St Mary's Cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN
On Sunday at the 10.00am Mass we welcomed our First Holy Communion Children. In their Catechesis session on Thursday we were looking at the importance of the Liturgy of the Word and listening to the Word of God. After the Opening Prayer today a special liturgy took place in which their ears and lips were signed that they may hear the Word of God and speak the Word of God. Finally, the children placed their hands on the Book of the Gospels saying, “I will live the Word of God.” We ask that you continue to keep our First Holy Communion Children in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Lord for the first time in June.
OCTAVE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
18 - 25 JANUARY 2017
We pray for unity among Christians:
we praise you for sending your Son
to be one of us and to save us.
Look upon your people with mercy,
for we are divided in so many ways,
and give us the Spirit of Jesus to make us one in love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
HEXHAM AND NEWCASTLE CATHOLIC PARTNERSHIP ART EXHIBITION
An exhibition of artwork from 11 Catholic Secondary Schools will be on display in the Cathedral from 24 January - 8 February. The theme is Laudato Si’ celebrating St Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun”. It is a beautiful meditation on the majesty of God, as seem through the beauty of the world around us.
Thank you so much for your generosity to the CAFOD World Gifts collection before Christmas We have exceeded our target of £350 and in fact raised £440. This will enable us to purchase 10 goats, 10 trees and 9 vegetables gardens which will support families in urgent need. Thanks again.
Manifest, the Prayer group for Young Adults (aged 18-30) begins again this Monday at 7.00pm with a Holy Hour, Prayer and Reflection and the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Afterwards the group go to a local pub to continue socialising. We always love to welcome new people; you don’t need to commit to going every week. Why not give it a try?
2017 - SEEDS OF HOPE: RETREAT PROGRAMME AT MINSTERACRES
Days or short breaks to help bring spiritual refreshment and peacefulness to 2017 - Minsteracres Retreat Centre
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL EVENING - 25 January
Mrs Marta Josephs will tell the story of her Father, Mr Andrew Frankel. Wednesday 25 January 2017 7.00pm in St Mary’s Catholic School Benton Park Road, Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7PE. All are welcome.
VOCATION DISCERNMENT GROUP: FOR THOSE THINKING ABOUT PRIESTHOOD
The meetings this year will take place: 25 January, 22 February, 22 March, 3 May, 24 May and 21 June 2017 all here at St Mary’s from 6.30pm – 8.30pm A meal will follow these evenings of prayer and reflection. Further details from Fr David Smith 01912676063
FLAME 2017 @ WEMBLEY ARENA
Parishioners aged 14+ are invited to join the Diocesan convoy to Wembley Arena for Flame 2017. Bishop Séamus would like to be joined by 1,000 people of our Diocese on this his last Flame Congress as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle. Coaches will be leaving the Diocese on Saturday 11 March to join with another 9,000 people for a faith-filled day. Everyone who has gone to Flame from our Diocese has always had a great experience. If you would like to go, please contact the Cathedral office.
PIE AND PEA SUPPER
There will be a Pie and Pea Supper on Saturday 21 January 2017 at 7.00pm in the Cloister Café. Tickets are £5.00 each. There will be a Quiz, Raffle and Bingo. Liquid refreshment will be available. Tickets are on sale today.
Christmas VIgil and Christmas Day - See photos of Blessing of crib and Christmas Vigil Mass and Children's Mass in the morning.
Boxing Day Mass for our Altar Servers - See photos
Carols by Candlelight - This joint service with Brunswick Methodist Church took place in the Cathedral on 19th December. See photos and listen to a a selection of carols sung by the congregation.
Apostleship of the Sea - shoeboxes for seafarers boxes collected by the members of the Cathedral for seafares
Carol Singing in Central Station - The Cathedral choir sang carols in Newcastle Central Station.. See short video clip on Facebook
Youth Sunday - Many of our young people were leading our Sunday Masses, acting as welcomers, readers and giving witness. See photos.
End of Year of Mercy - On Saturday Nov 19th the Mass and Celebration of Thanksgiving for the Year of Mercy. See Photos and listen to Reflection.
St Mary's Catholic Cathedral was designed by Augustus Welby Pugin and built in 1840. See more about the history and architecture of this Grade 1 listed building with its inspiring stained glass windows and authentic Pugin colours.
In its mission statement the Community of St Mary's Cathedral seeks to make the Cathedral:
"...a place of prayer and peace in the heart of the city, open and welcoming to all".
You are welcome to visit St Mary's Cathedral (which is open most of the week) and experience the peace and prayerful atmosphere in beautiful surroundings.