A much loved parishioner who was the Chair of Governors and friend of one our parish schools, will always be remembered by pupils and staff thanks to a wooden bench bought in his memory.
rEMEMBERING THE FALLEN
St. Andrew's parishioner and army veteran, Eric Jones lays the poppy wreath on Remembrance Sunday at St. Andrew's Church, at the beginning of 9.30 am Mass. Eric served in the army for 14 years. At. 3.00 pm on the same day, the parish remembered all those parishioners who had died in the past 12 months with a special memorial service which family members and friends remembered their loved ones. Photo by Paul Terry.
REDCAR AND CLEVELAND FOOD-BANK
THIS WEEK’S HALL DIARY
CONFESSIONS FOR CHRISTMAS
PARISH YOUTH AND FAMILY ADVENT PILGRIMAGE
CAROL CONCERT AT ST PETER’S CHURCH
ANNUAL REUNION - LEGION OF MARY
ST PETER’S COLLEGE CAROL SERVICE
ST MARY’S SCHOOL
CATHOLIC HANDICAPPED FELLOWSHIP MASS
CHRISTMAS CLEANING OF ST ANDREW’S CHURCH
VOICES OF CHRISTMAS PRACTICES
VOICES OF CHRISTMAS — TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th
LIGHT A CANDLE FOR CHRISTMAS
PARISH CHRISTMAS CARD/SCHEDULE
BONUS BALL DRAW
CHRISTMAS FAMILY SOCIAL NEXT FRIDAY
CHRISTMAS DRAW TICKETS
PARISH PENSIONERS CHRISTMAS LUNCH
2014 PARISH CALENDAR
CATHOLIC HANDICAPPED FELLOWSHIP
READ THE CATECHISM IN A YEAR
CONCLUSION OF THE YEAR OF FAITH
The Year of Faith came to a formal close on the Feast of Christ the King and St. Andrew's Parish marked it by renewing their Baptismal promises by candlelight, pictured above. The Year of Faith was instigated by Pope Benedict XVI in November 2012. Some of the ways we have marked the Year of Faith is by Distributing Year of Faith Crosses; Free Catechisms to 400 families; Parish Pilgrimages to Lourdes, Walsingham, Durham — Lindisfarne Gospels, Holy Island and the Relics of St Anthony. A series of DVDs on Catholicism was shown in the parish hall and Parish Prayer Books given to each family. Photo by Paul Terry.
CATHEDRAL CHALLENGE TEAM HIT THE RIGHT NOTE AS
A young parishioner from St. Andrew’s Parish has hit the right note with Pudsey Bear.
Hannah Terry, 18, is one of nine people who has completed a gruelling nine day tour of England, visiting 50 cathedrals and in the process, raised a staggering £14,000 for the BBCs flagship charity, Children in Need.
Hannah accompanied Pudsey and Redcar church organist Chris Nixon, Fran Golightly, Beth Fountain, Amy Walton, Ged Skillcorn and Emily McSorley, Rachel George and Rosina Collins.
Chris, who has been the organist at Christ Church, Coatham, Redcar, for the past 16 years gave a short 15 minute recital of music from the Baroque to the Twentieth Century in each of the cathedrals they visited, while Hannah, Pudsey and the rest of the Cathedral Challenge team shook their cans in the hope of collecting as much money as possible from visitors.
Hannah, the project organiser, had been working on the planning and publicity side of the challenge with Chris since May, e-mailing and phoning every cathedral in England, liaising with staff to arrange times and access for the nine day tour, before creating publicity posters and sending them to all fifty cathedrals. Chris said: "If anyone is planning an event in the future they should consider consulting Hannah, she has been brilliant."
The team set off from Redcar on Friday, October 25th at 7.00 am to head for their first stop in Newcastle Cathedral at 9.00 am followed by Durham and Ripon. And en-route, over a thousand children from local schools took part in hour long services in Ripon, Southwark and St. Paul's Cathedrals as part of the challenge.
The Cathedral Challenge ended on Saturday, November 2nd at Middlesbrough Cathedral, Coulby Newham, with an hour long closing service starting at 3.30 pm. The service was attended by the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Councillor Vic Jeffries and introduced by St. Andrew's Parish Priest, Fr. Edmond Gubbins. It included gospel readings, prayers, clips from BBC Children in Need and hymns which were sung by the choirs of St. Margaret Clitherow’s Primary School, St. Peter’s Catholic College and members of Top Line, the academy of performing arts run by Chris. The service closed with the Lord's Prayer and the blessing by Fr. Gubbins.
And on Children in Need night, Friday, November 15th, Chris organised a further charity event at Tuned In, Redcar, where hundreds of people gathered for a social evening and to watch Chris and the team hand over the magnificent total for the BBCs charity.
Pictured above, left to right, with Pudsey Bear is Councillor Vic Jeffries, Fran Golightly, Hannah Terry, Ged Skillcorn, Beth Fountain, Amy Walton, Chris Nixon, Rachel George, Emily McSorley and Rosina Collins, after the closing service in Middlesbrough Cathedral on November 2nd. Photo by Paul Terry.
OVER £3000 RAISED FOR ESTON HANDICAPPED FELLOWSHIP
The Stockton to Darlington Ukulele Express rolled into St. Andrew's Parish Hall on Friday, September 20th and helped raise over £3000 for the Eston Handicapped Fellowship.
The total raised on the evening and through tickets sales was £2,400, but with an additional donation of £750 from Barclaycard's pound for pound scheme, the final total is a staggering £3,150.
During the evening they sold 'kazoos' for £1 which were used by the audience during the second half to accompany them with 'Delilah'. 130 kazoos were sold during the evening smashing the record for the most sold at a single event. The previous record of 127 was held by St. Patrick's Church in Thornaby. Half of the proceeds from the sale of the kazoos was donated to the Eston Handicapped Fellowship.
The ukulele band went back on stage at 10.15 and sang and joked with the audience until 11.20 and with the dance floor full for most of the eveing, a fabulous night was had by all.
JUBILEE BOOK COMMEMORATES FIFTY YEARS
St. Andrew's Parish have published a book commemorating fifty years of existence.
Fifty Golden Years is published by St. Andrew's Parish and is available from St. Andrew's Church, Fabian Road, Teesville, costing £5 each.
Pictured above are some of the parishioners with the book on the day of publication. Photo by Fr. Edmond Gubbins.
Pictured above are some of the parishioners who went on a short pilgrimage to the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham, on Saturday, September 7th, 2013. Photo by Fr. Edmond Gubbins and Paul Terry
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIA
St. Andrew's parishioner, Maria Crawford, is pictured above recently receiving a bouquet of flowers from Parish Priest, Fr. Edmond Gubbins and Deacon Pat Thomas, to celebrate her 80th birthday. Maria's birthday was on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16th.
St. Andrew's Parish annual summer fete was officially opened by Boro and England under-21 footballer Luke Williams (pictured above left to right with Parish Priest Fr. Edmond Gubbins, Deacon Pat Thomas, his mother and parish worker Joe Gallagher). The fete was on Sunday, July 14th. The fete was a huge success both socially and financially. The fete and Summer Draw raised a magnificent £6,418.00 - this included £750 through Barclays match funding scheme and we are grateful for their on-going support. Thank you to everyone who supported the event in any way. There is a summery of takings and prize winners in the porch to take away. Photo by Paul Terry.
JANET'S SAFE BET ON BOUNCER PAUL
A couple from St. Andrew’s Parish who have renewed their wedding vows were married in 1984 on St. Patrick’s Day by…Fr. Patrick Day.
2000 PEOPLE VISIT FLOWER FESTIVAL AND
Twelve months of golden jubilee celebrations ended in a spectacular fashion at St. Andrew’s Church, Teesville, with a week long flower festival and a Mass celebrated by Bishop Terrence Patrick Drainey to close the year of jubilee.
And earlier in the week all roads had led to St. Andrew's Parish as over 2,000 people from all over the area and beyond visited the Golden Jubilee Flower Festival — and their overwhelming opinion was...BLOOMIN' MARVELOUS!
The festival opened officially on Friday, April 19th and lasted until Wednesday, April 24th. The festival was the final celebration to be organised in our year of jubilee and was formally opened by our three oldest weekly Mass attenders: Eileen Burke (93), Tess McNicholas (92) and Cath Hartley (91).
With the theme 'Golden Moments', there was a total of 27 displays in the church, each one covering a golden moment in the life of our parish or of World events since 1963 to the present day including The Amalgamation of three parishes into one; the London 2012 Olympics; six sacraments of the church; the new millennium 1999 - 2000; England win the World Cup; how we have listened to music over the past 50 years and space travel from 1969.
The arrangements have been created by over 60 ladies from catholic and non-catholic parishes in the area and members of Teesside Flower Club. Young people were also included in the project with displays being created by St. Margaret Clitherow's and St. Mary's Primary Schools sharing the 1966 World Cup win, St. Peter's Catholic College creating the 2012 Olympics display and members and leaders of St. Andrew's Youth Club creating the music from the past 50 years display.
Work started on the arrangements after Mass on Tuesday, April 16th and continued right up until 10.00 pm on Thursday, April 18th, the evening before the opening. But it wasn't just the flower arrangers — everyone had a part to play, including catering teams preparing sustinance at lunchtimes and tea times, not to mention providing tea or coffee for break times, and after the official opening, providing refreshments in the parish hall for visitors; cleaning teams tidying both the outside and inside of the church.
St. Andrew's Parish Priest, Fr. Edmond Gubbins said: "How wonderful and creative it all is. Many thanks to the ladies of our parish, other parishes, Teesside Flower Club and anyone who helped in anyway. Its been a wonderful team effort".
JOYCE'S TRIBUTE TO BRICKLAYER HUSBAND
When Joyce French heard that St. Andrew's Parish were going to organise a flower festival, she just had to be involved. For Joyce was married to the bricklayer who built St. Andrew's Church, David (Davy) French, for 48 years.
Joyce, who worships at Normanby Methodist Church, asked permission from the Minister to become involved in the project and after hearing Joyce's story, he was only too pleased to give her his blessing. Joyce got in touch with Teesside Flower Club to volunteer her services as one of the flower arrangers and was given the task of creating floral arrangements to the statue of St. Therese of Lisieux and the icon of Our Lady of Perpectual Help with Sylvia Spencley.
SOME FACTS ABOUT FLOWERS
a GOLDEN MOMENT FOR MICHAEL AND MARGARET
A golden couple of St. Peter’s church in South Bank, Michael and Margaret Clark, have celebrated fifty years of married recently.
Pictured above are Margaret and Michael Clarke with Fr. Edmond Gubbins after renewing their wedding vows. Photo by Paul Terry
REFLECTION — WHY ARE THERE 4 GOSPELS?
£3500 RAISED FOR JUBILEE CHARITY
Tremendous! More than £3500 has been raised for the Parish Golden Jubilee Charity Project, Mary's Meals.
Mary's Meals is an international movement that sets up School Feeding Projects in countries where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. The simple idea works by providing a daily meal in a place of education. Chronically poor children are attracted to the classroom where they can gain a basic education.
Over 700,000 children receive Mary’s Meals every school day. The average cost to feed a child for a whole school year is £10.70 in Africa, Asia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda.
The project started with a hunger lunch in the parish hall on Friday, February 22nd which was attended by more than a hundred people and raised over £450.
The afternoon started with Mass at noon followed by Stations of the Cross before people made their way into the hall for a bowl of soup and a bread roll. People then made a donation towards Mary's Meals. Pans of soup were prepared and served by St. Andrew's parishioners. A tombola and a raffle was also organised to add to the total.
The event was also attended by some parishioners from the parishes of St. Thomas More, Beechwood and The Holy Name of Mary in Linthorpe.
The following weekend a retiring collection was taken at all Masses, which boosted the total still further. Added to that the retiring collections taken from three funerals, numerous individual donations and gift aided donations and it all made that great total.
Our photo above shows some of the parish team who organised, prepared and served soup for the hunger lunch. Photo by Paul Terry
SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT POPE FRANCIS
HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY FR. JACK!
Fr. Jack McKeever has celebrated his 80th birthday with the parishioners of St. Andrew's, his adopted parish. Fr. celebrated his birthday on Thursday, March 7th and the parishioners gathered in the hall after the morning Mass for a drink and nibbles. Fr. Jack is pictured above cutting his birthday cake watched by Parish Priest, Fr. Edmond Gubbins. Below, he takes centre stage with the parishioners of St. Andrew's. Photo's by Paul Terry
MASS ON BOARD SHIP TO REMEMBER SAILOR
The captain and crew of a cargo vessel currently docked in Tees port, have had a memorial Mass said on board ship in memory of one their crew mates.
Aristeo Ongcoy, the third engineer on the MV Nord Hercules, died during the current voyage on board ship after a short illness. He was 51 years old. He leaves a widow and three children at home in the Philippines.
The Mass was celebrated by St. Andrew’s Parish Priest, Fr. Edmond Gubbins with Deacon Pat Thomas on Monday, March 4th at 6.30 pm and attended by 17 members of the crew, members of the Apostleship of the Sea and members of the Mission to Seafarers. Three members of the 20 strong crew were unable to attend because they were on duty. The reading and the Responsorial Psalm was read by the Captain, Jose D’Ursus D. Tabia.
Before the final Blessing, Fr. Gubbins blessed the ship and crew members. Then after the blessing Captain Tabia took him up to bless the bridge and down to bless the engine room. On the way down to the engine room, Capt. Tabia took him into Aristeo’s sleeping quarters where there was a moment of silence and a short prayer in remembrance of Aristeo and for his family.
When Fr Gubbins had finished blessing the ship and returned to the recreation area where the Mass had taken place, the crew had prepared a buffet supper for their guests.
And on Saturday, March 2 at 6.30 pm and on Sunday morning at 9.30 am some members of the crew were taken to St. Andrew’s Church for Mass by the Apostleship of the Sea Lay Port Chaplain, Tony McAvoy. The 20 strong crew are all Catholic from the Philippines.
The MV Nord Hercules is currently being loaded with 80,000 tonnes of steel slabs at Tees Dock No 2 Berth. The ship left Teesport at 11.30 am on Friday, March 8, bound for Thailand.
Top photo:— The crew of MV Nord Hercules during the Mass to remember their colleague Aristeo Ongcoy, who passed away during the present voyage; middle photos:— (left) The Captain reads from Scripture during the Mass; (middle) The Chief Engineer reflects after receiving Communion; (right) The crew and guests with Fr. Gubbins and Deacon Pat Thomas after the Mass; (below) Fr. Gubbins blesses the engine room. Above: some of the crew of the cargo ship, Nord Hercules after Mass at St. Andrew's Church with Fr. Edmond Gubbins and Tony McAvoy of the AoS. Photos by Paul Terry.
cONGRATULATIONS — THREE TIMES OVER!
Three long serving parishioners from St. Andrew's Parish who have celebrated significant New Year birthdays, have been presented with gifts on behalf of the parish.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Our picture above shows Edna Graham and Peter Conway receiving their gifts from Parish Priest, Fr. Edmond Gubbins. Photo by Paul Terry.
WHAT DOES GOD WANT FOR 2013?
George said to his brother Harry: ‘I don’t know what to get Dad for Christmas; what do you give someone who has everything?’
Harry replied, ‘A burglar alarm.
The answer can be found in Micah, the Old Testament prophet who lived 700 years BC:
Christ is not just for Christmas. Let us bring Christ into each day of the New Year.
His name will be ‘Emmanuel’ a name which means
‘God is with us’
Fourteen children from St. Andrew's Parish performed their annual Christmas Nativity Scene to a packed church on Christmas Eve.
Almost 400 people attended the First Mass of Christmas in St. Andrew's Church and therefore witnessed the Live Bethlehem performance. The scene was planned and organised by Kath Kelly, Norma Terry and Jenny Burns. The nativity scene was at the end of a carol concert which preceded the Mass which started at 8.00 pm.
The Mass was celebrated by Parish Priest Canon Edmond Gubbins. Fr. Jack McKeever con-celebrated with Parish Deacon Pat Thomas and was served by six altar servers all pictured below.
And on Sunday, December 16th more than three hundred people attended St. Andrew's Parish Carol Concert. The concert was held in St. Peter's Church, South Bank and raised over £600 for the priests retirement fund and the priest training fund through ticket sales.
The organist was twenty-year-old Stephen Terry who returned from universtity especially to play the century old pipe organ for the concert. Stephen played twelve carols plus an instrumental.
The concert was hosted by St. Andrew's Parish Priest, Canon Edmond Gubbins who held the programme together by interspersing the carols with readings and interesting facts about the history of the carols.
aPOLLO MALE VOICE CHOIR SING FOR CHURCH JUBILEE
The Apollo Male Voice Choir received a well deserved standing ovation from more than 200 people in St. Andrew's Church on Friday, September 14 .
BELLS RING OUT FOR ORGAN CENTENERY
Over two hundred people from different faith denominations attended a Songs of praise evening in St. Peter's Church on Friday, June 22, to help celebrate 100 years of the installation of the pipe organ.
And a sister and brother who were trained to ring the bells as children, made the journey from Buckinghamshire to help celebrate by once again ringing the bells for 20 minutes before the main event started.
The Songs of Praise evening was the idea of the Fr. Gubbins to celebrate the centenery of the pipe organ. The organ, which was designed and built by the firm Anneessens of Menin in Belgium and was installed into the church in 1913 for the grand sum of £786.
The original correspondence and specifications sent to the parish priest and signed by Jules Anneessens are still held by St. Andrew's Parish. The organ in St. Peter's was restored to its former glory in 2001 with the help of a National Lottery Grant of £45,000.
It is just one of four still operational in the country, two of which are not only in the Middlesbrough Diocese but in the Redcar and Cleveland area, the other one being in Sacred Heart Church, Lobster Road, Redcar.
The Songs of Praise evening consisted of 17 hymns of which 14 were favourites chosen by parishioners of St. Andrew's Parish. The choir of St. Mary's Primary School in Grangetown sang two hymns which were Follow me and Shine Jesus Shine and Rochelle Nester, a teacher from St. Margaret Clitherow's Primary School led the congregation into the interval and held everyone's attention with a beautiful solo of On Eagles Wings.
The organist for the evening was 20 year old Stephen Terry, a parishioner of St. Andrew's Parish, who played all 17 hymns which included Soul of my Saviour, Be still for the presence of the Lord and Colours of day. The event ended with three rousing favourites — Tell out my soul; Hail Redeemer, King Divine and Thine by the glory.
The evening was hosted by Parish Priest of St. Andrew's, Fr. Edmond Gubbins who kept the evening moving along with his mix of information on the organ and lively patter.
Our pictures show (top) Ruth and John Werbiski with Fr. Gubbins in front of the bell ropes in the tower; (second) some the congregation in full voice; (third) the school choir pictured at the start of the evening; (fourth) Rochelle Nester singing her solo, On Eagles Wings; (bottom) organist Stephen Terry after the Songs of Praise evening. (Photos by Paul Terry) MORE PHOTOS
A MAGICAL NIGHT FOR A MAGICAL HALF A CENTURY
One hundred and ten parishioners and guests gathered for a dinner at the Thistle Hotel, Middlesbrough on Friday, May 11th to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of St. Andrew's Parish, Teesville.
Guests included former clergy and religious who have served the parish since the church was opened in 1962. These included Frs. James Blenkinsop, Pat Day, John Bain, Neil McNicholas, John Lumley, Alan Sheridan and Joe Brennan. Sr. Clare Jopson made the journey from Wales while Sr. Cecilia Wilkinson came from Ministeracres, Durham. On the menu was a choice of lamb, chicken and salmon.
Immediately following the meal church organist, Edna Graham gave a short speech reflecting over the past fifty years. Edna then asked Essie O'Neil, a member of the choir, to join her for a song or two which she promptly did.
Pictured above: Who had the salmon? St. Andrew's parishioner Sheila Walsh and Fr. Pat Day disagree over which of them had the salmon. Photo by Paul Terry.
ARE THESE THE CHANCY BROTHERS BIGGEST FANS?
Over £2000 has been raised for St. Andrew's Parish Lourdes Fund at a fundraising night held in the parish hall. The event took place on Friday, April 20th with live entertainment provided by singer Janie St. John. And making a special guest appearance were The Chancy Brothers.
The sellout evening was organised by St. Andrew's parishioners Eileen Nugent and Margaret Twohig who are regular visitors to the shrine. The money was raised from ticket sales, a tombola, a bottle tombola, a bingo session and a raffle which had some first class prizes.
And among the audience were two young people from St. Andrew's Parish who had made a poster proclaiming 'We Love The Chancy Brothers' which they displayed while the band were on stage. So today, we ask the question: Are these the Chancy Brothers biggest fans? The Chancy Brothers are Canon Edmond Gubbins, Fr. Pat Keogh, Fr. Dan Speight, Fr. Pat Hartnett and Decon Pat Thomas, all pictured above with the two young fans after they had come off stage.
Together the singing priests have raised thousands of pounds for charity with their tribute to the Irish folk group The Clancy Brothers, and like their famous counterparts their trademark is the Aaron jumpers they wear during their act.
The money raised from the event will be used to send some sick parishioners to Lourdes in June. Photo by Paul Terry.
AMAZING PHOTOS OF 1962 DEDICATION SERVICE
These amazing photos arrived into our office on Tuesday, January 24th. They show the dedication service of St. Andrew's Church, Teesville which was held on April 11th 1962. The foundation stone was blessed by the then Bishop of Middlesbrough George Brunner. It would appear from the top photo that the entrance procession started from a builders hut over the road, while prams were left at the muddy entrance to the building as their occupants were carried into the site.
People were dwarfed in the aperture of the empty shell of the building as they watched the recessional procession. The sign just behind the gentleman in the front of the photo above reads:
As far as we can tell, some of the priests in the picture above are Fr. Tom Keilty, Fr. Garvin O'Hara, The Rite Reverend George Brunner, Bishop of Middlesbrough, Fr. Seamus Kilbarn, Fr. Tony Bickerstaff, Fr. Terence Gilgallon and our very own Fr. Jack McKeever who supplied the names.
People leave the dedication service and in the photo above we see the very first Parish Priest of St. Andrew's, Fr. Patrick Bluett.
HAPPY GOLDEN JUBILEE YEAR!
As 2012 dawned over the earth on January 1st, St. Andrew’s Parish entered its Golden Jubilee Year.
12 months of celebration will start in April to mark the blessing of the foundation stone by Bishop George which took place on April 11th, 1962; the celebrations will end in April 2013 so that the date of the first Mass which was celebrated on January 23, 1963, could also be remembered. The first Mass was celebrated by Bishop George when over 600 people packed into the church with over 250 of the congregation taking communion.
The first wedding celebrated was by Fr.Seamus Kilbane on Saturday, February 23, 1963 who married Anthony Paul Whitehead and Kathleen Mead. ALL THE DETAILS OF THE WEDDING
Events planned include a Mass to launch the jubilee year, a parish Gala Dinner at the Thistle Hotel, Middlesbrough, in May, the publication of a book, a photo exhibition featuring images from the last fifty years and a Mass celebrated by the Bishop of Middlesbrough, The Very Rev. Terence Drainey in April 2013 and a flower festival for which a date has yet to be arranged.
HISTORIC PHOTO OF FOUNDER MEMBERS OF ST. ANDREW'S PARISH
In April 2012, St. Andrew's Church will begin to celebrate its Golden Jubilee with a year of planned celebrations. The foundation stone was blessed and laid by Bishop George on April 11, 1962 and the first Mass was celebrated on January 23, 1963.
(Middle row): Len Davies, Mr. Skillen (Head Teacher), Tom Darragh, Mollie Moss, Molly Donnelly, Monica Hughes, Moira Martin, Moira Coughlin, Rita Coates, Jack Hammond, Wally Walker.
(Front Row): Canon Nerney Parish Priest, Hilda Waterfield, Doreen McNulty, Joan Reed, Fr. Murphy, Edna Davies, Mary Davies, Babs Traynor, Bella Murphy.
Thanks to Mary Steele (nee Davies), fourth from right on the front row, who is a Minister of the Word, one of the people who folds the parish newsletters and is also on the cleaning rota for St. Andrew's. She is sat next to her sister Edna who is the organist at St. Andrew's Church.
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