Welcome

2-FullSizeRenderWelcome to St Mary's Catholic Church, Barnard Castle, a delightful church set in beautiful grounds in historic Barnard Castle, gateway to the hidden gem of Teesdale.

The Catholic Faith has been in Teesdale from very early on. The present Anglican church of St Mary's goes back to Norman times. During the Reformation many local families held on to the Faith and suffered as a consequence.

The modern parish of St Mary's goes back to 1845 when the first parish priest was appointed. He, Father William Allen, bought the Union Hall in the centre of town and transformed it into a parish church. This building served as the centre of the parish until the new church of St Mary's was opened in 1928. The old church was sold and has now been demolished to make way for housing.

The parish of St Mary's extends for the whole of Upper Teesdale, including many villages and especially includes Middleton-in-Teesdale, where a small chapel-of-ease now serves the local people and visitors alike.

Father Elkin retired in Spring 2017. Father Grieves is now our Parish Priest as well as for St Osmund's in Gainford. He celebrates the Saturday Vigil Mass in Barnard Castle at 6:30 pm every week. If you need to contact Father Grieves please either write to St Osmund's Presbytery, Main Road, Gainford, County Durham, DL2 3DZ; telephone on 01325 730191 or email: ilg5394@gmail.com





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You can see our full newsletter, which is updated weekly, under 'Parish News', then 'Newsletter'.      

Holy Week: St Mary’s Catholic Church, Barnard Castle & St Aidan’s Catholic Church, Middleton in Teesdale
Saturday 4th April (PALM SUNDAY)
Vigil Mass & Commemoration of the Lord's Entrance into Jerusalem at 4.00 pm (St Aidan’s) & 6.30 pm (St Mary’s)
Friday 10th April (Good Friday) Celebration of the Lord's Passion at 3.00 pm at St Mary’s, Barnard Castle
Saturday 11th April (Holy Saturday) Easter Vigil & First Mass of Easter  at 7.30 pm at St Mary’s, Barnard Castle
Latin Mass: See dates below in 'Mass Times' section 
First Holy Communion: Monday 2nd March 2020 at 3.45 pm at St Mary’s Catholic School, Birch Road, Barnard Castle. More information from Father Grieves and St Mary’s School
The HOGARTH PARTNERSHIP PLAYERS present 'HENRY' a Tudor Musical, an exciting account of Henry V111 and his six wives. This period costume spectacular will be performed in each parish of our partnership on the dates and times below. All tickets are £5 each and are available in our parish from Father Grieves on 01325 730191.  Please also see the posters for further details. Tickets can be used for any performance in any parish. The tour schedule is:-
Tue 17th March    St Teresa's    7.30pm
Wed 18th March       St Osmond's    7.30pm
Thurs 19th March      St William's    7.30pm
Fri 20th March          Holy Family    7.30pm 
Sun 22nd March      St Augustine's    2.00pm matinee
Mon 23rd March      St Thomas'    7.30pm
Tue 24th March    St Mary's    7.30pm
Thurs 26th March      St Annes    7.30pm
Fri 27th March       St Augustine's    7.30pm 
 
Please come and bring family and friends too!

Mass Times

Monday

None

Tuesday

None

Wednesday  

None

Thursday

Eucharistic Service 10:00

Friday

None

Saturday

Parish Mass 18:30 

Sunday

None

Latin Mass Dates

at 6.30 pm in St Mary’s Catholic Church, Barnard Castle
Tuesday 10th March
Tuesday 14th April
Celebrant: Father Shaun Swales

Holy Week: St Mary’s Catholic Church, Barnard Castle & St Aidan’s Catholic Church, Middleton in Teesdale

Saturday 4th (PALM SUNDAY) Vigil Mass & Commemoration of the Lord's Entrance into Jerusalem at 4.00 pm (St Aidan’s) & 6.30 pm (St Mary’s)
Friday 10th April (Good Friday) Celebration of the Lord's Passion at 3.00 pm at St Mary’s, Barnard Castle
Saturday 11th April (Holy Saturday) Easter Vigil & First Mass of Easter  at 7.30 pm at St Mary’s, Barnard Castle

Other Masses in the Parish (Updated Jan 2020)

Saturdays:
4.00 pm Vigil Mass - First Saturday of the Month(St Aidan’s, Middleton-in-Teesdale)
6.30 pm Vigil Mass (St Mary’s, Barnard Castle)
Sundays:
9.30 am Parish Mass (St Osmund’s, Gainford)
11.30 am Solemn Mass with Choral Mass Setting & Anthems (St Osmund’s, Gainford)
Mondays: at 12 noon (St Osmund’s, Gainford)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: at 10.00 am (St Osmund’s, Gainford)
Thursdays: at 10.00 am (St Mary’s, Barnard Castle)
Fridays: at 7.00 pm (St Osmund’s, Gainford)
 
Confessions after Mass on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
 
More information from Father Grieves (Parish Priest) on 01325 730191
 

 

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