St Mary's

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church


West Northumberland Food Bank

The West Northumberland Food Bank collects items to help the poorest families in our area, including some people with Coeliac disease.

Demand is usually high, so the Food Bank would always appreciate donations of many types of food and other items, in particular the following:

  • Tinned meat and fish
  • Tinned vegetables, tomatoes and fruit
  • Dried milk
  • UHT long life milk
  • Rice and noodles
  • Tinned or instant potatoes
  • Tinned deserts
  • Squash and pop
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Biscuits and crackers
  • Toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant and razors
  • Dog food
  • Cat food


If you are able to help the Food Bank by donating any of the items listed above, or indeed any other items which you think may help, please leave your donated items in the collection box situated within the Narthex at St. Mary's.

Remember, there is a need for you to help our poorest bretheren throughout the year. Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Think about this ...

This is likely to be very challenging, even confronting. However, once you have begun to read it, it is very important that you continue to the end and then read it line by line from the bottom up.



They have no need of our help

So do not tell me

These haggard faces could belong to you or I

Should life have dealt a different hand

We need to see them for who they really are

Chancers and scroungers

With bombs up their sleeves

Cut-throats and thieves

They are not

Welcome here

We should make them

Go back to where they came from

They cannot

Share our food

Share our homes

Share our countries

Instead let us all

Build a wall to keep them out

It is not OK to say

These are people just like us

A place should only belong to those who are born there.

Do not be so stupid to think that

The world can be looked at another way.


Now read that again, line by line from bottom to top.  Which is really upside down?

With acknowledgement to Brian Bilston and Brigidine  Asylum Seekers Project. St. Macartan’s Social Justice Group

Stepping Up To The Plate

In his inaugural address Pope Francis said that we should be a poor church for the poor. What does this mean for our church here?

Before Christmas we heard about homelessness in our community and showed great support for our local homelessness charity StopGap.

In Hexham we support our local foodbank, but do we ask why that foodbank is needed?

To mark Church Action on Poverty Sunday, 26th February, shoppers in Hexham and parishioners at St. Mary’s were encouraged to “Step up to the Plate”. People were asked what changes they could think of that could help to End Hunger UK and to write their idea on a paper plate. The plate messages were then photographed, along with the writers if they didn’t mind. Photos were then uploaded to the campaign website and plates sent to local our MP.

The various messages join many others as part of a larger campaign to build a groundswell of pressure on politicians and government so that they take the issue of hunger in the UK seriously.

St Joseph's School Fairtrade Quiz

Recently, St. Joseph's School held a Fairtrade quiz, which was facilitated by St. Mary's Church Justice and Peace Group.

The winners, who all took home Fairtrade Easter eggs, are pictured here, together with Justice and Peace Group members Berni Walker (quiz organiser) and Mary Campin.

Well done to all St' Joseph's students who took part.