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, firstname.lastname@example.org
A local volunteer from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will make the annual appeal at both Masses next Sunday. Please support the work of SPUC in upholding the value of every human life, from birth to natural death.
St Cuthbert’s Parish Pastoral Council will meet this Thursday, 30th January, at 7.00pm. If there are any items that you would like the PPC to discuss, please speak to Fr Andrew or to Cliona Kear, the PPC Secretary.
Street Homelessness and Catholic Theological Ethics by Rosanne Haggerty. This Monday, 27 January: 3.30pm drinks reception for 4pm-5pm talk in the Cassidy Quad at St Chad’s College, Durham. This event is free of charge and all are welcome. Details and registration available via https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com or tel. 0191 334 1656.
The Reading Group will meet at Orchard House at 8pm on Tuesday 28 January to discuss Stephen Hough, Rough Ideas and on Tuesday 10 March to discuss Jodi Piccoult, Small Great Things.
When you arrive at the front entrance to Orchard House dial 47 to be admitted.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Monday 27th January, 1.00-3.00pm. Including a talk by Hungarian-born Tomi Komoly, who will speak about his time in a walled ghetto, his escape with his mother in 1944 and liberation by the Soviet army in January 1945. This service is attended by schools from across the county and seating for the general public may be limited.
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.
During Mass on Sunday 9th February there will be a brief service of Thanksgiving and Affirmation for the young people baptised within the past 12 months and their families. Refreshments after Mass in the Parish Room. All are welcome to join in and particularly any families in the parish with young children.
At St. Oswald’s Institute, Church Street, this Tuesday 21st January at 8.00am. Everyone is welcome.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
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.
This Sunday is Peace Sunday. Pope Francis’ message for the day is entitled Peace as a Journey of Hope: Dialogue, Reconciliation and Ecological Conversion. Read it at http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en.html
Is observed from 18-25 January. On Sunday 19th January, Canon Simon Oliver, Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at Durham University, will speak at both Masses at St Cuthbert’s.
A one-day conference and training event offered by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC.) Saturday 7th March, 9.30am-4.00pm at Tyneside Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate, Newcastle NE1 4SG. Contact: 020 7091 7091 or email@example.com