Is Sunday 21 October. This is our chance to support missionaries in proclaiming the Gospel of hope to those who suffer around the world. By supporting Missio, the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, you will be sharing the love of Christ with all people by helping everyone in need, regardless of background or belief. Today, your prayers and donations will help build a future of hope both in Ethiopia and around the world. Please give what you can, and if you are a taxpayer, please use the Gift Aid envelopes. Thank you.
We are pleased to say that our Journey in Faith programme begins on Tuesday 30 October in the Parish Room at 7pm. Although designed primarily for those looking to be baptised, received into the Catholic Church and/or confirmed, all parishioners and students are very welcome to come along and to explore the Catholic faith.
The first session will be introductory in nature and will also discuss the basic question “What is Faith?” Please note that sessions will conclude by about 8:30pm with the Night Prayer of the Church (Compline). If you want to know more, contact Andy Doyle (0798 543 4185 or email@example.com).
Thank you for your continuing generosity towards the financial health of the parish. If you are part of our Gift Aid Scheme, please pick up your “statement of donations recorded” from the box in the narthex. If you are not part of the Gift Aid Scheme but would like to know more, please speak to Andy Doyle (0798 543 4185 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The parish office will be closed this Monday and Tuesday and reopen on Friday 26 October.
A talk and discussion on; Offering a second chance: abortion pill reversal. Everyone is welcome, especially those involved in healthcare. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. Wednesday 24 October at 7.15pm, at St Andrew’s Church, 9 Worswick Street, Newcastle, NE1 6UW. (Parking is limited on the street although there is parking available also on nearby streets and is free after 6.30pm.)
On pilgrimage while standing still: A retreat led by John Bell of the Iona Community. Friday 9-Sunday 11 November. Suggested donation: £140.
Walking Retreat: Enjoy a walk of 7-10 miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer, reflection and sharing of the beauty of creation. You will need suitable walking boots and warm, weatherproof clothing. Please bring a packed lunch. Saturday 17 November, 10am-5pm. Suggested donation: £10.
The brothers James and John have a request to make of Jesus. When he is in glory – reigning as Messiah and King – they hope to sit in the seats of honour on his right and his left. Their request shows how completely Jesus’ disciples have failed to understand his teaching. He has explained again and again that he is calling them to service and to love of neighbour. Jesus wants his disciples to follow his example of humility and suffering. Yet the disciples are still thinking in terms of earthly glory and ambition – still falling into rivalry and jealousy, even as Jesus prepares himself to face his suffering and death.
James and John did eventually embrace Jesus’ message. After his death and resurrection, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they became fearless witnesses and teachers of the Good News, and they drank the same cup as the Master, giving their lives for Christ. The Spirit will transform us, too, if we are ready to respond to Christ’s call.
You may have seen or heard recent news coverage about the future of this amazing Fair Trade business being at risk. A number of us are asking “What can we do?” The short answer is BUY MORE FROM TRAIDCRAFT!
In these most challenging times, the organisation needs a really good trading period between now and Christmas. As well as groceries, they offer a wonderful range of Christmas decorations, gifts and cards. Their Autumn collection includes a wide collection of handmade homewares, from recycled glassware to handcrafted cushions and soft furnishings.
Please consider doing the following:
- Visit our parish Traidcraft stall
- Shop online, discover more about the organisation, its impact, and how you can support it…….and encourage friends or family to do the same
- Buy your tea, coffee, biscuits and cleaning products from Traidcraft. They even stock toilet roll!
Traidcraft has thanked everyone who has regularly supported their work of Traidcraft over the last 39 years. Your regular purchases really do make a difference in the lives of producers in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Silent film with improvised organ accompaniment by Jonathan Eyre (Sub-organist, St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield.) Saturday 27 October at 7.30pm at St Oswald’s Church of England, Church Street.
Organ Recital: Andrew Christer (Director of Music and Organist, St John the Evangelist Church, Darlington) – Saturday 27 October at 2.30pm.
‘Music Through the Ages’ with Reg Vardy Brass Band and local youth bands. Saturday 3 November at 7pm. Cost £7.
The Hounding of Francis Thompson by Professor Keith Hanley (Lancaster University). Thursday 18 October. Lecture 6.00pm – 7.15pm in the Exhibition Hall (drinks reception from 5.30pm). This lecture is free, but registration by phone (0191 334 1656) or online through eventbrite (http://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com) is required. See poster for full details.
The people of Jesus’ time believed that worldly wealth was a sign of God’s favour. Rich people were admired and envied. The rich man who approaches Jesus in today’s Gospel tells him eagerly that he has kept all the commandments of God’s law from his earliest days. No doubt he believes that his wealth is God’s reward for living a good life. Jesus looks steadily at the man and loves him, and then issues a radical challenge: to give up all of his possessions and follow Jesus. Once again, Jesus turns the wisdom of the world on its head. He discerns that this man’s riches are an obstacle that prevent him from becoming a disciple. He needs to let them go, for the sake of something better: the treasure in heaven that only Jesus can give him.
The challenge is too much for the rich man, and he goes away sad. He doesn’t appear again in the Gospels, and we don’t know what became of him. This Gospel reading prompts us to imagine Jesus looking at us and loving us. What step does the Lord ask us to take, to set ourselves free for discipleship?
A public meeting sponsored by Durham Churches Together and DUECC (Durham University Ecumenical Christian Council) to discuss practical ways to promote community cohesion between University and City. Thursday 18 October, 7.00-9.00pm in Elvet Methodist Church Hall. Refreshments served. Everyone is welcome.
A Day of Reflection for men over the age of 40, considering a possible vocation to the priesthood. Led by Fr. David Smith, Vocations Promoter. Saturday 20 October, 10am-4pm at St. Hilda’s Resource Centre, Newcastle. For more information, or to confirm attendance, email Fr. David Smith at email@example.com or tel: 0191 262 3882. Lunch and refreshments provided.
To Fr Michael A Kelly CSsR, a member of the Australian province of the Redemptorist order, and Chair of the Academic Board at Melbourne College of Divinity. Fr Michael is on a short sabbatical, and will be with us at St Cuthbert’s until December.
The parish has a Reading Group which discusses all sorts of literature (not just theology nor only Christian writing). All members of the Parish are welcome to join, including undergraduates and post graduates.
A reminder that our first meeting will be at Orchard House, New Elvet Durham DH1 3DB on Tuesday 9 October at 8pm to discuss Bernard Schlink, The Reader.
Communication and Cultural Change: Catholic Contributions from Marshall McLuhan and Walter Ong. Presented by Prof. John Sullivan (Liverpool Hope University.) Thursday 11 October from 5.00pm, in Pemberton Lecture Room, PG20, Palace Green, Durham.
To mark the occasion of the canonisation of Archbishop Oscar Romero in Rome in October, Bishop Seamus will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday 13 October at 11am at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. All are welcome to attend. Archbishop Romero was assassinated in 1980 while offering Mass in San Salvador. He embraced a simple lifestyle; he was a popular preacher and responded with real compassion to the plight of the poor.
The Pharisees ask Jesus, ‘Is it against the Law for a man to divorce his wife?’ and in response to Jesus’ question, they add ‘Moses allowed us to draw up a writ of dismissal.’ Their words reflect the inequality of the Jewish Law at that time; a man could divorce his wife by a very simple procedure, but a woman had no right to divorce her husband. A woman dismissed by her husband could be cast off without money, property or place in society – she was nobody. In his reply, Jesus goes back to the origins of the human race. God created man and woman to be ‘one body,’ supporting one another in the covenant of marriage, which cannot be dissolved by human power. It seems a hard teaching to his disciples, but Jesus is challenging the unjust custom of his time.
Today’s Scripture readings remind us how important it is for the Church to support married couples and families on their journey through life. This week, the Synod of Bishops is meeting with the Pope in Rome, to discuss the Church’s ministry to young people. Young people today grow up in families of different shapes and sizes. Marriages can break down and families can find themselves in difficult situations. Pope Francis has often reminded us of the need to support and encourage every family, whatever their circumstances.