Category Archives: Community


We look forward to welcoming May Rosalia Bottoms, baby daughter of Anna and John, and granddaughter of Jane and Richard Abram, during Mass today Sunday 7 May. May Rosalia will then be baptised on Sunday 14 May at 11:30am. All are welcome to attend.

Durham Miners’ Gala, 9 July 2016

This year’s Miners’ Gala is on Saturday 9 July, and as usual we will be selling refreshments to raise money for charity. If you can help on the day itself, or with preparations beforehand, please sign up on the list at the back of church.

We are also looking for contributions of quiche and of cakes. Please sign up on the list if you can help, so we will have some idea of how much we may need to buy.

And, of course, if you are visiting the Gala, do drop in to our little oasis of peace and (relative) quiet!

Chaplaincy Mass of Thanksgiving, BBQ and Garden Party

The last Saturday of the University Term, 18 June 2016, sees a double celebration. At 12:15pm there will be a Mass of Thanksgiving for the academic year now ending. All are warmly invited.

The Mass will be followed by a barbecue and garden party for all members of the Chaplaincy past and present – current students and staff as well as alumni.

NB As a result of these celebrations, there will be no Mass at 9:15am on Saturday 18 June.

Parish Evening: Citizenship as Christians

The heavenly cityDuring the university term the students gather at the Chaplaincy each Wednesday for ‘Cathsoc night’ and on Wednesday 13th January, we will be doing something similar for the Parish. There will be exposition from 6.30pm and the opportunity for confession. Mass is at 7.00pm, and we will gather after Mass (at about 7.30pm) for a shared meal and a discussion, about our role as citizens in Durham today, concluding with prayer at about 9.00pm. You are welcome to come along for as little or as much of the evening as you like.

Carol Singing and Children’s Christmas Party

On Sunday 20 December please do come along and join us to sing Christmas Carols for the residents of Hallgarth Care Home. We will meet at the church at 1:45pm to walk up to the home.

Following the carol singing there will be a childrens party in the parish room 3:30 – 5:30pm. All children (big and small) are welcome to join us for fun and party games. Please bring something for a shared party tea.

Soup lunch

A simple soup lunch will be available after the 12:15 Mass on Friday, 6 November. Donations requested for the Parish’s international development work.

If there is sufficient support it is hoped this can become a monthly “First Friday” event once again.

Young people’s pizza and film night

For Year 7 and upwards a pizza and film night will take place on Saturday 10 October at 5:30pm. We will have our usual shared meal and watch a film together or possibly the new episode of Dr Who. Please bring something for a shared table. Please feel free to bring a friend or two! Everybody is welcome.

YCW Durham Informal Evening

YCW (Young Christian Workers) Durham invite you to an informal evening on Monday 10th August 2015, starting at approximately 6.30pm @ Ushaw College. 

As well as meeting YCW Durham members, the evening will include:

  • A small tour of Ushaw College
  • Food (we all bring some along for all to enjoy)
  • Guest Speaker – Sophia Stovall, Young Patrons Programme, Durham Cathedral
We are a group of people who meet up & use the gospels to reflect on the challenges in work & life and discuss topics of interest. We are under the national ‘YCW’ programme and whilst the word ‘Young’ is in our title, we don’t have an age limit!

We also hold regular socials. ‘Like’ our Facebook page – – for updates on meetings, events & socials. You can also contact us on email:

Parish Garden Party

Don’t forget that, to celebrate the completion of the fundraising for the £300,000 project of restoration of the church stonework and Harry Clarke window, there will be a Garden Party after the 10:00am Mass on Sunday 28 June. There will be a barbeque available to cook your own food with salads, bread etc. provided on a shared table basis.

Open House Weekend

Judy McLean will be hosting an Open House Exhibition of her paintings, drawings and etchings over the weekend of Friday 12 June – Sunday 14 June and proceeds will go to charity. All are welcome; Please see the poster on the notice board for more details.

Lenten Fridays: Vespers, Stations, Film

Each Friday in Lent we are be celebrating Vespers and Stations of the Cross at 6:15pm. Following Stations (c. 7:00pm), we will also show an appropriate film. Do come for some or all of the evening. 

Friday 27 March is the last Friday of Lent before Good Friday; being “Passiontide” we will show Mel Gibson’s powerful (and at times disturbing) film The Passion of the Christ, starring Jim Caviezel as Christ as he endures his last twelve hours. NB not suitable for children.