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Finchale Partnership Open Afternoons

In our area, and especially to the people of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs at Newhouse, Esh Winning, St John Boste is ‘a local lad’.  At a time when it was illegal to be a Catholic priest John Boste was arrested in what is now our parish, and then executed in Durham in 1595.  More recently mining has played a big part in building up our community, though, obviously, all of the collieries are now closed.  You are welcome to come and visit our Church and Parish Centre in Newhouse on Sunday 7 July, 2.00 – 4.00 pm (DH7 9LF). We’ll be delighted to meet you and show you our Church.

Partnership Day at Ushaw

The Finchale Partnership are organising a Partnership Day at Ushaw on Sunday 30 June.  There will be Mass at 12.30pm (including children’s liturgy), followed by activities and prayer for the rest of the afternoon.  Because of the Partnership event, there are changes to Mass times in many of our churches, so please take a sheet with the revised Mass times for the weekend of 29/30 June.  There will be a schools’ choir concert and games for families, information about all the parishes in the partnership, a Memory Cafe for those affected by dementia, treasure trails and guided tours. Please see the poster on the noticeboard, where you will also find sign up sheets for guided tours or if you need a lift to Ushaw on the day.

The café in the Refectory will not be serving a full menu but you will be able to buy light refreshments.  Why not bring a packed lunch or a picnic? Or treat yourself to one of Ushaw’s picnic hampers – see poster for details and phone Ushaw on 0191 3345119 by Tuesday 25 June to order your hamper.
A number of people are planning to cycle to Ushaw. The plan is to leave St Cuthbert’s by 10:30am on Sunday 30th June, in order to have some time before Mass to cool off and everyone is welcome to join us. 

Guidelines for the Parish’s Councils and Committees

The Guidelines for the Parish Pastoral Council and the other groups and committees have recently been amended. The changes reflect the fact that the parish is now part of the Finchale Partnership, and they were discussed and accepted at the meeting of the Parish Assembly on 23 May 2019.

The guidelines can be found here –

Day of prayer and reflection at Ushaw

The next day of prayer and reflection at Ushaw, led by Sister Rosarie Spence RSM, will be on Thursday, 20th June, 11.00am – 4.00pm.

Experience different ways of praying, and an opportunity to step aside and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.

£10.00 per person, including coffee, tea and biscuits served on arrival from 10.30-11.00am, and at the end of the day. Lunch is not provided, but there is a delicious range of food available in the Refectory.  Bookings can be made on-line via or by calling 0191 3345119.

Thanks from nepacs

During Lent, we collected toiletries for people being released from HMP Durham and Low Newton. The parishes of the Finchale Partnership also contributed to the collections and your generosity really is very gratefully received. We’ve received a letter from nepacs, which says:

To:  The Catholic Churches of The Finchale Partnership

A huge thank you one again for all the contributions we have received for HMP Durham and HMP Low Newton.

The number of men and women released from custody without any possessions is ever increasing therefore the toiletries we can provide are so appreciated by them, it is so satisfying to see their reactions when given a pack of items, it is quite humbling.

Your continued support has been amazing and as a charity we strive to improve the transition for ex-offenders from prison life to being released.

Thank you

Finchale Partnership open afternoons

People often say they would like to know more about the other parishes and churches in the partnership.  So, the parish of Bl. Edmund Duke will be hosting an open afternoon on Sunday, 5th May, from 3.00 – 5.00pm.  They are looking forward to welcoming visitors from across the partnership at St Joseph, Coxhoe, DH6 4DA, to look around, chat over refreshments, learn a little about the parish and experience the spirituality of Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.  You don’t have to sign up in advance, but if you need a lift to Coxhoe, or if you are able to offer someone else a lift, please leave your details on the sheet on the noticeboard.

Lent 2019: Collections for Prisoners being released from Durham and Low Newton Prisons

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.