2-FullSizeRenderWelcome 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'.      

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. In line with Government guidance, the church will be closed until further notice. Please be assured of my prayers and best wishes in these difficult and very challenging times for us all. May God bless us all, Father Grieves, Parish Priest. 
Father Grieves’ contact details: Landline:01325 730191 Mobile: 0777 559 1105  Email: ilg5394@gmail.com

Click on the picture to see Father Grieves' Pentecostal Message

CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal: Calling for support, please click here to read the letter.

Vocation: To whom shall we go? A Seven Session Discernment Programme for Men Considering Priesthood in Hexham & Newcastle Diocese.
Could Jesus be calling you to be Catholic Priest? Our online course of reflection and discussion is an opportunity to ask that question. Gathering as an online group, we will discuss what it means to discern a vocation, learn a little about the path to priesthood and enjoy fellowship in the process!
The course will take place using ZOOM at 7:15pm on Mondays beginning Monday 11th May.
To express interest in joining our sessions, or to find out more, please contact Father Christopher Warren at vocations@rcdhn.org.uk
Calling all parishioners to click here to pray together for those considering entering priesthood, using this document 
Zoom Vocations Poster JPEG

Urgent Appeal to Continue Donations 
Please see messages from Fiona, our treasurer below. Standing order forms are available - click here.
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Mass in Private: 
Whilst the church is closed during the Covid-19 pandemic, you can celebrate Holy Mass in Private - Click Here. 
Prayers during Covid-19 pandemic: 
Some prayers for the many different aspects of this uncertain time - Click Here.


Mass Times

Mass suspended until further notice due to Coronavirus








Eucharistic Service 10:00




Parish Mass 18:30 



Latin Mass Dates


Other Masses in the Parish (All churches closed until further notice)

4.00 pm Vigil Mass - First Saturday of the Month(St Aidan’s, Middleton-in-Teesdale)
6.30 pm Vigil Mass (St Mary’s, Barnard Castle)
9.30 am Parish Mass (St Osmund’s, Gainford)
11.30 am Solemn Mass with Choral Mass Setting & Anthems (St Osmund’s, Gainford)
Mondays: at 12 noon (St Osmund’s, Gainford)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: at 10.00 am (St Osmund’s, Gainford)
Thursdays: at 10.00 am (St Mary’s, Barnard Castle)
Fridays: at 7.00 pm (St Osmund’s, Gainford)
Confessions after Mass on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
More information from Father Grieves (Parish Priest) on 01325 730191



Click here for map and directions.