Pastoral Care


Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Deaf Service

The Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Deaf Service has been active since the 1970's and provides pastoral care to deaf people in the North East of England, enabling them to participate fully in the life of the Church through the co-ordination of volunteer helpers: preparing deaf children for the sacraments, promoting the faith development of deaf adults, enabling and empowering deaf people to play an active and appropriate part in the life of the church and developing hearing people's awareness of the need and abilities of deaf people.

Obituary - Terence Harton

It is with great sadness we announce that our dear friend Terence Harton passed away peacefully on 23rd January 2018 at St. Gemma’s in Leeds. He was 89 years of age. He was a former pupil of St. John School, Boston Spa. His funeral (Requiem Mass) will be held on 23 February, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Pudsey, Leeds at 11:00am - RIP.

Obituary - Jimmy Purcell

Just recently, we sadly learnt that our friend Jimmy Purcell (hearing) passed away earlier this month. He was a regular visitor to our Mass at the Deaf Centre’s chapel. He was a very popular figure throughout the North East. He regularly took part in the Great North Run, and many other marathons, raising thousands of pounds for charity. May God bless him - RIP.

My 54 hours in Rome!!

October 20 – 22, 2017

It was one of the greatest honours that I have ever received - being invited to join other members of the Catholic Deaf Association (CDA) to go to the World Conference in Rome.

I have to admit it was one of the tightest schedules I have ever experienced and it was a privilege for me to be amongst the delegates from all over the globe.

The highlight of an amazing experience was the audience with Pope Francis. We had to walk quite a way round those enormous majestic buildings inside the Vatican before arriving in a room filled with beautiful paintings on the walls and ceiling.

We all sat waiting for Pope Francis to appear, then we were asked to stand up to prepare to greet the Holy Father. Then the magic moment came, two huge mahogany doors slowly opened and out came the Pontiff who raised both his hands and displayed a deaf culture clapping and the audience replied with cheers and waving. The feeling I had of vibration was just like when my beloved team – Newcastle – score a goal, that's how I felt. Then it was followed by an individual greeting and hand shake with Pope Francis. It was a moment of sheer joy and wonderful feeling especially his warm and inviting eye contact, it was amazing, it will stay with me in my heart for as long as I live.

David Marshall
Pastoral Worker with Deaf People (Voluntary)

Blue Sapphire Wedding of James and Jane Aitchison

On Saturday 26th July 1952, James and Jane Aitchison were married at St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle on Tyne.

Jane and James 65th Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations to Jane and James Aitchison on reaching their milestone of 65 years of married life. They are the most long standing members of Our Lady of Lourdes Deaf Social Club. They have both given their lives to the club.

James was a long standing President and chairperson of the club and also a very strong supporter in the early years of the CDA - Catholic Deaf Association of Great Britain and Ireland. His wife Jane also supported him. They both travelled all over the country attending CDA’s National Conference, and James was one of the first Deaf people to be on the Council in the 1970's - with Fr. Austin B Tomaney, Canon Charles Hollywood and Fr. O’Farrell.

On Sunday 23rd July 2017 Fr. Robert Kinlen gave them a special blessing during Mass which was attended by their friends in Our Lady of Lourdes Deaf Club as well as SVP Brother Bill Lawson. We all signed hymn, "Now thank we all Our God".

After Mass, the couple were presented with a beautiful bouquet of colourful flowers. A light buffet was laid out. We all enjoyed the occasion.

The Deaf communities of Our Lady of Lourdes wish Jane and James all the best and many more years of happy marriage together.

David Marshall

Weekly Mass

The outstanding event in the life of the Centre is the weekly celebration of the Eucharist in our own Chapel. Fr. Robert Kinlen is the Director and Chaplain to the deaf community; Mass in BSL is celebrated each Sunday evening at 6.00pm in the centre's own chapel.

Please Note: Since Father Robert Kinlen has moved to his new parish in Sunderland. The Mass on a Sunday at 6.00pm will say the same except every 4th Sunday there will a Eucharistic Service which will start at 6.00pm


Reconciliation, Baptism, Weddings, Funerals or hospital visits can all be arranged via Fr. Kinlen, who can be contacted at: Fr. Robert Kinlen

Fr. Robert Kinlen
SS Peter and Paul,
Boldon Lane,
Tyne Dock,
South Shields,
NE33 4RE

Telephone: 0191 456 1858
Type talk: 18001 0191 456 1858

David Marshall (Volunteer) Pastoral Worker to Deaf people can be contacted at: David Marshall

Catholic Deaf Service North East
2 Summerhill Grove
Newcastle up on Tyne
NE23 7LG

Mobile phone: (Text only) 07411 449 959