Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

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Upcoming Events

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Faith and Ministry Directory September 2019 – March 2020

“I want a laity… who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand… I wish them to enlarge their knowledge, to cultivate their reason, to get an insight into the relation of truth to truth, to learn to view things as they are, to understand how faith and reason stand to each other, what are the bases and principles of Catholicism”. (Blessed John Henry Newman Lectures on the Present Condition of Catholics, 1851).

The fourth edition of the Faith and Ministry Directory is a collection of events, courses and resources that aim to offer many opportunities to the laity within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle from September 2019 to March 2020.

Look out for copies of the booklet in parishes, or if you wish to order printed copies please email Amy McDonagh. Alternatively, the booklet is available to download.

Courses for Catechists

Future courses will be displayed here as they become available.

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’ 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. Confirmation, 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.

Dates and details of future courses will be published here when available.

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. 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.

Courses for Developing Discipleship

Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

There will be an opportunity to meet current students as well as the course organisers at 6 p.m., Friday 8 November in the Cathedral Mercy Hub, which can be accessed from Neville Street, over the road from the station. Please contact if you would like to come.

Are you involved in ministry in your parish or Partnership? Maybe you are a Minister of the Eucharist, a Baptism Catechist, Children’s Liturgy Leader or Bidding Prayer Writer, or one of the many other people who keep the Church and its mission moving forward; or maybe you would like to be, but do not feel you have the skills. In any case, the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry may be just what you need.

If you would like to find out more about the certificate you can read or download the full course details now, which includes some brief testimonials from our existing students. Alternatively, watch the following short video testimonials (approximately one minute in length).


Certificate in Pastoral Ministry – Video Testimonials





In the meantime, for further support and information please email the Adult Formation Team or call us on 0191 243 3316.

Catholic Social Teaching (CST) Study Group

The purpose of the recently formed Northern Catholic Social Teaching (CST) Study Group is to learn what the Church has to say about our world and how we live together. Catholic Social Teaching addresses the big issues confronting us – work, the environment, family life, poverty, justice - and in the words of Pope John Paul II, provides us with,

a basis and motivation for action”.

The Group studies CST using the Virtual Plater CST Gateway. Although it is a study group, the emphasis is on the practical application of CST.

It has its own forum. To join the Group or to find out more, visit the forum or contact Louise Harrison on 07532 309745.