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Your faith has saved you

Jesus meets ten lepers. Ten men who are excluded from society – unable to take part in family life or worship, because their condition makes them “unclean.” They have to live outside the town, and are forbidden any sort of contact with their fellow men and women. They see in Jesus a man who has both the compassion to care for them, and the power to heal them.

When Jesus cleanses the ten lepers, he not only cures their illness – he also restores them to full membership of society. They can go home – Jesus has given them back their dignity. But only one man, a Samaritan, comes back to thank Jesus. He praises God, because he knows that only God, working in Jesus, could have brought about his cure. The gift of healing has brought him to faith in Christ.

Our faith in Christ should prompt us to ask the Lord for all that we need, believing that he has power to heal us. And if our faith is alive and active, it will lead us to recognise God at work in our lives – and remind us to give thanks.

Catholic Theology Research Seminar

Centre for Catholic StudiesOn Thursday 13 October, Marco Politi (Author and journalist, Rome): ‘Pope Francis Among the Wolves’. The evening will begin at 5:30pm with drinks; the seminar will start at 5:45pm-7:15pm at Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, Durham. Please note the new time and day of the week. 

A group will share a meal afterwards at a local restaurant. All welcome. Please contact Jane at ccs.admin@durham.ac.uk or call 0191 334 1656 if you wish to attend, noting whether or not you wish to dine afterwards.

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!