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)

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2nd August

Theme: Pity                                                                                                                         ‘So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them and healed their sick.’

                                                                                                                                                                                Bulletin 2nd August 

Readings and Reflection 2nd August

Bidding Prayers 2nd August- St. Osmund’s

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2nd August  A Children’s Liturgy and Activity Sheet by Cafod are available on this website in the Children’s Liturgy Children’s Liturgy 2nd August section.  Activity 2nd August

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  (during term time) 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 St. Osmund’s – Next Steps

As mentioned last week, the  diocese has carried out a Risk Assessment of St. Osmund’s  and has now given the provisional go-ahead for the re-opening of the church. In the first instance this will be for private prayer and later for the celebration of Mass.

We will have to remain patient for a little while longer as the final necessary preparations to ensure the safety of all are put in place by the diocese and here in the parish.  These preparations include: Safeguarding procedures for volunteers, training for volunteers in supervising the new routines, training of volunteers in the important Covid secure cleaning processes and the implementation of an appropriate Track and Trace booking/check-in system.

Reduced Capacity – 20 individuals                                                                                   As part of the diocesan risk assessment of every church a maximal capacity limit is set to ensure safe social distancing. The maximum capacity for St. Osmund’s is 20 people.  This may be slightly larger if family groups greater than 2 attend, as they will be able to sit together if space allows.

It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. “                                                                                                  Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster , Malcolm McMahon OP  Archbishop of Liverpool, Bernard Longley Archbishop of Birmingham

Return to Mass                                                                                                             There will not be a return to the normal. pre-Covid celebration of Mass, for the foreseeable future. Those in a vulnerable category must pay attention to the latest government directives and advice However the ideal would be that every parishioner who is able and would wish to attend Mass has the opportunity to do so on one day during a week.

Before Returning to Church

At this point, although the churches are begging to open up it is important to stress that no-one should feel any compulsion to return. The Catholic Bishops urge that we must ‘tread carefully’ and the Sunday obligation remains suspended.                                              We all still have the opportunity to keep Sundays Holy, for example through On-line Mass, reading  and reflection on scripture and, of course, remembering that Christ will not refuse us in a sincere Act of Spiritual Communion. (This Bulletin provides a weekly source.)

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable the current directive is that you MUST stay at home until you receive a communication from your health professional or HM Government’s advice rescinds the requirement to shield.  Some people, including those aged 70 and over, are clinically vulnerable, meaning they are at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and if they do go out to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.

If you suspect that you have Covid-19, (high temperature, new persistent cough, lack of taste or smell) or if you are living with someone who has or is suspected of having Covid-19, you MUST self-isolate in accordance with HM Government guidance and contact the online 111 service to arrange for testing.                                                           If you have returned from overseas you should review the latest guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.                                                                                       If you test positive for Covid-19 after having recently attended church, you MUST contact your Parish Priest.

On Return to Church                                                                                                       On return to church we will all have to become familiar with new routines and new seats!!

We may have to book or check-in before attending (To be arranged)

A state of the art hand sanitiser on entry!

Be guided to our place by a steward(Great service) places will be socially distanced – alternate pews will be used. Family groups will be able to sit together if space allows.

We will remain seated throughout: This is to maintain social distancing at all times during the prayer/service – for some of us our joints may welcome the break from kneeling.

Mass will be shorter: This is to minimise the time people are sharing the same indoor space.

Communion: The final blessing will be given before approaching Fr. Grieves. It will be socially distanced by receiving the Host on outstretched hands. No words will be spoken.

Post Communion: As the final blessing will have already been given, we will each immediately leave the church by the side door at the back of church.

We are advised not to touch furniture or objects including statues as we move and not to stay around too long before leaving for home. There will be hand sanitising stations at appropriate places and we are encouraged to wear face coverings.

 Please keep in touch via the bulletin or our website for further information. www.stosmunds.co.uk



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 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

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