ST. BEDE'S DEANERY, SUNDERLAND

PROPOSED WEEKEND MASS TIMES FROM 10th/11th DECEMBER 2016

 

 

vigil

8.00

 am

8.30

 am

9.30

 am

10.30

  am

11.00

  am

5.30

 pm

St. Cecilia's & St. Patrick s

6.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oaklea Convent

 

YES

 

 

 

 

 

St. Mary's

 

 

 

 

YES

 

YES

St. Joseph's

4.30pm

 

 

YES

 

 

 

St. Hilda‘s

6.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Benet's

 

 

 

 

 

YES

 

Sacred Heart & St. John Bosco

 

 

YES

 

 

 

 

St. Patrick's, Ryhope

 

 

 

YES

 

 

 

Holy Family

 

 

 

YES

 

 

 

St. Anne's

 

 

 

 

 

YES

 

Holy Rosary

5.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immaculate Heart

 

 

 

YES

 

 

 

St. Leonard's, Silksworth

 

 

 

 

 

YES

 

 

PROPOSAL FOR ST BEDE’S DEANERY - SUNDERLAND

 

Dear Friends

 

You will be aware that over the past two years each Parish in the Diocese has undertaken a process of prayerful self-evaluation as part of the 'Forward Together in Hope Initiative. We have been reflecting on the viability of each parish community and the challenges facing us so that we can flourish into the future. In recent weeks we have been asked to look at forming larger partnerships across the Diocese involving several parish communities.  We continue to reflect on the call to each one of us to grow in our commitment to being 'missionary disciples’ Here in Sunderland we already share much in common. The 12 parishes which make up our Deanery already work in partnership with several initiatives including RCIA, Journey in Faith, Marriage preparation and Confirmation preparation. The Head Teachers of our 2 secondary schools and 9 primary schools meet every term with the priests, deacons and religious sisters of the Deanery to plan together and to offer support and encouragement to each other. We are aware though that we could be doing much more together in the Deanery and so would propose that our 12 parishes should form one Partnership - the 'Sunderland Catholic Partnership of St Bede'. In the coming months we will be exploring together how to further develop this 'Partnership Within this Partnership there would be 4 smaller clustering of parishes each served by their own parish priest.

Cluster 1. St Mary's, Oaklea Convent, St Cecilia’s and St. Patrick’s to be served by Fr Marc Lyden-Smith.

Cluster 2. St Joseph's, St Hilda's and St Benet's served by Fr Michael McCoy

Cluster 3. Sacred Heart and St John Bosco, St Annes, Holy Family and St Patrick's, Ryhope served by Fr Mariadass, Fr Louis and Fr Ligori

Cluster 4. Holy Rosary, Immaculate Heart of Mary and St Leonards, Silksworth served by Fr Michael Humble

This proposal will ensure that each of our 12 parish communities will remain open and will retain their church building. None of our 12 church buildings will closed at the present time. It ensures a fair distribution of clergy across the Deanery and will ensure stability for the future.  This arrangement involves every parish in the Deanery having to make some adaption/changes/compromises. No parish is left untouched by this. This proposal has included a reduction in Masses and a fairer distribution of times of Masses across the Deanery. Two of the parishes will lose a Sunday morning Mass and move to a vigil Mass. 1 parish will lose its vigil Mass and have a Sunday morning Mass instead. There will be 1Sunday evening Mass now for the whole Deanery in St Mary's. Wherever possible, each parish will have 1 weekend celebration of Mass. The only exception being with St Mary's and St Joseph's where the number of people attending Mass far exceeds the capacity of the Church for a single celebration of Mass. This proposal will allow ample time between Masses and does not depend on the support we have from retired priests. The proposal also takes into account the pastoral care of our 2 secondary schools, 9 primary schools and busy hospital (Fr Martin Wheaton has been appointed to be chaplain to Holy Cross Home and be on call full time for the Hospital). We are fully aware that change is often difficult and no proposal can ultimately please everyone. We firmly believe though that this proposal is both just and fair for our Deanery as a whole and will allow communities to support and encourage each other. Within each 'cluster' there are a variety of times offered for Mass each weekend. We would hope that, wherever possible, people would actively support their own parish community but we are aware too that, for varied reasons, it may have to involve attending Mass in a neighbouring parish. We hope that the parishes in each cluster will really come together in prayerful support and in the sharing of resources. This proposal has come after months of prayer and reflection. It takes into account the vast pool of data and information provided for our parishes from the 'Forward Together in Hope’ process, from the responses made by each parish and from the responses of the large gathering held recently in St Josephs which  had  representation from each parish in the Deanery.

 Most changes in the Diocese will take place in the New Year. The situation here in Sunderland is slightly different and requires more immediate attention. The transition of the parish of St Benet from the care of the Redemptorists to the Diocese has resulted in Fr Michael McCoy being appointed by Bishop Seamus to be parish priest there in addition to the parishes of St Joseph and St Hilda. This requires an immediate adjustment to Mass arrangements for those parishes. In the light of this change it seems appropriate to implement a proposal for the whole Deanery rather than this happening in two stages. We hope that this proposal is acceptable to the vast majority of people in the Deanery. We must look beyond our own immediate need as a parish community and our own individual needs and preferences. We have taken into account the needs of all 12 parishes across Sunderland and do all we can to work together and support each other to flourish into the future. This proposal has been shared with the Bishop and his Council. We would hope that this new Deanery structure can be implemented from the weekend of December 10th/11th so that we can plan properly for our parish Christmas celebrations of Mass. There will be an open meeting at St Josephs on Sunday December 4th at 3pm to offer any further explanation in regard to the proposed changes.

 

With all good wishes and prayers.

 

Fr Michael McCoy

Fr Mariadass Pagyasamy

Fr Michael Humble

Fr Louis Aroon

Fr Marc Lyden-Smith

Fr Ligori Alexander