Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence, or another act of self-denial and Ash Wednesday Masses and Distribution of Ashes in the parish will be as follows:

St. Godric's School - 9.30am
St. Godric's Church - 10.00am
St. Joseph's Church - 7.00pm

Our charity soup lunches will run each Friday during Lent.

 Remaining available dates are:  27th March. Please contact the parish secretary if you wish to host a lunch.

28th February - The Bereavement Group
6th March - Homeless Project Team
13th March - Inclusive Church Group
20th March - SVP
3rd April - Justice and Peace Group

Please join Dori Berahya, a qualified spiritual director, for an informal discussion of the Sunday Mass readings for all five Sundays in March (1, 8, 15, 22, 29). We are trying a new venue in hopes of hearing better! We will meet at the Bridge Hotel, 40 North Road, after the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Godric's.

Sunrise Services at St. Joseph’s will take place each weekday morning at 7.30am beginning Thursday, 27th February.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays you are invited to come and join the children for a ten minute service of Word and Communion in St. Bede’s Chapel in St. Godric’s School at 8.45a.m. A lovely way for all ages to combine and begin the day together in prayer. This will run from Thursday 27th February until school finishes for Easter.

Each Friday during Lent, one of our parish groups will lead Stations of the Cross at 7.00pm in each of our three churches/chapels:


Friday, 28th February, St. Godric's 
Friday, 6th March,  St Joseph's
Friday, 20th March, St. Bede's Chapel
Friday, 27th March, St. Godric's
Friday, 13th March, St. Joseph's 
Friday, 3rd April, St. Bede's Chapel 
Good Friday, 10.00am,  St. Joseph's

For our housebound/elderly parishioners who can't always attend our services, there will be a Mini Triduum at St. Joseph's on the Wednesday of Holy Week, 8th April, at 2.00pm followed by tea and a chance to talk.

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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