We don’t just belong to our parish; not only are we are linked very closely with the Diocese but also with the newly formed partnership. Each partnership is made up of a group of existing parishes agreeing to work together to share resources, both human and material, to become stronger and better equipped for furthering the Kingdom of God into the future.
As of July 2017 we are now part of the Tynemouth Priory Partnership comprising of:
- Immaculate Heart of Mary, West Monkseaton
- Our Lady & St Aidan, Wallsend
- Our Lady & St Columba, Wallsend
- Our Lady & St Edmund, Backworth
- Our Lady & St Oswin, Tynemouth
- St Bernadette, Wallsend
- St Cuthbert, North Shields
- St Edward, Whitley Bay
- St Joseph, North Shields
- St Mary, Cullercoats
Meetings of the Partnership Development Group take place regularly with representatives from each parish community, the clergy and our schools, but what, I hear some ask, is that group all about? Why does it exist?
The principal role of the Partnership Group is to establish a strategy which facilitates the development of the partnership. Although already in a very strong position and working collaboratively in various projects, the first step was about evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each individual parish, developing a shared vision, agreeing strategies and objectives to help align our people across the various communities and exploring ways of streamlining the administration of our parishes. They will also communicate the desired direction of the respective parishes and monitor progress to that end, so keep an eye on this page for regular posts with any updates and information.
You can see the website for all of our Partnership Churches here: http://www.northtynesidecatholic.org.uk/