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.

Regular Updates

Fr Hall is posting everyday on Facebook and via this website, click here to view

Sunday Mass

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

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

Please Pray For

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.  

Click here

Charitable Appeals /Donations

Please click here for details of charitable organisations who still need our support

in these difficult times.

Take a Moment...

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. 

Click here for more

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.

Useful websites

St. Aidan's, Benton

Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

Wednesday Word 

Virtual Children's Liturgy

Catholic Bishop's Conference

Center for Action and Contemplation



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