Cycle to Ushaw

A number of us are planning to cycle to Ushaw College for the Partnership Mass on the 30th June. Everyone is welcome to join us. The plan is to leave St Cuthbert’s by 10:30am on Sunday 30th June, in order to have some time before Mass to cool off. If interested let Martin Forester or Chima know you will be coming.

Annual Collection for the Diocesan Lay Training Fund

Begins Sunday 9th June. Whatever our role in the Church, we need to understand our faith and to know what the Church teaches, and be able to discern our calling, so that we can live out our vocation and mission and thus witness to our faith. The Lay Training Fund is available to support this vision, and has funded many scholars at the Centre for Catholic Studies. The collection continues until 7th July.

The Spirit of truth will lead you to the complete truth

The Son of God became human to reveal God to us. During his life on earth, Jesus taught his disciples in parables; he worked miracles which were signs of God’s power; and he taught them by his whole way of life. But at the Last Supper, preparing to face death, Jesus knows that his disciples have not yet fully grasped the truth that he is teaching them. The Holy Spirit, who comes at Pentecost, will lead them into the fullness of the truth. And the truth is that at the heart of God is loving relationship: three Persons, Father, Son and Spirit, living in mutual love and self-giving. This truth is a mystery that is beyond human understanding, even with the help of divine grace. Like some of the other great truths that we encounter in our lives – the wonders of nature, the mystery of a person we love – the Trinity is not a problem to be solved, but a truth to be encountered, accepted and lived.

Advance Notice- Miners Gala

Saturday 13th July will see the streets of Durham filled with people for Gala Day. As usual, we will be serving refreshments to help with our fundraising for charity as described in the last few bulletins and also to offer a slightly quieter place for people to sit and relax. We will need items to sell and, just as importantly, lots of people to sell them, to tidy up, wash up and all the other things that need to be done! Please do sign up as soon as you can if you can offer a hour or more on the day and/or some cakes, drinks or other produce.

Holy Island

This years pilgrimage to Holy Island with Churches Together in Elvet & Shincliffe takes place on Saturday 20th July. A coach will leave the student union building at Dunelm House at 9am arriving back at Durham in the early evening having returned via Seahouses. The fares remain £12.50 for adults and £10.00 for children. Please book early to avoid disappointment. More details are on the poster in the narthex where booking forms are also available.

Events at Ushaw

Ushaw Lecture: Bishop Cuthbert Tunstall and Durham’s Response to the Reformation. Dr Elizabeth Biggs (Lendrum Priory Library Visiting Fellow, Durham Residential Research Library.) Tuesday 18th June. 5.30pm: Drinks reception in the Refectory. 6pm: Lecture in the Exhibition Hall. Everyone is welcome. Minibus transport is available from Durham city centre: to book transport, please register at

Day of prayer and reflection at Ushaw: Led by Sister Rosarie Spence RSM, Thursday, 20th June, 11.00am – 4.00pm. Experience different ways of praying, and an opportunity to step aside and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.

£10.00 per person, including coffee, tea and biscuits served on arrival from 10.30-11.00am, and at the end of the day. Lunch is not provided, but there is a delicious range of food available in the Refectory. Bookings can be made on-line via or by calling 0191 3345119.

Poetry Reading & Discussion with award winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts. Monday 24th June, 7:30–9pm at Ushaw College. Entrance is free, and transport is available from Durham city, but booking is required at

The Challenge of Change

New homes, new communities and the impact on Durham City. The Revd. Chris Beales (Director of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Commission on Housing) will lead a discussion on new housing development in Durham City. At Elvet Methodist Church, Thursday 20th June at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided.

God at Home With Us

Jesus says: ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’ What does it mean for Jesus and the Father to make their home with us? It means that God is present with us in every moment of our lives – in all that we do, and in every choice that we make. It means that we keep Christ’s words – not obeying a set of rules which are somehow alien to what we really are, but becoming more like Christ, following Christ’s way of love for the Father and love for God’s children. This dwelling with the Father and the Son is made possible for us by the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the Advocate, the Counsellor, the Companion who gives us life. At Pentecost, the power of the Holy Spirit is revealed in a dramatic way, when the apostles are transformed into fearless witnesses, able to preach in all the languages of the world about the marvels of God. We will be transformed too, if we welcome the Spirit.

Book Launch and Catholic Theology Research Semina

At St Chad’s College, Wednesday 12th June. 4pm: Drinks Reception and launch of the Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology, edited by Prof Lewis Ayres and Dr Medi Ann Volpe. 5pm: Catholic Theology Research Seminar in the Chapel: Human Desire and Divine Desire: The Case of John of the Cross, by Dr Eddie Howells (University of Roehampton.)6.30pm: Close. Please register at

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