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With One Voice

The Catholic Parishes of St Agnes’ Crawcrook, St Joseph’s Highfield and Our Lady of Lourdes Chopwell

Part of the Ovingham Parish Partnership in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

WELCOME to the Catholic community in Rowlands Gill, Crawcrook, Chopwell and the surrounding area.

We are a friendly family of parishes, open to everyone.

Join us in prayer

For all who are sick or housebound, including:

Chloe Anna Cant, Aaron Armstrong, Monica Coleman, Kathleen Diamond, Patrick John Lawrence, Ruth MacCaughey, Mia Slowie, Doreen Hodgson, Valeria Coleman, Terry Reay, Simon Burns,  Brian McNally, David Patton, Maureen McEwan, Joseph Jarvie, Clive Richards and David Kileen.

For all those who have died recently, including:

  • Fr Thomas Burke, former PP of St Joseph's, Blaydon, who died on 14th July in hospital in Ireland: he was 85 years old Read his official death notice HERE.   May he rest in peace.

  • Father Dermott Donnelly. Please pray for the repose of his soul and keep his family, especially his mother, in your prayers at this difficult time. Read the official notification from the diocese HERE.

Cycle of Prayer

Throughout the summer, we are asked to pray for the following intentions


 What's on at Ushaw this Summer

Click HERE for more infomation. 




On Friday 8th July, the Sacrament of Confirmation was conferred on several young people and adults from the deanery, including our three parish communities,  concluding several months of preparation. Some of the candidates and the catechists gathered for the Emmaus Retreat at the Youth Village for a weekend later in the month, sharing their faith and celebrating their gifts of the Holy Spirit.


Here are two Flickr photo albums to share:


Confirmation Mass photos

Emmaus Retreat photos


It has been a joy and privilege to accompany an amazing group of young people over the last few months, and we offer each of them our prayers and blessings on behalf of the Confirmation Catechists involved in this year’s programme. In the Autumn term, we plan to follow on with the Emmaus Accompaniment programme and our annual Emmaus Walk.


Follow these links to images of the Blessed Sacrament exposed in our three churches for your private prayer:

 St Agnes'       St Joseph's @ St Barnabas'     Our Lady of Lourdes'