the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Without
them, we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops or
online. There will be a retiring collection for the Apostleship of
the Sea, the Church’s official maritime welfare agency, which
provides both spiritual and practical support for seafarers. Please
remember the work of the Apostleship of the Sea in your prayers, and
support the collection generously. You can donate online at
the year since Sea Sunday the parish has sent 94 woolly hats to the
Apostleship of the Sea chaplaincy at Sunderland Docks. Many of the
seaman who visit our shores are from southern Asia and are woefully
unprepared for the rigours of the North Sea either in summer or
winter. The hats are a token of our concern for them and a thank you
for the work they do for us in terms of supplies.
Many thanks to those who supported Judy’s Open House Weekend. £1025 was raised for charity.remaining from Judy’s open weekend – today after 10 o’clock Mass, in the Parish Room. Pick up a bargain!
Cuthbert’s is seeking to appoint a part-time cleaner to provide
cleaning services in the presbytery and University Chaplaincy rooms.
For details, see poster on noticeboard or www.rcdhn.org.uk
Thanks to Fr David Coxon and the community of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Newhouse, for their warm welcome and hospitality (and cakes!) at last Sunday’s Partnership Afternoon.
years pilgrimage to Holy Island with Churches Together in Elvet &
Shincliffe takes place on Saturday 20th July. A coach
will leave the student union building at Dunelm House at 9am arriving
back at Durham in the early evening having returned via Seahouses.
The fares remain £12.50 for adults and £10.00 for children. Please
book early to avoid disappointment. More details are on the poster in
the narthex where booking forms are also available.
Simon Campbell will retire this week from his position as Headteacher
of St Leonard’s Catholic School. We thank Mr Campbell for his years
of dedicated service to Catholic education, and we wish him a happy
asked by a lawyer, ‘What must I do to inherit eternal life?’
reminds the man of God’s commandment to love our neighbour. The
lawyer, in response, tries to narrow the scope of the commandment.
Who is my neighbour? To whom am I obliged to show care and
compassion? In a word, what are the limits of love?
answers the lawyer’s question with the beautiful parable of the
Good Samaritan. The Samaritan is moved with compassion for the
distressed traveller, and cares for him in the most practical and
generous way. He does this in spite of the ancient animosity between
Samaritans and Jews. Jesus has turned the lawyer’s question around,
from ‘Who is my neighbour?’ to ‘How can I be a good neighbour?’
And his answer is: a good neighbour is one who shows the same
unstinting love as the Good Samaritan. Jesus himself will give us the
example of love without limits, when he gives his life for us on the
Cross. As disciples of Christ, we are called to set no limits to our
love, but to be neighbours to everyone.
prophet promises peace for Jerusalem. After the time of exile, the
Jewish people can return to their own land, and can hope for
stability and prosperity. The people of Jesus’ time probably hoped
for the same things, but the reality was a struggle for survival:
subsistence farming, heavy taxation and constant unrest, which would
be brutally suppressed by the Roman occupiers. Jesus sent out his
seventy-two disciples ‘like lambs among wolves,’ with none of the
things that they would normally rely on – money, possessions or
even shoes. All that the disciples carried with them was their faith
in Jesus. He sent them out with a message of peace; not a peace
imposed by the edge of the sword, but the peace of God’s kingdom,
brought about by God’s mercy. Their lives would be a witness to
the peace of the kingdom. Today, that peace is needed as much as it
ever was, and the Lord sends us, his disciples, out into the world to
Is the worldwide annual collection to support the charitable works of Pope Francis. Funds from this collection help victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. The collection will be taken today – please support it generously.
With the Newman Association: ‘Children of Abraham’ – Interfaith Topics. Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July at the Bar Convent, York. Cost £70 (half price for students), including lunches and refreshments. For further details and to book your place, contact: www.jesuit.org.uk/living-theology-york-2019 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01642 645 732
delighted to announce that Catherine Pepinster, former editor of the
Tablet will deliver the sixth Cardinal Hume Memorial Lecture in the
Cathedral on Thursday
at 7.00pm. The Lecture is entitled ‘A migrant, pilgrimage people –
how the Catholic revival shaped the Church today’ and will focus on
examining the kind of the church the Catholic Church became after
emancipation. It was very much a Church of migrants, especially
Irish, in the early days, and it was as much focused on education as
worship. Catherine will also look at how churches and schools
served the mostly migrant church and how that has given Catholicism a
particular character in the UK. Cardinal Hume will come into because
of his impact on the church at the national level and how important
he thought education was, but also how his interest in serving the
homeless is typical of the Catholic Church in this country – a very
strong feeling for those struggling in society.
Katherine Mary Glasspool will be baptised on Saturday 6th July at 11.15am, after Mass, which will be celebrated at 10.30am this week. Everyone is welcome to the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism, and to refreshments afterwards in the Parish Room. Our congratulations to Katherine and her family.
pray for Anthony Joy, who will be ordained as a deacon to serve our
diocese on Saturday 6th July at 11.00am, at St Mary’s Cathedral.
we celebrate two great apostles: Peter, the rock on which the Church
was built and its first leader; and Paul, the preacher who brought
the Good News of Christ to the Gentiles. Each of these men was chosen
by God to be an example and an inspiration to the Church throughout
its history. And yet, the New Testament shows both Peter and Paul to
be real, flawed human beings. Peter recognised Jesus as the Christ
and the Son of God, but he feared what this would mean, and tried to
dissuade the Lord from taking the road that led to his crucifixion.
Paul was sometimes hot-headed and outspoken, and in his letters he
vividly describes his own struggles and anxieties for the Church.
Each played a vital part in the building up of the Church; each gave
his life for Christ, in Rome. God chose Peter and Paul, with all
their flaws, to do remarkable things by the power of the Holy Spirit.
When we feel discouraged by our own sins and failures, we should
remember that God has chosen us, too, to do wonderful things.
Please pray for Chloe, Hanovi, Henry and Joshua, who will make their First Holy Communion at the 10.00 Mass today. Congratulations to them and their families.
The Body and Blood of Christ is celebrated today. All Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are asked to renew their commitment to ministry at Mass on that day.
Will be heading back to his community in Ireland this week. We wish him a good summer, and look forward to seeing him back in Durham next term.
would like to express my sincere thanks for the very generous gift
presented to me by the priests and people of the Diocese, on the
occasion of my retirement. I would also like to offer my thanks to
all those involved in education in the Diocese for their very
generous gift too. I am truly humbled by the kindness of so many.
Rest assured that these gifts will be a great help in my retirement.
Please keep me in your prayers and be assured of mine for the priests
and people of Hexham and Newcastle diocese. May God bless you all –
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.
Will meet on Tuesday 25 June at 8pm at Orchard House to discuss Bart Van Es, The Cut-out Girl.
We will also discuss next term’s books and one for the summer and also where/whether to have supper together before next session.
All are welcome. Note, to gain entrance to Orchard House, come to the front door and press 47 on the keyboard,
note that, because of the Partnership Mass at Ushaw College, there
will be no 10.00am Mass at St Cuthbert’s next Sunday. Mass
will be celebrated at 6.30pm as usual.