Easter Flowers

With Easter fast approaching please keep the Church flowers in mind. Any donations will be very welcome either through the donation box in the Porch or directly with Cliona Kear. Would you like to sponsor an arrangement in memory of a loved one, a birthday/anniversary or any event special to you? We are always open to ideas from parishioners. Please contact Cliona Kear on either 0191 386 3400 or e-mail c.m.kear@dunelm.org.uk Thank you.

Reading Group

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 20 March at 8pm in Orchard House, New Elvet. We will discuss Colm Toibin, Nora Webster. At the meeting we will be choosing the next two books.

When you reach the lobby read the instructions and dial 48 to be let in. For further information margaretharvey@uwclub.net or phone 0191 3840080. The group is open to all, parishioners, their friends, students of all varieties.

Planned Giving

Firstly, thank you to all who donate so generously to our parish. The set of planned giving envelopes for the new financial year is now available in named boxes in the porch for Gift Aid donors to pick up. There are also some unnamed boxes and people are free to take these but please add your name and contact details to the sheet nearby. If anybody wishes to know more about planned giving, envelopes, standing orders or Gift Aid, please contact Andy Doyle (andydoyle1066@sky.com or 0191 378 3660).

The kind of death he would die

Today’s Gospel begins with some “Greeks” – Greek-speaking Gentiles – asking to see Jesus. It seems that his mission is succeeding. The Good News is being heard, even beyond his own people. But Jesus sees very clearly that the time of his death is approaching. The chief priests and Pharisees are already plotting to kill him. His words to his disciples are both a warning of what is to come, and a prophecy. Of course, Jesus is troubled by the thought of suffering a violent death, but he chooses it freely, in obedience to his Father’s will. Through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, God will be glorified, and humanity will be saved from sin. His death will yield a rich harvest, opening up the way to eternal life for us all. Our celebration of Easter reminds us of the price that was paid to set us free from sin. The way to our salvation is through the suffering of Christ.

Lenten Prayer

During the season of Lent, we shall pray the Evening Prayer of the Church (Vespers) each Friday evening at 6:10pm. At 6:30pm, following Vespers, we shall also follow the Stations of the Cross using devotions both traditional and modern. Why not take up a discipline of prayer for this holy season and join us for one or both of these Lenten opportunities?

Step into the Light

The season of Lent is also the season of spring. The snow is gone – we hope! – and the world is coming back to life. The first flowers are peeping through, and the days are getting longer – less darkness and more light. Today’s Gospel links the ideas of light and life, when Jesus, speaking to the Jewish teacher Nicodemus, describes himself as the light that has come into the world, and as the one who brings eternal life for those who believe in him.

The light can make us uncomfortable. There are some parts of ourselves that we prefer to keep hidden. But we shouldn’t be afraid of the light. Jesus comes to bring mercy, not condemnation – life and not death. Israel’s dark time of exile ended when God showed mercy to his people. Now is the time for us to step out of the darkness of sin and sadness, into the light of God’s mercy.

Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker

A half-day of reflection and discussion. “The biggest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution that has to start with each one of us.” (Dorothy Day.) We would like to invite anyone who is interested in the work of Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin and the Catholic Worker to a morning of reflection and discussion in Durham about nonviolence, voluntary poverty, the Works of Mercy and houses of hospitality. For more information about the Catholic Worker: http://www.catholicworker.org/

To RSVP or for more information about the day contact Adam O’Boyle or Phil Watson (adam.oboyle@googlemail.com and Philip.Watson@tees.ac.uk). Please contact us if you are interested in the discussions but cannot make the day. Date: Saturday 24th March 2018, 9.30am – 1.30pm. Venue: St Antony’s Priory, Claypath, Durham, DH1 1QT.

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