Visiting Friars

In advance of taking up his new role as Procurator General of the Order of Preachers, fr. Ben is away at the Order’s General Chapter in Bologna from 15 July to 5 August. Please keep him and the members of the Chapter in your prayers.

While he is away, in addition to fr. Tony and fr. Becket, we will welcome fr. Peter Hunter of Blackfriars, Oxford, and fr. Euan Marley of St Columba’s, Glasgow. Masses on Sunday 24 July will be celebrated by fr. Peter and on Sunday 31 July by fr. Euan.

From Parish to Partnership

Two open meetings have been arranged to look at the next stages of the Diocesan Forward Together in Hope process of renewal.

On Wednesday 27 July we will gather to look at the feedback from the Diocese on our parish submission; we will also look at what is meant by “area partnership”.

On Wednesday 17 August we will begin our work in approaching “area partnership” – which local parishes we would be working together with, how we imagine work together and what changes would be necessary.

Both these meetings taken place in the Parish Room after the 7:00pm Mass. All members of our worshipping community are warmly invited.

More information is available on the Diocesan website and our parish website at

Events Group

The Parish “Events Group” will meet after the 10:00 Mass on Sunday 31 July 2016, over tea and coffee in the Parish Room: if you have ideas for social events or can give a little of your time to building up our community together, please come along.

Parish office closure and fortnightly bulletins

Please note that the Parish Office will be closed from Monday 18 July to Friday 22 July.

During the school summer holidays, bulletins will be issued fortnightly instead of weekly: i.e. on Sunday 17 July, 31 July and 14 August. Weekly bulletins will resume on Sunday 28 August. Please make sure any items for the bulletin reach the Parish Office by the Friday morning preceding publication.

For the most up-to-date information please refer to the parish website,

Foster Carers Needed

St Cuthbert’s Care fostering agency, Fostering North East, desperately needs more foster carers to provide stable, loving homes for children in the region.

If you think you could foster a child or are interested in finding out more about fostering, you can go along and meet the team for an informal chat at the Farmers’ Market in Market Square, Durham on Thursday 21 July between 10:30am and 2:00pm.

If you can’t go along on the day, but would still like to know more about fostering, please visit or ring Fostering North East Operations Manager Joann Gibson on 0191 2280111 or email

Parish Evening

The next Parish evening will be on Wednesday 20 July, with Mass at 7.00pm, followed by a shared meal and a discussion. We will be joined by Karen Kilby, who will lead our discussion on the relationship of love and suffering. The evening will finish at about 9.30pm. All are welcome.

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

Anyone keen on deepening their understanding of the Catholic faith and passing it on, and in particular aspiring teachers interested in teaching in a Catholic school in the future should consider the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS). The certificate is also very useful for those engaged or interested in youth work or catechesis.

The CCRS is awarded for successful study of eight modules offered by various dioceses and distance-learning centres part-time over two to five years; attending individual modules without proceeding to the certificate is possible and may be helpful.

Details of the modules offered by the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle are available at and information about the CCRS nationally is available at

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the CCRS programme is welcome to attend the free CCRS Information event at St Cuthbert’s House, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 7PY on Monday 12 September 2016, 5:00pm-6:30pm. Please contact Eamon Diffley ( to book a place.

Diocese becomes Living Wage Employer

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is pleased to announce that it is now an accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that every diocesan employee earns not just the minimum wage but the Living Wage.

The Diocese perceives the commitment to the Living Wage as upholding the Common Good and the dignity of work and ensures that people have quality time to spend for themselves and with their family. This development is a response to Pope Francis’ call to be a ‘poor Church for the poor’ (Pope Francis, Audience with Journalists, 16 March 2013).

The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet. The Living Wage is £1.05 per hour above the National Living Wage which was introduced by the Government in April 2016.

You can find out more about the Living Wage by visiting or contact Katherine Nugent on 0191 243 3301 or

Lighting works in the church

Work will start on Monday 11 July to replace the halogen church lighting with more modern LED fittings. These will be cheaper to run, provide better light, and require less maintenance – very significant as it costs the best part of £1,000 to change a light bulb due to the need for scaffolding.

As a result, the 9:15am Mass on Monday 11 July will take place in the Parish Room. We expect Mass the rest of the week will be in the church as usual, but please look out for any notices of a change of location.

Apart from times of liturgy, it will not be possible to open the church to the public on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 July. All being well, by the weekend of 16/17 July the work will be complete.

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