Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Escomb Partnership Area Mission

Parishes that took part in the Escomb Partnership Area Mission:

  • All Saints, Ferryhill
  • Our Lady and St. Thomas, Willington
  • Our Lady Immaculate and St. Cuthbert, Crook
  • St. Charles, Tudhoe
  • St. Joseph, Coundon
  • St. Joseph, Tow Law
  • St. Mary, Bishop Auckland
  • St. Mary, Newton Aycliffe
  • St. Thomas Apostle, Shildon
  • St. Thomas of Canterbury, Wolsingham
  • St. Wilfrid, Bishop Auckland
  • The Sacred Heart, Windlestone

Schools that took part:

  • St. Wilfrid, Bishop Auckland
  • St. Cuthbert, Crook
  • St. Joseph, Coundon
  • St. Chad, Witton Park
  • St. Mary, Newton Aycliffe
  • Our Lady and St. Thomas, Willington
  • St. Charles, Spennymoor
  • Blessed John Duckett, Tow Law
  • St. Joseph, Newton Aycliffe
  • St. John's School and Sixth Form College, Bishop Auckland


To prepare for the Mission, St. John’s, our Catholic comprehensive school, designed and made a Mission cross, which travelled from parish to parish, together with a liturgy for people to use on the cross’s arrival. Having gone to every church, it arrived back at St. John’s just in time for the Mission to be launched.

The first week of the Mission took place in our primary schools. All schools celebrated an opening on Monday and closing liturgy on Friday at exactly the same time, to which all parishioners from the Partnership were welcome. In between, each school held a half-day open event to which parishioners were also invited, as well as staging a variety of other events, just for the children, reflecting on the Mission theme “Unbroken”. Mission bands and badges were also purchased for every child and staff member in the Partnership.

The following week, the Mission moved into our parishes with a Family Mission Mass to mark the transition. During the week, a whole variety of liturgies were celebrated in every church, culminating in an evening with internationally renowned speaker David Wells called “Me Becoming We”, complete with a pie and peas supper.

Last but definitely not least, the Mission came to St. John’s. Once again, an amazing variety of events took place in addition to the time our diocesan Youth Ministry Team spent with each year group. It was all underpinned by daily adoration and concluded with a family night for everyone. A particular highlight was the teacher talent show, “Staff in their Eyes” which raised funds for the school’s Project Peru.

The preparation had been hard work but the result was hugely rewarding. In the words of one parishioner, “it was great to share with other parishes, get to know people and feel like one big family.”


Escomb Mission Flyer