Priest in charge: Fr. Jeroen Hoogland CP 01434 673248

Deacon: Rev. David Collins 01661 843654

Parish Council

Contact: Frank Balloch, Chair, Parish Council

The aims of the Parish Council are:

  • To help the parish discern and determine it’s vision through discussion, reflection and pastoral planning.
  • To establish close understanding and collaboration between the clergy and laity in working for the good of the parish in the light of the gospel.
  • To identify and address the pastoral and spiritual needs of all parishioners.
  • To encourage the laity to assist the clergy in the effective management and organisation of the parish.
  • To assist all groups and organisations within the parish and guide them in working towards a common goal and understanding within the boundaries set by the parish council and the Minsteracres Retreat Centre.
  • To raise parish awareness of wider social challenges and foster and encourage appropriate responses.
  • To foster and support ecumenical activities within the parish and surrounding district.
  • To ensure the needs of the parish are served by the creation of appropriate sub-groups working towards the delivery of our shared vision.
  • To foster and encourage the active and ongoing participation and formation of all parishioners, with a special regard to children, young people and families.


Children’s liturgy: For  children 5  to  8  years old who have not yet made their First Holy Communion,  we offer a  separate Liturgy  of  the Word, adapted  and  suitable  for  their  needs. The  focus during these short  sessions is  on  an  interpretation  of  the  Sunday  Gospel  in a relaxed  and  child  centred  way,  combining  simple  prayers ,songs, sharing of news, storytelling and art work.  We aim to  create  a cheerful, warm  and  safe  environment for  the  children  to learn of God’s  Goodness  and  Love. After about 30 minutes we all re-join the congregation for Mass in the Procession of Gifts.

Contact: Mary Finlinson

Busy church
For younger children we offer a “Busy Church” experience during 8.30 Mass on Sundays. Taking place in the library, this provides a play and learning experience broadly based on the liturgy of the day with children joining the service for a blessing at communion time before returning to the library. Parents are welcome to attend with their children or may leave them with the Busy Church team.

Contact: Jan Loughran

The organists, musicians and singers lead and accompany music at Mass and other Services. Their ministry greatly enhances our celebration of the liturgy. If you play an instrument and/or are wishing to join the choir, please contact any member of the choir.

Contact: Camille Mazarelo

Church flowers
We have an excellent flower team here at St Elizabeth’s who decorate the church with attractive displays according to the liturgical season and time of year. Anyone interested in arranging flowers is welcome to contact one of the team.

Contact: Frances McGhee

Faith Development
Every year a faith development programme is presented which enables parishioners to refresh and deepen their life of faith.

Justice & Peace
This section is in preparation

Contact: Jim Darlington

Social committee
This section is in preparation

Contact: Camille Mazarelo

Parish Newsletter: Frank Balloch

RC Chaplain Hexham Hospital and Villa el Salvador: Bryony Gibson

200 Club/Census: Frank Balloch (01661 844807)

Safeguarding: Monica Rutherford