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, Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 2pm.

ADVENT AND CHRISTMASTIDE MASSES For the times of Masses at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church during Advent and Christmastide please click here.

PARISH NEWSLETTER The latest edition is available here  

For this week’s Fun Activities please click here

RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC MASSES AT IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CHURCH  From next Sunday 6 December, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will be open at 9.30am for Mass at 10.00am on Sundays and from Wednesday 9 December at 9.00am for Mass at 9.30am on Wednesdays. Also, as next Tuesday 8 December is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, there will be  an additional Mass at 9.30am. In order to ensure that all those attending Mass can have a seat and be safely accommodated inside the church, please book in by ringing 07388 814715, Monday – Wednesday, 11am – 6pm.  Please be advised this telephone number does not accept text messaging. To maintain a fair system, you are asked to book your place in advance on a weekly basis via this telephone number.

For those attending church for Mass, the wearing of a face covering is mandatory unless a person has an exemption from this. When travelling to and from, entering and inside places of worship, people should observe strict social distancing from anyone not in their household.  In addition, the usual guidance on hygiene, hand sanitising and people with symptoms not attending church applies at this time.

PROPOSED CHRISTMAS MASSES AT IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CHURCH Government regulations permitting, we are planning to have two Parish Christmas Masses at Immaculate Heart Church – 7.00pm on Christmas Eve 24 December (now fully booked) and 9.30am on Christmas Day 25 December. There will also be Mass at 10.00am on Sunday 27 December (Feast of the Holy Family). Booking in for these Masses is essential.  To ‘book in’ please ring 07388 814715, Monday – Wednesday, 11am – 6pm. Please be advised this telephone number does not accept text messaging.  When booking in, you will be asked for the date of the Mass you wish to attend, your name, telephone number and the number in your party. For test and trace purposes, these details will be retained for 21 days, then securely destroyed. Please note there will also be Christmas Mass available on our YouTube channel.

29/11/20 SUNDAY MASS for the First Sunday of Advent (Year B) is now available on our YouTube Channel.  Sunday Morning Mass will continue to be available on our YouTube Channel each Sunday from 9.00am.

Masses broadcast from other locations can be viewed at www.churchservices.tv

Weekday Readings at Mass w/b 30 November – First Week of Advent

N.B. Until further notice, the obligation for the faithful to attend Mass on a Sunday or Holyday of Obligation is suspended.


20/11/20 STATEMENT ON SAFEGUARDING FOLLOWING THE PUBLICATION OF THE IICSA REPORT  The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has recently published its investigation report into the Catholic Church in England and Wales.  Bishop Byrne CO and the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle fully support the Statement on Safeguarding from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales which you can read here.  Bishop Robert’s accompanying statement can be read here.




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