All 156 parishes in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle are incorporated into 18 Partnerships.

A Partnership is a group of parishes agreeing to work together, to share resources, both human and material, to become stronger and better equipped for furthering the Kingdom of God.’ (Bishop Cunningham)

In addition to Holy Name, here are the other parishes in our Partnership with links to their websites:

St. Aidan’s, Benton,

St. Teresa’s, Heaton,

St. Dominic’s, Shieldfield,

St. Lawrence’s, Byker,

Our Lady and St. Vincent’s, Newcastle;

St. Anthony of Padua, Walker.

St Mary’s, Forest Hall

The Partnership Development Group comprises one lay representative from each parish plus their clergy. The Partnership Finance Group comprises the lay Chairs of each parish Finance Committee and their clergy. Mrs Julia Firbank is Chair and Mrs Rachael Blackburn is Vice-Chair of the Development Group. Dr Mark Hayes is Chair and Mr Michael Howard is Vice-Chair of the Finance Group.

Fr David Smith, parish priest of St Anthony’s, Walker and St Columba’s, Wallsend is the Partnership Dean.

Our Partnership Vision

At a joint meeting of the Partnership Committees, the following Vision was agreed for the Jesmond St Mary Partnership:

We are called to be:

A community of communities consisting of members whose discipleship has its source in the joy of the gospel and who:
* share the peace and joy of Christ;
* encourage others to a personal encounter with Him;
* centre their lives in the spirituality, prayer and liturgy of the Church;
* work together as equal partners in the mission to promote the Kingdom of God,      responding positively to all who are in need and being ready to reach out to other communities of all faiths and none;
* are welcoming and life giving to all;
* respond to opportunities for personal and group formation.

Our Partnership Litany 

St Mary of Jesmond—Pray for us                                              (Partnership)
St Mary, Help of Christians—Pray for us                                 (Secondary School)
St Mary of the Rosary—Pray for us                                          (Church & School)
Our Lady & St Vincent—Pray for us                                         (Church & School)
St Stephen—Pray for us                                                               (St Aidan’s School)
St Lawrence—Pray for us                                                            (Church & School)
St Alban—Pray for us                                                                   (St Anthony’s School)
St Aidan—Pray for us                                                                   (Church)
St Dominic—Pray for us                                                               (Church)
St Anthony of Padua—Pray for us                                              (Church)
St Catherine—Pray for us                                                             (St Dominic’s School)
St Teresa of the Infant Jesus—Pray for us                                 (Church & School)
Holy Name of Jesus—Have mercy on us                                   (Church)
Lord, have mercy on us and bless our Partnership.

Partnership Events 2019

Liturgy of Mercy
A communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held in St Teresa’s Church, Heaton Road on Sunday 17 March at 4pm.

Starting with a short Service at Holy Name, Jesmond at 9.30am on Saturday 30 March 2019, the Pilgrimage will make its way through Jesmond Dene to St Mary’s Chapel for the Rosary. It will then proceed to St Aidan’s Benton and then on to St Mary’s, Forest Hall for 12.30pm. Following refreshments (take a packed lunch), it will resume by taking mini bus or taxis to St Anthony’s, Walker for 2pm and then move on to Our Lady & St Vincent’s, Byker (2.45pm), St Lawrence’s, Byker (3.30pm, St Teresa’s, Heaton (4pm) and then to St Dominic’s, New Bridge Street for 5pm. For further information, contact Laurie McLehman on 07791 879 258.