Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

November 2019 Posters

'The Franciscan Legacy from the 13th Century to the 21st'

An International Conference hosted by the Centre for Catholic Studies in partnership with the Capuchin Franciscans of Great Britain. Assessing the Continuing Significance of St. Francis and Franciscan Traditions of Theology, Spirituality and Action.

A Conference in Honour of the 800th Anniversary of St Francis’ Meeting with Sultan Malek Al–Kamil on Tuesday 5 – Thursday 7 November 2019 in Durham.

Registration now open through our conferences page. Deadline for registration is Monday 30 September 2019.

Centre for Catholic Studies email: or tel: 0191 334 1656. See poster for full details.

Music – Word – Prayer

Preparing for “The God who Speaks: Year of the Word” with Paul Inwood.

Being held at Minsteracres Retreat Centre, near Consett, Co. Durham, DH8 9RT on Friday 15 (7.00pm) – Saturday 16 November (5.00pm) £65. (Saturday only 10.00am – 5.00pm including lunch & refreshments £25). For information and bookings visit, call 01434 673248 or email:

See poster for details.

Annual Mass for Altar Servers

Saturday 23 November 2019 at 11.00am, at the Cathedral Church of St. Mary.

Principal Celebrant: The Rt. Rev. Robert Byrne CO

Download the RCDHN/Guild of St Stephen Mass Letter and return slip.



Later in 2019

Hexham Torchlight Procession

Friday 6 December 2019, 7.00pm.

Led by The Right Reverend Robert Byrne CO, 14th Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle,

To celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception you are invited to join St. Mary’s Parish, Hexham for a Torchlight Marian Procession.

See poster for details.

A Day of Reflection for Women: Deepening the Heart Space.

In partnership with the National Board of Catholic Women.

With Sr. Sheila McNamara on Saturday 7 December 2019 between 10.30am - 3.30pm at St. Hilda's Diocesan Resource Centre, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 7PY.

There is no charge for the day. Tea and coffee will be provided, but please bring a packed lunch.

To book please contact Pat Kennedy by email: or tel: 0191 243 3316.


October 2019 Posters

Relit; The Heart of Evangelization

Relit is a programme that forms and equips people to be active evangelists in their own parish and beyond.

A training programme like you've never seen before. In fact, it's so unique that it's nearly impossible to explain in just a few words. That's why we've invited its author, Michael Dopp, to come all the way from Canada to tell us what it's about. Michael is a gifted speaker and teacher, so this promises to be an inspiring evening.

Thursday 3 October 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, St. Vincent's Diocesan Offices, West Road, Newcastle NE15 7PY.

Please register your interest by email.

Vocation Discernment Weekend

For single Catholic women open to a possible call to religious life.

A weekend of prayer, discussion, reflection, community and discernment. A time to be ask questions and be with others on a similar journey; to find out more about religious life and the spirituality and mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

Friday 11 – Sunday 13 October, Newcastle NE4 9PH.

For further information see poster or contact Sr. Barbara Sweeney: Tel: 07752 300056 or Email.

RCIA / Journey in Faith Discussion Evenings

We are planning an evening in the autumn to bring together RCIA / Journey in Faith groups, so that they can discuss the way in which the catechesis of enquirers is enabled in the Diocese.

We are aware that over the last few years the move to Partnerships and the amalgamation of parishes has changed, for many communities, the way we present RCIA / Journey in Faith to enquirers. From these evenings we hope to understand their needs and then create opportunities to help your groups in the variety of situations.

Two evenings in will be held in October as follow:

Wednesday 16 October, 7.00pm – 9.00pm at St. Hilda's Resource Centre, West Road, Newcastle.

THE SECOND EVENING Wednesday 23 October, 7.00pm – 9.00pm at St. Joseph's, Norton HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST.

To attend and other enquiries please email us.

Preparing for the Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary.

The Slipper Chapel stature of Our Lady of Walsingham will visit St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 October 2019.

See poster for details of full tour schedule.

Visit the Dowry Tour Hexham and Newcastle page for our visit or the Dowry Tour website for details of the full tour schedule for visits to every Catholic Cathedral in England.

Catholic Charismatic Renewal

“Emmanuel...You Will Be Called By a New Name” Is 62:2

Fr. Chris Thomas, Fr. Michael Whalen and Pat Kennedy will be reflecting on the journey to date and where we are being led?

Saturday 26 October 10.00am – 4.30pm at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Gateshead (Opposite Gateshead Metro Station).

Bring a packed lunch. No charge. Collection taken. See poster for details.

To book contact: or post to Pat Kennedy, St. Cuthbert’s House, West Road, Newcastle NE15 7PY.



See also:

Diocesan Calendar

Events – Local

Events – Non–Diocesan