Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Deaf Service
The Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Deaf Service has been active since the 1970's
and provides pastoral care to deaf people in the North East of England, enabling
them to participate fully in the life of the Church through the co-ordination of
volunteer helpers: preparing deaf children for the sacraments, promoting the faith
development of deaf adults, enabling and empowering deaf people to play an active
and appropriate part in the life of the church and developing hearing people's awareness
of the need and abilities of deaf people.
Obituary - Terence Harton
It is with great sadness we announce that our dear friend Terence Harton passed away peacefully on 23rd January 2018 at St. Gemma’s in Leeds. He was 89 years of age. He was a former pupil of St. John School, Boston Spa. His funeral (Requiem Mass) will be held on 23 February, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Pudsey, Leeds at 11:00am - RIP.
Obituary - Jimmy Purcell
Just recently, we sadly learnt that our friend Jimmy Purcell (hearing) passed away earlier this month. He was a regular visitor to our Mass at the Deaf Centre’s chapel. He was a very popular figure throughout the North East. He regularly took part in the Great North Run, and many other marathons, raising thousands of pounds for charity. May God bless him - RIP.
My 54 hours in Rome!!
October 20 – 22, 2017
It was one of the greatest honours that I have ever received - being invited to join other members of the Catholic Deaf Association (CDA) to go to the World Conference in Rome.
I have to admit it was one of the tightest schedules I have ever experienced and it was a privilege for me to be amongst the delegates from all over the globe.
The highlight of an amazing experience was the audience with Pope Francis. We had to walk quite a way round those enormous majestic buildings inside the Vatican before arriving in a room filled with beautiful paintings on the walls and ceiling.
We all sat waiting for Pope Francis to appear, then we were asked to stand up to prepare to greet the Holy Father. Then the magic moment came, two huge mahogany doors slowly opened and out came the Pontiff who raised both his hands and displayed a deaf culture clapping and the audience replied with cheers and waving. The feeling I had of vibration was just like when my beloved team – Newcastle – score a goal, that's how I felt. Then it was followed by an individual greeting and hand shake with Pope Francis. It was a moment of sheer joy and wonderful feeling especially his warm and inviting eye contact, it was amazing, it will stay with me in my heart for as long as I live.
Pastoral Worker with Deaf People (Voluntary)
Blue Sapphire Wedding of James and Jane Aitchison
On Saturday 26th July 1952, James and Jane Aitchison were married at St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle on Tyne.
Congratulations to Jane and James Aitchison on reaching their milestone of 65 years of married life. They are the most long standing members of Our Lady of Lourdes Deaf Social Club. They have both given their lives to the club.
James was a long standing President and chairperson of the club and also a very strong supporter in the early years of the CDA - Catholic Deaf Association of Great Britain and Ireland. His wife Jane also supported him. They both travelled all over the country attending CDA’s National Conference, and James was one of the first Deaf people to be on the Council in the 1970's - with Fr. Austin B Tomaney, Canon Charles Hollywood and Fr. O’Farrell.
On Sunday 23rd July 2017 Fr. Robert Kinlen gave them a special blessing during Mass which was attended by their friends in Our Lady of Lourdes Deaf Club as well as SVP Brother Bill Lawson. We all signed hymn, "Now thank we all Our God".
After Mass, the couple were presented with a beautiful bouquet of colourful flowers. A light buffet was laid out. We all enjoyed the occasion.
The Deaf communities of Our Lady of Lourdes wish Jane and James all the best and many more years of happy marriage together.
Papal Blessing Presented to Fr. Robert Kinlen
For his long service with the Deaf
On Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017, Fr. Kinlen received the Papal Blessing for his long service as a Chaplain and Director to the Deaf in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.
Early in the 80’s he was approached by Sr. Eileen Kevin asking him to learn Sign Language for Mass and work with the Deaf people in the south of the Diocese, Stockton and Middlesbrough. He has since moved around different parishes throughout the years. He was appointed Director of (then) Diocesan Deaf Service early in the 90's. While he was posted to different parishes he still managed to officiate at the weekly Mass in our Deaf Centre's chapel.
He has been with us for so many years that he has become a good friend and has used his 'British Sign Language' at Mass and for the homily very well. He has joined us on several pilgrimages to Mount Grace, Osmotherley and attended the National and Regional Catholic Deaf Conferences in England, Wales and Ireland. He also served on the Deaf/SVP Management Committee taking note of the meetings, sharing ideas and concerns.
We are forever grateful and fortunate to have Fr. Kinlen who is willing to come to celebrate Mass even if the weather is not kind, whether it is windy, cold, rain, snow, sleet or ice he still comes. Also, he has done wonderful extra work such as Deaf Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms and visiting, and gives blessings to the sick in the hospital or their homes.
From all of us at Our Lady of Lourdes' Deaf Centre, we want to thank him for his tireless work with the Deaf communities. May God bless you always.
Deaf Pastoral Group. 2017
The outstanding event in the life of the Centre is the weekly celebration of the
Eucharist in our own Chapel. Fr. Robert Kinlen is the Director and Chaplain to the deaf community; Mass in BSL is celebrated each Sunday evening at 6.00pm in the centre's own
Please Note: Since Father Robert Kinlen has moved to his new parish in Sunderland. The Mass on a Sunday at 6.00pm will say the same except every 4th Sunday there will a Eucharistic Service which will start at 6.00pm
Reconciliation, Baptism, Weddings, Funerals or hospital visits can all be arranged
via Fr. Kinlen, who can be contacted at:
Fr. Robert Kinlen
SS Peter and Paul,
Telephone: 0191 456 1858
Type talk: 18001 0191 456 1858
David Marshall (Volunteer) Pastoral Worker to Deaf people can be contacted at:
Catholic Deaf Service North East
2 Summerhill Grove
Newcastle up on Tyne
Mobile phone: (Text only) 07411 449 959