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. Dominic’s, Shieldfield,
St. Lawrence’s, Byker,
St. Anthony of Padua, Walker.
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.
From April 2019 the Development Group and Finance Committee hold joint meetings.
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
A Mass took place at St Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Park Road, on 21 May to celebrate Mary, Mother of Jesus and Patron of the Partnership.
Bishop Robert Byrne celebrated Mass for the parishes of our Partnership at St Aidan’s Church, Benton on Thursday 18 July at 7pm.
At the end of October 2019 we bid farewell to the Dominican clergy who are leaving St Dominic’s to take up posts in the south of England.