Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Rev. Mr. David Jonathon Bowes - Ordination to the Priesthood.

The priestly ordination of Rev. Mr. David Jonathon Bowes is due to take place on Saturday 3 October at St. Mary's Cathedral at 11.00am with Bishop Robert Byrne CO as principal celebrant.

For those who are unable to attend due to current COVID-19 restrictions, but would like follow along online, the Cathedral will be streaming the the ordination through their YouTube Channel.

An Ordination Booklet has been produced to follow the Mass.

Rev. Deacon Luke Wilkinson - Ordination to the Diaconate

On Monday 14 September, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Luke was ordained a transitional Deacon at St. Mary's College, Oscott for our Diocese.

It was an incredible feast on which to be ordained as the Feast of the Holy Cross was the first Mass he attended as a Seminarian in Valladolid in 2014, the date always having a special significance for him.

Diaconate Ordination of Luke Wilkinson

The Diaconate is a participation in the Ministry of Christ the Servant; and it is with great joy (and not insignifcant trepidation) that he takes up this office in service of Christ's most holy Church.

Please keep Luke in your prayers as he continue his studies toward Priesthood.

Pilgrimage of Reparation and Prayer for the Sanctity of Life, Walsingham.

Led by Bishop Marcus Stock (Diocese of Leeds) the Shrine are offering a 'virtual' Pilgrimage taking place on Sunday 27 September 2020. It is a day of prayer and reparation for the sanctity of life. Our society has attacked the Church's deep rooted teachings on these issues for a very long time.

Devotions will be streamed throughout the day, beginning with the Mass at 12.00 noon. Full details are available on the website, including the programme for the day.

To access the pilgrimage, you can watch via You Tube on Walsingham Catholic TV or at the Basilica live stream.

We encourage you all throughout the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle to take part where you can.

New Vicariates

Over the coming weeks we shall be making some adjustments to our website menus to incorporate the new Vicariates that have been established and to allow for new content to be added as they evolve. The Vicariate for Caritas, which includes Justice & Peace, CAFOD and Tyne & Wear Citizens, is the first of these and is listed under the 'Vicariates and Teams' dropdown menu above and can also be viewed by clicking here.

COVID–19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic – Church Response

Pastoral Message from Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Bishop Robert Byrne CO has released a pastoral video message regarding the reopening of our churches and how we are managing this throughout the Diocese.

Bishop Robert Byrne CO has announced the phased reopening of churches for Mass and individual prayer

The following churches are open for Mass (M) and / or individual prayer (P). Please visit the links below to access more information.

Cathedral Church of St. Mary, Newcastle upon Tyne
(M & P) –

Alnwick, St. Paul's Church (M) – Link

Amble, Sacred Heart and St. Cuthbert (M) - 01665 710252

Annfield Plain, St. Teresa (M)Link

Annitsford, St. John the Baptist (M)Link

Ashington, St. Aidan (M) – Link

Barnard Castle, St. Mary (M from 3 October)Link

Bedlington, St. Bede (M)Link

Benton, St. Aidan (M)Link

Berwick, St. Cuthbert (M) – 07979 735022 or email

Billingham, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary (M & P) – Link

Birtley, St. Joseph (M & P)Link

Bishop Auckland, St. Mary (P)Link

Blackhall, St. Joseph (M from 26 September) – 07483 318764

Blackhill, Our Blessed Lady Immaculate (M from 27 September)Link

Blaydon, St. Joseph (M)Link

Blyth, Our Lady and St. Wilfrid (M)Link

Boldon, The Sacred Heart (M)Link

Brooms, Our Lady & St. Joseph (M from 26 September)Link

Chopwell, Our Lady of Lourdes (P)Link

Consett, St. Patrick (M & P) – Link

Coundon, St. Joseph (M)Link

Cowpen, St. Cuthbert (M)Link

Coxhoe, Ss. Joseph, Patrick and Cuthbert (M & P)Email

Cramlington, St. Paul (M)Link

Crawcrook, St. Agnes (M & P)Link

Crook, Our Lady Immaculate & St. Cuthbert (M)Link

Cullercoats, St. Mary (M)Link

Darlington, St. Augustine (P)Link

Darlington, St. Thomas Aquinas (M & P)Link

Darlington, St. Teresa (M) – 07734 274559

Durham, Our Lady of Mercy and St. Godric (M & P)Link

Durham, St. Cuthbert (M & P)Link

Durham, St. Joseph (M & P)Link

Felling, St. Patrick (M)Link

Ferryhill, All Saints (M)Link

Forest Hall, St. Mary (M)Link

Gainford, St. Osmund (open for P, M from 4 October)Link

Gateshead, Immaculate Heart of Mary (M & P)Link

Gateshead, St. Joseph (M)Link

Gateshead, St. Peter (M & P)Link

Hartlepool, St. Joseph (M) – Link

Hebburn, St. Aloysius (M)Link

Hexham, St. Mary (M & P)Link

Houghton–le–Spring, St. Michael (M & P)Link

Jarrow, St. Bede (M)Link

Jarrow, St. Matthew (M)Link

Lanchester, All Saints (M & P)Link

Longhorsley, St. Thomas of Canterbury (M)
01670 788344

Minsteracres, St. Elizabeth (M)Link

Morpeth, St. Robert of Newminster (M)Link

Newcastle, English Martyrs (M & P) Link

Newcastle, St. Andrew (M)Link

Newcastle, St. Anthony of Padua (M) - Link

Newcastle, St. Bede (P)Link

Newcastle, St. Charles’ Church (M & P) – Link

Newcastle, St. Cuthbert (M)Link

Newcastle, St. Dominic's Church (M) – 0191 232 6953

Newcastle, St. John Vianney (M)Link

Newcastle, St. Mark (M) – 07803 504923

Newcastle, St. Robert (M & P) Link

Newcastle, St. Teresa (M & P)Link

Newcastle, The Holy Name (M)Link

Newton Aycliffe, St. Mary (M & P)Link

North Gosforth, Sacred Heart (M & P)Link

North Shields, St. Cuthbert (M)Link

North Shields, St. Joseph (M)Link

Peterlee, Our Lady of the Rosary (M) – 0191 586 2526

Ponteland, St. Matthew (M) – 07803 504923

Sacriston, St. Bede (M)Link

Shildon, St. Thomas Apostle (M)Link

Shotton, Our Lady of Lourdes (M)Link

South Shields, St. Bede (M)Link

Stella, Ss. Mary and Thomas Aquinas (M)Link

Stockton, English Martyrs, Ss. Peter & Paul (M & P)Link

Stockton, St. Cuthbert (M)Link

Stockton, St. Patrick (M)Link

Sunderland, St. Anne and Holy Family (M)Link

Sunderland, St. Hilda (M) – 07734 166965

Sunderland, St. Joseph (M)Link

Sunderland, St. Mary (M) – Link

Throckley, St. Cuthbert (M)Link

Tynemouth, Our Lady and St. Oswin (M)Link

Tudhoe, St. Charles (P)Link

Ushaw Moor, St. Joseph (P)Link

Wallsend, Our Lady and St. Columba (M)Link

Washington, St. John Boste (M & P)Link

Whitley Bay, St. Edward (M & P) - Link

Windlestone, The Sacred Heart (M)Link

Winlaton, St. Anne (M & P) – Link

Due to social distancing measures, there will be a limited capacity in each church. Should the maximum capacity of a church be met, a queueing system will be implemented outside of the Church.

Please note: live streaming may be in effect during Mass. If you do not wish to be at risk of being filmed, please inform your parish priest or designated person on visiting the church.

Important Notice:

Please click here to view the current list of churches that are planning to reopen shortly (updated 21 September).

Please click here to download our handbook for the reopening of churches.

Please click here to read our frequently asked questions (FAQs) guide.

Please click here for a Prayer Resources for those visiting our churches or those that remain at home.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols statement on Resumption of Collective Acts of Worship

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has issued a statement in response to the Prime Minister's statement allowing places of worship to resume collective acts of worship from 4 July.

Read the full statement on the Bishops' Conference website.

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England

The Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England have released a joint statement on the Resumption of Public Worship. Read the full statement here (pdf).

‘Where the Hell is God?’

In these trying times, many people are led to ask the big questions of life. Where is God in the midst of Covid-19? Seeking God, questioning God are very natural responses to times of trial and grief and they are not new questions to the Catholic Church. In this Irish Jesuit's podcast, Fr. Richard Leonard shares his journey in asking ‘Where the Hell is God’ in the face of tragedy and he provides some solid advice on how to support others facing distress.

Watch this introduction by Fr. Sean Hall:

Do you need to speak to someone for support?

For those who are seeking a Priest with whom they can speak at this time, could you please contact the Parish Priest at your local Church. You can find your local Church telephone number by visiting our Church directory and selecting the link for your church. This link will display the Church contact details.

Dedicated counsellors and listeners are also available at the Cathedral Listening Service on 0191 232 6953 and on the Northumberland Listening Service on 07732 980740.

Vicariate for Caritas, Diocesan Pastoral Support and Outreach:

Fr. Adrian Tuckwell, Episcopal Vicar for Caritas provides a helpful summary of Pastoral Support available around the Diocese here (pdfword).

Vinnie's Cafe – St. Vincent de Paul Society:

Vinnie's Cafe offer help and support to people in need in Newcastle for St. Vincent De Paul Society. Their food bank supplies are currently running low. If anyone could help them with donations it would be very much appreciated. You can donate through their justgiving fundraiser or call them to arrange a suitable drop off for supplies by tel: 0191 261 6027 (option 1, Monday – Thursday).

Alternatively, you can send a bank payment to Nat West Bank, sort code: 60–60–04, account no. 46073051 and ref: SVP Newcastle. Thank you.

Destitute Asylum Seekers in dire need:

The Covid-19 Pandemic is having a profound effect on destitute asylum seekers locally who receive no financial support or accommodation from Government. Please click here to see how you can help.

Little Sisters of the Poor Home, Newcastle:

The Little Sisters of the Poor have launched a vital fundraising appeal, in response to the increasing pressures faced by St. Joseph’s Care Home during the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Please follow this link to see how you can help.

Fr. Adrian Tuckwell (email:

Vicariate for Faith & Mission:

Youth Ministry Team Update July 2020:

Fr. Adrian Dixon's Reflection for Liturgical Readers:

Fr. Adrian Dixon has produced a short reflection for Ministers of the Word. Watch below or via our YouTube Channel.

Fr. Adrian Dixon's Reflection for Extraordinary Ministers:

Fr. Adrian Dixon has produced a short reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion ahead of Corpus Christi; the usual time when ministers renew their commitment.

Fr. Sean Hall's Reflections on the Readings for Week 25 Ordinary Time can be read here.

Pat Kennedy MPS has shared a Reflection (‘Mary’s Reflection on her Annunciation’), which you can read here.

Healthy Couple Relationships and support when they are not

All relationships have their ups and downs and sometimes a positive solution is hard to find. In these extraordinary days in which we experience lives of enforced isolation such difficulties may become enhanced and overriding. MarriageCare, a charity with which this Diocese collaborates on preparing engaged couples for marriage, provides a counselling service for couples or individuals experiencing difficulties in their relationship which one or both find challenging and problematic. You can access support through the MarriageCare website in the ‘How we help’ section, ‘Relationship counselling’. Full contact details are provided for further enquiries and venues, and include FAQ’s.

Domestic Abuse, Family Support and Support for Children in Domestic Abuse

MarriageCare also provides many useful links under the ‘How we help’ section; Relationship support organisations; Debt and Finance; Family support organisations; Domestic abuse – here there are many links under the ‘domestic violence help resources’ including support for women, men and children.

Life After the Pandemic - Pope Francis

The Vatican Publishing House has released a free eBook, “Life After the Pandemic”, a collection of interventions by Pope Francis, with a preface by Cardinal Michael Czerny, to reflect on the vision of the world that is emerging after the pandemic and to which we are called to accompany. It is now available to read or download.

Strong in the Face of Tribulation, The Church in Communion: A Sure Support in Time of Trial

The Dicastery for Communication of the Holy See have produced a book intended to be a little help offered to all, so as to know how to discern and experience God’s closeness and tenderness in pain, in suffering, in solitude and in fear. Of course, faith does not eliminate pain; ecclesial communion does not eliminate anguish. Rather, it does illuminate reality and reveal that it is pervaded by the love and hope based not on our abilities, but on the One Who is faithful and never abandons us.

It is divided into three sections; prayers, rituals and supplications for difficult moments.

It is available now to read or download.

Diocesan Spiritual Support

These resources have been created to support you and your loved ones in this unprecedented time of the COVID–19 pandemic. We offer these prayers in solidarity and we want you know know that the Church community is praying with you and you are not alone.

'Resources for times of grieving and death' includes; Prayers for loved ones we cannot visit in hospital, Prayers for someone who has recently died and Prayers for a loved one whose funeral you cannot attend.

'Prayers for the sick and dying' contains a collection of Catholic prayers to comfort you and your loved ones during difficult times of sickness and death.

Mgr. Andrew Faley, Vicariate for Faith & Mission (email:

Pope Francis – Prayer to Mary for Protection during the COVID–19 Pandemic.

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test –
and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Clergy Retirements and Moves

Bishop Robert Byrne CO has announced a number of clergy retirements and moves that will take place shortly. View them here.

Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is a global ecumenical celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home. This event finishes on the feast of St Francis, 4 October.

During this season we are encouraged to pray and engage in community events in order to deepen our relationship with our God, our neighbour and the earth we share.

For more information and resources please visit Bishops' Conference website.

Are you thinking about becoming a Catholic?

From Tuesday 29 September, we will be running a online RCIA programme for people where one is not being offered locally. Please see the poster for further details and contact us by email to book your place.

Vicariate for Faith & Mission

The Vicariate for Faith & Mission are able to provide copies of our lockdown prayer resources to those without internet access. Please contact the Vicariate by ringing 07375 934713 or click on the poster for alternative contact details. Please pass this information onto those without internet access.

Mass by Phone Service

During these times when our churches are closed and masses are being streamed online, the Diocese of Middlesbrough have set up a system to allow people who do not have internet access to listen to Mass over the telephone.

If you would like to access, the telephone number to call is 01642 130120.

If you know anyone who may benefit from this service, you can download and print a poster with details.

Statements from Pope Francis, Bishop Robert Byrne and the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales condemn the death of George Floyd

In times of an international crisis such as this, the Bishop and the Diocese maintain communion with Pope Francis and the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to condemn the death of George Floyd. Read our statement in full (pdfword).

Live Streaming of Masses

A number of parishes have set up a live stream of their Masses.

For more details of frequency and timings please click here.

Government Coronavirus Guidelines

Where do I get more information? Here are some helpful links:

NHS website

Government website

Stay Alert | Control the Virus | Save Lives

Coronavirus (COVID–19) Guidelines

The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have issued some guidelines to enable Catholic churches and organisations to find the relevant information in one place. Visit their website for the latest guidance and advice.

The Liturgy Office of the Bishops' Conference has compiled a prayer resource for people affected by the Covid–19 virus. Read it here.

Coronavirus (COVID–19)

For further information and how we are responding to the Coronavirus pandemic please click here.

Click here to find out more about The God Who Speaks – The Year of the Word.

Diocesan Events:

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Northern Cross

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Last updated on 21/09/20

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