Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO


Sunderland and East Durham

Sunderland City Centre

Young Adults' Prayer Group: A group for young adults, between the ages of 18 - 35(ish), for an hour of praise & worship before the Blessed Sacrament.

Meeting on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7.00pm. Please meet in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sunderland City Centre. More info: Contact: Fr. Marc Lyden-Smith 0191 567 5354. After the Holy Hour you are also welcome to join us in a nearby bar for drinks.

Newcastle and North Tyneside

Professor Eamon Duffy, one of the world’s most influential and widely respected historians, will visit the Holy Name Church, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 29 February at 12.30pm to speak about St. John Henry Newman, the subject of his most recent book about England's newest saint. Bishop Robert Byrne will introduce Professor Duffy.

Duffy’s, ‘The Stripping of the Altars’ (1982) was described in the London Review of Books as ‘one of those rare books which have the power radically to alter our understanding of a large piece of the past’, overturning what we thought we knew about the Reformation. His new book, ‘John Henry Newman: A very brief history’, on which this visit to Holy Name is based, makes a complex and important figure hugely accessible.

Tickets are free and all are welcome.

Holy Name, Jesmond 90th Anniversary Lecture Series.

Holy Name, Jesmond have been holding a series of lectures in association with the Centre for Catholic Studies (Durham) to celebrate their 90th Anniversary.

Admission is free of charge and all are welcome. No need to book, please just turn up.

The next date and topic of these talks is as follows:

  • Thursday 12 March 2020, between 7.00pm – 8.30pm.

    Towards a Politics of the Common Good’, lecture by Dr. Anna Rowlands.

See their website and the poster for full details.

The Source

YMT present a regular youth event. Upcoming dates for The Source are planned as follows:

  • Wednesday 1 April 2020

The Source takes place at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, from 7.00pm – 8.45pm. This is a chance for Praise and Worship, Prayer, Live Music, Faith Sharing, Socialising and Refreshments. The Source is aimed at young people in Year 9 and above, but everyone is welcome! You may wish to promote this in your School, Parish, or Community. The Source is usually a very inspirational and uplifting event! Hope to see you all there!

For the full list of 2019/20 dates and more information see this poster.

Blackfriars Spirituality Group are hosting Four Seasons of Prayer, 'Oh What a Night!' events that will be held as follows:

Dowry of Mary at St. Matthew's Church, Ponteland on Tuesday 5 May 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

Family at St. Cuthbert's, Throckley on Thursday 2 July 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

Thanksgiving at All Saints Church, Whickham View on Thursday 17 September 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

All welcome, come and join them!

Manifest - The Young Adults' Prayer Group

Are you aged 18-30? Would you like to meet with other Young Adults?

Held at St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne, every first and third Monday of the month at 7.00pm.

Adoration, Confession, Praise and Reflection.


On the centenary of the death of St. Jacinta Marto a celebration will be held in St. Aidan’s Catholic Church, Ashington on Thursday 20 February 2020.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 5.45pm - 6.45pm followed by Celebration of Holy Mass at 7.00pm.

This will be followed by veneration of the relic of St. Jacinta.

See poster for full details, all welcome.

South Tyneside and Gateshead


The EVENT is a monthly event held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Hebburn between 6.00pm - 7.30pm for all young people in the Diocese from Years 5, 6, 7 and 8. The EVENT is completely free of charge and complimentary food and refreshments are provided afterwards so the young people can get to know others from different schools across the Diocese.

All school groups, parish groups, parents, parishioners, staff and clergy are welcome to join us for the EVENT. For further details or to reserve your place (numbers are needed for catering purposes), contact Andrew Young, tel: 0191 428 2700 or email:

STOP PRESS: There are two further additional Roadshow EVENTs that will be held at different venues across the Diocese as follows:

Wednesday 11 March 2020 at St. Mary's RC Primary School, South Moor (Pontop Partnership) and Thursday 2 April at St. Cuthbert's, Crook (Escomb Partnership).

See poster for full list of dates and more information.

Cleveland and South Durham

St. Osmund's, Gainford and St. Mary's, Barnard Castle have announced their full programme of Social and fundraising events for 2020.

See the poster for full details.

Everyone is welcome.

Darlington Ordinariate Trust, Gainford present, 'Lend Me Your Ears'. An anthology of poetry and prose presented by Rory Thompson.

On Friday 27 Match following Mass at 7.00pm at St. Osmund's, Gainford. Includes buffet supper, raffle and bar. See poster for details.

St. Osmund's, Gainford and St. Mary's, Barnard Castle have announced their full Lent Programme and Masses as follows:

Ash Wednesday Masses

Ash Wednesday School Mass Poster

Lent programme

Holy Week and Easter celebrations

The Hogarth Partnership Players Present:

HENRY’ a Tudor Musical, an exciting account of Henry V111 and his six wives. This period costume spectacular will be performed in each parish of our partnership between Tuesday 17 March and Friday 27 March as detailed on this poster. All tickets are £5 each and are available in our parish from Father Grieves on 01325 730191. Please also see the posters for further details. Tickets can be used for any performance in any parish.

Please come and bring family and friends too!

On Sunday 29 March, England will be re-dedicated as the Dowry of Mary. St. Mary's Barnard Castle and St. Osmund's, Gainford are celebrating the re-dedication with special events, ‘Behold the Dowry, Ever Ancient, Ever New’.

For full details please click on this poster.

St. Osmund's, Gainford and St. Mary's, Barnard Castle have announced their Solemn Mass schedule for March and April. Please look at the posters for full details.