St Mary's

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church


Parish Christmas Card

You can wish a Merry Christmas to everyone at Saint Mary’s by signing this year’s Justice & Peace Parish / Heavenfield Partnership Christmas Card, and you can make a donation of any amount in support of the Diocesan Refugee Project. The card will be available to sign after all weekend Masses from 1st  to 16th December.

We are delighted that the young people from the Children’s Liturgy group at Saint Mary’s are helping us by offering their coloured-in drawings of many of the items which every refugee and asylum seeker needs. For every £5 received, one of the children’s drawings will be placed in a suitcase near the altar.

All donations received from this year’s Christmas card will be given to the Diocesan Refugee Project.

The Diocesan Refugee Project, staffed by trained volunteers, welcomes refugees and asylum seekers to a safe and friendly environment where they sign for and receive a bag of groceries once each week. In a typical week, over 200 bags of food are distributed, and over a hundred items of clothing are provided. English language classes are offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday by qualified ESOL teachers. Destitute asylum seekers also receive £25 per month.

This year’s Christmas card is by local artist C. Dawson and is based on the statue of Our Lady in Saint. Elizabeth’s Church at Minsteracres.

A Merry Christmas to you all and many, many thanks for your support during the year!
~ from the Justice & Peace Group, Saint Mary’s, Hexham


West Northumberland Food Bank

The West Northumberland Food Bank collects items to help the poorest families in our area, including some people with Coeliac disease.

Demand is usually high, so the Food Bank would always appreciate donations of many types of food and other items, in particular the following:

  • Tinned meat and fish
  • Tinned vegetables, tomatoes and fruit
  • Dried milk
  • UHT long life milk
  • Rice and noodles
  • Tinned or instant potatoes
  • Tinned deserts
  • Squash and pop
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Biscuits and crackers
  • Toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant and razors
  • Dog food
  • Cat food


If you are able to help the Food Bank by donating any of the items listed above, or indeed any other items which you think may help, please leave your donated items in the collection box situated within the Narthex at St. Mary's.

Remember, there is a need for you to help our poorest bretheren throughout the year. Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Think about this ...

This is likely to be very challenging, even confronting. However, once you have begun to read it, it is very important that you continue to the end and then read it line by line from the bottom up.



They have no need of our help

So do not tell me

These haggard faces could belong to you or I

Should life have dealt a different hand

We need to see them for who they really are

Chancers and scroungers

With bombs up their sleeves

Cut-throats and thieves

They are not

Welcome here

We should make them

Go back to where they came from

They cannot

Share our food

Share our homes

Share our countries

Instead let us all

Build a wall to keep them out

It is not OK to say

These are people just like us

A place should only belong to those who are born there.

Do not be so stupid to think that

The world can be looked at another way.


Now read that again, line by line from bottom to top.  Which is really upside down?

With acknowledgement to Brian Bilston and Brigidine  Asylum Seekers Project. St. Macartan’s Social Justice Group