Is this Thursday 30th May, and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be celebrated at St Cuthbert’s on Wednesday at 6.00pm (Vigil) and on Thursday at 12.15pm. Mass at St Patrick’s, Langley Moor will be on Wednesday at 6.30pm and on Thursday at 9.30am. Mass at Durham Martyrs will be celebrated St. Bede’s (in St. Godric’s School) – 9.30am, St. Godric’s – 10.00am and St. Joseph’s – 7.00pm.
These days formed the first ‘novena’ where the infant Church prayed for the coming of the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus. In the porch you will find copies of a ‘Novena for our Partnership’ offering a simple form of short prayer for each day as we await the unfolding of the power of the Spirit in our part of the county of Durham. Please take one and spend just a few minutes each day between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost praying for the needs of our parish and of all the Catholic communities in our Partnership.
Is next Sunday, 2nd June. We are asked to pray for all those who work in the media. A retiring collection will be taken to support the work of the communications office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, which supports the bishops in their witness and engagement with current issues, and promotes the Gospel through digital, social, print and broadcast media.
Our parish collects biscuits and toilet rolls to help provide basic supplies to asylum seekers in the diocese. These are collected regularly, on the first Sunday of the month. If you would like to donate items please remember to bring them to Church next Sunday 2 June and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected.
It’s always hard to say ‘goodbye’ to someone we love. At the Last Supper, Jesus is about to say goodbye to his disciples, who have been with him since he began his ministry. The disciples are anxious and fearful, but Jesus offers them words of reassurance: ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.’ Jesus knows that he is not saying goodbye to his friends forever. They will see him resurrected and glorified, and after he ascends to his Father, he will send the Holy Spirit to guide and accompany the Church.
Jesus leaves his disciples the gift of peace – a peace that the world cannot give. The peace of Christ is not a superficial contentment. There are real trials and struggles to face in life, but if we are living in the love of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, we will be at peace, in spite of the difficulties, just as Jesus was at peace because he rested in the love of his Father.
A number of our liturgical books, including our hymnals, Book of the Gospels and Lectionaries, are in a sorry state of repair – fortunately because they are well-used! To help start a source of funds to renew these books and possibly to purchase a stock of Sunday and Weekday Missals, Andy Doyle is holding a sale of books, DVDs and CDs in the Parish Room on Saturday 8th June between 10am and 3pm. Come along and find a bargain amongst the hundreds of varied items!
Fr Matthew’s ‘First Mass’:Fr Matthew was ordained a priest in Malta on 27th April. We will be celebrating his ordination at a special Mass at St Cuthbert’s on Wednesday 12th June at 7.00pm, with refreshments afterwards. Everyone is welcome.
Will be held on the last Saturday of Easter term, 22nd June. Students, alumni and parishioners are welcome- save the date!
Judy McLean will be hosting an Open House Exhibition of her paintings, drawings and etchings over the weekend of Friday 14 June- Sunday 16 June and proceeds will go to charity. All are welcome; Please see the poster on the notice board for more details. Save the date!
Day of Prayer & Pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, led by the Rt Rev Paul Mason, AoS Bishop Promoter for England & Wales. A peaceful day of prayer and reflection. Join us to pray for seafarers and for everyone involved in our ministry and charity. Saturday 8th June: Celtic Prayers on the beach at 12noon; Mass at 3pm. Safe crossing times are 10:15am – 5:25pm. Everyone is welcome. For further information please contact Regional Port Chaplains Paul Atkinson (07906 212 426) or Peter Barrigan (07713 924 504.)
A Day of Reflection for those involved in all ministries in our parishes. Led by Veronica Murphy from the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Saturday 15 June, 10:30am – 3:30pm, at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Gateshead. See noticeboard for details. Booking is essential.
On a journey with the Northern Saints: Spend a week at Minsteracres following in the footsteps of the Northern Saints such as Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hild and Bede. Find out about their spirituality and motivation, early Celtic spirituality and visit the iconic places where they lived out their faith. Includes visits to Holy Island, Bamburgh, Durham and Hadrian’s Wall. Monday 10th-Friday 14th June, cost £380.
Diocesan gathering for young people in school Years 5, 6 and 7. Live music; praise & worship; invited speakers; refreshments; social time. Wednesday 19 June, 6.00-7.30pm, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Mill Lane, Hebburn NE31 2ET.
Is on Thursday 30th May, and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass at St Cuthbert’s will be on Wednesday 29th at 6.00pm (Vigil) and on Thursday 30th at 12.15pm.
The Programme is now getting underway. If you couldn’t make the first session but would like to know more or join the programme, please contact Ciara in the parish office as soon as possible. The next session is Saturday 8th June at 3pm in the Jubilee Room at St Joseph’s.
Jesus gives his disciples a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you. The message of love is not a new one: love of God and of neighbour were the two great commandments of the Old Testament. But Jesus calls on his disciples to love one another ‘as I have loved you:’ and he gives them this commandment at the Last Supper. He has just shown them an example of loving service by washing their feet, and the next day, he will give his life on the Cross. To love one another as Christ has loved us is to give ourselves without reserve; there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life. And, by his life and his teaching, Jesus shows us that love of neighbour includes not only those who are like us, but the whole human race. He sets no limits to his love, and he calls his disciples to do the same. It is by our love for one another that we will be known as disciples of Christ. What a challenge.
Apologetically Ecumenical by Ruth Gee, Connexional Ecumenical Officer for the Methodist Church. Wednesday 29th May at 7.30pm in Leech Hall, St John’s College.
Science Technician ,37 hours per week – Permanent, Term Time + 10 days. CES application form and further details are available from: St. Leonard’s Catholic School, North, End, Durham DH1 4NG (Telephone: 0191 3848575) Details are also available on the school website: www.st-leonards.durham.sch.uk
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 9am on Wednesday 5th June 2019.
The minutes of the PPC meeting in March are now available on the website, and on the noticeboard at the back of church.
The next meeting of the Parish Assembly is our AGM on 23rd May at 7 p.m. in the Parish Room. One of the Agenda items concerns changes to the Guidelines for the Parish Pastoral Council. This is an open meeting, so please do come along to hear updates about what is happening in the parish and the partnership.