Welcome to St Osmund’s Website

St Osmund’s Catholic Parish Church in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

Parish Priest: Fr. Ian Grieves – Contact details:-  Telephone: 01325 730191  

Mobile: 0777 559 1105 e-mail: ilg5394@gmail.com

Hogarth Partnership: 

St Anne, St Augustine, Holy Family, St Mary, St Osmund, St Teresa, St. Thomas Aquinas, SS William & Francis De Sales

 Welcome to the Parish Church of St. Osmund

St. Osmund’s is a Catholic Church in a beautiful setting, serving the people of Gainford and surrounding rural area.  It is a small and welcoming church with a vibrant parish community. In normal, non-Covid times it includes a lively Children’s Liturgy.

Families and children are served by two excellent schools – St. Mary’s Primary School in Barnard Castle and Carmel College in Darlington.

St. Osmund’s is a member of the Hogarth Partnership of Catholic churches in the Cleveland and South Durham episcopal area of the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. The area Dean is Fr. Gordon Ryan who is based at St. Augustine’s church in Darlington.

We are currently closed due to Covid 19 restrictions.  In the near future we hope to reopen for private prayer and subsequently for the celebration of Mass, when we look forward to welcoming back existing parishioners along with old and new friends.

Sunday Mass time: 9.30am (reopening, to be announced)

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time 12th July

Theme: The prodigal sower                                                                                            O God, you show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honour.                                                                                                          

Bulletin  -Bulletin 12th July

Readings 12th July

Bidding Prayers 12 July 2020- St. Osmund’s

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time 12th July  A Children’s Liturgy and Activity Sheet by Cafod are available on this website in the Children’s Liturgy Children’s Liturgy – 12th July section.  Activity Sheet

A Family Act of Spiritual Communion has been provided by Carmel College.  It can be accessed here: Family Spiritual Communion

You might also like to try the following  as an additional  or alternative Children’s Liturgy.  It is hosted by a Primary School teacher from the diocese of Dunkeld in Scotland: Click here

Daily Prayer for use with Primary and Secondary age pupils  Click here                                                                             Many thanks to Mr. Gardner of Carmel College and The Hogarth Partnership Education Trust for these excellent resources.

Live services in our Hogarth Partnership :Streaming of Sunday Mass from St. Augustines 9.15am  Accessed on St Augustines Facebook page. Click here

Daily readings can be found on the Universalis website click here

Daily Masses from parishes in our diocese are available on-line.  You can join in a live celebration or access a recording at a time of your choosing. There is a good selection on the diocesan website. Click here

Walsingham live: www.walsingham.org.uk

Vatican Vatican YouTube

Church Services TV provides a list of live Masses from around the UK and Ireland throughout the day.  https://www.churchservices.tv/whats-on-now/

Daily and Sunday Masses, special liturgies, reflections and devotions are available on-line live from Walsingham at: www.walsingham.org.uk

Other prayers and liturgies that can be be used at home can be found in the Prayers section of this website.

Re-Opening of Churches – Next Steps 

The government decision that churches can reopen for public worship from July the 4th will not mean that there will be a return to normality overnight.  This week, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have sent additional guidance on reopening to every diocese. There is a precondition that churches are able to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer prior to opening for worship. Cardinal Vincent Nichols said:

“It is important that we continue to abide by the guidance, given by the Government, on appropriate social distancing and the other measures to avoid all unnecessary risk.”  

The diocese continues with the lengthy process of risk assessing every church prior to giving the go-ahead to open for private prayer. This is a precondition of a return to celebrating Mass.

Fr. Gordon announced last week at the 9.15am online Mass that the diocesan risk assessment for St. Augustine’s  had taken place. He is  awaiting further details of when the church could be opened for private prayer.  When this happens the capacity of the church will be limited to 28 people. Latest: St. Augustine’s will be opening for Private Prayer from Monday 13th July. Further details can be found on St. Augustine’s Bulletin for 12th July. To  read go to our ‘Partnership’ link on this site or Click here

Three churches in the diocese are now open for the celebration of Mass: St. Mary’s Cathedral Newcastle, St. Charles’ Gosforth and St. Paul’s Alnwick. In each case the capacity of each church is substantially reduced and Covid safe measures include, the compulsory wearing of face masks in the Cathedral and St. Charles’ and a strict 2 metre social distancing in St. Paul’s.

Commenting on the safety measure that will apply in every Catholic  Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said:  “It is important that we continue to abide by the guidance, given by the Government, on appropriate social distancing and the other measures to avoid all unnecessary risk.”  and  that congregations “understand the part they are to play in protecting each other from any remaining risk of infection.”


At St. Osmund’s                                              Along with many other parishes we are awaiting notification of the diocesan  risk assessment before we will be given the go-ahead to open for private prayer. In the meantime, the Parish Council has been working on an Action Plan with the intention of being able to move quickly  following once diocesan approval has been given.

We will require volunteers to act a stewards to help people understand the ‘new normal’ and the church will require additional cleaning before and after prayer or worship. Thank you to those who have already volunteered.  Additional volunteers will be welcomed and may be necessary to meet the requirements for opening safely.

And that’s were you come in! If you are able and willing to act as a volunteer please send an expression of interest to our e-mail address enquiries@stosmunds.co.uk and you will be sent additional details.  Thank you

Notice from the diocese – Volunteers wanted to support the reopening of churches

To ensure that churches reopen in a safe and timely manner, we will require assistance from you, our parishioners, and therefore we are asking for volunteers. Could you give up some of your time each week to volunteer?

The Diocese has produced guidance for the re-opening of churches and full training will be given.

St Osmund’s appeal for volunteers We can only open our church with your help. As we return to worship things will be very different.  We will need a good pool of volunteers to ensure that we all look after each other and keep safe.  Addition volunteers as, Ushers, Welcomers and cleaners for before and after services and prayer will be required.

Please do consider volunteering. If you are interested please reply with an expression of interest to the parish  e-mail address: enquiries@stosmunds.co.uk and we will contact you with further information

   If you can help please do   


To listen/read Pope Francis’ Message on BBC Sounds Click here

Counselling and Listening Services                                                                                 As part of the pastoral care of parishioners and others during this COVID-19 lockdown, a number of qualified counsellors and listeners have generously made themselves available to anyone who may be troubled by the negative effects of the situation. These counsellors and listeners can be contacted through the St Mary’s Cathedral Listening Service on 0191 232 6953 and the Northumberland Listening Service on 07732 980740. If you are live-streaming Mass or other forms of prayer from your parish, you might consider sharing this information during your broadcast, and also posting it on your parish website and bulletin.

Cafod Covid19 Appeal

CAFOD launched its coronavirus emergency appeal on 30 April. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities.

While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individuals at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal

Cafod have sent a letter of thanks to the parish for the donation received from their appeal before lockdown.

Little Sisters of the Poor: Have launched a vital fundraising appeal, in response to the increased pressures faced by St. Joseph’s Care Home during the current Covid 19 pandemic.  This is the home that looked after Fr. Melia. To find out how you can help, go to the diocesan website www.rcdhn.org.uk or follow this link. Click here

Mass by Phone Service                                                                                                   Duringthese times when our churches are closed and masses are being streamed online, the Diocese of Middlesbrough have set up a system to allow people who do not have internet access to listen to Mass over the       telephone.  12.00 noon

If you would like to access, the telephone number to call is 01642 130120.

The Vicariate for Faith & Mission are able to provide copies of lockdown prayer resources to those without internet access and contact for those who are thinking about becoming a Catholic. Please contact the Vicariate by ringing 07375 934713,

If you have any general enquiries please contact : enquiries@stosmunds.co.uk