An Important notice about Gift Aid

The Parish will soon be submitting its Gift Aid return for the year ending 31st March 2018. If any Gift Aid donors now believe that, whether through changes in personal circumstances or increases in tax allowances, they will not have paid sufficient income tax to cover the Gift Aid on their donations (25p for every £1 donated) then please let Fr Andrew or Andy Doyle know as soon as possible. Also, if any donors have changed address in the last year and have not already informed the Gift Aid team at the Diocesan Offices then, again, let Fr Andrew or Andy Doyle know.

If you are not already part of the Gift Aid scheme and would like to know more, contact Andy Doyle on 0191 3783660 or andydoyle1066@sky.com. Thank you for your generosity.

Evening Mass

 Throughout the summer, our 6:30 Mass becomes a quieter celebration. However, we do need volunteers to welcome, read, take the collection and minister Holy Communion. If you can help, whether from the parish or chaplaincy community, please sign up on the list on the noticeboards. Please don’t leave it to the few.

Travel Light

Jesus sends the twelve apostles out to preach in the towns and villages. What do they have to say to the people? At this stage of Jesus’ ministry, his death and resurrection, and many of his great miracles, are still in the future. But the apostles can speak of their own encounter with Jesus. They can recount how he has changed their lives. The Twelve preach repentance – a change of heart that leads to the forgiveness of sins. They bring healing to the sick. Their preaching presents the people with a choice: those who reject the Good News are challenged by the prophetic gesture of the apostles shaking off the dust of the place from their feet.

Jesus tells his missionaries to travel light, without money, food or spare clothing, relying on the hospitality of strangers. If we can speak with conviction about how Jesus has touched our lives, then we don’t need to carry a lot of baggage. Our witness is enough.

Events at Minsteracres

Rosary Rally: A prayerful day out at Minsteracres with celebration of the Eucharist, Rosary procession through the grounds and Benediction. Saturday 11 August 12 noon – 4pm

Individually guided retreat: A silent retreat led by members of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow in collaboration with the Minsteracres team. Friday 31 August-Friday 7 September, cost £460.

Walking Retreat: Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer, reflection and sharing of the beauty of creation. You will need suitable walking boots and warm, weatherproof clothing. Please bring a packed lunch. This walking retreat will take place on Saturday 1 September starting at 10:00am and ending at 5:00pm

Events at Ushaw

Concert by Royal Northern Sinfonia: Saturday 21 July at 2.30pm. See www.ushaw.org for details.

Why not enjoy a guided tour of Ushaw? With one of the experienced and knowledgeable guides. Highlights include the stunning Chapels, the beauty of the Refectory and the elegant Professors’ Parlour. Tours last approximately 75 minutes, and you’ll see one of the finest collections of Pugin architecture in the whole of the UK. Guided tours available on Fridays at 2.30pm and Saturdays at 1.30pm or 2.30pm. Prices start from £5 per person. Please see www.ushaw.org for more details and to book.

 

Sea Sunday

This Sunday, 8 July. We are asked to pray for seafarers, their families and all those who support them. A retiring collection will be taken to support the work of the Apostleship of the Sea. It is a day of remembrance, prayer and celebration, and an opportunity to think about and thank those seafarers who work tirelessly throughout the year bringing us goods we often take for granted. www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk

Since the last Sea Sunday the parishioners and their friends of St Cuthbert’s have donated 156 hats. On one occasion there was only one hat in the store until our contribution arrived. Thank you for your support.

They would not accept him

Jesus’ return to his home town is a failure. Even though he has healed the sick, raised the dead and gathered an enthusiastic band of followers, his own people reject him. The people don’t deny the wisdom or the miracles, but they simply cannot accept that God can be working through someone of such humble origins. Who does he think he is?

There is always a reason to reject the Good News. We can criticise the messenger, or the way that the message is presented, as a way to avoid the challenge of Christ’s teaching. The failure of Jesus’ mission among his own people prefigures his ultimate failure, when he is crucified, with the crowd shouting for his death. But that ‘failure’ is the way to salvation for the human race. As disciples of Christ, God calls us not to be successful, but to be faithful.

Miners Gala

Saturday 14 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 and 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! Please do sign up as soon as you can if you can offer a couple of hours on the day and/or some cakes, drinks or other produce.

Advance Notice

This year’s pilgrimage to Holy Island with Churches Together in Elvet & Shincliffe takes place on Saturday 1 September. 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. Unfortunately, the fares have had to be increased this year and will be £12.50 for adults and £10.00 for children. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

For more details and booking forms please see the notice board in the narthex.

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Walsingham Youth 2000 Festival

A weekend of prayer, community, camping and worship! 23-27 August, for young people aged 16-35. We are hoping to join with other groups from the North East and share a coach to Walsingham and back, this cost should be around £30 return. Youth 2000 run a pay-what-you-can-afford ticket scheme, with their suggested donation being £100 for the 5 day festival including all meals. If you are interested or would like any further information, contact Katie at youth.durhammartyrs@rcdhn.org.uk

Have Faith

In today’s Gospel, we encounter two desperate people. Jairus, the synagogue official, is a man who holds a position of respect in the community. But when he comes to Jesus, he is simply a worried father, seeking help for his sick daughter. The unnamed woman is desperate because she has been suffering for twelve years from a painful complaint that makes her ritually unclean, and so isolates her from family and society. They both approach Jesus in faith, believing that he has the power to help them. And Jesus responds to their faith. The woman is told that her faith has healed her. Jairus’ daughter is restored to him.

These two miracles show us that Jesus is the Lord of Life, who has come so that we may all have life to the full. We may not experience a miraculous physical cure, but we will know the healing that the Lord desires for us, if we turn to him in faith.

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