Middlesbrough Diocese http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk The Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough Fri, 15 May 2015 10:09:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Bishop speaks outhttp://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8192 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8192#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 23:12:47 +0000 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/?p=8192 The Catholic Social Action Network have sent a letter to the press on this Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker signed by it’s Chair, Bishop Terence Drainey. It reads:


“SIR – today marks the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker, the day when we celebrate the dignity that work brings, the stability of a fair wage and the reassurance of good working conditions. Employment gives people a sense of purpose, allows them to progress and flourish as well as provide for themselves and their families.


For many people in the UK, however, work is just not providing enough. There are 6.7 million people living in poverty despite being in work. This is more than the combined number of people in poverty who are unemployed or retired. Not only this, but almost two-thirds of all children in poverty live in a family where at least one person is working.


More and more working people are forced to turn to foodbanks and charities for material support and benefit advice. As trustee of CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network), we know working people all across England and Wales are struggling to feed their families. This is something I know all too well in my diocese of Middlesbrough.


If we are to bring human dignity back into the world of work, movements towards adopting the Living Wage as well as ending the use of exploitative zero-hour contracts would be big steps indeed. Wouldn’t that have been something Saint Joseph would have downed tools to applaud?”



Rt. Rev. Terence Drainey, Bishop of Middlesbrough and Chair of CSAN

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New Church for Ingelby Barwickhttp://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8211 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8211#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:07:12 +0000 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/?p=8211 News Release - New Church for Ingleby Barwick - Artist's Impression

After holding services in a school and other venues for 20 years, the parish of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux in Ingleby Barwick is to get its own church at last.

The distinctive design includes a large number of windows, creating a bright area for worship. There will also be a space for parish celebrations and areas for meetings and children’s liturgy.

Parish priest Father Pat Hartnett spoke of his delight after the plans were given the go ahead.

“Since our parish was officially founded in 1994, the parishioners have worked and prayed tirelessly to realise our dream of having our own church building,” he said.

“Working closely with the Diocese, we are now very close to seeing that dream turn into reality.

“We’re grateful for the support over the years from the school and the other venues and now look forward to celebrating Mass and the other sacraments in a church of our own.

“We also look forward to sharing our facilities with the wider community of Ingleby Barwick.

“Having a building designed for the purpose will help us worship in a more fitting way.

“It will give us a place where we can celebrate all the sacraments and continue to build the wonderful community we already have here in Ingleby Barwick.”

The Diocese of Middlesbrough will build the church, social space, altar and lectern, while the parish will be responsible for fitting out the church, which will be in Blair Avenue.

The Bishop of Middlesbrough, the Right Reverend Terence Patrick Drainey, said: “Now the parishioners can share in the joys of a new church and I know they will work closely with Father Pat to fit it out suitably for worship.

“I look forward to the formal opening of the church, which will be a day of celebration both for me as Bishop and for all the parishioners.”

An appeal has been launched to raise an initial £100,000 towards the parish’s part of the cost.

An open meeting will be held at St Thérèse of Lisieux Primary School in Lamb Lane on Tuesday April 28 to allow local people to see the plans.

Work on the new church is due to start on Monday May 25.

If you would like to help with the fundraising effort, please call 01642 751304 or email fundraising@stthereseingleby.org.uk

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Big Year for Lourdes Pilgrimagehttp://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8206 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8206#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:01:18 +0000 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/?p=8206 News Release - Big Year for Lourdes Pilgrimage - Photograph 2The organisers of next month’s Middlesbrough Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes are expecting one of their busiest ever weeks at the French shrine after a big surge in bookings.

Each year since 1953, hundreds of people from the Diocese have visited the site where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St Bernadette in 1858.

They include a large number of sick, disabled and elderly pilgrims, many of whom are looked after by volunteer helpers in a hostel known as the Accueil, which is designated for supported pilgrims who need 24-hour care.

This year 63 supported pilgrims will be in the Accueil, with a further 22 staying with family and carers in some of the many hotels dotted around the small town in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

There will also be around 200 young people travelling with local schools and colleges, more than 160 helpers, including doctors, nurses, handmaids (female helpers) and brancardiers (male helpers), around 15 clergy and up to 300 pilgrims.

“The numbers are very encouraging and it looks as if our pilgrimage this year will be busier than ever,” said the pilgrimage’s executive director, Keith Tillotson.

“Bookings are well up on previous years and we expect around 800 people to be with us in Lourdes, travelling by plane, train, coach and car.

“A large number of our supported pilgrims are new to our pilgrimage and we also have some who have accompanied us for a number of years and are looking forward to returning to Lourdes.

“We have currently two flights, a Titan Airways B757 with 202 seats and a Denim Air Fokker 100 with 100 seats. Both are due to depart Durham Tees Valley Airport on the morning of Friday May 22, with flight times to be confirmed as soon as possible.

“Our use of Durham Tees Valley Airport as a departure point is important for us. We have a very good working relationship with them and hope this continues.”

News Release - Big Year for Lourdes Pilgrimage - Photograph 3The helpers – who give up their holidays and pay their own flight and accommodation costs to be part of the pilgrimage – must attend training sessions, as well as obtaining DBS clearance.

A total of 93 helpers attended the first training day held this year, with a similar number expected on the two remaining days.

Sessions include lifting and handling, personal care and personal reflection on why they go to Lourdes and sharing their own personal stories about what it means to them.

The Bishop of Middlesbrough, the Right Reverend Terence Patrick Drainey, will lead the pilgrimage.

It is based around processions in the Rosary Basilica and a programme of daily church services, with hymns led by a thriving music group. There is also an enjoyable social side to the pilgrimage.


This year’s pilgrimage has the theme ‘The Joy of Mission’ and takes place from Friday May 22 to Friday May 29.

The Diocese stretches from Middlesbrough in the north to Hull in the south, encompassing towns including Whitby, Scarborough and York.





Photos:‘Courtesy of Photo Lacaze, Lourdes’

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