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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


Celebration of Holy Mass:  


  • 9:15am at St Agnes', Crawcrook
  • 11:00am at Our Lady of Lourdes, Chopwell.

Telephone bookings for Mass at Crawcrook can be made on Tuesdays and Fridays between 2pm and 6pm only - call Julie on 07891 162 205.   The times for booking for Mass at Chopwell are Wednesday and Thursday from 2.00 pm to 6.00pm - call Deacon Derek/ Liz on 01207 561445 or 07910825113

Please provide your name, the number of people from the household who will be attending, the day/date/time of Mass and a contact telephone number (required for NHS Test & Trace). Bookings by telephone can be taken up to 7 days in advance of the date of a Mass. If a Mass is fully booked, you may be offered a place at the next available Mass.

Churches open for private prayer:

  • OLL, Chopwell: Sunday 10am – 11am and Tuesday 10 -11am
  • St Agnes', Crawcrook: Tuesday 11-Noon, Thursday 7-8pm, Saturday 11-Noon.
  • St Joseph's @ St Barnabas', R Gill : we await permission from the diocese.


Face coverings are mandatory in church, apart from for those who are exempt from wearing them.  For all NHS Covid-19 Track & Trace App users, please scan the QR code on arrival in church.

For further details, please read the latest newsletter.


Children from St Agnes' parish finally celebrated their First Holy Communion on Saturday 26th September. 

It was originally due to take place in late April, but was postponed due to the lockdown. Because of the current restrictions, the children could only be joined by members of their household, but members of their wider family and friends were able to join the celebration Mass via Zoom. It was a lovely, prayerful occasion and the children  thoroughly enjoyed themselves. At the end of Mass, the communicants received their certificate and gifts from Miss Woods. 

The children and families are so grateful to Fr James and catechists Mark and Margaret for their time, dedication  and support throughout the preparation programme.  Photos courtesy of Gavin Forster


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'

Read letter (Sept 2020) from the editors of our diocesan newspaper HERE

Fr James writes...                                    18th October 2020

 The respective claims of Church and State to our obedience have been a constant question in history beginning, as we see in today's Gospel, even in the lifetime of Jesus himself.

While the principle enunciated by Jesus is clear and unambiguous, its application in particular circumstances is quite another matter. The Catechism of the Catholic Church points out three circumstances where citizens are obliged in conscience to refuse obedience to the civil authorities. They are when the laws are contrary to the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons and to the teachings of the gospel.

This is never as simple as it sounds. We live in a pluralist society in which people differ in their beliefs as to what these three even are. No matter how difficult it can be to establish, the Truth can never be merely a matter of opinion.  It is why, under the promised, certain guidance of the Holy Spirit for all time, we need the teaching of the Church. This is so that the Good News, as St. Paul puts it, can come to us "not only as words, but as power and as the Holy Spirit and as utter conviction."

The one sure certainty which the life of Our Lord, his suffering, death and resurrection clearly demonstrates, is that we can never impose our belief on others by force or violence. We can only seek to persuade.

The best, most effective persuasion of all is a life of authentic, faithful witness to Christ, Our Lord, in which we show our faith in action, work for love, and persevere in hope.

So we do.


Join us in prayer

Please also pray for all who are sick or housebound, including:

Chloe Anna Cant, Aaron Armstrong, Monica Coleman, Patrick John Lawrence, Ruth MacCaughey, Kathleen Diamond, Mia Slowie, Terry Reay, Simon Burns, Doreen Hodgson, Martin Bryce, Brian McNally, Valeria Coleman, David Patton, Tom Hindmarsh, Jim Kelly, Maureen McEwan, Sharon Karim & Isabella Sinclair Shaw. We also for pray for sick diocesan priests:  Frs. Richard Harriot, Ian Hoskins and Pat McKenna.


Cycle of Prayer

During Ordinary Time from September to Advent, we are asked to pray for these intentions:

Students and Teachers; The Spread of the Gospel; Harvest; the Fruits of Human Work, and the Reverent Use of Creation; Justice and Peace in the World; All Victims of War; Young People; Prisoners and their Families.    


In need of help and support? Relationship support? Domestic abuse? Dealing with bereavement? Need to talk?

Dedicated counsellors and listeners are available at the Cathedral Listening Service on 0191 232 6953 and on the Northumberland Listening Service on 07732 980740.


MarriageCare provides a counselling service for couples or individuals experiencing difficulties in their relationship which one or both find challenging and problematic.  Website:

Please click HERE for other services available.