Welcome to our parish website. We hope you find the contents here helpful whether you are a parishioner or a visitor.

If you have an enquiry please either email the Parish Office stmarysphilip@aol.co.uk or call 0191 460 4274. The Parish Secretary, Julie Hindmarsh, can be contacted by email  stmarysphilip@aol.co.uk  or by telephone 07891 162205 during office hours this week Wednesday – Friday, 10am – 2pm.

24/05/20  Seventh Sunday of Easter Year A

Sunday Morning Mass at 9.00am is available from our YouTube Channel which can be accessed here

Diocesan Vicariate for Faith & Mission: Novena to the Holy Spirit The Novena to the Holy Spirit begins nine days of prayer from the Feast of the Ascension to the Feast of Pentecost. We invite you to join us using this link as we pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Recently Deceased  Please remember in your prayers Fr Greg Bugayak who has died recently. Many of you will remember Fr Greg who was a regular annual visitor over many years to St Mary’s Whickham when he was warmly welcomed by Fr Hickey and the parish family. He always brought a very special warmth, insight and humour to us all. Sadly, Fr Greg died suddenly, at the age of 53, in Warsaw on Sunday 17 May 2020. Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.

  • Until further notice, all churches are to remain closed and public liturgies, including Mass, will not be celebrated in our churches. Because of this exceptional situation, the obligation for the faithful to attend Mass on a Sunday or Holyday of Obligation and to fulfil Easter Duties at this time is removed.
  • Fr Peter will celebrate Mass without a congregation on Sundays for the People of the Parish and also on weekdays without a congregation as announced in the weekly parish newsletter – see this week’s newsletter here
  • Whilst parishioners cannot be physically present for these Masses, they can join in the celebration of Mass by making a Spiritual Communion while the Mass is being celebrated.
  • For this week’s Fun Activities please click here
  • Please note all parish meetings /gatherings are suspended until further notice.
  • During this time of trial, our homes will now become the centre for daily prayer for many people. Home becomes a ‘house church’ and daily reflection on the readings for Mass and the Rosary would be two good sources of direction for prayer and reflection. Please see the diocesan website rcdhn.org.uk for further information and resources.
  • Live broadcasts of Mass from various locations and at various times can be found at the following website: churchservices.tv 


A number of parishioners are offering support to other parishioners who are vulnerable or self-isolating. If you or a friend or relative would welcome a phone call, a bit of shopping, want the newsletter dropping through your letterbox etc. please phone 07570 045976.  Your request will be passed to a trusted parishioner who will contact you to discuss your request. It would be helpful if those parishioners who have contact with others who are not able to access the parish website/newsletter online could alert them to this item. Thank you.

Also, as part of the diocesan pastoral care of parishioners and others during this COVID-19 lockdown, a number of qualified counsellors and listeners have generously made themselves available to anyone who may be troubled by the negative effects of the situation. These counsellors and listeners can be contacted through the St Mary’s Cathedral Listening Service on 0191 232 6953 and the Northumberland Listening Service on 07732 980740.

THE NORTHERN CROSS The May edition of The Northern Cross (online version only and with subscription) is now available at www.northerncross.org.uk

MESSAGE FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF ENGLAND AND WALES The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales recognise that this time of the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every person in our countries. Those who are sick, and their families, are suffering many hardships of isolation from contact with those they love. Our front-line workers in hospitals and in care homes all over our lands are giving exceptional service to those who are vulnerable at this time. In order to showa spiritual solidarity with all those who are involved in the ways described above, each week from Thursday 23 April, a Catholic Bishop has celebrate Mass in his Cathedral which has been live-streamed for people to join. The final Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 28 May at 7pm:

Thursday 28 May
Bishop Terence Drainey
St Mary’s Cathedral, Middlesbrough
YouTube Channel

You can also visit the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website for further linkswww.cbcew.org.uk

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