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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Hogarth Partnership Area Mission

Parishes that took part in the Hogarth Partnership Area Mission:

  • St. Mary’s, Barnard Castle
  • SS. William and Francis de Sales, Darlington
  • St. Anne’s, Darlington
  • St. Augustine’s, Darlington
  • St. Teresa’s, Darlington
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Darlington
  • The Holy Family, Darlington
  • St. Osmund, Gainford

Schools that took part:

  • Carmel College, Darlington
  • Holy Family, Darlington
  • St. Augustine’s, Darlington
  • St. Bede’s, Darlington
  • St. Mary’s, Barnard Castle
  • St. Teresa’s, Darlington

Events:

The Mission began at 8.00am on Monday 12 November 2018 with a packed-out Mass in the chapel at Carmel College in Darlington.

Parishioners had come in large numbers to celebrate with the school students in what was to be the first of many such successes. The week continued with daily Mass and Adoration and special afternoon events such as Lectio Divina, led by sixth formers and an outreach to the Food Bank. The Mission baton was then passed onto the primary schools at a Family Night celebration on Thursday evening. Hosted by Carmel, each parish and primary school brought forward a Mission candle to symbolise how the Partnership was being united by the Mission. It was a truly memorable evening.

The five primary schools in the Partnership were no less inspired than Carmel had been. Every day there were four or five different events to choose from, to which parents and parishioners were invited to take part with the children. The following is only some of what happened; Prayer Stations, Faith Sharing, Arts and Crafts for Christ the King, a Liturgical Dance workshop, a Prayer Walk and an Art and Poetry Exhibition. When you give children’s faith and their innate creativity free rein, you usually get wonderful results and this was no exception.

Determined not to be left out, the parishes of the Partnership pitched in at the weekends with a number of events designed to give people an opportunity to try something a bit different and deepen their faith in doing so. An amazing Partnership collage was produced with photos from people in every parish, which was later displayed during a Partnership Mass to celebrate the feast of Christ the King. After Mass, arts and crafts proved very popular for children, whilst adults were possibly more attracted to Peace, Prayer and Prosecco, a chance for hassled parents to find some stillness and come into the presence of the Lord. Events were rounded off by a Diocesan Evangelisation Team led workshop on 'Missionary Discipleship for Dummies', with an Alpha course taster session on offer at St. Augustine’s and the 2010 film, 'The Way' being shown at St. Mary’s.

Asked if the Mission had helped people grow closer as a Partnership, 100% of people replied, "yes!"

"It definitely helped break barriers and encouraged people to become familiar, form friendships/working relationships across parishes."

It had been a lot of hard work from everyone involved, but the results were definitely worth it.