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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 Nick Jennings, who took over as parish priest from 5th December 2021. He is also responsible for running the parishes of St.Thomas of Canterbury, Wolsingham and St. Joseph's, Tow Law.

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 21st April 2024 (4th Sunday of Easter ). .

THE YEAR OF PRAYER In preparation for the 2025 Jubilee Year 'Pilgrims of Hope', 2024 has been designated a Year of Prayer. The Holy Father has asked that 2024 be year of prayer, as a preparatory year for the Jubilee. This started in Advent 2023. In preparation for the Jubilee, dioceses are invited to promote initiatives to remind people of the centrality of both individual prayer and community prayer. You can read 2 prayers here, which can be said every day or at least at 6pm every Wednesday. Please see full details on the Diocesan website. The third session of discussion and prayer, "We Dare To Say" will be on Friday 26th April at 7pm in St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. All are welcome

OUR LADY IMMACULATE & ST. CUTHBERT'S, CROOK and ST. THOMAS OF CANTERBURY, WOLSINGHAM CEMETERIES: Please see attached the churches policy regarding Cemetery regulations for burials (including that of ashes) in our cemeteries. If anyone would like information about existing graves in these cemeteries, please email saintcuthbertschurchcrook@uwclub.net 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.

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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 several online events in July. Please see all details on the St. Cuthbert's Centre page.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION - Please find attached Pope Francis on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

BISHOP STEPHEN'S RESPONSE TO THE LISTENING EXERCISE. Please click on the link to the Bishop's Response for full details.

CHURCHES OPEN IN THE DIOCESE: Please see Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle for full details of services being held in Churches in the Diocese.

Our Lady Immaculate & St Cuthbert's Church, Crook is open for public attendance at Mass every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday as shown below and will also be streamed for those at home 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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please see times below of when Masses are being said in each Church in our cluster.

MASS TIMES & MASS INTENTIONS for Week beginning 21st April 2024 (4th Sunday of Easter).
Sunday 21st April (MASS IN TOW LAW CHURCH)
9.00am - Dec'd members of the Glasper family
Sunday 21st April (MASS IN CROOK CHURCH (Streamed Mass)
10.30am - Craig Dixon
6.00pm - Fr Kevin Bolger
Tuesday 23rd April (MASS IN CROOK CHURCH) (Streamed Mass)
10.00am - Fr Phil Carroll RIP
Wednesday 24th April
Thursday 25th April (MASS IN TOW LAW CHURCH)
10.00am - Family's special intention
Friday 26th April (MASS IN CROOK CHURCH (Streamed Mass)
12noon - Intentions of Sr Assumpta (VR)
5.30pm - Intentions of Jane Allen
Sunday 28th April (MASS IN TOW LAW CHURCH)
9.00am - People of the Parishes
Sunday 28th April (MASS IN CROOK CHURCH (Streamed Mass)
10.30am - Joe Price

The Next Vigil Service to pray for peace in Gaza will be in Crook church each Thursday at 7pm.

SICK AND RETIRED PRIESTS (NBF) collection remains open until Sunday 28th April. individual Private Donations, One-Off Donations and Gift Aid Donations can be sent directly to the NBF Treasurer, Father Ian Jackson, St Joseph's Presbytery, Coast Road, Blackhall, Co. Durham, TS27 4HW

BULLETIN NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 21st April 2024 (4th Sunday of Easter). If you would like to read the bulletin on line, please click on Bulletin Notices for 21st April (4th Sunday of Easter).

THIS WEEK'S SPECIAL COLLECTION is for the Little Sisters of the Poor. Alternatively, if you wish to contribute by sending cheques made payable to Little Sisters of the Poor, please send to St Joseph's Home, Westmorland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7QA, or for secure online donations, these can be made by visiting the website at donate-here.

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


Although our three churches in Crook, Tow Law and Wolsngham are open for public attendance at Mass, some people are naturally still wary of the virus, resulting in fewer cash donations being received. If anyone would like to make a donation to any of our 3 parishes by standing order instead or by direct debit payment, this can be set up for

  • the bank account of Our Lady Immaculate & 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:
  • or 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 using on-line banking. Thank you very much to all those who already are already helping in this way and to any parishioners who would like to make their donations by standing order or by direct debit in future.

    Parish Priest - Rev. Nick Jennings
    01388 762724
    Email address

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