Welcome to the parish of the Sacred Heart RC Church, North Gosforth

Photo of exterior of church East window central light The parish of the Sacred Heart has a reputation for being welcoming and friendly, with many varied activities for all age groups. This web site provides information about these activities and the liturgical life of the parish. Read our Parish Profile to get a flavour of who we are, what we do and how we do it.

The church is a Grade II listed building with an interesting and unusual history, having been built originally as an Anglican church. The pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows in the church were designed mainly by Edward Burne-Jones, with contributions from Ford Madox Brown and William Morris and constitute one of the best collections of stained-glass from the William Morris Company in the North of England.

Parish priest: Father Jim Dunne        Deacon: John Hawthorne

Medical Aid Sacred Heart (MASH) Silver Jubilee

It's been 25 years since Medical Aid Sacred Heart first started trying to support brothers and sisters in need at home and abroad with medical aid.

To celebrate we will be holding a MASH Wine tasting, mini-auction fun and games on Friday 27th April 2018 in the Sacred Heart Church Hall. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

All funds raised will support 5 brilliant projects:

  • Lucy’s Huddlestone fundraising to help her dance again
  • EducAid Sierra Leone
  • The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Refugee Project
  • Sister Dr Mary Hickey’s surgery at the Cardinal Hume Centre
  • The Child Health Africa Charity, finding a more effective way of treating Kwashiorkor - an acute form of malnutrition that kills thousands.

Wine tasting tickets are £10 a ticket.

Please spread the word and come and join us with friends and family. A great evening is guaranteed!

Tickets are available via the Mash team at the Sacred Heart Church or via email to Gerry O’Hanlon gerryohanlon@gmail.com

Let us know if you’d like to book a table with friends or if you’d like to make a donation to the projects.

Many thanks and God bless you and your loved ones,

Gerry and the Medical Aid Sacred Heart team

Gold Award for ChristinaChristina with Bishop Seamus

On Thursday 8th February Christina Clifford was presented with the Gold Award at the John Paul II Awards Ceremony. The award was re-presented to her by Father Jim at Sunday Mass on 11th February. The whole parish should be proud of Christina’s achievement but her family and the Sunday night music group should be especially proud.

Christina with Father JimThe John Paul II awards originated in the diocese of Derry. They were brought into our diocese for the first time last year. So Christina was part of the second cohort to receive awards in the diocese, a group of 120 young people each year. She was the only young person from our Partnership to receive an award. The award is aimed at 16 to 18 year olds and has two aspects. Candidates must give at least twenty hours of services to their parish by supporting the worship of the community. That service can be directly in the liturgy such as serving, reading, playing music or greeting, or it can be helping to prepare for the church for the liturgy such as cleaning the church or arranging flowers. The second aspect is that the candidates must complete twenty hours of service to the wider community. This could be anything from helping in a soup kitchen to assisting students at school with learning difficulties. For Christina the first aspect was very straightforward. She has been involved with the Sunday night music group for many years, not only helping to lead the singing but also stepping forward to sing the psalm regularly. Just because this aspect could be completed by Christina by continuing in her existing role, we should not underestimate the loyalty and commitment that she has demonstrated. It takes courage to stand up and lead singing and a special kind of courage to sing the psalm on your own. The award is just reward for her service to our community. For the second aspect of service Christina volunteered at St Oswald’s Hospice. Those who know Christina will not be surprised that she was was greatly appreciated by staff and patients alike. It is to her great credit that she was prepared to give service in an environment that many people would find challenging. She can be proud that she was able to give practical support by serving meals but even more proud that the manner in which she gave her service brought comfort and cheer to patients in the last days of their lives.Christina with her family

Christina was able to achieve her gold award thanks to the support of her family. She is a credit to them. The qualities she has demonstrated were nurtured by her family and that allows them to feel that they have some share in her award. It is also true to say that she would not have achieved this award without the encouragement of her parish community. The Sunday evening music group have helped her to develop her gifts. In particular Pat and Ged Downey have been instrumental in guiding her along her path. Without their support Christina, along with many other young people over the years, would not have been able to serve our community. Therefore, it was fitting that Pat called Christina forward by name at the awards ceremony and Ged accompanied her to receive her award.

Christina with other recipientsThe greatest credit belongs to Christina herself. She has shown a quiet commitment that is admirable. When she looks back at the Awards Ceremony, she may reflect that receiving her award from Margaret and Barry Mizen indicates how prestigious an award this is. Margaret and Barry lost their son, Jimmy, in May 2008.

Jimmy was murdered the day after his sixteenth birthday. Since that day Margaret and Barry have dedicated themselves to spreading a message of peace and reconciliation. They travel the country speaking to young people, urging them to stay safe and to join them in their crusade to bring peace to fractured communities and to broken individuals. (You can read about their work at http://forjimmy.org.) Christina was in exalted company that evening. She richly deserved it.

Well done, Christina.

How to find us:

The Sacred Heart church is located in North Newcastle, near to Brunton Park, Wideopen, Hazelrigg and Newcastle Great Park.
Click on the map below to get directions from where you are.

Arriva Buses 43 and 45 go from the Haymarket in town, or the 43 from Bedlington, Dudley and Cramlington and stop right outside the church grounds.

Contact details:

Sacred Heart Church
Great North Road
North Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: (0191) 236 3182

Email: admin@sacredheartng.org.uk