Congratulations to Grete, Ben and Emily, who make their First Holy Communion at the 10.00am Mass on Sunday, and to their families. Please join us for a small celebration in the Parish Room after Mass.
Sunday 17 June, 3.00-3.30pm, at the Memorial at the junction of Southfield Way (A691 and B6532.) This short ecumenical service to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Durham Martyrs Memorial will be followed by refreshments at St Cuthbert’s Church, North Road. (The Memorial is diagonally across from County Hall and is at the housing side of the Roundabout in the former Dryburn Hospital site.) Everyone is welcome.
Our next film and pizza night is on Friday 22 June, with doors opening at 6:30pm with the screening beginning about 7pm. We will be showing the 1953 film “Roman Holiday”, starring Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn and a Vespa scooter! The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, with Audrey Hepburn winning as Best Actress (and Vespa scooters enjoying record sales after the film’s release!) All are very welcome.
Will meet on Tuesday 19 June at 8pm at Orchard House, New Elvet, to discuss James Meek, Private Island.
We will also choose the books for our next meetings and fix where we would like to meet for a meal over the summer, Please contact Margaret Harvey for more details  3840080 or email email@example.com All are welcome.
From Sunday 24 June and throughout the summer, our 6:30 Mass becomes a quieter celebration. However, we do need volunteers to welcome, read, take the collection and minister Holy Communion. If you can help, whether from the parish or chaplaincy community, please sign up on the list on the noticeboards. Please don’t leave it to the few.
The kingdom of God is at the heart of Jesus’ teaching. Speaking to people living under the harsh and oppressive rule of the Roman Empire, Jesus teaches them in parables how different the world will be when God rules in the hearts of believers. The kingdom of God is a kingdom of justice, mercy and reconciliation. The two parables that we hear in today’s Gospel show us that the kingdom of God cannot be suppressed. The kingdom sprouts and grows, night and day. It grows like a mushroom bush, sprawling and spreading, impossible to root out. The seeds of the kingdom of God are our small acts of care and kindness – small expressions of faith. From such tiny seeds, God brings growth and fruitfulness beyond our imagination. This is what the kingdom of God is like.
Saturday 14 July will see the streets of Durham filled with people for Gala Day. As usual, we will be serving refreshments to help with our fundraising for charity and to offer a slightly quieter place for people to sit and relax. We will need items to sell and, just as importantly, lots of people to sell them! Please do sign up as soon as you can if you can offer a couple of hours on the day and/or some cakes, drinks or other produce.
Durham Martyrs are celebrating 5 years as one Parish with Mass on Thursday 21 June at 7pm in St Godric’s Church, with the official debut of “The Mass of the Durham Martyrs” composed by talented parishioner Roger McKone.
This year’s pilgrimage to Holy Island with Churches Together in Elvet & Shincliffe takes place on Saturday 1 September. A coach will leave the student union building at Dunelm House at 9am arriving back at Durham in the early evening having returned via Seahouses. Unfortunately, the fares have had to be increased this year and will be £12.50 for adults and £10.00 for children. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
For more details and booking forms please see the notice board in the narthex.
From 30 June – 8 July, people in all corners of the country are preparing to Speak Up on climate change and renewable energy to their MPs. You are invited to hold a climate change event and to invite your MP to come along. It could be anything from a pub quiz, a climate bake-off or a climate Q&A. This is your opportunity to make sure that the concerns of the world’s poorest people are on your MP’s agenda. Find out more at https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Power-to-be/Week-of-Action
Responding to the refugee crisis with CAFOD. Join with Durham Martyrs parish in a walk on Saturday 23 June, leaving St Joseph’s, Gilesgate after 10.00am Mass, to St Cuthbert’s, St Godric’s and St Bede’s presbytery. Booking essential: contact Durham Martyrs Parish Secretary on 0191 384 3810.
Will be holding a recording of modern worship songs at the Church of St Thomas the Martyr, Newcastle, on Thursday 5 July, 6.30-9.30pm. Fr Andrew has details, if you’re interested in taking part.
Faith in Food: Living in an age of degraded industrial food, depleted soil and an epidemic of food-related illnesses we explore what this means for people of faith. In the peaceful setting of our walled garden, at the height of the growing season, we embark on a spirited inquiry into the future of our food through story, engaging visuals, group work, quiet reflection, gentle ritual and the joyful sharing of food. Friday 22-Sunday 24 June. Cost £130.
from your abundant grace,
pour out afresh your Holy Spirit upon our Diocese.
As we build on the deep foundations of faith
laid by the countless saints of these Northern lands,
by Aidan and Cuthbert, Hilda and Bede,
may our Partnerships continue the mission
of building your Kingdom on the earth:
to give living witness to your love,
and to your compassion and hope for our world.
We pray in trustful confidence
that your power working in us
can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.
Through the same Christ our Lord,
Thursday 21st June is the 450th Anniversary of the birth of Aloysius Gonzaga.
The Junior House Chapel at Ushaw was dedicated to the young Saint and his feast was celebrated as a Playday.
Mass will be celebrated in St Joseph’s Chapel, Ushaw, on Thursday 21st June at 12.30pm
Where is this?
We will publish the answer next week!
Last week’s picture was a detail from the ambo, which is the work of Fenwick Lawson
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to come, and pass the word to any alumni you know who may not have received the invitation.
Jesus’ public ministry has only just begun, and already great crowds of people are following him, to hear his teaching and to seek healing from illness, disability or possession by demons. But others are not so sure. Jesus’ relatives, motivated by love and concern for him, are afraid that he must be out of his mind. Why else would he leave behind home and family for the life of a wandering rabbi? The scribes, meanwhile, are blinded by jealousy when they declare that Jesus’ power over devils can only come from Beelzebul, the prince of devils himself.
Jesus’ response to the scribes is to point to the fruits of his ministry. How can Satan cast out Satan? Jesus’ healing power comes from the Holy Spirit. And even for his own family, Jesus has a challenging reply. Anyone who hears his words and does his Father’s will is his mother, sister or brother. His disciples are his family. Jesus models for us a love that is inclusive and uncompromising – and he asks us to follow his example. What might be obstructing us from responding to Christ’s call?