St Mary's

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church


Northern Cross Appeal

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Our very own diocesan newspaper needs your help!


The Northern Cross is the independent newspaper for people of the Christian faith in North East England, in particular the Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. The newspaper launched in January 1956 and is published on the first Sunday of the month. Until the current COVID-19 crisis hit the world printed copies sold in more than 150 parishes across the region.

The current lockdown has meant that producing a printed paper has not been possible. The way forward the foreseeable future is to continue with a digital newspaper and we need your help to make it succeed. We have set a target of 2,020 subscribers in 2020. Some people will still prefer a traditional newspaper and this can still be done if we get enough people to sign up for online or postal delivery direct to your home.

For more information about online subscriptions, please contact Phil Smith at

If you would like to take out a postal subscription, or if you know someone who does not have access to the internet but would like to read Northern Cross please call 01429 274 408 and leave a message with your name and telephone number, and we will call you back.

Thank you warmly in anticipation of your support - and we encourage you to continue to send your stories to us. We would particularly like to hear about your experiences of people and partnerships helping one another during this time.

Emma Little (Editor) Father Dennis Tindall (Chairman)