Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick

The Diocesan Lourdes Hospitalite have organised a Mass in Saint Mary’s Cathedral on Wednesday 11 February at 7.00 pm for all Lourdes Pilgrims, past, present and future and for anyone else who would like to join them. Mass will be followed by refreshments in the...

Bishop’s New Year Message

So we begin a new year. May it be a blessed and peaceful one for us all. We have many things to look forward to during the course of this year. Each of us will have our own personal wish-list and expectations. However, as a country we will be having a General Election...

Project offers alternative to life on the streets

Desperate young people are being offered an alternative to sleeping on the streets of Middlesbrough with the creation of a new safe-house network. Depaul UK’s Nightstop North East project pairs young people with volunteer families and individuals who have a spare room...

Tributes paid to much loved priest

Tributes have been paid to much-loved priest, Father Norman Jacobson, who has died at the age of 67 following a lengthy period of ill health. Born in Boldon, Co Durham, on February 13 1947, Father Norman was initially ordained into the Anglican ministry and worked in...

Missionary Francis returns to Africa

Middlesbrough teacher Francis Hannaway is returning for another stint in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he worked as a lay missionary in the early 1990s. Francis was part of Britain’s own Catholic missionary society, Mill Hill Missionaries, which was founded...

Appeal to save holiday lifeline

Volunteers are appealing for help to save a summer holiday lifeline that’s helped hundreds of Middlesbrough children with special needs over more than 30 years. Local families rely on The Newman Holiday Trust to give both parents and children a well-deserved break,...

‘Media Monk’ to Open Ushaw Lectures series

Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies has announced the first set of speakers this academic year in its highly successful series of Ushaw Lectures.   Those giving the lectures include a well-known ‘media monk’ and a leading science writer. Known for his...

Campaigners shine light on modern slavery

Police, politicians, charities and church groups are among those taking part in a major event in Middlesbrough aimed at highlighting the scourge of people-trafficking. Organisers of ‘Making Middlesbrough A Traffick-Free Zone’ believe the North-East could be a modern...