Shields Daily Gazette - Monday 04 June 1888
NEW CATHOLIC CHURCH AT HEBBURN
Yesterday morning, St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church was formally opened by Provost Wilkinson, the Bishop Auxiliary of the diocese. At the solemn mass there was a large congregation. The Bishop-Auxiliary was the celebrant, and he was assisted by Father Graham, Darlington (deacon); Father Berry, Walker (Newcastle); Canon Franklin, Newcastle and Father Rafferty, Felling. A ‘Passionist Father’ from Birmingham (Rev. Reginald Magee) preached the sermon and took his text from the Second Book of Chronicles, 7th chapter and 16th verse: “I have chosen and satisfied this place, that my name may be there forever, and might remain there perpetually.” He said that the feelings which animated him that day as he stood within the walls of that newly-erected church, so recently dedicated to the service of God, were feelings of gratitude, of joy, and of congratulation. Of gratitude to God, who had vouchsafed to them His grace; of joy when he saw the building erected to the Most High, and of congratulation to the people of Hebburn and their pastor that they had at length nearly brought to completion the great and good work which they had commenced. After tracing the history of the Roman Catholic Church from the early days, he said the people of Hebburn had reason to be doubly grateful to Almighty God, because they were gathered together that day to celebrate the resurrection of the Catholic Church there. It was about sixteen years ago since a handful of Catholics gathered in a cellar in Hebburn to hear mass, and now they had that glorious sight which was before them that day. Whilst they were celebrating the opening of that church he asked them to render thanksgiving to Almighty God remembering His promise that He would be with them even to the consummation of the world. There was a select choir present from Newcastle, when a mass was written by Mr. H.C. Henry of Newcastle, was sung for the first time. Mr. E.J. Rogers conducted, and the composer presided at the organ. At the offertory, Mozart's “Jesu Redemptor Mundi” was effectively sung by Mr. David Ainsworth.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDING
The new church, which is built in the Early French style of architecture, stands alongside the old school chapel, and has an imposing appearance. The facing bricks are grey in colour, those forming the arches over the doors, _ings, etc., are dark, and the others used as outlines are Staffordshire blue black. There are track windows at each end of the nave. Internally, as well as externally, the new building is a great improvement on the old chapel. From the west, the temporary altar platform seen under the chancel arch. The ??? is of ordinary boarding, and the centre and side aisles are of red cement. The walls are coated with grey plaster, and the roofs are of Gothic construction formed of red timber. Each side of the nave arcade comprises six lofty arches those crossing the transepts, over 30 feet in height are supported by slender brick piers ornamentally here and there by moulded stone bands. The arches themselves, with those on the ??? and west windows, and internal door beads, composed of a rich, red sand stock brick, pointed with white lime, and surrounded with terracotta hoods or string moulds. The transept have been so constructed as to admit ? Erection of choir or other galleries before the addition of a chancel. Messrs. Reid and Milican (?), Newcastle have carefully executed finely? glass windows, which have a pretty effect. The benches of pitch pine have been supplied by Messrs Geo. Clark and Co., West Hartlepool and Mr Hudson is responsible for the lighting of the building. The principal contractor was Mr. Lumsden, Jarrow; the plumbing work has been done by Mr. Scott, the painting by Mr Mills, Jarrow, and the slating by Mr Nelson, Sunderland, Mr. C. Walker, Newcastle, is the architect. The building is not yet completed, and it is intended in time to have side chapels, a tower, organ gallery and belfry.
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