All posts by Margaret Doyle

Quiet Day at Ushaw

An opportunity to step aside, to listen to God in scripture and to enjoy the peace. Wednesday, 27th March: 10.30am to 4.00pm. Led by Sister Rosarie Spence.  £10 per person, including coffee, tea and biscuits served both on arrival and to conclude the day. Lunch, with a delicious choice of great value home-made food, is available to purchase in the refectory. Bookings can be made on-line via Ushaw’s website ( or call 0191 3345119.

Keyboard Free Music Workshop

The Diocesan Church Music Association presents an accessible ‘KEYBOARD FREE’ music workshop.

Mass parts, psalms and other music suitable for guitars and melody instruments.  Singers also welcome.

Led by Evanna Donachie (Music group member/guitarist at St. Joseph’s Church, Durham) and Alison Purvis (Musical Director at St. Cuthbert’s).

Saturday 9th March 2019 at 10.00am – 3.30pm (approx.) at Ushaw College, Durham.

Cost: £10 to cover room hire and to include a soup and sandwich lunch.

Please note that booking is essential for this event. For further details about the day and to book your place please email: or call on 0191 3719184

Finchale Partnership Confirmation programme

A Confirmation preparation programme will be run in the Finchale Partnership during 2019, open to all young people in school Y9 and upwards. The initial information session for young people and their parents is planned for March 2019.  We would like to establish a group of people from across our Partnership – experienced Confirmation catechists and adults who are not catechists but would be willing to help with the sessions.  There will be a meeting on Tuesday 5th February 7.15pm, St Patrick’s presbytery, Langley Moor, DH7 8JJ (parking available, Mass at 6.30pm). If you are interested in helping but cannot attend this meeting please contact Brendan Payne ( / 0771 753 1935).

Parish Pastoral Council

At a recent meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council, David Hughes stood down as Chair of the PPC. Thank you to David for all the work he has done in the last few years as chair.

The PPC elected Helen Schofield as the new chair. If you’d like to know more about the PPC, or have ideas about issues we should put on our agenda, please let Helen know. She can be contacted via the parish office.