Our monthly diocesan event for young people in school Year 9 and up. Live music; praise and worship; faith sharing; prayer; social time and chance to meet people. Wednesday 1 March, 7:00-8:30pm at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. To find out more, see www.ymt.org.
Saturday, 4 March, 10.00am-3.00pm, St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Gateshead, NE8 1LX.
An opportunity to develop your understanding of what it means to be a Catechist and to look at the programmes and guidelines available for those involved in catechesis and those interested in becoming involved. No charge, but please bring a packed lunch. Please contact email@example.com or phone 243 333 if you would like to attend.
Mr Joe Hughes (Head of Diocesan Department for Education) on ‘Catholic Education; why bother?’ Saturday 4 March at 11.00am at St. Mary’s RC Church, Hencotes, Hexham NE46 2EB. Free admission (donations requested), refreshments available from 10:30am. Tel: 01434 603119. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A lecture by Prof. Maurice Whitehead: ‘Maps, Meridians and Missions: Christopher Maire, SJ (1697–1767), a Durham Cartographer’. Wednesday 22 February for 5:30pm drinks reception followed by; 6:00 – 7:15pm lecture in the Exhibition Hall, Ushaw College. To book a place at an Ushaw Lecture, please email: email@example.com or tel: Jane Lidstone on 0191 334 1656.
A talk by Prof. Paul D. Murray: ‘What Difference Does Ordination Make? Solving a Catholic Problem through Receptive Learning from Methodist Tradition’. Tuesday 28 February, 5.30pm (Drinks), 5.45pm – 7.15pm (Paper & Discussion) at Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, Durham. If you wish to attend the seminar, please register at eventbrite. Any queries email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0191 334 1656.
When Jesus teaches us to love God and love our neighbour, we can probably accept it as an ideal to aspire to, even if it seems challenging. But when he tells us to love our enemies, surely he has gone too far? The Old Testament law of “Eye for eye and tooth for tooth” was meant to set a limit on revenge. Rather than allowing violence to escalate, the law permitted the wronged party to exact vengeance that was equal to the harm they had suffered. It was a law based on a realistic understanding of human nature.
But Jesus wants to transform our human nature. Instead of meeting violence with violence and hatred with hatred, he teaches his disciples to love their enemies, even in the face of oppression and injustice.
Jesus is giving us good news, not good advice. He is not asking us to do anything that he did not do himself. We can see the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount as a description of Jesus himself, who did turn the other cheek to violence, and who carried his own Cross to Calvary. He is asking us to follow him.
The Confirmation Programme will begin after half term. Young people now in Year 9 or above are warmly invited to join the programme , with a view to being Confirmed in November 2017. If you are interested in finding out more about being Confirmed please contact the parish Secretary at The Durham Martyrs and leave your name, contact details and school name. The Confirmation team will be in touch to send you details about the fabulous programme. For parishioners attending St Leonard’s school, a letter will also be sent out via school. We are looking forward to hearing from you. The Confirmation Team.
Ash Wednesday this year is on 1 March. After the 10am Mass on Sunday 26 February we shall burn your palm leaves and crosses from last year in order to provide the ashes – so please bring your palms to church before 26th and place them in the box provided in the porch.
Sunday 26 February is a Day of Prayer for the Unemployed. Please remember all those who suffer as a result of unemployment, especially in our own communities.
This coming Lent there will be a pledge board on display for parishioners to sign up for their Lenten effort and donations will be collected at the end of Lent. Funds to be divided between a World Challenge project and CAFOD. Chocolate and alcohol have been suggested as give ups. If you have any other ideas for giving up or positively doing please talk to us. Members of the Justice and Peace group will be at the back of church today Sunday 19 February to collect your suggestions.