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


A celebration of Marriage took place in the Cathedral on Saturday 10 June 2017 at 11.00am. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Séamus and married couples from across the diocese attended this inspiring and supportive event.

Listen to Homily by Deacon Peter Jones

See Photos:

In October 2018, the Synod of Bishops will gather in Rome to consider ‘Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.’ In preparation for this, the Bishops of England and Wales would like to hear from young people and from those who are regularly in contact with them. If you are aged 13-29, please take part in the Mega Youth poll at
Parents, teachers, catechists, youth leaders please participate in the poll at


Congratulations to our First Holy Communion children who received Our Lord for the First Time in Holy Communion this month.
Please keep them and their families in your prayers. Here are some photos from the Celebration:


One Diocese: The 150 parishes in the diocese are now gathered into 18 partnerships.

Pentecost Sunday (4th June) BEGAN OUR NEW PARTNERSHIP
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.

We will now 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.
We will also be having a City Centre Mission with ourselves, St Andrew’s, St Dominic’s, the University Chaplaincy and St Joseph’s Gateshead. The Dean for this Mission is Fr Dermott. More information will be given soon.


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 Communiions - 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.