2 SUNDAY Tenth after Pentecost. St Alphonsus Ligouri, Bishop Confessor, double. Second prayers and Last Gospel of
the Sunday. Third prayers of St Stephen, Pope Martyr. White. Second Vespers of the feast, with
commemoration of the Sunday, and of the Invention of the relics of St Stephen. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Plenary Indulgence.]
3 Monday. The Invention of the Relics of St Stephen, Protomartyr, semidouble. Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers free. Red.
4 Tuesday. St Dominic, Confessor, double. White.
5 Wednesday. The Dedication of Our Lady's Church of the Snow, greater double. Creed. Preface of the BVM. White. Plenary Indulgence.
6 Thursday. The Transfiguration of OUR LORD, greater double. Second prayers of Sts Xystan, Felicissimus, and Agapitus, Martyrs. Creed. Preface of Christmas. White. Plenary Indulgence.
St Cajetan, Confessor Doctor. Second prayers of St Donatus, Bishop Martyr. White. Abstinence.
8 Saturday. Vigil. Sts Cyriacus, Largus, and Smaragdus, Martyrs, semidouble. Second
prayers and Last Gospel of the Vigil of St Laurence. Third prayers A Cunctis. Red.
With the exception of Sunday taking precedence the sanctoral, this week is much as would have been celebrated right up to Bugnini's reform of the Calendar, though he oversaw the getting rid of the feast of the Invention of the Relics of St Stephen in the 1950s. St Jean Marie Vianney's feast day after his canonisation was fixed on 8 August.
There are two extra Plenary Indulgences this week (three if you live in the North East) as there are feasts of Jesus and Mary. Here are more opportunities to get souls out of Purgatory, by getting shriven and communicated.
The feast of St Laurence will fall on Monday, so, as Sunday can't be celebrated as a Vigil, the Vigil is transferred back a day.
Hands up, by the way, everyone who was caught up at some point wondering about what on earth "The Invention of the Relics of St Stephen" or "The Invention of the Holy Cross" might mean!
The Cathedral Church of St Mary in Newcastle-on-Tyne is served by the Very Rev Mgr Canon Charles Eyre VF, and he is supported by the Revv John A Cooke, John O'Dwyre, and Alexander Drysdale. On Sunday Masses are at 8.00 and 9.00, with High Mass at 10.45. Rosary and Catechism is at 3.00. Baptisms and Churchings are at 4.00. Vespers, Sermon and Benediction are at 6.30. On Holydays Masses aret at 8.00, 9.00, and 10.45, and Evening Service is at 8.00. Weekday Mass is at 8.00 (at 9.00 in December, January and February). On Thursdays Discourse and Benediction at 8.00. Baptisms on Wednesdays at 10.00. Confessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10.00; and on Friday and Saturday afternoons at 5.00. Way of the Cross on First Friday every month at 8.00pm. and every Friday in Lent and Advent. Confraternities of the Blessed Sacrament; of Christian Doctrine; of the Rosary; of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the Conversion of Sinners; of the BVM and St Elizabeth for visiting the sick; of the Guild of the BVM and St Joseph; and of the Scapular. The Assumption is kept as the Feast of this Church. The Church is open every day from 7.00 to 1.00, and from 2.00 to sunset.
New and large Boys' Schools, capable of accommodating 500 boys, are attached to St Mary's parish, and large Girls' Schools for a similar number, under the care of the Sisters of Mercy. the clergy have the spiritual charge of the Catholics in the large hospital in the town, in the fever-house, the workhouse, and vagrant wards.
Ushaw took in seven year olds.