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Mass for the 5th Sunday of Lent – 29th March 2020

Homily Today we have another long gospel reading, similar to what we had on the last two Sundays. In today’s passage from John’s gospel we heard how Jesus brought Lazarus back to life. One could comment that Lazarus was a fortunate man indeed. Fortunate because he was a friend of Jesus, fortunate because Jesus came Full Story

Solemnity of the Annunciation

Homily for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord 25 March 2020 As we all know, during the past couple of days more restrictions have been announced so as to cope with the corona virus. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening, we have been asked to keep the church closed. As a Full Story

Mass for 4th Sunday of Lent

Recorded video of today’s Mass for the 4th Sunday of Lent, with the Minsteracres Community can be viewed below on youtube. The mass was recorded this morning at 8:30 in the Community Chapel. You will also be able to access the recording from the YouTube website through this link. Please look out for daily reflections Full Story


Homily for 4th Sunday of Lent

We are happy to share with you a copy of Fr Jenish’s Homily for today’s Mass. The readings today are about seeing and not seeing, about what seems obvious but in fact hidden. I think that they are wonderful readings that deserve a lot of time, reflection and above all faith. Even Samuel did not Full Story

Stairway to heaven!

Over the summer, plans for the refurbishment of the retreat house have been progressing. The board of governors has agreed a full proposal and we are now seeking planning permission and listed building consent. In the meantime, we have been turning our minds to the thorny issue of raising the funds to help up realise Full Story

I have called you by name

This winter edition of our newsletter appears at the beginning of Advent. It is a time of joy and expectation, a time of waiting and longing, during which we prepare ourselves for Christmas when we celebrate the revelation of God’s love in the Child of Bethlehem. Advent also marks the beginning of the year of Full Story


Leading by example

We were delighted when local building specialists Hodgson Sayers chose Minsteracres as the venue for their living wage conference during living wage week in November. The company takes its social responsibility very seriously and wanted to celebrate its 35th anniversary with 35 events to celebrate community and social activity. This event was one, though it Full Story

A chance encounter

Two visitors to the open house were Nancy and Jim Clark from South Shields. Nancy had heard by chance that a friend was planning to come to an open day, “When she told me it was Minsteracres she was coming to I couldn’t believe my ears,” explained Nancy. She knew the name because she had Full Story

Open house October 2014

Up to 100 visitors flocked to our doors this week for our second open house event of the year. In glorious (but windy) weather, people came from as far away as Ashington and Middlesbrough for a day out for the promised teas and tours. Many came out of curiosity for the first time, but there Full Story