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



Fr Shaun has been appointed as Parish Priest of St Aidan’s, Ashington. Fr Shaun’s last weekend at the Cathedral will be 20 August.

Fr Paul Jenkins (O.Carm) will be replacing Fr Shaun as Associate Priest at the Cathedral and will begin on the weekend of 27 August. Please keep them both in your prayers.

Why not come along to St Mary’s Cathedral RCIA group for a friendly introduction to the Catholic Faith? The new Journey of Faith programme begins on 19 September 2017 from 6.30-8.30pm in the Cloister Café. If you would like more information, please fill in the slip at the back of the Cathedral and return to the Cathedral office.


One Diocese: The 150 parishes in the diocese are now gathered into 18 partnerships.
Our partnership includes: Bell’s Close St George, Cheeseburn Grange St Francis Xavier, Denton Burn (All Saints) St Bede, Gosforth St Charles, Kenton St Cuthbert ,Newcastle English Martyrs, St Andrew, St Mary’s Cathedral, St Michael, St Robert, University Chaplaincy, Ponteland St Matthew, Throckley St Cuthbert, West Denton St John Vianney, Westerhope St Mark.

Our partnership will be known as “Blackfriars” because the Dominican Friary was established in the City Centre in 1239. Our Partnership dean is Fr Shaun O’Neill and our Parish representative on the Partnership Development Group is Nigel Lightfoot.


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.


Fr Dermott Jubilee - Silver Jubilee photos

First Holy Communions - see photos

Mass to celebrate Marriage - see photos

Pilgrimage to Spain - See photos

Flores de Mayo Mass and Procession 27th May - See photos

Easter Season - See photos and homilies from Holy Week at the Cathedral

First Communion Preparation - On Sunday 14th May, the children continued their preparation at the 10.00am Mass.

New Bibles for Schools - April - Cathedral community donates bibles to school

First Holy Communion children - March 26th sharing the Sign of Peace with the congregation.

Newcastle Council of Faiths Interfaith Gathering: See photos and listen to audio from this service which took place on Sunday 26th March at 3.00pm in the Cathedral

Rite of Election - On Sunday March 5th at St Mary’s Cathedral the Rite of Election for our diocese took place. See photos and listen to homily.

Flame 2017 - On Saturday March 11th just under 1,000 young people and their leaders were in London for the Third bi-annual Flame Conference.

First Holy Communion Children -‘The Gifts we offer’ Sunday 12th March - See photos

JP2 Award Ceremony - Four of our young people received their JP2 Gold Awards and Certificates on 2 March. See more information.

Rite of Election - Sunday March 5th - See photos and homily

Ash Wednesday - See Photos

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

Feast of the Immaculate Conception - On December 8th, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, there was an Advent Retreat Day at the Cathedral.

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.