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. 

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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 Thomas Mason is our new parish priest. Contact details: Mobile: 07876 308657. Email: barnardcastle.stmary@rcdhn.org.uk
St Mary’s Presbytery, Birch Road, Barnard Castle, County Durham. 



Other Masses in the Parish

In the the light of Covid 19 and local restrictions, and for the foreseeable future, the churches are open for mass 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 Mary’s 
12.00 noon at St Osmund’s
6 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St Mary’s


For more information on the parish of S. Osmund in Gainford, visit their web-site https://www.stosmunds.co.uk
The local Ordinariate Group also meet there, their web-site can be found at https://www.ordinariate-darlington.co.uk and their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stosmundsgainford/

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St. Mary's Catholic Church is OPEN for mass on Saturdays at 6:30 pm and Thursdays at 10am. Exposition of the blessed sacrament is on Fridays 6-7pm. 

Latest covid guidance:

Social distancing of 1 metre (a little over 3 feet) remains in place between different households.

Face-coverings are now recommended rather than required. Fr Thomas will continue to wear one while distributing Holy Communion.

The use of one-way systems in churches is no longer needed and therefore both doors can be used as entrances and exits.

Congregational singing can resume (wearing face-coverings whilst doing so).

Mass cards and hymn books can be used.

Mass bookings are not needed, unless numbers are likely to exceed the capacity of the church. The P.P.C. decided that it would like to continue to have stewards on Saturdays but to have them as welcomers to the parish rather than to check details.


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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.