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I am the bread of life

The people have seen the signs – the miracles that Jesus has worked. They have heard his teaching. But they can’t believe that he has come down from heaven, or that he is the Christ, sent by God. It seems an outrageous claim. They know his father and mother, and where he comes from. How can he say ‘I am the bread of life?’

It’s a claim that makes sense only if we have faith. And faith is God’s gift. Our faith can be shaken by the struggles of life, or by the injustice and suffering that we see in the world. Like the prophet Elijah, we may be tempted to give up. But our membership of God’s Church, and our sharing in the Eucharist, strengthen us on our journey of faith.

Job Vacancies

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has the following vacancies:

Property Review Co-ordinator, full-time, 18 month fixed term contract. Closing date: 26 August.

Property Surveyor, full-time, initial 3 month temporary contract. Closing date: 16 August

For further information and details of how to apply please visit our website or contact us on 0191 243 3301, email

Vocations to the Priesthood

There will be a day of reflection for men over the age of 40 considering a possible vocation to the Priesthood on Saturday 20 October, 2018 10.00 am – 4.00 pm at St. Hilda’s Centre, 391 West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 7NL. The theme of the day: “The significance of our story”

For more information and to confirm attendance including any special dietary requirements for the lunch and refreshments that will be provided please contact Father David Smith at or telephone 0191 262 3882.

Events at Minsteracres

Rosary Rally: A prayerful day out at Minsteracres with celebration of the Eucharist, Rosary procession through the grounds and Benediction. Saturday 11 August 12 noon – 4pm

Individually guided retreat: A silent retreat led by members of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow in collaboration with the Minsteracres team. Friday 31 August-Friday 7 September, cost £460.

Walking Retreat: 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. This walking retreat will take place on Saturday 1 September starting at 10:00am and ending at 5:00pm

Welcomers needed!

Welcoming people as they arrive for Mass is an important ministry.  Welcoming visitors to the church and making sure they can find everything they need is obviously important, but a word of welcome to people who attend St. Cuthbert’s regularly is just as important and helps to build up our community.

At the moment, we are very short of welcomers at the 10.00am Mass on Sunday morning.  If you would like to help, or if you want to find out more about what it involves, please speak to Margaret Doyle after Mass or email


The Medaille Trust

Is a Catholic Charity which supports men, women and children who have been freed from human trafficking and modern day slavery. It has been operating for 11 years and now provides “Safe Houses” throughout the country for the victims of 21st century slavery. As well as providing them with a safe roof over their heads, the Trust offers victims physical, emotional and psychological help as they rebuild their shattered lives.

Patrick Estall is the appointed Diocesan Representative for the Medaille Trust and he is coming to St Cuthbert’s to raise awareness of the Charity’s work and mission and his particular role in fighting against human trafficking and modern day slavery. Patrick will speak at the 10.00am Mass on Sunday, 5 August.

Give us that bread always

After the Feeding of the Five Thousand, the crowd come looking for Jesus. But he greets them with a challenge. Have they come looking for him because they have seen the signs, or just because they have been fed? In John’s Gospel, Jesus’ miracles are always described as ‘signs,’ and to ‘see the signs’ is to come to faith in him. The people recall the manna that their ancestors ate in the desert, a sign of God’s love for his chosen people. Jesus challenges them to see that, now, God is giving them true bread, the Bread of Life. And the Bread of Life is Jesus himself, who will feed his disciples with his own body and blood; the supreme expression of God’s love. We gather to celebrate the Eucharist because we have seen the signs, and know that we need to be fed with the Bread of Life.

Days of Reflection

Ushaw College : Day of Reflection for All Ministers
“Serve the Lord with Gladness” – Led by Fr. Andrew Downie, Saturday 29 September – 10.30am – 3.30pm.Cost £7.50 – includes a light lunch.

St. Hilda’s Resource Centre: Day of Reflection for Lay Leaders
Gather my People” – Led by Fr. Michael McCoy, Saturday 3 November – 10.30 am – 3.30pm. Cost £5.00 – Please bring a packed lunch.