Parish News and Announcements  

Preparations are underway for this year's First Holy Communicants. An information meeting, led by Katie Flood, will take place on Thursday 27th January to give parents a greater understanding of the Sacrament of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr. Colm is then celebrating a talkthrough Mass on Sunday 6th February to further develop the children’s understanding of the Mass. We ask you to keep the children and their families in your prayers.


Durham Martyrs’ Parish Meetings for the Synod are given below. They will all take place at St. Joseph’s, Gilesgate in the Jubilee Room:

Tuesday, 8th February


Sunday, 13th February


Tuesday, 15th February


The Finchale Partnership will be contributing to the views of the Diocese, and the whole church, leading to the Synod of Bishops in October 2023. To help us bring together the views of the Partnership you are invited to a meeting where you will be able to hear about the discussions in each of our parishes, and you’ll have the chance to share your own views too. This will help us to prepare the summary we need to send to the Diocese. The meeting will be at 7.00pm on Thursday 3rd February. Due to the current COVID situation we will be meeting on Zoom and the joining details are available in your parish Facebook Group or from If you aren’t able to attend an on-line meeting you can still contribute your views, by contacting Katie Flood on


Sadly, Alan McNamee left us. His death was not a surprise as he had been struggling with his health for some time now. However, his contribution to our parish was great: Traidcraft, Rota lists, and he was a regular presence at all parish activities, especially the Eucharist, for which he had a deep love. May rest in peace. Our first Confirmation session was very well attended this week. It’s just great being able to return to important sacramental preparation again. I think sighs of relief are being breathed generally as we move towards a more normal way of life. Keep an eye to updates on the Synod of the Laity and year of the Eucharist.