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

Latest Updates

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

Latin Mass: See dates below in 'Mass Times' section 
First Holy Communion: Monday 3rd February 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

Mass Times








Eucharistic Service 10:00




Parish Mass 18:30 



Latin Mass Dates

at 6.30 pm in St Mary’s Catholic Church, Barnard Castle
Tuesday 11th February
Tuesday 10th March
Tuesday 14th April
Celebrant: Father Shaun Swales

Other Masses in the Parish (Updated Jan 2020)

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)
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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