Sacred Heart Church North Gosforth

Exploring Your Faith

‘The Church needs a well-educated inquiring and vocal laity if the new evangelisation is to achieve its full potential.’
Called and Gifted for the Third Millennium USCCB 1995

  • Do you want to explore what you believe in?
  • Do you want to explore why you believe it?
  • Do you want to explore a closer relationship with God?
  • Do you have searching questions about a deeper meaning and purpose in your life?
  • Does the world you see around you inspire you to seek God or does it lead you to question God’s presence?

Adult Faith Formation is the process by which people consciously grow in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer and study.

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults/Journey of Faith)

This is a course for both Sacred Heart and St Charles parishes runs weekly from September to Easter. It is aimed at Catholic adults who want to find out more about their Catholic Faith, and for those who wish to become members of the Catholic church. Currently it is on Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm in the St Charles Parish Centre.

For more information: Contact Fr Michael Weymes or Deacon John Hawthorne (see Home Page), or email the Parish Office at St Charles.

Book Reviews

Have you read a good book (or seen a film or heard a radio programme) recently that you’d like to tell others about? Tell us what it is and why you like it (in under 250 words) and we’ll put it on our web site.

Please note: that we may not be able to list all books and reviews.

‘God of Surprises’ by Gerald Hughes SJ

Why I like this book
by John Hawthorne

This book is so good I’ve had to buy several copies mainly because I’ve loaned them out and never got them back – it’s that good. Based on the teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Hughes sets out some of the ways we can approach prayer (or how we ‘dig for treasure’ as he puts it), what to do when we come to those ‘dry periods’ when it’s so hard to pray, and how we begin to discern what God’s will for us is. Prayer for Hughes is not just about us talking to God but listening carefully as God reveals the truth of our lives to us. Hughes invites us to delve deeper into the reality of how we live and through prayer take a good long look at the things that hold us back from God make us unhappy and spoil our relationships with each other. The answers we get are often unexpected. Sometimes very unexpected which is why it’s called God of Surprises.
What Hughes writes is not new but his way of explaining it is clear refreshing very accessible and surprising. A good book for private reading or for group study with friends.

Links to Web Resources

Here are some useful links to resources on the web to help you discover more about the Word of God and the teachings of the Catholic Church:

New Testament

The New Testament Gateway is an award winning web directory of internet resources on the New Testament currently being updated daily. Browse or search annotated links on everything from the Greek New Testament to Jesus in Film.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

A complete online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which can be searched by keywords, phrases or paragraph number.

Documents of the Second Vatican Council

This links to the Vatican web site and a list of all sixteen papers produced from the Second Vatican Council.

Home is a Holy Place

Home is a Holy Place is about seeing, knowing and responding to God’s presence at home in our families, in the ordinary events of our daily lives, in the deep joys and sorrows we experience together and in our relationships with one another, whether we are children, siblings, parents, spouses, friends or neighbours.


Inspired and energized by one of the most popular spiritual writers of our time, exists to provide resources and encouragement to all those who seek to deepen their spiritual commitments. You can also subscribe to their regular Meditations and E-letters which are sent out by e-mail free of charge.

Marcel D’Ambrosio

The crossroads Initiative. An excellent teacher and writer D’Ambrosio deals with many of the problems perplexing Catholics today.

Local Events

If you know of any spiritual or religious related educational events happening locally please let us know and we will post the details on this site. Send to

Please note: that we may not be able to list all events.

Education Service in Hexham and Newcastle Diocese

There are a number of events organised by the Diocesan Education Service.