Parish Council

The purpose of the Parish Council is to enable the laity and clergy of the parish to share responsibility for the whole parish life and its relationship with the wider community by:


  • Discerning the gifts and needs of the parish and community;

  • co-ordinating the activities of parish groups and organisations;

  • endeavouring to involve the whole of the parish in the work of the church in response to present and future needs;

  • being a means of fostering a sense of community in the parish; to provide an open forum for discussion of parish concerns

  • and finally being a means of communication between the parish and local church and secular bodies.


The members of the Parish Council are the parish priest, a mixture of “foundation” and elected members plus Health and Safety and Safeguarding representatives . The Parish Council has four standing committees reporting into it, Finance , Maintenance, Liturgy and Social (including fundraising) whose chairs are also members of the Council. Further steering or “task and finish” groups are set up as required by the Parish Council (e.g. St Godric’s Church Development group) to deliver specific projects delegated to them.

Minutes from Parish Council Meetings

You can view the minutes from Parish Council Meetings below

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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