Tynemouth Priory Partnership
We don't just belong to our parish; not only are we are linked very closely with the Diocese but also with the newly formed partnership. Each partnership is made up of a group of existing parishes agreeing to work together to share resources, both human and material, to become stronger and better equipped for furthering the Kingdom of God into the future. As of July 2017 we are now part of the Tynemouth Priory Partnership comprising of:
- Immaculate Heart of Mary, West Monkseaton
- Our Lady & St Aidan, Wallsend
- Our Lady & St Columba, Wallsend
- Our Lady & St Edmund, Backworth
- Our Lady & St Oswin, Tynemouth
- St Bernadette, Wallsend
- St Cuthbert, North Shields
- St Edward, Whitley Bay
- St Joseph, North Shields
- St Mary, Cullercoats
Meetings of the Partnership Development Group take place regularly with lay representatives from each parish community, the clergy and our schools, but what, I hear some ask, is that group all about? Why does
The principal role of the Partnership Group is to establish a strategy
which facilitates the development of the partnership. Step one then is about agreeing
and developing a shared vision, strategies and objectives to help align our people
across the various communities. They also have to communicate the desired direction
of the respective parishes and monitor progress to that end. As this group has
a time bound existence—two years, they have a mountain to climb!
Keep an eye on this page for regular updates and information.
Further to the announcements in both of our churches in December 2017:
Wallsend Sunday Mass times will be as follows:
- St Columba’s - 9.00am,
Aidan’s - 10.00am,
- St Bernadette's - 11.30am
This effectively means that one
priest can cover the three Masses in an emergency. All three parishes therefore
have been affected as a result of the Mass time changes. The hope has
to be that the respective congregations will really pull out the stops and make
these changes work.
For further information please see Fr John
with any enquiries or contact us here
In March 2018 the Partnership Development Group met for a half-day session with the Dioscesan Co-Ordinator Amy Cameron to discuss the next steps for moving forward. As part of this they have produced a Partnership Mission Statement to help us all work together with a shared vision for the future:
"We aim to be open to the Holy Spirit in prayer and humble trust, creating a vibrant Church for the future, a welcoming faith community called to grow in the love of God.
We aspire to bring Jesus into the community, providing opportunities for all to find their way in the Church, to belong, to participate and to thrive."