Category Archives: Announcements

Which Parish Charities, April 2020 to March 2021?

Each year, the proceeds from tea and coffee after Mass, the sale of refreshments at the Miner’s Gala and other parish events are divided between one international and one local charity. Currently these are St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham and the Adhanur Helping Hands orphanages and education project in India. The latter is also supported by Durham Martyrs Parish. In January 2020 we decide which two charities should be supported during the next financial year. Please offer some suggestions using the form in the narthex. You can opt to keep either or both of the current charities, or go for different ideas. Charities need to be UK registered and information about them needs to be provided to Father Andrew or the Parish Secretary.

The God Who Speaks

The Bishops of England & Wales have proclaimed a Year of the Word on the theme of ‘The God Who Speaks.’ To mark the beginning of the year on the First Sunday of Advent, 1st December, Solemn Vespers will be celebrated at 4.30pm at Ushaw College, and simultaneously at four other locations across the diocese. Everyone is welcome.

God of the Living

Jesus’ opponents, the Sadducees, set a trap for him. They do not believe in the resurrection of the dead, so they spin a story of a woman married to seven brothers in succession. Whose wife will she be, in the life to come? Jesus’ answer is that the Sadducees have misunderstood God’s promise of resurrection. The life to come will not be merely a continuation of our earthly life; the whole world will be glorified, transformed by God’s power. God’s will for all of his children is resurrection and eternal life.

Today, on Remembrance Sunday, we commemorate those who have died in war, especially the great wars of the 20th century. As we honour the courage and sacrifice of those who died, we also lament the terrible waste and destruction brought by war. Jesus reveals to us that God is the God of life; he calls us to value every human life, and to work and pray for peace.

Events at Ushaw

Day of Reflection with Sr Rosarie Spence RSM, Ushaw, Wednesday 27th November, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm. An opportunity to step aside, experience different ways of praying and enjoy a time of personal prayer, all in the beautiful surroundings at Ushaw. The cost is £10 per person, including tea/coffee at the beginning and end of the day. Lunch may be purchased in the Refectory. Booking should be made at

Events at Minsteracres

Music – Word – Prayer Weekend: The Bishops of England and Wales have announced a Year of the Word for 2020. This weekend will explore ways of connecting scripture to music in the liturgy, ways to bring the psalms to life with music, repertoire for the Year of the Word, and much, much more. If you have a role in the musical or liturgical life of your parish or community, come and find information and inspiration! Led by Paul Inwood, internationally-known author and speaker, liturgist, organist and choir director, and composer of the official Vatican Hymn for the Holy Year of Mercy 15-16 November . Details at

Walking Retreat: Enjoy a walk of 7-10 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. Saturday 16th November, 10am-5pm. Cost £10.

Diocesan Job Vacancies

Head of Communications
The Diocese are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic individual to take responsibility for the delivery of their Communications Strategy. You will have experience of identifying the resources and infrastructure required to take this from concept through to implementation. This new senior role is an opportunity for someone to join the charity, establish a plan and identify the team to deliver the strategy. Closing date for applications: 5pm on 18th November.

Parish Secretary
English Martyrs and Ss Peter and Paul, Roseworth, Stockton – 16 hours per week, 12 month fixed term contract. Closing date: 19th November.

For further information and details of how to apply for these positions please visit website or contact us on 0191 243 3301

Seeking out the lost

Jericho was an important town, which sat at the junction of two trade routes. As a senior tax collector, Zaccheus would be a wealthy and important figure in the town – but not a popular one, because of his profession. Yet it seems that Zaccheus was not content with his wealth and position, for he was anxious to see Jesus and to know what kind of man he was. So much so that Zaccheus was prepared to set aside his dignity and climb a tree, in the hope of seeing Jesus. He knew that there was something more to life.

Jesus was aware of Zaccheus’ searching. Zaccheus would be labelled a ‘sinner’ by his fellow Jews, but Jesus didn’t accuse him. Instead, he called Zaccheus down from the tree and asked for his hospitality. This single encounter with Jesus, it seems, was enough to bring about repentance. Zaccheus undertook to change his life completely, and Jesus, in response, proclaimed that salvation had come to the house. The Son of God came into the world to seek out and save the lost, without exception. No one is excluded from God’s offer of salvation.

Centre for Catholic Studies

Ushaw Lecture: Public Panel Event Marking the 800th Anniversary of the Meeting of St. Francis and Sultan Malek Al-Kamil in Egypt. Featuring HE Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald MAfr, Michael F. Cusato OFM, Pascal Robert OFM and Mona Siddiqui OBE. Tuesday 5 November; doors open 7.00pm for lecture at 7.20pm.

Wednesday 6 November 2019: Sr Prof. Ilia Delio OSF: Living Creation Theology in the Context of Contemporary Science: The Distinctive Contribution of the Franciscan Theological Tradition. 9am at Ushaw College.

Entry is free of charge and free transport is available between Durham and Ushaw for those who need it. Space at these lectures is limited so registration is essential via or by telephoning the CCS on 0191 334 1656.

Call for Volunteers: Silk Road Project

In November 2019 the Oriental Museum, Durham University is launching a new Silk Roads gallery development. The museum is seeking a diverse group of volunteers from the local Asian Christian community to work alongside museum staff to renew the Christianity displays in the new gallery. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Charlotte Spink, Access and Community Engagement Officer at the Oriental Museum: or telephone 0191 334 5691 for an informal chat.

Lumiere 2019

As on previous occasions, we shall be opening the Church during the forthcoming Lumiere festival in Durham (14th to 17th November). In common with many of the churches in the centre of the city, we hope to provide a place for quieter reflection where people can light a candle, say a prayer and also find some “light” refreshments. We hope to be open from about 6pm to 10pm on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday and after the evening Mass on the Sunday. To offer this opportunity, we will need willing hands to staff the church, to make soups, to sell tea and coffee etc. If you can help, in any way, please sign up as soon as you can on the lists on the noticeboard or see Andy Doyle. Thank you.

Newman: A Saint for Our Time

A public lecture by Bishop Robert Byrne CO, to mark the canonisation of John Henry Newman. Here at St Cuthbert’s on Tuesday 12th November: Vespers at 6.30pm, lecture at 7.00pm, refreshments at 8.15pm, 8.45pm Close.

This event is free, but please register at or by telephoning the Durham University Centre for Catholic Studies on 0191 334 1656.