St Joseph's Birtley

Catholic Parish of St Joseph's Birtley, Birtley Lane, Birtley DH3 1LJ

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We extend a warm welcome to parishioners and visitors to our parish website.

If you are visiting our church or are new to the parish, you a very welcome.

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Parish Newsletter

If you would like sign up to receive the Parish Newsletter by email please use this Churchdesk Form and the newsletter will be sent to you each week.

Benedict Partnership

We are part of the Benedict Partnership and our member churches are:
Our Blessed Lady Immaculate, Washington
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Penshaw
St Bede, Sacriston
St Cuthbert, Chester-le-Street
St Bede, Washington
St John Boste, Washington
St Michael Houghton-le-Spring

Priests and Deacons

Father Mark Millward
0191 4163583

Father Jim O'Keefe
0191 4163805

Father Martin Wheaton
0191 4102923

Deacon Peter Lavery
0191 4102530
Mob: 07305 059297

Times of Coronavirus

Full Closure of Catholic Churches

Bishop Byrne made the following announcement on Tuesday 24th March:

"Following the Prime Minister's recent statement and instructions from Bishops' Conference of England and Wales I am sad to say that all churches must be closed and remain closed with immediate effect."

We are now Live-Streaming Masses

Mass is live-streamed at 10.00am every day from one of our churches. You can access the streaming from this Facebook page.

Please take this opportunity to experience one or more of the live-streaming Masses from your local Church.

Mass Streaming

Standing Order for Offertory Donations

You can set up a Standing Order for your Offertory Donations to the parish by using this Standing Order Form. You can also use the form to Gift Aid your donations which can boost your donations by 25p for every pound you donate.

Reporting of Sick and those Recently Dead

There are now two contact forms to report sick and those recently dead which will allow us to easily collect information and make it known through the website and/or the newsletter about those who need our prayers as a community at this time.

Use the Sick Form to report sick and the RIP Form to report those who have recently died.

Please pray for those who are experiencing illness at this time.
Click here to see details

Also remember in your prayers those who have recently died. Bereavements within the Parish of St Joseph's gives further details.

There are some valuable resources below:

  1. The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have issued some guidelines to enable Catholic churches and organisations to find the relevant information in one place. Visit their website for the latest guidance and advice.
  2. The Liturgy Office of the Bishops' Conference has compiled a prayer resource for people affected by the Covid–19 virus. Read it here.
  3. Church Services TV stream live Masses from many locations across the UK and The Tablet has put together a useful Summary of Resources you can use.
  4. More information can be found on the Diocesan Website.

The Pope

Bishop Robert Byrne

Bishop Robert Byrne The installation of our new Bishop Robert Byrne was celebrated on March 25th.
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A Catholic Parish

As a Catholic Parish we are dedicated to:

• Worshipping God and celebrating Sacraments

• Growing in knowledge of our Catholic faith and sharing it with others

• Supporting each other and anyone in need

SVP Bridge Over Toubled Waters Appeal

In December, the SVP launched an appeal for items for the SVP Blackfriars Support Centre. The response to the appeal was fantastic giving much support for the homeless and needy in Newcastle.
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CAFOD Live Simply Award

CAFOD Live Simply Award Our Parish of St Josephs has recently been registered for the CAFOD Live Simply Award.
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