Check out our new 'Reflections' page on our website. Short reflective passages provided to us by the Spirituality department at the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. 


Tuesday 11th December at 4.00 pm - ST MARY’S RC SCHOOL CAROL SERVICE followed by mulled wine, mince pies & other refreshments around the
Christmas bonfire at St Mary’s School.
Saturday 22nd December FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT - 6.30 pm Parish Vigil Mass

Monday 24th December CHRISTMAS EVE 11.30 pm Midnight Mass & Blessing of the Christmas Crib. Mass Setting: Mass in G by Schubert.

Tuesday 25th December CHRISTMAS DAY 11.00 am Family Mass of the Day

Confessions before Christmas:
Friday 21st December from 6 pm (Gainford)
Saturday 22nd December from 5.30 pm

Parish Priest: Father Grieves 01325 730191

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Welcome 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 but remains active in the church as the Priest in Residence celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass on Sunday and Tuesday as well as weekday and Saturday morning masses (except Thursday).
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:

St John of Canisius
Friday 21 December, .
St John of Kanty
Sunday 23 December, .
The Nativity of The Lord
Tuesday 25 December, .
St Stephen, First Martyr
Wednesday 26 December, .
PLEASE NOTE: Masses at St. Aidan's, Middleton in Teesdale will take place monthly on the first Saturday of the month, please see the calendar for details. Refreshments will be available after the service.




Eucharistic Service 10:00






Eucharistic Service 10:00


 18:30 Parish Mass





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