Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Upcoming Non-Diocesan Events


House of Prayer Retreats

The House of Prayer is a space for prayer and meditation run by the Sisters of the Christian Retreat in East Molesey, near London. The aim of the congregation, The Christian Retreat, is to help people deepen their relationship with God through prayer, meditation and reflection on life’s big questions.

‘With Empty Hands’ – we will explore the spirituality of ‘empty–handedness’ and see how our very failures and the poverty of our offering can be our greatest treasure. Saturday 25 September, 10.00am – 4.00pm.

‘Time Aside: Weekend Individually Guided Retreat’, Friday 1 October - Sunday 3 October, led by The House of Prayer Team.

‘This held moment’, Saturday, 9 October, led by Helen Overell.

‘Isn't the Rosary Boring and Passé?’ Saturday 16 October, led by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.

‘What do we tell ourselves about God? Who do you say I am?’ Saturday 30 October, led by Fi Ivin.

YouCAN Family Retreat

The Young Catholic Adult Network are offering an exciting opportunity for Families to take part in a retreat between Friday 24 and Sunday 26 September 2021.

See the poster for further information and details of how you can book a place for your family.

Society of Saint Gregory’s new study course – Taking Liturgy Seriously

As part of our commitment to promote and support the liturgy of the Catholic Church, Society of Saint Gregory will be offering a new modular study course, aimed at developing liturgical understanding. The course, which will be run in partnership with the London Jesuit Centre, starts in September until June 2022 and will take place via Zoom. Each module will comprise 3 sessions and provide a theological and historical overview, which will form the background for a deeper study of how we celebrate the liturgy today. Modules include The Paschal Mystery, Healing and Forgiveness, Initiation, Commitment and Ways of Prayer.

Within each theme we will look at how we apply general principles of liturgy, how music and space affect the way we celebrate, and above all how we are enabling people to pray together. The course is aimed at all who wish to widen their understanding of the liturgy. Further information, including details of the course leaders and online booking, is available on our website.

Love Christmas

Looking for a way for your parish to spread love, hope and kindness in your community this Christmas? Love Christmas is a national initiative to do just this. Together we are mobilising volunteers through local churches to sponsor and deliver a million Christmas Boxes to the most vulnerable and isolated. By partnering together, you will be joining thousands of churches from across the UK. It is easy for parishes to take part and it is an effective way to let your neighbourhood know that your parish cares! Join the Love Christmas webinar on Wednesday 6 October, 11.00am – 12.00pm to hear more and to find out how to get involved. Sign up online here.

Here is a short video telling you more:

Prisoners’ Sunday

Prisoners’ Sunday – 10 October 2021. Can you help?

Pact is the national Catholic charity which provides support to men, women and young people in prison, people with convictions, and their children and families. Our vision is of a society in which justice is understood as a process of restoration and healing, and where the innate dignity and worth of every human is valued.

This Prisoners’ Sunday we are looking for people who will be ambassadors for Pact.

If you are able to help us in these ways or would like to find out about volunteering opportunities with Pact, please either email or call 020 3031 6867 by Thursday 30 September, giving your name and contact details. We would be delighted to hear from you. To find out more about Pact’s work, visit their website: Prison Advice and Care Trust.

Click here to read more about Prisoners' Sunday.

Anglican Centre in Rome Study Day

Shine a Light on Ecology and Christian Unity

As the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow approaches, what does our common heritage as Christians offer the world? On Saturday 23 October 2021 from 11.00am – 3.00pm at Durham Cathedral. View this poster for more detail and how to book your place.

World Mission Sunday: Save the date!

World Mission Sunday - the one day in the year when the entire global Church comes together in support of mission - will happen on 24 October 2021. Coordinated by Missio, the Pope’s charity for world mission, World Mission Sunday is an opportunity to support every mission diocese and faith community which are in need of our help.

It is one of only three Papal collections and has been especially chosen by the Holy Father to support the mission of the Church in the world via Missio. This special day is celebrated in every Catholic community in the world. It is a moment of grace to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are living in situations of poverty, violence and oppression.

The theme the Holy Father has chosen this year is: ‘We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard’ (Acts 4:20).

Missio: today, tomorrow, together

As the Pope’s official charity for world mission, Missio enables Catholics in England and Wales to live out the call received at Baptism: to share in the Church’s universal mission.

And in the lead-up to World Mission Sunday 2021 (WMS2021), Missio will be here to help individuals, schools, organisations, dioceses, parishes, communities, orders and congregations in England and Wales to get behind this worldwide Church initiative.

Missio invites everyone to get involved in WMS2021, joining our sisters and brothers around the world in faith and renewal. You can find out more about WMS21 on 24 October at

Read or download the full Mission Press release here.