Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham



Following the diocesan wide consultation on baptism, the new Guidelines for Infant Baptism have been completed. These will be launched on Wednesday 7 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Gateshead.

The guidelines include theological, spiritual, pastoral and liturgical reflections, examples of good practice, recommended resources and specific recommendations for the preparation and celebration of infant baptism. In order to support the ongoing formation of baptism catechists, there will be five events planned around the diocese in June:

Saturday 10 June 2017

Thursday 15 June 2017

Saturday 17 June 2017

Monday 19 June 2017

Wednesday 28 June

St Anne’s, Darlington

St Robert’s, Morpeth

St Aloysius, Hebburn

St Michael’s, Houghton

St Cuthbert’s House, Newcastle

9.00am - 12.00noon

6.00pm - 8.30pm

9.00am - 12.00noon

6.00pm - 8.30pm

6.00pm - 8.30pm

Attendance at all events can be booked online or contact us by email or tel: 0191 243 3313.


Baptism guidelines and resources:

The Diocesan Guidelines for Infant Baptism is currently being review and will follow soon.

The Rite of Baptism with comments by Fr. Adrian Dixon is now available.



Partnership/Parish Guidelines for the Preparation and Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation are available to order using this form.

Archived information.


Eucharist and Reconciliation (children):

Resources for schools and parishes.