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 Elkin retired in Spring 2017. Father Grieves is now our Parish Priest as well as for St Osmund's in Gainford. 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 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 Osmund’s
10.00 am at St Mary’s




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Saturdays: 6.30 pm

Thursdays: 10.00 am


To ensure proper social distancing the capacity of the church is reduced, 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.

World day of prayer that was due to be held on 5th March at the church is cancelled. Live stream will be available on wwdp.org.uk. 

You may use the website to donate: direct to the Office

Or text message to 70085 using the phrase 2021WDP and then adding the amount you wish to donate i.e., 2021WDP   

The North East Catholic Writers` Guild are running a literary competition for schoolchildren – the theme is: 
“Compose a hopeful prayer for this difficult time”
Maximum 20 lines. The lines don`t have to rhyme.Open to 8-10 year-olds. 
Please include your age, name, address and phone number and send to: 
Veronica Whitty,Secretary, Catholic Writers` Guild (NE)51 Queen`s Crescent, Wallsend, NE28 8DW  
Or e-mail: veronicawhitty@hotmail.com 
Deadline: 8th April 2021 
NB: Entries: excludes anyone related to any member of the Guild or related to anyone connected with the Northern Cross. 


Six Wednesday evening Bible Study sessions, to break-open each Lenten Sunday Gospel. You will experience Sunday Mass in a new way!
Mauro Iannicelli will walk you through the forthcoming Sunday Gospel with in-depth teaching and stimulating questions.
The sessions  are delivered with ‘Expository Preaching’ teaching method & with ‘Life-Application’ questions.
Wed 17th Feb - Wed 24 Mar, 2021 | 7pm- 8:30pm (Free & Live sessions)
Info & Registration: https://comeandsee.org/lent

The Lenten Daily Reflections are now available at http://www.rcdhn.org.uk/faithandmission/prayerlentresources.php to view, read, download and print.  Whilst we acknowledge many of our parishioners enjoy the printed versions of the daily reflections, this year we are also offering the daily reflections by email – one sent per day – for anyone who would like to receive them digitally.  Please subscribehere to register for daily reflections by email starting from Ash Wednesday.

This is what you can expect when you return to the church.

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

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Hand sanitiser station on entry. Please wear masks. If you forget, we have some spares. 
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Follow the yellow spots one way system.
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Stewards will show you to the places you can sit, indicated by this symbol.
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Click Here to donate to our Church to help with maintaining a beautiful place of peace and worship. We are especially in need at the moment as attendance is less.

Click here to help with the Northern Cross (Catholic newspaper) appeal

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.