DAY FOR RECONCILIATION & EUCHARIST

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 adult.formation@diocesehn.org.uk or phone 243 333 if you would like to attend.

Catholic theology research seminar

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: ccs.admin@durham.ac.uk or tel: 0191 334 1656.

Love your enemies

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.

Confirmation Programme 2017, Parishes of the Durham Martyrs and St Cuthbert’s Durham.

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.

Lenten Pledges – Give up ; Take up – Suggestions please!

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.

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