Our Church Our Lady & St.Cuthbert's RC Church
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County Durham DL15 9DN
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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 14th August 2022 (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary). .

AN INVITATION FROM POPE FRANCIS TO DISCERN IN THE POST PANDEMIC CHURCH. Please read details of the forthdoming Synod attached. The 'particular way' has been defined by the International Synod of Bishops due to take place in 2023. Here in our Diocese, the process for this began with Bishop Robert celebrating Holy Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral. The Synod depends on an open process with everyone having their right to discern, to listen to the Holy Spirit and to respond. Please find some questions to help you discuss some possible issues with family and friends on the attached questionnaire

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 July. Please see all details on the St. Cuthbert's Centre page.

RETURNING TO MASS Please find attached a statement from the Bishops of England and Wales on returning to Mass at Pentecost. This is also available on the link with Recite-me audio

CHURCHES OPEN IN THE DIOCESE: Please see Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle for full details of services being held in Churches in the Diocese.
UPDATED COVID SAFE RECOMMENDATIONS: Freshly blessed Holy water is available for blessing yourself on entry and exit. Hand sanitizer remains available. Social distancing is no longer obligatory. Face coverings are optional, but recommended during singing. The sign of peace may be offered physically to those with whom we normally have physical contact, but a "safe" sign of peace should otherwise be offered to those around us. Holy Communion remains under one kind. Altar servers should be encouraged to return.

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 note Mass is being said in St Joseph's, Tow Law on a Sunday and on a Saturday and in St Thomas of Canterbury, Wolsingham and on other times during the week, but please see times below of when Masses are being said in each Church.

MASS TIMES & MASS INTENTIONS for Week beginning 14th August 2022 (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary).
Sunday 14th August 2022 (MASS IN TOW LAW CHURCH)
9.00am - People of the Parishes
Sunday 14th August 2022 (MASS IN CROOK CHURCH (Also streamed)
10.30am - Mary Carson
6.00pm - Intentions of Sr Assumpta
Tuesday 16th August (MASS IN CROOK CHURCH (Also streamed)
10.00am - Irene Skilbeck
Wednesday 17th August
Thursday 18th August (MASS IN TOW LAW CHURCH)
10.00am - Eric Bland
Friday 19th August (MASS IN CROOK CHURCH (Also streamed)
10.00am - Intentions of the Ogbaje family
Saturday 20th August - (MASS IN WOLSINGHAM CHURCH
5.30pm - Allan Jones
Sunday 21st August(MASS IN TOW LAW CHURCH)
9.00am - No Intentions
Sunday 21st August (MASS IN CROOK CHURCH (also streamed)
10.30am - Lesley O'Neill

Prayers half an hour before weekday Masses will continue.

BULLETIN NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 14th August 2022 (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary). If you would like to read the bulletin on line, please click on Bulletin Notices

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 & 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.

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

    DIOCESAN PRIVACY NOTICE Please see link to details of the Policy of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle in relation to Data protection and privacy

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