Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Mass in Celebration of Marriage and Family Life
Saturday 22 May 2021

Bishop Robert has kindly agreed to presiding along with Deacon Rob Wareing at a live streamed Mass from St. Mary’s Cathedral in celebration of Marriage and Family Life on Saturday 22 May 2021 at 12.00 noon.

Due to the limited capacity and in keeping with the current COVID restrictions, anyone wishing to attend the Mass MUST BOOK in advance by contacting the Cathedral office on 0191 232 6953 or by email. Anyone celebrating a significant anniversary should also provide the details of this at the time of booking and a certificate of celebration will be offered.

Sadly, we were unable to hold our annual open Mass in 2020 due to Covid, but we have an opportunity this year for engaged couples preparing for marriage, those who were married in the months prior to lockdown, all married couples, and those celebrating a significant anniversary. We invite too those widowed and bereaved who were unable to visit their wives and husbands in hospital and homes prior to their deaths and in our unprecedented times, adults and children experiencing difficulties and abuse in their family relationships. We wish all to know that none is forgotten and that the Sacramental life, despite Covid, is very much alive and prayed for.

We look forward to as many as are possible to participate with us in our celebration of Spiritual Communion.

Deacon Rob Wareing, Diocesan Lead for Marriage and Family Life.

Celebration of Marriage and Family Life
Saturday 18 May 2019

On Saturday 18 May 2019, Bishop Robert invited everyone to gather together and give thanks for the blessings that we experience in our Marriages and Families, but also to seek God’s tender and loving support in all of the difficult circumstances that we encounter in these relationships.

Celebration of Marriage 2019

St. Mary’s Cathedral was filled with joy as couples, old and new, recently married or celebrating many years of Marriage were joined by their families while the Diocesan Choir led us in wonderful hymns of Marriage set to well-loved tunes.

As Pope Francis says in his Apostolic Exhortation (The Joy of Love) paragraph 325:

"No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love. This is a never-ending vocation.

Our contemplation of the fulfilment which we have yet to attain also allows us to see in proper perspective the historical journey which we make as families, and in this way to stop demanding of our interpersonal relationships a perfection, a purity of intentions and a consistency which we will only encounter in the Kingdom to come.

It also keeps us from judging harshly those who live in situations of frailty. All of us are called to keep striving towards something greater than ourselves and our families, and every family must feel this constant impulse.

Let us make this journey as families, let us keep walking together. What we have been promised is greater than we can imagine. May we never lose heart because of our limitations, or ever stop seeking that fullness of love and communion which God holds out before us."


If you wish to find out more about Marriage and Family Life, please contact the Faith and Mission Team.