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Dominican Friar; Parish Priest, St Cuthbert's Durham

College Mass – University College

The 7:00pm Mass on Wednesday 8 June will be celebrated in the Tunstall Chapel of University College. All are welcome and warmly invited to the Mass. A member of the CathSoc Exec will be at the lodge to direct you to to the chapel.

Because of the college Mass there will be no “holy half hour” of Vespers, exposition and confessions at St Cuthbert’s that Wednesday evening.

Catholic Theology Research Seminar: World as Sacrament

Prof Stephan van Erp  (University of Leuven) will speak on “World as Sacrament: The Political Theology of the Church” at the Catholic Theology Research Seminar on Tuesday 7 June.

Venue: St Chad’s College, 18 North Bailey
5.15pm for drinks in the SCR; paper and discussion 5.30pm-7.00pm in the Chapel

A group will share a meal afterwards at a local restaurant.

All are welcome to attend. Please email ccs.admin@durham.ac.uk or call 0191 334 1656 if you wish to attend, noting whether or not you wish to dine afterwards.

Holy Island 2016

This year’s pilgrimage to Holy Island with Churches Together in Elvet & Shincliffe takes place on Saturday 11 June. A coach will leave the student union building at Dunelm House at 9:30am (please note this is a little later than in recent years) arriving back at Durham at about 8:00pm having travelled via Seahouses. Fares will be just £10.00 for adults and £8.00 for children so please book early to avoid disappointment.

More details and booking forms are on the noticeboard in the narthex.

Please note there is also a student residential retreat to Holy Island the same weekend. See www.lindisfarne2016.uk or the Chaplaincy noticeboard for more details.

EU Referendum Debate

Durham Churches Together is organising a debate on the EU Referendum at 7:30pm on Friday 27 May at 7:30pm in Durham Town Hall.

Speaking for “remain” are Roberta Blackman Woods MP, businessman David Teasdale and academic Marek Szablewski; for “leave”, Jonathan Arnott MEP, businessman Colin Moran and campaigner Ajay Jagota. The debate will be chaired by Rev. John Durell.

All are welcome.

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Women in Church

Karen Kilby, Bede Professor of Catholic Theology at the Centre for Catholic Studies, will give a talk entitled Women in the Church on Wednesday 25 May at 7.00pm in St Godric’s Church. It is hoped this will be the first of what will become an annual event. All welcome.

Ushaw Lecture: English Secular Priesthood

Dr Judith Champ (Oscott College) will deliver an Ushaw Lecture The English Secular Priesthood: History, identity and renewal on Thursday 26 May.

Mass (celebrated by Bishop Séamus Cunningham), 4:15pm; Drinks Reception, 5:30pm; lecture 6:00pm-7.15pm
Venue: Ushaw College

All are welcome; registration is required. To book a place please email Dr Hannah Thomas, hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk or telephone Dr Jane Lidstone on 0191 334 1656. If you need help with transport to and from Ushaw College, please mention this when booking and book by 9am on Tuesday 24 May.

Celebration of Marriage

Bishop Séamus will celebrate Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday 14th May at 11.00am to give thanks for the Sacrament of Marriage. He has invited each parish community to be represented by two couples, young or old, newly married or celebrating a significant anniversary. This promises to be a wonderful celebration and will provide affirmation and support for Marriage across the diocese and to the wider North-East community.

If you would be interested in representing St Cuthbert’s Parish, please get in touch with fr. Ben: but the Mass is open to all.

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What has Christianity to do with welfare?

A Catholic Social Thought and Practice Lecture will be delivered by Nick Spencer (Research Director, Theos – www.theosthinktank.co.uk) on What has Chrstianity to do with welfare? on Thursday 12 May 2016, 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Senate Suite, University College.

Please contact Jane Lidstone if you wish to attend – ccs.admin@durham.ac.uk or telephone 0191 334 1656. Booking is preferred, though not essential.

Collection for People of Ukraine

Pope Francis recently said: “My thought goes to all the populations who thirst for reconciliation and peace. I think in particular, here in Europe, of the tragedy of those who are suffering the consequences of violence in Ukraine: of those who remain in lands shocked by the hostilities which have already caused thousands of deaths, and of those — over a million — forced to flee from the grave situation which is ongoing. It involves above all elderly people and children. Besides accompanying them with my constant thoughts and with my prayers, I have decided to promote humanitarian support in their favour. For this purpose, a special collection will be taken up in all Catholic Churches in Europe… I invite the faithful to join in this initiative with a generous contribution. This act of charity, in addition to alleviating material suffering, seeks to express my personal closeness and solidarity and that of the entire Church. I sincerely hope that it may help to promote, without further delay, peace and respect for law in that land so afflicted.” (Regina Caeli, 3 April 2016)

The collection requested by the Pope will be taken in this diocese on Sunday 1 May. Please give generously.

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Catholic Theology Research Seminar: Trinity as Comedy

Dr Marcus Pound will speak on “Trinity and Comedy” at the Catholic Theology Research Seminar on Tuesday 3 May.

5.15pm for drinks; seminar 5.30pm-7.00pm
Venue: Seminar Room C, Abbey House.

A group will share a meal afterwards at a local restaurant.

All are welcome to attend. Please email ccs.admin@durham.ac.uk or call 0191 334 1656 if you wish to attend, noting whether or not you wish to dine afterwards.

Looking forward from Easter

Come the fifth Sunday of Easter it may be that our paschal joy is beginning to wear a bit thin. But we have pointers in this Sunday’s readings that direct us beyond this time of rejoicing; indeed beyond any joys of this world.

Jesus reminds us in the gospel that he “shall not be with you much longer” – even though he rises from the dead, he does not remain here with us. He will pass from this world; but that is not the end of the story. As the risen Christ is transformed, so we look forward to a transformation of all humanity and of the world itself: “a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev 21:1).

Only then will we see the God living with us and an end to sadness (Rev 21:3). Only then will we have what the Catechism calls “the final realisation of the unity of the human race, which God willed from creation” (CCC 1045). The Church here and now is a sign of that destiny: we are already God’s people, but our whole communion here and now points to the much greater reality of the vision of God and the transformation even of the universe.

We rightly rejoice, then, that Christ is risen; but we look forward to experiencing the fullness of a joy of which we will never be bored.

Events Group

The Parish “Events Group” will meet after the 10:00 Mass on Sunday 24 April 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.

Ushaw Lecture: Catholic Martyrdom

Prof Michael Questier (Queen Mary University of London) will deliver an Ushaw Lecture Catholic Martyrdom in Late Elizabethan England on Tuesday 26 April.

5.30pm for drinks; lecture 6:00pm-7.15pm
Venue: Ushaw College

All are welome; registration is required. To book a place please email Dr Hannah Thomas, hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk or telephone Dr Jane Lidstone on 0191 334 1656. If you need help with transport to and from Ushaw College, please mention this when booking.

Celebrating God’s Mercy

Year of Mercy LogoOn Thursday 28 April at 7:00pm St Joseph’s, Gilesgate, Durham will host our Deanery Service for the Year of Mercy entitled Celebrating God’s Mercy. The Sacrament of Penance (Confession) will be available with priests from across the Deanery.

In preparation for this initiative, Jeremy Cain from the Diocesan Evangelisation Team will be speaking briefly at the end of Masses on Sunday 17 April.

Bishop Séamus writes:

“God’s mercy is for all people and he wants everyone
to come to him with trust and confidence.
The mercy of Jesus is kind and understanding;
now is the time; it is never too late; he forgives all things.
Let his gentle healing put your worries to rest.”