We will celebrate our patron saint with Sung Vespers at 6.30pm on Friday 20th March (no Stations this week.) The preacher will be the Revd Michael Everitt, Canon Pastor of Durham Cathedral. This event is going ahead, and will be our last act of shared worship for the time being.
The programme of events scheduled to take place at Durham Cathedral for St Cuthbert’s Day has been cancelled.
The seminar scheduled to be held at St Cuthbert’s on Thursday 19th March has been cancelled.
Friday Soup Lunches are suspended until further notice.
Can you spare an hour or more to help get the Church and Parish Room ready for Holy Week and Easter? We will be having a spring clean on Saturday 4th April from about 10:30am and if you can help, please do come along.
you can help with welcoming, reading or administering Holy Communion
at our Easter services, please sign up on the rota on the noticeboard
as soon as you can. We need lots of volunteers to ensure that our
liturgies are celebrated with dignity and joy without overloading our
If you would be willing to take part in the foot-washing which is part of the Mass on Holy Thursday evening, then also sign up on the list on the noticeboard or let Fr Andrew or Andy Doyle know as soon as possible.
This year’s appeal is for the St Cuthbert’s Care Hardship Fund, which offers financial support to older Catholic people who wish to live in the St Cuthbert’s Care nursing homes in Sunderland or Newcastle, but lack the full means to do so. Details at www.stcuthbertscare.org.uk
encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well would seem
shocking to his disciples. A Jewish man of that time was not supposed
to speak in public to a woman outside his family. Jews and Samaritans
distrusted and shunned one another. And it seems that this woman may
be an outcast even among her own people; she has had five husbands,
and she comes to draw water alone, at the hottest part of the day,
when the other women of the community won’t be around.
pays no attention to rules that divide and exclude. He enters into a
conversation with the woman, and draws her to faith in him. She
becomes a disciple, and then a missionary; her witness draws the
people of her town to faith in Jesus. The Samaritan woman who came to
the well to draw water has received the living water that Jesus
promised. The Samaritan town has become a field that produces a rich
harvest of faith. Jesus sets no barriers to his mission. He really is
the Saviour of the world.
We’re hoping to put together a group for parishioners with young families. This will begin as just a WhatsApp group for getting to know each other and prayer support, but we hope to arrange some meetups for coffee and a play at a later date. If you would like to be added to the group please message Annie Glasspool on 07927644241.
If you enjoy the singing at Mass why not consider becoming more involved, even for just a short time? The choir invites you to help support the singing of the Liturgy over the Easter Triduum. We rehearse every Tuesday evening from 7.45 – 8.45pm. Every week, as well as rehearsing for the upcoming Sunday, we will be refreshing/learning items for the Easter Triduum, so why not come and join us? Don’t worry if you can’t read music or feel like your voice isn’t good enough. It’s not a performance; it’s about coming together to use the gifts we have to enhance our Liturgy and help our congregation in its worship. Why not give it a go? If you’d like more details please contact Alison McLean on 07770 884692 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lenten Quiet Day: An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside. Wednesday 18 March, 10am-4pm, with lunch provided. Led by Sr Sheila McNamara RSCJ. Suggested donation: £20.
To the catechumens and candidates taking part in our Journey in Faith programme, who were welcomed to the Elect by Bishop Robert at St Mary’s Cathedral last Sunday. You can see the pictures at www.rcdhn.org.uk
knows that the Cross awaits him in Jerusalem, and he has begun to
prepare his disciples for his suffering and death. He takes Peter,
James and John to the mountain top, where they are granted an
astounding vision of Jesus in his heavenly glory. Moses and Elijah
appear, symbolising the Law and the Prophets, which are to be
fulfilled and completed in Jesus. And then the disciples hear the
voice of God the Father. No wonder they are overcome with fear.
disciples had been following Jesus for some time, but they often
failed to understand him, especially when he foretold his Passion.
The vision on the mountain would, in a way, be encouraging for them;
Jesus, the Teacher they had chosen to follow, truly was the Son of
God. But it was also a stark confirmation of the road that Jesus was
walking – the road that led to Calvary. This was what it meant to
be a beloved Son; this was the road that they, as disciples of the
Son, were also called to walk. Only after the Lord’s death and
resurrection would his disciples understand. Today’s Gospel reminds
us that, for disciples of Christ, the road to glory goes by way of
Pride and Providence: Reflecting With St Augustine on Our Political Malaise. Presented by Sr Margaret Atkins OSA, Augustinian Sisters, Boarbank Hall, Cumbria. Wednesday 10th March at 5.30pm, at Ushaw College. Entry is free, and transport will be provided from Durham city centre, but you need to register at https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com/
Island Summer Camp offers a Christian camping holiday to boys and
girls in school Years 5 & 6. Bookings are open now. Details at
If the cost of camp is a problem, please speak to Fr Andrew.
camp also needs volunteers for dormitory, kitchen and caretaking
roles – see the website.
An opportunity for people to come together to explore this resource and learn how to lead groups who will be using it after Easter. This event is part of The God Who Speaks, the Year of the Word. On Saturday 21 March, at St. John Vianney Church, Newcastle. Please contact email@example.com to register your interest.
This Lent, CAFOD’s Family Fast Day is an opportunity to reach out to some of the poorest, most marginalised of our sisters and brothers. Your donations go to highly-trained, highly-skilled local experts who support the health of the world’s poorest families. On Friday 6 March, will you eat a simple meal in solidarity and give what you save to help CAFOD’s work? Through CAFOD’s global Church family – one of the largest aid networks in the world – your support can reach to the ends of the earth. Please collect your Family Fast Day envelope from church this week and give whatever you can.
At the heart of Christian faith is the doctrine of the Incarnation – our belief that, in Jesus, the Son of God became truly human. Jesus’ humanity is revealed in today’s Gospel reading. Having been baptised by John, he goes into the wilderness to pray and prepare himself for his public ministry. Alone and hungry, Jesus is vulnerable. The devil comes to tempt him: to use his divine powers for his own benefit; to work a spectacular miracle that would gain the attention of the crowds; or to worship the false god of worldly power. The temptations are real, but Jesus resists them, because he trusts absolutely in his Father, and is utterly committed to the mission that his Father has given him – in contrast to Adam and Eve, who were deceived by the devil and turned away from obedience to God. By Jesus’ obedience to the Father, our sin is overcome. As we begin the season of Lent, we are called to follow the Lord’s example. The Holy Spirit who, strengthened Jesus in the wilderness, will strengthen us in our own struggles with temptation.
The candidates and catechumens taking part in our Journey in Faith programme will be enrolled at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, Sunday, 1st March. Please pray for those preparing for Baptism, Confirmation or Reception into full communion with the Church, and for their sponsors and families.
A Lenten Reflection at Ushaw: An opportunity to experience different ways of praying at this time of Lent and on the feast of the Annunciation, led by Sister Rosarie Spence RSM, on Wednesday March 25th, 10.30am-3.30pm. The cost is £10.00 per person, to include refreshments at the beginning and the end of the day. Lunch can be purchased in the Refectory, and you can book online at www.ushaw.org or on 0191 3345119
Ushaw Lecture: The Materiality of Christian Pilgrimage, Medieval to Modern: Reflections From a Church Historian and Sometime Pilgrim. Presented by Prof Salvador Ryan, St Patrick’s College Maynooth. Wednesday 26 February at 5.30pm.
The first day of the season of Lent, is this week. It is a day of fasting and abstinence. Mass with imposition of ashes will be celebrated at St Cuthbert’s at 12.15pm and 7.00pm.