Out of Darkness: Services for our mining community

Wednesday 11th October will see a special Day of Prayer to honour the mining community and its legacy in Bishop Auckland and to give thanks for the opening of the Mining Art Gallery. St Mary’s Church will be part of this and will be holding a Service of Peace at 2pm on this day, where the stained glass windows by Tom McGuinness will be a focus point. Light refreshments will be provided after the service. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact us if you’d like to know more.

Following the service here on the afternoon, there will also be an Evening of Thanksgiving at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church in the market place featuring singer-songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones who has composed music in response to mining art and the stories of miners and their families. There will be an interval when drinks and nibbles will be available during which people can chat with mining artist Norman Cornish’s son John and mining writer Sid Chaplin’s son Michael.

Week of Prayer: United Service

We are already a few days into the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which started on Wednesday 18th January.

As part of this special week, there will be a United Service at St Mary’s Church on Sunday 22nd January at 3pm with a guest speaker, Revd David Herbert, Moderator of the Northern Synod of the United Reformed Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The final service for the Week of Prayer is on Wednesday 25th January and will, as usual, be in St Paul’s Church at Witton Park at 7pm. This day is the feast of the Conversion of St Paul.

Northern Cross Communicators’ Mass

On Tuesday 18th October at 7pm at St Mary’s Church, Bishop Auckland, we will be hosting the Northern Cross Communicators’ Mass. Bishop Seamus Cunningham will be in attendance as this is one of his engagements across the diocese.

Harvest Masses – 1st & 2nd October

Our parish will be holding its annual Harvest Masses over the weekend of 1st and 2nd October ahead of the Harvest Fast Day on 7th October 2016. With YOUR help, this harvest day you can help CAFOD help Bolivian communities learn modern farming methods to grow their foods and ensure they don’t go hungry this year. Further updates will be available in our weekly bulletin.

Please see the CAFOD poster for more information.

Dates for Family Masses in June

The parish works in partnership with our local Catholic schools to give young people the opportunity to play a leading role in the monthly Family Masses (Term time only). Young people who do not attend the local schools are also welcome to participate. Our next Family Masses are on:

  • 12th June 16, at 11am in St Mary’s Church
  • 19th June 16, at 9.30am in St Wilfrid’s Church.

All are welcome.