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CAFOD Memorial Mass

On Wednesday 30 November there will be a Mass of Remembrance for all the deceased volunteers and supporters of CAFOD at 7:00pm, St Mary’s RC Church, Vart Road, Bishop Auckland DL14 6PQ. All are welcome.

If parishioners would like the name(s) of their deceased loved ones entered in the CAFOD Book of Remembrance then please email their names to no later than Monday 28 November.

Book of Remembrance

During November, when the Church traditionally encourages us to remember and to pray for the dead, our Parish Book of Remembrance will be open at the font. Please write the names of your deceased family and friends as a sign of solidarity with those who have gone before us and as a small act of prayer for their souls.


Walking retreat at Minsteracres Retreat Centre
Saturday 19 November, 10:00am-4:00pm. 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. Cost £10.

Quiet day at Minsteracres
Wednesday 23 November, 10:00am-4:00pm. A quiet day led by Sister Rosarie Spence RSM. An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquility at Minsteracres. Coffee and tea are provided. Please bring a packed lunch. Cost £15.

For more information on the above and Minsteracres Retreat Centre please visit

Do Not Be Afraid

As we come to the end of the Church’s year, the Sunday Gospel readings focus our attention on the “end times.” Jesus foretells the destruction of the magnificent Temple in Jerusalem, which took place in 70 AD, when the Romans ruthlessly put down a Jewish uprising. He warns his disciples to expect natural disasters, turmoil and persecution of Christians. But the Lord reassures his disciples that God will be with them in the time of trial – not a hair of their heads will be lost.

When the world around us seems confusing and frightening, these words of the Lord encourage us to stand firm in our faith. St Paul tells us to “go on quietly working” – doing the right thing with patience and courage. The truths of the Gospel remain true for all time. God is with us.

Durham to host major seminar on Church union

On 13 November the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) Drafting Group will come to Durham. Established in 1967, ARCIC is the official body for formal dialogue between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church. The third phase of work began in 2011 and is exploring the church as Communion, local and universal, and how in communion the local and universal church come to discern right ethical teaching.

The drafting group will hold a major seminar-consultation in Durham as it moves towards the first agreed statement of ARCIC III. Taking place on the evening of Wednesday 16 November in the Deanery of Durham Cathedral, the seminar will explore the local, regional and universal dimensions of Anglican and Catholic ecclesial life and their interrelationship. Canon Dr John Gibaut, the Right Reverend Linda Nicholls (Bishop of Huron) and Professor Murray will speak on the work of ARCIC III from Anglican and Catholic perspectives.

All are welcome to attend the seminar. For enquiries and to book, please contact the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University, at or on 0191 334 1656. (Our own Fr Tony Currer is also taking part in the seminar, and will celebrate the 10:00am Mass at St Cuthbert’s on Sunday 20 November.)

Youth Sunday Collection

Next weekend we celebrate Youth Sunday. Bishop Seamus and the Youth Ministry Trust wish to thank you for your generous contributions to last year’s collection and for all you have done throughout the year to support our young people on their faith journey. There will be a collection next week to support the work of YMT. Envelopes are available if you would like the opportunity to Gift Aid your donation.

He is God of the living

The Sadducees don’t believe in resurrection or eternal life – a belief which grew up late in the Old Testament era. They challenge Jesus with a story that seems to show the absurdity of such a belief: a story of a woman married in turn to seven brothers, who all die, one after the other. But Jesus challenges the Sadducees directly. Their error lies in underestimating God’s creative power, and the depth of God’s love for his people. God created all life, and God’s plan for each one of us is eternal life. In the kingdom of heaven, God’s children will be fully alive, with a life that will make our life in this world seem like a pale imitation. Our faith in eternal life shouldn’t lead us to devalue our life in this world, but to live as well as possible, in preparation for the life to come. Our God is God of the living.

diocesan Vacancies

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is looking to appoint a full-time Safeguarding Co-ordinator. For further information and an application pack please visit our website or contact us 0191 243 3301, email

The closing date for applications is Friday 11 November.

They are also looking to appoint a part-time experienced web and media professional to assist with the development, maintenance and management of media through the diocesan social media channels and websites.

The closing date for applications is Friday 18 November. For more information on both posts please see the notice board in the narthex.

Save St. Cuthbert’s Choir!

Choir numbers have fallen again, this time to their lowest level for 12 years. The last few Sundays have seen 4 or 5 people leading the music, a ministry that was once undertaken by over 20 people. This is not a sustainable situation and you are urged to consider whether you could spare some time to help save our choir. Be assured that you do not have to be able to read music to join; you simply need a willingness to help support the liturgy. Our parish has a long standing tradition of good liturgy and music – please do not let it die. See Alison after Mass or call her on 0191 3719184 if you would like to find out more.Image result for music note images

2016 st leonard’s school lecture

Thursday 10 November, Main Hall, St Leonard’s Catholic School, ‘Development is the new name for peace…’ Reflections on 17 years of the Peru Mission, Joe Plumb (Projects Coordinator of The Peru Mission/British Honorary Consul in Iquitos.)

The evening will begin with drinks from 6:30pm and the lecture will start at 7:00pm. If you require further details please contact the school office on 0191 384 8575.


Tuesday 8 November: Catholic Theology Research Seminar: Dr Andrew Meszaros (St Patrick’s College, Maynooth): Twentieth-Century Catholic Debates on a Theology of History. The seminar will take place at Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, 5:30pm-7:15pm.

Wednesday 16 November: ARCIC III Drafting Group Seminar: Exploring the local, regional and universal dimensions of Anglican and Catholic ecclesial life and their interrelationship. Speakers: Canon Dr John Gibaut, The Right Reverend Linda Nicholls and Professor Paul Murray. The seminar will take place at Prior’s Hall, The College, Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm-9:00pm. Refreshments will be served after the seminar.

Centre for Catholic StudiesTo book, please email or call 0191 334 1656.


The current stage of the Forward Together in Hope process is called Exploring the Way with our Neighbours. Over the next few months, St Cuthbert’s, the Chaplaincy and Durham Martyrs will be working together to decide how best we can support each other in an area partnership. We feel that the city of Durham could form a natural hub for the parishes in the area and it’s possible that some of the other local parishes will also join us in the partnership. But we need your help in deciding how the partnership will work. What will work best?

Do you think our partnership should be based on informal links between the existing Parish Pastoral Councils, the clergy and the parish secretaries, aimed at improving communications and learning from each other?

Or perhaps we should have an area committee or council, with quarterly meetings and a shared action plan, shared services and sacramental preparation, and regular joint social events?

Or do you think we need to employ a partnership manager to do all the administration, buildings and finance centrally for the area?

There will be the opportunity to contribute your views and ideas over the coming weeks. Please speak to Margaret Doyle 0191 3783660 or if you have any questions or ideas, and do go along to the open meeting for all the Durham parishes on Tuesday 8 November 7:00pm in the 6th Form Centre at St Leonard’s School.

Centre for catholic studies

Catholic Social Thought and Practice Lecture: Fr Rodolfo Cardenal, SJ (University of Central America): Rutilio Grande, Óscar Romero and Pope Francis; Introduced by Julian Filochowski, Chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday 2 November, 5:30-7:00pm, Pemberton Lecture Room, PG20, Palace Green. The lecture will be followed by a meal in a local restaurant. To book, please email or call 0191 334 1656, noting whether or not you wish to dine afterwards.