Here are the minutes of the recent meeting of the Partnership Development Group – they are also available on the noticeboard. The meeting reviewed the plans of our 6 sub-groups and shared key issues from across our parishes.
Is on Thursday 30th May, and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass at St Cuthbert’s will be on Wednesday 29th at 6.00pm (Vigil) and on Thursday 30th at 12.15pm.
Will be held on the last Saturday of Easter term, 22nd June. Students, alumni and parishioners are welcome- save the date!
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.
The Programme is now getting underway. If you couldn’t make the first session but would like to know more or join the programme, please contact Ciara in the parish office as soon as possible. The next session is Saturday 8th June at 3pm in the Jubilee Room at St Joseph’s.
Judy McLean will be hosting an Open House Exhibition of her paintings, drawings and etchings over the weekend of Friday 14 June- Sunday 16 June and proceeds will go to charity. All are welcome; Please see the poster on the notice board for more details. Save the date!
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.
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.)
A Day of Reflection for those involved in all ministries in our parishes. Led by Veronica Murphy from the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Saturday 15 June, 10:30am – 3:30pm, at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Gateshead. See noticeboard for details. Booking is essential.
Apologetically Ecumenical by Ruth Gee, Connexional Ecumenical Officer for the Methodist Church. Wednesday 29th May at 7.30pm in Leech Hall, St John’s College.
Science Technician ,37 hours per week – Permanent, Term Time + 10 days. CES application form and further details are available from: St. Leonard’s Catholic School, North, End, Durham DH1 4NG (Telephone: 0191 3848575) Details are also available on the school website: www.st-leonards.durham.sch.uk
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 9am on Wednesday 5th June 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Staging Magic in English Catholic College Drama by Prof Alison Shell, University College London. Tuesday 21st May at Ushaw College. 5.30pm: Drinks reception in the Refectory. 6pm: Lecture in the Exhibition Hall. Everyone is welcome; registration is necessary at https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com Minibus transport is available from Durham city centre.
Legacies and Revivals. An international conference hosted by Ushaw College and St Chad’s College, 8-10 July 2019. Registration is open now, and there are free places for Durham University postgraduate students. See the Centre for Catholic Studies website for details.
A dramatic procession, exploring by movement, symbol, word and music the mystery of the Resurrection, Sunday 12th May at 3.30pm at Durham Cathedral.
This Sunday, 12th May is the World Day of Prayer for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Please pray for the vocations that are needed by the church.
The annual appeal and collection to support the work of the Little Sisters of the Poor in our diocese will be held at Mass this Sunday 12th May.