First Holy Communion 

The Church teaches…


It is the responsibility, in the first place, of parents and those who take
the place of parents, as well as with the priest, to see that children who have reached the
age of reason are correctly prepared and are nourished, with the divine food, as early as
CJC 914

In The Parish of the Durham Martyrs, First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are offered to children who are in school Year 4 or above, and are practising their faith in the parish. Children attending non-Catholic schools are most welcome on the
programme. Baptismal evidence will need to be provided. The partnership between the parish and the family is of prime importance and especially so in this next stage of the children’s faith journey. Attendance at parent meetings, commitment to take the children to Mass and to the sessions is vital to each child’s preparation and their readiness to receive the sacraments. Example and commitment are the best forms of teaching the faith and so we will ask the help of you, the parents, to support us as we work together to prepare the children. Parents looking to enrol their children on the programme should contact the Parish Office.

Upcoming Sessions for children preparing for First Holy Communion:

St Godric’s  First Holy Communion Programme


St Joseph’s/ St Thomas More’s First Holy Communion Programme


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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