Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture 2018

HE Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi (President of the Pontifical Council for Culture.) Universities as Places of Encounter Between Faith and Culture – A public conversation with Bishop Paul Tighe (Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture.) Tuesday 1 May 2018 at Ushaw College: 6.15pm; Lecture in the Exhibition Hall. 7.30pm: Drinks reception in the Refectory.
Lecture only tickets: £5 per person (concessions £2.50; Durham University staff and students free with assistance from Durham University Catholic Chaplaincy).
Drinks reception: £5 per person (no concessions).
Everyone is welcome; this is a ticketed event and registration is essential. Please register by 9am  Monday 23 April at

Public Lecture by Professor Eamon Duffy (Cambridge University)

 “To Doe Our Countrie Good”: Douai, Rome, and the Tridentine Seminary. Monday 30 April 2018: 6pm in the Exhibition Hall, Ushaw College.
Tickets: £5 per person (concessions £2.50; Durham University staff and students free with assistance from Durham University Catholic Chaplaincy).
Registration: Everyone is welcome; registration is essential. Please register by 9am tomorrow Monday 23 April at

I am the Good Shepherd

Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd. The role of a shepherd is to care for his sheep and keep them safe. A good shepherd is one who looks after the sheep, not simply as a job or a duty, but with love and care. We are Jesus’ flock; he knows each one of us by name, and he loves us so much that he lays down his life for us. Today is Good Shepherd Sunday, when the Church around the world prays for vocations to the ordained ministry of priesthood and diaconate, and to male and female religious life. The Church needs shepherds who will care for God’s people with compassion and dedication, following the example of Christ. In his message for today, Pope Francis says: “In the diversity and the uniqueness of each and every vocation, personal and ecclesial, there is a need to listen, discern and live this Word that calls to us from on high and, while enabling us to develop our talents, makes us instruments of salvation in the world and guides us to full happiness.” Let us pray today that men and women will listen to God’s call, discern their response and live out their vocation with a generous heart.

Apostles’ Creed

During the season of Eastertide, we are encouraged to say the Apostles’ Creed at Mass. The text is below.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
(At the words that follow, up to and including the Virgin Mary, all bow.)
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the
Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.

Diocesan Celebration of Marriage

Bishop Séamus will celebrate Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday 5 May at 11.00am to give thanks for the Sacrament of Marriage. He has invited each parish community to be represented by at least two couples, young or old, newly married or celebrating a significant anniversary. In addition, everyone is welcome to attend. This celebration will offer affirmation and support for married couples and families across the diocese. The celebration will reflect the challenges faced by many families, and the teaching of Pope Francis in his letter Amoris Laetitiae (The Joy of Love.)

Public Lecture

The inaugural Cassidy Lecture: ‘Dr Joe Cassidy: The Theological and Philosophical Roots of a Fine Principal’ by Professor Ann Loades, Professorial Fellow of St Chad’s College and Professor Emerita in Divinity at the University of Durham. Saturday 28th April in the Cassidy Quad, St Chad’s College, 18 North Bailey. All are welcome to attend a drinks reception in the Cassidy Quad at 6pm followed by the lecture at 6.30pm.

Planned Giving

Firstly, thank you to all who donate so generously to our parish. The set of planned giving envelopes for the new financial year is now available in named boxes in the porch for Gift Aid donors to pick up. There are also some unnamed boxes and people are free to take these but please add your name and contact details to the sheet nearby. If anybody wishes to know more about planned giving, envelopes, standing orders or Gift Aid, please contact Andy Doyle ( or 0191 378 3660).

Centre for Catholic Studies

Centre for Catholic Studies 10th Anniversary Public Lecture: Catholics in Public Life: A UK Perspective. Daniel, Lord Brennan of Bibury, QC. Wednesday 18 April, 5pm-6.30pm in the Debating Chamber, Palace Green, Durham. All welcome. This is a free event but registration is essential – register online at (Please note that, if you are attending the CCS 10th anniversary conference, you are already registered for this public lecture.)

Vocations Sunday

The Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life this year will be celebrated on Sunday 22 April. This day flows from the broader culture of vocation, and is when the universal Church asks the Lord to send more labourers to the harvest. The theme for this year is ‘It’s Your Call’.

Traidcraft Warehouse Sale

Thursday 19 April, 10am-7pm, and Saturday 21st April, 10am-2pm, at Traidcraft, Kingsway, Team Valley Trading Estate, NE11 0NE. Huge reductions on all kinds of Traidcraft merchandise, from archive collections to the newest handcrafted finds. Enter ‘The Den’ at the side of the building to discover quirky discontinued and archive items at a fraction of their usual price.

You are witnesses

The season of Easter lasts for fifty days. After the joyful celebration of Easter Sunday, we have a whole season to reflect on Christ’s Resurrection, and on what it means for us. And the Gospels show us that Jesus’ disciples, too, needed some time to begin to grasp the meaning of the Resurrection. Today, we hear Luke’s account of Jesus appearing unexpectedly among them. He lets them see that he is truly risen, and not a ghost. He opens their minds to understand the scriptures, showing them that everything has happened to fulfil God’s plan. He brings the disciples peace and forgiveness of sins. And he sends them out to witness to all the nations. The mission of the Church began with the Lord’s commandment to preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins, and that mission continues today. By our baptism as Christians, we are witnesses.

Douai 450

450th Anniversary Conference for the founding of the English College at Douai. 450 Years Pioneering Catholic Education: Past, Present, Future. Monday 30 April – Tuesday 1 May at Ushaw College, including a public lecture by Prof Eamon Duffy on Monday 30 April at 6.00pm, and the Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 1 May at 6.15pm. Details and online registration on the Centre for Catholic Studies website:

Pilgrimage to Rome

During Easter week, 22 people from St. Cuthbert’s and neighbouring parishes went on a pilgrimage to Rome. Here are a few pictures and we will shortly be arranging an evening to share some memories from the pilgrimage and show some more of the photos.

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