Carmen Ward will give the next in our occasional series of evenings considering big issues in the life of our city. Carmen is an officer of the Durham Constabulary who works in the restorative justice programme. The event will be on Tuesday 21 November from 7:15pm-8:30pm in the Parish Room.
Our Journey in Faith programme continues on Tuesday 21 November at 7pm in the Dining Room. Although designed primarily for those looking to be baptised, received into the Catholic Church and/or confirmed, all parishioners and students are very welcome to come along and to explore the Catholic faith.
This week’s session is the second of two exploring our understanding of Scripture and focuses on the New Testament
Advent: through the music of Handel’s Messiah (Minsteracres)
An Advent pilgrimage through Part 1 of the Messiah. You will experience the deeply loved Handel Messiah in a new way: the released energy of its opening overture, the tenderness of “Comfort ye” that sings of God’s answer to us. Led by Euan Tait, a librettist and poet, a retreat leader who works across the country, and a Lecturer in English & Creative Writing. Friday 1-Sunday 3 December. Cost £130.
For the Feast of the Immaculate Conception: Friday 8 December at 7.00pm, at St Mary’s, Hexham. If you are interested in taking part, please sign up and, if there is enough demand, we will organise a bus to take us there.
Glyn Davies (Victoria & Albert Museum): ‘The Survival, Alteration and Appreciation of English Medieval Embroideries.’ Tuesday 21 November: Drinks reception in the Refectory at 5.30pm, lecture in the Exhibition Hall at 6.00. Everyone is welcome – please register via www.centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com or 0191 334 1656.
Following the great response to the Real Easter Eggs this year, you can now buy (or order) The Real Advent Calendar (£3.99) and Meaningful Christmas Crackers (£9.99) from our Fair Trade Stall. You can also buy Traidcraft Christmas cards (please see the poster) at the Gateway World Shop at St Nicholas Church in Durham or online at www.traidcraftshop.co.uk Alternatively you might like to buy an unusual Christmas present by buying a gift that gives twice at www.cafod.org.uk/worldgifts or http://www.oxfam.org.uk/unwrapped
The Parish Seeks to offer support to prisoners and their families in a number of ways. On Sunday 26 November we will be having our annual collection of toys, puzzles, coloured pencils etc. for children to play with whilst visiting family members in prison. Please leave your items under the bench in the narthex. Thank you.
Morning Mass this Saturday 25 will be at 10am and will be offered for all the deceased family and friends of our parishioners. During the Mass, we will be invited to light a candle and to name those whom we have lost. All are invited and those who have been bereaved in the last 12 months are especially welcome.
Confessions will be available before Mass (9:00-9:30am) and light refreshments will be served in the Parish Room following.
Pope Francis has asked the worldwide Catholic community to observe the World Day of the Poor for the first time on, Sunday 19 November. The World Day of the Poor will be observed each year on the 33rd Sunday of the Church’s liturgical calendar.
Loving God, Open our ears to hear you in the cry of those living in poverty.
Open our eyes to see you in the lives of the oppressed.
Open our hearts to meet you in others and to respond with mercy and compassion.
Pour out on us your grace, so that we may grow as your faithful people,
always seeking your kingdom of Truth, Justice and Peace.
Through Christ our Lord,
There will be a short meeting after 10.00am Mass, this Sunday, 19 November, for anyone who wants to find out more about our plans for the trip to Rome.
We will be travelling on Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday) and staying in Rome for a week. At the meeting, we’ll talk about plans for the week, hotels, practical arrangements and any questons you may have.
If you can’t come along to the meeting, please contact Margaret Doyle on 0191 3783660 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information or a booking form.
Peter Hampshire has written to us from the South of Vietnam, where he is living in a Salesian community, and working with young people. Peter admits, “The first few weeks have been interesting, but I’m still not sure what’s going on half the time because communication is often difficult.” But he says that the Salesian community does a great job of supporting young people in difficult circumstances, and he thanks you for your generous support of his project.
The next meeting of the Parish Assembly is on Thursday 23 November at 7.30pm. The Assembly meetings are open to every member of the parish, and the meeting will include updates from the Parish Pastoral Council and the Partnership Development Group.
If you have any items for the agenda, please contact the secretary, Cliona Kear.
As on previous occasions, we shall be opening the Church during the forthcoming Lumiere festival in Durham (16th to 19th 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 5pm 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.
There will also be an installation lighting the boundary wall of St. Godric’s (Durham Martyrs parish) and the church will be open each evening, so you can also call in there for refreshments and to light a candle.
The details of the parish trip to Rome have now been agreed.
We will be travelling on Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday) and staying in Rome for a week. The cost is £956.00 per person (£160.00 single supplement), on a half board basis, including 2 half day tours around Rome. We are also planning a day trip to Assisi.
Please contact Margaret Doyle on 0191 3783660 or email@example.com, for more information or a booking form.
We are looking to increase the number of servers available for both of our Sunday Masses and also for Weekday Masses where there will be some sacristan duties involved. We welcome anybody of any age who has made their First Holy Communion and full training will be given. If you are interested, or you know of someone who may be, please let Andy Doyle, David Crookes or Fr Andrew know.
Our Journey in Faith programme continues on Tuesday 7 November at 7pm in the Parish Room. Although designed primarily for those looking to be baptised, received into the Catholic Church and/or confirmed, all parishioners and students are very welcome to come along and explore the Catholic faith. This week’s session looks at the question “Who is Jesus?”.
November is the month in which Catholics traditionally bring to mind those who have died and pray for their souls. Our Parish Book of Remembrance will be open at the font all month from All Saints Day for you to write the names of your departed family members and friends. The 10am Mass on Sunday November 12 will be a sung Requiem Mass for the souls of all who died in the World Wars and other conflicts of recent decades.
We will also invite all who have been bereaved in the last few years to come along to a special Mass at 10am on Saturday November 25th which will be followed by light refreshments.
The annual collection for the Clergy Training Fund will remain open until 26 November. This is the fund which meets the costs of training, and ongoing formation and education, for the priests and deacons of our diocese. Please support the collection generously.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Brenda Currer, mother of Fr Tony, who died on Thursday 26th October. Her Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Friday 3rd November at 10.00am, at the Church of the Holy Name, Jesmond.