OUR FAITH COMMUNITY
‘Rejoice in The Lord always: and again I say rejoice’
Saint Paul’s letter to the Philippians ch 4, v4.
St Paul’s RC Primary School is served by the parish of St Thomas of Canterbury in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. Our local church is ‘Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary’.
The school has close links with the parish and the clergy – Fr J Butters and Deacon D McKie. The school and parish work in close partnership in preparing the children for the first sacraments. Pupils, staff and governors are fully involved in the parish and take an active role in a range of ministries in the Catholic community life of the town.
The children at the school have a strong sense of awareness of those less fortunate and play an active role in supporting the many charitable initiatives
As a Catholic School children are encouraged to take part in all aspects of the school life. However, parents do have the right to withdraw their children from collective worship is they so wish. This must be done by a formal request to the Headteacher and after discussion and
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle comprises the counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham, Hartlepool and the remaining part of Stockton Borough which lies north of the River Tees. The Right Reverend Seamus Cunningham is the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle Diocese. The Diocesan Education Service has been established to support those involved in education; to address current and future need and faithfully express and promote the church’s pastoral mission in education.
Further information on the work of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle can be found at www.rcdhn.org.uk/index.php
Fr J Butters
Deacon D McKie
St Thomas of Canterbury
c/o 2 Grosmont Drive
Telephone: 01642 553118
Weekend Mass Times in Billingham
Saturday Vigil 5.30pm (Children’s Liturgy)
St John’s Church
St Joseph’s Church
Low Grange Avenue
Sunday 9.30am (Children’s Liturgy)
Holy Rosary Church
2 Grosmont Drive
Forward Together in Hope
Forward Together in Hope is a three-year journey of renewal across the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. It is about all of us working together to explore and discern God’s will for our diocese. Using information held centrally by the diocese and carrying out a thorough self-assessment, each worshipping community will look in detail at how best it can flourish into the future. A key strength of the approach is that it will take place in the same way across the whole of the diocese. The entire process will be firmly rooted in prayer and a real openness to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Resources will be provided to help worshipping communities to reflect prayerfully on the future challenges and opportunities.
A Development Group,
consisting both of ordained and lay members has been meeting since January 2014 shaping the framework for Forward Together in Hope. Chaired by Vicar General, Fr Martin Stempczyk, other members include Kathleen Smith (Chief Operating Officer), Bill Dryden (Board Member), Kathryn Turner (Head of Spirituality) and Fr Jim O’Keefe.
Fr Jim is now heading up the work of the project and is supported by Tony Sacco, Diocesan Development Officer.
The success of Forward Together in Hope depends on all of us playing our part and thinking beyond existing boundaries. Please respond to this invitation to join the journey of renewal for our diocese by praying and offering of your skills and talents.
The work of Forward Together in Hope is funded by grants from external organisations; we are very grateful for their generous support.
Click on link below to access Forward Together in Hope website
Young Thomas is a group we have set up here at St. Paul’s School, working in partnership with our Parish of St. Thomas of Canterbury.
When parents approach the clergy to discuss baptism for their children, they are asked to undertake some preparation for the sacrament – this is usually done through a series of group sessions. Hopefully, families will continue to take part in the formal aspects of parish life, through attending Mass and other services, after their child’s baptism has taken place. However, we are aware that there is a lack of additional opportunities to support families to continue to grow in faith while their children are very young.
To help fill this gap, we have an informal group – Young Thomas’ which meet on a weekly basis for about an hour and a half each Monday afternoon during term time. The group is intended for those who are caring for baptised Roman Catholic children who will hopefully be starting the school nursery within the next year (and their younger brothers or sisters). We are fortunate that at St. Paul’s we have a designated room available which is ideal for the group – lots of room for the children to play in a safe and friendly environment, as well as providing parents and carers with an opportunity to meet others.