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 13th September 2020 (24th Sunday of the Year). .

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.

UPDATE FROM BISHOP ROBERT BYRNE: REOPENING OF CHURCHES: The Bishop has released a video message regarding the reopening of our churches and how we are managing this throughout the Diocese. It can just be accessed from the Diocese website Pastoral Message. Some churches have reopened for Mass, which you can see from the link above, but further announcements will be made in due course via the Diocesan website for any further churches to be opened.

Our Lady Immaculate & St Cuthbert's Church in Crook is now open for public attendance at Mass for two days each week on a Sunday and a Tuesday at 10.00am for both days, but VERY IMPORTANT, please click on Father Nick's message for details of what will be different at Mass and Covid 19 rules of what is required by those who are attending Mass in Church (including wearing a Mask or face covering). When the Church is not open for public attendance at Mass, Father Nick will continue to stream Mass 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 13th September (Church open for Mass)
10.00am - Elizabeth & Mary Fairman
Monday 14th September (Mass Streamed)
10.00am - Mary & Louis Gordon
Tuesday 15th September (Church open for Mass)
10.00am - Philomena Stirling (M.F.)
Wednesday 16th Sepember (Mass Streamed)
10.00am - FPrivate Intentions
Thursday 17th September (Mass streamed)
10.00am - Bishop's Intentions Mass for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care
Friday 18th September (Mass streamed)
10.00am - Private Intentions
Saturday 19th September (Mass streamed)
10.00am - People of the parishes

Please note the Church will no longer be open for private prayer during the week.

BULLETIN NOTICES FOR 13th September 2020 (24th Sunday of the Year) . If 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 outside the presbytery door for those who do not receive bulletin by email. This Sunday's Spiritual message from Fr Nick is also attached.

There are links to websites where Mass can be heard with live streaming from various churches throughout the country or visit the Diocese website for links to parishes within the Diocese where Mass is being said.


Although Our Lady Immaculate & St Cuthbert will be open twice a week for Mass, neither of our other two churches are open yet. Due to Covid 19 rules, the collection plate will not be passed round at Mass, but your envelopes and cash may now be placed in the box at the back of Crook church. 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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