Please remember our dearly departed clergy in your prayers:

Harriott, Fr Richard
It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Fr Richard Harriott on 22nd December 2021.
Please remember Fr Richard in your prayers and pray for the repose of his soul. Fr Richard’s body will be received into St John the Baptist, Annitsford at 7.00pm on Thursday 13 January 2022 and Mass will be celebrated. Bishop Robert Byrne CO will celebrate his Requiem Mass at St John the Baptist at 12 noon on Friday 14 January, which will be followed by Burial in the Church grounds.

Clarke, Fr Peter Gerald

Of your charity, pray for the repose of the soul of Peter Gerald Clarke, Priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, who died on 23rd December 2021. Father Clarke was received into the Catholic Church and ordained in 2011. Pray also for his wife, Anne.

Baker, Fr Desmond Francis

We announce the sad news of the death on 20th December of Fr Desmond Francis Henry Baker. Fr Des was born in London in June 1940 and died peacefully in the Conquest Hospital close to where he had been living in retirement at St Leonard’s on Sea, East Sussex. Condolences are extended to Fr Des’s family, friends, colleagues and parishioners of the parishes where he served since his ordination on 21st December 1969. Fr Des was a member of the Deceased Clergy Association. May the soul of Fr Desmond, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Battle, Fr Bernard

It is with sadness that we announce that Fr Bernard Battle, aged 97 years, died peacefully on Wednesday 22nd December, at Claremont Nursing Home, Farsley, Leeds. Please pray for the repose of his soul and for all those who now mourn for him. Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Bowgett, Deacon Vincent

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Vincent Bowgett Who died who died 20th December in the Ellenor Hospice, Northfleet. May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.

Byrne, Fr Dominic Arthur

The Diocese of Westminster has announced the sad news of the death on 6th December 2021 of Fr Dominic Arthur Byrne. Increasing health concerns necessitated admission to Kingston Hospital on 2nd December and he was Anointed the following day. Condolences are extended to Fr Dominic’s family, friends, colleagues and parishioners of St Theodore of Canterbury, Hampton-on-Thames where he had been Parish Priest since January 2019, and to former parishioners in other parishes.


Daly, Fr Kevin

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Fr Kevin Daly of Hexham & Newcastle diocese on 6th December, in hospital. Please remember Fr Kevin in your prayers and pray for the repose of his soul. Fr Kevin’s body will be received into St James’, Hebburn at 5.30pm on Thursday 30th December. Canon Peter Leighton will celebrate the Requiem Mass at 11.30am on Friday 31st December at St James’. The Mass will be followed by cremation at South Tyneside Crematorium. May he rest in peace. Father Kevin Daly was born 3rd March 1949, died on 6 December 2021; he was 72 years of age. Father Kevin was ordained to the priesthood on 24 June 1978. He has faithfully served the people of the Hexham & Newcastle Diocese in the following parishes:

Forest Hall: St Mary’s August 1978 – November 1978

Wallsend: Holy Cross November 1978 – November 1982

Hebburn: St James April 1983 – October 1988

Chester-le-Street: St Cuthbert’s October 1998 – August 1992

Further Studies: August 1992 – August 1993

Hutton House: Ss Peter and Paul October 1993 – February 1994

Annfield Plain: St Theresa February 1994 – August 1995

Whickham: St Mary’s August 1995 – August 2003

Parish Priest: Gateshead: Holy Rosary September 2003 – December 2021


Prayer in Times of Anxiety and Fear


Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices. Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.


St. Teresa of Avila 


Dearest Lord, teach me to do thy will


Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous;
Teach me to serve thee as thou deservest;
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to seek for rest,
To labour and not to seek reward,
Save that of knowing that I do thy will.


St Ignatius of Loyola


Nightly personal supplication to Jesus


I will even share with you a personal confidence. In the evening, before going to bed, I say this short prayer: “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean!” And I pray five “Our Fathers,” one for each of Jesus’ wounds, because Jesus has cleansed us with his wounds. If I do this, you can do it too, in your home, and say: “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean!” and think about Jesus’ wounds and say an “Our Father” for each of them. Jesus always hears us.


Pope Francis, General Audience, 2016 


A student’s Prayer


Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of wisdom! Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect, dissipate the darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance. Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion. This I ask through Jesus Christ, true God and true man, living and reigning with You and the Father, forever and ever.


Prayer written by St Thomas More Aquinas


St Patrick’s Prayer

Christ shield me today against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.



Be at Peace


Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life; rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms.


Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.


St Francis de Sales



Give me the Grace, Good Lord


Give me the grace, Good Lord:
– To set the world at naught. To set the mind firmly on You and not to hang upon the words of men’s mouths.

– To be content to be solitary. Not to long for worldly pleasures. Little by little utterly to cast off the world and rid my mind of all its business.

– Not to long to hear of earthly things, but that the hearing of worldly fancies may be displeasing to me.

– Gladly to be thinking of God, piteously to call for His help. To lean into the comfort of God. Busily to labour to love Him.

– To know my own vileness and wretchedness. To humble myself under the mighty hand of God. To bewail my sins and, for the purging of them, patiently to suffer adversity.

– Gladly to bear my purgatory here. To be joyful in tribulations. To walk the narrow way that leads to life.

– To have the last thing in remembrance. To have ever before my eyes my death that is ever at hand. To make death no stranger to me. To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of Hell. To pray for pardon before the judge comes.

– To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me. For His benefits unceasingly to give Him thanks.

– To buy the time again that I have lost. To abstain from vain conversations. To shun foolish mirth and gladness. To cut off unnecessary recreations.

– Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all, to set the loss at naught, for the winning of Christ.

– To think my worst enemies my best friends, for the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favour as they did him with their malice and hatred.

These minds are more to be desired of every man than all the treasures of all the princes and kings, Christian and heathen, were it gathered and laid together all in one heap. Amen.


Prayer written by St Thomas More while imprisoned in the Tower of London