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From Around the Diocese:

Bishop Séamus Christmas Message:

If you have not already seen the Bishop's Christmas Message, it is still available to watch through our YouTube channel.

News from the Departments:

Department for Interreligious Relations:

Holocaust Memorial Evenings

This year the Holocaust Memorial Evening will be held twice; the first evening will be held on Tuesday 29 January 2019 at 7.00pm at St. Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Park Road, Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7PE.

A second evening will be held on Thursday 31 January 2019 from 7.00pm at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, Beamish Road, Billingham TS23 3DX.

Booking for each event is essential. To secure your place, please register online at Eventbrite.

Department for Spirituality:

Lent 2019

The Lent resources will be ready for distribution very shortly! The theme is 'God’s Gifts of Love and Mercy' and each week looks at the evidence of God’s generosity through eyes of people who received it in Old Testament times. The format gives a weekly meeting option and lots of ideas for personal reflection and prayer during the holy Season of Lent. As usual, all the materials will be available on CD and online and you are free to adapt them to suit your needs.

More information from the Department of Spirituality by email.

Spirituality in Time of Trauma – Saturday 23 March 2019

We are already receiving bookings for this day with Bishop John Wilson who will be sharing insights from his time of supporting people in the aftermaths of the murder of Ann Maguire at Corpus Christi School, Leeds and the Grenfell Tower. There will also be workshops around the theme.

For more information and to book, please contact the Department by email or tel: 0191 243 3302.

St. Hilda's Diocesan Resource Centre:

We are looking for:

  • Volunteers Monday to Saturday, morning and/or afternoon to join our Welcoming Group; to meet visitors, assist them in borrowing and returning resources, where to find topics they are looking for; to assist groups who use the facilities and also to sort and ticket new additions to the library.  
  • Mobile storage units with plastic trays if any school has any to donate.   


Are there any house-bound in your community or Partnership who would like a trip out? Why not bring along someone with no transport or company to:

  • Form an Adult Colouring Club - Chat / Create / Tea / Coffee always available
  • A reading club; borrow read, share?
  • Fancy having a partnership/parish away day, why not come and visit and sample St. Hilda's facilities?

Did you know that in St. Hilda’s there is a private room, 'The Milburn Room' which holds old reference books, not for borrowing, but viewed by private appointment. If anyone is doing any research, ring the number below to arrange. See website for details of opening times.


Coming up at Minsteracres:

  • Friday 1 (7.00pm) - Sunday 3 March (2.00pm); Friends Retreat: Volunteers and friends all welcome at the start of a new season

  • Saturday 9 March and Wednesday 10 April, 10.00am – 5.00pm; Walking Retreat: Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through beautiful countryside.

  • Wednesday 13, 20 and 27 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm with lunch; Quiet Days, Listen to God in scripture enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the countryside.

  • Wednesday 3 April 10.00am – 4.00pm; God is Ripening, Patrick Woodhouse will lead a day on the spirituality of 'The Book of Hours' by Rainer Maria Rilke.

    The spiritual life of the Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke is explored in 'The Book of Hours', influential in the writings of Jewish diarist Etty Hillesum in her understanding of God in the face of the horrors of the Holocaust.

  • Thursday 18 (6.30pm) – Sunday 21 April (2.00pm); Holy Week Retreat: Time for reflection and the opportunity to take part in the ceremonies of Holy Week.

For more information about Minsteracres and our full programme visit our website or call us on 01434 673248.

Youth Ministry Team:

Youth Ministry Co-workers Meeting

YMT would like to extend an invitation to the Youth Ministry Co-workers Meeting on Sunday 24 February to anyone who is currently a Youth Ministry Co-worker involved in parish or partnership youth ministry, has an interest in how to be involved in youth ministry or just wants to know more.

Feel free to come along to the meeting, which aims to support and encourage the hard work that is going on throughout our Diocese in developing youth ministry, as well as inform and update everyone on future ideas and developments for youth ministry in our Diocese. It will also include important information about Flame, the biggest Catholic youth event in England and Wales.

The meeting takes place at Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Gateshead on Sunday 24 February from 1.00pm – 3.00pm, starting with refreshments. If you are able to join us, please email us to let us know.

Flame: Update on arrangements

There are still places left for Flame on our 15 buses. Please encourage young people and adult helpers to book as soon as possible with their local group or contact YMT. All numbers and payments need to be finalised by Friday 18 January.

A briefing meeting for Flame group leaders will take place on Sunday 24 February at 2.15pm at Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Gateshead where tickets and hoodies will be distributed.

General News:

Pope's Worldwide Prayer network:

Each month the Holy Father will have a main prayer intention for people to use as part of their daily prayer, and he will also announce an "urgent intention" for people’s prayer. A short video based on the main intention published each month and known as 'The Pope Video'. These videos can be accessed through our YouTube channel.

Visit and bookmark our webpage to see this month's intentions now.

Latest and upcoming events:

Day of Reflection and ongoing formation for Funeral Assistants

'In Sure and Certain Hope', led by Joe James. Saturday 26 January 2019 from 10.30am to 3.30pm at St. Hilda’s Resource Centre, West Road, Newcastle NE15 7PY.

See poster for more information. Booking is essential, please email the
Department of Liturgy to book your place.

See Posters Noticeboard to download posters. See Local Events page for details of upcoming event around the parishes. See Non-Diocesan Events page to download posters for events organised by Non-Diocesan organisations.

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Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle, Department for Communication:
Tel: 0191 243 3310 or email: news@rcdhn.org.uk.

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