Bishop Robert will be visiting the Finchale Partnership on Wednesday 10th April, and the day will end with Mass in Ushaw College Chapel at 7:00pm. Put the date in your diary now!
The quiz night last Saturday was a huge success. Martin would like to thank veryone who contributed in any way. A grand total of £450.95 was raised.
The patron of our parish and our diocese, is this Wednesday, 20th March. Please join us if you can for Mass at 7.00pm.
There will be a delicious soup lunch every Friday during Lent, after 12.15pm Mass in St Cuthbert’s presbytery.
If you can make soup, bring bread or help to set up, then please sign up on the noticeboard in the narthex.
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.
Can you spare an hour or more to help get the Church and Parish Room ready for Holy Week and Easter? We will be having a spring clean on Saturday 13th April from about 10:30am and if you can help, please do come along.
If you can help with welcoming, reading or administering Holy Communion at our Easter services, please sign up on the rota on the noticeboard as soon as you can. We need lots of volunteers to ensure that our liturgies are celebrated with dignity and joy without overloading our ministers.
If you would be willing to take part in the foot-washing which is part of the Mass on Holy Thursday evening, then also sign up on the list on the noticeboard or let Fr Andrew or Andy Doyle know as soon as possible. Many thanks.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Will be on Wednesday 3rd April at 7.00pm, at St Joseph’s, Gilesgate.
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 email@example.com (Please note that the parish will not be responsible for the exchange, and no safeguarding checks have been carried out by the church.)
Catholic Medical Association North-East branch will meet at St Cuthbert’s on Thursday 21st March at 7.15pm. There will be a talk and discussion on ‘Challenges facing Catholics in Healthcare in 2019,’ with light refreshments and an opportunity to meet and socialise. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
The Centre for Catholic Studies Conference, The Franciscan Legacy from the 13th Century to the 21st will be held in Durham in November 2019. Proposals for papers are invited now – see noticeboard for details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Our Journey in Faith session this week (on Tuesday at 7pm in the Parish Room) will explore our hope for eternal life.
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.
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.