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Prisoners Sunday

 Sunday 9 October is Prisoners Sunday. Please pray for those in prison, for their families and dependants, and for the work of the Prisoners Advice and Care Trust (PACT), which works to help prisoners to turn their lives around. Are you interested in volunteering with NEPACS?  For more details or visit www.nepacs.co.uk  or call 01913757278.

PARISH READING GROUP

The next meeting of the group will be on Tuesday 25 October at 8:00pm at 25 Orchard House. We will discuss Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch.

Photo by Johannes Jansson
Photo by Johannes Jansson

All are welcome. The Group is open to undergraduates and post-graduates as well as parishioners and their friends.

On arrival at the front entrance to Orchard House dial 48 on the key pad, following its instructions which will lead you to the lounge where everyone will meet.

EXPLORING POPE FRANCIS’ ECOLOGICAL VISION IN LAUDATO SI’

To live wisely, think deeply and love generously” with Karen Kilby. All sessions will run from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at the following venues;

  • Wednesday 5 October St Aloysius’ Parish, Hebburn
  • Thursday 6 October St Anne’s Parish, Darlington
  • Monday 10 October St Michael’s Parish, Houghton Le Spring
  • Wednesday 12 October St Cuthbert’s House, Newcastle

To book, please contact the Diocesan Department for Adult Formation and Evangelisation at: adult.formation@diocesehn.org.uk | 0191 2433313.

FR BEN WRITES…..

After a break of a couple of weeks I am now safely arrived in Rome, where I am missing the milder climes of Durham! I write to thank all at St Cuthbert’s for their kind words at the time of my departure, for your generous gifts, and once again for your welcome and support over the last four years. Please keep me in your prayers as I will you: may God bless you all.

CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY

This Friday 7 October is Harvest Fast Day. We are invited to join 32-year-old Nicanora, from Bolivia, on her journey from poverty to abundance.

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We can stand alongside Nicanora as she learns new skills and receives materials and seeds that will enable her to grow enough food to feed her family. Please pick up a Fast Day envelope today and give what you can.

Justice and Peace Group

The Justice and Peace group are holding a collection of unwanted / broken jewellery / watches to be recycled in support of Traidcraft. More than £16,000 has already been raised through this scheme which helps families in Bangladesh to grow tea and so provide themselves with an income that will feed their malnourished children for years to come.

Please have a clear-out of old costume jewellery, gold, silver or watches that you don’t wear or need and bring them to church next Sunday 9 October.

EXPLORING POPE FRANCIS’ ECOLOGICAL VISION IN LAUDATO SI’

“To live wisely, think deeply and love generously” with Karen Kilby. All sessions will run from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at the following venues;

  • Wednesday 5 October St Aloysius’ Parish, Hebburn
  • Thursday 6 October St Anne’s Parish, Darlington
  • Monday 10 October St Michael’s Parish, Houghton Le Spring
  • Wednesday 12 October St Cuthbert’s House, Newcastle

To book, please contact the Diocesan Department for Adult Formation and Evangelisation at: adult.formation@diocesehn.org.uk | 0191 2433313

JUSTICE AND 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 1 October and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected.

The Justice and Peace group are also holding a collection of unwanted / broken jewellery / watches to be recycled in support of Traidcraft. More than £16,000 has already been raised through this scheme which helps families in Bangladesh to grow tea and so provide themselves with an income that will feed their malnourished children for years to come. Please have a clear-out of old costume jewellery, gold, silver or watches that you don’t wear or need and bring them to church on Sunday 9 October.

durham in bloom

In the Northumbria in Bloom Awards held in July, Durham CRelated imageity won the Regional Champion of Champions category. Our own garden here at St Cuthbert’s won a well deserved Silver Gilt! Martin Donbavand and John Urquhart work so hard come rain or shine to keep the garden as wonderful as it is. So well done to them their hard work has paid off!

 

Charity Concert at St Mary’s Cathedral

The Simon Bates Foundation is organising a Charity Concert to be held at St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday 22nd October at 7.00pm. The concert features the Felling Male Voice choir, Glynwood Primary Choir, the Swing Bridge Singers and Flotsom and will be hosted by Paul Mooney. For concert tickets please contact Mick McCabe on 07969107791 – tickets £10 (under 16’s £5). Please see poster on the noticeboard.

The Parable of the Generous Father

Does love have a limit? The younger son in the parable believes he has reached the limit of his father’s love for him. He has abandoned his home, gone off to a foreign country and squandered the family’s wealth in the worst possible way. Surely there’s no way that his father will now have him back as a son? But perhaps there will be a place for him in the house as a servant.

The younger son has underestimated his father’s generous love for him. Not only has the father not rejected his wayward son – he’s watching out for him, anxiously waiting to welcome him back, and ready to throw a party to celebrate his return.

The elder son, sadly, has no grasp of his father’s generosity. He sees his work on the family farm as “slavery,” and his brother’s return prompts resentment rather than rejoicing. If the younger son represents the sinners who are seeking the company of Jesus, the elder stands for the “righteous” Pharisees and scribes.

This parable shows us the extravagance of God’s love for us. When we turn away from God’s love by choosing to sin, God seeks us out, ready to forgive us, and to celebrate our return home. God’s love and mercy has no limit.

CATHOLIC? GOING TO UNIVERSITY THIS YEAR?

We warmly welcome to Durham any students who have arrived early, whether as post-graduate or pre-sessional students, in advance of the start of the University academic year! We encourage all Catholic students to register on-line with the Chaplaincy – that way we know who you are and can keep you up-to-date with what is going on. See www.durhamcatholic.org/freshers for details of the programme for the induction weeks and to sign up.
Not going to Durham? Most of our Universities and Higher Education Institutions have a dedicated Catholic Chaplain based in the university or the local parish. The Catholic Chaplaincy is a place for you to explore your faith as a young adult, to meet other young people with similar interests from a great range of backgrounds, and to get involved in activities and social outreach. If you already have a strong faith, this is a chance to deepen it. If you are full of questions and doubts, this is a chance to share them and search for some honest answers about life and faith. Everyone is welcome.

To find your local Chaplaincy, and for contact details of all the University Chaplains and Catholic Student Societies, visit the “CathChaps” website at: www.cathchaps.co.uk

Welcome, Fr Andrew!

Fr Andrew Downie

Fr Andrew Downie moved in on 5 September 2016 to take up his new roles as Parish Priest of St Cuthbert’s and Catholic Chaplain to Durham University.

Fr Andrew is a native of Sunderland; he studied Natural Sciences at the Cambridge and later qualified as a solicitor. He trained for the priesthood at the Venerable English College, Rome, where he gained a Licence in Fundamental Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Ordained priest in 2002, Fr Andrew came to St Cuthbert’s in September 2016 from being parish priest of St Patrick’s and St Pius X, Consett. In the past he has served as Vocations Director for the diocese and Chaplain at the Universities of Newcastle and Northumberland.

Fr Andrew has a special interest in the teaching of Vatican II, and in the encounter of faith with contemporary culture, and is studying for a PhD part-time in Durham University’s Department of Theology and Religion.

We warmly welcome Fr Andrew to Durham and St Cuthbert’s!

Upcoming Justice & Peace Events

Find out more about Open Gate, a local charity that assists women released from Low Newton Prison by joining the Durham Martyrs and St Cuthbert’s Justice and Peace Groups at St Joseph’s Church, Gilesgate on Tuesday 20 September at 7:30pm after the 7:00pm Mass. Representatives from Open Gate will talk about their work. Everyone welcome.

The Justice and Peace group are holding a collection of unwanted / broken jewellery / watches to be recycled in support of Traidcraft. More than £16,000 has already been raised through this scheme which helps families in Bangladesh to grow tea and so provide themselves with an income that will feed their malnourished children for years to come. Please have a clear-out of old costume jewellery, gold, silver or watches that you don’t wear or need and bring them to church on Sunday 9 October.