Join Our Annual Walk For Vocations

Join Our Annual Walk For Vocations

Follow in the footsteps of Blessed Nicholas Postgate at the annual Walk for Vocations from Egton Bridge to Ugthorpe on Sunday July 1.

Join the Vocation Director and diocesan seminarians in walking in the footsteps of Blessed Nicholas Postgate, praying for vocations to the priesthood for our diocese.

The walk is from St Hedda’s Church, Egton Bridge, to St Anne’s Church, Ugthorpe.

Registration at St Hedda’s is from 10.15am and the walk begins around 10.45am.

The terrain is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.

Walkers will arrive at Ugthorpe in good time for the Postgate Rally Mass at 3pm.

Enquiries: Call 01642 850505 ext 257 or email


Diocese Of Wrexham Seeks Education Director

Diocese Of Wrexham Seeks Education Director

The Bishop and Trustees of the Diocese of Wrexham seek to appoint an enthusiastic and highly motivated practising Catholic to the post of diocesan director of education to develop, lead and inspire Catholic education across the whole of North Wales.

The contract is part-time (0.6) and permanent and remuneration is pro rata commensurate to current salary. The successful candidate is required to start in January 2019 or earlier if possible.

Requirements are:

A committed Catholic with a clear vision of and proven senior management skills in Catholic education.

The vision to enhance the Catholic identity of our schools through the curriculum and the ethos of the school.

The drive to strategically lead and develop Catholic education across the diocese.

The ability to support and innovate the professional development of schools’ staff.

The energy, personal and interpersonal skills to develop the leadership of governors.

The realism to be self-motivated and to inspire colleagues for the good of the children.

A commitment to motivate and further strengthen school and parish links.

The diocese is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This position is subject to criminal record checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service and requires you to disclose details of unspent and unfiltered reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in any application.

A job description and further information can be obtained by emailing

Letters of application should be accompanied by a CV and the details of two referees and returned to

Informal conversation can be had before application, please contact Keith McDonogh:

The closing date is Friday June 8 2018.

Our picture shows Bishop of Wrexham Peter Brignall.



Mass To Celebrate Marriage And Family Life

Mass To Celebrate Marriage And Family Life

Families are invited to a Mass to celebrate marriage and family life followed by a picnic at the Lady Chapel in Osmotherley.

The event, on Sunday June 10, is being organised by Teesside and Yorkshire members of Teams, an international organisation for Christian married couples.

Mass starts at 1pm and people are invited to bring a picnic and stay for lunch afterwards, with some family games later on. Our photograph shows families at last year’s gathering.

Inspirational Bishop Speaks At Eucharistic Congress

Inspirational Bishop Speaks At Eucharistic Congress

Catholics from our diocese are invited to attend the National Eucharistic Congress and hear an inspirational speaker who has been described as “one of the Church’s best messengers”.

Bishop Robert Barron is the keynote speaker at the all-day event at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday September 8 as part of Adoremus.

The founder of the “Word on Fire” Catholic evangelical outreach ministry, Bishop Barron is a world-renowned theologian and writer and is based in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

His weekly half-hour TV show is broadcast across the United States every Sunday evening.

Father William Massie, chaplain at Hull University, has been using Bishop Barron’s ground-breaking ten-part Catholicism DVD series with students throughout Lent and Eastertide.

He explains: “They really like Robert Barron – for the clarity and beauty of the teaching – he never speaks down to his audience – and for the simple, down-to-earth manner and stories he employs. Six of them have signed up to attend the congress!”

Tickets are now available for anyone from our diocese who would like to attend. They cost £40 and can be booked by emailing

The absolute deadline to book through the diocese is Thursday May 31.

A limited number of tickets are also available for Day One of the congress, on Friday September 7. This will include a theological symposium, with workshops for parish catechists, RE teachers and extraordinary ministers. These tickets are also £40.

Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity that promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church.

The last International Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908 when permission for a public procession of the Blessed Sacrament was refused.

This time a one-kilometre street procession will take place, on Day Three of the congress, Sunday September 9. This is open to all but access to the final Masses, at 9.30am and 11.30am on the Sunday morning, will be restricted by the capacity of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

A limited number of hotel rooms are available in the city over the weekend of the congress but these are relatively expensive because of high demand.

Catholic author Katie Prejean is the keynote speaker at a Youth Congress aimed at those aged 13-20, which takes place in Liverpool on Saturday September. Tickets for this event are £10.

New Badges Promote Father Postgate’s Cause

New Badges Promote Father Postgate’s Cause

Parishioners in Redcar have come up with a small way of promoting the Cause for the Canonisation of Blessed Nicholas Postgate by having badges made and offered for sale.

In recent years the previous four parishes that served Redcar, namely Sacred Heart, St Augustine’s, St William’s in Dormanstown and St Alban’s have been drawn together into a single parish now served by two of the churches, the Sacred Heart and St Augustine.

The process of joining the parishes together included Bishop Terry giving the new parish an overriding dedication and he chose one of our own martyrs, Father Postgate. Redcar parish is now known as the Parish of Blessed Nicholas Postgate incorporating the churches of Sacred Heart and St Augustine.

Parishioners are currently working hard to raise funds to add a hall and meeting rooms to the Sacred Heart Church to assist in developing the community life of the parish and provide much-needed facilities for RCIA, SVP, Legion of Mary and Children’s Liturgy of the Word, together with social activities.

In the last 12 months the parish fundraising committee has raised £15,000 towards its £500,000 target. The idea of selling badges to promote Blessed Nicholas Postgate will contribute to the fundraising while promoting the common identity of the newly established parish and the Cause of Blessed Nicholas Postgate.

With support from the Postgate Society, a parishioner has worked with a manufacturer to produce large numbers of the badges, which have already proved very popular. The badge features a small section of the Postgate Window by Thomas Denny in St Hedda’s Church, Egton Bridge.

The badges are distributed together with a copy of the prayer card that is made freely available by the Postgate Society and with the society’s encouragement will be offered for sale during this year’s Postgate Rally.

If you would like to buy a badge together with a copy of the prayer card, please contact Mick and Val Grainger either by calling 01642 477581 or emailing Badges cost £2 each, to include the free prayer card. If nine or fewer are ordered there is a post and package charge of £3. Orders of 10 or more badges will be post and package free.

For more information about Father Postgate, visit




Bishop Adds Support To Rosary On The Coast

Bishop Adds Support To Rosary On The Coast

Catholics are being invited to head to the seaside and take part in the nationwide Rosary on the Coast day of prayer for faith, life and peace.

The event has been organised to pray for the revival of Christianity in the British Isles and is inspired by similar events in Poland and Ireland. Four venues have been confirmed within our diocese and the organisers hope more will sign up.

Bishop Terry is hoping Catholics in our diocese will turn out in numbers to support the initiative.

“The Rosary is such a rich prayer, so full of meaning and variety. In the mysteries themselves we can recall to mind the great events of salvation,” he said. “In the Hail Mary we are reminded of the moment the Word became flesh. We can also commend ourselves in our weakness and vulnerability to the intercession of our Blessed Lady. In the Glory be we praise the Blessed Trinity and in the Our Father we say the prayer that Our Saviour taught us himself.

“These are just some of the many reasons that I commend and encourage the Rosary on the Coast in the hope that many people from this diocese of Middlesbrough will join with their brothers and sisters throughout the British Isles in asking the intercession of our Blessed Lady for the grace to become once again her dowry, for the peace of our country and respect for life.”

Rosary on the Coast takes place on Sunday April 29 at 3pm.

Canon Eddie Gubbins will lead a gathering beside the lifeboat station in Foreshore Road, South Bay, Scarborough, while St Peter’s Church will be open for those unable to get to the beach.

In Redcar, the rosary will be said on the beach beside the cinema and in Saltburn, Knights of St Columba will lead the rosary in the grotto at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Father James Benfield, of the Sacred Heart Church, Hornsea, will lead prayers and Rosary on Hornsea promenade. Prayers start at 2.45pm with Rosary at 3pm on the promenade near the Hornsea Marine pub car park and the promenade toilets/cafe. No walking involved and seating is available for those who are not too good on their feet.

To participate, find a coastal location for prayer and submit it either via the website or email for inclusion on the map.

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Environment Policy Launches In York

Environment Policy Launches In York

Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, the Diocese of Middlesbrough Justice and Peace Commission has launched its environment policy at All Saints’ School in York.

The event contributed to activities around the globe for Earth Day on April 22 and the speakers were Ellen Teague of the Columbans and York Central MP Rachael Maskell, a former Shadow Minister For The Environment.

Chair Barbara Hungin, pictured above, said the policy in its colourful, illustrated format would be distributed to schools and parishes throughout the diocese and is intended as a catalyst for action.

It contains suggestions for action on an individual, parish and group basis. Stalls at the launch included alternatives to plastic, green energy, protection of bees, Fair Trade, Eat less Meat, CAFOD and Live Simply.

Pictured above with Barbara Hungin and Ellen Teague are four refugee children from the Democratic Republic of Congo, now living in Middlesbrough, who brought to our attention the crisis in their homeland where the tourbiéres, huge areas of peatland containing the equivalent of 20 years of US emissions, are threatened with exploitation and deforestation by Chinese companies.

Ellen Teague took us on a journey around the world, highlighting the fragility and vulnerability of the planet and evidence of the effects of climate change on the very poorest communities. She emphasised the need to make the connections between poverty and the environment. We must, “hear both the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor” (Laudato Si’ 49)

Our popes have long been leading on this issue of overarching importance. From Pope St John Paul II, who called us to “an ecological conversion”, to Pope Benedict, who installed 3,600 solar panels at the Vatican, and now with Pope Francis, who has made it the theme of his papacy.

On the day of his inauguration he made this plea: “I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be “protectors’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment”.

Ellen countered any inclination to despair with many examples of individuals, schools and parishes where the challenge to take action rooted in faith is bearing fruit, including Live Simply status, recycling, solar panels on church properties, community gardens and tree growing.

She said our liturgies should alert us to the care of God’s creation and that our clergy should be trained in creation-centred theology.

September 1 has been designated by Pope Francis as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, initiating “Creation Time”, running until the feast of St Francis on October 4. All parishes are urged to participate.

Rachael Maskell spoke of our “precious and fragile planet in trouble” and praised the accessibility and wisdom contained in the environment policy. The silence among politicians on the subject is of concern and the churches have a role in provoking them to urgent action.

“Our greed has broken our planet and our need will persuade us to restore it,” she said.

A change in our unsustainable consumer lifestyle is urgently needed to ensure this happens.

Margaret Blatchford













Political Theologian Is Storey Lecture Speaker

Political Theologian Is Storey Lecture Speaker

The Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission is delighted to welcome Dr Anna Rowlands as this year’s Anthony Storey Memorial Lecture speaker.

Anna is a political theologian and an expert on Catholic Social Teaching and is St Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought and Practice and Founding Chair of the Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice at the University of Durham.

She and has worked on theology and migration for more than a decade and is committed to forming partnerships with Catholic faith-based organisations that are influencing the next generation of social practice.

The title of the talk is “On the promise and the limits of politics: Catholic Social Teaching and Immigration”.

Anna is passionate about Catholic Social Teaching and sees it as a gift to all people of goodwill. Her work is rooted in the practice of faith, not just its study, and is concerned with how communities are working this out in their lives.

The lecture takes place at 11am on Saturday May 12 in the Canham Turner Building, University of Hull. Tea and Coffee is available from 10.30am.




A Chance To Study The Joy Of The Scriptures

A Chance To Study The Joy Of The Scriptures

There will be workshops, prayer, art and more at the Scripture Festival in York on Saturday May 12.

“Joy: the Surprise of the Gospel” will take place at All Saints School to raise the profile of the Scriptures in creative ways.

The theme of Joy has been chosen to reflect the time of Pentecost when the festival will take place but also the appealing message of Pope Francis in The Joy of the Gospel.

The event is aiming to develop ways of applying Scripture to our whole life and enable them to be a catalyst for further engagement with the Bible.

Festival organiser Fleur Dorrell said: “We want to do it in a fun and accessible way, so that people don’t think reading the Bible is a burden, time-consuming or not interesting.

“We’re trying to break barriers down. We want people to think the Bible is interesting beyond going to Mass. It’s for every day, not just for Sunday.

“This event can be for the whole family if they want to come.”

The keynote speaker will be Father Eamonn Mulcahy, who has served as a priest since 1980.

Father Eamonn, who has led spiritual retreats to priests, religious and lay-people all around the world, will offer insight into how the Scriptures bring joy and hope.

There will not only be opportunities for Bible study but also to respond to the text in words, art and prayer, as well as celebrating through liturgy and music.

There will be a series of hands-on workshops throughout the day, including art and scripture, scripture and song, scripture and Mary, Lectio Divina and a drama workshop with Blazing Grannies.

There will also be workshops on gifts of the spirit, post-resurrection narratives, scripture and iconography, and scripture and families.

As well as the workshops, static prayer stations for reflection and inspiration, a small art exhibition from local schools and a scripture wall for prayer and meditation.

The festival is being organised collaboratively by diocesan advisers, members of religious orders and the Scripture Working Group of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

The day will begin with coffee and a welcome from Canon John Lumley between 10am and 10.30am and people can come and go as they please throughout the day.

A small contribution of £5 per person is requested to help fund the festival.

Northern Scripture Festival Booking Form

A coach to York has been organised from St Thomas Aquinas Church for anyone from the Darlington area who wishes to attend the festival. Please contact Karen at if you would like to join them.

New Website For Postgate Society

New Website For Postgate Society

The Postgate Society, which aims to spread knowledge of and devotion to Martyr of the Moors Blessed Nicholas Postgate, has launched a new website.

As well as giving a detailed account of the life of Blessed Nicholas Postgate, it contains information about the society’s activities, including meetings, newsletters and other publications.

There are photographs from past Postgate Rallies.

Father Postgate ministered to Catholics across the North York Moors before being arrested while baptising a child near Sleights in 1678.

He was taken to York and imprisoned before being put to death on what is now the site of York Racecourse.

His last words on the scaffold were recorded in a contemporary newspaper.

“Mr Sheriff, you know that I die not for the plot but for my religion,” he said. “I pray God bless the king and the royal family.

“Mr Sheriff, I pray you tell the king that I never offended him in any way. I pray God give him his grace, and the light of truth. I forgive all that have wronged me and brought me to this death, and I desire forgiveness of all people.”

The Postgate Society also encourages devotion to other martyrs and those who kept the faith alive during penal times and the study of our area’s rich Catholic history.

Visit the website at

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