Thought from Fr. Colm - 3rd April 2020

The first thing I’d like to mention is my hope that you are all coping well in lockdown. It does affect us in different ways, depending on our own particular personalities.Perhaps the most helpful advice is that we try to develop a discipline. Keep busy, don’t slouch around. As a wise Hebridean islander said, “it’s easy to fritter away your time, and that is very soul destroying.” So do try not to.

One area of challenge for all of us in the Durham Martyrs’ Parish is just how we adapt to social media. Marjorie is working on the bulletin and answering emails etc., and Leanne and Katie are developing our website on a daily basis. Thank you to them. But for us to have access to as many as possible, it is important to educate so many of our older parishioners on its use. So perhaps younger family members, or friends, might see this time as an opportunity to do just that. If I can adjust, anyone can. We are trying to re-connect with as many parishioners as possible in these trying times, especially the more isolated. We need everyone’s support here. Do let us know via the parish website or through Marjorie, or me. Thanks. Do continue to look after yourselves, and continue to pray for all of us.

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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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