Vicariate for Faith & Mission Update (June 2022)

June 1 2022

Update from the Vicariate

The Vicariate for Faith & Mission is continuing to develop our Year of the Eucharist with a number of opportunities detailed below. As we move to the British summer, we are praying for warmer weather to allow our Corpus Christi celebration to be unhampered by the weather and to give us all the invitation of coming back together in larger numbers for some long awaited large community celebration. We are keen that our Corpus Christi celebrations are a real highlight of this year.

Last month, we celebrated the annual Marriage Mass, with many couples coming from across the Diocese to St Mary’s Cathedral. It was a beautiful celebration with newly married couples joining those who were celebrating significant anniversaries. This month we are celebrating a week of prayer for families. Keep an eye on the Diocesan website and social media accounts for prayers and activities for this special week (Wednesday 22 – Sunday 26 June 2022).


As the Synod moves on from the Diocesan phase to the national phase, our Diocesan submission is with the Bishops Conference of England and Wales. Bishop Robert and members of the core team are part of the national conversation entering into the dialogue of what will be sent on from England and Wales. While the Synod moves to the universal synthesis it is important for us to remember that this was not intended as a short period of conversation but that it was proposed by Pope Francis to move us to new ways of working as Church. You will find our Diocesan submission here. Please take time to pray and reflect on what is contained in this document, as we do likewise.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your participation to the universal synod so far and we want to encourage you, that you are the Church and your contribution makes a difference. Please keep the dialogue open and the conversations taking place, considering what is within your circle to effect change and to help the local community to journey together and grow.

Amy Cameron

Year of the Eucharist

This Diocesan Year aims to celebrate the Eucharist at the heart of the life and mission of the Church and to gather people back to the Mass and the Sacraments. The Diocesan vision for this time is that we grow in our love and appreciation of the Eucharist, that we deepen our appreciation of its celebration through the liturgy. We hope to revitalise and renew our faith through a deepening of prayer and Eucharistic devotion inspiring us to go out and to serve the world through the nourishment we receive.

Visit our website for more information about the Year of the Eucharist.

Eucharistic Festival at Ushaw. On the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, our Diocese will celebrate a Eucharistic Festival at Ushaw on Sunday 19 June 2022, starting at 3.00pm. The Festival programme includes a blessing of the newly restored Pugin Altar by Bishop Robert, a Eucharistic procession around the grounds of Ushaw (weather permitting) and benediction. Parishes, partnerships, groups and individuals are invited. To book your place, please visit our event listing or view or download the event poster.

Time before the Blessed Sacrament is a series of reflections on the ways in which we can participate in Adoration. Each leaflet includes scripture, image, prayer and reflection and they are intended for a range of uses; for individuals during a time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, for group reflection or as the basis of a holy hour. The reflections are available on the Year of the Eucharist page.

All are welcome to attend the monthly Holy Hour on the first Sunday of each month between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, held at St Andrew’s Church, Worswick Street, Newcastle. The next Holy Hour will be held on Sunday 5 June. Organised by the Association of the Eucharist, we invite you to spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament as part of this diocesan Year of the Eucharist. Refreshments are served afterwards.

The Association of the Eucharist invites you to join them for a Day of Recollection on Saturday 2 July 2022, 11.00am to 3.00pm. The day begins with Mass, followed by a talk and ending with Holy Hour. Please bring a packed lunch. Refreshments will be served.

Thanksgiving Mass for NHS Staff, Hospital Chaplains and Care Workers. Are you a Doctor, Nurse or other type of healthcare worker working in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle? Bishop Robert Byrne invites you to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving for NHS Staff, Chaplains and Care Workers at 7.00pm on Thursday 14 July, the Feast of St Camillus, at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. This Mass will be an opportunity for the Diocese to express their gratitude to all healthcare staff and chaplains as we continue to emerge from the COVID Pandemic.

Year of the Eucharist Reflections

Bishop Robert’s Reflections are available on the Year of the Eucharist page.

The second Year of the Eucharist reflection bookletEncountering the Son’ is available to download and read. The booklet contains reflections written by voices from across the Diocese and invite us to reflect on our relationship with the Son. The third booklet ‘Encountering the Holy Spirit’ will be available for download later in June.

Certificate for Pastoral Ministry

  • Are you currently involved in Church ministry but wish you knew more about your faith?
  • Do you sometimes lack confidence and feel you could benefit from further training and formation?
  • Do you want to grow in your faith and ministry and perhaps find new ways to share your gifts with others?

We have a course designed just for you.

The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry is an online, two-year learning experience created with the busy person in mind. It will take you on a journey of discovery about key aspects of the Catholic faith while helping you to reflect upon your own ministry and the ministry of others.

To find out more join us online for one of our information evenings: Tuesday 14 June 2022 or Wednesday 22 June 2022 from 7.30pm – 9.00pm. To register your interest for one of the information evenings, or for further information please email More information about the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry can also be found the Diocesan website.

Marriage & Family Life

The theme for the tenth World Meeting of Families (WMOF) is Family Love: a vocation and a path to Holiness. The World Meeting of Families was instituted by Pope St John Paul II in 1994. The week 22 – 26 June is organised and promoted by the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. Although physically hosted by the Diocese of Rome, in 2022 the event will be multi-centred and spread out throughout the world’s Catholic dioceses. Watch the Pope’s video message or visit the WMOF22 website.

Visit our website for more information about Family & Sacraments.

Liturgical Formation / Days of Reflection

The Liturgy team are planning more Liturgy courses for formation and Days of Reflection for the Autumn, including:

  • Courses for new Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. A study day for leaders of Children’s Liturgy of the Word.
  • Days of Reflection for Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

Further information about each of the courses/events, along with booking information, will be made available through the Liturgy and Prayer webpage.

CHARIS (Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Service)

Encounter God through Praise and Worship on Saturday 30 April 2022 at St Mary’s Church, Sunderland, provided a blessed opportunity to continue growing communion between people involved in the various realities within Catholic Charismatic Renewal in our Diocese. Testimonies from a diverse mix of sisters and brothers witnessed to how deeply we are known and loved, and the difference the Holy Spirit makes to the lives of those who know this and trust it to be so. Music from the Emmanuel worship group in the morning, and the Filipino Couples for Christ worship group in the afternoon, drew us powerfully together in praise and worship, giving the Holy Spirit many opportunities to move in hearts and minds. We thank everyone who contributed and everyone who came on the day for such a special opportunity for the Holy Spirit to be at work. God is good! View the gallery.

At the time of writing, we look forward to seeing how the Holy Spirit will be at work again at Celebrating the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: A Mass for Pentecost at St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday 28 May 2022.

We are gathering content for our next newsletter. Please let us know about any opportunities for people to be more open to the Holy Spirit that you would like us to include under “News from the Diocese.

Please visit the CHARIS section of the website for news and events.

Please continue to pray for the work of the team.

John Wheeler
Hexham & Newcastle Diocesan Service of Communion

Dialogue & Unity

The Christian and Muslim Pray for Peace event, which feels more poignant this year with the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, will take place on Saturday 25 June at 2.30pm at the historic Lady Chapel which is situated in Jesmond Dene.

Advance notice: As part of the Year of the Eucharist, we will also be holding a ‘Faith and Food’ event on Thursday 22 September, 7:00 – 9:00pm at English Martyrs Church Hall, Stamfordham Road. We look forward to sharing more details with you in due course.

Bereavement Support

Whilst bereavement is extremely hard at any time, the time spent in lockdown when funerals had to take place in very restricted circumstances have taken their toll on so many. Whilst family and friends can be immensely supportive, sometimes a bereaved person wants to talk to someone outside of their immediate circle. The Emmaus Bereavement Support Team, trained in the Ministry of Consolation, is available to support those who wish to talk about their loss. Due to current restrictions, such conversations will most likely take place on the phone, but we hope as restrictions ease, it may be possible for people to meet face-to-face again.

Since the launch of this service earlier this year, there have been a number of requests for support, and several of our listeners have been able to accompany others on their journey of loss and bereavement.

The Emmaus Bereavement Support Service number is 07732 980740 a member of the team will contact you promptly.


Father Sean Hall continues to offer his weekly reflections on the Sunday Readings and Pat Kennedy her monthly reflections, both available to read online or download in the Prayer Resources section.

Contact Us

Contact the Vicariate of Faith & Mission by email: or by telephone 0191 243 3316 / 07375 934713 during office hours.

Visit our vicariate homepage here.