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Parish Priest: Rev. Anthony Duffy.
Deacon: Rev. Peter Lavery.

Birtley Lane, Birtley, Tyne & Wear DH3 1LJ.
Telephone: (0191) 410 2923. Facsimile: (0191) 410 5843.

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(Please notify the Webmaster by email: or telephone him on: (0191) 410 9852 of any changes to the meetings or events below)
Monday 21st August 2017 Womens' Guild - On holiday until September.
  Youth Club - is open from 6.30 - 8.00 pm for Y3 - Y7. Youth Leader is Chris Cowie (tel: 07411438787).  Click Here: to view our Facebook page of Youth Club activities.
Tuesday Catholic Mens' Society -
Tuesday: Rosary is said at 9.00am, in St Joseph's Church (during term time).
2nd Birtley Rainbows: meet at 5.30 - 6.30 pm in the Parish Centre.  
2nd Birtley Brownies: meet at 6.00 - 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.  
All enquiries for new Girl Guide members may be made through Guide Headquarters: or telephone 0800 169 5901.
Wednesday: Young Mothers' Guild - On holiday until September.
Thursday: PM Club - On holiday until September.
Thursday: SVP - Meet in the Presbytery at 8.00 pm every 2nd Thursday of the month. New members are always welcome.
1st Birtley Guides: Meet at 7.00 - 8.30 pm in the Parish Centre. Guide Leader: Jackie O'Sullivan, tel:(0191) 370 1654

New members to the groups are always welcome......................

In the Parish Centre every Sunday morning at 11.00 am (after the 10.00 am Mass) - in support of various parish & other charities.
All are Welcome!

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Marriage Care helps couples and individuals to build and sustain strong, healthy relationships as well as providing counselling in times of difficulties.  If you are willing to offer your time and commitment you can find more information on the poster at the rear of the Church or visit or contact Deacon Peter Lavery on (0191) 410 2530.

Fr Tony Duffy is running Wednesday evening sessions, from 7.30 pm in the Presbytery for those who wish to join, or know more, about the Catholic Faith. 


For the latest information about 'Forward Together in Hope' (FTH) and for access to the range of resources, please visit

To contact one of the 'Forward Together in Hope' (FTH) team, (Jim O’Keefe, Tony Sacco and Nancy Gash) e-mail: or phone (0191) 243 3304.

To read the input by Parishioners of St Joseph's of Birtley, click on the above link: 'Parish Questionnaire'.

Thanks to all who attended the two meetings on Wednesday, 13th July 2016, in the Parish Centre to discuss the current position of the FTH project.  Parishioners contributions and views have been very helpful.  Copies of the Bishop's letter and the 'Imagine New Ways' leaflet, with a tear off section for your use, are at the back of the Church if you have anything further you would like to say.

The FTH Team have now submitted their observations on the Parish Questionnaire we completed at the end of 2015.  A full copy of their observations and the parish profile can be read by clicking on the two links at the top left of the 'homepage' of the parish website.

FTH - PARTNERSHIP PROPOSAL: A partnership proposal for St Joseph's to form a partnership with St Bede's, Sacriston, and St Cuthbert's, Chester-le-Street, has been submitted to the Diocese.  You can read the full proposal by following this link: Partnership proposal (.pdf) or from the link(s) on the homepage.

On Thursday 9th February 2017 - 18 new partnerships have been announced within the Diocese; our Parish forms a partnership with the following parishes: St Cuthbert, Chester-le-Street, St Mary, Easington Lane, St Michael, Houghton-le-Spring, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Penshaw, St Bede, Sacriston, Our Blessed Lady Immaculate, Washington, St Bede, Washington, and St John Boste, Washington.  There is a message from the Bishop and a map of our partnership area on the notice board at the back of the Church - It is also available on the Diocesan website:

Tuesday 11th July 2017 - Feast of St Benedict - an Inaugural Mass - for our partnership with other parishes will be held here, at 7.00 pm, in St Joseph's Church, Birtley. Parishioners from our partnership parishes are invited to attend and take part.  Afterwards there will be a social evening in the Parish Centre. Click here: to print-off a poster.


Parents of children due to start Reception Class in September 2017 need to apply NOW for the schools of their choice.  Apply on-line by clicking here: Gateshead Council School Admissions or obtain an Application Form from the 'Schools' Admissions Team' at Gateshead Civic Centre: telephone: (0191) 433 2757 / 2775 /2756.

The Source - the monthly Diocesan event. Year 9 and above are invited to St Mary's Cathedral , Newcastle upon Tyne, for an evening of prayer, worship, faith sharing and refreshments and the opportunity to socialise from 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm.  This is an on-going monthly event.  If you are interested in attending contact Margaret Taylor on telephone (0191) 410 7760 for more information.
  • Saturday 1st July 2017 - CAFOD Pilgrimage To Holy Island - the bus leaves Birtley at 10.00 am. The fare is adults £10 and children £5. If you wish to go there are a few seats left; please please contact Jim Tumelty on (0191) 410 4577 or Kevin Haigh on (0191) 410 2779.
  • Thursday 6th July 2017 - Jazz in Birtley - with the Rae Brothers from 8.00pm - 11.00 pm in the Parish Centre. Tickets £3 for guests, £2.50 for members. Trad jazz at its best.  A great night out so bring your dancing shoes!
  • Sunday 9th July 2017 - Parish Pastoral Council Meeting, at 7.00 pm, in the Presbytery.
    FEAST OF ST BENEDICT - an Inaugural Mass

    On Tuesday, 11th July 2017, the Feast of St Benedict, an Inaugural Mass, will be held at 7.00 pm here in St Joseph's Church, Birtley, for our partnership with other parishes. Parishioners from our partnership parishes are invited to attend and take part.  Afterwards there will be a social evening in the Parish Centre. Click here: to print-off a poster.

  • Saturday 15th July 2017 - SVP Mass For The Housebound - will be celebrated in Church at 2.30 pm, followed by afternoon tea in the Parish Centre. Individual letters fo Eucharistic Ministers are available in the back of the Church; giving further details and invitations for any parishioner not covered by a Eucharistic Minister. These invitations need to be completed and returned to the Birtley St Joseph SVP by Sunday, 25th June 2017, please.
  • Friday 28 July 2017 - Parish Lourdes Youth Sponsorship - young people between the ages of 16 & 25 years old, would you like to join over 100 other young people to share a week of hard work, prayer and fun?  Then why not join the 2017 Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes.  The parish will support you in raising funds to subsidise your fare.  If you want to know more, please contact Mick Davison on (0191) 410 6823, or Margaret Taylor on (0191) 410 0776.
  • Tuesday 15th August 2017 - is a  Holyday of Obligation - The Feast of The Assumprion of Our Lady. Please note the Mass times.
  • Saturday 19 August 2017 - Birtley Churches Together - we are holding a cake stall for Birtley Family Festival Day at Ravensworth Community Centre. Please help us by baking cakes and leaving them with Fr Duffy in the Presbytery. Many thanks.
  • Saturday 26th August 2017 - Lourdes Fundraising Night - will be held in the Parish Centre with music from 'Second Wind'. Tickets are £5.00 from Mick Davison, telephone: 07774 768 578 or email:

    The Diocesan Pilgrimage has a full list of assisted pilgrims wanting to go to Lourdes but, at present, there are not enough Nurses to care for them. If you are a Nurse and are available between the dates above, would you consider coming to Lourdes please? Your are normally expected to pay your own fare and accommodation but there are some funds available to subsidise this. If you want to know more, please call Mick or Bernadette Davison on (0191) 410 6823.

  • Sunday 3rd September 2017 - Holy Hour - there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction at 3.00pm, followed by afteroon tea in the Parish Centre.  All are welcome.
  • Monday 4th September 2017 - Autumn Fayre Meeting of Helpers - there will be a meeting at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre for stall holders and anyone wishing to help.
  • Saturday 9th September 2017 - Called To The Supper Of The Lamb - a day of reflection for Eucharistic Ministers led by Fr Shaun Purdy from 10.30 am - 4.00 pm at Ushaw College. No cost: Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided.  Please contact Anne Welsh on (0191) 388 9741 or Deacon Peter Lavery on (0191) 410 2530 as soon as possible if you wish to attend.
  • Monday 11th - Friday15th September 2017 - Pilgrimage To Poland - St Cuthbert's parish have invited us to join them & Fr Chris Jackson who will lead us on a Pilgrimage to Poland - "Walking in The Footsteps of St John Paul II".  There is a poster at the back of the Church with full details; see Deacon Peter Lavery for booking forms if you are interested.
  • Friday 15th September 2017 - Quiz Night - in the Parish Centre from 8.00 - 11.00 pm, together with a raffle and bingo. Tickets £3 and all proceeds will go to the Autumn Fayre.

    The Parish Preparation Programme begins in September.  Any pasrents, whose children attend a non-catholic school and who wish to enrol in the programm, should contact Deacon Peter Lavery or telephone him on (0191) 410 2530.

  • Saturday 7th October 2017 - Autumn Fayre - will be held at 1.00 pm in the Parish Centre. Please help by collecting items for the usual stalls and raffle.

    In October 2018, Bishops will gather in Rome to consider "Young People, Faith & Vocational Discernment". In preparation the Bishops of England & Wales would like to hear from young people and those regularly in contact with them.  If you are aged 13 - 29 please take part in the Mega-Youth Poll at:
    Parents, Teachers, Catechists and Youth Leaders can participate at

  • Saturday 18th November 2017 - ABF the Soldiers’ Charity (North East) and SSAFA Tyne and Wear Branch will be holding an‘Arras Dinner 2017', from 7.00 pm until 11.30 pm, at Northumbrian Universities Officers’ Training Corps, St Cuthbert’s Keep, Holland Drive, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4LD. In aid of the two charities the tickets are priced at £27.50 per person, inclusive of champagne reception, wine and entertainment. Dress code: Black tie/Mess Kit with Miniatures or Lounge suit. Closing date is Tuesday, 14 November 2017.
    Please apply for tickets on the attached form and return to: ‘Arras Dinner 2017’ Capt Mark Allison MBE RE, 103 (TEE) Fd Sqn, Army Reserve Centre, Debdon Gardens, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5TL or email: Click here: to print-off a poster and application form for tickets.

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If one of your family is in hospital and you want the Chaplain to visit them, you must ask the Ward Sister specifically for the On-Call Roman Catholic Chaplain.
(The Hospital Trust claim that, under the Data Protection Act, they are not allowed to divulge a person's religion even to the Chaplains).
The Hospital Chaplains' telephone numbers are:
Durham - (0191) 333 2333. Gateshead - (0191) 482 0000. Newcastle - (0191) 233 6161.
In an Emergency ask the Ward Sister to contact the 'On-call' RC Chaplain.


Is a fund run by the Secular Priests themselves - it goes back to about 1600 - which also helps sick Priests.

Please make a donation to this fund, monthly by Direct Debit, if possible. In return you get lots of prayers and Masses!


Your support is also required for sick and retired Priests please? There are leaflets at the back of the Church - donations can be by the Gift Aid Scheme whereby we can reclaim tax of 28p for every £1 donated at no extra cost to the Donator.

Spiritual Development and Formation for All.
Current and forthcoming diocesan formation courses and events are open to all
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Course details then click on 'Courses'.

There are some posters at the back of the church advertising various talks and courses. Please take time to have a look at them.

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