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THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord is on the 40th day after Easter which this year falls on Thursday, May 14th. In normal pre covid-19 times the day is a Holy of Obligation, however this year with the government restrictions due to the pandemic, Catholics are not currently obligated to attend Mass.

So what do we know or what can we find out about what happened at the Ascension?

In the first reading, the Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11 we learn that after the resurrection, Jesus had shown himself to the apostles:

'for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell them about the kingdom of God'...

And he had instructed them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the father had promised, telling them:

'John baptised with water but you, not many days from now, will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’

So we know that Jesus had instructed them to wait for what we now know and celebrate as the Feast of Pentecost.

And then we learn that the apostles had asked if he was going to 'resore the kingdom to Israel'? to which Jesus replied:

‘It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has decided by his own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses... to the ends of the earth.’

Then in Marks Gospel 16:15-20 we learn that while Jesus was still among them he had instructed them to:

‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils...'

After he had spoken to them he was lifted up to Heaven before their very eyes to take his seat at the right hand of God.

And all this leads nicely to the Feast of Pentecost but that, as they say, is another story!

POPE CALLS FOR DAILY ROSARY IN MAY TO END PANDEMIC

Pope Francis recites the Rosary in the Vatican's Lourdes Grotto
The Holy Father has called on Marian shrines throughout the world including Lourdes, Fatima and Walsingham to lead a daily rosary for an end to the Pandemic and for all those affected by it.

After more than a year, and with the world still in the grips of the pandemic, the Pope and the Church around the world are once again leading the way in imploring God for an end to the suffering which so many people are forced to bear.

Each day will see Vatican News broadcast the recitation of the Rosary from the various Shrines taking part in the initiative and we are all encouraged to offer a daily rosary for the same intention.

Walsingham.org.uk is hosting the rosary beginning on Saturday 1st May at 6.00 pm for England. Please take part if you are able.

The Pope will also close the initiative on Monday, 31st May with another specially-broadcast Rosary.

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

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

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

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

December's session is yet to be confirmed.

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

PUPILS ARE CLIMBING THE EQUIVALENT HEIGHT OF MOUNT ETNA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roseberry Topping

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

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

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

St. Joseph with Jesus

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

The dioscean website has resources for the year, https://catholic-link.org/the-resources-you-need-for-the-year-of-st-joseph/ we also have prayer cards in the church with a prayer composed by the Pope.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A steward will light the candle for you.

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

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

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

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

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

• A NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH
• A HIGH TEMPERATURE
• LOSS OF SENSE OF TASTE AND OR SMELL


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

SHOULD I WEAR A FACE COVERING FOR MASS?
The answer is Yes...but only if you can!

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

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

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

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

A SOCIALLY DISTANCED MASS

A socially distanced Mass in St. Andrew's Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MINI RETREAT — CELEBRATING THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY
The Diocesan Adult Formation department have put together a 'mini retreat' to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.

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

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

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

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

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

SIBLINGS RUN 'MARATHON IN A MONTH' FOR NEW OUTDOOR PLAY AREA AT SCHOOL

Marathon in a Month

WOW!! FIRST £1000 RAISED IN 12 DAYS
Over the past few years St Margaret Clitherow's Catholic School (SMC) in South Bank have been fundraising to replace the outdoor play area and castle in the school grounds, that had to be dismantled when it became very unsafe. They set a target to raise at least £15,000 and with the fantastic support from staff, parents, the community and local businesses have managed to raise approximatley £11,000 so far.

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/marathon-in-a-month?utm_term=rnDaB9P56.

MICK & MAL CELEBRATE GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Mick and Mal Applegarth

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

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

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

PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

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


PARISHIONER RAISES OVER £1000 FOR McMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT

Amanda braves the shave

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

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

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

 
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