Welcome, and thank you for visiting St Mary of the Rosary online.
At this unprecedented time we hope to hope offer a friendly virtual congregation to which you
are most welcome.
Fr Sean Hall is Parish Priest for both St Mary's and our sister Church, St. Aidan's in Benton.
You can email him by clicking here or by telephoning (0191) 268 4222.
The Diocese also offers a telephone-based Listening Service to people who would like to speak
to a counsellor, or simply want someone to listen to their concerns:
For St Mary's Cathedral, Listening Service: 0191 232 6953
for the Northumberland Service: 07732 980 740
Reopening of Churches
29th May - Bishop Byrne has sent all clergy a letter about the potential opening of churches.
This is not going to happen yet. No date is set, as yet.
To begin with in this diocese one church in each Partnership will open for private prayer.
These churches will be named in due course.
In the meantime, please click here for detail as to what we can expect.
Fr Hall is posting everyday on Facebook and via this website, click here to view
Fr Hall will be live-streaming Mass on Sundays at 9.30am via our Facebook page
You can watch a recording of this week's Mass by clicking here
Find us on Facebook - NE12Catholics
A friendly group to maintain communications across the St Mary's and St Aidan's Parishes
NE12Catholics is a private Facebook page, please 'request to join the group' the first time
you click on the page. If you have any trouble accessing the page please contact us
As we pray for all those affected by the impact of the coronavirus,
please remember in your prayers these people from our thoughts, hearts and community.
Please click here for details of charitable organisations who still need our support
in these difficult times.
Whatever time you normally attend Mass, why not stop whatever else you may be doing to
pray and reflect on the Gospel. Click here for text and reflection
No Public Mass
As of Friday evening 20th March there will be no public celebration of Mass until further notice.
I am always available to speak to on the telephone and if anyone comes to the door I would be
able to see you at the door at the required 2 meter social distancing.