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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


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Click HERE for the diocesan Lenten resources page



Vigil (Saturday) Mass:  

  • 5:30pm at St Barnabas', Rowlands Gill

Due to limited capacity, places must be booked in advanced: please ring Tricia Charlton on 075631 68883, Mondays 3-5pm or Wednesdays 6-8pm.   

LIVE STREAMING: This Mass will be live-streamed via St Joseph’s and St Anne’s Facebook Group. Click the link below to join the group: access won’t be immediate as one of the admin team will have to approve the request. You need to have a Facebook account.


Sunday Mass: 

  • 9:15am at St Agnes', Crawcrook

    To book a place, please phone Julie on 07891162205 on Tuesday or Friday 2pm – 6pm.

  • 11:00am at Our Lady of Lourdes, Chopwell 

To book in advance please phone Deacon Derek 01207 561445 or 07910825113 Wednesday or Thursday 2pm – 6pm. 


Weekday Masses:

  • Celebrated at 10am privately by Fr James.

 Church opening for private prayer: 

  • OLL, Chopwell: Sunday 10am – 11am; Tuesday 10am-10:30am followed by Stations of the Cross.
  • St Agnes', Crawcrook:  Tuesday 11am-12 Noon; Saturday 11am-Noon.

Face coverings are mandatory in church, apart from for those who are exempt from wearing them. 


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'

Fr James writes...                        2nd Sunday of Lent - 28 February 2021.

 After experiencing a heady glimpse of the Glory of God, Peter, James and John come crashing down to earth. "Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them anymore but only Jesus." [i.e.: the mere man they knew]. Our Gospel today, Mark 9:2-10.

 How often have we known moments of the dizzy heights of happiness, joyful fulfilment, sense of achievement, purpose and meaning in our lives only to be disappointed in sadness, sense of failure or inadequacy?

In such times of desolation and disillusionment the former glorious, delirious happiness and well being we have known can feel like a phantasmagorical dream turned to dust. Such events can test us and our faith in life to the limit.  Abraham was put to just such a test. He was promised by God to be the father of many generations. Yet here he was [First Reading: Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15 -18] being asked to sacrifice his very son. A son, whom we are purposefully told, "Isaac, whom you love..." (verse1), thereby apparently making God's promise impossible to come true.

 How many of us would knowingly, willingly sacrifice our daughter/son whom we love without limit for a dream or promise we realised would then thereby become impossible to be accomplished?  I suspect the honest answer would be very few of us. Yet this is exactly what God has done for us, and he did for Abraham.  For the story continues: in response to Isaac who was carrying the wood of his own sacrifice and his question "where will we find the animal the animal to be sacrificed?" , Abraham answers "God will provide.." (the lamb of sacrifice).    This he has done.

 On the mountain of glory, God told Peter, James and John "This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him." This beloved Son of God himself, Jesus Our Lord, shouldered the wood of his own cross of sacrifice on the hill of Calvary to transfigure it from death to resurrection.

We express this in every Mass when the priest holds up the host and says: "Behold the Lamb of God..." thereby assuring us that in all feelings of abandonment in which we may think that no one is with us any more, God is with us forever.

 St. Paul assured us of this truth in the resounding words of our second reading [Romans 8:31-34]: "With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give.... He not only died for us - he rose from the dead, and there at God's right hand he stands and pleads for us ."




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, Jim Kelly, Maureen McEwan, Sharon Karim, Bernice McNestry and Ethel Taylor 
  • Our sick diocesan priests, including:  Frs. Richard Harriot, Ian Hoskins and Pat McKenna.
  • All of those suffering from the effects of Covid-19. 

Please pray for the following who have died recently, especially:

  • John Early, of High Spen, who died suddenly. Please pray for his wife Maureen and son Christopher and all their family. The funeral details will follow when arranged. May he rest in the Lord in whom he so faithfully trusted and loved.

Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace, Amen.

Cycle of Prayer

In this season of Lent, we are asked to pray for these intentions: 

  • Candidates for the Sacraments especially on the Sundays of Lent
  • The Needy and Hungry of the World especially on Lent Fast Day (Friday after 1st Sunday of Lent)
  • Women's World Day of Prayer (1st Friday in March); 
  • Survivors of Sexual Abuse especially on Friday of 5th Week of Lent
  • Penitents and Wanderers.