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Diocesan Church Music Association

The Diocesan Church Music Association have set up a link on their page of the Diocesan website, asking parish musicians to sign up to give them an idea of the resources around the Diocese and to keep people up to date with news of workshops etc.

If you would like to sign up the form can be found on the Diocesan website, clicking on ‘Departments’, then ‘Liturgy’, then Diocesan Church Music Association. Scrolling down will reveal a paragraph headed ‘Join our mailing list’.

6 – 20 October 2019

Sunday 6 October – Sunday XXVII
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention
Monday 7
9:15am
Pilgrim Group Mass
Tuesday 8
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Wednesday 9
7:00pm
NBF
Thursday 10 – St Paulinus of York Bp
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Friday 11
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Saturday 12 – St Wilfrid Bp
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Sunday 13 – Sunday XXVIII
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention
Monday 14
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Tuesday 15
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Wednesday 16
7:00pm
Priest’s intention
Thursday 17
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Friday 18
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Saturday 19
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Sunday 20
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention

The Power of Faith

In today’s Gospel, Jesus presents two challenges to his apostles. He tells them that a tiny amount of faith – the size of a mustard seed – can accomplish things that seem impossible. Then the Lord reminds his apostles that, although they have been chosen for a role of leadership in his Church, they are no more than God’s instruments. All that they achieve is brought about by God’s grace, and they are merely servants of God’s people.

Christian faith is not only belief that the teachings of the Church are true: even more importantly, faith is belief in Jesus as the Son of God. That faith in Christ can transform us. The apostles’ faith was found wanting when Jesus faced his Passion and death, but afterwards, with the help of the Holy Spirit, they accomplished amazing things in spreading the Gospel. As disciples of Christ, we can achieve remarkable things too, with just a little faith. But we are merely servants, and all that we achieve is God’s gift.

Blessed John Henry Newman

An afternoon celebrating the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman will be held by Tyneside Newman Circle on Saturday 12 October at St. Mary’s, Cullercoats. The timetable will be:

2.00pm Fr. Andrew Downie, “Newman and the Development of Doctrine”
2.45pm Prof. Terry Wright, “Newman and the Bible”
3.30pm Refreshments
4.00pm Dr. Sheridan Gilley, “Newman and Holiness”
5.00pm Mass

The event is free and everyone is welcome, but if you wish to attend, please contact Prof. Terry Wright on Terry.Wright@ncl.ac.uk or 0191 274 8653.

Cafod Harvest Fast Day

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day is this Friday, 4th October. This Fast Day, CAFOD asks us to fast, pray and give, so we can extend the hand of friendship to the world’s poorest people. Fabiano’s village in rural Uganda has been devastated by drought. Every day, children would trek miles for water, risking their education – and safety. Donations from parishioners across England and Wales helped install a solar powered water pump in the village. Now Fabiano and his friends can collect water quickly and safely. On Family Fast Day, CAFOD invites us to eat a simple meal for lunch or dinner and give the money we save to help children like Fabiano. Please take a Fast Day envelope and give generously.


The rich man and Lazarus

Luke tells us that the Pharisees ‘loved money.’ They saw their wealth as a sign of God’s favour. With this parable, Jesus challenges, indeed, reverses the Pharisees’ view. At the banquet in God’s kingdom, the last will be first; the poor man Lazarus sits in the place of honour, with Abraham. The rich man addresses Abraham as ‘Father,’ but he has not lived as a true son of Abraham. He has been indifferent to the suffering of the poor man at his gate, ignoring the teaching of Moses and the prophets that the rich are obliged to act justly and to show concern for the poor. Now the rich man is cut off by an unbridgeable gulf from the joys of heaven – just as he was apparently remote from the sufferings of Lazarus in life. The parable warns us not to think that we can remain secure in worldly wealth and luxury, but to open our eyes to the suffering of our brothers and sisters, and to respond with care and compassion.

The Source

Our diocesan event aimed at young people in school Year 9 and up (but everyone is welcome.) Praise and Worship, prayer, live music, faith sharing, social time and refreshments. The Source takes place at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, this Wednesday, 2nd October, from 7.00–8.45pm.

Tainted Money

Today’s parable is a difficult one to understand and interpret. The steward is in a position of trust, and he uses his position dishonestly for his own benefit. Yet he is praised ‘for his astuteness.’

We should consider the situation of Jesus’ disciples. They lived in a grossly unequal society, where working people were ruthlessly exploited and heavily taxed by those who were wealthy and powerful. The words of the prophet Amos, denouncing injustice against the poor, were still relevant in the Lord’s time. So perhaps those hearing the parable would assume that the master had acquired his wealth unjustly, and that the steward was simply redressing the balance in favour of the poor people who were in debt to him. Certainly, the master seems to act ruthlessly in sacking his steward after an accusation of dishonesty. The deeper message of the parable is that we cannot serve two masters. If money is our master, we will be ruthless and even dishonest in our pursuit of wealth. If we are true disciples of Christ – children of light – we will give money its proper importance, and use it for good and worthwhile purposes.

Home Mission Sunday

Is today and there is a retiring collection in support. The Home Mission Office is a national organisation that helps the local Church engage in the vital mission of evangelisation. On Home Mission Sunday, they ask for our prayers and our financial support. Our prayers help them to be attentive to the Holy Spirit who directs their work and our donations to the collection will enable them to help the local Church share the joy of the Gospel throughout England and Wales. For more information about the Home Mission Office or to donate online please visit www.homemission.org.uk

Thank You

Last Sunday Martin Donbavand completed the Great North Run in 2 hours, 38 minutes and 48 seconds! Martin would like to thank everybody in St Cuthbert’s parish for sponsoring him and supporting his good cause. If you would like to donate but haven’t yet please see Liz Donbavand.