St Mary's

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church



The sacrament of Confirmation in the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle at the request of the Bishop is conferred on young people in school Year 9 and above. St. Mary’s and the local parishes have a joint confirmation programme which runs on alternate years.

Please consult the Parish Newsletter for details of the next confirmation programme.

Confirmation Preparation 2018

This year, the Confirmation Preparation Programme for the Heavenfield Partnership will be held at St. Mary’s, Hexham, and will be led by Fr. Peter Stoddart.

The programme is open to any young people who are currently in year 8 (will begin year 9 in September) and above.

It was originally intended to begin this programme on 18th July. However,  due to events taking place within local schools during the week including 18th July, Fr. Peter has arranged an additional introductory session at Saint Mary's on Thursday 12th July. This session is open to all young people who will be taking part in this year's Confirmation Preparation programme, and also their parents if they wish.

Confirmation will take place at 7:00pm on 20th November.

It is also hoped to concurrently run a preparation programme for older young people, who have not yet been confirmed. If you are interested in attending either of these Preparation Programmes, please forward names and contact details to St. Mary’s Parish Office as soon as possible  (01434 603119 or

Dates for the 2018 Confirmation Preparation Programme

Thursday 12th July - This "Come and See" introductory session will be held at St. Mary's Church, Hexham

Saturday 8th September (Provisional date) - An "away-day", to be held at the Emmaus Youth Village

The following sessions will all start at 7:00pm and will take place at St. Mary's Church, Hexham:

Thursday 11th October

Thursday 18th October

Thursday 25th October

Thursday 1st November

Thursday 8th November

Thursday 15th November

The Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle will come to St. Mary's to Confirm our candidates on Tuesday 20th November