The following announcement was made on Wednesday 18 March by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales:
“It's very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice. Although we won't be gathering for public acts of worship, our churches will remain open. They are not closing. They will be a focal point of prayer, where you will find solace and strength.
In visiting our churches at this time, we will observe with great care the practices of hygiene and the guidance on social distancing. However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation."
OUR PARTNERSHIP CLERGY
Fr Adrian Tuckwell (Episcopal Vicar and Partnership Dean - resident at Winlaton) 0191 414 2654
Fr John James (resident at Crawcook) 0191 413 2766
Fr Jonathan Rose (resident at Stella) 0191 413 2749
Fr Michael Whalen (resident at Prudhoe) 01661 832298
Deacon Derek Gallagher 01207 561445
OVINGHAM PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENTS
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STAYING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR PARISH COMMUNITY
We must comply with the advice/instructions from the UK Government and Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. Nevertheless, this needn’t prevent us from being a worshipping community. We offer new ways for us to come together as a “virtual” community, remaining in the real presence of Jesus Christ spiritually, until such time that we’re able to gather together again in person. A Facebook group has been created where we are invited to keep in contact with each other as a faith community. Current members are offering support to one another, sharing useful resources such as prayers, messages of kindness and support, humour and videos. We have also linked to other parish community groups who are showing Mass and other services by a live video link so we’re able to “attend” Mass.
We invite you to join our Facebook group: Search for ‘Ovingham Partnership Catholic Community Group’ and send us a request to join.
Upon joining, we ask that you respect the rules of the group. We are a Christian faith group who are trying to support one another through difficult circumstances, remaining true to our Catholic faith. As with any social media, please consider safeguarding and privacy for yourself and others. Be sensitive to others and express any views with kindness and compassion. Do not post or share inappropriate content or political views, and take care not to divulge any personal or sensitive information. We welcome members to post prayers, acts of kindness, messages of hope and encouragement and any other content you may expect a Christian group to share. We offer our prayers for you and your loved ones and hope you may find some comfort, help and support from this resource in the coming weeks.
OVINGHAM NEWS & EVENTS
THE EVENT - January 2020
QUIZ NIGHT - 21st February 2020
Our Lady and St. Cuthbert’s (Prudhoe) parish hosted a Partnership Quiz Night in February. Around 12 teams competed in rounds about spelling, maths, historical politics, missing words, music, children’s characters and more. An enjoyable evening raising £140 for church funds.
BONKERS BINGO - 29th February 2020
Our Lady & St. Cuthbert’s Family and Youth Group organised their third Bonkers Bingo Community event which had a Rock theme. The children took to the stage to lead everyone with their audacious dance moves during games of Bingo. Lots of fun, great costumes, fabulous prizes and an amazing community spirit. Over £700 was raised by the event and they’re hoping to provide transport and take a group from their parish/school along to the Diocesan Festival in June, with more Bonkers Bingo.