Category Archives: Announcements

World Mission Sunday

Is Sunday 21 October. This is our chance to support missionaries in proclaiming the Gospel of hope to those who suffer around the world. By supporting Missio, the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, you will be sharing the love of Christ with all people by helping everyone in need, regardless of background or belief. Today, your prayers and donations will help build a future of hope both in Ethiopia and around the world. Please give what you can, and if you are a taxpayer, please use the Gift Aid envelopes. Thank you.

Journey in Faith

We are pleased to say that our Journey in Faith programme begins on Tuesday 30 October in the Parish Room at 7pm. 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.

The first session will be introductory in nature and will also discuss the basic question “What is Faith?” Please note that sessions will conclude by about 8:30pm with the Night Prayer of the Church (Compline). If you want to know more, contact Andy Doyle (0798 543 4185 or andydoyle1066@sky.com).

Catholic Medical Association

 A talk and discussion on; Offering a second chance: abortion pill reversal. Everyone is welcome, especially those involved in healthcare. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. Wednesday 24 October at 7.15pm, at St Andrew’s Church, 9 Worswick Street, Newcastle, NE1 6UW. (Parking is limited on the street although there is parking available also on nearby streets and is free after 6.30pm.)

Events at Minsteracres

On pilgrimage while standing still: A retreat led by John Bell of the Iona Community. Friday 9-Sunday 11 November. Suggested donation: £140.

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 17 November, 10am-5pm. Suggested donation: £10.

Traidcraft

You may have seen or heard recent news coverage about the future of this amazing Fair Trade business being at risk. A number of us are asking “What can we do?” The short answer is BUY MORE FROM TRAIDCRAFT!

In these most challenging times, the organisation needs a really good trading period between now and Christmas. As well as groceries, they offer a wonderful range of Christmas decorations, gifts and cards. Their Autumn collection includes a wide collection of handmade homewares, from recycled glassware to handcrafted cushions and soft furnishings.

Please consider doing the following:

  • Visit our parish Traidcraft stall
  • Shop online, discover more about the organisation, its impact, and how you can support it…….and encourage friends or family to do the same
  • Buy your tea, coffee, biscuits and cleaning products from Traidcraft. They even stock toilet roll!

Traidcraft has thanked everyone who has regularly supported their work of Traidcraft over the last 39 years. Your regular purchases really do make a difference in the lives of producers in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Around the Church

Last week’s photo was St. Joseph, a detail of the nativity picture on the Lady Altar.

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The Voskresenije-Resurrection Choir of St. Petersburg

For one night only, Tuesday, November 20th, the Parish of the Durham Martyrs are delighted to welcome to St. Godric’s, Durham, the Voskresenije-Resurrection Choir of St. Petersburg on their tour of the British Isles.

This vocal ensemble, Resurrection -Voskresenije in Russian – was founded by Jurij Maruk in 1993. It consists of nine professional female and male vocalists trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. The repertoire of the ensemble includes Russian Sacred Music as well as folk music. Guest performances in Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Austria, the UK, France and Italy have met with great success, and the choir has recorded several CDs of their repertoire, which includes some specially composed arrangements of Burns songs by John McIntosh.

Tickets £7-50 (free for under 19s) available from Durham Martyrs Parish Office 0191 3843810

The Finchale Partnership

The Partnership Development Group met in September.  At the meeting, the PDG discussed a proposal for the amalgamation of parishes in West Durham, and plans for Partnership events over the next few months.  The full minutes of the meeting are available on the our partnership webpages currently hosted at https://www.stcuthberts-durham.org.uk/the-finchale-partnership/partnership-development-group-information