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 2nd 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 1st August 2021 (18th Sunday of the Year). .

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

OPENING OF CHURCHES: Please see Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle for full details of services being held in Churches which are now open.

Our Lady Immaculate & St Cuthbert's Church, Crook is open for public attendance at Mass every Sunday and Tuesday as shown below and will also be streamed for those at home. While the Church is not open on other days 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, (although at present, unfortunately there is a problem on YouTube), where streamed Mass will be preceded by Morning Prayer and Exposition at 9.30am:
IMPORTANT NOTICE:St. Thomas of Canterbury, Wolsingham is open for public attendance at Mass each Saturday as before, but St Joseph's, Tow law has reverted to Mass being held on a Sunday at 9.00am, as shown below. This means that, Mass at Crook is now being held at 10.30am on a Sunday as shown below, but Mass during the week will still be at 10.00am.

MASS TIMES & MASS INTENTIONS for Week beginning 1st August 2021 (18th Sunday of the Year).
(Where it says Streamed Mass, it means it is Mass said privately and is preceded by Exposition at 9.30am)
Sunday 1st August 2021 (MASS IN TOW LAW CHURCH
9.00am - Joan Beveridge
Sunday 1st August 2021(MASS IN CROOK CHURCH (Also streamed))
10.30am People of the Parishes
Monday 2nd August (Streamed Mass)
10.00am - Intentions of the Vokes family
Tuesday 3rd August (MASS IN CROOK CHURCH (Also streamed))
10.00am - Mark Warrington
Wednesday 4th August
Thursday 5th August (Streamed Mass)
10.00am - Patrick Mines
Friday 6th August (Streamed Mass)
10.00am - Private intentions
5.30pm - People of the Parishes
Sunday 8th August(MASS IN TOW LAW CHURCH)
9.00am - Private intentions
Sunday 8th August (MASS IN CROOK CHURCH (Also streamed))
10.30am - Carol & Eugene Brady Golden Wedding Anniversary

BULLETIN NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 1st August 2021 (18th Sunday of the Year). If you would like to read the bulletin on line, please click on Bulletin Notices and also read this week's Spiritual message from Fr Nick. Please read Liturgy Booklet, for details of prayers of thanksgiving being held in our parishes, together with a list of Days of reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Welcomers, Readers and Sacristans. This Sunday's Homily is also attached for you to read.

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


Our three churches in Crook, Tow Law and Wolsngham are now 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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