Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Youth Services Team


Jesus and Young People’ by Michael T Winstanley SDB

“An invaluable tool to put in the hands of youth ministers who, working with vulnerable young people, often with low self-esteem and poor self-image, can now ground on a solid scriptural basis their claims that each young person is loved unconditionally and accepted by God just as they are..”

You can purchase a copy of this book through the Salesians Bookshop.

National Youth Sunday:

YMT along with other national youth ministry groups have been planning and developing a new National Youth Sunday website, so that everyone can gain access to Youth Sunday resources. You will find helpful prayers, reflections, inspirational videos and other resources set out in four categories; FOR YOU, FOR YOUR FAMILY, FOR YOUR PARISH and FOR YOUR SCHOOL. There is a new Instagram account (@nationalyouthsunday) and YMT will be taking over the existing Facebook page. National Youth Sunday is about celebrating young people; however, we would like to encourage this all the time and not just on National Youth Sunday. A huge thank you to you all for your work in encouraging young people into a personal relationship with Jesus and into the life of the Church.

Youth Ministry Toolkit:


Due to essential maintenance the Toolkit has temporarily been taken offline. It is anticipated that this work will be completed early in the New Year. Once complete a further update will be posted here. Please accept our apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The new online resource providing ideas, inspiration and practical help and information is now available on



Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, no EVENTs have been held in the school year 2020/21. Details of future EVENTs will be posted here as they become available. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The EVENT is a monthly event held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Hebburn between 6.00pm - 7.30pm for all young people in the Diocese from Years 5, 6, 7 and 8. The EVENT is completely free of charge and complimentary food and refreshments are provided afterwards so the young people can get to know others from different schools across the Diocese.

All school groups, parish groups, parents, parishioners, staff and clergy are welcome to join us for the EVENT. For further details or to reserve your place (numbers are needed for catering purposes), contact Andrew Young, tel: 0191 428 2700 or email:

The Source

The Source takes place at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, from 7.00pm – 8.45pm. This is a chance for Praise and Worship, Prayer, Live Music, Faith Sharing, Socialising and Refreshments. The Source is aimed at young people in Year 9 and above, but everyone is welcome! You may wish to promote this in your School, Parish, or Community.

The Source is usually a very inspirational and uplifting event! Hope to see you all there!

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, there are no further Source currently planned. Details will be posted here as they become available.

Young Adult Prayer Groups:

There are regular young adults' prayer groups held at St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle and St. Mary's Church, Sunderland City Centre.

For more information visit the Young Adults' Prayer Group page.


Pope John Paul II Awards 2020:

Sunday 1 March 2020, Bishop Robert Byrne presented the latest awardees with their Pope John Paul II awards at a ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel Newcastle and Gateshead.

You can view some images from the event through Flickr. Images re-produced courtesy of the Youth Ministry Team.


Flame 2019:

CYMFed Flame 2019 #Significance was held on Saturday 2 March 2019 at Wembley SSE Arena.

View the official Catholic Church England and Wales album through Flickr.