Welcome to the parish of the Sacred Heart RC Church North Gosforth

Photo of exterior of church East window central light The parish of the Sacred Heart has a reputation for being welcoming and friendly, with many varied activities for all age groups. This web site provides information about these activities and the liturgical life of the parish. Read our Parish Profile to get a flavour of who we are, what we do and how we do it.

The church is a Grade II listed building with an interesting and unusual history having been built originally as an Anglican church. The pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows in the church were designed mainly by Edward Burne-Jones with contributions from Ford Madox Brown and William Morris, and constitute one of the best collections of stained-glass from the William Morris Company in the North of England.

Parish priest: Father Jim Dunne        Deacon: John Hawthorne

Coronavirus Emergency (please note that the church will remain closed until further notice)

A Daily Call to Prayer

At 7pm each night we invite our whole parish, wherever they are, to pause and pray together. You may do this in whatever way suits you, or you may choose to follow this simple Order of Service which includes Deacon John's reflections on the gospel for today.
Try to find a place where you can be comfortable and away from distractions. You may wish to create a focus to look at, a crucifix or an icon, and to light a candle. You may prefer to have photographs of your family close by, so that you can bring them with you as you pray. You may wish to play some music. You may wish to bring all family members in your home together for just a few minutes.

Ascension Thursday

You can find a service for Ascension Thursday here.

Sunday Service

This presentation gives extracts from the Sunday readings plus prayers from Sunday Mass. There is also a reflection from Fr Jim and the Prayer of the Faithful. You will also be able to follow a link to listen to familiar voices singing the psalm, while other links may take you to music to help with your prayer. You can find this Sunday's service here.

Fr Jim's Reflections

If you wish to read the reflections Father Jim has written during the lock down, you can find them here. They will be updated each week.

VE Day 75

If we had been able come together to mark this anniversary, we would have held a special service of thanksgiving and remembrance.
Since we are apart, you can find a service here including Father Jim's reflection.

Keeping in touch with vulnerable members of our community

Jo Shepherd, Parish Safeguarding Representative, writes: At this time of uncertainty we need to be concerned about the most vulnerable members of our community and do all that we can to help. Many of us will already be caring for family, friends, neighbours and fellow parishioners who need a helping hand and no doubt we will continue to do so as long as it’s necessary.

As a parish, we intend to offer help to those who would like some help whether it is in collecting shopping, prescriptions, etc., or just a phone contact to check that all is well. If you are able to offer support, please contact jo.a.shepherd@googlemail.com Tel: 0191 285 8894.

In the future we may also be called upon to offer support to North Tyneside Council since the church is located within its boundaries.

If you know of someone who would welcome support, we will do our best to put them in touch with someone who can help them. Please contact gerardshep@gmail.com Tel: 0191 285 8894

Links that may be useful

We have put together a list of links to online resources that you may find useful, such as live-streamed services, daily readings, daily prayers, and resources for children. You can find the list here.

A Message from Kabuyanda, Uganda

Thank you to everyone who helped to raise funds for the hospital.

This is a short extract from the letter received from Father Ernest, the missionary priest who had asked for help re improving their rural hospital in Kabuyanda.

"Thank you for being a good friend to us. You are building a health system that will give us confidence. We are so happy because we are assured of good care when we become sick. It is our joy to know that there are people, like you, who are concerned with our well being. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for giving us this gift. Thank you for helping us to appreciate life more, promote it and be proud of it. Thank you for helping us to know that with you, we can deal with our fears ... The confusions that come with emergencies that threaten us, will be dealt with calmly because you are giving us the assurance that is really needed. Yes, with this hospital; we will keep the ‘social distance’ not because we are sick but we have enough rooms for treatment. The facility is well spaced. The wards are big enough to accommodate the sick and receive treatment in a dignity that befits a human being. Crowding will not catch up with us again. Thank you for giving us a good facility."

Fr. Ernest Akhonya,
On behalf of the people of Kabuyanda.


If you would like to donate to the charity you can do so as follows:

  • by cheque made out to "Kabuyanda Health" and posted to Kabuyanda Health, 47 Neville Road, Darlington, DL3 8HZ,
  • by bank transfer to the "Kabuyanda Health" Account at Darlington Credit Union, Sort Code: 30-90-89 Account Number: 37535368. Please quote reference number 65691 and your name.

If you are a UK Tax Payer, please email the Kabuyanda Health Project for a Gift Aid Form at Kabuyanda@btinternet.com and they will acknowledge your donation.

How to find us:

The Sacred Heart church is located in North Newcastle near to Brunton Park, Wideopen, Hazelrigg and Newcastle Great Park.
Click on the map below to get directions from where you are.

Arriva Buses 43 and 45 go from the Haymarket in town, or the 43 from Bedlington, Dudley and Cramlington and stop right outside the church grounds.

Contact details:

Sacred Heart Church
Great North Road
North Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: (0191) 236 3182

Email: admin@sacredheartng.org.uk