Freshers’ Week is coming up. If you can bake some cakes or biscuits that we can use to tempt new students at the Freshers’ Fair, please bring them to St Cuthbert’s next Sunday, 29th September.
Will meet at Orchard House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3DB on Tuesday 24 September, at 8pm to discuss to discuss Adam Sisman, The Professor and the Parson. When you arrive at the front entrance to the house dial 47 to be let in. All are welcome. For more information please contact Margaret Harvey phone  3840080; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Canon Bob Spence will be celebrating the Sunday Masses at St Cuthbert’s today. Please give him a warm welcome.
Thank you to all who supported the Shared Harvest on Sunday 8 September. £205.40 was raised for CAFOD.
Thank you for your continuing generosity towards the financial health of the parish. If you are part of our Gift Aid Scheme, please pick up your “statement of donations recorded” from the box in the narthex. If you have any questions or are not part of the Gift Aid Scheme but would like to know more, please speak to Andy Doyle (0798 543 4185 or email@example.com).
We are hoping to launch our next ‘Journey in Faith’ programme in October in which people who are considering baptism or reception into the Church or simply want to learn more of what it means to be a Catholic can come together to explore our faith. If you would be interested in coming along, please contact Fr Andrew or Andy Doyle (in person or via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0798 543 4185). We generally meet on Tuesday evenings, between 7pm and 8:30pm.
Today’s parable is a difficult one to understand and interpret. The steward is in a position of trust, and he uses his position dishonestly for his own benefit. Yet he is praised ‘for his astuteness.’
We should consider the situation of Jesus’ disciples. They lived in a grossly unequal society, where working people were ruthlessly exploited and heavily taxed by those who were wealthy and powerful. The words of the prophet Amos, denouncing injustice against the poor, were still relevant in the Lord’s time. So perhaps those hearing the parable would assume that the master had acquired his wealth unjustly, and that the steward was simply redressing the balance in favour of the poor people who were in debt to him. Certainly, the master seems to act ruthlessly in sacking his steward after an accusation of dishonesty. The deeper message of the parable is that we cannot serve two masters. If money is our master, we will be ruthless and even dishonest in our pursuit of wealth. If we are true disciples of Christ – children of light – we will give money its proper importance, and use it for good and worthwhile purposes.
We will be hosting a showing of the film “Global Healing” (based on Pope Francis’s encyclical ‘Laudato si’) on Monday 21st October at 7:30pm. Discussion will be led by Dr Carmody Grey, Assistant Professor of Catholic Theology and entry is free but, as spaces will be limited, please contact Kirsty Thomas as soon as possible to book a place (email@example.com)
From the 13th Century to the 21st: An international conference hosted by the Centre for Catholic Studies in partnership with the Capuchin Franciscans of Great Britain, to mark the 800th anniversary of St Francis’ meeting with Sultan Malek Al-Kamil. In Durham, Tuesday 5 – Thursday 7 November. Deadline for registration is Monday 30 September. Centre for Catholic Studies email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0191 334 1656.
Walking Retreat: Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer, reflection and sharing of the beauty of creation. You will need suitable walking boots and warm, weatherproof clothing. Please bring a packed lunch.
This walking retreat will take place on Saturday 9th October starting at 10:00am and ending at 5:00pm. Suggested donation: £10
Quiet Day: Sr Rosarie Spence RSM.
An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquility at Minsteracres. Coffee and tea are provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
This retreat will take place on Wednesday 16 October from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Suggested donation: £15
The minutes of the recent meeting of the PPC are available on the website and on the noticeboard at the back of church.
The next meeting of the PPC is on 26 September. This is not an open meeting (the next open meeting will be on 7 November), but if you have any items you would like the PPC to include on their agenda, please contact Cliona Kear on either 386 3400 or email@example.com
Thank you to all who supported and contributed to the cake sale two weeks ago. £135.67 was raised in total.
Is today and there is a retiring collection in support. The Home Mission Office is a national organisation that helps the local Church engage in the vital mission of evangelisation. On Home Mission Sunday, they ask for our prayers and our financial support. Our prayers help them to be attentive to the Holy Spirit who directs their work and our donations to the collection will enable them to help the local Church share the joy of the Gospel throughout England and Wales. For more information about the Home Mission Office or to donate online please visit www.homemission.org.uk
Last Sunday Martin Donbavand completed the Great North Run in 2 hours, 38 minutes and 48 seconds! Martin would like to thank everybody in St Cuthbert’s parish for sponsoring him and supporting his good cause. If you would like to donate but haven’t yet please see Liz Donbavand.
Last week’s picture was the statue of Our Lady standing at the foot of the cross above the altar.
This afternoon (Sunday 15th September), we open our church and community to all our friends from across the Finchale Partnership. This is the fourth of a series of Partnership Open Afternoons where we have an opportunity to welcome each other, to share something of our life together and to have a chat and some simple refreshments. Please do come along anytime between 2pm and 4pm.
Will be celebrating the Sunday Masses at St Cuthbert’s on Sunday 15th and Sunday 22nd September. Please give him a warm welcome.
Jesus continues his journey to Jerusalem. Great crowds of people are with him, but perhaps Jesus suspects that the people in the crowds have not understood the radical and challenging nature of his teaching. Jesus knows what awaits him in the capital city. He will take up his cross and go to his death. He will give his life to save us from our sins. So Jesus warns the crowds that anyone who wants to be his disciple must be ready to take up their own cross; to give up everything that is an obstacle to following him. Jesus’ disciples must be ready to give up possessions, the bonds of family and friendship, and even life itself if necessary. The parables of the tower and of the king preparing for war illustrate the need to consider seriously the cost of becoming a disciple of Christ. The Lord may ask us for everything, because he gives us everything.
A Day of Reflection for All Ministries. At Ushaw College, Saturday 28 September, 10.30am – 3.30pm. Led by Fr Mark Millward, Dean of the Benedict Partnership (n.b. this is a repeat of the day offered in May.) Registration and refreshments from 9.45am. Tea, Coffee and a light lunch will be provided. Booking is essential: contact the Parish Office if you wish to take part.
A book by Fr Paul Zielinski, telling the story of the saint martyred at Gateshead in 1594. On sale here at St Cuthbert’s, price £5.99.