Cake sale, Sunday 27 May

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!

Special SVP Appeal

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 Toni’s employer has unexpectedly withdrawn the promised sponsorship, leaving Toni unable to continue his studies unless he can offer the university some acceptable part payment of fees by 2nd June.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.

God is Love

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.

partnership prayer

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.
Amen

Parish Assembly and AGM

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.

Lay Training Fund

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.

Adoremus

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.

The work of the spirit

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.

Apostles’ Creed

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
Father almighty;
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.

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