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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 Peter Damian
Wednesday 21 February, .
The Chair of St Peter, Apostle
Thursday 22 February, .
St Polycarp
Friday 23 February, .
St David, Patron Saint of...
Thursday 1 March, .
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no mass at St. Aidan's, Middleton in Teesdale 




10:00 (TLM)




No Mass




10:00 & 18:30 Parish Mass


09:30 (TLM)

This is the only Mass today. Parish Mass is now on Saturday at 18:30.
TLM = Traditional Latin Mass For Mass Intentions please see Fr. Elkin.

How to find us
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