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21 January – 4 February 2018

Sunday 21 January – Sunday III
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention
Monday 22
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Tuesday 23
12:15pm
Repose of the soul of Mr Peter Wyles
Wednesday 24 – St Francis de Sales Bp, D
7:00pm
Priest’s intention
Thursday 25 – Conversion of St Paul, Apostle
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Friday 26 – SS Timothy and Titus Bps
12:15pm
Special Intention
Saturday 27
9:15am
Patrick Harke RIP
Sunday 28 – Sunday IV
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention
Monday 29
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Tuesday 30
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Wednesday 31 – St John Bosco P
7:00pm
Priest’s intention
Thursday 1 February – The Presentation of the Lord
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Friday 2
12:15pm
Special Intention
Saturday 3
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Sunday 4
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention

Week of Guided Prayer

Our Ignatian retreat in daily life is this week. The opening meeting is Sunday 21st January, after evening Mass. If you have signed up to meet with a prayer guide, please come to the opening meeting, so that you can be allocated to your guide and arrange a time to meet. The evening workshops are open to everyone: these are (all at 7.30pm): Tuesday – Ways of Praying; Wednesday – Discernment and Decision making; Thursday – Humanity in God. The church will be open each day for private prayer, and there will be extra slots for the Sacrament of Reconciliation – see the retreat leaflet. The cost of the retreat is £10 for students and retired people, £20 for those in paid work – but please speak to Fr Andrew if the cost is a problem – we don’t want anyone to miss out on the retreat.

Journey in Faith

Our Journey in Faith programme re-commences on Tuesday 23 January in the Parish Room. 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.

For our first session this term we join with the team from St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre and others from the parish and chaplaincy to explore “Ways of Prayer.” As a result, the start time for this session only will be 7:30pm.

Follow Me!

In today’s Gospel Jesus calls his first disciples – two pairs of brothers, Simon and Andrew, James and John. What did they see in Jesus, that prompted them to follow him? Mark’s Gospel tells us nothing of what the disciples thought or felt. Jesus’ message was a stark and simple one: “Repent, and believe the Good News.” Somehow, this was enough for the four to decide that they would follow him. They left behind their homes and families, and their occupation as fishermen, to become disciples of a wandering rabbi. Jesus was calling them to witness: “I will make you fishers of men.” The disciples would spend the rest of their lives witnessing to the Good News that they had heard from Jesus. They gave their lives to him. Jesus calls each one of us by name, to follow him and to witness to the Good News. What is he asking of us today?

Why Partnerships?

Bishop Séamus describes our Partnerships as: ‘A group of parishes agreeing to work together, to share resources, both human and material, to become stronger and better equipped for furthering the Kingdom of God’. To support partnerships a document called ‘Why Partnerships? – Some Key Messages’ is now available, providing further background and the key reasons why the decision was made to establish partnerships around the Diocese. You can read this document online at www.rcdhn.org.uk

Speak, Lord, your servant is listening

The readings for today’s Mass present us with two stories of a call from God. Samuel was a young boy dedicated to God by his mother, from the day of his birth. While Samuel was living with Eli the priest, and serving him, God called him to become a prophet who would speak God’s words to the people. Andrew, Simon Peter and another unnamed follower of John the Baptist became disciples of Jesus after meeting him. In each case, the call from God is unique and personal. In each case, a guide has a part to play in helping the disciple to respond to God’s call. Eli prepares Samuel to listen to the Lord’s words; John the Baptist points out Jesus to his disciples as the Lamb of God. The guide does his part, and then steps aside to allow God to work. In each case, the disciple has to have a listening ear and an open heart, to recognise God’s call and respond generously. Jesus asks us to come to him without our own agenda – to come to him, listening and receptive, ready to give our whole lives in answer to his call. And he promises us that, if we ‘come and see,’ we will hear the truth, and encounter a love and a joy we would never have known.

Centre for Catholic Studies 10th Anniversary Celebratory Conference

Registration opens for the Centre for Catholic Studies 10th Anniversary Celebratory Conference: Catholic Theology in the Public Academy: Searching the Questions, Sounding the Depths. Programme includes:

  • Academic Colloquium featuring panels of leading scholars

  • Celebratory Dinners in Durham Castle’s Great Hall and St. Chad’s College

  • Anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving in Durham Cathedral

  • Anniversary Public Lecture by Baroness Nuala O’Loan on Catholicism and Public Life.

More information available at www.centreforcatholicstudies.co.uk or by calling 0191 334 1656. Early booking strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.