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LENTEN PRAYER

During the season of Lent, we shall pray the Evening Prayer of the Church (Vespers) each Friday evening at 6:10pm. At 6:30pm each Friday we shall follow the Way of the Cross using devotions both traditional and modern. Why not take up a discipline of prayer for this holy season and join us for one or both of these Lenten opportunities?

Justice & peace refugee project

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 March and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected.

DAY FOR RECONCILIATION & EUCHARIST

Saturday, 4 March, 10.00am-3.00pm, St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Gateshead, NE8 1LX.
An opportunity to develop your understanding of what it means to be a Catechist and to look at the programmes and guidelines available for those involved in catechesis and those interested in becoming involved. No charge, but please bring a packed lunch. Please contact adult.formation@diocesehn.org.uk or phone 243 333 if you would like to attend.

Catholic theology research seminar

A talk by Prof. Paul D. Murray: ‘What Difference Does Ordination Make? Solving a Catholic Problem through Receptive Learning from Methodist Tradition’. Tuesday 28 February, 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.

Love your enemies

When Jesus teaches us to love God and love our neighbour, we can probably accept it as an ideal to aspire to, even if it seems challenging. But when he tells us to love our enemies, surely he has gone too far? The Old Testament law of “Eye for eye and tooth for tooth” was meant to set a limit on revenge. Rather than allowing violence to escalate, the law permitted the wronged party to exact vengeance that was equal to the harm they had suffered. It was a law based on a realistic understanding of human nature.

But Jesus wants to transform our human nature. Instead of meeting violence with violence and hatred with hatred, he teaches his disciples to love their enemies, even in the face of oppression and injustice.

Jesus is giving us good news, not good advice. He is not asking us to do anything that he did not do himself. We can see the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount as a description of Jesus himself, who did turn the other cheek to violence, and who carried his own Cross to Calvary. He is asking us to follow him.

Confirmation Programme 2017, Parishes of the Durham Martyrs and St Cuthbert’s Durham.

The Confirmation Programme will begin after half term. Young people now in Year 9 or above are warmly invited to join the programme , with a view to being Confirmed in November 2017. If you are interested in finding out more about being Confirmed please contact the parish Secretary at The Durham Martyrs and leave your name, contact details and school name. The Confirmation team will be in touch to send you details about the fabulous programme. For parishioners attending St Leonard’s school, a letter will also be sent out via school. We are looking forward to hearing from you. The Confirmation Team.

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 today Sunday 19 February to collect your suggestions.

Youth Events

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.

The Source
Our monthly diocesan event for young people in school Year 9 and up. Live music; praise and worship; faith sharing; prayer; social time and chance to meet people. Wednesday 1 March, 7:00-8:30pm at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. To find out more, see www.ymt.org.

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

helping hands

Based in Adhanur, a village in Tamil Nadu State in India has been adopted as our new overseas charity. The charity runs a home for 33 orphans and supports them and Dalit (low caste) families in their education and training for future employment. Flora Maria Coretti runs the home and stays in touch with Durham Martyrs Parish who supports her work. As we move Forward Together in Hope it seemed appropriate to join with Durham Martyrs in this good cause.

Confirmation Programme 2017, Parishes of the Durham Martyrs and St Cuthbert’s Durham.

The Confirmation Programme will begin after half term. Young people now in Year 9 or above are warmly invited to join the programme , with a view to being Confirmed in November 2017. If you are interested in finding out more about being Confirmed please contact the parish Secretary at The Durham Martyrs and leave your name, contact details and school name. The Confirmation team will be in touch to send you details about the fabulous programme. For parishioners attending St Leonard’s school, a letter will also be sent out via school. We are looking forward to hearing from you. The Confirmation Team.

Forward together in hope

A ‘great cloud of witnesses’ from across the Diocese gathered at the Lancastrian Suite in Gateshead and at Carmel College in Darlington on Thursday 9th February, to hear the decisions made by Bishop Séamus following the residential Diocesan Board meeting in January. They heard how the 150 parishes in the diocese will now be gathered into 18 partnerships. Bishop Séamus says: “A partnership is 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”.

Our own proposal for a partnership including the parishes in and around the city of Durham was accepted by the Bishop. A document giving full details of the new partnerships is available online at www.rcdhn.org.uk