St. Michael's Catholic Church, Houghton-le-Spring

St. Michael's Church

Parish Priest: Fr Bill O’Gorman  - Deacon: Richard McLaughlin

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Please read this weeks special notice below.....

An important announcement from

Fr Bill

My Dear Parishioners, 

It is with a heavy heart that I wish to inform you of my decision to retire as Parish Priest of St. Michael’s on Saturday, 1st August 2020, my 90th birthday.

St. Michael’s has been my home for almost 50 years and throughout that time I have been fortunate to experience the love, support, care and friendship of so very many people. I cannot even begin to put into words what that has meant to me over the years or how much I have appreciated each and every one of you. I thank God every day that Bishop James Cunningham appointed me to St. Michael’s in December 1971 for my first posting as a Parish Priest which I took up in January 1972.

My decision to retire has not been taken lightly. Like all of you, the ongoing pandemic has afforded me a lot of time, indeed more than I would have liked, to think about my life in terms of my journey to this point, my current situation and, perhaps more importantly, my future. One of the key factors underpinning the decision I have taken is the enormous period of change facing the Catholic Church as it emerges from the pandemic. This includes the re-opening of churches, initially for the purpose of private prayer and, ultimately, for the celebration of Holy Mass and other services. Declaring my intention allows the Partnership to make informed plans for the future.

Whilst I tendered my letter of resignation to the Bishop last weekend, there remains considerable detail to work through regarding the impact of my resignation within the Partnership. However, I am most grateful that Bishop Robert has agreed that, for the time being, I can remain in the Presbytery. That is a huge comfort to me as I will continue to be surrounded by my many friends.

Many thanks again for the wonderful years here at St. Michael’s. I will pray for you all as you continue your many and varied journeys through this wonderful life and I hope you will pray for me as I embark on this new chapter of mine.

God bless

Fr. Bill


Our Partnership Dean

Fr Mark Millward writes

On the 31st of July we celebrate the feast day of St Ignatius of Loyola whose brothers in the Society of Jesus use the motto “Ad majórem Dei glóriam” which means "For the greater glory of God."

On the 1st August we celebrate Fr. Bill’s 90th birthday, his priesthood has certainly been lived for the greater glory of God. We celebrate his birthday and his ministry with great gratitude; on your birthday Fr. Bill thank you!

This milestone birthday is an important moment for Fr. Bill and also for the parishioners of St Michael’s Houghton-Le-Spring as he takes the opportunity to announce his retirement as your parish priest.

He has been your priest for many of you for most of your life, and for others all of your life, sharing life’s joys and successes, sorrows and failures alongside you; supporting you with Word & Sacrament and his outstanding pastoral care.

As we celebrate with Fr Bill on his birthday, we also acknowledge this huge change for him and for you the parishioners. Fr Chris Jackson, Fr Jim O’Keefe, Fr Martin Wheaton and I alongside Deacon Richard McLaughlin are here to help and support you all in this initial period of his retirement. 

COVID-19 Situation

(Last updated 01.08.2020) -During the time of Gradual reopening of Lockdown

Please be aware that as a result of the current situation, and advice received from the Bishop’s Conference, all Masses remain cancelled in St. Michael’s. 

Some parish Masses throughout the diocese have a live-streaming facilities for privately celebrated Masses and details of these can be found on the diocesan website and some links below.

Our Weekly Bulletin Page has more of St. Michael's up to date information, including plans for the gradual reopening of Churches for PRIVATE PRAYER starting August 4th and how you can help us to do this at St. Michael's.
If you find yourself in need spiritually, or need to speak about a personal or family illness or bereavement, please continue to contact Fr Bill on 0191 5842142.

St Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle are continuing with live streaming Masses.
Normal Sunday Mass is at 11:30am and every Weekday Mass at 12.05 pm.
St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle YOUTUBE

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Act of Spiritual Communion
(To be said when one cannot receive communion in person) My Jesus, 
I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. 
I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. 
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. 

Our Parish Prayer
Father, pour out Your Spirit on the people of this Parish and grant us
a new vision of your Glory,
a new experience of your Power,
a new faithfulness to your Word
and a new consecration to your Service,
that your Love may grow among us and your Kingdom come, through Christ our Lord.

Prayer to St. Michael
Holy Michael Archangel, 
defend us in our conflict. 
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil;  
may God rebuke him, we humbly pray. 
And do thou Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, 
thrust down to hell, 
Satan and all the wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. 

Pope Francis – Prayer to Mary for Protection during the COVID–19 Pandemic.
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test –
and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin 

Our Partnership of
St. Benedict

A partnership is a group of parishes agreeing to work together to share resources, both human and material, to become stronger and better equipped for furthering the Kingdom of God. They offer our Diocese unlimited potential as we seek to ensure viable and flourishing communities of people who want to deepen their commitment to Jesus and witness to him in our world. 

Our Partnership member churches are:

  • Our Blessed Lady Immaculate, Washington, 

  • Our Lady Queen of Peace, Penshaw, 

  • St. Bede, Sacriston,

  • St. Bede, Washington, 

  • St. Cuthbert, Chester-le-Street, 

  • St. John Boste, Washington, 

  • St. Joseph, Birtley,

  • St. Michael, Houghton-le-Spring

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Regular Mass service times:

Weekend Masses

Saturday: Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm

Sunday:  10.00 am 


Prayer and reflection

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
After some weekday masses, please see ask for details and also by Appointment.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:
One hour before weekday Mass (except Vigil Mass)



Use this handy map to find us or the details below to contact us for more information about our Parish.

St. Michael's Catholic Church
Durham Road
Tyne and Wear

+0191 5842142