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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St Francis de Sales– a bishop of Geneva who, following the ’reformation’, worked tirelessly to bring people back to the true Faith.

The Conversion of St Paul– after persecuting Christians he made a radical conversion after a vision of Christ. He was a fearless missionary and was beheaded in Rome for the Faith.

Ss Timothy and Titus– both converted by St Paul and assisted his missionary work.

St Angela– an Italian woman who founded the Ursulines, who are dedicated to various charitable works.

St Thomas Aquinas– a Dominican friar and one of the greatest thinkers and teachers of philosophy and theology in the history of the Church.

We hope to restart the Confirmation course for young people Year 9 plus. Please see Fr Michael for information.

New envelopes will be issued in March to everyone who currently uses them. Anyone who would like to start using envelopes please leave your name and address in the collection box/basket.

All non-perishable items gratefully received for the local food banks.

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St Peter’s Catholic College is celebrating its 80th anniversary on 10th March 2022. Past pupils and staff are invited to events on that day. Contact the school 01642 register an interest:

When ordering our stock of candles we have always managed to keep the cost of our 7 day sanctuary lights down by buying in bulk, however, the last twice we have just managed to break even. When placing an order recently the cost had risen significantly which meant we would have to charge well over £3.00 for each candle, even with the discount, which we believe is far too much. So when the present supply is used we have decided to move to a smaller candle which will be sold for £1.30 each which we hope will be within the price range of more people. The red candles at St. Andrew’s will be replaced from this weekend. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Val Maughan is putting together a rota for Communion at St. Andrew’s on Sunday mornings. Could any Eucharistic Minister wanting to return to their ministry and interested in being on the rota please contact Val directly on or 07415873076 with a contact number and e-mail address. Those people who are already carrying out their duties since returning will automatically be added to the rota.


Baptism - the gateway to the sacraments

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

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

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

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

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


Allan and Phil Burns celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please speak to Paul Terry if you would like to hire the hall for your meetings, training or if you are just looking for some office space.
Please note: There will be no large events until further notice.

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


Fr. Jack McKeever

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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