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Diocesan Communications Update
On Tuesday 10 November 2020 at midday, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) published its investigation report into the Catholic Church of England and Wales.
Dioceses have been advised that all media enquiries will be handled centrally by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW).
A statement regarding the IICSA Report is available to download below.
I would ask that we keep all victims of abuse in our prayers and ask God’s forgiveness for these terrible crimes.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
We are delighted that First Holy Communion preparation will be taking place at St William's Catholic Academy this year.
If your child is in school Year Four and would like to make their first Holy Communion, there will be an initial welcome meeting at St William's on Tuesday 6th October at 5pm for parents to find out more. Your child does not have to attend St William's to be able to attend First Holy Communion Preparation.
Please contact the school on 01429 880348 to confirm if you will be attending the Welcome Meeting.
A message from Mary's Meals
I am deeply moved by the way church leaders across the UK have embraced technology to reach out to their congregations at this time.
You have inspired us to create a series of special messages especially for churchgoers. These short films will include updates on how Mary’s Meals is feeding hungry children through this pandemic and personal reflections on how faith is bringing hope and comfort.
The first message, shared in April, came from our founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. I am pleased to now share the second message, from Mary’s Meals' leaders in India and Kenya.
Watch our new message here
I hope you will continue to spread the word about our mission by sharing these messages during your services, on your websites or social media.
Please get in touch if you need this film in another format or to register your interest in hosting a talk from one of our volunteers when it is safe to do so.
Until we can meet again, please know that you and your congregation are in our prayers. Thank you for all your support.
May the Lord bless and keep you,
UK Executive Director, Mary’s Meals
Hospital visits: The University Hospital of North Durham has suspended visiting of patients, with limited exceptions for children’s wards, maternity wards and end-of-life patients. However, the Catholic Chaplain is still able to visit patients, and to bring them Holy Communion and the Sacrament of the Sick. If you know of a patient who wishes for a visit from the Catholic Hospital Chaplain, please inform Fr Paul Tully on 01388 818544 or
Some information from the Diocese
In a continued approach to trying to help those without the internet during lockdown, we will be issuing a phone number for the Vicariate for Faith & Mission. This will allow people to ring for prayer resources to be posted out to them as a back-up measure to what may be organised locally. The telephone number for resources is 07375 934713.
The telephone Mass service, offered by the Diocese of Middlesbrough, is being used by a number of our parishioners and they may be pleased to hear the following message from the BBC: ‘The BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship will broadcast a celebration of Holy Mass by the Cardinal in Westminster Cathedral on Sunday 14 June at 8:10 am. It will be welcome news, especially for Catholics who do not have access to the internet.’
Finally, a video reflection has been produced for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion ahead of Corpus Christi this weekend. As ministers are unable to gather to renew their annual commitment, the video has been placed on the homepage of our diocesan website to help them reflect.
About Edmund Duke Parish
Edmund Duke Parish is named for Blessed Edmund Duke, one of the Dryburne Martyrs.
It consists of Three Member Churches:
The Parish was formed in 2018 with the amalgamation of the three churches.
Father Shaun Swales
SS. Joseph, Patrick and Cuthbert
(0191) 377 0542