Our Church Our Lady & St.Cuthberts RC Church
Church Hill
County Durham DL15 9DN
Tel: 01388 762724


The Parish Council will work with our Parish Priest in encouraging and leading all parishioners in their journey of faith and in taking Christís message of love and hope to the wider community and to the world.

To this end, our Parish Council will:

  • Encourage all parishioners to take a full part in the life of the parish.
  • Strive to involve young people in the life of the parish by listening to them and helping and encouraging them to develop new liturgical, spiritual and social activities to suit their needs.
  • Through the promotion and support of the work of existing parish groups and the creation of new groups if needed, oversee, develop and co-ordinate
  •    A. the pastoral, liturgical, fundraising, social and administrative activities of the parish
  •    B. our ties with other Christian communities in Crook and surrounding areas
  •    C. our work in the local community and in promoting peace and justice in the world and
  •    D. the maintenance of the buildings and other assets of the parish
  • Build up our ties with the parish school and with the secondary schools which our young people attend.
  • Act as the Parish Finance Committee1 .
  • Ensure that robust structures exist to maintain and develop the life of the parish if the time comes when we have no resident parish priest.
  • Appoint two parishioners to represent it on the Diocesan Pastoral Council.
  • 1To be a member of the Parish Council you must be appointed to the Parish Finance Committee by the Parish Priest


    The MEMBERS OF THE PARISH COUNCIL and their roles or which ministry they represent are shown below.

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    Fr Nick Jennings

    Fr John

    Parish Priest

    Sister Paschaline


    Parish Sister

    MariaLuisa Gallagher


    Chair, Secretary, Church cleaning & Flower arrangers; Administration

    Anne Berry

    Anne B.

    Justice & Peace & Churches Together

    Eugene Brady


    Finance, Fund Raising and Garden Fete

    Ann Callan


    Finance, Administration, Bulletin, Communication & Website

    Maria Crawford


    Youth, Children's Liturgy & Schools

    Peter Fleming


    Social & St. Cuthbert's Centre,

    Susan Hall



    Duncan Reed


    Liturgy, Readers, Altar servers, Welcomers, Organist & Choir

    Brian Rinaldi


    Social & St. Cuthbert's Centre,

    Anne Smith

    Anne S.

    Eucharistic Ministers, Bidding prayers, Formation, Catechists & Evangelisation.


    If you wish to become involved in any of these activities, please contact the appropriate person named above or speak to the parish administrator, Father Nick Jennings tel. no. 01388 762724 or email saintcuthbertschurchcrook@uwclub.net

    The Parish Council CONSTITUTION provides that 3 Members of the Parish Council are to stand down each year and are to be replaced in accordance with procedures established by the Parish Council. The first time this happened was in 2014. Because of recent changes in the administration of the Parish, on this occasion, specific parishioners were asked to fill the vacancies to carry out specific roles. In future the procedures will provide for parishioners generally to be invited to put their names forward to fill these vacancies.

    The Parish Council normally meets at least 6 times a year. The minutes of the last meeting, can be seen here at PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES 15th March 2022. Our Lady & St. Cuthbert's Church Accounts for the 12 months ended 31st March 2022 are attached for your information at PARISH ACCOUNTS. The next parish council meeting will be held later in the year.

    Once a year the Parish Council reports to parishioners at an open parish meeting, and this year it was able to be held on 1st May 2022. The Annual Parish Council Report can be seen here ANNUAL REPORT.

    The Parish Council has a Chair and a Secretary who each hold those offices for 2 years and who are not eligible for election to one of those positions for four years after their term of office concludes. The current Chair and Secretary is MariaLuisa Gallagher.

    DIOCESAN PRIVACY NOTICE Please see link to details of the Policy of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle in relation to Data protection and privacy