maureen receives a bouquet of flowers from Parish Priest Canon Michael Loughlin

Paul and Maureen Vaughan were married on Saturday, February 24th, 1968 at 12 noon in St. Mary's Church, Grangetown, by Parish Priest Fr. Hawksworth. Maureen recalls that it was the Saturday before Ash Wednesday and if they had married a week later which would have been during Lent, they wouldn't be able to have any music or flowers. She also remembers that she was the only lay person in the church allowed to take Holy Communion under both kinds and that she had to go right up to the high altar to receive, which was very unusual in those days.

On Saturday, March 3rd, Fr. Michael Loughlin presented Maureen with a bouquet of flowers at the 6.30 pm Mass. Unfortunately, Paul is in ill health so was unable to attend the Mass.

Pictured above is Maureen Vaughan receiving a bouquet of flowers from Parish Priest Canon Michael Loughlin. Photo Paul Terry.


Kath and Mick McNicholas with Fr. Jack McKeever and grandchildren Luke and Grace.

Kath and Mick McNicholas were married on Saturday, February 17th, 1968 in St. Andrew's Church by Fr. William Ryan and to mark
their Golden Anniversary they were presented with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the parish at the 12.15 pm
Mass in St. Peter's Church, South Bank, by Fr. Jack McKeever.

The couple celebrated with family and friends on the day of their milestone anniversary.

At the time of their wedding Queen Elizabeth had been on the throne for just 16 years, the Prime Minster was
Harold Wilson and Manfred Mann were Number 1 with The Mighty Quinn. The Boro drew 1-1 at home to Bristol
Rovers in the 4th round of the FA Cup and it was the penultimate day of the 1968 Winter Olympics held in Grenoble, France.

Our photo above shows Kath and Mick McNicholas with their grandchildren Luke and Grace and Fr. Jack McKeever.
Photo by Paul Terry.


Doreen Byrnes is presented with a bouquet of flowers to celebrate her 80th birthday.

Doreen Byrnes celebrated her 80th birthday on Thursday, January 4th and was presented with a bouquet of
flowers at the 9.30 am Mass by Canon Michael on Sunday, January 7th, the Feast of the Epiphany. Photo by Paul Terry


Helpers at the pensioners lunch 2017

Pictured above are the young people and some of the adult helpers who helped serve 95 parish pensioners
at the Parish Pensioners Christmas lunch on Thursday, December 28th, 2017. Photo by Paul Terry


We wish you all a Holy and Happy Christmas from St. Andrew's Parish

Above: Our Live Nativity scene before the First Mass of Christmas 2017. We wish you a Holy and Happy
Christmas from all at St. Andrew's Parish. Photo by Paul Terry


Maureen McElvaney and Fr. Phil Cunnah

Pictured above after being presented with a bouquet of flowers is Maureen McElvaney who celebrated her 80th birthday on Tuesday, November 28th. Maureen was presented with her bouquet at the end of the 9.30 am Mass on Sunday, December 3rd by Assistant Priest, Fr. Phillip Cunnah. Photo by Paul Terry.


Edyta Prajsnar and John Murray gave a concert for parishioners

The golden voice of Edyta Prajsnar filled St. Andrew's and St. Peter's Churches with magic as she sang some classic songs dedicated to the Virgin Mary at a recital of song and piano music, on Sunday, November 26th. Edyta was accompanied by musician and South Bank old boy John Murray on the piano, who played music by Schubert, Gounod, Caccini, Murray and others. The couple travelled up from Hull especially for the special event which was after the 9.30 am Mass at St. Andrew's Church and 1.15 pm in St. Peter's Church and lasted 45 minutes.
Edyta and John are pictured above after the concert in St. Andrew's Church.
Photo by Paul Terry.


Below are a just a small number of photos taken on the parish pilgrimage to Fatima which started in the early hours of Thursday, October 19th with the bus journey to Newcastle Airport.

Above: Pilgrims pray the rosary in the rain as they walk along the route to where an angel appeared to the three little
shepherds and gave them Communion, as pictured below.

A group photo at the same site.

The next day the rain cleared and the sun shone for the rest of the pilgrimage as shown in the picture above of the

As you enter Fatima there is this impressive sculpture constructed in the middle a roundabout showing the three
shepherds on their way to meet the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Another group photo taken on the final day after we had walked The Way of the Cross.

...and there was time to relax also as shown in this picture of Magaret, Mary, Anne and Bernie and in the photo below
of Helen and Nicola.



Vintage tea

The tables set out for the vintage tea

Parishioners who attend St. Anne's Church, Whale Hill, Eston organised an afternoon vintage tea and raised over £743.80 for the Parish Building Fund.
The event, held on Friday, October 29th had a 1940s theme and opened with a talk on the war years by Helen Franks and was followed by a fashion show from the era. The clothes belong to and were modled by identical twins Eileen Tilley and Elaine Canessa, who travelled from York especially to take part in the event. Eileen and Elaine love to take part in war time re-actment weekends and can often be found dressed up in the fashions of the era whenever there is an weekend event. Their favourite is Pickering war weekend and the clothes all belong to themselves acquired from various places over the years including Vegas. During the fashion show Helen described each item of clothing modelled. Background music from the era played throughout the afternoon added to the ambience. Tables were set out with a variety of homemade sandwiches and cakes and vintage crockery was also used. Our picture above top shows the team who organised or helped at the event with Elaine pictured front left and Eileen front right.


Our Log Cabin Holiday raffle was won by Heather from Grangetown Library Knitting Club with ticket No. 00241 and will be treating her grandchildren to a week in Louth. However, Heather is unable to travel because of illl health and so she has handed the responsibility of the holiday over to her relative, Joan McRoy, who came along to be presented with the holiday by St. Andrew's Parish Priest Canon Michael Loughlin on Tuesday, October 10th. Joan
will take their grandchildren to stay in the log cabin in May/June.

The amount raised from the raffle was £1,210 for the Parish Building Fund which far exceeded our expectations. A big thank you everyone who bought and sold tickets far and wide and to George and Maureen Hodgson for donating such a fabulous prize.

Joan is pictured above being presented with the details of the Log Cabin Holiday by Canon Michael. Photo by Paul Terry.


St. Andrew's Parish Altar Server Ella Seabourne completed a sponsored 5k run (twice round Stewart’s Park), Middlesbrough, on Sunday, August 27th at 11.30 am and raised £312 for the Parish Building Fund. She was accompanied on the run by her friend Isabelle Tyler.
Ella and Isabelle are pictured above putting their best foot forward for the start of the run.
Photo by Paul Terry.


Two lucky girls who live in Dubai have made their First Holy Communion in St. Andrew's Church, Teesville. Poppy and Rosie were prepared for receiving the Eucharist in Dubai, but their parents, Lucy and Stuart Walker, thought it would be nice for them to make it in their home parish with family and friends. They received the Eucharist for the first time on the Feast of the Assumption at 7.00 pm Mass. Lucy and Stuart work in Dubai and they are home on holiday to visit family and friends.
Poppy and Rosie are pictured left with mam and dad and Fr. Michael Loughlin who celebrated the Mass and below with some younger members of their family.

  Photos by Paul Terry  


From the Summer Fete Photo Booth From the Summer Fete photo booth
From the photo booth at the Summer Fete From the photo booth at the summer fete 2017

Almost £3000 was raised at the parish Annual Summer Fete and I would just like to say how much I enjoyed the afternoon. It was great to see so many people having so much fun. If you weren’t able to come, you really did miss out. The Human fruit machine was a cause of constant amusement to me - such a laugh. My youngest niece, Martha (4½), thought it was the best Fete ever! I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard to make it such a successful day. The total realised for the Fete was £1602.77 and the Summer Draw profit was £1314.30 giving a grand total of £2917.07 an excellent result. We have also applied to Barclays for “Match Funding” - a scheme, open to Barclays employees, whereby they can match pound for pound up to £1000, so watch this space.
Above are just some of the many photos taken on our Photo Booth
which was one of the many new attractions this year. Photos by Paul Terry and Kerri Dowling.


St. Margaret Clitherow's football team with the Catholic Voice Cub and the Heagny Cup

St. Margaret Clitherow's Catholic Academy boys football team certainly have at least three things to be proud of. For the boys have had a triple first winning the Catholic Voice Cup and then followed a week later winning the Heagney Cup as well as winning the competition for the best team pennant in the Voice Cup competition.

The Catholic Voice Cup this year was played in Hull on Saturday, July 1st. The boys made it all the way to the final playing St. Benedict's Primary School from Redcar. At full time the result was a draw and so the match had to be decided on penalties which St. Margaret's won 5-4 to bring the Catholic Voice Cup back to South Bank for the first time ever.

Then, just ten days later, on Tuesday, July 11th the team travelled to Ormesby Primary School where they played Nunthorpe Primary School in the final of the Heagney Cup which St. Margaret Clitherow's won easily 6-1 and the team were presented with the large silver trophy - The Anthony Heagney Primary schools cup.

And as if winning two major local trophies in just over a week wasn't enough, one of the team was presented with the Pennant Sheild which is given for the best designed team pennant in the Catholic Voice Cup.

One thing is sure...the trophy cabinet in the entrance corridor of St. Margaret Clitherow's School is well and truly filled to capacity after a very successful season.

Pictured above are the 2016/17 School Champions, St. Margaret Clitherow's Catholic Academy boys team, with the three trophies, from left to right, the Pennant Shield, The Heagney Cup and the Catholic Voice Cup. Photo by Paul Terry.


Margaret O'Dwyer is presented with a bouquet of flowers by Fr. Damian

St. Andrew's Parishioner, Margaret O'Dwyer celebrated her 80th birthday on Friday, July 7th and at the 6.30 pm Mass on Saturday, July 15th she was presented with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of St. Andrew's Parish by Fr. Damian Nwachukwu, Assistant Priest. She is pictured with her husband Terry and Fr. Damian. Photo by Paul Terry.


Bill and Cath Evans pictured after receiving a bouquet of flowers from Fr. Michael Loughlin, Fr. Damian and Fr. Jack

Pictured above are Bill and Cath Evans after receiving a bouquet of flowers to celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. The flowers were presented by Fr. Michael Loughlin, St. Andrew's Parish Priest, at the morning Mass on Thursday, July 6th in St. Anne's Church, Eston. Also pictured is Fr. Damian and Fr. Jack McKeever. While below they are pictured with their family, friends and parishioners after the Mass. Photos by Paul Terry.

Bill and Cath Evans with family, friends and parishioners after the Mass.

Fr Philip Cunnah has been appointed as Assistant Priest to our parish. Fr. Phil is currently Assistant Priest at the Cathedral. He will take up his new post in October and will be on call to James Cook for 2 days a week and St. Andrew's Parish will also provide Mass at the Holy Name of Mary during Fr Tom O’Neill’s re-cooperation. So this is great news and I see this as a real blessing for the parish and a sign of support from our bishop.


The First Holy Communion Group of 2017

Pictured above are St. Andrew's Parish First Holy Communion Group of 2017. They received the Eucharist for the first time on Sunday, June 18th at the 9.30 am Mass in St. Andrew's Church. And on Wednesday, June 21st the group were presented with certificates, below, at a special Going Forth Mass. They then went into the parish hall for a party with entertainment provided juggler and magician Tom Rolfe. Also pictured are Canon Michael Loughlin, Parish Priest, Fr. Damian, Assistant Priest and some of the parish catechists who helped prepare the children.

St. Andrew's Parish First Holy Group of 2107 with their certificates


John and Margaret Shannon celebrated their Diamond Wedding on Friday

Parishioner's John and Margaret Shannon celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, June 10th. The couple were presented with a bouquet of flowers at the 9.30 am Mass on Sunday, June 4th in St. Andrew's Church by Parish Priest, Canon Michael Loughlin. The couple are pictured above with Canon Michael Altar Server Gemma McPartland. Photo by Paul Terry.


Marguerite Cockett is picture receiving a bouquet

Pictured above is St. Andrew's parishioner Marguerite Cockett who celebrated her 80th birthday on Thursday, June 8th. Marguerite was presented with a bouquet of flowers at the 9.30 am Mass by St. Andrew's Parish Priest, Canon Michael Loughlin on Sunday, June 4th in St. Andrew's Church. She is pictured with Canon Michael and Altar Server Joseph Galliford. Photo by Paul Terry.


The 2017 May Queen Crowns Mary
Thank you everyone who helped organise the May Procession on Sunday, May 7th, with special thanks to the Legion of Mary. It was lovely to see so many children honouring Our Blessed Lady in this special way. It was also lovely to welcome the Vicar of St Hilda’s with parishioners, who joined us. Mary is the mother of all Christians. I hope in the future, many more people will join us in making a public declaration of the love of Our Lady and asking for help in their lives.
Our photo above shows the 2017 May Queen from St. Margaret Clitherow's Catholic Academy crowns the statue of Mary.
Photo by Paul Terry


The smashed window and box

An unscrupulous thief or thieves have targeted St. Andrew's Church during the holiest weekend of the Churches year.

Rocks were thrown through one of the porch windows in a smash and grab raid on Good Friday evening sometime after the 7.00 pm prayers round the cross service.

The damage was discovered on Saturday morning when parishioners turned up to prepare the church for the Easter Vigil celebration due to take place that evening.

Whoever was responsible smashed through the window with two rocks and forced open a wooden cash box used for payments to the parish holy shop which was screwed down to a table, in a bid to get at any cash inside. The box is very deep so anyone reaching in from outside would have had difficulty in reaching any money in it from outside and an amount of coins were left, however, we don't know if any notes were inside and taken...hopefully not.

The holy shop and the table, which the box was screwed to, has now been moved well away from the window to deter any future attempts.

The police were called immediately and scene of crime officers attended to take fingerprints and anyone with information is asked to contact the police on the non emergency number of 101 and ask to speak to PC Ellen Snowball. Photo by Paul Terry.


Thomas and Mary Pepper receive a bouquet from Assistand Priest Fr. Damian.

When Patricia Pepper met her future husband Thomas back in 1965, she knew she had found the right ingredient for a long lasting marriage.

Patricia was 18 at the time and was an employee of Welford's Bakery on The Trunk Road where she worked as an Ingredient Mixer. Thomas was 23 and a Steel Worker at Cargo Fleet works. The couple first met on a night out with mutual friends in an Eston pub...and the rest is history.

After a two year engagement Thomas and Patricia were married on Saturday, March 4, 1967 in St. Peter's RC Church, South Bank by Parish Priest Fr. Joseph O'Mahoney. Thomas' best man was his brother Bernard and Patricia's chief bridesmaid was Mary Pepper, Thomas' sister and was attended by another three bridesmaids. Their reception was in the hall of St. James' Primary School, St. Margaret's Grove, South Bank.

The Prime Minister of the day was Labour politician Harold Wilson, the US President was Lyndon B. Johnson and on the same day the first North Sea gas was pumped ashore at Easington in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and we were singing along to I'm a Believer by The Monkees.

Thomas and Patricia's first home was in Cromwell Road, South Bank where they stayed for five years before moving up to Eston and for the last ten years they have lived in Redcar, but still come back to Teesville for Mass.

On Saturday, March 4th, 2017, exactly fifty years to the day after taking their vows in St. Peter's Church, Thomas and Patricia once more stood before God's Altar, this time to receive a bouquet of flowers on behalf of St. Andrew's Parish from Assistant Priest, Fr. Damian Nwachukwu in recognition of their remarkable milestone.

The couple have two sons, Anthony and Jonathan and four grandchildren. And their secret for a long happy marriage..."give and take".

Thomas and Patricia Pepper are pictured above with Fr. Damian Nwachukwu, after being presented with a bouquet of flowers to mark their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, March 4th, 2017. Photo by Paul Terry.

St. Peter's Church, South Bank, before the clock tower

The photo pictured right is of St. Peter's Church, South Bank, and was sent to us by St. Andrew's parishioner John Purvis. The noticable difference from the present day building is that the clock is missing from the tower. At the bottom of the photo, the six children standing at the front of the church are all dressed in their Sunday best clothes of the period. A public notice which appeared in the London Gazette dated November 17th, 1905 declares that:

'A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, situated at Middlesbrough-road, South Bank, in the civil parish of Normanby, in the county of York, North Riding, in Middlesbrough registration district, was, on the fourteenth November, 1905, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c. 85, being substituted for the building named St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, situated at South Bank, Normanby, now disused. — Dated the 15th November, 1905. 073 T. JOHNSON, Superintendent Registrar.'

So we know that the church was open on Tuesday, November 14, 1905 and that it replaced an older and smaller building of 1874 which is still standing.
Former Parish Priest, Fr. Neil McNicholas, throws some light on the installtion of the clock tower and he writes:

'In my history of St Peter’s church, I wrote that a postcard of the church dated 1909 (and which is included in the book – p9) shows the tower without a clock, but that it must have been installed sometime soon after because a photograph taken later in 1909 shows two bells in the sanctuary of the church about to be blessed prior to their installation in the tower.'


Keith and Mary Owens Golden Wedding Anniversary

Pictured after receiving a bouquet of flowers from St. Andrew's Parish are Keith and Mary Owens who have recently celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. The couple celebrated their anniversary on Saturday, February 18th and a week later they were presented with their bouquet on behalf of St. Andrew's Parish by Canon Michael Loughlin, Parish Priest, during the 6.30 pm Mass on Saturday, February 25th. Photo by Paul Terry.


Deacon Pat Thomas with members of his family after his Thanks giving Mass

Deacon Pat Thomas with Fr. Damian, altar server Megan Donnegey_Marshall, his wife Dorothy, Fr. Jack and Fr. Michael.
Deacon Pat is presented with a cheque from St. Andrew's parishioners

Top photo: Deacon Pat Thomas pictured with his family after his Thanks giving Mass on Saturday, February 11th, 2017.

Right: Deacon Pat is presented with his leaving gift from St. Andrew's parishioners by St. Andrew's Parish Priest, Canon Michael Loughlin.

Above: After the presentation he is pictured with (from left) Fr. Damian, Altar Server Megan Donnegy-Marshall who presented his wife Dorothy with her bouquet of flowers, Fr. Jack and Canon Michael.

Almost 200 people attended a thanks giving Mass, held in St. Andrew's Church, to say thank you to Deacon Pat Thomas as he retired from the parish after 11 years of service.

Deacon Pat joined St. Andrew's Parish after his ordination in 2005 when Fr. Dominique Minskip was the parish priest,and served the parish diligently for the next eleven years under former parish priest Canon Edmond Gubbins. During an emotional speech at the end of Mass he told the story of how after his ordination he was told by Bishop John Crowley: "I now have your appointment, Pat...I want you to go to Teesville", to which Pat replied: "That's great Bishop John...where is Teesville!!"

However, ill health has forced Pat to cut down on his work and at the age of 75 he relunctantly decided it would be best for him to retire from his ministry at St. Andrew's back in December 2016.

On Saturday, February 11th, 2017, Parish Priest Fr. Michael Loughlin invited Deacon Pat back to St. Andrew's Parish for a Thanks giving Mass at 6.30 pm where he was thanked publicly for his service, presented with a monetary gift donated by parishioners and his wife Dorothy was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Altar Server Megan Donnegy-Marshall.

Afterwards a buffet was held in the parish hall which had been prepared by parishioners and where Deacon Pat and his family were able to have a chat to people and say a final farewell. Photos by Paul Terry.


Phil Harrison with the bouquet of flowers presented to her in celebration of her 90th birthday

A parishioner who has been attending Mass at St. Andrew's Church since it was opened in January 1963, has celebrated her 90th birthday and has been presented with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the parish, by one of its youngest parishioners.

Phil Harrison was born on Thursday, January 27th, 1927 and together with her late husband Vincent Harrison worked quitely in the background at St. Andrew's Church volunteering for various jobs which are necessary to keep the parish working properly including helping on the cleaning team once a fortnight and washing and ironing the altar linen every week for many years.

On this day in 1606, the trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators began, ending with their execution on January 31st, and on January 23rd, 1963, St. Andrew's Parish celebrated the first Mass when, according to the local press, over 600 people packed into the church, four days later Phil celebrated her 36th birthday. Her birth date in roman numerals is I · XXVII · MCMXXVII.

She celebrated her birthday with her family and on Saturday, February 11th, at the 6.30 pm Mass, Phil was greatly surprised when she was presented with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of St. Andrew's Parish in recognition of her milestone birthday by one of our youngest parishioners, Altar server Ella Seabourne. Photo by Paul Terry.


Young people and adult helpers who helped serve at this years parish pensioners Christmas lunch.

Sixteen young people and 13 adults from St. Andrew's Parish came together to serve 100 parish pensioners a 3 course Christmas lunch on Wednesday, December 28th in the parish hall.

The young volunteers started at 10.30 am when they arrived to set the tables ready for their guests arrival at 12.30pm. On arrival the pensioners were offered a glass of wine or a soft drink and they were then shown to their places by the one of the young people. After a short welcome and a toast to remember parishioners who have passed away, Fr. Michael Loughlin was invited forward to lead the hall in prayer. The meal was served at 1.00 pm.

2016 was the fifth year the event has been organised and the main focus is to give our young people a chance to live out the Gospel and our own Mission Statement by giving them a chance to serve people and do something for the parish community, but it is also a very good social event that brings the parish together either as a diner or a helper.

Our photo above shows the young people and adult helpers who came together to help serve the pensioners lunch. Photo by Paul Terry.


Cecilia Gallon pictured with her sister Phil Harrison

St. Andrew's parishioner Cecilia Gallon (right) is pictured above with her sister, Phil Harrison, when she celebrated her 96th birthday on Sunday, December 18th. Cecilia was born in 1920, two years after the end of the First World War. Her birth date in Roman Numerals is XVIII.XII.MCMXX. In the same year Women at Oxford University were allowed to receive degrees for the first time, while just a year earlier the exclusion of women from many jobs was made illegal. St. Andrew's wish her happy birthday and many of them. Photo courtesy of Val Maughan.


Baby Evelyn Grace Campbell with her parents and God parents

Pictured after the Baptism of their daughter, Evelyn Grace Campbell, are parents Siobhan and Gavin and God parents Sarah Haley, Rachel Philpot, David Campbell and Adam Philpot. Baby Evelyn was born on June 20th, 2016 and was baptised on Saturday, November 26th in St. Andrew's Church by parish priest Fr. Michael Loughlin.


Gordon and Rita McClurey with Fr. Damian

When Gordon McClurey was badly scalded as a Merchant Navy Engineer, he never dreamt that he would meet the girl that he would eventually marry.
Gordon was taken to hospital where he was nursed to good health over a three month period by student nurse Rita. That was in 1961 and the couple were courting for five years, during which time Gordon spent much of his time at sea.

However, the couple finally decided to tie the knot and were married on Saturday, October 22nd, 1966 at Our Lady of Victories and St. Thomas in Easington Village, County Durham by Fr. Starrs. Gordon's Best Man was Rita's brother Alban while Rita's Chief Bridesmaid was her friend Deidrie.

After the marriage Gordon and Rita spent two years in South Africa before returning to England and setting up home in Eston where Gordon found work with ICI.

Fifty years later the couple travelled back to County Durham with their family and friends to celebrate their milestone with a Mass at St. Patrick's Church which was celebrated by their nephew Fr. Martin Morris. And on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 they were presented with a bouquet of flowers at the 11.00 am Mass in St. Anne's Church, Eston, by Fr. Damian Nwachukwu, Assistant Priest at St. Andrew's Parish.

Gordon and Rita have three children, Patrica, Gerard and Eamon and four grandchildren.

When asked about their secret for a long happy marriage Gordon replied: "Well Rita goes out most days..."

Pictured above are Rita and Gordon McClurey with Fr. Damian Nwachukwu after being presented with a bouquet of flowers.
Photo by Paul Terry.


Kath and Joe Gallgher with Fr. Damian

Kath and Joe Gallagher celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, October 29th and are pictured receiving a bouquet of flowers on behalf of St. Andrew's Parish from Assistant Priest, Fr. Damian Nwachukwu, in recognition of the milestone at the 6.30 pm Mass on Saturday, November 5th. Kath and Joe were married in St. Mary's Church, Grangetown by Canon Michael Deehan. Photo by Paul Terry.


St. Margaret's pupils in St. Peter's Church

St. Margaret's pupils in St. Peter's Church
The reception class from St. Margaret Clitherow's Primary School visited St. Peter's Church on Thursday, October 20th for a tour of the church and to learn about Baptism, which is their current RE topic at school. Fr. Michael Loughlin, St. Andrew's Parish Priest and Fr. Damian, Assistant Priest, greeted the children as they came into the church. The children went into small groups to explore the church with their respective teachers for thirty minutes before they re-enacted a Baptism around the font (pictured above) with the help of Fr. Michael. Photos by Paul Terry.


Members of the Tamil Community after their Mass at St. Andrew's Church

Pictured above are members of the North East Tamil Community who celebrated a Mass at St. Andrew's Church on Sunday, October 9th at 6.00 pm. Afterwards there was a get together with refreshments in the parish hall. Photo by Fr. Edmond Gubbins.


St. Andrew's Parishioners on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Pictured are the parishioners from St. Andrew's Parish who travelled on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham on Saturday October 1st and returned on Sunday, October 2nd. They are pictured in front of the cross which parishioner Vincent Harrison helped carry from Middlesbrough in 1948 when he was aged 20. The Cross is the 14th Station. Photo courtesy of Val Maughan.


Fr. Gubbins Thanksgiving Mass in St. Andrew's Church

Almost 400 people from across Middlesbrough packed into St. Andrew's Church, Teesville on Friday, October 7th to wish Fr. Edmond Gubbins, our Parish Priest for the last ten years, farewell and Auf Wiedersehen 'until we see again' as he heads over the North Yorkshire moors to his new parish in Scarborough.

After working very closely with Fr. Gubbins over the past decade, I found myself reflecting on the times we have shared together, highs and lows and the support that we have given to each other. I could say and write so much but here are three things that I have learned about our pastor in the time that we have been together...

1. He is passionate about fact golf was our very first conversation when I was first introduced to Fr. Gubbins by our former parish priest, Fr. Dominique Minskip, when the Canon arrived in the sacristy of St. Andrew's for Friday evening 6.30 pm Mass and after we had shook hands and said the pleasantries he asked me: "Tell me Paul, do you know anything about golf?" to which I replied: "I don't Fr. Do you know anything about photography?" and he said he didn't. "Well," said I, "it looks like we're going to get on well together!" to which he chuckled, thankfully. So golf and photography has played a big part in our time together ever since..

2. He has been very supportive to new ideas and projects that I have put to him...the parish calendar, the re-launch of the Youth Club, the Golden Jubilee book, the pensioners Christmas Lunch, the updating of the facilities in our parish hall to create excellent conference and meeting facilities and of course the World Youth Day trip to Madrid in 2011 are just some of the big projects he has thrown his support behind without question.

3. He is a very generous man with a big heart, a man who has an unshakable faith which he has shared with us all over the past ten years. He has always been there when anyone of his parishioners needed his help, no one was turned away. The very large turnout at his Thanksgiving Mass is testament to that fact.

On reflection, we as a parish have had a tremendous ten years and at the time there could not have been a better appointment for St. Andrew's Parish.


Phyllis Thomas is presented with flowers

Phyllis Thomas has been presented with a bouquet of flowers to celebrate her 90th birthday.

Phyllis was born on Tuesday, September 14th, 1926 during the reign of George V and four months after the General Strike which started on May 3rd and lasted for ten days. Also in 1926 Author AA Milne first published Winnie the Pooh, while on January 27th John Logie Baird conducted the first public demonstration of a television.

Phyllis shares her birthday with actor Sam Neill who is famous for playing Dr. Alan Grant in the 1993 film "Jurassic Park", while in 1975 Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was canonised as the first US-born saint by Pope Paul VI.

On Sunday, September 18th, Phyllis (pictured above), was presented with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of St. Andrew's Parish at the 9.30 am Mass by visiting priest Fr. Peter Keeling to mark her milestone birthday. Photo by Paul Terry.


Bridie McHugh is presented with a bouquet of flowers to celebrate her 80th birthday

A parishioner from St. Andrew's Parish has recently celebrated a milestone birthday and has been presented with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the parish. Bridie McHugh celebrated her 80th birthday on Sunday, September 4th with a party for family and friends in St. Peter's Social Club which was held on Saturday, September 3rd.

Bridie was born in 1936 three years before the outbreak of World War II and during the short reign of Edward VIII who ascended the throne on January 20th and abdicated on December 11th, 1936.

On September 4th, 1939 a Bristol Blenheim was the first British aircraft to cross the German coast following the declaration of war and German ships were bombed; in 1951 the first live transcontinental television broadcast takes place in San Francisco, from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference; in 1964 Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh officially opened and in 1998 Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University.

On Sunday, September 11th Bridie was presented with a bouquet of flowers at the 12.15 pm Mass in St. Peter's Church, South Bank, and is pictured above with Fr. Peter Ryan, who was standing in for Parish Priest Fr. Gubbins.
Photo by Michael Clark.

by Harry Twohig, St. Andrew's Parish Senior Altar Server

St. Andrew's Parishioner and Senior Altar Server, Harry Twohig, has just returned from World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, where he met with other young Catholic people from all over the world. Here he tells us of his experience...and how two million young people held hands and prayed silently for world peace...

Harry Twohig at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland

On Monday 25th July 2016, a group of thirty-one young people from the Diocese of Middlesbrough set out on pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland to celebrate World Youth Day.

On the first day of our pilgrimage, we visited Auschwitz and walked the path which would be walked by the Holy Father later in the week. Although a harrowing experience, visiting Auschwitz was an ideal way to start the week because it showed us the damage that the absence of mercy can cause. Our diocesan group left a candle at Auschwitz in an act of remembrance for all those who lost their lives due to the lack of mercy shown at Auschwitz and places alike.

After leaving Auschwitz, and, wandering the streets a little searching for our coach, we made our way to the opening Mass celebrated at Blonia Park by the Cardinal Archbishop of Krakow, also the former secretary of St John Paul II. Looking around at all the different nation’s flags was a really special moment for me. It made me feel like I was part of something big, part of a global community, a global church. 

For the next three mornings we attended English speaking catechesis with about 10,000 other English speaking pilgrims from all around the commonwealth. Each morning started with the delivery of the main catechesis by a cardinal or archbishop followed by Mass. The messages shared with us were truly inspirational. On the evening of Thursday 28th July, we set out to Blonia Park for the Papal Welcoming Ceremony and on Friday 29th July our very own Fr Paul Farrer led a reconciliation service for our group in a church local to our accommodation.

On Saturday morning, we waved goodbye to running water and comfortable beds. Armed with a sleeping bag, we embarked on our journey to, in essence, a field in the middle of nowhere. This field was known as “Campus Misericordiae”, which, when translated, means camp of mercy. After a six hour journey, we arrived at our section, which was behind the altar! This meant we were viewing everything going on through big screens put up around us. At 7:30pm, Pope Francis arrived and held a prayer vigil. He challenged us to respond to a world at war, to respond with brotherhood, with communion, with family. At that request, everyone in the field, two million people, no matter how tired or weary, stood up, held hands and prayed silently. That was an incredibly special moment that will stay with me forever.

After the Pope had preached, we all settled to adore the Blessed Sacrament. Volunteers handed candles out to everyone present. This was another special moment. Picture this. Two million people, all knelt in a field holding a candle and praying. And people say that the church is dying? How wrong they are.

On Sunday morning, the Pope returned to say the closing Mass at Campus Misericordiae. In his homily, he challenged us, as young people, not to “vegetate”. He told us that Jesus is calling us to leave our mark on life, on our own history and on the history of others.

During the week, we laughed, smiled, cried, got rained on, danced, chanted (some louder than others), sang, got rained on again, celebrated and prayed together. But, it’s safe to say, I had the time of my life and my experiences of World Youth Day 2016 will stay with me forever. Bring on Panama for World Youth Day 2019!

Photo above supplied by Harry Twohig and used with parental consent.


from left, Terry and Barbara Morrow, Canon Alan Sheridan and Marie and John Buckton all celebrated their anniversaries at Saturday evening Mass

Question: What have the five people pictured above got in common? Answer: They are all celebrating a milestone anniversary.

Canon Alan Sheridan was ordained in St. Andrew's Church, on Saturday, July 27th, 1991 by Bishop of Middlesbrough Augustine Harris.

On Saturday, August 6th, Canon Alan was invited back to where it all started, to Celebrate his Silver Jubilee (25 years service to the priesthood). He started the celebration by saying the 6.30 pm Mass which was also con-celebrated by Fr. Jack McKeever and Fr. Edmond Gubbins, the Parish Priest, who also presented Canon Alan's mother Maureen, with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the Parish. Fr. Gubbins then presented him with a monetary gift from the parish.

But it didn't end there...for Canon Alan also agreed to lead two couples from St. Andrew's Parish in renewing their wedding vows.

John and Marie Buckton were celebrating their Silver Wedding Anniversary. They were married on Saturday, August 6th, 1991 and exactly 25 years later
they once again stood before the Altar to renew their wedding vows and therefore their commitment to each other.

At the same time, parishioners Terry and Barbara Morrow renewed their commitment to each other to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. They were married on Saturday, August 13th, 1966, and renewed their vows before God's Altar 50 years later in St. Andrew's Church.

Both couples were then presented with a bouquet of flowers by Fr. Edmond Gubbins on behalf of the parish.

After Mass the parish hosted a get together in the parish hall with refreshments and a buffet.

Pictured above from left are: Terry and Barbara Morrow who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary; Canon Alan Sheridan celebrating his Silver Jubilee, 25 years ordained a priest; Marie and John Buckton who celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary.
Photo by Paul Terry.


John and Eileen Nugent with family, friends and Fr. Edmond Gubbins after renewing their vows

Can you remember the Bee-Line bus trips of yesteryear?

St. Andrew's Parishioners John and Eileen Nugent can and are not likely to forget them! For it was on a Bee-Line holiday to Ostend in Belgium that the couple first met in 1963, and just three years later on July 23rd, 1966 they were married in St. Francis' Church, Acklam at 9.00 am by Fr. Ray Charlton after an 18 month engagement..

Eileen's Chief Bridesmaid was her school friend Ann Callaghan and she was attended by four bridesmaids, while John's Best Man was his brother Brian. The wedding reception was held in St. Francis' Church hall. "It was ham salad followed by sherry trifle", Eileen remembers. The couple then sped off on their honeymoon to sunny Spain, before moving into their first home in Westminster Close, Eston.

And on Friday, July 22nd, John and Eileen held their Golden Wedding Anniversary celebrations in a hall, only this time it was in St. Andrew's Parish hall where over 180 guests enjoyed a Cèilidh and pie and peas.

In a speech during the night John said: "There were two big events on that day; the first I married Eileen and the second England beat Portugal 2-1 in the Semi-finals of the World Cup!"

So by that reckoning, John had two hero's on that day, both named Charlton — Fr. Charlton who officiated at their wedding and Bobby Charlton who scored both goals for England ensuring them of their place in the World Cup Final.

On the following day, Saturday, July 23rd, 2016, 50 years to the day, John and Eileen once again stood before God's Altar, this time at the more leisurely time of 12 noon, to renew their vows and reaffirm their commitment to each other. The short service was celebrated by Parish Priest Fr. Edmond Gubbins and witnessed by members of their family and friends.

And their secret for a long, happy marriage: "Teamwork and talking", they both agree after a bit of thought.

John and Eileen have two children, Shaun and Louise and six grandchildren; and it all started through a Bee-Line bus trip!

Our photo above shows John and Eileen Nugent after they had renewed their commitment to each other on the sanctuary of St. Andrew's Church with family members, friends and Fr. Gubbins. Photo by Paul Terry.


Pictured above is Mrs. Barbara Hewitt who has retired as Chair of Governors of St. Peter's Catholic Voluntary Academy School. Barbara has served as a governor at the school for over 30 years. On Saturday, July 30th at the 6.30 pm Mass she was presented with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of St. Andrew's Parish by Fr. Edmond Gubbins, as recognition of her long service. Also retired from the school is Mrs. Pam Hannrahan after 6 years as Head of St. Peter’s with 18 years of teaching in total at the school, Mrs. Appleton who has been a teacher at the school for 30 years and And from St. Margaret Clitherow’s Mrs. Viv Wilberforce after 40 years service. We thank them on behalf of the community and wish them well for the future. The new Head Teacher at St. Peter’s is Mrs. Z. Hammond who takes up her post in September. Photo by Michael Clark.


A new Lourdes Grotto has been errected outside of the side door of St. Andrew's Church

A new exterior grotto dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes has been errected at St. Andrew's Church, Teesville. The grotto was the idea of Parish Priest, Fr. Edmond Gubbins and designed and built by parishioner Frank Kennedy while the planters were planted out by Margaret Maughan. The grotto was completed in May. Photo by Paul Terry.


Margaret Shannon is presented with a bouquet of flowers

St. Andrew's parishioner, Margaret Shannon is pictured with members of the weekday congregation receiving a bouquet of flowers from Fr. Edmond Gubbins on behalf of the parish to mark her 80th birthday. Margaret's celebrated her birthday on Friday, July 15th, St. Swithin's Day, with a long weekend break to Scarborough. The presentation was made on Tuesday, July 19th after the 9.30 am morning Mass in St. Andrew's Church. Photo by Michael Clark.


First Holy Communion Going Forth Mass

Thirty six children of the Parish First Holy Communion Group 2016, have received their certificates and 'graduated' at their Going Forth Mass. The Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, June 28th by Parish Priest, Fr. Edmond Gubbins at 6.30 pm. After the Mass and the presentation of the certificates the group went into the parish hall for a party where magician Tom Rolfe provided the entertainment.
Photo by Kerri Dowling.


Brian and Marian Walsh celebrated the Golden Anniversary

A couple from St. Andrew's Parish have celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
Brian and Marian Walsh first met at the pier, Redcar, at a St Patrick's Day Dance and tied the knott a couple of years later.
They were married at St Peter's South Bank on May 28th, 1966 by Parish Priest, Fr Joesph O'Mahony. They have three children, Paul, Clare and Christopher and three grandchildren, Gareth, Chloe, and Zachary, and one great granddaughter called Darcyanna.

Photo courtesy of Brian Walsh.


Prince Harry

They say that 'every picture tells a story' or maybe its 'a picture is worth a thousand words' and this picture says it all...'We are so proud of you mam!'

For the three children pictured above have been to the Invictus Games in Orlando, cheering on their mam Anna Pollock who is in team GB. But the trio took time out of their busy cheering schedule to pose for this photo with Prince Harry.

Anna, who is the daughter of St. Andrew's parishioner Mary O'Riordan, took part in swimming, cycling, rowing and racing wheelchair events and at the time of writing is coming home with two bronze medals.

Anna who is married to Warrant Sergeant Scott Pollock, currently stationed in Catterick, served for seven years in the RAF in a career that included two tours of Iraq. In 2013 she suffered a bleed on her spine, resulting in nerve damage which massively restricted her ability to walk and left her relying heavily on a wheelchair. She was told she would never walk again, but can now do so a little with the aid of crutches: “The nerve damage will never repair but I’m so lucky to have the mobility I’ve got,” says the mum of three.

Anna Pollock at the Invictus Games, Orlando, May 2016
At the time of the first Invictus Games in 2014 Anna was watching from her hospital bed and told her mam Mary that "If I am in this condition at the time of the next games, I am going to take part" and the rest as they say is history.

Anna made national headlines back in January 2016 when during the trials for the games at the University of Bath, Prince Harry was one of the first people to rush to her aid after the wind blew over her lightweight racing wheelchair. Harry had just posed for a photo with her when a gust of wind took hold of the wheelchair and blew it backwards. After helping to pick her up the dashing prince joked with her: "What did you do that for?" to which Anna replied: "Are you sure you had nothing to do it?"

Prince Harry launched the Invictus Games in 2014 to use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. The inaugural games were held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and the Prince has recently announced that the next Invictus Games will take place in Toronto, Canada, from September 26 - 30th, 2017.

Invictus is Latin meaning 'unconquered, undefeated', and Anna is certainly 'Invictus'! She and her family are an inspiration to us all.

Photos supplied and used with families permission.


Dennis Smith with his wife Rose and family members

A longstanding parishioner of St. Andrew's Parish has recently celebrated his 90th birthday...three weeks before Her Majesty celebrated her milestone.

Dennis Smith, who regularly attends St. Anne's Church, Eston, was born on Good Friday, April 2nd, 1926 in Dormanstown, Redcar at two minutes past midnight, just 14 years after the sinking of the RMS Titanic, an event which would still have been relatively fresh in peoples minds, and four years after the formation of the BBC and the very first television broadcast. Just weeks after his birth on May 4th until May 13th The General Strike of 1926 took place in support of the coal miners strike which has started some weeks earlier over planned pay reductions, and when Dennis was 10 in 1936 the Jarrow March left Tyneside for London in protest at the lack of unemployment in the area.

During his lifetime Dennis has seen four monarchs, George V, Edward VIII who abdicated within a year over his wish to marry a divorcee, George VI and of course Elizabeth II.

Dennis served two years in the Home Guard and says: "It put me in good stead when I joined the army i
n 1944 at the age of 18. Until then I had only travelled to Darlington and never been on a boat. After weeks of training I'm on a landing craft on the way to France to join the British Liberation Army. The sea was very rough and everyone was seasick We were supposed to join our regiment of the Green Howards but instead we were quickly seconded into the Black Watch Regiment and saw action in France, Italy and Yugoslavia before crossing the River Rhine into Germany."

In 1952 Dennis married Rose Ward at St. Mary's Church, Grangetown. The celebrant was Fr. Francis O'Hara; they have been married for 64 years.

Dennis has seen many changes in his lifetime and remembers: "In my early days people never locked their doors, the key was left hanging behind the front door. Nobody robbed or mugged you and you could walk safely day or night. Television was in its early stages, no computers or mobile phones, people conversed with each other and wrote letters. Children played in the street and made their own games up. Fashions have also changed and there was no plastic credit cards."

Dennis has also seen the development of motor transport and the freedom it has brought to people, the moonlanding in 1969 and the invention of the World Wide Web in 1990 by Tim Berners Lee, not to mention today's superhighway and mobile technology.

To celebrate Dennis reaching this magnificent milestone of 90 years, his family organised a day trip to London so on April 6th five of them boarded the train and headed down to the capital. And on Sunday, April 17th, 25 members of his family gathered at the Riverside Stadium for lunch, with members of his family coming from all corners for the great occasion including Christ Church in New Zealand, Nottingham, Catterick and Scarborough.

Dennis and Rose have a son, Paul Thomas, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren

Our photo above shows Dennis Smith and his wife Rose with members of their family during their lunch at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. Photo supplied Dennis.


Fr. Peter Ryan celebrates his 80th Birthday

Pictured above is Fr. Peter Ryan (fourth from left) with fellow clergy from the Diocese after a Mass
of Thanksgiving to celebrate his 80th birthday. Fr. Peter celebrated the Mass in St. Peter's Church,
South Bank, which is part of St. Andrew's Parish. Over 150 people attended the Mass which was
followed by a party in St. Peter's Social Club, Normanby Road, South Bank. A buffet was organised
by some parishioners from the parish and a birthday cake was baked and decorated by Mary Hilton.
Robson School of Irish Dancers provided the entertainment. Photo supplied by Michael Clark.


Some of the blankets knitted for Lourdes by St. Andrew's parishioners
Some of the Blankets for Lourdes knitted by parishioners from St. Andrews

Pictured above and right are some of the many blankets knitted by parishioners of St. Andrew's Parish in response to an appeal for people to knit blankets to replace the ones damaged or lost in the severe flooding.

And St. Andrew's Parishioners and friends rose to the challenge magnificently with over 40 being donated which were displayed at the recent Lourdes Formation Day...with a promise of more to come.

A big thankyou to everyone who has given to their valuable time to create these very colourful beautiful works of art...but we are not finished yet as there is still a bit of time left before they are required so please keep those needles clicking!

Photos by Val Maughan.


Parishioners raise a glass in the porch to toast the queen

The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21st and parishioners from St. Andrew's Parish
joined with the rest of the country to wish her a Happy 90th Birthday! After the 9.15 am Mass some of the
congregation raised a glass to her health in the porch, pictured above, and in the afternoon, at the weekly
bingo session a celebration of a fish and chip lunch and a sing-a-long was organised before raising a glass
of bubbly in a toast to Her Majesty. Long may she reign over us!

Queens birthday celebrations in the parish hall.

Queens 90th birthday celebrations in the parish hall.


Roger and Tess Ferguson celebrated their Diamond Anniversary

A devoted couple from St. Andrew's Parish have celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and have been presented with a bouquet of flowers.

Roger and Tessie Ferguson were married at 9.15 am in St. Peter's Church, South Bank, on Easter Monday, April 2nd, 1956 by Fr. O'Connor, and the reception was in St. Peter's Senior School on Normanby Road.

Tessie's Chief Bridesmaid was Mary Welsh (now Clarke), she was attended by five bridesmaids and a paige boy. Roger's Best Man was his brother John Ferguson. Tessie recalls getting married so early because there was another wedding later on that morning and there was a bus to take all the guests from the church up to the reception in the school on Normanby Road.

Roger and Tessie first met at the Middlesbrough Swifts Cycling Club where they were both keen members. They were engaged for two years before getting married.

When they met Roger was serving a year apprenticeship as a vehicle mechanic at the Trolley Bus sheds in South Bank, before being called to complete his two years National Service in the RAF. After he had completed his National Service he married Tessie who was a nanny for Dr. and Mrs. McFall in South Bank. She looked after their three children before taking up a position as a Nursery Nurse in St. Peter's School.

Sixty years to the day, on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, Roger and and Tessie once again stood before the Altar and were presented with a bouquet of flowers by Fr. Edmond Gubbins at the 6.30 pm Mass to help celebrate their incredible milestone.

Roger and Tessie have have two children, Anthony and Clare and five Grandchildren. And their secret for a long happy marriage..."All married couples have their ups and downs but when you go to bed at night always say goodnight and God Bless...though you may continue an argument the next day!"

Our picture above shows Roger and Tessie Ferguson with Fr. Edmond Gubbins and Deacon Pat Thomas after being presented with a bouquet of flowers at the 6.30 pm Mass. Photo by Kerri Dowling.


Hayleigh and Marie Whitelock, Karen McGloughlin with family and friends, Fr. Edmond Gubbins, Deacon Pat Thomas, sponsors and catechists after the Easter Vigil

Three parishioners from St. Andrew's Parish have been brought into full communion with the Catholic Church. The short ceremony took place at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 26th.

Karen McLoughlin, Marie Whitelock and Hayleigh Whitelock have been attending the Journey in Faith Course on Saturday mornings with Parish Priest, Fr. Edmond Gubbins and a team of catechists and sponsors in the parish hall since last September.

After the Vigil they were presented with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of St. Andrew's Parish by Fr. Gubbins. On Sunday, February 14th, they all attended the Rite of Election ceremony at St. Mary's Cathedral in Middlesbrough.

Karen, Marie and Hayleigh have all opted to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Terry on Wednesday, May 11th at the Cathedral. They will join with the 20 young people on the evening who are currently enroled on the parish Confirmation course.

Our picture shows Hayleigh, Marie and Karen with family and friends, Parish Priest Fr. Edmond Gubbins, Deacon Pat Thomas and sponsors and catechists. Photo by Paul Terry. RITE OF ELECTION 2016


Bernadette Moorfoot is presented with a bouquet of flowers to celebrate her 90th birthday

A parishioner from St. Andrew's Parish has been presented with a bouquet of flowers to celebrate her 90th
birthday. Bernadette Moorfoot is pictured above with members of her family after the presentation at the
6.30pm Mass on Saturday, February 13th by Fr. Edmond Gubbins, Parish Priest of St. Andrew's Parish.
Bernadette was born in 1926, the same year as John Logie Baird first publicly demonstrated the television,
Gertrude "Trudy" Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel and The General strike in England
began in support of the coal miners strike. Photo by Paul Terry.


Three St. Andrew's Parishioners attended the Rite of Election at the Cathedral on Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Three parishioners from St. Andrew's Parish who are currently on the parish RCIA Journey in Faith course,
attended the Rite of Election on Sunday, February 14th, 2016 at Middlesbrough Cathedral and are pictured
above with catechists and sponsors. Photo courtesy of Michael Clark.


The Reception class from one of our parish schools visit St. Andrew's Church

The Reception Class from one of the parish schools visited St. Andrew's on Tuesday, January 19th
for a tour of the church and the parish hall. On arrival they all enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate before being
shown the main hall and the upper meeting rooms by Paul Terry who explained what the hall was used for
and how important it was to the local community. The group then moved into the church where they
shown the noticeboard and the newsletter in the porch before going into the main body of the church to
look at the baptistery, the Stations of the Cross, the Sanctuary including the Ambo, the Crucifix and mosaic,
the Altar and the Tabernacle and Sanctuary Lamp. Fr. Gubbins then gave them a tour of the Presbytery before
they headed back to school to write all about it. Photo by Paul Terry.



Canon Edmond Gubbins presents a cheque to Councillor Bob Norton

Redcar and Cleveland Councillor Bob Norton is pictured above receiving a cheque for £1000 from Fr. Edmond Gubbins, Parish Priest of St. Andrew's Parish, for the Teesside Steel Appeal Hardship Fund. The total of the cheque was the result of a number of activities including the New year's Eve Dance, the raffle from the Pensioners Christmas Lunch and a number of donations, and was presented on Monday, January 25th.
The fund was set up to help steel workers families after SSI went into liquidation causing the closure of the Redcar blast furnace with the loss 2000 jobs. Photo by Kath Gallagher.


Members of St. Andrew's Youth Club and parish Altar Servers formed a flagwaving guard of honour at the Riverside Stadium

Members of St. Andrew's Youth Club and parish Altar Servers formed a flagwaving guard of honour at the Riverside Stadium for Boro's home match against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, January 23rd and are pictured in front of the stadium before the match. Boro lost the match 1-0.
Photo by Kerri Dowling.


The Holy Babe lays on a bed of ribbons

The Holy Babe has been laid in a crib of multi coloured ribbons at St. Andrew's Church, Teesville, at the First Mass of Christmas on Thursday, December 24th, at 8.00 pm. The ribbons were placed in a basket during the 6.30 pm Mass on Saturday, December 19th, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, by members of the congregation as they went for communion. The Mass was preceded by a short Carol Service starting at 7.30 pm. After each carol there was a short scripture reading which told the story of the birth of Baby Jesus. It culminated in a live tableau scene by children from the parish (pictured below).

Some children from St. Andrew's Parish formed a tableau during the carol service on Christmas Eve.

Meanwhile, St. Andrew's Parish held its annual carol service and raised £550 for the SSI Steel Workers Fund. The Service took place in St. Peter's Church, South Bank on Sunday, December 20th, at 3.00 pm. The music was provided by the St. Andrew's Parish organist and South Bank Brass Band, pictured in our middle photo below, while students and staff of St. Peter's Catholic College sang Silent Night, pictured bottom.

St. Andrew's Parish Carol Service was held in St. Peter's Church, South Bank

South Bank Brass Band

The student and St. Peter's student and staff choir sang Silent Night

The service was opened by St. Andrew's Parish Priest, Canon Edmond Gubbins who introduced the first hymn, Come to the Manger. The rest of the programme consisted of Good King Wesceslaus; Hark the Herald Angels Sing; Away in a Manger; See Amid the Winter's Snow; Once in Royal David's City. A 30 minute interval followed before We Three Kings; Silent Night, sung by St. Peter's student and staff choir, pictured above; While Shepherds Watched their Flocks. The service concluded with Oh Come All Ye Faithful at 4.40 pm.


Lauren and Michelle Woods and Michelle's sister, Joanne Benfield, present a cheque to the Breast Care
Fund at the James Cook University Hospital.
Photo supplied by Lauren Woods.

A family from St. Andrew's Parish have presented a cheque for over £3000 to the Breast Cancer Care unit at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.

Lauren Woods organised a vintage tea on Sunday, October 4th in St. Andrew's Parish Hall , after her mother, Michelle, was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have a mastectomy earlier in the year. Lauren and the rest of her family were that impressed by the care given by the Breast Care Unit at James Cook University Hospital they felt that wanted to do something to benefit other women facing the same situation, so Lauren came up with the idea of organising a Vintage Tea afternoon.

The Woods' family pictured just before the doors open for the Vintage Tea afternoon.

The Woods' family pictured just before the doors open for the Vintage Tea afternoon. Photo by Paul Terry

Over 150 people attended the tea afternoon which consisted of sandwiches, cakes with a bottomless tea or coffee pot. There was also a raffle, tombola and a wheel of fortune to help boost the ticket sales. The total raised tea was added to other donations and sponsored events the extended family and friends have been organising and taking part in to make a grand total of an incredible £3,003.39. The money will benefit the Breast Cancer Patient and Education Fund at the Hospital.

Lauren said at the time of the event: "As a family we would like to thank you all for your incredible support of the Afternoon Tea. We would like to thank everyone who attended and who donated and everyone who helped set up and tidy up afterwards. The Afternoon Tea made an incredible £1,459.10 bringing our grand total to £3,203. Thank you all again so much."


Kath Appleyard was presented with a bouquet of flowers to celebrate her 90th birthday

Kath Appleyard is pictured above with her sister, Joan McCartney and Deacon Pat Thomas, after being
presented with bouquet of flowers to celebrate her 90th birthday, during the 6.30 pm Mass on Saturday,
November 7th. Last June Kath and Joan had the honour of being invited to a garden party at Buckingham
Palace to celebrate the centenery of Blind Veterans UK, formerly St. Dunstan's for the Blind, of which Kath's
husband, Fred, was a member. And in October, the two sister's went on the Diocesan pilgrimage to Rome
led by Bishop Terence Drainey. Photo by Paul Terry.


Jim and Eileen Best are presented with a bouquet of flowers to celebrate their Golden Anniversary
Jim and Eileen Best are pictured with Fr. Gubbins after being presented with a
bouquet of flowers to celebrate their Golden Anniversary.
Photo by Paul Terry

A couple from St. Andrew's Parish have celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary and have been presented with a bouquet of flowers in the same church as they were married in fifty years before.

Jim and Eileen Best first met at a St. Patrick's night dance in St. Andrew's Parish Hall. Jim was a pipe fitter and Eileen was a dispenser at Boots the Chemist.
They were married in St. Andrew's Church, Teesville, on Saturday, October 23rd, 1965 by Fr. Patrick Bluett, the first parish priest of the church. Eileen's Chief Bridesmaid was her sister, Maureen Hudson and Jim's Best Man was his brother-in-law Roger Ferguson. The reception was in St. Andrew's Parish Hall and was organised and prepared by the Union of Catholic Mother's (the meal was a ham salad). The couple's first house was in Oxford Street in South Bank.

On Sunday, October 25th, 2015 at the 9.30 am Mass, 50 years after they first stood at the Altar to take their vows, Jim and Eileen were presented with a bouquet of flowers by Fr. Edmond Gubbins on behalf of the parish in recognition of their milestone anniversary.

Jim and Eileen have 4 children — Sarah, Catherine, Martin and Lucy — and four grandchildren. They celebrated by having an open house at their home in Normanby.

And their secret for a long marriage...tolerence and communication!




Twelve months of golden jubilee celebrations ended in a spectacular fashion at St. Andrew’s Church, Teesville, with a week long flower festival and a Mass celebrated by Bishop Terrence Patrick Drainey to close the year of jubilee.

On Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 Bishop Terence Patrick Drainey visited St. Andrew’s to celebrate a Mass to formally bring to an end 12 months of Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The Mass started at 7.00 pm and was con-celebrated Parish Priest, Canon Edmond Gubbins and some of the clergy who have served in St. Andrew’s Parish over the past half century as well as Frs. Bill Serplus and John Lumley who were ordained from the parish.

In his welcome Fr. Gubbins wrote in the Mass booklet: “We pay tribute to all past and present parishioners whose devotion and faith shaped this community. We salute the many priests and Deacons, Religious and Lay Teachers who worked tirelessly for many years in St. Andrew’s and the local schools. The beautiful crucifix and mosaic which dominate the sanctuary of our church is a reminder of why we are here.”

During his homily, Bishop Terry told the 300 plus congregation: “You have been served by some of the best clergy right up to the present day.”

After Communion a new 15th Station of Cross was blessed by the Bishop and was put into place on the wall above the sacristy door. The station was made and donated by St. Peter’s Catholic College of Maths and Computing.

After the Mass a social evening was held in the parish hall were glasses were raised in a toast to St. Andrew’s Parish and Bishop Terence was given the honour of cutting the jubilee cake.


And earlier in the week all roads had led to St. Andrew's Parish as over 2,000 people from all over the area and beyond visited the Golden Jubilee Flower Festival — and their overwhelming opinion was...BLOOMIN' MARVELOUS!

Lourdes floral display
The Baptism display

The festival opened officially on Friday, April 19th and lasted until Wednesday, April 24th. The festival was the final celebration to be organised in our year of jubilee and was formally opened by our three oldest weekly Mass attenders: Eileen Burke (93), Tess McNicholas (92) and Cath Hartley (91).

The official opening ceremony of Flower Festival

With the theme 'Golden Moments', there was a total of 27 displays in the church, each one covering a golden moment in the life of our parish or of World events since 1963 to the present day including The Amalgamation of three parishes into one; the London 2012 Olympics; six sacraments of the church; the new millennium 1999 - 2000; England win the World Cup; how we have listened to music over the past 50 years and space travel from 1969.

The arrangements have been created by over 60 ladies from catholic and non-catholic parishes in the area and members of Teesside Flower Club. Young people were also included in the project with displays being created by St. Margaret Clitherow's and St. Mary's Primary Schools sharing the 1966 World Cup win, St. Peter's Catholic College creating the 2012 Olympics display and members and leaders of St. Andrew's Youth Club creating the music from the past 50 years display.

Work started on the arrangements after Mass on Tuesday, April 16th and continued right up until 10.00 pm on Thursday, April 18th, the evening before the opening. But it wasn't just the flower arrangers — everyone had a part to play, including catering teams preparing sustinance at lunchtimes and tea times, not to mention providing tea or coffee for break times, and after the official opening, providing refreshments in the parish hall for visitors; cleaning teams tidying both the outside and inside of the church.

St. Andrew's Parish Priest, Fr. Edmond Gubbins said: "How wonderful and creative it all is. Many thanks to the ladies of our parish, other parishes, Teesside Flower Club and anyone who helped in anyway. Its been a wonderful team effort".

The flower festival was extended to Wednesday, April 24th, the day of the Bishop's Mass which formally closed our year of Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Our photos above show from top: Photo 1: The floral display depicting the Amalgamation of St. Andrew's, St. Peter's and St. Anne's Parishes with the roots of the area strongly depicted. Photo 2: The display depicting Lourdes. Photo 3: The display depicting the Sacrament of Baptism. Photo 4: The three oldest parishioners of St. Andrew's, Eileen Burke, aged 93, Tess McNicholas, 92 and Cath Hartley 91 with pupils from St. Margaret's and St. Mary's Primary Schools. Photo 5: Eileen, Cath and Tess are first through the doors after formerly opening the festival on Friday, April 19th. Photo 6: Members of Teesside Flower Club Pat Martin, Joyce Gaffney, Pat Chapman and Shirley Raine with their space travel display. Photo 7: Joan Powell and Maisie Chapman from St. John's Church, South Bank, with their creation depicting the Eucharist. Photo 8: Members of St. Andrew's Youth Club preparing some of the flowers for their 'How We Have Listened To Music' display. Photos by Paul Terry



Joyce French standing next to the two floral arrangements she created as a tribute to her husband David.

When Joyce French heard that St. Andrew's Parish were going to organise a flower festival, she just had to be involved. For Joyce was married to the bricklayer who built St. Andrew's Church, David (Davy) French, for 48 years.

Joyce, who worships at Normanby Methodist Church, asked permission from the Minister to become involved in the project and after hearing Joyce's story, he was only too pleased to give her his blessing. Joyce got in touch with Teesside Flower Club to volunteer her services as one of the flower arrangers and was given the task of creating floral arrangements to the statue of St. Therese of Lisieux and the icon of Our Lady of Perpectual Help with Sylvia Spencley.

Joyce's husband, David was one of two bricklayers who worked building St. Andrew's Church and two of his brothers, Mickey and Peter, were labour's for him. Joyce said: "Davy was here the day of the dedication service on April 11th, 1962 and had the honour of cementing the foundation stone into position after it had been blessed". David had also told her that he had followed a bricklaying tradition and left his name and date in the wet cement on the Sanctuary of the church and that if the carpet was ever lifted up it would be there.

David was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of St. Andrew's Parish from the very first day it opened while Joyce worshipped at Normanby Methodist Church. "We never once fell out over religion," Joyce said. "I always offered to take him to Mass but he always insisted on walking saying it would prepare him better for Mass," she added.

Sadly, David passed away on May 27th, 2011 aged 75 years, just 11 months before the year of Golden Jubilee celebrations commenced. But Joyce was overjoyed at being involved in the flower arranging and left a fitting tribute to her husband and being able to tell us her story of the man who built St. Andrew's Church obviously gave her great pleasure.
Joyce French is pictured above with the arrangement created in memory of her husband David, pictured right. Photo above by Paul Terry


The entrance procession

The Bishop of Middlesbrough George Brunner

These amazing photos arrived into our office on Tuesday, January 24th. They show the dedication service of St. Andrew's Church, Teesville which was held on April 11th 1962. The foundation stone was blessed by the then Bishop of Middlesbrough George Brunner. It would appear from the top photo that the entrance procession started from a builders hut over the road, while prams were left at the muddy entrance to the building as their occupants were carried into the site.

The empty shell

People were dwarfed in the aperture of the empty shell of the building as they watched the recessional procession. The sign just behind the gentleman in the front of the photo above reads:
No need for hard hats or hi-vis jackets or vests in pre health and safety days!

After the dedication service

As far as we can tell, some of the priests in the picture above are Fr. Tom Keilty, Fr. Garvin O'Hara, The Rite Reverend George Brunner, Bishop of Middlesbrough, Fr. Seamus Kilbarn, Fr. Tony Bickerstaff, Fr. Terence Gilgallon and our very own Fr. Jack McKeever who supplied the names.

People leave the dedication service

People leave the dedication service and in the photo above we see the very first Parish Priest of St. Andrew's, Fr. Patrick Bluett.
The first Mass was celebrated on Janurary 23, 1963 by Bishop George Brunner when over 600 people packed into the church with over 250 of the congregation taking communion.
All of the photos above were sent into us by the family of St. Andrew's parishioner, Vincent Harrison who took the photos.


Members of the Glee Club, South Bank, many of whom became founder members of St. Andrew's Parish, Teesville, 20 years later.

In April 2012, St. Andrew's Church will begin to celebrate its Golden Jubilee with a year of planned celebrations. The foundation stone was blessed and laid by Bishop George on April 11, 1962 and the first Mass was celebrated on January 23, 1963.

The photo above taken in 1943 shows members of St. Peter's Youth Group otherwise known as 'The Glee Club' at St. Peter's Church, South Bank. When you study the image you realise that it also has significant historic value to St. Andrew's because most of the young people in the picture were founder members of St. Andrew's Parish in 1962, twenty years after the photograph was taken.

People in the picture are:

(Back row): Gerard Murray, Dessie Byrnes, Ron Davies, Tom Conway, Peter Monaghen, Phil Harris, Andrew Walsh, Desie Gollogly.

(Middle row): Len Davies, Mr. Skillen (Head Teacher), Tom Darragh, Mollie Moss, Molly Donnelly, Monica Hughes, Moira Martin, Moira Coughlin, Rita Coates, Jack Hammond, Wally Walker.

(Front Row): Canon Nerney Parish Priest, Hilda Waterfield, Doreen McNulty, Joan Reed, Fr. Murphy, Edna Davies, Mary Davies, Babs Traynor, Bella Murphy.

Mary Steele (nee Davies), fourth from right on the front row, who was a Minister of the Word, one of the people who folds the parish newsletters and was also on the cleaning rota for St. Andrew's, sent in the photo before her death. She is sat next to her sister Edna who was the organist at St. Andrew's Church until her retirement in 2014 aged 91.


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