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SUNDAY, APRIL 28th — THIRD WEEK OF EASTER
WEEKLY OFFERING CAME TO £1141.18
MASS ATTENDANCE LAST WEEKEND = 419
MONTH OF MAY
May is the month of Mary. It is wonderful to know that there is a long history of devotion to Our lady expressed in the May procession. Public expressions of faith are important. You will only know of the good you do by coming to Mass each week when you get to heaven. People notice things; by honouring our Blessed Mother in a procession we witness to our love of Our Lady as our Queen and Mother.
During May, the Rosary and the Litany of Loreto will be prayed before our weekday Masses starting at 8.55 am.
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.
THIS WEEK’S HALL DIARY
Mon: Parish Bingo 6.30 - 9.00 pm Main Hall
Tues: MAP Asylum Seekers drop in 9.00 - 11.30 am Main Hall
Working Links 8.30 am - 4.30 pm Conference Room
Mother's Prayers 10.00 am - 11.30 am Room 3
Redcar & Cleveland Adult Learning 1.00 - 2.00 pm Room 1
Meditation Group 7.00 - 8.15 pm Room 3
Wed: Working Links 8.30 am - 4.30 pm Conference Room
Thurs: Legion of Mary 10.00 am - Noon Room 3
Bingo 1.30 - 4.00 pm Main Hall
Fri: SVP Coffee morning 11.00 am - Noon Main Hall
St. Margaret Clitherow's Race Night 7.00 - 11.00 pm Main Hall
Sat: Shannon Green Child's birthday party 12.30 - 3.30 pm Main Hall
Sun: Elizabeth Hails Child's birthday party 2.30 - 5.30 pm Main Hall
LOOKING FOR A VENUE? ST ANDREW'S PARISH HALL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE
BONUS BALL DRAW
Wednesday, April 26th — No 41 —
£30 goes to CLARE WALSH and CATH HARTLEY
Contact Paul Terry with your ticket to claim your prize.
£1 per ticket for a chance to win.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PARENTS MEETING
Tuesday at 6.00 pm in the Parish Hall. This is an important meeting and all children should be represented by at least one parent/guardian.
OTHER IMPORTANT FHC DATES
Wednesday, 7th June: First Holy Communion retreat to the Lady Chapel, Osmotherley;
Sunday, 18th June: First Holy Communion day, 9.30am at St. Andrew’s Church;
Wednesday, 21st June: Going Forth Mass, 6.30pm St. Andrew’s Church.
REFUGEE SOLIDARITY LITURGY
with the Lampedusa Cross will take place at the Holy Name of Mary Church on Wednesday 3rd May at 7 pm. Please join us for an hour of prayer/music/reflection. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
FUNDRAISING GROUP MEETING
on Thursday, May 11th at 6.30 pm in the parish hall. The agenda will include Summer draw and planning of the Summer Fair.
SPECIAL MASS FOR CANON MADDEN
for the repose of the soul of Canon Bill Madden at the Sacred Heart Church, Middlesbrough on Friday 12th May at 12 noon.
YOUTH CLUB BACK AFTER EASTER BREAK
on Thursday, 4th May at 6.30 – 8.00 pm in the parish hall upstairs rooms. £1per week. Parent consent forms will have to be completed for new members before they can join.
for Susan Freeman is at 12 noon on Wednesday 3rd May at St Anne’s Church.
VISIT FROM DIOCESAN VOCATIONS DIRECTOR
On the weekend of 21st May, Fr William Massie, Vocations Director, will be preaching at all Masses and celebrating the 9.30 am Mass at St Andrew’s. Fr William will update us with news of our seminarians and talk about vocations to the priesthood and religious life. There will also be a retiring collection for the Priests’ Training Fund.
AoS PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY ISLAND
The Apostleship of the Sea annual pilgrimage to Holy Island is on Saturday, June 17th led by Bishop Paul Mason, new Bishop Promoter for the AoS. Add your names to the list at the back of church if you would like to go. £5 deposit, balance paid on the bus. Departure time and more info shortly.
RACE NIGHT IN THE PARISH HALL
next Friday, 5th May for SMC Missionaries, starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets £2 (adults)/£1 (children), available at the back of church. See Maria Trainor, Norma Terry, Kath Kelly or Claire McNicholas. Tombola/Raffle prizes would be appreciated.
CHERNOBYL PIE & PEA SUPPER
Final total now stands at £2030 including Barclays match fund total. Thank you.
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
The annual Bingo Section day trip to Scarborough will take place on Wednesday 12th July. There are now 10 places available on the coach (Cost: £7 pp) for parishioners interested in going. See Joe Gallagher (468620) after Mass if you would like a place. First come, first served.
THOMAS WAS THE RIGHT INGREDIENT FOR PATRICIA
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.
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.
What we don't know is when the clock was added to the tower. If you know the answer or can point us in the right direction please get in touch with us at email@example.com
HAPPY 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.
THANK YOU TO DEACON PAT
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'S 90th BIRTHDAY SURPRISE...
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.
HERE TO SERVE ONE ANOTHER!
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.
HAPPY 96th BIRTHDAY TO CECILIA GALLON
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.
BAPTISM OF EVELYN GRACE CAMPBELL
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.
GOLDEN MILESTONE FOR GORDON AND RITA!
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.
JOE AND KATH'S GOLDEN WEDDING CELEBRATION
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.
PARISH SCHOOL RECEPTION CLASS IN VISIT TO 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.
TAMIL MASS AT ST. ANDREW'S
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.
WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE 2016
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.
AUF WIEDERSEHIEN FATHER GUBBINS!
A PERSONAL REFLECTION BY Paul Terry
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 golf...in 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.
HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY, PHYLLIS
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.
A MILESTONE BIRTHDAY FOR BRIDIE
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.
MY WORLD YOUTH DAY EXPERIENCE
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...
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.
TRIPLE CELEBRATION FOR JUBILARIANS
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.
BUS TRIP LEADS TO GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
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.
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.
NEW LOURDES GROTTO AT ST. ANDREW'S
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.
HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY, mARGARET
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.
GROUP PHOTOS FROM JUNE 19TH AND 26TH
Photo by Kerri Dowling.
BRIAN AND MARION'S GOLDEN DAY!
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
Photo courtesy of Brian Walsh.
THE PHOTOGRAPH THAT SAYS...OUR MAM IS INVICTUS!
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.
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' 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS!
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 in 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.
... AND HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY TO FR. PETER RYAN!
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.
PARISH RESPONSE TO KNITTING APPEAL
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.
HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY TO HER MAJESTY!
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!
ROGER AND TESSIE'S DIAMOND MILESTONE
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.
THREE BROUGHT INTO FULL COMMUNION WITH CHURCH
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
HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY BERNADETTE!
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.
RITE OF ELECTION 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.
RECEPTION CLASS IN VISIT TO PARISH 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.
CHEQUE PRESENTED TO TEESSIDE STEEL FUND
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.
PARISH YOUTH FORM GUARD OF HONOUR AT BORO MATCH
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.
A BED OF RIBBONS FOR THE HOLY BABE
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).
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.
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.
VINTAGE TEA CHEQUE PRESENTATION
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. 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 CELEBRATES 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
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 CELEBRATE GOLDEN WEDDING 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!
GOLDEN JUBILEE OF ST ANDREW’S CHURCH 1962-2012
WHAT A WEEK THAT WAS!
2000 PEOPLE VISIT FLOWER FESTIVAL AND
BISHOP CLOSES GOLDEN JUBILEE YEAR
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.
MORE PHOTOS FROM THE JUBILEE MASS
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!
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).
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
MORE PHOTOS BY PAUL TERRY
JOYCE'S TRIBUTE TO BRICKLAYER HUSBAND
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
AMAZING PHOTOS OF 1962 DEDICATION SERVICE
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.
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:
'THE PUBLIC ENTER ENTIRELY AT THEIR OWN RISK'.
No need for hard hats or hi-vis jackets or vests in pre health and safety days!
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 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.
HISTORIC PHOTO OF FOUNDER MEMBERS OF ST. ANDREW'S PARISH
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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