All posts by Margaret Doyle

CHRISTMAS FILM & PIZZA NIGHT

 

On Friday 15th December, we will be showing the ‘3 Godfathers’ starring John Wayne. This 1948 Western retells the story of the Three Wise Men and director John Ford shows how “even men of dissolute character can follow the inner star of Bethlehem to their own redemption.”

Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm showing. All parishioners and students are very welcome.

Parish trip to Rome

Our parish trip to Rome will be taking place just after Easter 2018.  There are still places left on the trip if you would like to join us.  It would be very helpful if you could contact Margaret Doyle in the next few weeks, so that we can confirm the numbers and offer any spare places to the other parishes in our partnership.

There will be some tours and visits to the key sights, but also plenty of time to relax, and the opportunity to get to know each other.  We will be travelling on Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday) and staying in Rome for a week.  The cost is £956.00 per person (based on 2 sharing), on a half board basis, including 2 half day tours around Rome.  We are also planning a day trip to Assisi.

Please contact Margaret on 0191 3783660 or margaretdoyle1066@sky.com, for more information or a booking form.

Advent and Christmas at St Cuthbert’s

 

Tuesday 12th December at 6:30pm Carols by Candlelight followed by mulled wine and mince pies
Friday 15th December – Doors Open 6:30pm for 7pm screening Christmas Film & Pizza Night – The 3 Godfathers (1948) with John Wayne
Saturday 16th December from 3pm to 5pm Children’s Christmas Party
Sunday 17th December at 10am Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday 17th December from 2pm Carol Singing to the residents at Hallgarth Care Home
Sunday 17th December at 4pm Advent ‘Jesse Tree’ Service for the Finchale Partnership followed by refreshments
Sunday 17th December at 6:30pm Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent
Tuesday 19th December at 7pm at St Joseph’s Gilesgate Advent Service of Reconciliation
Saturday 23rd December following 9:15am Mass Confessions until Noon
Sunday 24th December at 10am Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
Sunday 24th December at 10pm Short Service of Carols and Readings – until 10:20pm – leading into…
Sunday 24th December at 10:30pm Midnight Mass of the Nativity
Monday 25th December at 10am Christmas Morning Mass with the Blessing of the Crib and of the Children

 

 

FINANCIAL BRIEFING TO THE PARISH, DECEMBER 2017

From John Marsland, chairman of the Parish Finance Council.

I  briefed you in December last year and I am pleased to report that the year since then has been financially stable. We have completed a few projects, notably the reorganising of the Narthex and the refurbishment of the administration office.

Our beautiful, historically important Church requires constant maintenance and updating and two big projects are waiting in the wings. These are the repair of the Chimney stacks in the presbytery at a cost of £14K and the repairs to the boundary wall at a cost of  £19K. In addition we are currently conducting surveys to see the extent of the repairs required to the presbytery stonework, this will be a six figure sum, a challenge for future years.

Fortunately, thanks to your generosity we are able to meet our current commitments as our balances are currently £18K in the current account and £45K in the deposit account with the Diocese. These numbers will be increased by £9K which is due from the Gift Aid scheme. Many thanks again to those who participate in this way.

Also, as you know, under the diocesan development programme, ‘Forward Together in Hope’ we will be starting to work more closely in partnership with neighbouring parishes. In the not too distant future the partnership may be looking at employing staff to do some of the work that has previously been done by clergy, and this will have financial implications.

In this briefing I thought it may be helpful if I mention some of the routine types of expenditure we incur each year. Some examples are Repairs and Renewals £15K, Administration £11K, Wages £12K and Diocesan Levy £9K.

You will all have seen in the press how inflation is on the rise, for example a pound donated in 2007 is now worth only about 80p. This has a detrimental effect on our finances and it is perhaps worthwhile for all of us to consider from time to time the effect of this on our individual donations.

Thank you all for your continuing generosity. It is this which allows us to face our future financial responsibilities with confidence whilst supporting relevant worthy causes at the same time.

In conclusion, thanks to your contributions the Parish continues to have a beautiful Church of which we can be proud  and a Presbytery with Hall which is in constant use.

Again we are on the threshold of yet another well managed but challenging financial year.

An Advent service for the Finchale Partnership

Our Advent service will be based on the theme of the Jesse tree, and every church in the partnership will be preparing some of the leaves for the tree during the first weeks of Advent.  We will bring all the leaves together at a service on Sunday 17th December at 4.00pm, at St. Cuthbert’s, Durham.  Everyone is welcome and there will be refreshments after the service.

Parish Trip to Rome

Our parish trip to Rome will be taking place just after Easter 2018.  There will be some tours and visits to the key sights, but also plenty of time to relax, and the opportunity to get to know each other.

We will be travelling on Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday) and staying in Rome for a week.  The cost is £956.00 per person (£160.00 single supplement), on a half board basis, including 2 half day tours around Rome.  We are also planning a day trip to Assisi.

Please contact Margaret Doyle on 0191 3783660 or margaretdoyle1066@sky.com, for more information or a booking form.

Events at Ushaw and Minsteracres

Advent: through the music of Handel’s Messiah (Minsteracres)

An Advent pilgrimage through Part 1 of the Messiah. You will experience the deeply loved Handel Messiah in a new way: the released energy of its opening overture, the tenderness of “Comfort ye” that sings of God’s answer to us. Led by Euan Tait, a librettist and poet, a retreat leader who works across the country, and a Lecturer in English & Creative Writing. Friday 1-Sunday 3 December. Cost £130.

 

Children’s liturgy

St. Cuthbert’s Parish runs a Children’s Liturgy group every Sunday during term time at 10am Mass.
The group is designed to meet the needs of young children between the ages of three and eight years.  Younger children may attend but will need to be supported by a parent or carer.  Older children are also welcome, and often help the younger ones, although we do suggest that once children have made their first Holy Communion, they might prefer to remain in church with the rest of the parish community.
We try to follow a routine each week which corresponds with the order of the Mass.  After the sign of the cross, the children think about forgiveness and we say a “sorry prayer”.   We listen to and talk about the gospel of the day.  We then do activities which relate to the gospel story.  This might be a game or a role play, a word search or crossword or colouring in activities.  We also enjoy singing!
The group is run by parent volunteers.  The volunteers do not have a formal training.  We take it in turns to prepare the liturgy and usually lead the group once a month.  All volunteers have a DBS check with the diocese.  We are always looking for more volunteers – please do let us know if you would like to help out!

Parish trip to Rome

There will be a short meeting after 10.00am Mass, this Sunday, 19 November, for anyone who wants to find out more about our plans for the trip to Rome.

We will be travelling on Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday) and staying in Rome for a week.  At the meeting, we’ll talk about plans for the week, hotels, practical arrangements and any questons you may have.

If you can’t come along to the meeting, please contact Margaret Doyle on 0191 3783660 or margaretdoyle1066@sky.com, for more information or a booking form.

Parish Assembly

The next meeting of the Parish Assembly is on Thursday 23 November at 7.30pm.  The Assembly meetings are open to every member of the parish, and the meeting will include updates from the Parish Pastoral Council and the Partnership Development Group.

If you have any items for the agenda, please contact the secretary, Cliona Kear.

Lumiere 2017

As on previous occasions, we shall be opening the Church during the forthcoming Lumiere festival in Durham (16th to 19th November).  In common with many of the churches in the centre of the city, we hope to provide a place for quieter reflection where people can light a candle, say a prayer and also find some “light” refreshments.  We hope to be open from about 5pm to 10pm on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday and after the evening Mass on the Sunday.

To offer this opportunity, we will need willing hands to staff the church, to make soups, to sell tea and coffee etc.  If you can help, in any way, please sign up as soon as you can on the lists on the noticeboard or see Andy Doyle.  Thank you.

There will also be an installation lighting the boundary wall of St. Godric’s (Durham Martyrs parish) and the church will be open each evening, so you can also call in there for refreshments and to light a candle.

Parish Trip to Rome

The details of the parish trip to Rome have now been agreed.

We will be travelling on Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday) and staying in Rome for a week.  The cost is £956.00 per person (£160.00 single supplement), on a half board basis, including 2 half day tours around Rome.  We are also planning a day trip to Assisi.

Please contact Margaret Doyle on 0191 3783660 or margaretdoyle1066@sky.com, for more information or a booking form.

Baby Loss Memorial

We have set aside a place of reflection in the Lady Chapel, for those affected by baby loss in all its forms including miscarriage, still birth, and illness.  We are also remembering the lives lost due to abortion, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act being put into place.  The memorial will be in place throughout October.

Parish Pastoral Council

The PPC met on 21 September.  The meeting discussed finances (there will be a briefing for the parish at the beginning of December) and buildings.  We have recently completed work on the office and installed new furniture in the church porch, and there is work to be done on the boundary wall and the presbytery stonework.  There was an update from the Partnership Development Group, and we are reviewing the Parish Pastoral Plan.  This was originally our Forward Together in Hope action plan and we have so far implemented 40 of the 86 actions.  The full minutes of the meeting are available on the website.

Lay Dominicans

The Lay Dominicans will meet here at St. Cuthbert’s on Sunday 15 October at 2.30pm.  The subject will be Dominican art in Florence, at the churches of S. Maria Novella and S. Marco (including the work of fra Angelico who was a Dominican friar).

Everyone is invited – you don’t have to be a member of the Lay Dominicans to come.

 

Dementia Friends

Do you know someone, be it a relative or friend, who is living with dementia or caring for someone with dementia?  Would you like to learn a little bit more about what this means and the small ways you can help?

The Alzheimers Society are delivering a “Dementia Friends Session” at 7pm on Wednesday 11 October in the Jubilee Room, St Joseph’s, Mill Lane, Gilesgate, Durham DH1 2JG. The event has been organised by the Inclusive Group in Durham Martyrs parish, who are working to create a “Dementia Friendly Community”, and they would like to invite people from the partnership to attend the session which will last for 1 hour only.

Possible Parish Trip to Rome

In 2012, there was a parish trip to Rome, and we are thinking about a return visit!

On our last trip we spent 4 nights in the centre of Rome and 3 nights at Palazzola.  We could do the same again, or possibly 4 nights in Rome and 3 in Assisi or Florence.  The trip is likely to be immediately after Easter 2018.

We don’t have any firm information on dates and cost yet, but we would like to get an idea of how many people may be interested.  If you have any questions or suggestions, or you think you may be interested, please contact Margaret Doyle after Mass, on 0191 3783660 or margaret.doyle1066@sky.com

The Finchale Partnership

The Partnership Development Group met for the second time on 13th September.  Following the success of our first partnership event at Ushaw, we have been discussing the strengths of each parish, and the areas where we need support.  We have also been joined by representatives from the primary and secondary schools.  We are beginning to get to know each other better but we still have a lot of work to do to agree the priorities across our 9 parishes.  The Diocese is asking us to look at a range of subjects, from finance and property to liturgy and outreach, and we will need to involve more people in taking things forward once the plans become clearer.  In the meantime, we are planning a partnership newsletter to keep everyone informed, and you can keep up to date with information about the partnership on our webpages, where you will also find the name of your parish representative on the group and the full minutes of the meeting.