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Evangelisation Team return from Rome trip

Some members of the diocesan Evangelisation Team have just returned from a gathering in Rome- see photos and report


New Chief Executive announced for St Cuthberts Care

One of the largest and longest-running charities in the North East has appointed a new Chief Executive.The former Deputy CEO of St Cuthberts Care, Moira Ashman, has been appointed as Chief by the charity's board, with the current Director of Children's Services, Sheila Errington, assuming the role of Deputy.



Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage

See the NEW Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage Website for all up to date information about the Diocesan Pilgrimage


World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

Let My People Go - an Ecumenical Service took place at St Mary's Cathedral this week.



World renowned international award winner Davi Yanomami will speak at Bede's World, Jarrow Thursday 25 September at 6.30pm.
Hear how issues such as climate change, illegal gold mining in indigenous lands, and the chronic lack of indigenous health care are affecting communities.


Spiritus: an ecumenical Festival of Christian Spirituality

Many hundreds of people from the North East took part in this successful ecumenical festival at Durham Cathedral recently.


21 September—Home Mission Sunday

A Call to Mission - resources and information



Ushaw College

Ushaw calling for volunteers as College prepares to open to the public
Read press release



Northern Cross

The September issue of the Northern Cross is out now. Read Page 1.





Ushaw College Durham

Sung Evening Prayer - Sunday 14 Sept - "at the lighting of the lamps" . All are welcome
Poster with details





Holy Island Day

Saturday 13 September – Each Word of Scripture is a gift.


Monsignor Gerard Lavender RIP

The funeral of Mgr Ged Lavender took place on Tuesday 19th August at 12noon at St Mary's Cathedral. See Death notice.

Listen to Homilies from the Funeral Rites

Requiescat in pace.

Our Lady’s, Easington Colliery
Decree of Amalgamation of the Parish of Our Lady’s, Easington Colliery into the Parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Horden and the Closure of the Church building at Our Lady’s, Easington Colliery.


September 8 - Today the Church celebrates the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary




Celebrating the life of Liam Sweeney

Funeral Service at St Mary's Cathedral, Thursday 21st August celebrating the life of Liam Sweeney, MH17 air disaster victim.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

The pilgrims have now returned:

See photo gallery from pilgrimage 






Permanent Diaconate Mass

Bishop Cunningham celebrated Mass with the Permanent Deacons of the diocese in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday. During the Mass the Deacons renewed their commitment to their ministry. See photos


Schools' Summer Festival

See some photos from this wonderful event and listen to people's reactions and interviews



Holy Island Day - change of Venue

Saturday 19 July – The Call of the Desert -This day is now at St Cuthbert's Centre (next to Lindisfarne Winery)




Diocesan Festival

See photos, video and report of the Diocesan Festival which took place at the Youth Village recently.

NEW: Listen to Premier Interview about the Festival





Formation for Catechists

An opportunity for prayer and reflection
to nurture the work of catechists
and those interested in becoming a catechist. Saturday 12 July.



A Choral Celebration
The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge:
Sacred music by composers from the fifteenth century to the present day for the seasons of the Church's year
Tuesday 8th July at 7.30pm
St.Cuthbert's Church Stockton-on-Tees


St Hilda Chair in Catholic Social Thought and Practice

Press Release:
Dr Mark Hayes has been appointed
as the inaugural holder of the St Hilda Chair in Catholic Social Thought and Practice



CAFOD: Tackling Poverty- new event

Antony Mbandi from Caritas Kitui in Kenya is speaking at Newcastle University Agriculture Building on St Thomas Street on 4th July from 3pm – 4pm. 



CAFOD Pilgrimage

CAFOD Pilgrimage to Holy Island July 5th



Hilda of Northumbria - the 1400th anniversary

A Day of Reflection for Women was held recently in the new diocesan centre - St Hilda's.




Santiago de Compostela and Fatima - diocesan pilgrimage

SEE Video clips and photos




Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

An 8 Day Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is planned for 2015. 2 Nights in Bethlehem,2 Nights in Tiberias and 3 Nights in Jerusalem Old City.



Signs of the Times

A Day Conference at St Teresa's Church Hall, Heaton Road Newcastle upon Tyne
Saturday 14 June
Sponsored by Lay Dominican Group



Welcome Back Sunday

Pentecost Sunday is on 8th June, and on this day we celebrate we celebrate Welcome Back Sunday.





Holy Island Day of Reflection

Saturday 7 June
Gifts and Fruits
A session of reflection for the Eve of Pentecost.





Northern Cross

The June issue of the Northern Cross is our now, and available from your local church.

Read Page 1.





Prayers for Peace

Christian and Muslim Women’s Prayers for Peace took place recently at St Mary’s Chapel (Jesmond Shrine)




Celebration of Marriage

A Diocesan Celebration of Marriage took place recently - photos and audio




On Sunday June 1st we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord. This day is also WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY.



Day of Reflection for Extraordinary Ministers

Recently 165 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion from around the diocese gathered for a Day of Reflection.




Day of Reflection at Holy Island - Fr Jim Clarke

During a recent visit to the diocese, Fr Jim Clarke led a Day of Reflection at Holy Island, as well as days for our clergy, diocesan staff and schools' chaplains and a weekend retreat at Minsteracres.





Diocesan Day of Recollection

Baptised into Hope, a day of recollection organised by the Council of Laity and the diocese took place recently.



Evangelii Gaudium

Evangelii Gaudium - listen to talks

Double Canonisation from Rome

The double canonisation of John Paul II and John XXIII will be broadcast in 3D live in cinemas across the UK on Sunday 27th April, including Newcastle Silverlinks Odeon, and now also in Middlesbrough.



Permanent Diaconate - Retreat for wives



Northern Cross

The April issue of the Northern Cross is out now and available from your local church. Read Page 1.




Lent and Easter - putting gospel values into action
Celebrate Easter by holding a Sharing Fair stall




Lenten Talks: Evangelii Gaudium - third talk

The next in a series of evenings reflecting on Evangelii Gaudium - Listen to talk by Fr Sean Hall..




About Permanent Deacons

NEW leaflet about the Permanent Diaconate in our diocese



Permanent Diaconate

Annual retreat for trainee deacons and their wives


Fr Alban Walker RIP

Fr Alban Walker died on Friday, 21 March. He was 83 years old. 
Funeral arrangements and death notice.

Requiescat in pace.





On the first Sunday in Lent our diocese welcomed over a hundred people - the "Elect" - who are preparing to become Catholics at Easter. See photos and listen to homily from the Rite of Election..






March 20th: St Cuthbert

Thursday 20th March is the Feast of St Cuthbert, Patron of the Diocese.








Over a hundred people to become Catholics

On the first Sunday in Lent our diocese welcomed over a hundred people - the "Elect" - who are preparing to become Catholics at Easter. See photos and listen to homily from the Rite of Election..





The Great North Passion
BBC invitation to take part in The Great North Passion - bringing together singers from across the North East to join a massed choir.


Catholic Women of the Year

The Organisers of 2014 Catholic Women


Sat 15 March Lenten Study Day: "The Theology and Practice of Prayer in Catholic Tradition" .   Study Day for Clergy, Laity, and Students of Theology on March 15 at Ushaw College



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.

Donate to the CAFOD appeal



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

Take part in Festival Evaluation