St Mary's Cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.
On Holy Saturday evening we celebrated the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night. The new fire was blessed, the Paschal Candle lit, the waters of baptism blessed, and new members of the Church initiated.
Listen to Homily by Bishop Seamus:
GOOD FRIDAY - CELEBRATION OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD
Listen to homily by Bishop Seamus:
Listen to Good Friday Hymn "Crux Fidelis":
See text of this poem, ‘Crux Fidelis’ written by Kevin Nichols (1929–2006), priest-poet of St Mary’s Cathedral,
from Decryptions published at the Cathedral in April 2006.
HOLY THURSDAY - MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER
Listen to homily by Bishop Seamus
HOLY THURSDAY - CHRISM MASS
Short video clip (1 minute):
On Holy Thursday, April 13th, Bishop Seamus and the priests of the diocese gathered at the Cathedral to celebrate the annual Chrism Mass. During this liturgy the priests of the diocese renewed their priestly commitment and the bishop blessed the sacred oils - Oil of the Sick, Oil of Catechumens and Oil of Chrism. These oils are to be used in the Sacraments for the coming year. See photos and listen to homily.
The Cathedral and St John's Church, Grainger Street joined together for a joint celebration of the Stations of the Cross.
FORWARD TOGETHER IN HOPE
CONFERENCE ON YOUTH - THE WAY WE SEE IT: A RESPONSE
As we move into these new partnerships, an important emerging is our relationship with young people. The report of the young people’s survey ‘The Way we See it’ and Pope Francis’ call for a Synod on Youth invite us to reflect on this relationship. All adult parishioners and young people of sixth form age are invited to a diocesan conference at the Newcastle Assembly Rooms on Saturday 13 May. Further details are in the booking form available from the Cathedral Office or from the Youth Ministry Team
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.
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.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN
First Holy Communion children - March 26th sharing the Sign of Peace with the congregation.
Newcastle Council of Faiths Interfaith Gathering: See photos and listen to audio from this service which took place on Sunday 26th March at 3.00pm in the Cathedral
Rite of Election - On Sunday March 5th at St Mary’s Cathedral the Rite of Election for our diocese took place. See photos and listen to homily.
Flame 2017 - On Saturday March 11th just under 1,000 young people and their leaders were in London for the Third bi-annual Flame Conference.
First Holy Communion Children -‘The Gifts we offer’ Sunday 12th March - See photos
JP2 Award Ceremony - Four of our young people received their JP2 Gold Awards and Certificates on 2 March. See more information.
Rite of Election - Sunday March 5th - See photos and homily
First Holy Communion Children - At the 10.00am Mass on Sunday, 12th February, our First Holy Communion Children celebrated their Rite of Election See photos
Seafarers thank Cathedral for Gifts - See photos
First Holy Communion Children - On Sunday 15 January at the 10.00am Mass we welcomed our First Holy Communion Children. After the Opening Prayer a special liturgy took place.
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.
Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy celebrates 40 years of ministry Read about this ecumenical work which the Cathedral is part of.