Cathedral Church of St Mary Newcastle upon Tyne

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St Mary's Cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

  • Sundays

    8.00am (Spoken)
    10.00am (Cantor)
    11.30am (Cathedral Choir)
    6.30pm (Music Group)

  • Mondays – Fridays

    8.00am, 12.05pm

  • Saturdays 


Fr Dermott Donnelly (Dean & Diocesan Director of Youth Services)
Fr Shaun Purdy (Assistant Priest)
Fr John Skivington (Retired)

St. Mary's Cathedral
Clayton Street West
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Tel: +44 (0)191 232 6953



Have you ever considered going to Lourdes as part of the Diocesan Pilgrimage? Booking Forms for the 2017 Pilgrimage are now available from Tangney Tours (01732 886 666). There are several opportunities whilst in Lourdes to offer your services either as helpers, youth, nurses. If you are interested check out the Hexham and Newcastle Lourdes Pilgrimage Website


Following on from Bishop Seamus’ Pastoral Letter details of the the new partnerships have now been made avaiilable.

The 150 parishes in the diocese are now gathered into 18 partnerships. See details.


As a Cathedral, in conjunction with Pauline Books and Media we are looking for people of the Parish to donate a Bible to our Cathedral Primary School, Our Lady and St Anne’s. See details


At St Mary's Cathedral we currently have 11 of our young people actively involved in the John Paul 11 Award programme. As well as taking a very active role in the Cathedral community they help at the Little Sisters of the Poor, St Joseph’s Home, where they serve meals to the residents. Read more.

Magnus Williamson will return to the Cathedral to give an Organ Recital after 12.05pm Mass on Monday 27 February. This is a free recital - and the music he will be playing is Bach Quits Weimar: J. S. Bach’s great ‘Eighteen’ Chorales and Prelude & Fugue in C (BWV 547). This recital includes some of Bach’s finest keyboard music, with an emphasis on pieces written by him while court organist at Weimar and then re-composed after his departure in 1717 – including the original version of his ‘deathbed’ prelude Vor deinem Tron.



The next Cathedral Book Club meeting will be at 4.30pm on March 14th in the book centre when we will be discussing "SILENCE" by Shusaku Endo. The book is now available in the Book Centre and if you would like to join our discussion please come along, no need to book ahead and you will be very welcome. The book club meets every two months and the members decide which book to read next. We are a friendly informal group and our meetings last no longer than an hour and 20 minutes.

The Cathedral has been given the green light to begin work on the old downstairs dining room in Cathedral House (Neville Street Side) to become a Parish/Community Meeting Room. The Architect has drawn up plans and will be around after the 11.30am Mass next Sunday for an hour in the downstairs meeting room for people who wish to see the plans and ask any questions.

Parishioners aged 14+ are invited to join the diocesan convoy to Wembley Arena for Flame 2017. Bishop Séamus would like to be joined by 1,000 people of our diocese on this his last Flame Congress as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle. Coaches will be leaving the diocese on Saturday 11 March to join with another 9,000 people for a faith-filled day. Everyone who has gone to Flame from our diocese has always had a great experience. If you would like to go, please contact the Cathedral office.


St Mary's Catholic Cathedral was designed by Augustus Welby Pugin and built in 1840. See more about the history and architecture of this Grade 1 listed building.

In its mission statement the Community of St Mary's Cathedral seeks to make the Cathedral:

"...a place of prayer and peace in the heart of the city, open and welcoming to all".

You are welcome to visit St Mary's Cathedral (which is open most of the week) and experience the peace and prayerful atmosphere in beautiful surroundings.


First Holy Communion Children - At the 10.00am Mass on Sunday, 12th February, our First Holy Communion Children celebrated their Rite of Election See photos

Seafarers thank Cathedral for Gifts - See photos

First Holy Communion Children - On Sunday 15 January at the 10.00am Mass we welcomed our First Holy Communion Children. After the Opening Prayer a special liturgy took place.

Christmas VIgil and Christmas Day - See photos of Blessing of crib and Christmas Vigil Mass and Children's Mass in the morning.

Boxing Day Mass for our Altar Servers - See photos

Carols by Candlelight - This joint service with Brunswick Methodist Church took place in the Cathedral on 19th December. See photos and listen to a a selection of carols sung by the congregation.

Apostleship of the Sea - shoeboxes for seafarers boxes collected by the members of the Cathedral for seafares


Carol Singing in Central Station - The Cathedral choir sang carols in Newcastle Central Station.. See short video clip on Facebook

Youth Sunday - Many of our young people were leading our Sunday Masses, acting as welcomers, readers and giving witness. See photos.

End of Year of Mercy - On Saturday Nov 19th the Mass and Celebration of Thanksgiving for the Year of Mercy. See Photos and listen to Reflection.

Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy celebrates 40 years of ministry Read about this ecumenical work which the Cathedral is part of.