Parish Council

Contact: Susan Collins

The aims of the Parish Council are:

  • To help the parish discern and determine its vision through discussion, reflection and pastoral planning.
  • To foster 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, including full and active participation in the Heavenfield Partnership.
  • 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.


Contact: Camille Mazarelo

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 wish to join the choir, please contact any member of the choir.

Church Flowers

Contact: Frances McGhee

The flower team at St Elizabeth’s decorate the church with attractive displays according to the liturgical season and time of year. Anyone interested in arranging flowers is welcome to contact us.

Faith Development

Contact: Rev. David Collins

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

Busy Church

Contact: Jan Loughran

For younger children and their parent(s) 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. Children join the service for a blessing during communion before returning to the library.

Justice and Peace

Contact: Jim Darlington

The Justice and Peace Group is open to any parishioner who wishes to take part. The Group supports the aims of the National Justice and Peace Network which works on global issues like the cancellation of Third World debt, groups and commissions around the country, and national and local issues such as poverty, inequality, credit unions, housing/ homelessness, supporting refugees/asylum seekers, and environmental issues. The main work of the Group centres on support for Traidcraft and Cafod, support for the refugee/asylum work in the west of Newcastle. An ongoing series of coffee mornings aims to highlight charitable causes and issues.

Social Committee

Contact: Camille Mazarelo

The Social Committee aims to to foster a vibrant community life in the Parish. It promotes trust and friendship and assists with Parish public relations. The committee organises activities that bring parishioners and families together to help form family bonds and fellowship.
Examples of activities include: supporting deanery and diocesan meetings, parish meetings, celebrating religious milestones and major life events, Parish dinners, coffee mornings, and occasional charity fund raising in response to humanitarian crises.


Contact: Frank Balloch

Parishioners are kept up to date with regular email newsletters. A monthly newsletter is also published (go to the Resources page).