Bereavement Support Group

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted" - Matthew 5:4

Our Bereavement Support Group provides Church services and home visits to support our parishioners who have had a bereavement.

 Our Church Services

Celebration of the Lives of Loved Ones

This Mass is held on a Saturday morning around Pentecost time and is an opportunity to reflect on the lives of loved ones and celebrate their lives with the laying of a flower in their memory. We provide refreshments afterwards and the chance to chat with others.



Memorial Sunday Mass of Remembrance

This Mass is held on a Sunday afternoon in November and is aimed at those parishioners who have lost a loved one in the past year. We invite you to light a candle in their name and share seasonal refreshments with us afterwards. We also light a large candle for each of our three Mass centres to commemorate all those we have lost. 


Coffee Mornings

As well as our more formal services, we also hold occasional coffee mornings after Saturday morning Mass, as announced in the bulletin.


Home visits

We can also visit you at home, for a supportive chat. We are guided by Fr Colm on the need for these visits, or you can request a visit by contacting the Parish Secretary

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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