Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Days, Courses etc

Upcoming Events:


Come to Me all you who Labour and are Overburderned and I will Give you Rest

A Day of Recollection with Sr. Rosarie Spence.

Jesus invites each of us to step aside and leave ourselves in his hands. The day enables you to experience different ways of praying and gives you time for quiet personal prayer.

Saturday 8 July 2017 between 10.00am - 3.00pm at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Gateshead, NE81LX.

There is no charge, but please bring a packed lunch. Booking is essential. If you would like to attend you can book online here or contact us by email or tel: 0191 243 3313.

Courses for Catechists


Catechesis in the Mission of the Church

We are very blessed in our Diocese with over 1000 catechists currently involved in every area of catechesis. Their faith and commitment continue to inspire so many of our people. Some catechists have been involved in this ministry for many years while others have become involved more recently. We are deeply grateful for their witness.

This course for catechists, ‘Catechesis in the Mission of the Church’ is now in its third year and has already been of great benefit to those who engaged with it. Its purpose is to support those already involved in catechesis in further developing their own faith and understanding and also to offer a structured programme for those interested in becoming a catechist. Each of the modules offers a time of prayer, teaching, reflection and also a time for questions.

As well as the 18 modules spread over three terms, there will also be offered sessions of preparation for the specific areas of catechesis i.e. Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist and a Day of Recollection. You will see from this booklet that we have a good team of experienced, dedicated priests, deacons, religious and lay people who will deliver the modules.

This programme will be ongoing for the foreseeable future so it may be that you consider undertaking it over a single year or over several years. Upon completion of the programme, you will be invited to receive a Diocesan Certificate in Catechesis at the Education and Formation Mass celebrated by Bishop Séamus.

Catechesis in the Mission of the Church Handbook 2016-17

Catechesis in the Mission of the Church Flyer 2016-17


CCRS Parish Catechesis Module

You may also be interested in the Parish Catechesis module of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) course. This module is designed to enable participants to gain an understanding of parish catechesis and to develop approaches to working within a parish setting. It offers an introduction to the theology, principles and goals of parish catechesis. This will take place over two sessions which run from 9.30am - 3.30pm on Wednesday 26 April and 3 May 2017 at St. Cuthbert’s House in Newcastle. There is a fee for this course. Further information on the CCRS course (and the CCRS in general) and the CCRS booking form can be found on the CCRS web page.

Plater Study Group

Louise Harrison, a parishioner of Newhouse Esh Winning in Durham is currently in the process of organising the formation of a Diocesan group to study the social teaching of the Church.

The document below provides further information on this and how to contact Louise:

Plater Study Group Information