Fatima Visit

A big thank you to all the hospitality shown to all those who came to the Cathedral over the past few days. Many thanks to those who created the beautiful flower display, worked in the repository, ushers, helpers, hospitality shown in the hall, altar servers and the Knights of St. Columba. It has been a special time over the past few days and I’m sure many graces received.
Mgr Gerard

Fatima Statue Visit Times

Wednesday 13th

6pm – Arrival of the Statue and evening prayer

Cathedral open till 9pm

Thursday 14th

Cathedral will be open 7:30am till 9pm

Video of the history of Fatima will play in the hall throughout the day

The Sacrament of Confession will be available throughout the day

6:30pm Mass

Friday 15th

Cathedral will be open from 7am

Mass at 7:15am

Farewell mass at 12 noon

The statue and relics will then travel to their next destination

Walsingham Pilgrimage 2017

Mgr Gerard Robinson invites you to join him for the;

Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham
30th September/1st October 2017


The cost is: £80 per person which includes:

Return Transport; Evening Meal; Bed & Breakfast and Sunday Lunch

(there are some en suite rooms at £13pp extra)

See Voice application form or phone Jenny Dowson on 01642 850505

Email: reception@dioceseofmiddlesbrough.co.uk

Mission Appeal

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August 2017

Sr Linda from the Medical Mission Sisters will be giving our annual mission appeal this weekend. Please be as generous as you can to help fund this important apostolate. Many thanks.


Assumption Pilgrimage

Diocese of Middlesbrough

Osmotherley Assumption Pilgrimage

Led by Bishop Terry

Sunday 13th August 2017 3pm (Rosary from 2.30pm)


This year’s assumption pilgrimage will take place as usual at the Lady Chapel at Osmotherley. It will be led by Bishop Terence Patrick Drainey. Although the mass doesn’t count for our obligation on 15th August, this is a great opportunity for us to come together as a diocese to honour God in the life of Our Lady. Following the mass, there will be refreshments in the beautiful grounds around the Lady Chapel.

Happy Summer Holidays

Congratulations to all our staff and pupils at St Augustine’s, St Gerard’s and Trinity Catholic College who have completed their school year this week and begin summer holidays. From all of us at St Mary’s Cathedral, we hope it’s a fun, safe and restful summer.

Pentecost Novena

renew your wonders in this our day as by a new Pentecost. Pope John XXIII


Over the next nine days, the Church all over the world will be praying with great fervour for a renewal of the gift of the Holy Spirit in the lives of its members. Friday 26th May marks the beginning of the Novena of Pentecost when the Church, in imitation of the Apostles after the Lord’s Ascension to heaven, prays together in anticipation of the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit who governs and guides the Church through the centuries, so we too need to open our hearts through prayer to his presence. Here at St Mary’s Cathedral we encourage everyone to take part in this novena, especially for our parish, by praying for the gift of the Spirit everyday in the nine days leading up to Pentecost.


Father, pour out your Spirit upon your people,

And grant us

A new vision of your glory,

A new experience of your power,

A new faithfulness to your Word, and

A new consecration to your service,

That your love may

Grow among us,

And your kingdom come:

Through Christ our Lord.


Peace garden

Our Peace Garden was recently restored with the help of the Children’s Liturgy Group and our Head Gardener Michael Godfrey.

The memorial plaque and garden was constructed in 1995 to mark 50 years of the international peace movement Pax Christi.

A Child’s prayer for Peace

Gods children

Please help us to love one another.

Make nations friendly with other nations.

Make all of us love one and another like brothers and sisters

Help us to do our part

To bring peace in the world

And happiness to all people


The young people of the parish are making their Confirmation on Tuesday night, 16th May.  The service with Bishop Terry is at 7pm so please be seated by 6.45pm.

Please pray for our young people receiving the sacrament this year.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Amen.

Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima

May 13th 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Mary appeared to Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia on the 13th day of the month from May to October, 1917. She invited them to pray, fast and do penance for the sake of the world, which was witnessing the atrocities of the first world war. The children heard Mary warn them about worse atrocities to come, but she told them to trust in the victory of her Immaculate Heart. The messages of Fatima were a great gift to the world in the twentieth century and they continue to guide and inspire the Church today. On this day, Pope Francis will express the importance of this event by making a pilgrimage to Fatima to pray for the peace of the world.

We will also celebrate the miracles of Fatima at St Mary’s Cathedral in Middlesbrough.

On Saturday 13th May we will have 9.15am mass with devotions before and afterwards. This is a great opportunity to receive the graces associated with this event. Also, in September, we will welcome a replica of the statue from Fatima that was blessed by Pope Paul VI in 1967 for the purpose of travelling around the world to spread the message. As a preparation for this event, we will have special devotions to Our Lady of Fatima on the first Saturday of each month in the lead up.


Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

St Jacinta and St Francisco, pray for us.

The week ahead 1st May

The Week Ahead


10am Mass (due to the bank holiday)


9.15am Mass (followed by tea and coffee in the hall)


9.15am Mass

6.00pm Vespers and Benediction


6.30pm Mass


7.15am Mass

12noon Mass


8.50 Rosary

9.15am Mass (Followed by Adoration)

9.45 – 10.30am & 5.45 – 6.15pm Confessions

6.30pm Mass

Sunday – First Holy Communion

10am Mass

5.00pm Mass

The week ahead 23rd April

Sunday 23rd April

10am Mass

3pm Divine Mercy Mass at Lady Chapel, Osmotherley (Confessions and Adoration from 1.30pm)

5pm Mass



6.00pm Confirmation Preparation in Hall

6.30 pm Mass



9.15am Mass (followed by Tea & Coffee in the Hall)



9.15am Mass



6.30pm Mass



7.15am Mass

12noon Mass



9.15am Mass (Rosary from 8.50)

9.45 – 10.30am  & 5.45 – 6.15pm Confessions

6.30pm Mass

Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday 23rd April is Divine Mercy Sunday when the Church all over the world celebrates and implores God’s merciful love for all people.

A special celebration of Divine Mercy will be held at the Lady Chapel, Osmotherley on Sunday 23rd April. There will be confessions available from 1.30pm with adoration of the blessed sacrament and the divine mercy chaplet. Mass will be celebrated at 3pm.

It began with a Polish nun called Faustina Kowalska, who received visions of Jesus and messages from him about the power of his mercy, which she recorded in her diary. The key image was of Jesus blessing with his right hand and pointing to his heart with his left. From the heart came rays of blue and red which symbolised the blood and water which poured forth from Jesus’ heart when it was pierced on the cross. The rays are a sure sign of Jesus’ constant and overwhelming love for each person. As part of his message, Jesus asked that this image be venerated on the second Sunday of Easter. This act would crown a novena to his mercy and include making the effort to go to confession and receive holy communion.

Although at first this devotion was relatively unknown, it received great prominence from Pope St John Paul II, himself a Pole who was familiar with the writings of St Faustina from his upbringing. In 2000, he declared that the whole Church would celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday and today, the devotion enjoys great prominence throughout the whole Church.