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Diocesan Church Music Association

The DCMA invites you to a music workshop led by Paul Berry, Director of Music at St. Mary’s RC Church, Hexham.

The workshop will be held at St. Mary’s RC Church, Hexham, on Saturday 25 February, starting at 10:30am, and finishing with Mass at 4:00pm. There is also the possibility of a guided tour of Hexham Abbey in the extended lunch break. More details of the day soon on www.rcdhn.org.uk.

The day is open to anybody who is interested in liturgical music, whether it be for schools or parishes. Should you wish to attend the session, then you are encouraged to email the Chairperson our very own Alison Purvis at alisonpurvis1@hotmail.com so that numbers for the day can be ascertained and sufficient copies of music can be brought along. Why not drop in to the session and meet new people across the Diocese facing the same musical challenges that you are?!

Walking retreat at Minsteracres:

Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer, reflection and sharing of the beauty of creation. You will need suitable walking boots and warm, weatherproof clothing. Please bring a packed lunch. This retreat will take place on Wednesday 8 March starting at 10:00am and ending at 4:00pm. The walk will be led by the Minsteracres team.

The Event

Monthly gathering for young people in school Years 6, 7 and 8, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Mill Lane, Hebburn NE31 2ET, 6.00-7.30pm. Live bands, praise and worship, invited speakers, refreshments and social time. The next Event is on Wednesday 15 February. See poster for full details.

EVENTS GROUP

The events group is arranging a parish dinner to be held at the Seven Stars Shincliffe on Thursday 9 March at 7:00pm. If you would like to attend the dinner please sign up on the sheet on the notice board. The contact for this event is Gil Bolton telephone 0191 384 7217 or email gilmar.bolton@btinternet.com. If you have already signed up to the dinner and haven’t yet paid your £5pp deposit could you please give this to Gil or drop it into the parish office.

Stewarding

Thanks to our team of volunteer stewards, we are able to open St Cuthbert’s Church regularly to those who wish to visit, pray, or light a candle. This can be a valuable opportunity for witness and evangelisation, as well as allowing members of the public to appreciate our beautiful church.

If you are a steward, please make sure that you are aware of your turn on the stewarding rota and, if you are unable to be present on a particular day, please contact the Parish Office to let us know. We can’t open the church unless two stewards are present, for safety reasons. You also need to make sure that your DBS check is up to date – the parish safeguarding reps can help with this.

More stewards are always needed – if you might be able to give some time to this service, please contact David Crookes, who coordinates the stewards, on davidcrookes@talktalk.net

Lenten Pledges – Give up ; Take up – Suggestions please !

This coming Lent there will be a pledge board on display for parishioners to sign up for their Lenten effort and donations will be collected at the end of Lent. Funds to be divided between a World Challenge project and CAFOD. Chocolate and alcohol have been suggested as give ups. If you have any other ideas for giving up or positively doing please talk to us. Members of the Justice and Peace group will be at the back of church on Sunday 12 and 19 February to collect your suggestions.

Forward Together in Hope

Two open meetings will be held this Thursday 9 February at 7:30pm as announced in Bishop Séamus’ recent Pastoral letter. These meetings will provide information on the new Partnerships across the Diocese and how they fit together. You will also hear of the principles used to guide the Bishop and the Diocesan Board in making the decisions.

The meetings will take place from 7:30 – 9:00pm at The Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, Dunston NE11 9JR and Carmel College, The Headlands, Darlington DL3 8RP. If you would like to go to the meeting and need a lift, please sign up on the sheet displayed on the church noticeboard.

Bishop Seamus’ Pastoral Letter can be read online at www.hope.rcdhn.org.uk

Events around In Diocese

Flame Congress

On Saturday 11 March a group of 1,000 young people and accompanying adults from our diocese will be travelling to Flame at Wembley Arena. Flame is a National Catholic Youth Congress with inspiring speakers and music from Matt Redman. Coaches will be leaving from every part of the diocese. There are still places left

for young people Year 9 and above and for adults. If you would like to go, please contact YMT for further details. Email admin@ymt.org or 01207 592244

Catholic Theology Research Seminar

A talk by Dr. Frances Clemson: ‘Acting and Imaging: Theatre and Theology in the work of Dorothy L Sayers and Charles Williams’. Thursday 9 February at 5:30pm (Drinks), 5:45pm – 7:15pm (Paper & Discussion) at Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, Durham. If you wish to attend the seminar, please register at eventbrite. Any queries email: ccs.admin@durham.ac.uk or tel: 0191 334 1656.

Ushaw Lecture

A lecture by Prof. Maurice Whitehead: ‘Maps, Meridians and Missions: Christopher Maire, SJ (1697–1767), a Durham Cartographer’. Wednesday 22 February for 5:30pm drinks reception followed by; 6:00 – 7:15pm lecture in the Exhibition Hall, Ushaw College. To book a place at an Ushaw Lecture, please email: hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk or tel: Jane Lidstone on 0191 334 1656.

Three Popes & their Three Papers on Work

Employment lawyer – and parishioner of St Mary’s, Hexham – Max Winthrop looks at Catholic Social Teaching on work and employment and raises the question: “If the Jesus of the Gospel, who befriended tax collectors and prostitutes, returned today, what message would we have for lap dancers and people on zero hours contracts – and their employers?” Saturday 4 February at 11:00am Free admission (donations requested.) Any queries, please email email@stmaryshexham.plus.com.

Diocesan Church Music Association

The DCMA invites you to a music workshop led by Paul Berry, Director of Music at St. Mary’s RC Church, Hexham.

The workshop will be held at St. Mary’s RC Church, Hexham, on Saturday 25 February, starting at 10:30am, and finishing with Mass at 4:00pm. There is also the possibility of a guided tour of Hexham Abbey in the extended lunch break. More details of the day soon on www.rcdhn.org.uk.

The day is open to anybody who is interested in liturgical music, whether it be for schools or parishes. Should you wish to attend the session, then you are encouraged to email the Chairperson our very own Alison Purvis at alisonpurvis1@hotmail.com so that numbers for the day can be ascertained and sufficient copies of music can be brought along. Why not drop in to the session and meet new people across the Diocese facing the same musical challenges that you are?!

Justice & Peace

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 and haven’t brought anything in yet then please remember to bring them to church next Sunday 5 February and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected.