Christmas Morning

We are currently without an organist for Christmas Morning Mass. If you know of anyone, organist or pianist, who would be able to play at this Mass please ask them to contact Alison on 0191 3719184 or alisonpurvis1@hotmail.com
Also If there are any ex-choir members out there who would like to re-join for a short period and help us out over Advent/Christmas please get in touch!

Raffle

Congratulations to the winner of the hamper. We still need the winner of yellow ticket 689 for a bottle of wine. Please contact Cliona Kear on 0191 386 3400 or c.m.kear@dunelm.org.uk A very big “Thank You” to all who supported the raffle. In due course we will be getting some new flower arranging equipment. Please don’t miss the Christmas Tree Festival at Ushaw. St Cuthbert’s is represented there.

Advent Collection

In recent Advents, the parish raised enough money to populate a crib with cattle, goats, chickens, pigs and camels. This year we would like to raise money for birth certificates. A birth certificate costs £25, and is possibly the most valuable item a child could receive. When babies are born at home in poor, rural areas, it is too difficult to travel to register the birth. But a child without a birth certificate faces problems. In Zimbabwe, for example, children without a birth certificate cannot go to school, take exams, apply for an ID card, vote, or access many other basic essential services. Please support our appeal.

Prepare the Way

Luke introduces the ministry of John the Baptist by saying that ‘the Word of God came to John in the wilderness.’ John’s message is one of repentance; a radical change of heart and mind. Like the Old Testament prophets who went before him, John challenges the people to turn back towards God with their whole hearts. The promise is that repentance will bring forgiveness; God in his mercy will set his people free from their sins. John’s prophetic word is addressed to us, too. In Advent, we are challenged to repent and turn back to God. By our repentance, we prepare the path for the Lord, clearing away the obstacles that stand in his way, so that we will be ready to welcome the Son of God when he comes.

Film Night

Our seasonal film and pizza night is on Friday 21 December when we will be showing the 1947 triple Oscar winner ‘Miracle on 34th Street.’ Doors open at 6:30pm and the screening starts at 7pm in the Parish Room. All are welcome to this free event. Please feel free to bring drinks or snacks to share.

Aid to the Church in Need Appeal

“The attacks on Christians continue and the world remains totally silent. It is as if we have been swallowed up by the night”. So said an Iraqi Christian, sharing his story with Aid to the Church in Need. Today we welcome Mike Collins who will share with us some stories of hope, and of how this international Catholic charity is making a difference in the lives of our persecuted brothers and sisters. There will be range of products on sale after 10.00 Mass, some of which are made in Aleppo.

Hold Your Heads High

Today, the First Sunday of Advent, the Church begins a new year. Advent is a season of hope, expectation and patient waiting, as we prepare to greet the new-born Christ. For Christians, Christmas is the revealing of God’s eternal plan for the world. The Son of God comes into our world as one of us. The prophet Jeremiah promises that God will send a leader who will practise honesty and integrity, in contrast to the corrupt and vicious leaders who have brought suffering to the people of Israel. Jesus warns his disciples that they will face ‘earth-shattering’ events; but they can stand firm, if they have faith in him.
We too may face earth-shattering events, in our own lives or in the wider world. We can stand with confidence, if our lives are founded on faith in Christ. In Advent, we are invited to renew our commitment to him. May the Lord be generous in increasing our love, so that we will be ready to meet the King when he comes.

The Finchale Partnership – Advent Service

Please join us at Ushaw College for our Partnership Advent Service on Sunday 2nd December, at 4.00pm.  During the service we’ll be lighting the first candle of the Advent wreath in the magnificent surroundings of St Cuthbert’s chapel.  There’ll be drinks afterwards, and a treasure trail for the children. We’ll be taking a collection for the college (and please be generous as you will also have the opportunity to see the Christmas tree festival while you are there).

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