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There are currently NO public Masses or services being said  in the parish as the Catholic Bishops conference of England and Wales announced "following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches."

To read their official announcement please visit their website.

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As a precautionary measure we are cancelling all youth groups and youth ministry activities until further notice. We will instead be focusing on our social media presence.

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 Wednesday 08/07/20Fr. Colm Hayden
00:00 / 04:12

Our parish council meeting this week to discuss the Hardship Fund, and best ways of implementing it. Our thanks to Syd Rooke and Peter Mackie from the local Credit Union for sharing their experiences with us. We continue to work on the safest ways of opening St. Godric’s and St. Joseph’s. As you know, the experts are telling us that Coronavirus has not gone away. We have to be absolutely certain that we have in place the best possible measures to ensure that we have a safe environment for you to return to pray. The First Holy Communions were also discussed. As with weddings and baptisms, we are in uncharted waters. As to when the postponed June dates will now take place, the answer is: we simply do not know. There are too many important hurdles to be crossed before we can even consider dates. But of this we can presume with ever growing certainty: they will not be in the same format as previously. We may have to stagger the groups of children from across the Parish using as best we can both of our churches, or if needs be, one of our churches, if safety is the deciding factor. Again, safety will ultimately dictate when, where and in what format we have them. The smaller the gatherings, the lower the health risks. I’m sure guidelines will follow, anyhow. Rest assured that we haven’t forgotten this very important sacrament. I think you’ll all also agree that children have huge pressures on them right now in their adjusting to new learning environments, as do the schools, who have a pivotal role in the catechetical programme of First Holy Communions. One step at a time is of vital importance right now. Thanks.

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The parish of the Durham Martyrs incorporates the Catholic churches of Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric, St Bede and St Joseph 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

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