Churches Together in Elvet & Shincliffe for Lent and Holy Week

We are all invited to gather at St Cuthbert’s for the final 3 Tuesdays of Lent. On 2nd and 9th April, we will be screening two thought-provoking films showing very different perspectives on community and sacrifice. On 2nd, we will be showing “Of Gods and Men”, inspired by the story of Trappist monks martyred for their faith in Algeria in 1986 and beatified in December 2018. This film is in French with sub-titles. On 9th, we will be screening “No Greater Love” showing the life of a cloistered community of Carmelite nuns. Both films won several awards. On 16th April, we shall share an ecumenical Way of the Cross, drawn from the community of Iona. All events begin at 6:45pm.

Repent

Jesus speaks to the crowd about two shocking incidents. A group of worshippers have been slaughtered by Pilate’s troops while offering sacrifice to God; and a tower has collapsed and killed eighteen people. It was commonplace in Jesus’ time to believe that such misfortunes were God’s punishment for sin, but Jesus rejects that idea. His Father is a loving God, who desires that every one of his children should live and flourish. But in our fallen world, life is fragile. We do not know the day or the hour when God will call us out of this world. And so Jesus uses these examples to teach the people to repent. Repentance is a change of heart and mind – a turning back to God – a reorientation of our whole lives. Repentance brings fruits of faith, hope and love. The season of Lent is a time for repentance. As in the parable of the unfruitful fig tree, God gives us the opportunity to repent and be fruitful. Now is the time.

Lenten alms appeal

This Lent, we are asked to support the Hardship Fund of St Cuthbert’s Care. This allows the charity to offer financial assistance to older people who wish to live in one of their two Catholic nursing homes. You are also asked to consider giving some of your time to chat and share memories with residents. Volunteering can be so rewarding, and a friendly face and a smile can make a world of difference to residents who have few regular visitors. For more information, please contact Nicola Milne on 0191 242 4809 or nicola.milne@stcuthbertscare.org.uk

Lent 2019: Collections for Prisoners being released from Durham and Low Newton Prisons

Nepacs is a north east charity which has been supporting people affected by imprisonment for over 135 years. This Lent we would like to collect items for nepacs to make up Toiletry Packs for prisoners being released who are in particular need.  Our previous support to Low Newton has been greatly appreciated.

Useful items to contribute to the Toiletry Packs are toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, shower gel, soap, deodorant (roll-on or spray), flannels, combs and wet wipes. Packs for anyone who is homeless on their release also include socks, plasters, waterbottle/flask, bacterial gel, and a dry food pack (coffee, tea bags, hot chocolate powder, cup-a-soup, cereal bars, sugar, stirrer, Mars Bars).  In addition, the packs for HMP Low Newton need lip balm and Sanitary Pack (STs, tampons, panty liners), and those for HMP Durham need disposable razors and shaving foam.

Please put donations in the boxes in the narthex throughout Lent.

French Exchange

A French family (friends of Fr Jean-Baptiste and members of the Emmanuel Community) is hoping to arrange an exchange visit to England this June-July for their 15-year-old son. If you are interested in hosting their son for an exchange, please contact Mr & Mrs Bouvet directly on antoine.delphine.bouvet@gmail.com (Please note that the parish will not be responsible for the exchange, and no safeguarding checks have been carried out by the church.)

A Glimpse of Glory

Jesus takes Peter, James and John, his closest disciples, up a mountain to pray. There, they share in an extraordinary experience: a glimpse of Jesus’ glory as the Son of God. The disciples see Jesus in conversation with two great figures, Moses and Elijah, representing the Law and the Prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures. And they hear the voice of God the Father from heaven. No wonder they are overwhelmed – and terrified.

Jesus has just told his disciples that he will have to suffer and die, before rising from the dead. After coming down from the mountain, he will begin his journey to Jerusalem, and to his passion and death. This vision of Jesus’ glory gives the disciples a glimpse of who he really is, and of his fidelity to his Father’s plan. Resurrection will come after death; glory will come after suffering. The Lord calls us, his disciples, to walk with him all the way to Calvary, so that we can share in his resurrection.

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