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Papal Letter to the People of God

The letter of the Holy Father Pope Francis to the people of God, referenced in last weekend’s pastoral letter from Bishop Séamus is available for viewing on the Vatican website. Bishop Séamus encourages all members of the diocese to ‘read

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Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions: June 2018

This month, let us join Pope Francis and the Church throughout the world in praying that social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences. A video message from the Holy Father can be viewed by

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Visit of the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

Next weekend, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September, as part of the preparations for the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue and relics of Ss. Francisco and Jacinta will be visiting St

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Pilgrimage Walk from Finchale Priory to Durham Cathedral

Two members of the Confraternity of St. James will be walking part of the Camino Inglés in County Durham and would welcome anyone that would like to join them on their walk from Finchale Priory to Durham Cathedral. During the

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Forward Together in Hope – Partnership Meetings

On Thursday 9th February, our diocesan partnership proposals will be presented at two simultaneous meetings. Bishop Séamus will attend one of the meetings and our Vicar General, Fr Martin Stempczyk the other.  Our Episcopal Vicars and other Board members have

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FTIH: Episcopal Vicariate Meeting

As a continued exploration of future partnerships in our area, there will be a meeting for those from the Sunderland and East Durham area at St. Robert of Newminster School, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE38 8AF on Thursday 20th October at

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Home Mission Sunday 2016

Home Mission Sunday is celebrated this Sunday (18th September) and is themed “Proclaim the Joy of Love”. On this day we are encouraged to pray for the work of evangelisation in England and Wales, remembering in our prayers especially those

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Transfer of Holy Day of Obligation on 15th August (Assumption of the BVM)

The Holy Day of Obligation that would normally fall on 15th August to celebrate the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary, has for this year been transferred to the preceding day, Sunday 14th August by the Bishops of England and Wales

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Reconfiguration of Dominican Communities in England and Scotland

An announcement from the Dominican Friars in England and Scotland on a reconfiguration of their communities in Britain: Since their foundation in 1216, the Dominican Friars have always responded dynamically to the changing needs of the world around them, in

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Friday Abstinence – 3rd and 24th June 2016

Since 2011, the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have called upon Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays in accordance with Canon 1251 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law. However this requirement does not apply to solemnities falling

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