The Parish Office is closed until further notice. Ciara is working from home, and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org but replies may take some time. You can contact the church by telephone on 0191 384 3442 – please leave a message if Fr Andrew is not in.
Following the latest announcement from the Prime Minister on the measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we are no longer able to open the church for people to call in and pray. This is a necessary measure to protect us all.
Please keep in touch as we find other ways to support each other and to pray together over the next weeks and months.
Mass Intentions can requested by email, telephone or letter. No offering is needed for a Mass intention.
Please check the parish website, www.stcuthberts-durham.org.uk for regular updates. If you’re not already subscribed to our weekly e-newsletter, you can subscribe here. Also check the ‘St Cuthbert’s Church, Durham’ page on Facebook – from there, you can join our new Facebook group, ‘St Cuthbert’s Parish Community,’ which already has more than 60 members.
We have a network of parishioners who are keeping in touch via telephone, while social distancing is in force. If you would like to be contacted regularly (especially if you don’t have internet access), or if you know someone who would welcome such contact, please contact Fr Andrew on 0191 3843442 or email@example.com.
St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle is live streaming Mass via Youtube at 12 noon each day. You can find links to other live streams on the diocesan website, www.rcdhn.org.uk
Hospital visits: The University Hospital of North Durham has suspended visiting of patients, with limited exceptions for children’s wards, maternity wards and end-of- life patients. However, the Catholic Chaplain is still able to visit patients, and to bring them Holy Communion and the Sacrament of the Sick. This includes patients suffering from Covid-19. If you know of a patient who wishes for a visit from the Catholic Hospital Chaplain, please inform Fr Paul Tully on 01388 818544 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St Cuthbert’s Hospice is still allowing visits to patients, subject to restrictions. If you know of a patient in the hospice who requires the Sacrament of the Sick, please contact Fr Andrew
Catholic papers are in a box outside the church door. If your daily walk takes you past St Cuthbert’s, you can pick up your copy as you pass.
If you’re wondering what you can do to help:
Last week’s picture was a detail of the marble panels in the main altar.
We will celebrate our patron saint with Sung Vespers at 6.30pm on Friday 20th March (no Stations this week.) The preacher will be the Revd Michael Everitt, Canon Pastor of Durham Cathedral. This event is going ahead, and will be our last act of shared worship for the time being.
The programme of events scheduled to take place at Durham Cathedral for St Cuthbert’s Day has been cancelled.
This is the latest position on what is happening at St. Cuthbert’s:
Public Acts of Worship have been suspended from Friday 20th March in line with the statement issued by the Bishops’ Conference.
Events which have been cancelled or postponed:
19 March: Catholic Theology Research Seminar
Friday soup lunches for Lent
21 March at St. Cuthbert’s & 26 April at Langley Moor: Finchale Partnership Bible Basics
1 April: Parish Dinner
2 April: Finchale Partnership Prayer & Spirituality: the Stations of the Cross
5 May: Book Group
Events which are still scheduled to take place (but keep in touch for updates):
20 March: Sung Vespers for the Solemnity of St. Cuthbert at 6.30pm.
4 April: Spring Cleaning the church for Easter
Keeping in touch:
For the latest information, sign up for our e-bulletin here or follow us on Facebook.
The seminar scheduled to be held at St Cuthbert’s on Thursday 19th March has been cancelled.
Friday Soup Lunches are suspended until further notice.
Can you spare an hour or more to help get the Church and Parish Room ready for Holy Week and Easter? We will be having a spring clean on Saturday 4th April from about 10:30am and if you can help, please do come along.
If you can help with welcoming, reading or administering Holy Communion at our Easter services, please sign up on the rota on the noticeboard as soon as you can. We need lots of volunteers to ensure that our liturgies are celebrated with dignity and joy without overloading our ministers.
If you would be willing to take part in the foot-washing which is part of the Mass on Holy Thursday evening, then also sign up on the list on the noticeboard or let Fr Andrew or Andy Doyle know as soon as possible.
This year’s appeal is for the St Cuthbert’s Care Hardship Fund, which offers financial support to older Catholic people who wish to live in the St Cuthbert’s Care nursing homes in Sunderland or Newcastle, but lack the full means to do so. Details at www.stcuthbertscare.org.uk
Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well would seem shocking to his disciples. A Jewish man of that time was not supposed to speak in public to a woman outside his family. Jews and Samaritans distrusted and shunned one another. And it seems that this woman may be an outcast even among her own people; she has had five husbands, and she comes to draw water alone, at the hottest part of the day, when the other women of the community won’t be around.
Jesus pays no attention to rules that divide and exclude. He enters into a conversation with the woman, and draws her to faith in him. She becomes a disciple, and then a missionary; her witness draws the people of her town to faith in Jesus. The Samaritan woman who came to the well to draw water has received the living water that Jesus promised. The Samaritan town has become a field that produces a rich harvest of faith. Jesus sets no barriers to his mission. He really is the Saviour of the world.
We’re hoping to put together a group for parishioners with young families. This will begin as just a WhatsApp group for getting to know each other and prayer support, but we hope to arrange some meetups for coffee and a play at a later date. If you would like to be added to the group please message Annie Glasspool on 07927644241.
If you enjoy the singing at Mass why not consider becoming more involved, even for just a short time? The choir invites you to help support the singing of the Liturgy over the Easter Triduum. We rehearse every Tuesday evening from 7.45 – 8.45pm. Every week, as well as rehearsing for the upcoming Sunday, we will be refreshing/learning items for the Easter Triduum, so why not come and join us? Don’t worry if you can’t read music or feel like your voice isn’t good enough. It’s not a performance; it’s about coming together to use the gifts we have to enhance our Liturgy and help our congregation in its worship. Why not give it a go? If you’d like more details please contact Alison McLean on 07770 884692 or email her at email@example.com