My name is Sarah Doyle and this summer myself and 14 other students from Durham will be travelling to Peru on a DUCK (Durham University Charities Committee) Charity Expedition to volunteer with young Peruvian street children aged 4-14. I’m hosting a bake sale on Sunday 27th May after 10am Mass to try and raise awareness and the necessary funds to make this trip a success. Please come along to learn more and support my cause!
Will be asked to renew their commitment at Mass next Sunday, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.
This takes place on the last Saturday in Easter Term, 16 June; the Mass starts at 12:15pm and is followed by a celebratory barbecue lunch and drinks. All chaplaincy alumni, current students and parishioners are welcome. Please email email@example.com if you are able to come, and pass the word to any alumni you know who may not have received the invitation.
Mr Toni Munthe is a student from Indonesia, who has come to Durham with his wife and family to study for a PhD. Toni’s employer has unexpectedly withdrawn the promised sponsorship, leaving Toni unable to continue his studies unless he can offer the university some acceptable part payment of fees by 2nd June. The SVP is holding a special appeal in the parishes of Durham this weekend, to raise some funds to enable Toni to continue with his studies while he re-finances his PhD. Please support the appeal as generously as you can.
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity. Jesus reveals to us that God is three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and yet one God. It’s a mystery that is beyond human understanding. But what is revealed in the mystery is that at the heart of God is loving relationship. Together, the three Persons of the Trinity represent the fullness of love. The Father loves the Son, the Son loves the Father. The Holy Spirit is their love for each other. We are made in the image of a triune God; the Father, who created us, his Son who saved us, and the Holy Spirit who continues to guide us.
We are baptised as Christians in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and so our lives as disciples, and the life of the Church, should reflect the life of the Trinity. God empowers us to be creative like the Father, compassionate like his Son, and give our talents freely in the service of others like the Holy Spirit. In this way, we can reveal God’s love to the world.
A Day of Reflection for All Ministries. Saturday 2 June, 10.30am-3.30pm, in St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Gateshead NE8 1LX. See poster for full details. Booking is essential – please speak to Fr Andrew if you wish to take part.
The Role of the University in Promoting Reconciliation in a Modern Society by Prof Francis Campbell, Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University Twickenham. Wednesday 30 May at 7.30pm, Leech Hall, St John’s College.
Annual Day of Prayer & Pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Led by Bishop Paul Mason. A peaceful day of prayer and reflection. Join us to pray for seafarers and for everyone involved in our ministry and charity. Saturday 2 June – see poster for details.
Hexham & Newcastle Diocesan Festival 2018, 23-24 June at the Emmaus Youth Village. With speakers, Mass, music, adoration, ceilidh, activities for young people and families, and much more.
Sacred Journey Themed Retreat: A weekend of prayer, reflection and nourishment on our life’s journey led by the Minsteracres team; for groups from parishes and partnerships. Individuals are also welcome to join in. Friday 1st-Sunday 3rd June.
God of all Creation,
You have constantly poured out your Spirit
upon our Diocese and kindled here a light
which has spread throughout the world.
Lord Jesus, you gathered disciples to yourself
to learn from you and to model their lives on you.
Your Holy Spirit empowered them
to continue your work in the world.
Come upon us, Holy Spirit,
deepen the faith you invite us to share
and inspire us to become faithful witnesses.
As we begin to develop our partnerships,
help each one of us to use the gifts you gave us
to nurture one another,
to serve the world and to live in harmony
with the whole of creation.
All of this we ask in the name of
Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The next meeting of the Parish Assembly will be on Thursday 14th June at 7.00pm. This meeting is also our Annual General Meeting.
Meetings of the Assembly are open to everyone in the parish, so please come along to hear reports from the Partnership Development Group, the Parish Pastoral Council, and other parish groups, as well as an update on parish finances. If you have any items for the agenda, please contact Cliona Kear, who is the secretary to the Assembly and PPC.
There will be a retiring collection after Mass today for the Diocesan Lay Training Fund. This is the fund which supports adult education and formation, equipping lay people to live out their vocation and mission, witness to the faith and take a full part in the life of the Church. Please support the collection as generously as you can.
Is the National Eucharistic Congress being held in Liverpool on 7-9 September. We have free places available for parishioners or students who wish to take part in the main event on Saturday 8th September – but you need to speak to Fr Andrew TODAY to secure your place.
We can’t see the Holy Spirit. In today’s First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Luke uses images to express what can’t be described literally: the reality of the coming of the Spirit. The Spirit’s coming ‘sounds like’ a powerful wind, and ‘seems like’ tongues of flame descending on the heads of the apostles. The Holy Spirit is not seen directly, but the Spirit’s actions are plain to see. The apostles are given power to witness to the Good News in all the languages of the world. The division of the human race into different languages and nations is overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit, as people from all parts of the world can hear and understand the apostles’ preaching. Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of truth. Paul, in the Second Reading, describes what the Spirit brings to the Christian community: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. If we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we will bear these fruits in our own communities, and we will be credible witnesses to Christ.
A presentation on Pope Francis’ new exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world. Given by Fr. Sean Hall on Thursday 24 May at 7.00pm, at Pauline Books and Media, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. Everyone is welcome.
During the season of Eastertide, we are encouraged to say the Apostles’ Creed at Mass. The text is below.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
(At the words that follow, up to and including the Virgin Mary, all bow.)
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the
from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.
Where is this?
We will publish the answer next week.