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5 – 19 April 2020

Sunday 5 April – Palm Sunday
10:00am
No Public Mass
Monday 6
10:00am
No Public Mass
Tuesday 7
12:00pm
No Public Mass
Wednesday 8
8:30am
No Public Mass
Special Intention
Thursday 9 – Holy Thursday
7:00pm
No Public Mass
Friday 10 – Good Friday
3:00pm
No Public Mass
Saturday 11 – Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)
8:30pm
No Public Mass
Sunday 12 – Easter Sunday
10:00am
No Public Mass
Monday 13
9:15am
No Public Mass
Tuesday 14
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Wednesday 15
7:00pm
Priest’s intention
Thursday 16
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Friday 17
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Saturday 18
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Sunday 19
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention

Holy Week and the Easter Triduum

St Cuthbert’s Church will remain closed until further notice. All Masses and liturgies will continue to be celebrated without a congregation.

Palm Sunday: Bishop Robert has directed that palms should be blessed at Mass, so that they can be distributed to the faithful when it is possible to do so.

Diocesan Chrism Mass: This will be postponed until it can be celebrated with a gathering of clergy and people.

Holy Thursday: The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated, without the Washing of Feet or the procession to the Altar of Repose.

Good Friday: The Liturgy of the Passion will be celebrated, with special intentions included in the Universal Prayer.

Easter Vigil: The new Paschal Candle will be blessed and lit, without the lighting of the Easter fire.

You are invited to join in prayer with all of these celebrations, and with the praying of the Office of Readings on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Remember that Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence.

Mass Intentions can be requested by email, telephone or letter. No offering is needed for a Mass intention.

Catholic Papers

Catholic newspapers can be found in a box outside the church door. You will also find paper copies of the parish bulletin, and copies of ‘Walk with Me,’ a booklet of Eastertide prayers and reflections. If you pass St Cuthbert’s during your daily exercise, or while doing essential shopping, please pick up a copy. And if you have a friend or neighbour who is quarantined, please pick one up  and put it through their letterbox.

Keeping in touch

Please check the parish website, www.stcuthberts-durham.org.uk for regular updates. If you’re not already subscribed to our weekly e-newsletter, you can subscribe here. Also check the ‘St Cuthbert’s Church, Durham’ page on Facebook – from there, you can join our new Facebook group, ‘St Cuthbert’s Parish Community,’ which already has more than 60 members.

We have a network of parishioners who are keeping in touch via telephone, while social distancing is in force. If you would like to be contacted regularly (especially if you don’t have internet access), or if you know someone who would welcome such contact, please contact Fr Andrew on 0191 3843442 or parish.priest@stcuthberts-durham.org.uk.

Hospital Visits

Hospital visits: The University Hospital of North Durham has suspended visiting of patients, with limited exceptions for children’s wards, maternity wards and end-of- life patients. However, the Catholic Chaplain is still able to visit patients, and to bring them Holy Communion and the Sacrament of the Sick. This includes patients suffering from Covid-19. If you know of a patient who wishes for a visit from the Catholic Hospital Chaplain, please inform Fr Paul Tully on 01388 818544 or frpaultully@outlook.com

St Cuthbert’s Hospice is still allowing visits to patients, subject to restrictions. If you know of a patient in the hospice who requires the Sacrament of the Sick, please contact Fr Andrew

Who is this?

Who is this?

‘Who is this?’ the people ask, as the Lord enters Jerusalem. And the reply comes back: ‘This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth.’ Jesus is given many different titles in the course of Matthew’s account of the Passion. Some are proclaimed in joy and faith, others in cruel mockery. When he enters the city, the crowd acclaim him as a prophet and as ‘Son of David,’ recognising a king who comes to his people humbly, riding on a donkey. Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is in stark contrast to the power of Rome, or the pomp of Herod’s court. He is modelling a different kind of leadership and authority.

When Judas greets Jesus as ‘Rabbi’ – Teacher – it is a traitor’s signal. When the High Priest asks Jesus if he is the Christ and the Son of God, he describes himself instead as Son of Man – the Messiah who has come to fulfil the Scriptures, and who will be seated at God’s right hand. The claim is blasphemous to the Jews; it is enough to seal Jesus’ fate.

Jesus’ last title – King of the Jews – is nailed above the Cross, as a dire warning to any other king who might be tempted to rebel against Roman rule. And yet, the Roman centurion and his squad recognise Jesus as a ‘Son of God.’

The Passion story prompts us to ask, ‘Who is Jesus for me?’ In normal times, the liturgy invites us to enter into the story. We sing ‘Hosanna’ with the crowds as Jesus enters Jerusalem; we walk with him to Calvary; we wait quietly on Holy Saturday for the Lord to burst from the tomb on Easter Sunday. This year, we cannot celebrate the liturgies of Holy Week together. Instead, we are called to enter individually into the Lord’s Passion; to walk prayerfully with him in our own homes; to share his suffering in our own hearts, knowing ourselves to be in communion with one another and with the Church around the world. We witness to our faith in Christ by our care and compassion for one another, and we wait in hope for new life.

Resources for Prayer

Readings for daily Mass, and the texts for the Prayer of the Church, can be found at www.universalis.com  Texts for the next seven days are available free, or you can subscribe to the Universalis app for unlimited access.

Magnificat includes Morning, Evening and Night Prayer, the daily Mass Readings, a daily mediation and Saint of the Day. It is currently available free at: https://us.magnificat.net/free 

Other resources, including links to live streamed Masses, can be found on the diocesan website, www.rcdhn.org.uk  and the website of the Catholic Bishops Conference for England and Wales: www.cbcew.org.uk 

Solemnity of St. Cuthbert

We will celebrate our patron saint with Sung Vespers at 6.30pm on Friday 20th March (no Stations this week.) The preacher will be the Revd Michael Everitt, Canon Pastor of Durham Cathedral. This event is going ahead, and will be our last act of shared worship for the time being.

The programme of events scheduled to take place at Durham Cathedral for St Cuthbert’s Day has been cancelled.