People sometimes ask where they can find out more about the parish, and you may not realise just how much information there is on our website.
On Sunday 8th March there will be a guided tour of the website, to help you find your way round, and explain how you can find the Facebook page and sign up for the e-newsletter. Please join us over coffee after the 10.00am Mass.
Where is this?
We will publish the answer next week!
Last week’s picture was a detail of the stained glass window in the Lady Chapel.
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.
The Parish Dinner was to take place on the 5th of March but will now be held on Wednesday 1 April at 7.30 pm at “Finbarrs Restaurant” Aykley Heads. The meal will be three courses with three choices for each course and will cost £27.50 per person. Menus will be available next week. If you wish to register your interest please contact Gil Bolton directly or email email@example.com or by phone 07816819515.
Last week’s picture was from the stained glass window in the confessional
An opportunity to experience different ways of praying at this time of Lent and on the feast of the Annunciation, led by Sister Rosarie Spence RSM, on Wednesday March 25th, 10.30am-3.30pm. The cost is £10.00 per person, to include refreshments at the beginning and the end of the day. Lunch can be purchased in the Refectory, and you can book online at www.ushaw.org or on 0191 3345119
On Tuesday 18th February 2020, during the February Half Term, the Finchale Partnership will be hosting a ‘Rock Day’. It’s a great opportunity for anyone over the age of 16 who has an interest in science, debating and faith – in particular our Year 11 and Sixth Form pupils who are studying A Level RE or Science – ALTHOUGH ALL ARE WELCOME.
We’ll be exploring ideas of faith and
science, talking about geology, evolution and creation, and the day will include
a walk round the geology of the Durham riverbanks, and a debate with experts
from the fields of Geology and Theology.
The cost for the day is £5 to cover
food and resources. For more information contact Katie on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone
Last week’s picture was of the floor tiles in the church porch.
Last week’s picture was the statue of St. John standing at the foot of the cross, over the main altar.
In October 2019, we started a Property & Community Review, part of a Diocesan programme. Many people volunteered their time, efforts and ideas to carry out the Property Audit, a Community Audit and a 10-year financial forecast. The Diocese has now decided to pause the review and we are not preparing a report for the Diocese. However the Partnership Development Group agreed that we don’t want to lose the excellent work done so far, particularly on the Community Audit. It’s not too late to contribute ideas about the needs of the community and how we may be able to help. Parish Pastoral Councils will discuss the work done so far and the Partnership will consider anything we can work together on. Thank you to all those who volunteered – your work is very much appreciated.
Last week’s picture was from the font. The panels include the symbols of the 4 evangelists and this one is round the back of the font.
Last week’s picture was the banner carried by the lamb, in the shield high on the wall to the right of the main altar.
Last week’s picture was a detail of the statue of Our Lady in the lady altar.
Last week’s picture was the image of St. Bede in the triptych which hangs from the choir loft.
In 2020, we will be celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday 5th January. Following the 10.00am Mass, we will be blessing chalk, marking the church doors and inviting people to mark their own doors at home.
Last week’s picture was the angels from the picture of the nativity on the altar in the lady chapel.
Thank you to those who prepared the beautiful flower displays this Christmas.
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to prepare the church for Christmas, cleaning on Christmas Eve, and putting up the tree.
Please sign up on the list in the narthex if you can minister at our Christmas Masses by welcoming, ushering, reading or distributing Holy Communion. We still need lots of volunteers from the Parish and University communities, so please don’t be shy sign up today!