The Church is offering support to EU citizens living in the UK and concerned about the effect of Brexit on their situation. You can find important information at www.eurights.uk
There is a meeting this week on Thursday evening. If there is anything which you would like the PPC to discuss please contact Cliona Kear by Tuesday evening – firstname.lastname@example.org or 0191 386 3400.
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.
Will be on Wednesday 3rd April at 7.00pm, at St Joseph’s, Gilesgate.
There will be a delicious soup lunch every Friday during Lent, after 12.15pm Mass in St Cuthbert’s presbytery.
We are all invited to gather at St Cuthbert’s for the final 3 Tuesdays of Lent. On 2nd and 9th April, we will be screening two thought-provoking films showing very different perspectives on community and sacrifice. On 2nd, we will be showing “Of Gods and Men”, inspired by the story of Trappist monks martyred for their faith in Algeria in 1986 and beatified in December 2018. This film is in French with sub-titles. On 9th, we will be screening “No Greater Love” showing the life of a cloistered community of Carmelite nuns. Both films won several awards. On 16th April, we shall share an ecumenical Way of the Cross, drawn from the community of Iona. All events begin at 6:45pm.
Jesus speaks to the crowd about two shocking incidents. A group of worshippers have been slaughtered by Pilate’s troops while offering sacrifice to God; and a tower has collapsed and killed eighteen people. It was commonplace in Jesus’ time to believe that such misfortunes were God’s punishment for sin, but Jesus rejects that idea. His Father is a loving God, who desires that every one of his children should live and flourish. But in our fallen world, life is fragile. We do not know the day or the hour when God will call us out of this world. And so Jesus uses these examples to teach the people to repent. Repentance is a change of heart and mind – a turning back to God – a reorientation of our whole lives. Repentance brings fruits of faith, hope and love. The season of Lent is a time for repentance. As in the parable of the unfruitful fig tree, God gives us the opportunity to repent and be fruitful. Now is the time.
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!
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 email@example.com
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.
Our diocesan event for young people in school Year 9 and above. An evening of music, faith, prayer, inspiration, meeting people, sharing faith and much more. Wednesday 3rd April, 7.00-8.30pm, at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Please note that the parish will not be responsible for the exchange, and no safeguarding checks have been carried out by the church.)
‘God is ripening’ – The spirituality of ‘The Book of Hours.’ A day of reflection on the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, led by Patrick Woodhouse. Wednesday 3rd April, 10am-4pm. Suggested donation: £30.
Life at Ushaw: Mass will be celebrated in St Cuthbert’s Chapel, on Friday 29th March at 11.30am, before the unveiling of the latest exhibition – Life at Ushaw. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in attending.
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.
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.
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.