Welcome to St Mary's Catholic Church, Barnard Castle, a delightful church set in beautiful grounds in historic Barnard Castle, gateway to the hidden gem of Teesdale.

The Catholic Faith has been in Teesdale from very early on. The present Anglican church of St Mary's goes back to Norman times. During the Reformation many local families held on to the Faith and suffered as a consequence.

The modern parish of St Mary's goes back to 1845 when the first parish priest was appointed. He, Father William Allen, bought the Union Hall in the centre of town and transformed it into a parish church. This building served as the centre of the parish until the new church of St Mary's was opened in 1928. The old church was sold and has now been demolished to make way for housing.

The parish of St Mary's extends for the whole of Upper Teesdale, including many villages and especially includes Middleton-in-Teesdale, where a small chapel-of-ease now serves the local people and visitors alike.

Father Elkin retired in Spring 2017. Father Grieves is now our Parish Priest as well as for St Osmund's in Gainford. He celebrates the Saturday Vigil Mass in Barnard Castle at 6:30 pm every week. If you need to contact Father Grieves please either write to St Osmund's Presbytery, Main Road, Gainford, County Durham, DL2 3DZ; telephone on 01325 730191 or email: ilg5394@gmail.com


Latest Updates

You can see our full newsletter, which is updated weekly, under 'Parish News', then 'Newsletter'.      

Christmas Fayre: 7th December at the School Hall. Volunteers needed. Please email smccbarnardcastle@gmail.com to help. Click here for our Facebook event page. PLEASE begin your usual preparations and obtain more information from Mr John Crabbe (Chairman of our Parish Pastoral Council) PLEASE SIGN THE LIST at the back of church with offers for the CHRISTMAS HAMPER & BOTTLE STALL. We’re also collecting SOAPS & TOILETRIES – please help us!

Special request - Donations to the church: How much is your faith worth? Please help us to maintain our beautiful church by giving at our weekly mass or by setting up a standing order. This is easy to do and is encouraged by parish members. Contact us at smccbarnardcastle@gmail.com and we will send you a standing order set up form.

The Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite Mass: Tuesday 12th November 2019 (St Martin I, Pope & Martyr) at 6.30 pm Celebrant: Father Shaun Swales A retiring collection will be taken to cover costs and pay Father Swales travelling expenses. ALL ARE WELCOME

First Holy Communion 2020: There will be a meeting on Monday 4th November at 3.45 pm at St Mary’s Catholic School, Barnard Castle for all children (and their parents) hoping to make their FIRST HOLY COMMUNION in May/June 2020. More information from St Mary’s Catholic School or Father Grieves on 01325 730191.

Mass Times

PLEASE NOTE: Masses at St. Aidan's, Middleton in Teesdale will take place monthly on the first Saturday of the month, please see the calendar for details. Refreshments will be available after the service.




Eucharistic Service 10:00






Eucharistic Service 10:00


18:30 Parish Mass



OTHER MASSES IN THE PARISH (Updated December 2018)
10.00 am (St Osmund's, Gainford) (Saturday 19th Jan - Masses at 09:30 and 11:30 am)
4.00 pm Vigil Mass - First Saturday of the Month (St Aidan’s, Middleton-in-Teesdale)
9.30 am Parish Mass (St Osmund’s, Gainford)
11.30 am Solemn Mass (St Osmund’s, Gainford)
12 noon (St Osmund’s, Gainford)
Tuesdays and Wednesdays:
10.00 am (St Osmund’s Gainford)
7.00 pm (St Osmund’s Gainford)

Confessions after Mass on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

Mass with Anointing of the Sick
On the second Wednesday of each month at 12pm Mass with anointing of the sick is celebrated at St Joseph’s Gateshead- all are welcome.



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