Hexham and Newcastle Diocese



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Sharing Fair
Women’s World Day of Prayer on Friday 7th March - hold a Sharing Fair Stall




St Michaels and St Marys

Parish Mission
1st - 8th March. Everyone very welcome



YMT - The Source

The Source next month will be on Tuesday 4th March instead of Wednesday. As this is Shrove Tuesday there will also be pancakes!


Singers, musicians and organists

Workshop for all singers, musicians and organists -  St. Mary's Cathedral, 27 Feb 7pm



Diocesan Mass

On the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes a special Mass for the World Day of Prayer for the Sick took place at St Mary's Cathedral.



Catholic Internet Radio starts Mass Broadcasts

Live broadcasts of Daily Mass have now started by new Catholic Internet Radio Station "Heavens Road fm".


Call for Papers - Postgraduate Study Day

Postgraduate Study Day: 'Catholicism and Critical Theory' to be hosted by the Centre for Catholic Studies in Durham on Monday 28 April
CALL FOR PAPERS: deadline for submission of proposals is 1st April 2014.


Education Sunday 2014

Education Sunday is a day of celebration for all those involved in in the world of education and will take place, this year, on the 16th February 2014.



Local AOS supports crew of gas tanker in North Tees

Catholic charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has provided some relief to the crew of a gas tanker that has been anchored off North Tees.


Bishop and Directors' Meeting

Bishop Seamus and the Board of Directors of the Diocese met for two and a half days of prayerful reflection and honest discussion earlier in January to review documentation and reflections produced over the last three years.



Holocaust Memorial Evening

Jews and Catholics unite for memorial evening - see report and photos



Honorary Doctorate

Durham University award honorary doctorate to Rev Dr Michael Sharratt, long time archivist and librarian at Ushaw College





Archbishop Nichols named a Cardinal by Pope Francis

Pope Francis announced on Sunday that Archbishop Nichols will be made a Cardinal in February 2014.



Fr Jim Cronin RIP

Fr. Jim Cronin mhm, and former Parish Priest of St. Bede's, Sacriston, died on 28 December at the age of 79.
Requiescat in pace.

Obituary and funeral arrangements






New Year's Honours 2014

The diocese of Hexham and Newcastle congratulates Miss Elaine White (known also as Scannell) and Patrick Edward Jackson whose achievements have been recognised in the New Year's Honours List.




Memorial Mass for Fr Joe Travers

Sacred Heart, North Gosforth are holding a “Month’s Mind” Memorial Mass for Fr Joe Travers, at Sacred Heart, North Gosforth, on Friday, January 10th, at 7pm


Food, Fasting and Festivals

The Department for Interreligious Relations have organised 'FOOD, FASTING, FEASTS & FESTIVALS' - an event for women of all faiths and none, to be held at St. Joseph's Church Hall, Gateshead 11th December, 2013.


Immaculate Conception

On Monday 9th December the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated.

Our Blessed Lady Immaculate is one of the Patrons of our diocese.


Requiem Mass for Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Bishop Seamus celebrated a Requiem Mass at St Mary's Cathedral on Wednesday evening for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

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The Pilgrimage continues...

Follow up to the Lindisfarne Gospel Durham visit: ‘I am the bread of life’: 21st Nov , 7—9 pm St Andrew’s Church, Newgate Street, Newcastle, NE1 5SS.
‘I am the way, the truth and the life’: 23rd Nov, 10 am—Noon St Mary’s Church, Holy Island, TD15 2RX.



City Centre Sharing Fair

Sharing Fair Sale in Haymarket, Newcastle on Saturday 23rd November


Christ the King

On Sunday 24th November we celebrate the solemnity of Christ the King and Youth Sunday.

See Message from Bishop Seamus inviting us to celebrate Youth Sunday








Kathryn Turner writes about Prayer in November, traditionally the month in which we remember those who have died.



Apostleship of the Sea: Life at Sea

The challenges faced by seafarers whilst working on board ships has been highlighted in this short film by AoS outlining the work of the Tyne Port Chaplain.




Best Modern Churches Awards

Our Lady and St Columba's Church in Wallsend is in the running for the Best Modern Churches Awards after being selected from a long list of 200 buildings. See Video and report on SkyNews.








Synod of Bishops on the Family 2014

Family life will be the focus of an extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican in 2014. In preparation for this the Vatican has sent out a questionnaire.




Baptism Day - change of venue

Diocesan Sacramental Day - Baptism on the 16th November new venue: St Charles’, Gosforth





Pastoral Letter

Pastoral Letter on the Priests' Training Fund which was read in all parishes last weekend







Clergy Ongoing Formation - New Programme 2013-14





October - Month of the Rosary

Kathryn Turner writes about Prayer in October

Fr Brian McNamara RIP

Sadly Fr Brian McNamara died late Monday night, 14th October; he was 81 years of age.
Requiescat in pace.

Death notice and funeral arrangements





World Mission Sunday 20 Oct

Sunday 20 October is a Day of Special Prayer for the Evangelisation of the World
  - World Mission Sunday.







International Community

Diocesan Multicultural Festival - Saturday 12th October




Marian Day Sunday 13th October

Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Consecration Prayer for parishes who would like to be associated with the event.






St Mary's Cathedral

Mass of Induction of new Cathedral Dean



Diocesan Pilgrimage to Durham Cathedral

See photos of Pilgrimage.

Diocesan Day with Fr Richard Leonard SJ

Recent day looking at "Where the Hell is God?" and "Why Bother Praying?", with Fr Richard Leonard SJ.




Permanent Diaconate

Candidacy Mass 2013: Peter Linsley and Martin Bell are accepted and welcomed into the training cycle for the Permanent Diaconate.

Training for deacons and their wives: Eleven trainee deacons and wives came together for their 'Introduction to the Year', weekend of 27-29th Sept.



Read latest RCIA newsletter with notes on readings, prayer and including a prayer card.



Young Adults' Prayer Group

Young Adults' Prayer Group (18-30) meets the first & third Monday of every month in St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle at 7pm.



St Cuthberts Care

The Chief Executive of St Cuthberts Care, Austin Donohoe, will retire at Easter next year.  In a press release, Fr Michael Campion, Chairman of St Cuthberts Care, expresses the gratitude of the Directors for the work of Austin Donohoe, and for the highly professional and skilled service St Cuthberts Care now offers on behalf of the Diocese to the vulnerable people of our region.





Diocesan Justice and Peace

Justice and Peace Assembly and AGM on 26th October.

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel
Ecumenical Service 26 September


Northern Cross Communicators’ Mass 2013

THE annual Northern Cross Communicators’ Mass took place in St John Vianney Church recently. See Report and read homily.




Home Mission Sunday

15 September is Home Mission Sunday



Prayers for Peace

More than a hundred thousand people gathered in St Peter's Square on Saturday in response to Pope Francis' appeal for the world to unite in prayer.



Diocesan Department for Interreligious Relations
visit to the exhibition with friends from other faiths.



Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage


Lourdes Sermons (new)

See all photos



Other local events connected to the Lindisfarne Gospels



Prayers for Peace

Pope Francis calls for the world to unite in a world day of fasting and prayer for peace this Saturday


Northern Cross

The September issue of the Northern Cross is out now, and available in your local church.

Read Page 1



Diocesan Festival

See photos etc

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