All posts by Parish Secretary

26 January – 9 February 2020

Sunday 26 January – Sunday III
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention
Monday 27
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Tuesday 28 – St Thomas Aquinas
12:15pm
NBF
Wednesday 29
6:30pm
Chaplaincy Mass
at Durham Cathedral
Thursday 30
12:15pm
Fr Gerry Mcguiness
Friday 31 – St John Bosco P
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Saturday 1 February
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Sunday 2 – The Presentation of the Lord
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention
Monday 3
12:15pm
Souls in Purgitory
Tuesday 4
12:15pm
Kay Taylor
Wednesday 5
7:00pm
Priest’s intention
Thursday 6
12:15pm
Souls in Purgitory
Friday 7
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Saturday 8
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Sunday 9
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention

Parish Pastoral Plan- Building our Community

In the benches there are leaflets outlining a proposal to try to build our community. Please take a little time to read the leaflet here or at home, complete as you see fit and place the completed form in the box provided in the porch today or next week. Thank you.
The first event of 2020 is a parish dinner, the date and time to put in your diary is the 5th March at 7:30pm. Further details to follow next week. Contact for this project is Gil Bolton 0191 3847217, gilmar.bolton@btinternet.com

Repent

The first recorded word that Jesus speaks in public is ‘Repent.’ Repentance means a change of heart – a change in the direction of our lives. Jesus calls his disciples to centre their lives on him. For the fishermen, Simon and Andrew, James and John, Jesus’ call means a complete change of direction. They leave their nets to follow Jesus and fish for people – calling disciples to follow the Lord.

What might it mean for us to answer Jesus’ call? He calls us to repent, too. Repentance might mean giving up selfishness, letting go of jealousy, forgiving those who may have hurt us. Repentance is not easy, but it is possible with God’s grace. Like the first disciples, Jesus is calling us, not to try to be someone we are not, but to be fully ourselves – fully alive in the love of God. The coming of the kingdom of heaven is Good News – news of mercy and forgiveness.

Youth 2000 retreat

This retreat is centred around the Eucharist and is a great event for young Catholics to meet new people, hear some inspirational talks and enjoy some amazing praise and worship. Friday 21st-Sunday 23rd Feb at Leeds Trinity University. The current cost is £45/£55 (Student/adult) this includes accommodation and all meals (Transport will be by train and we are hoping to fundraise for this cost – any suggestions are welcome.) Accommodation will be in the sports hall, so you will need a camping mat and sleeping bag (these can be provided if you do not have them.) For more information, contact Katie Flood on youth.durhammartyrs@rcdhn.org.uk

The Source

Our regular diocesan event for young people in school Year 9 upwards. This month: an evening with Lily Jo, a Christian praise and worship singer who will be sharing about good mental health and looking after ourselves. We will be travelling from Durham on the train and will eat in Newcastle before the event. Wednesday 12th February – 4pm – 9:30pm. The cost of the trip is £10 – if you have a railcard please bring this with you. For more information, contact Katie Flood on youth.durhammartyrs@rcdhn.org.uk

Face 2 Face

An invitation from the Association of Religious. Come and share tea and conversation with religious brothers and sisters, get to know them and meet other young adults from our Diocese. Saturday 1st February at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle – drop in between 2pm and 4pm. Contact: Sr Barbara Sweeney RSCJ on bswe915436@aol.com

Diocesan Holocaust Memorial Evenings

Tuesday 28 January at 7.00pm at St. Mary’s School, Benton Park Road, Newcastle. Smajo Beso will tell of his parents’ experiences during the Bosnian Genocide in 1995, and Gerald Stern will recall his father’s experiences during the Holocaust.

Thursday 30 January at 7.00pm at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, Beamish Road, Billingham. Guest speaker; Marta Josephs, who will recall her father’s experiences during the Holocaust.

I have seen and I am the witness

In today’s Gospel, we see the mission of John the Baptist approaching its fulfilment. The Baptist made it clear from the start that he himself was not the Christ, but the prophet sent by God to prepare the way. Now, John the Baptist sees Jesus, recognises him as the Lamb of God and points him out to his disciples. Jesus is the one whose coming John was sent to proclaim; the Chosen One of God.

As disciples of Christ, we have been baptised with the Holy Spirit and set free from our sins. We too are called to see, recognise and bear witness, as the Baptist did. This is how the Church can be a light to the nations, as Isaiah foretold. This is how, as St Paul says, we will take our place among the saints – the vast assembly of believers who acknowledge Christ as Lord. Every baptised Christian is called to witness.

Church Flowers

A very big “Thank You” to those who donated so generously to the Christmas Flowers. Without the generosity of parishioners such displays would not be possible. At Christmas and Easter we are able to purchase the flowers from the wholesaler which means we can get different and higher quality flowers than from the supermarkets.

The Christmas flowers cost £236.22 and this was covered by your very generous donations. This was with a saving of £60 because we had planned early and were able to avail of the opportunity to pre-order the flowers at a fixed price. Apart from Easter and Christmas the flower arrangers pay for the flowers themselves for the rest of the year. We already know that when we exit the EU the cost of flowers will rise by 13%. Please remember the donation box in the Narthex.

Do we have any members of the congregation who would like to join the Flower Rota? Our number is decreasing and new members would be most welcome indeed. If you have any thoughts or comments please contact Cliona Kear on either 386 3400 or c.m.kear@dunelm.org.uk

Retreat in Daily life

Our Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life begins today. The retreat is open to students, parishioners and anyone who wants to deepen their relationship with God. If you want to meet with a prayer guide through the week, please come to the opening meeting after 6.30pm Mass. Everyone is welcome to the evening workshops:

  • Monday 20th at 7.00pm: What is Prayer?
  • Tuesday 21st at 7.00pm: Recognising and responding
    • Wednesday 22nd at 7.30pm: Who are You God, and Who am I?
    • Final meeting and soup lunch: Friday 24th at 1.00pm, after Mass.


    Cost: £10 – but if this is a problem for you, please speak to Fr Andrew.