Calling keycard holders…

Due to a fault the electronic lock on the gate to the passage behind the church has been changed. Holders of keycards will need to have their cards re-enabled for the new lock. Simply pop into the Parish Office with your keycard during office hours.

 Monday 8:30am – 4:00pm, Tuesday 9:15am – 2:15pm
and Friday 8:30am – 3:00pm.

 

What’s New?

Jesus gives his disciples a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you. The message of love is not a new one: love of God and of neighbour were the two great commandments of the Old Testament. But Jesus calls on his disciples to love one another ‘as I have loved you:’ and he gives them this commandment at the Last Supper. He has just shown them an example of loving service by washing their feet, and the next day, he will give his life on the Cross. To love one another as Christ has loved us is to give ourselves without reserve; there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life. And, by his life and his teaching, Jesus shows us that love of neighbour includes not only those who are like us, but the whole human race. He sets no limits to his love, and he calls his disciples to do the same. It is by our love for one another that we will be known as disciples of Christ. What a challenge.

Apostleship of the Sea

Day of Prayer & Pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, led by the Rt Rev Paul Mason, AoS Bishop Promoter for England & Wales. A peaceful day of prayer and reflection. Join us to pray for seafarers and for everyone involved in our ministry and charity. Saturday 8th June: Celtic Prayers on the beach at 12noon; Mass at 3pm. Safe crossing times are 10:15am – 5:25pm. Everyone is welcome. For further information please contact Regional Port Chaplains Paul Atkinson (07906 212 426) or Peter Barrigan (07713 924 504.)

PPC & Parish Assembly AGM

The minutes of the PPC meeting in March are now available on the website, and on the noticeboard at the back of church.

The next meeting of the Parish Assembly is our AGM on 23rd May at 7 p.m. in the Parish Room. One of the Agenda items concerns changes to the Guidelines for the Parish Pastoral Council. This is an open meeting, so please do come along to hear updates about what is happening in the parish and the partnership.

The Annual Mass Celebrating Marriage & Family Life

Bishop Robert Byrne CO will celebrate Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday 18 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 promises to be a wonderful celebration and will provide affirmation and support for Marriage across the Diocese and the wider North-East community. If you would like to represent St Cuthbert’s at the Mass, please speak to Fr Andrew.

Finchale Partnership Open Afternoons

Thank you to Fr Shaun Swales and the parishioners of Blessed Edmund Duke for your hospitality at last Sunday’s Open Afternoon at St Joseph’s, Coxhoe. It was a joy to meet the members of the parish community, and fascinating to learn about the history of the church – and of course, the cakes were very welcome! Our next Open Afternoon is scheduled for Sunday 2nd June at St Patrick’s, Langley Moor.

Christ, The Good Shepherd

Today is Vocations Sunday, when the Church around the world prays for vocations to ordained priesthood and consecrated life. Today is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday, because the readings of the Mass present us with the image of Christ as the Good Shepherd, who lays down his life for the flock in his care. Jesus shows us the model for Christian leadership. Anyone who is called by God to minister in the Church should be a pastor: a good shepherd, who knows the people he serves, and cares for them with love and compassion, as Christ cares for his disciples. Jesus is absolutely united in love with God his Father, and the priest’s love for his people should be rooted in his love of God. It’s a demanding vocation, and perhaps it’s not surprising that in today’s world, and in a Church plagued by scandal, fewer young men are offering themselves for priestly ministry. Let us pray that God will continue to call shepherds for the Church, and that those who are called will respond generously; and let us each do all that we can to support and encourage all the vocations that the Church needs.

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