My name is Dennis Tindall and I have been the parish priest of the Parish of St Mary & St Wilfrid in Bishop Auckland since January 2010. The parish incorporates the former parishes of St Chad at Witton Park and St Paulinus at St Helen Auckland together with the town parish of St Wilfrid and the parish of St Mary at Woodhouse Close.
I am a Foundation Governor and sit on the Appeals Committee. The pastoral care and religious formation of the children attending St Chad’s is a responsibility I share with the school Head and staff. I meet with the Head for general sharing of information; more specific issues are usually raised by the RE Coordinator with myself or in conjunction with the youth coordinator of the parish. Celebrating Masses with the children and staff in the school and when school groups come to church to join us for weekday Masses, we create a growing familiarity with the importance of the Mass as we develop the faith of our young people and strengthen their contact with the parish community.