0191 5842142

St. Michael's Church

Parish Priest: Fr Marc Lyden-Smith (In residence at St. Mary Magdalen’s, Seaham: Telephone (0191) -5812368 or email sunderlandpriest@outlook.com
Retired Priest in residence at St. Michael’s: Fr Bill O’Gorman
Parish Deacon: Rev. Richard McLaughlin
For all enquires for both churches, please contact the Parish Secretary, Pat Dawson, on (0191) -5842142 and St.Michael’s email: st.michaels@sky.com

Welcome to our website

A message from Fr. Marc

Thank you for coming back to Mass in these difficult days. We need to be praying with, and for one another, more than ever before. Let us remember especially in our prayers at Mass those who are shielding, those who are lonely and those who are sick. We will get through this together! 

It's Half Term! Wishing all our hardworking school staff a happy half term! We all really appreciate you coming in each day in these difficult days, and always giving it your all. As a community we pray for you all.


Why not follow Fr. Marc as he sets out on his new journey with us on his Facebook page. He regularly live streams prayers, thoughts and Masses and this may be of some comfort for those of you unable to attend church right now. 

Watch Online... 
 Fr. Marc live streams Mass from St. Mary Magdalene in Seaham, SUNDAY'S at 9.30am on Facebook.

It will then be available to view here, shortly afterwards (click the link below) and on  Youtube too with previous Masses, see below and subscribe to Fr. Marc's channel :

Masses this week

Details on booking a place to attend Mass at St. Michael's are below and please also see the further details given IN THE NEXT SECTION
It is still compulsory that we have a list of people attending each Mass/Service for track and trace purposes and so we would ask you to continue to reserve a place by phoning the church booking phone on 07881 528506. This will avoid the need to complete forms in the porch, which will lead to queues which make social distancing

Please phone after 9.30am and if there is no answer please call back later rather than leave a message.
It will be possible to book one week in advance of the Mass\Service you wish to attend.
Regular Mass services:

Weekend Masses

Saturday Vigil Mass at 6pm
Sunday Morning Mass at 11am:

Telephone registration [07881 528506]  If you are able to attend Mass on the previous Saturday or Sunday, please delay applying for a place at the next Saturday or Sunday Mass until the Wednesday beforehand,  so that more people will have the opportunity of attending a Mass during the coronavirus restrictions.

This process allows us to produce a register for use by the stewards to record all those who attend the Mass. This register will enable us to provide the government Track and Trace team a list of contacts should someone in the congregation be diagnosed with Covid-19 subsequently. 

see below for details

Prayer and reflection

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:

Half an hour before Mass, which you must be booked in to attend.

Private prayer and reflection:
Tuesdays: 10.30 am till 12.30pm


Important Announcements 

St. Michael’s Church is now open for Mass.

Please note that if no online tickets are left to book for a Mass you want to attend then there may be places available via the phone link 07881 52850.

St Michael’s Church open for Mass

See above for dates and times.

It is only possible to have the church open at all because of the help of the volunteer stewards who give of their time to ensure rules of social distancing are observed before and during services, and then clean the church afterwards to keep it Covid safe. When attending any Mass or service please co-operate with all directions given by the stewards who are all volunteers and without their service the church cannot remain open. They are seeking to make visits to the church as safe as possible for everyone and the directions they give are only with this in mind. (If you are able and willing to take part in this vital task to keep the church open please contact me on 07977 179 106 or by e-mail on mclaughlinrm@aol.com. Richard)

Important Notices when attending Mass

‘a time for embracing, a time to refrain from embracing’.  Ecclesiastes 3:5

See, even in the scriptures we are told that there are times when it is appropriate not to embrace or shake hands, and how apt these words are for these times! It is essential that each of us ensures that social distancing is always maintained as we leave the Church after Mass and avoid congregating near the exit.

If you would like to attend any Mass, you must book a place by following the relevant link which will be published in these notices each week and also on the parish website. Each Mass/Service will have its own unique reference and so it is only possible to book for one Mass/service at a time. Registrations will open one week before each Mass
It is necessary to book to comply with the government Track and Trace instructions and so we require all people attending Mass at St Michael’s to register their name and contact details

The numbers of people able to enter the Church for Mass are strictly limited. The wearing of masks is now legally required in church Mass and so the capacity allowed will now be according to the “one metre Plus” rule. Seating arrangements are clearly marked; however, once the capacity number is reached then no one else will be able to enter. The capacity for St Michael’s has been set at 50 (including celebrants and deacon). Please see below for details on how to book a place for Mass and this procedure will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

A dedicated mobile phone (07881 528506 ) is available where reservations can be made after 9.30am on the day registrations open which will be one week before the Mass. (please do not use the parish office telephone number)

Opening Times for Private Prayer at St Michael’s 

St Michael’s Church is open for private prayer and reflection this week on Tuesday, from 10.30am -12,.30. The capacity for all churches will initially be low in order to allow for the required social distancing and our capacity will be 47 (including celebrants). Should the maximum capacity of the church be met, a queueing system will be implemented outside of the Church. Opening times will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and may be altered depending on demand. 

Upon arrival at the church you will be welcomed by one of the volunteer stewards who will invite you to sanitise your hands. We will ask for your name and contact details which will be needed for tracking and tracing should this become necessary. This information will be destroyed after 21 days.
Another steward will guide you to one of the clearly marked seats at which you can spend some time in personal prayer. Please observe the current social distancing requirements while you are in the church. When you are ready to leave, please do so through the door at the front of the church, sanitise your hands near the exit door, and avoid congregating with others when you have left the church to ensure social distancing is observed by all and for the safety of all. Full compliance with Diocesan health and safety regulations and procedures will be required by clergy, employees and volunteers before a church is opened.

Please note: "Some people, including those aged 70 and over, those with specific chronic pre-existing conditions and pregnant women, are clinically vulnerable, meaning they are at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. As we begin to ease restrictions, this group who are clinically vulnerable should continue to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.
There is a further group of people who are defined, also on medical grounds, as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus – that is, people with specific serious health conditions. They are advised to continue shielding to keep themselves safe by staying at home and avoiding gatherings or, if individuals wish to spend time outdoors, to take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping two metres apart at all times.

What can you expect when you attend Mass?

Mass will be shorter than usual with no singing; there will be no Offertory procession, sign of peace, or children’s Liturgy. You will receive Holy Communion in the hand. Hand sanitisers are provided for you to use as you enter and leave the Church, a1nd stewards will be on hand to guide you to your place. The Offertory collection will not take place, baskets will be available next to the doors for your offering. Please do not come to church if you are displaying any symptoms of the virus

Attendance at Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals Other Services

It is very important to note that the limits for attendance at these services are set by the latest government regulations. 

Baptisms can now be held with a total of only 6 (!) persons in the church.
This number includes everyone attending the service including the child being baptised, the parents and 2 godparents. To be clear any babies and children invited to the service are included in this “absolute number” of 6.

Funerals including requiem Masses can be held with a total of 30 persons in the church.
This number includes everyone attending the service including the celebrant

Weddings can be held with a total of 15 persons in the church.
That number includes everyone attending the service including the couple, the celebrant, the registrar and specified witnesses. Again, any babies and children invited to the service are included in this “absolute number” of 15

COVID-19 Situation

Bishop Robert continues to provide updates regarding the re-opening of our churches which can be seen on the Diocesan Website www.rcdhn.org.uk

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 

Our Partnership

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. 

St Michael's will become part of the Partnership of St Mary the Virgin, joining parishes in Seaham, Murton, Thornley, Peterlee, Horden and Hutton House, Blackhall.

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Location and contacts 


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