Welcome to the parish of the Sacred Heart RC Church North Gosforth

Photo of exterior of church East window central light The parish of the Sacred Heart has a reputation for being welcoming and friendly, with many varied activities for all age groups. This web site provides information about these activities and the liturgical life of the parish. Read our Parish Profile to get a flavour of who we are, what we do and how we do it.

The church is a Grade II listed building with an interesting and unusual history having been built originally as an Anglican church. The pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows in the church were designed mainly by Edward Burne-Jones with contributions from Ford Madox Brown and William Morris, and constitute one of the best collections of stained-glass from the William Morris Company in the North of England.

Parish priest: Father Jim Dunne        Deacon: John Hawthorne

Coronavirus Emergency

Please note that the church will remain closed until further notice.

A Call to Prayer

At 7.00pm each night we have been invited as a parish to pray together. However, during the three days of the Triduum, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, the Church asks us to focus our collective prayer on the great services of the Triduum. Thus we will turn from our daily “Call to Prayer” to these services.

Clearly, moments of private prayer continue and you will to pray in the way you find most appropriate. If you wish to use the Stations of the Cross, an order of service is available here. In addition, the Society of St Gregory, a national society of the Church in England and Wales, have also uploaded an order of service for the Stations which can be listen to on Facebook; click on this link - https://www.facebook.com/ourladyslillington/videos/2504248836571660/

The “Call to Prayer” will return in its normal form on Easter Monday.

Holy Week Services

Painting of calgaryDuring Holy week we will be uploading the materials for each of the services.

The presentations give a sample of the prayers and readings of the services alongside images which include the elements we use in our church. The presentations also include a reflection by Father Jim.
You may wish to sit quietly at the time when we would be gathering for the services in more normal times: -

  • Palm Sunday - normal Mass times
  • Maundy Thursday - 7.00pm
  • Good Friday - 3.00pm
  • Holy Saturday - 6.30pm
  • Easter Sunday - normal Mass times.

You may wish to light a candle, put on some appropriate music and quietly read through the whole service. You may prefer to scan through the service and pick out a prayer or a piece of scripture that you speaks to you. If you only read one part, then perhaps Father Jim’s reflection may be the thing to read.

On Holy Saturday evening it would be good if in every home in the parish we lit a candle to represent the Paschal Candle. Perhaps we may even be brave enough to light a fire in the garden and from that fire light our candle.

Then on Easter Sunday morning we could all pray together in our own homes before holding our own jarping competition, producing many champions. When we can come back together perhaps we will be able to find the champion of champions!

Prayer of the Faithful

The intentions for this week's Prayer of the Faithful will be pulished here each week, so that the whole parish can intercede together to ask for God' grace and help.

Stations of the Cross

If you wish to pray the Stations of the Cross you can do so here using photographs of our Stations and a traditional text.
(We know that the eighth Station is not from our Stations. We will correct this as soon as we can get back into the church).

Keeping in touch with vulnerable members of our community

Jo Shepherd, Parish Safeguarding Representative, writes: At this time of uncertainty we need to be concerned about the most vulnerable members of our community and do all that we can to help. Many of us will already be caring for family, friends, neighbours and fellow parishioners who need a helping hand and no doubt we will continue to do so as long as it’s necessary.

As a parish, we intend to offer help to those who would like some help whether it is in collecting shopping, prescriptions, etc., or just a phone contact to check that all is well. If you are able to offer support, please contact jo.a.shepherd@googlemail.com Tel: 0191 285 8894.

In the future we may also be called upon to offer support to North Tyneside Council since the church is located within its boundaries.

If you know of someone who would welcome support, we will do our best to put them in touch with someone who can help them. Please contact gerardshep@gmail.com Tel: 0191 285 8894

Links that may be useful

https://www.churchservices.tv/timetable/ - a schedule of services that are streamed live throughout the day from churches across the UK and Ireland
https://www.cbcew.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/03/No-Mass-A5.pdf - this is a service provided by the bishops to use if we cannot get to Mass.
https://www.universalis.com/Europe.England.Westminster/mass.htm - this gives the readings of the day
https://www.catholic.org/bible/daily_reading/ - this allows you to listen to the readings
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/word-of-the-day/2020/03/18.html - this gives the reading plus a thought from the Pope
https://www.pathwaystogod.org/lent-retreat-2020 - reflections for each day in Lent.
http://www.usccb.org/bible/reflections/ - daily videos from US bishops
https://www.taize.fr/en_article27540.html - daily prayer from Taize at 7.30pm.
And for children:
https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy - CAFOD are providing a virtual children's liturgy
https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/sunday-liturgy-for-families/ - Sunday liturgy for families
www.tentenresources.co.uk/daily-prayers-for-home - Daily prayers for home

How to find us:

The Sacred Heart church is located in North Newcastle near to Brunton Park, Wideopen, Hazelrigg and Newcastle Great Park.
Click on the map below to get directions from where you are.

Arriva Buses 43 and 45 go from the Haymarket in town, or the 43 from Bedlington, Dudley and Cramlington and stop right outside the church grounds.

Contact details:

Sacred Heart Church
Great North Road
North Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE3 5EB

Tel: (0191) 236 3182

Email: admin@sacredheartng.org.uk