the message of Easter

Mary, Queen of Hope

With this hope we should have the confidence to accept the problems that seem to completely surround us and believe that we will come through the darkness with the help and assistance of our Mother in Faith.

The month of May is dedicated to MARY

During this month we should remember the great feasts that may give us a feeling of gratitude for those who made great sacrifices for us to inherit The Faith.

It would be a fitting tribute to all those who are safeguarding us at this time if we were to say a decade of the Rosary once a day with suitable intentions. One idea may be:

The Front-Line Staff at Hospitals, Surgeries and all Medical Units/Ambulances
Nursing Home and Residential Staff
All Emergency Services – Police, Fire, Military, Water, Gas, Electric
Essential Workers providing Food, Garbage Collection, Deliveries, etc
Charity Workers both locally (Bridge), Country Wide and International (CAFOD)
The Church, Pope, Bishops, Priests and all Religious People
Our own Intentions and The Parish
pentecostPentecost is coming...


Nicholas Postgate

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This is a medieval rhyme assessment of the Saint:

Nor spared they Father Posket's blood,
A reverend priest, devout and good,
Whose spotless life in length was spun
To eighty years and three times one.
Sweet his behaviour, grave his speech,
He did by good example teach.
His love right bent, his will resigned,
Serene his look and calm his mind;
His sanctity to that degree
As Angels live, so lived he.
A thatched cottage was the cell
Where this contemplative did dwell,
Two miles from Mulgrave Castle 't stood,
Sheltered by snow-drifts, not by wood.
Tho' there he lived to that great age
It was a dismal hermitage,
But God placed there the Saint's abode
For Blackamoor's greater good.
Father Postgate ministered to Catholics across the North York Moors before being arrested while baptising a child near Sleights in 1678. He was taken to York and imprisoned before being put to death on what is now the site of York Racecourse.

His last words on the scaffold were recorded in a contemporary newspaper.

“Mr Sheriff, you know that I die not for the plot but for my religion,” he said. “I pray God bless the king and the royal family. Mr Sheriff, I pray you tell the king that I never offended him in any way. I pray God give him his grace, and the light of truth. I forgive all that have wronged me and brought me to this death, and I desire forgiveness of all people.”

The Postgate Society also encourages devotion to other martyrs and those who kept the faith alive during penal times and the study of our area’s rich Catholic history.

was the Bishop of Hexham, and later of York. He was born in Harpham, Yorkshire, and died in Beverley on May 7, 721.
As a youth, John manifested a strong desire to devote his life to God, and eventually left his native Yorkshire and travelled Kent where he studied at the famous ecclesiastical school of St. Theodore, archbishop of Canterbury.
He returned to Yorkshire upon the completion of his studies, and joined a Benedictine monastery where he devoted himself to contemplation. He was called out of his monastic seclusion to be consecrated as bishop of Hexham in 687, a see he occupied for 18 years while still managing to devote time to contemplation and the study of Scripture.
john of beverley
With the death of St. Bosa, archbishop of York, John was transferred to York and served there until his retirement from ill health in 717. He spent his last four years in a monastery that he built at Beverley. John was renowned for the miracles that he performed, both during his life and those that took place after his death. Most famously, he cured a young man who was dumb and had reportedly never spoken a word in his life, and obtained from him the ability to speak. He took the young man under his wing and patiently taught him the alphabet and the fundaments of the language.
After his death in 721, owing to the many miracles that occurred through his intercession, his burial site at Beverley became one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in England. He was canonized by Pope Benedict IX in 1037.
The renowned English mystic, Julian of Norwich, and the martyred bishop, St. John Fisher, who was from Beverley, had a great devotion to St. John.

Dedication of the Cathedral

Cathedral Cathedral
The shifting population of the town meant the old Middlesbrough Cathedral in the town centre had become more and more isolated. (The site is now the location of Cleveland Police HQ.) A new cathedral building was therefore required. The new Saint Mary's Cathedral was built in Coulby Newham with building work commencing in November 1985.

The original architect of the new Cathedral at Coulby Newham was Frank Swainston, who died just after the outline plan had been agreed upon. His assistant Peter Fenton developed the detailed drawings and designed the cathedral furnishings.

The foundation stone was blessed on Sunday 3 November 1985 by Augustine Harris, Bishop of Middlesbrough, who went on to consecrate it in 1998.

The Venerable Bede

"He alone loves the Creator perfectly who manifests a pure love for his neighbour.
And I pray thee, loving Jesus, that as Thou hast graciously given me to drink in with delight the words of Thy knowledge, so Thou wouldst mercifully grant me to attain one day to Thee, the fountain of all wisdom and to appear forever before Thy face.
I have devoted my energies to the study of the scriptures, observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church; study, teaching, and writing have always been my delight."

St Bede - also known as the Venerable Bede - is widely regarded as the greatest of all the Anglo-Saxon scholars. He wrote around 40 books mainly dealing with theology and history.
Bede was probably born in Monkton, Durham. Nothing is known of his family background. At the age of seven he was entrusted to the care of Benedict Biscop, who is 674 AD had founded the monastery of St Peter at Wearmouth. In 682 AD, Bede moved the monastery at Jarrow, where he spent the rest of his life. By the age of 19 he had become a deacon and was promoted to priest at 30.
His scholarship covered a huge range of subjects, including commentaries on the bible, observations of nature, music and poetry. His most famous work, which is a key source for the understanding of early British history and the arrival of Christianity, is 'Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum' or 'The Ecclesiastical History of the English People' which was completed in 731 AD. It is the first work of history in which the AD system of dating is used.
Bede died in his cell at the monastery in May 735 AD.
(BBC History)

Ascension Day

They gathered round him and asked him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’
He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’


"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them." (Acts 2:1-4)

We are reminded that together with Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist and Repentance the Lord continuously breaths life into our souls.

It is here that we are reminded of John 20:19-23 (“In the evening of the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them 'Peace be with you' and showed them his hands and his side”.

We may all be similar to the apostles in that we feel afraid of what may become of us in this pandemic but hopefully we have the confidence that was given to those people in the locked room at the feast of Pentecost. Pentecost


empty vatican
Pope Francis said in his Easter message that now “is not a time for self-centeredness” as the world struggles to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The Pontiff called for solidarity the world over to confront the "epochal challenge" posed by the virus as he held a Holy Mass in St Peter’s Cathedral attended by only a handful of worshippers.

Police checkpoints in Europe and closed churches around the globe meant that the faithful could only watch Easter services online or on TV.
Outside the famous church on Sunday, St Peter's Square stood empty except for Police barricades blocking the tens of thousands who would normally flock to hear the Pope’s Mass and Urbi et Orbi speech.

Fr Michael

Letter from Fr Michael

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ in Guisborough

Prayers and greetings to you

Father Michael
Thursday, 30 April 2020

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