Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Seamus Cunningham

Dom Cuthbert (Peter) Johnson, O.S.B. RIP

It is with sadness we inform you that Dom Cuthbert Johnson, O.S.B., died on Monday 16 January 2017 in Holy Cross Home, Sunderland. He was 70 years of age. Please remember Dom Cuthbert and his family in your prayers.

Funeral arrangements are now confirmed as follows:

Abbot Cuthbert’s body will be received in St. Aloysius Church, Hebburn at 4.00pm on Wednesday 25 January 2017 and his Requiem Mass will be at 9.30am on Thursday 26 January also at St. Aloysius. Abbot Cuthbert will then be buried at Hebburn Cemetery. There will be a reception in the church hall following the Mass.

Further information for clergy wishing to attend is available to view here.

Please pray for the repose of his soul. May he rest in peace.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Crossing Barriers

Wednesday 18 - Wednesday 25 January 2017

This year’s material was produced by the churches in Germany based on 2 Corinthians 5: 14-20.

Further background and a link to the full resources for the Week of Prayer published by the 'Churches Together in Britain and Ireland' can be accessed here.

Holocaust Memorial Evening

'A SURVIVOR'S STORY'; Mrs Marta Josephs will tell the story of her Father, Mr Andrew Frankel.

Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 7.00pm being held at St. Mary's Catholic School, Benton Park Road, Longbenton, Newcastle NE7 7PE.

Further information is available from: Graham Wilkins, tel: 07929 115712 or email: interreligiousrelations@diocesehn.org.uk.

Diocesan Church Music Association

The Diocesan Church Music Association invites you to a music workshop led by Paul Berry, Director of Music at St. Mary’s RC Church, Hexham.

The workshop will be held at St. Mary’s RC Church, Hexham, NE46 2EB on Saturday 25 February 2017 starting at 10.30am and finishing with Mass at 4.00pm.

Please see attached poster for further information and booking details.


Quality online safeguarding training programmes are now provided free of charge by Educare for the Catholic Church. Particularly recommended for anyone working or volunteering with vulnerable groups, the information is also useful for other interested parties, including parents and carers. To sign up for the courses, please contact the Department for Safeguarding

What’s New?

Please click here to access all Forward Together in Hope information and resources.

Job Vacancy

A vacancy has arisen for a Parish Property Outreach Advisor.

Further details and application form are available through our vacancies page.

The Event

Gathering monthly at St. Joseph's Catholic Academy, Mill Lane, Hebburn NE31 2ET between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. See poster for full details.

It is open to pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8 and offers live bands, praise and worship, invited speakers, refreshments and social time.

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