Handover arrangements

fr. Tony will be moving to St Dominic’s, Newcastle in the coming week, and will continue to work at Durham Prison from there.

fr. Ben’s last Sunday at St Cuthbert’s will be Sunday 4 September. After the 10.00am Mass there will be a barbecue to wish him well for the future – donations of food and drink will be very welcome on the day. He will depart after celebrating the 9:15am Mass on Monday 5 September.

Fr Andrew Downie will move in to the Presbytery the same day, with his first Sunday being 11 September.

Shared Harvest

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Image courtesy of freefoto.com

Our annual Shared Harvest will take place on Sunday 11 September.
Please bring the fruits of your summer that you wish to share with the parish community; that may be flowers and plants you have grown, fruit and vegetables you have nurtured or your own home-made jams, chutney, cakes and cordials.

The sale will be taking place in the parish room after the 10:00am Mass. Cakes and scones will be sold with the usual teas and coffees.

Heritage Open Day and Steeplechase

hods-logo-182On Saturday 10 September, between 10:00am and 4:00pm, our church will be taking part in the national Heritage Open Day and Northumbria Historic Churches Steeplechase. The church will be open to visitors, a small exhibition will be in place and light refreshments will be available. If you could help staff the church for 30 minutes or more during the day, then please sign up on the list on the noticeboard or contact Andy Doyle (andydoyle1066@sky.com).

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

Anyone keen on deepening their understanding of the Catholic faith and passing it on, and in particular aspiring teachers interested in teaching in a Catholic school in the future should consider the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS). The certificate is also very useful for those engaged or interested in youth work or catechesis.

The CCRS is awarded for successful study of eight modules offered by various dioceses and distance-learning centres part-time over two to five years; attending individual modules without proceeding to the certificate is possible and may be helpful.

Details of the modules offered by the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle are available at www.edurcdhn.org.uk/courses/courses_ccrs.php and information about the CCRS nationally is available at www.brs-ccrs.org.uk.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the CCRS programme is welcome to attend the free CCRS Information event at St Cuthbert’s House, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 7PY on Monday 12 September 2016, 5:00pm-6:30pm. Please contact Eamon Diffley (eamonn.diffley@diocesehn.org.uk) to book a place.

From Parish to Partnership

Following the Open Meeting on Wednesday 27 July, when we gathered to look at the feedback from the Diocese on our parish submission and looked at what is meant by “area partnership”, there will be a further meeting on Wednesday 17 August in the Parish Room after the 7:00pm Mass.

At this meeting we will begin our work in approaching “area partnership” – which local parishes we would be working together with, how we imagine work together and what changes would be necessary. Fr Andrew Downie, who will join us as Parish Priest and University Chaplain in September, will be present for this meeting.

All members of our worshipping community are warmly invited.

More information is available on the Diocesan website hope.rcdhn.org.uk and our parish website at www.stcuthberts-durham.org.uk/ftih.

Fortnightly bulletins

During the school summer holidays, bulletins are being issued fortnightly instead of weekly: i.e. the bulletin for Sunday 14 August will also cover Sunday 21 August. Weekly bulletins will resume on Sunday 28 August. Please make sure any items for the bulletin reach the Parish Office by the Friday morning preceding publication.

For the most up-to-date information please refer to the parish website, www.stcuthberts-durham.org.uk.

Events Group

The Parish “Events Group” will meet after the 10:00 Mass on Sunday 31 July 2016, over tea and coffee in the Parish Room: if you have ideas for social events or can give a little of your time to building up our community together, please come along.

Foster Carers Needed

St Cuthbert’s Care fostering agency, Fostering North East, desperately needs more foster carers to provide stable, loving homes for children in the region.

If you think you could foster a child or are interested in finding out more about fostering, you can go along and meet the team for an informal chat at the Farmers’ Market in Market Square, Durham on Thursday 21 July between 10:30am and 2:00pm.

If you can’t go along on the day, but would still like to know more about fostering, please visit www.fosteringnortheast.org.uk or ring Fostering North East Operations Manager Joann Gibson on 0191 2280111 or email joann.gibson@fosteringnortheast.org.uk

Visiting Friars

In advance of taking up his new role as Procurator General of the Order of Preachers, fr. Ben is away at the Order’s General Chapter in Bologna until 5 August. Please keep him and the members of the Chapter in your prayers.

While he is away, in addition to fr. Tony and fr. Becket, we welcome fr. Euan Marley of St Columba’s, Glasgow. Masses on Sunday 31 July by fr. Euan.

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