Welcome to the website for St Mary’s Church and Parish, Derby. We hope you find it helpful and informative.
Whether you are a visitor to the city or a local, you are warmly invited to visit our magnificent Pugin church. You are welcome to attend a service or just pop in and have a walk round.
The church is open weekdays from 9.00am to 4.00pm (Mass at 1.00pm); on Saturdays from 9.00am to 1.00pm (Mass at 12.00 noon). On Sundays the church is open 8.00am to 12.30pm (Masses at 9.00am and 11.00am) and 6.00pm to 7.30pm (Mass at 6.30pm).
“St Mary’s Parish Community exists to give glory to God, to foster the personal holiness of its members, and to bring Christ to the world.”
“An active, committed and involved community of people and priests working in harmony to achieve their parish mission.”
Our sister parishes, served from St Mary’s, are Holy Family, Blenheim Drive, Allestree, Derby DE22 2LG and Christ the King, Prince Charles Avenue, Mackworth, Derby DE22 4BG. Please refer to the Holy Family Parish website for Holy Family Mass and Service Times. Mass at Christ the King is on Saturday at 5.30pm. See: www.christthekingmackworth.org.uk
Meet our Priests
Fr Gregory Tobin
I was born in Derby City Hospital in September 1958, and Baptised the following month at St Albans Church, Chaddesden. Having been given the name of Michael Walshe after my birth father from Claremorris, Co. Mayo, I was then adopted by Mathew (Roscrea Tipperary) and Doreen (Leeds) Tobin (Nee O’Neill) through the Catholic Children Society and renamed Gregory Michael Tobin.
The family home was in Arnold, Nottingham. Together with my sister Deb and brother Mark we attended The Good Shepherd School under the watchful eye of Sister Patricia (Sister of St. Joseph of Peace) then onto Christ the King Comprehensive during the time of Mr. John Bateson.
The Church provided a focus for the family. There was music, altar serving, uniformed groups, youth clubs and discussion groups which included various trips to The Briars Residential Centre where Fr Michael Bell was in charge.
Fr Owen O’Neill was the Assistant Priest during my formative years and he encouraged me to consider a vocation to the Priesthood, having spoken of the fulfilling and happy years he had experienced as a Priest. This got me thinking and in 1977, when I made my formal application to Bishop McGuinness, he sent me to the English College, Valladolid, Spain for 6 years of study and preparation for the Priestly Ministry. This came as a bit of a surprise as languages were not my strong point and the classes were all in Spanish after the first year of introductions to it all. Nevertheless, I always enjoy a challenge and set about learning Castellano and getting to know the people in the parish of San Isidro with the PP Don Jose. We seminarians helped out with the music and Catechesis for Confirmation.Fr Peter Dooling, a Nottingham Diocesan Priest, was on the staff of the college, and proved to be a great support to me. Sadly, he died in 2011 whilst Parish Priest of Skegness.
During my time in Valladolid my father sadly died in April 1979. My mother then relocated from Arnold to the parish of St. Joseph’s, Leicester, to be closer to her own mother and sisters.
In 1983 I was ordained to the Ministerial Priesthood by Bishop McGuiness at St Joseph’s, Derby. I have since ministered at the Sacred Heart, Carlton (1983), St Joseph’s, Derby (1983-1989), SS Peter and Paul, Lincoln (1989) The Briars Residential Youth Centre (1990-2001), the Holy Spirit, West Bridgford (2001-2011), together with Our Lady of Grace, Cotgrave (2003-2011), and St Margaret Clitheroe, Keyworth (2003-2006), All Saints, Old Glossop and St Mary Crowned, Glossop (2011-2019), and here I am back in Derby, in St Mary’s parish.
My role in the Diocese also involves organising the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes every July.
I enjoy playing golf, watching sport, playing music, and going back to Spain whenever I can!
Canon Timothy O'Sullivan
Fr Tim was born in 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. before moving at the age of 2 months to County Kerry, Eire. He is the eldest of six children. He studied for the priesthood at Kilkenny College and was ordained on 4 June 1961 for the Diocese of Nottingham.
His first appointment was as Assistant Priest at St Mary’s, Derby under the tutelage of the then Parish Priest, Monsignor Humphrey Wilson. Since then Fr Tim has been Assistant Priest at Holy Souls, Scunthorpe, and at St Mary’s, Worksop. In 1972 he was appointed Parish Priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, Mickleover, Derby, and then in 1976 moved to Holy Trinity Parish, Newark.
He returned to St Mary’s, Derby in 1993 and can often be seen riding his bike around the parish when visiting his parishioners. In 2000 he was made Canon of the Cathedral Chapter. On 4th June 2011 he celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood. His main interests outside the parish are golf, the Kerry football team and his extended family - not necessarily in that order!
Fr Paul Smith
I was born in Princess Mary Maternity Hospital in January 1972, in the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and yes, I am a Newcastle United fan, and I only watch Match of the Day when Newcastle win, which means I don’t get to watch it very often…
I was raised a Catholic and went to St. Peter’s RC Primary School in Gateshead, then onto St. Edmund Campion RC Secondary in Wrekenton. I briefly attended Humberside University but left as I wanted to work and earn some money. I did a variety of jobs, bar work and delivering milk, which was okay as long as I didn’t mix them up! I then started as a temp for a month at an engineering firm in Gateshead and ended up working for them for 20 years.
About halfway through my time in engineering, I transferred from the Newcastle site to the one we had in Newark, and I moved home from Gateshead to Lincoln. It was around this time that I started to feel the call to the Priesthood, having returned to practicing my faith a few years earlier after quite a while away from it. I spent the next five years or so discerning the call, mainly at the parish of Our Lady of Lincoln, and then eventually applied for the Nottingham Diocese in 2014. I was accepted and then spent 4 years training at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome. I was ordained Deacon at St. Paul Outside the Walls in 2017, and as Priest at St. Barnabas Cathedral by Bishop Patrick in January 2019.
Meet our Deacons
Deacon Chris Blunt
Deacon Chris was born on the 15th December 1949 in Bolton, Lancashire, the 6th of 7 children born to Ben and Margaret Blunt. Chris left school shortly after his 15th birthday and was employed as an apprentice butcher working at various businesses in the Bolton area. It was while working at Bolton Cooperative Society that Chris met Elaine and in 1975, they got married at St. Brendan’s Church, Harwood, Bolton. They set up home in Derby where they had bought a butcher’s business which Chris ran for 23 years before selling the business in 1998. Elaine and Chris have four children, Eve, Anna, Matthew and Megan - all the children having attended St. Mary’s and St. Benedict School.
Chris then spent 17 years working as a government inspector with the Food Standards Agency and its predecessors before retiring in 2014.
Elaine and Chris have two small grandchildren; Oscar and Louie.
Chris has been an active parishioner in St. Mary’s for over 30 years beginning with reading at Mass, chair of Derby Deanery Justice and Peace Group, and involved in various catechetical programmes. After the Nottingham assembly of 2003 Chris helped to set up St. Mary’s liturgy group and was its chairman for the first seven years. Chris and Elaine enjoy walking, gardening, looking after the grandchildren and going on holiday.
After four years of formation at Oscott College in Birmingham, Chris was ordained as a Deacon for Nottingham Diocese by Bishop Patrick McKinney on the 11th June 2016.
Deacon Martin Farrell
Deacon Martin was brought up in a traditional Catholic family in the town of Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. He attended the Sacred Heart Primary School and the Salesian Missionary College at Shrigley Park, near Macclesfield, Cheshire. After working in the Department of Health and Social Security, he studied for over three years at the Royal Scots College in Valladolid, Spain.
He went on to complete a BA Honours Degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies with Philosophy in 1984, and a PhD on Spanish Catholicism at the University of Strathclyde in 1992. The same year, he moved to Derby to take up a Senior Lecturer post at the new University there, and also worked as a residential student warden.
In 1993, he married his wife Monica who gave birth to their two daughters, Louisa and Gemma, and they have been part of St Mary’s Parish since then. In 2000, he published his book on The Search for the Religious Ideal in Castillo-Puche, and took up a teaching post at Loughborough University. He was also a Foundation Governor of St Benedict School in Derby from 2002 to 2015.
He began his Diaconate studies in 2010 at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham and was ordained a Deacon at St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, on 1 November 2014. Back in his native Scotland, Martin has been a keen hillwalker who, along with his wife and children, have conquered a few Munro mountains over the years.
St Mary’s Mass Times
|Sunday||9:00am, 11:00am, 6:30pm||Church|
|Monday||12.00 noon Exposition |
|Tuesday||12.00 noon Exposition |
|Wednesday||12.00 noon Exposition |
|Thursday||12.00 noon Exposition |
|Friday||12.00 noon Exposition |
|Saturday||11.00am Exposition |
12.00 noon Mass
Please note: at certain times in the year some Mass Times can change. Please check the newsletter for the latest information.
Holy Days of Obligation
St Mary’s Church
7.30pm Vigil Mass
Holy Day 1.00pm and 7.30pm
St Mary's School
How to find us
St Mary’s Church is sited between Darley Lane and Arthur Street, overlooking the Derby inner ring road (A 601 - St Alkmund’s Way) though it cannot be reached directly from the ring road.
If approaching from the north, turn left off Duffield Road (A6) into Edward Street. Then turn right at the bottom of Edward Street into Darley Lane. The church lies at the end of this road.
If approaching from any other direction follow the signs off the inner ring road for the A6 (north - Duffield, Belper, Matlock), then into the ‘one-way’ system through Garden Street, stay in the right hand lane, and follow the road round through the traffic lights bearing right, staying in the one way system until you are heading south on Duffield Road, then move into the left hand lane and turn left into Edward Street. Turn right at the bottom of Edward Street into Darley Lane. St Mary’s lies at the end of this road. There is a parish carpark next St Mary’s Church and Parish Centre.view larger map
Father Gregory Tobin
Rectory, Bridge Gate, Derby DE1 3AU
Father Paul Smith
Rectory, Bridge Gate, Derby DE1 3AU
Canon Timothy O'Sullivan
Telephone: 01332 346126
St Mary’s parish is part of the Diocese of Nottingham.
Our Bishop is Patrick McKinney who was ordained tenth Bishop of Nottingham in St Barnabas’ Cathedral on Friday 3rd July 2015. He succeeded Bishop Malcolm McMahon who was appointed Archbishop of Liverpool in May 2014.
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