Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Manchester Bombing

Bishop Séamus Cunningham extends his "thoughts and prayers to all who have suffered as a result of the attack in Manchester".

Statements from Pope Francis, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Bishop of Salford, Bishop John Arnold are also available to read.

World Communications Day 2017

This is being celebrated on Sunday 28 May. The theme this year is 'Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time' and its inspiration comes from Scripture - Isaiah 43:5 "Fear not, for I am with you."

We are encouraged to pray for all those professionals who work in the field of Communications. A particular intention for prayer is for those who are responsible for communicating on behalf of the Catholic Church in this country.

Full details are available here and you can read the Holy Father's announcement and watch Cardinal Vincent Nicholls' message.

Diocesan Festival 2017

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June 2017 at Emmaus Youth Village, Consett.

This year’s theme is ‘Changing Hearts: The Challenge of Discipleship’.

Alongside our various guest speakers there will be prayer, liturgy, reflection, discussion and music.

Everyone welcome, see our dedicated webpage for further detail.

Partnership Guidelines – First Steps

Following the announcement in February of the 18 new partnerships across the Diocese we are now able to provide more details about how these partnerships will work. The document ‘Partnership Guidelines – First Steps’ (pdf - word versions) sets out some key information that will help partnerships to get up and running.

This ‘First Steps’ guide offers some initial ideas and direction that we hope will be helpful to partnerships regardless of their starting point. The document is available here along with a letter from Bishop Séamus where he announces the appointment of Partnership Deans for each of the partnerships.

This is a real opportunity to think differently about how we do things and how we access and share the wealth of untapped potential available within our Diocese. Let’s grasp the opportunity and who knows where the Holy Spirit might lead us.

The Art of Dying Well

As a Catholic approaches death, there are a series of comforting rites and rituals that can help a person spiritually prepare for the final journey. These rites and special Prayers for the Dying can be found in greater detail through The Art of Dying Well website.

The Department of Spirituality are holding an event, 'The Ministry of Consolation' on Saturday 10 June and are preparing a course to be held later in the year for anyone interested in learning more about how to cope with loss and bereavement. If you wish to register your interest for the event or course, they can be contacted by email.

Celebration of Marriage Partnership of Life and Love

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle Saturday 10 June 2017 11.00am

Principal Celebrant: Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Everyone welcome. For further details see the poster.

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New Guidelines for Infant Baptism

The new Guidelines for Infant Baptism will be launched on Wednesday 7 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Gateshead.

Following the launch to support the ongoing formation of baptism catechists, there will be five events planned around the diocese in June. See here for further details and how to book.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Friday 28 July - Friday 4 August 2017. Travel directly to Lourdes by plane or by jumbulance.

Full information about costs, details of care offered, and Booking / Application Forms are available from Fr. Peter Stott by tel: 01670 513410 or by email or visit the dedicated pilgrimage website.

Patrons of the Diocese: St Cuthbert, Bishop and Confessor and Our Blessed Lady Immaculate