To all those who volunteered to staff St Cuthbert’s for the Heritage Open Days. We welcomed 66 people, some of whom were visiting for the very first time. Many shared their stories with us and all were grateful that they could spend some time in our welcoming and beautiful church. Thank you again!


Journey in Faith

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 Andy Doyle (in person or via or 0798 543 4185) so that we can decide whether a programme will be viable.

Film & Pizza Night: Take Two!

Following the IT difficulties we encountered a couple of months ago, we’re going to try again! Our next film and pizza night is on Friday 28 September, with doors opening at 6:30pm and the screening beginning about 7pm. We will be showing the 1953 film “Roman Holiday”, starring Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn and a Vespa scooter! The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, with Audrey Hepburn winning as Best Actress (and Vespa scooters enjoying record sales after the film’s release!) All are very welcome.

Calling keycard holders…

Due to a fault the electronic lock on the gate to the passage behind the church has been changed. Holders of keycards will need to have their cards re-enabled for the new lock. Simply pop into the Parish Office with your keycard during office hours.

 Monday 8:30am – 4:00pm, Tuesday 9:15am – 2:15pm
and Friday 8:30am – 3:00pm.


Jesus is trying to prepare his disciples for what awaits him in Jerusalem; betrayal, condemnation and death. But they still don’t get it, even after all the time that they have spent living with him and hearing his teaching. Instead of following his example of humility, they are doing the very opposite; jockeying for position, arguing over which of them is the greatest. And so a little child becomes Jesus’ helper in making his point to the disciples. In the kingdom of God, a leader must be a servant of all. Jesus’ disciples must have a special care for the vulnerable, the little ones without status or power. Today’s Gospel challenges us to purify the Church from all traces of elitism and ambition. The Church exists to serve God’s little ones.

The Event is Back

Held monthly at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn between 6.00 – 7.30pm, is free and welcomes all young people from years 5, 6, 7 and 8. Parents, teachers, parishioners and clergy are also welcome. The next Event will be held on Wednesday 17th October. For further details or to book your place please email Andrew Young on or call him on 07868 155298. Numbers are required for catering.

Durham Martyrs Youth Ministry

Durham Martyrs would like to invite young people from across the Partnership to come along to one of the groups at Durham Martyrs Parish to make new friends, share a meal and take some time out. There are three groups, for three different age ranges:

Base Camp – For school years 4 and 5 – Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:30pm

Signpost – For school years 6, 7 and 8 – Thursdays 5 – 7pm

Frontier – For school years 9 – 13 – Wednesdays 7 – 9pm

All groups will meet in the Jubilee Room at St Joseph’s Church, Mill Lane, Gilesgate, Durham, DH1 2JG. Entry is £1.50 and includes a meal.

DCMA Organ Workshop Tour

Harrison & Harrison organ builders, in conjunction with the Diocesan Church Music Association, are facilitating a tour of their workshops, new extension and organ building processes. Wednesday 3 October at 4:30pm, at Harrison & Harrison Ltd., St. John’s Road, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8YH. Booking is essential: please contact Alison Purvis by Friday 28 September or telephone 0191 3719184 to confirm attendance.

Who do you say i am?

Jesus asks his disciples, ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter has the right answer; Jesus is the Christ, God’s anointed one, the Messiah for whom Israel has been waiting. But Peter is shocked by what comes next. The Christ is destined for rejection, suffering and death. His model is the Suffering Servant, described in today’s First Reading from the prophet Isaiah, who trusts completely in God’s power to save him. Jesus makes it absolutely clear to his disciples, and to the people, that anyone who wants to be his follower must walk the same road that he does – the way of the Cross. No wonder Peter is horrified.

Christ’s disciples are not called to seek out suffering for its own sake, but to give ourselves to others with self-sacrificing love, and to accept patiently whatever difficulties life may bring us. There are many Christians whose lives are an inspiring example of Christ-like love and sacrifice. This is what we commit ourselves to as followers of Jesus. If, like Peter, we recognise Jesus as the Christ, then he calls us to take up our cross and follow him.

Friends of the Holy Land Talk

During World Week for Peace in Palestine, Durham Martyrs’ Justice and Peace Group is hosting a presentation by Mark McNally from ‘Friends of the Holy Land’ on Tuesday, 18 September at 7.30pm at St Joseph’s, Gilesgate after 7.00 pm Mass in the Jubilee Room. Friends of the Holy Land is a non-political charity which raises awareness of the plight of the Christian community there and provides financial assistance to help Christians build self-sufficient communities. Please come along to find out more about their vital work.

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