Justice and Peace Refugee Project

Our parish collects biscuits and toilet rolls to help provide basic supplies to asylum seekers in the diocese. These are collected regularly, on the first Sunday of the month. If you would like to donate items please remember to bring them to Church next Sunday 1 December and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected.

The centre is always very grateful for our supplies and with the holiday period coming up they would welcome an even bigger stock of things to draw from. Please give generously.

Advent Collection for a Super Solar Street Light

In recent Advents, the parish raised enough money to populate a crib with cattle, goats, pigs, chickens and camels. This year we are hoping to add a solar street light. It costs £355. It will not light up a stable but it will light up the lives of families living in refugee camps. Solar street lamps can be used to provide a clean, renewable source of light so that women, men and children can walk about the camps safely at night. There will be collection buckets at the door after Mass during Advent. Thank you for your support.

Youth Sunday

Today, on Youth Sunday, we celebrate the gift of young people in our Church and renew our commitment to encourage and support them. Please pray for the young people in St Cuthbert’s parish and in the University Chaplaincy community, and for those who work with them; and please give generously to today’s collection for the Youth Ministry Team, our diocesan youth service: www.ymt.org

A Crucified King

As Jesus is dying on the Cross, he is mocked by the religious leaders, by the soldiers who crucify him, and even by one of the criminals who is being executed with him. And yet, the titles that they give him in cruel mockery are all true. Jesus really is the Christ of God, the Chosen One, the King of the Jews and of all nations. He shows us a different kind of kingship. Jesus is a King who comes to seek out the lost, to heal the sick and to forgive sinners. He welcomes the outcasts and upholds the dignity of the poor. He even forgives those who nail him to the Cross. Jesus’ authority was such an affront to the Roman and Jewish leaders that they had to crush him utterly.

Only the ‘good thief,’ the repentant criminal hanging on his own cross alongside Jesus, recognises him as King, with power to forgive sins. His act of faith wins him the promise of paradise. Today’s feast of Christ the King reminds us that we are citizens of a kingdom that is not of this world. We have put our faith in the crucified King.

Which Parish Charities, April 2020 to March 2021?

Each year, the proceeds from tea and coffee after Mass, the sale of refreshments at the Miner’s Gala and other parish events are divided between one international and one local charity. Currently these are St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham and the Adhanur Helping Hands orphanages and education project in India. The latter is also supported by Durham Martyrs Parish. In January 2020 we decide which two charities should be supported during the next financial year. Please offer some suggestions using the form in the narthex. You can opt to keep either or both of the current charities, or go for different ideas. Charities need to be UK registered and information about them needs to be provided to Father Andrew or the Parish Secretary.

Ushaw Lecture

Pope Pius XII’s Christmas Messages by Dr. Anna Rowlands of Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies. Tuesday 10 December; lecture from 6.00pm in the Exhibition Hall (drinks reception from 5.30pm), followed by mulled wine and mince pies at 7.15pm. Book online at Eventbrite or by telephone on 0191 334 1656.

Events at Ushaw

Day of Reflection with Sr Rosarie Spence RSM, Ushaw, Wednesday 27th November, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm. An opportunity to step aside, experience different ways of praying and enjoy a time of personal prayer, all in the beautiful surroundings at Ushaw. The cost is £10 per person, including tea/coffee at the beginning and end of the day. Lunch may be purchased in the Refectory. Booking should be made at www.ushaw.org

Ushaw Christmas Tree Festival: Ushaw’s 2019 Christmas Tree Festival will be bigger and better than ever – with a display of 100 Christmas Trees! Official launch is on 29th November.

Journey in Faith

Our Journey in Faith programme continues on 26th November. This week we will be meeting in the dining room at 8pm, as there is another event in the Parish Room. Please come in by the presbytery front door.

Although designed primarily for those looking to be baptised, received into the Catholic Church and/or confirmed, all parishioners and students are very welcome to come along and to explore the Catholic faith.

Please note that sessions will conclude with the Night Prayer of the Church (Compline). If you want to know more, contact Andy Doyle (0798 543 4185 or andydoyle1066@sky.com).

A Solid Foundation

The Second Temple in Jerusalem was a magnificent building, constructed under King Herod the Great. Jesus’ disciples would never have seen anything so impressive. But Jesus foretold the destruction of the Temple; and by the time Luke came to write his Gospel, the prophecy had been fulfilled. The Jewish uprising against Roman rule, which began in 66 AD, ended in the year 70 with Jerusalem besieged by the Roman legions and the Temple destroyed by fire. It was a catastrophe for the Jewish people; and yet, they found ways to continue their worship of God and to maintain their identity as a nation. Jesus warned his disciples that the destruction of the Temple would be followed by even greater disasters; wars and earthquakes, plagues and famines. They would face persecution for their faith in him, but God would keep them safe. As we look around at the turmoil and suffering in the world today, Jesus’ words remind us that all earthly power and splendour will pass away. The only solid foundation for our lives is our faith in Christ.

The Source

Our regular diocesan event for young people (school Year 9 and above), with Praise & Worship, prayer, live music, faith sharing, social time and refreshments. At St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, Wednesday 4th December, 7.00–8.45pm.Inspirational and uplifting – everyone is welcome.

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