"Charity is the cement which binds Communities to God and person to one another." -St. Vincent de Paul

The SVP is involved in helping those at home and abroad by befriending those who are housebound, helping the homeless, visiting the sick, providing financial support for those in desperate need, supporting prisoners and their families, providing meals for the hungry as well as raising money for feeding stations abroad.  The Durham Martyrs are twinned with 5 Indian twins and 1 Romanian twin sending them £150 a year. If you have any questions about the SVP and the work that we do in Durham and the North East generally, please ask an SVP member, or use the confidential telephone number.

S.V. P confidential number 

07596 821 089

Mini Vinnies are part of the SVP. In our parish, children from Year 4 onwards, from St Godric's RC, St Joseph's RC and St Thomas More RC  Primary Schools have been commissioned as Mini Vinnies. They help with Parish afternoons, coffee mornings, soup lunches and the Mini Triduum service for the sick and the housebound during Holy Week. For more information on the work of Mini Vinnies nationally as a whole please visit the SVP website.

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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