Romero Anniversary Mass

Picture1Join parishioners of St Mary’s Hencotes, Hexham NE46 2EB 10.00am, Sunday 22 October

For their Mass to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero.

Tea/coffee and cake will be served afterwards along with a showing of the film “Romero”.

All are most welcome to attend.


Hexham and Newcastle campaigners attend retreat to reflect on the Year of Mercy

Katie Binns, our communications intern, reports on a day well-spent in Leeds.

CAFOD Campaigners attended a special day of reflection where explored how they can continue to live out Pope Francis’ call to be “witnesses of mercy.”

On 19th November, enthusiastic campaigners from our diocese attended a special CAFOD retreat day where they reflected on their understanding of the Year of Mercy.


Pope Francis’ latest encyclical is bigger than just climate change!

During the day, the volunteers attended workshops, where they learned about the meaning of mercy, studied extracts from Laudato Si’ and explored the story of the Prodigal Son.

Dave Cross, Community Participation Coordinator, said, “It was really good to unpack the main messages behind Laudato Si’ that took us beyond just seeing the encyclical as something about climate change; but it was something much more than that.”

They then had a shared a lunch, which was made from contributions from the group, each bringing their own dish. After lunch, they group had time for personal reflection where they then re-joined to share their thoughts.

The Year of Mercy officially ended on the 20 November, on the Feast of Christ the King and celebrations were held across the country.

Throughout the month of November, CAFOD held 17 retreat days across the country where attendees discussed the works of mercy and the meaning linked to action in our families, communities and in our world.

Campaigns Manager, Sarah Croft, said: “The retreat was an opportunity to be refreshed and sustained; it allowed volunteers to take time out from everyday life to reflect on their own faith journey, in the company of other CAFOD supporters and in peaceful surroundings.

During the day, we explored the Scriptures and Church teaching together. We also took time to learn from each other’s experiences and to be inspired and enriched by stories from CAFOD’s campaigning and work overseas.”

Go to the CAFOD website for a range of resources to help you to pray and reflect on Laudato Si’ and the spirituality of creation. You can also find some suggestions for ways in which you can join with our campaign for climate justice.


CAFOD Hexham & Newcastle Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Holy Island, Saturday 10 September 2016.

Come and join us for our CAFOD Hexham and Newcastle Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Holy Island on Saturday 10 September. This year our pilgrimage will focus on the refugee crisis and people will be asked to write messages of hope which will be presented to refugees later in the year. We will be using the Lampedusa Cross reflections throughout the pilgrimage.

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Crossing to Holy Island on The Pilgrim’s Way

Our walk across the causeway begins promptly at 12.30pm. There will be a coinciding liturgy in St Aidan’s RC church on the island at 1.30pm and the day will conclude with Holy Mass, celebrated by Fr Chris Hughes at 3.00pm in St Mary’s church in the priory grounds.

We need volunteers on the day!  We need stewards, musicians, readers, Eucharistic Ministers… can you help? If so please get in touch either by email; or by phoning 0191 384 4847