Near Preston, Lancs, on Saturday 24 June (Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist.) Cost £20 approx. Rosary and packed lunch required. For details please contact Jose Blay on 0191 2678693 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monthly diocesan youth event for young people in school Year 9 and up. Live music, praise and worship, prayer, reflection and social time. Wednesday 3 May, 7:00-8:30pm in St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle (next to Central Station.)
In response to feedback from Forward Together in Hope, there will be a day on the Ministry of Consolation, focusing on support for people and their families during terminal illness, or the journey through dementia. At Ushaw College, Saturday 10 June, 10:00 for 10:30am start. There is no charge for the day, but booking is essential, no later than Friday 2 June. Contact email@example.com or 0191 243 3302.
What Aristotle doesn’t know about the Common Good, by Dr Patrick Riordan SJ of Heythrop College. Wednesday 10 May, 5.30-7.00pm, at Abbey House, Palace Green, Durham.
Squabbling, Babbling, Feeling: What did exile do to early modern Catholics from Britain and Ireland? Prof John McCafferty of University College Dublin. Thursday 4 May: drinks reception at 5.30pm, lecture 6.00-7.15pm.
The Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Prof Gerard Kelly (Catholic Institute of Sydney.) Here at St Cuthbert’s on Monday 8 May: drinks at 5.30pm, paper and discussion 5.45-7.15pm. Everyone is welcome.
The two disciples walking to Emmaus know all the facts about Jesus: where he came from, what he said and did, and the circumstances of his terrible death. They even know about the empty tomb. But the story makes no sense to them. To follow Jesus, and be one of his disciples, was exciting and life-giving: but now, it all seems to have ended badly. The adventure is over, and the disciples are leaving Jerusalem, sad and downcast.
In the time that Jesus spends with the two disciples – unrecognised – he changes everything for them. He opens the Scriptures and explains the prophecies that were pointing to him. He makes their hearts burn within them. Finally, they recognise Jesus when he breaks the bread for them.
Knowing about Jesus can never be enough for a disciple. The facts alone won’t change our lives. But when we encounter the risen Christ in person, then it will begin to make sense, and our hearts will burn within us. Jesus is walking with us on the journey of life, even if we don’t recognise him. We meet him as the first disciples did, in the Word of God, and when he feeds us in the Eucharist.
The Reading Group will meet on Tuesday 16 May to discuss Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad, and on Tuesday 27 June, to discuss Hans Fallada, Alone in Berlin.
Meetings are at 8pm at Orchard House, New Elvet. If you go to the front entrance, read the notice and dial 48 to be let in.
The group is open to all and new members are welcome. For further information Contact Margaret Harvey . tel 0191 3840080 or firstname.lastname@example.org
James Fletcher, a student in Durham University’s Department of Theology and Religion, will be attending some of our Sunday Masses over the next few weeks, as part of a research project. If you have any questions about James’ research, please speak to him or to Fr Andrew.
Is our diocesan fund to care for retired priests. The NBF appeal continues until 14 May. Please give as generously as you can, to support those priests who have served our diocese for many years.