A Glimpse of Glory

Jesus takes Peter, James and John, his closest disciples, up a mountain to pray. There, they share in an extraordinary experience: a glimpse of Jesus’ glory as the Son of God. The disciples see Jesus in conversation with two great figures, Moses and Elijah, representing the Law and the Prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures. And they hear the voice of God the Father from heaven. No wonder they are overwhelmed – and terrified.

Jesus has just told his disciples that he will have to suffer and die, before rising from the dead. After coming down from the mountain, he will begin his journey to Jerusalem, and to his passion and death. This vision of Jesus’ glory gives the disciples a glimpse of who he really is, and of his fidelity to his Father’s plan. Resurrection will come after death; glory will come after suffering. The Lord calls us, his disciples, to walk with him all the way to Calvary, so that we can share in his resurrection.

Lent 2019: Collections for Prisoners being released from Durham and Low Newton Prisons

Nepacs is a north east charity which has been supporting people affected by imprisonment for over 135 years. This Lent we would like to collect items for nepacs to make up Toiletry Packs for prisoners being released who are in particular need.  Our previous support to Low Newton has been greatly appreciated.

Useful items to contribute to the Toiletry Packs are toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, shower gel, soap, deodorant (roll-on or spray), flannels, combs and wet wipes. Packs for anyone who is homeless on their release also include socks, plasters, waterbottle/flask, bacterial gel, and a dry food pack (coffee, tea bags, hot chocolate powder, cup-a-soup, cereal bars, sugar, stirrer, Mars Bars).  In addition, the packs for HMP Low Newton need lip balm and Sanitary Pack (STs, tampons, panty liners), and those for HMP Durham need disposable razors and shaving foam.

Please put donations in the boxes in the narthex throughout Lent.

Lenten alms appeal

This Lent, we are asked to support the Hardship Fund of St Cuthbert’s Care. This allows the charity to offer financial assistance to older people who wish to live in one of their two Catholic nursing homes. You are also asked to consider giving some of your time to chat and share memories with residents. Volunteering can be so rewarding, and a friendly face and a smile can make a world of difference to residents who have few regular visitors. For more information, please contact Nicola Milne on 0191 242 4809 or nicola.milne@stcuthbertscare.org.uk

French Exchange

A French family (friends of Fr Jean-Baptiste and members of the Emmanuel Community) is hoping to arrange an exchange visit to England this June-July for their 15-year-old son. If you are interested in hosting their son for an exchange, please contact Mr & Mrs Bouvet directly on antoine.delphine.bouvet@gmail.com (Please note that the parish will not be responsible for the exchange, and no safeguarding checks have been carried out by the church.)

Events at Ushaw

Spirituality in Times of Trauma: A day led by Bishop John Wilson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, who will share his experience and insights on this subject. With workshops, space for reflection and a marketplace offering resources. Saturday 23 March at Ushaw College; 10.15am–3.30pm (refreshments from 9.45am.) Soup & roll lunch provided. To book, contact the Diocesan Department for Spirituality on 0191 243 3302 or email spirituality@diocesehn.org.uk

Edwin Bonney Organ Recital Series: Roger Muttitt, Director of Music, Durham School on Saturday 23 March at 2.00pm in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel. Recital includes the works of J.S. Bach, César Franck and Charles Ives. Retiring Collection. Refectory Café open 11.00am – 5.00pm.

Quiet Day at Ushaw: An opportunity to step aside, to listen to God in scripture and to enjoy the peace. Wednesday, 27th March: 10.30am to 4.00pm. Led by Sister Rosarie Spence. £10 per person, including coffee, tea and biscuits served both on arrival and to conclude the day. Lunch, with a delicious choice of great value home-made food, is available to purchase in the refectory. Bookings can be made on-line via Ushaw’s website (www.ushaw.org) or call 0191 3345119.

Events at Minsteracres

Lenten Quiet Day: An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. Wednesday 20 March, 10am-4pm, with lunch provided. Led by Sister Sheila McNamara RSCJ. Suggested donation: £20. (Also on Wednesday 27 March, led by Sister Anne McCarthy RSCJ.)er, Head of the Diocesan Department for Spirituality. Suggested donation: £20.

Finchale Partnership

The minutes of the recent meeting of the Partnership Development Group are on the noticeboard.  The meeting reviewed our progress against the Diocese’s list of ‘Partnership Must Haves’.  We also agreed our approach to Confirmation programmes for this year, and decided to set up a Partnership Facebook page and a new Liturgy group to organise Partnership level services.  The full minutes can also be found on the Partnership webpages.

New Bishop

Installation of Bishop Robert as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle:

Sunday 24th March, 4.30 pm; Solemn Vespers. Everybody in the Diocese is invited to attend.
Monday 25th March, 12 noon; Episcopal Installation Mass. Entry by invitation only, you will not be permitted to attend without a ticket.
Tuesday 26th March, 2.00 pm; Diocesan Schools Event. Diocesan schools will welcome Bishop Robert.

Please pray for Bishop Seamus and Bishop Robert as they each prepare for the next phase of their ministry.

Can you Help?

We always encourage volunteers to read, to welcome, to sing and to serve at Mass. However, we are now making a particular appeal for people to take the collection and to bring forward the bread and wine during Mass. This could be a real opportunity for young families to play a special part in our liturgy together but anybody is welcome. If you would like to help in our celebration of Mass in any of these ways, please speak to Fr Andrew, Andy Doyle or, if you are interested in joining the choir, Alison Purvis.

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