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Dominican Friar; Parish Priest, St Cuthbert's Durham

Last Holy Half Hour and mid-week Sung Mass

The last Holy Half Hour of the academic year will take place on Wednesday 22 June before the 7pm Mass – after the celebration of Vespers at 6:15pm, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and there is opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance (Confession). All are welcome to come along for this time of quiet prayer and reflection before a simple sung Mass.

Time will tell…

A Catholic Social Thought and Practice Lecture will be delivered by Prof Martin Daunton (Cambridge) on Time will tell: thinking about intergenerational justice on Monday 20 June 2016, 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Pemberton Lecture Room (PG20), Palace Green.

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.

Ushaw Lecture: Stained Glass

Dr Claire Daunton (Cambridge) will deliver an Ushaw Lecture Mediaeval Stained Glass and Pugin’s neo-Gothic Designs on Tuesday 21 June.

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 Friday 17 June.

Chaplaincy Mass of Thanksgiving, BBQ and Garden Party

The last Saturday of the University Term, 18 June 2016, sees a double celebration. At 12:15pm there will be a Mass of Thanksgiving for the academic year now ending. All are warmly invited.

The Mass will be followed by a barbecue and garden party for all members of the Chaplaincy past and present – current students and staff as well as alumni.

NB As a result of these celebrations, there will be no Mass at 9:15am on Saturday 18 June.

24-hour Vigil of Prayer

The Catholic Society is organising a 24-hour Vigil of Prayer starting with Mass at 12:15pm on Thursday 16 June and concluding with Mass at 12:15pm on Friday 17 June. The church will be open and the Blessed Sacrament exposed throughout the period, and the vigil will be punctuated by the celebration of the Divine Office and other prayers and devotions. The Vigil coincides with a “relay” vigil taking place around various churches of the Deanery and for which we are taking the “night shift!”.

While this is organised by the students, all from the Parish and Deanery (and beyond!) are warmly invited to join the vigil for as little or as long as possible. If you can commit to an hour (or more) before the blessed sacrament, please sign up on the list at the back of the church – we need to ensure that there are at least two people before the Blessed Sacrament throughout the vigil.

Thursday 16 June

12:15 Mass of Exposition
16:00-16:30 Taizé Prayer
17:00-18:00 Confession available
18:15-18:35 Vespers
20:00-20:30 Praise and Worship (quiet songs interspersed with silence)
22:00 Compline

Friday 17 June

07:30-07:50 Office of Readings
08:00-08:20 Lauds
12:00-12:10 Angelus and Benediction
12:15 Concluding Mass

For more details contact John Morris, CathSoc Prayer and Worship Secretary, on prayer@durhamcatholic.org.

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.