Category Archives: Finchale Partnership

Justice and Peace invitation

The Outreach Committee of the Finchale Partnership is seeking to meet with all Justice and Peace groups within the partnership, and anyone else who has in interest in justice and peace issues, with a view to learning from each other and investigating ways we might work more effectively together across the partnership. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 06 December, from 7:00pm at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Esh Winning. Please contact Fr Robert Riedling at St Patrick’s, Langley Moor with any enquiries (  / (0191) 378 4486).

Preparing our Young People for Confirmation

The parishes of the Finchale Partnership have agreed that we will work together to prepare our young people for Confirmation.  A training session, around the use of the diocesan programme, has been organised.  This is open to those already involved in Confirmation programmes, as well as those interested in getting involved.  The training will be led by Father Michael McCoy, beginning at 7:15pm, on Thursday 06 December, at St. Cuthbert’s, Old Elvet, Durham City.  Light refreshments will be available and the session should last around one hour.  Preferably, email the parish office to confirm your attendance, by Monday 03 December, or feel free to turn up on the evening.

Holy Hours

In his recent pastoral letter, Bishop Seamus asked that we pray that the grace of Jesus Christ will bring hope to the suffering and healing to the wounds of those who have been so deeply hurt by abuse.  He suggested that we should hold Holy Hours in each parish.  In the Finchale Partnership, the Holy Hours will be:

Tuesday 2 October

7.00pm                 St. Cuthbert’s, Durham                 

7.00pm                 St Joseph’s, Ushaw Moor              Mass at 6.30pm

7.00pm                 St Patrick’s, Langley Moor            Mass at 6.30pm

Thursday 4 October

12 noon               St. Cuthbert’s Chapel, Ushaw College

7.00pm                 St. Joseph’s, Gilesgate, Durham

7.00pm                 St John Fisher, Sedgefield, concluding with Benediction

Finchale Partnership: Minutes of the PDG meeting

The Partnership Development Group met at the end of July, to review the first year, and to discuss the activity of our 6 sub-groups. The PDG concluded that we have achieved a lot in our first year, but we need to make sure that we give more people the opportunity to get involved. The minutes of the meeting are on the Partnership webpages, and there is a copy on the noticeboard at the back of church. 

The ‘One Year On’ document which we sent to the Diocese can be found here.

21st June: Mass at Ushaw

Thursday 21st June is the 450th Anniversary of the birth of Aloysius Gonzaga.

The Junior House Chapel at Ushaw was dedicated to the young Saint and his feast was celebrated as a Playday.

Mass will be celebrated in St Joseph’s Chapel, Ushaw, on Thursday 21st June at 12.30pm

The replica statue of Our Lady of Help which was originally in St Aloysius Chapel will be with us in St Joseph’s as we celebrate  the 450th Anniversary Mass.





A Day of Reflection for the Finchale Partnership

On Saturday, April 28th we are planning a Day of Reflection at the Parish Centre in Newhouse.  This will be from 10.30am – 3.30pm.  In this Easter season Fr Jeroen (Minsteracres) will lead us in thinking about ‘Discipleship’. This is for all of us in our partnership of parishes but we’d like to extend a special invitation to those people who have been received into the Church over these past few months, and at Easter.  The day will be free of charge but we ask that people sign up on the list at the back of church.  Tea and coffee will be available but maybe participants could bring a packed lunch.

A Day of Reflection for the Finchale Partnership

We are planning a Day of Reflection at the Parish Centre in Newhouse, Esh Winning on Saturday, April 28th from 10.30am – 3.30pm. In this Easter season Fr Jeroen (Minsteracres) will lead us in thinking about ‘Discipleship’. This is for all of us in our partnership of parishes. We’d like to extend a special invitation to those who have been received into the Church over these past few months, and at Easter. The day will be free of charge but we ask that people sign up in their parish to give us an idea about numbers.

The Finchale Partnership – February meeting of the Partnership Development Group

The Partnership Development Group (PDG) met at the end of February.  At the meeting

  • the PDG supported the proposal from the parishes of Coxhoe, Sedgefield and Trimdon to become one parish.  The proposal has now gone forward to the Episcopal Council.
  • we discussed the appointment of a Youth Ministry Co-ordinator in Durham Martyrs parish; and
  • we discussed the next steps with the Partnership Development Plan following the consultation meeting.

There’ll be more information about the plan after Easter, but in the meantime, you can read the minutes of the PDG meeting here.

The Finchale Partnership: Development Plan

  Our Partnership was set up at Pentecost 2017, and we have made good progress in getting to know each other and starting to work together.  But it’s important that we agree what our priorities are, so that the Partnership takes forward the right things to support and build the church across our 9 parishes.

The Partnership Development Group (PDG) have drafted a development plan, but we need your views on whether we have included the right things, and we need you to get involved with taking forward all that needs to be done.  Please take a copy of the summary draft development plan, and let us have your views, by attending the open meeting at St. Leonard’s School in the main hall on Thursday 22 February at 7.00pm, or contacting Margaret Doyle after Mass or on

The full draft development plan can be viewed at the back of church or on our Partnership webpages

An Advent service for the Finchale Partnership

Our Advent service will be based on the theme of the Jesse tree, and every church in the partnership will be preparing some of the leaves for the tree during the first weeks of Advent.  We will bring all the leaves together at a service on Sunday 17th December at 4.00pm, at St. Cuthbert’s, Durham.  Everyone is welcome and there will be refreshments after the service.

The Finchale Partnership

The Partnership Development Group met for the second time on 13th September.  Following the success of our first partnership event at Ushaw, we have been discussing the strengths of each parish, and the areas where we need support.  We have also been joined by representatives from the primary and secondary schools.  We are beginning to get to know each other better but we still have a lot of work to do to agree the priorities across our 9 parishes.  The Diocese is asking us to look at a range of subjects, from finance and property to liturgy and outreach, and we will need to involve more people in taking things forward once the plans become clearer.  In the meantime, we are planning a partnership newsletter to keep everyone informed, and you can keep up to date with information about the partnership on our webpages, where you will also find the name of your parish representative on the group and the full minutes of the meeting.

Finchale Partnership event

Thank you to everyone who came along to Ushaw College last Sunday for our first Partnership event.  168 people came from across the Partnership, and, despite the weather, we had a great afternoon, with activities for families, tours of the college and Vespers in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel.  Thank you to Ushaw and their volunteers for their hospitality.

There are some photos of the event here


Please join us for our first partnership event at Ushaw today Sunday 23rd July. It is a chance for us to get to know each other and to pray together.

The afternoon starts at 2.00pm, and you are invited to bring a picnic, to join in games and activities for families, and to enjoy the grounds and the buildings at Ushaw. There will be light snacks and drinks available, and the chance to see several exhibitions in the college, including ‘Secret Faith’, a new exhibition of artefacts made by Catholics during the 16th-19th centuries, when Catholicism was illegal. If you would like to join one of the tours (the General Tour, Hidden Ushaw or the Stained Glass), the cost is £5.00. The afternoon will conclude with Vespers in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel at 5.00pm.

When you arrive at Ushaw, a good place to start is the main entrance hall, where there will be information about what is happening where, where to meet for tours and the arrangements for Vespers.

You can find up to date information on the development of Partnerships in our Diocese in the ‘Partnerships Area’ of the diocesan website, Check it out!