Our Church Our Lady & St.Cuthbert's RC Church
Church Hill
County Durham DL15 9DN
Tel: 01388 762724
Welcome to the website of
Our Lady Immaculate & Saint Cuthbert's Church

The Roman Catholic parish of Our Lady Immaculate & Saint Cuthbert serves the town of Crook and the surrounding area. The parish is part of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool. Its home is a beautiful church designed by Pugin and is close to the town centre.

Responsibility for the running of the parish lies with Reverend John Clohosey, who took over as parish priest from 8th September 2017. He is also responsible for running the parishes of St.Thomas of Canterbury, Wolsingham and St. Joseph's, Tow Law. From 1st April 2020, Father Nick Jennings is acting as parish administrator for all three parishes.

The intention of this website is to share with you our beautiful Church in Crook and let you know what is going on by explaining to you all aspects of our parish life and the community around us. Included in "Our Church" page is a link to a brief history of Our Lady Immaculate & St. Cuthbert's if you would like to read how and when the church was built.


Arrangements for serving Partnerships are being embedded into the everyday life of the Diocese, with a contact for the Partnerships in each of the Vicariates. In order to see how partnerships are expected to work within the Diocese, the document 'New arrangements for serving Partnerships' Partnership information will let you see all the relevant details. Our partnership is area E2 THE ESCOMB PARTNERSHIP. If you would like to see which churches are in our partnership, please click on Escomb

Please read this week's Weekly Escomb Partnership Note for Sunday 29th November (1st Sunday of Advent). .

Also attached is Appeal from Fr Tindall re Northern Cross newspaper, who is grateful for those who have subscribed, but would appreciate more subscribers, either on line or by paper copies. Thank you.

OUR LADY IMMACULATE & ST. CUTHBERT'S CEMETERY: if anyone would like information about existing graves in the cemetery, please email olsc.cemetery@gmail.com for further details.

GIFT AID SCHEME. All the parishes under the care of our parish priest operates a gift aid scheme whereby donations made by taxpayers can be enhanced by an amount received from the government. Full details can be obtained for joining the scheme by clicking on the attached document Gift Aid.

The website is intended to be as informative as possible and everyone is encouraged to contact us with any suggestion which may be of help to our community.

We are particularly keen to hear from any former parishioners who are living out of the area and details of how to contact us are contained within the website.

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Read all about The Parish Centre , in the St. Cuthbert's Centre page which tells you about how it was established in 2010, together with some photographs of the opening and details of hire charges. Our tenants, Jack Drum Arts, have some exiting events coming up in December. Please see all details on the St. Cuthbert's Centre page.

RE-OPENING OF CHURCHES: From Thursday morning, 5th November, all Churches are closed again for public attendance at Mass until and including, Wednesday 2nd December, as per the latest Government Restrictions.
From Thursday 4th December, churches will be open for services and private prayer. Please see Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle for full details.

Our Lady Immaculate & St Cuthbert's Church is closed at present for public attendance at Mass, due to Government lockdown new rules. It will be open again on Sunday 6th December. Please see full list of new lockdown rules. While the Church is not open for public attendance at Mass, Father Nick will continue to stream Mass daily on Facebook which can be found on our Parish Facebook page, and also on our Parish YouTube channel on Our Lady Immaculate & St Cuthbert Crook where streamed Mass will be preceded by Morning Prayer and Exposition at 9.30am:

Sunday 29th November
10.00am - Royce W. Carson & deceased Carson family
Monday 30th November
10.00am - Lewis McEldon
Tuesday 1st December
10.00am - Molly & George Callan
Wednesday 2nd December
Thursday 3rd December
10.00am - Bishop's Intentions Mass for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care
Friday 4th December
10.00am - Elsie Laws
Saturday 5th December
10.00am - People of the Parishes

At present, the Church will no longer be open for private prayer during the week.

Please pray for Fr Derek Peel and Gillian Stobbs who died recently. May they rest in peace.

BULLETIN NOTICES FOR Sunday 29th November (1st Sunday of Advent). First Sunday of AdventIf you would like to read the bulletin on line, please click on Bulletin Notices. Please note that a few copies of the bulletin are available in the brown box opposite the presbytery door, together with copies of the "Look" for children. You will see from this that there are several requests for donations to worthy charities. Please support if you can.

This Sunday's Spiritual message from Fr Nick is also attached

Please see a list of the deceased families and friends Holy Souls, who are being remembered at Mass during November.If you would like a deceased relative remembered during November, please contact Fr Nick at the presbytery.

There are links to websites where Mass can be heard with live streaming from various churches throughout the country.

VACANCY: The parish has a vacancy for a part-time Cleaner to work in the presbytery, church and private house. 4 hours per week. The closing date for applications is 30 November 2020. Further information and an application pack is available at Human Resources or contact the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle on 0191 243 3301 or email human.resources@diocesehn.org.uk


Next Sunday 6th December, Churches will re-open for public attendance at Mass. Please either put your envelopes and cash in the box provided at the back of church, or can be handed into the Presbytery. Thank you. Would all those who normally give their offertory by cash, please consider making your offertory donation by standing order, as this is a safer way for donations to be banked.

Donations can be made or Standing orders can be set up for

  • the bank account of Our Lady & St Cuthbert, Crook with sort code 403418 Account no 02010348:
  • For the bank account of St Thomas of Canterbury, Wolsingham with sort code 403445, Account no 31148389:
  • For bank account of St Joseph, Tow Law sort code 403445 Account no 11138855.
  • Standing order forms can be found from the attached links above. Alternatively this can be set up with on-line banking. Thank you very much to all those who already are already helping in this way. Please pray for this pandemic to end as quickly as possible.

    Priest in Charge - Rev. Nick Jennings
    01388 762724
    Email address

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