Thought from Fr. Colm - 26th June

Quite an amount of information arrives daily at the parish office regarding church openings etc. You will receive more this weekend on the parish website and newsletter. While all is positive news, can I ask caution re dangers of contagion and a possible second spike. Can I ask especially, those in the vulnerable age category, and with underlying health problems, to be especially cautious. The parish council met on Zoom this week and looked at a number of issues, especially church openings. Since that meeting I received from the Diocese notification that St. Godric’s will be in the next but one, trench of churches to open. Many thanks to those of you who have already volunteered to assist with the preparation of our churches to open. We will be in touch as soon as dates are given. You will notice that the Hardship Fund is being set up. With furlough still in operation, we may not be aware of critical need just yet. But the anticipation nationwide is that things may become more critical quite soon. Sadly, we lost Joan Humble this week. With her dry sense of humour, and equally big heart, she will be a big loss, especially to our gatherings at St. Bede’s for daily Mass and Services of Word and Communion. We hope that the parish packs continue to give the joy we have had reflected back to us in the past. Thanks for the positive feedback.

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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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