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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Diocesan Festival 2018

The sixth Diocesan Festival takes place on Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 June 2018 at the Emmaus Youth Village in Consett.

This year’s theme is ‘Encounter’ and there will be talks from Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow OBE, Sr Judith Russi and Sara Bryson.

It includes prayer, liturgy, reflection, discussion and music. It is an opportunity for our whole Diocesan family to come together to celebrate and to be encouraged in our faith offering inspiring speakers for adults as well as activities for young people and children.

For more information visit our Festival page or read the Festival booklet (includes booking form).

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018

The 2018 Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place between Friday 27 July and Friday 3 August.

See the poster or pilgrimage page for more information.

The pilgrimage coordinator is Fr. Peter Stott at, St. Robert of Newminster, Morpeth and can be contacted by tel: 01670 513410 or by email.

Adult Helpers URGENTLY required. The pilgrimage could not take place without the invaluable support given by our many adult helpers. If you would like to volunteer for this year's pilgrimage, the Adult Helpers Registration Form is available from Fr. Stott or through the pilgrimage website.

Adoremus Eucharistic Congress

The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 September 2018. Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church.

The Eucharistic Congress has been given the title Adoremus ('Let us Adore'). Every diocese in England and Wales will take part.

For more information please visit our 'National Liturgical Events' page for details on how you can participate.

Northern Scripture Festival

You may have heard about the upcoming Scripture Festival, 'Joy: the Surprise of the Gospel' organised by a team from the Northern Province working with members of the Bishops' Conference Scripture Working Group. This is to be held in York on 12 May. This is a great opportunity to explore ways of praying with Scripture. It would be particularly useful to Readers and catechists but is open to all.

The keynote speaker is Fr. Eamonn Mulcahy and there is a good selection of workshops to explore other ways of appreciating the Word of God. You can find out more and book at the festival website. The school in which it is to be held is about five minutes’ walk from York station.

A free coach is being provided picking up from St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, St. Joseph’s, Durham and from St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Darlington. For further information, or to reserve a place on the coach, please contact the Spirituality Department by email or tel: 0191 243 3302.

A Celebration of Marriage

Is being held at St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle on Saturday 5 May 2018 at 11.00am.

Principal celebrant is Bishop Séamus Cunningham.

Everyone welcome. See poster for details.

Youth Ministry Conference 2018

This year's theme will be, 'Practical Steps for Parishes and Partnerships'.

On Saturday 12 May at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Hebburn, starting at 10.30am.

See poster for full details and how to book your place.

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