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Number of places for Mass

St Godric's 44  

St Joseph's 59

For Saturday and Sunday Masses, the deadline for requesting a place at Mass is 2.00pm on Friday.  Please continue to book in for Mass. Some people are not booking in and just turning up at some of our weekend Masses.  This gives extra work to the stewards and you run the risk of being turned away if the church is full. You no longer need to book a place at the weekday Masses, but will have to give your contact details to the stewards on arrival.

In accordance with Government Guidelines, each time you reserve a place, Marjorie will need your name and a contact number for track and trace purposes, should this become
necessary. If you leave a voicemail message, please leave your number as well.

For more information about days, booking in and staying safe at Mass please click the link below. 

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We are currently holding virtual youth groups online. For more information please email Katie 

You can learn more about the Parish Youth Ministry by visiting the link below 


Following the government's official advice re: mass/social gatherings  our Parish Groups, meetings and events are currently cancelled until further notice. 

You can learn more about the wide variety of groups within our Parish here.

Listen to an audio reflection from Fr. Colm below:

Reflection Sunday 7/2/21Fr. Colm Hayden
00:00 / 05:29

"What is done to be seen by others is poured into the wind …. what is human praise but the sound of the whistling winds.” An anonymous early Christian writer. And so begins the theme of Lent – being true to ourselves and discover what is authentic. What is our truest self. I’m sure many of us feel that we’ve had more enforced time alone to be real than we’d care for. The challenge to our mental well-being has been very real also. And so, as we begin to emerge from a year like no other, we are really challenged to keep an eye to the purpose of it all – Easter. I can say all of this, of course, from the comfort of not really being on the frontline. But there are those, especially hospitals and schools’ staff – of which there are many of you in the parish – who were, and still are, in that same frontline to make sure essential services are still functioning. We say a big “thank you” to your courage. At parish level, our group of stewards also continue to keep our churches open. Ironically, it is probably the younger members of our parish community that are probably more vulnerable now, as the older members will have had their first vaccine jab. Let’s not be too hasty in wishing to return to normality. The scientists are very clear about the dangers of impatience. They are clear that its too early to tell how safe those who have one jab, or even two of the vaccine injections, are. Caution and patience, words that don’t roll off the tongue easily, are still very much required. None more so than within our churches. Please continue to take care. “Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you, and scorn in the one ahead.”

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About Us 

The parish of the Durham Martyrs incorporates the Catholic churches of Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric, St Bede and St Joseph (Gilesgate) in Durham City. We are part of the Finchale Partnership and based within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

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St. Bede,

St Godric's RC Primary School, Carrhouse Drive,


DH1 5LZ 

Our Lady of Mercy

and St Godric

Castle Chare

St Joseph

Mill Lane

Marjorie, the Parish Secretary's working hours are 8:30am -4:00pm Tues - Fri. If you email outside these hours you will receive a response when Marjorie is back in the office. 

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