Welcome to fr. Becket Soule OP

We are joined at St Cuthbert’s over the next two months by fr. Becket Soule OP of the Dominican Province of St Joseph in the United States. Fr. Becket is Professor of Canon Law at the Pontifical University Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio; he is in Durham as a visiting fellow at the Centre for Catholic Studies. A very warm welcome to fr. Becket!

If only you knew what I was offering you

If only you knew what I was offering you is a day of reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. It is led by Pat Kennedy and takes place at St Aloysius, Prince Consort Road, Hebburn, NE31 1BE on Saturday 2 July 2016, 10.30am – 3.30pm. Cost: £7.50.

This day fulfils the undertaking made by Extraordinary Ministers to attend an annual day of recollection. To book a place contact Ciara in the Parish Office on office@stcuthberts-durham.org.uk by Monday 27 June.

Ministries at Sunday 6:30pm Mass over the summer

During the long summer vacation (i.e. from Sunday 26 June until Sunday 2 October) the Sunday 6:30pm Mass becomes a much quieter affair as many students leave Durham. We need people (whether remaining students, or longer-term residents; whether you are a “regular” at this Mass, or at another) to take on those ministries normally looked after by students during term time: to welcome into the church, to read, to help with the collection and (if qualified) to act as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.

If you can help, please sign up on the list at the back of the church, or get in touch with Ciara (Parish Secretary) on office@stcuthberts-durham.org.uk, noting how you can help and when you are available. Thank you for your generosity!

St Peter and St Paul

The Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul, 29 June, is a Holy Day of Obligation when the Church asks Catholics to participate in the celebration of Mass. At St Cuthbert’s a Vigil Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday 28 June at 6:30pm and Mass of the day on Wednesday 29 June at 12:15pm.

Please note that these will be the only Masses on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 June.

A prayerful and thoughtful vote

The UK faces a momentous choice on Thursday 23 June: on that all sides of the debate can agree. While there isn’t an official Catholic position on whether the UK should remain in the European Union or leave, there are certainly important Catholic principles which should guide our decision.

When making moral choices – i.e. choices about how to act – we are called to make decisions in conscience. That doesn’t mean following some sort of gut feeling, but making reasoned and properly informed choices.

We should, of course, begin our deliberation in prayer: asking that we may be filled with the wisdom and prudence of the Holy Spirit as we weigh up the arguments and come to a decision.

We must make sure that we are informed about the arguments on both sides, and can separate the substantive reasoning from the unsubstantiated speculation and emotional manipulation which so often afflicts political campaigning.

And we must remember that we, the people, are given authority in this matter not just to serve our own individual ends, but in order to serve the common good: the good of the community, whether local, national, European or worldwide. Whether or not we remain part of the EU, we remain part of the communities of our continent and our planet. We must strive so that all these communities may flourish, not merely economically, but in justice, in peace, in solidarity and in everything that leads to true human fulfilment.

Prayer, careful consideration and the common good: these must lie behind our votes on Thursday.

Find out more at www.catholicnews.org.uk/eu-referendum

Last Holy Half Hour and mid-week Sung Mass

The last Holy Half Hour of the academic year will take place on Wednesday 22 June before the 7pm Mass – after the celebration of Vespers at 6:15pm, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and there is opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance (Confession). All are welcome to come along for this time of quiet prayer and reflection before a simple sung Mass.

Time will tell…

A Catholic Social Thought and Practice Lecture will be delivered by Prof Martin Daunton (Cambridge) on Time will tell: thinking about intergenerational justice on Monday 20 June 2016, 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Pemberton Lecture Room (PG20), Palace Green.

Please contact Jane Lidstone if you wish to attend – ccs.admin@durham.ac.uk or telephone 0191 334 1656. Booking is preferred, though not essential.

Ushaw Lecture: Stained Glass

Dr Claire Daunton (Cambridge) will deliver an Ushaw Lecture Mediaeval Stained Glass and Pugin’s neo-Gothic Designs on Tuesday 21 June.

Drinks Reception, 5:30pm; lecture 6:00pm-7.15pm
Venue: Ushaw College

All are welcome; registration is required. To book a place please email Dr Hannah Thomas, hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk or telephone Dr Jane Lidstone on 0191 334 1656. If you need help with transport to and from Ushaw College, please mention this when booking and book by 9am on Friday 17 June.

Parish Reading Group

The parish reading group  have arranged to meet for a meal together at The Rose Tree in Shincliffe at 7.30pm on 24 June. Please contact Margaret Harvey (margaretharvey@uwclub.net  or 0191 3840080) if you would like to go.

Future meetings of the reading group will be at 25 Orchard House at 8pm on the following dates:

16 August to discuss J.R.R. Tolkien, Tree and Leaf

25 October to discuss Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch

6 December to discuss Michael Frame, Sweet Dreams.

Calling keycard holders…

Due to a fault the electronic lock on the gate to the passage behind the church has been changed. Holders of keycards will need to have their cards re-enabled for the new lock. Simply pop into the Parish Office with your keycard during office hours or ask fr. Ben after Mass or some other convenient time.

A reminder for those who don’t (yet) have keycards: students and parishioners can request a keycard to access Parish/Chaplaincy facilities for a £10 deposit. Contact Ciara in the Parish Office (office@stcuthberts-durham.org.uk) for your card.

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