Cathedral Church of St Mary

Newcastle upon Tyne




Nigel Lightfoot, our Parish Representative on the Partnership Development Group, writes:

Blackfriars Partnership is made up of 14 parishes in the City of Newcastle, West Newcastle, Gosforth and Ponteland and a Mass centre at Cheeseburn Grange. It includes the University Chaplaincy. 
The Partnership Development Group (PDG) has continued to make good progress under the leadership of Fr. Shaun O’Neill. The first step was to hold a workshop to set out the vision for the partnership and to prioritise the partnership initiatives. Six sub groups have been commissioned to take the partnership forward. 
There is an ambition is to relieve our priests of much of their business and organisational duties so that they can concentrate on their ordained ministries. This will be achieved by working together and connecting the current parish initiatives to produce a streamlined approach. 
The sub groups are: 

  • Youth 
  • Lay Leadership 
  • Administration 
  • Finance 
  • Liturgy 
  • Communication and coordination 

These sub groups are small and each is led by a volunteer from one of the parishes. It is planned to widen the parish involvement and become more inclusive as progress is made. 
Meetings of the PDG and the subgroups have been scheduled for the year. 
Events have included a Day of Prayer and a Lay Leadership. There will be a Partnership service on Thursday 7th December at English Martyrs Church.

Our partnership is 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.