Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Safeguard the Future of Catholic Education

In 2016, the Government promised to lift the 50% cap on faith admissions for new religious schools in England saying the cap was unfair to the Catholic community.

The Conservative party even included a commitment to remove the cap in its manifesto. Our bishops would like as many Catholics as possible to contact the Secretary of State for Education urging her not to break the Government’s promise.

You can write to the Secretary of State (copying in your local MP) by clicking on this link:

Developing Discipleship

In his recent pastoral letter Bishop Séamus delivered a challenging message accompanied by a set of leaflets and postcards.

This was the launch of a new direction for our Diocese focusing on our role as disciples in a mission orientated Church. It points to a larger document entitled Developing Discipleship.

The key message as we begin is that everyone in our community is significant and we all have a role to play.

Advent Resources 2017 - Be Prepared

Over the next couple of months, many of us will be busy getting ready for Christmas. We all want to be prepared and ready for the Festival. As Christians, there is another dimension to our 'being prepared'. Alongside the presents and the turkey and the food, we also work on being spiritually prepared for this major feast which brings us back to a manger in a small town 2,000 years ago. It is a very beautiful feast, celebrating the birth of a baby whose life and death was to change the world.

Our Advent resources offer a variety of ways to help us to 'be prepared'. There are meeting ideas for those who want to get together to pray and reflect, there are daily reflections, prayer stations and more. They are available here to download or, if you prefer, on a CD, which you can order from the Department for Spirituality. If you would like further ideas on how to use the resources, please do not hesitate to contact the Department.

Wishing you a blessed Advent.

Partnership Area Launched

The new Partnership Area is one of the ways in which partnerships will be supported during their on-going development. Please help to improve it by contributing information and providing feedback.

Clergy Appointments

The announcement of retirements and appointments effective immediately can be read here.

Christmas Mass Times

A list of Christmas Mass times is now being collated, can be viewed here. Any parishes or partnerships wanting to publish their Mass times should email the webmaster with details of their Christmas services.

The Event

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

Open to pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8 offering live bands, praise and worship, invited speakers, refreshments and social time.

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Northern Cross

The December edition of Northern Cross is out now. Read Page 1.




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Last updated on 12/12/17

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