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. 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. Father Grieves’ contact details: Landline:01325 730191 Mobile: 0777 559 1105  Email: ilg5394@gmail.com, St Osmund's Presbytery, Main Road, Gainford, County Durham, DL2 3DZ.


Other Masses in the Parish

In the the light of Covid 19 and local restrictions, and for the foreseeable future, the Masses will be as follows:
6.30 pm at St Mary’s 
9.30 am and 11.30 am at St Osmund’s
10.00 am at St Osmund’s
10.00 am at St Osmund’s
10.00 am at St Mary’s




Click here to read this week's Newsletter 

Saturdays: 6.30 pm
Thursdays: 10.00 am

To ensure proper social distancing the capacity of the church is reduced to 28 people, and to comply with the requirement for Track and Trace it will be necessary to book a place at all Masses. For the 6.30 pm Parish Vigil Mass & 10.00 am Thursday Mass please CALL or TEXT 07385 175872. Please provide your name, day & time you wish to attend, number of individuals and a contact phone number.

What you can expect the church to look like when returning to mass.

Entrance at the front door. Exit at the side door.

IMG 0373IMG 0372

Hand sanitiser station on entry and before taking communion. Please wear masks. If you forget, we have some spares. 
IMG 0377

Follow the yellow spots one way system.
IMG 0379
Stewards will show you to the places you can sit, indicated by this symbol.
IMG 0384

Urgent Appeal to Continue Donations Please follow the link for instructions - click here.

Mass in Private

You can celebrate Holy Mass in Private - Click Here. 
There are also live streams available following these links:
The Vatican YouTube channel

Prayers during Covid-19 pandemic

Some prayers for the many different aspects of this uncertain time - Click Here.