The theme this year is “Dignity for all workers”, recognising the problems faced by people due to racism and ethnic discrimination in the workplace. The Church teaches that “all people have a right to work… to lead a worthy life on the material, social, cultural and spiritual level”. We are therefore called to ensure people are not exploited while they work, and to open our hearts to those who face this hatred. “As you did this to the one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me…” A retiring collection will be taken at Sunday’s Mass to support the work of the Catholic Association for Racial Justice.
Our Journey in Faith session this week (Tuesday at 7pm in the Parish Room) explores the Eucharist. All are welcome.
Please read the following important items if your are part of our Gift Aid Scheme. If you are not part of the Scheme and would like to be, then contact Andy Doyle, our Gift Aid Co-Ordinator:
Audit and Review: If you donate via Planned Giving Envelopes, could you please, within the next few weeks, insert a slip of paper with your name into the envelope along with your contribution. This will help us to show auditors that the Gift Aid claim records are being compiled accurately.
Eligibility: If you are part of the Gift Aid scheme, whether through planned giving envelopes or by giving directly through the bank then, for the parish to claim Gift Aid legitimately on your donations, you need to be paying at least £13 per year in Income Tax for each £1 per week you donate. If you are not paying sufficient income tax to cover the amount to be reclaimed from HMRC then please let Andy Doyle know as soon as possible. Andy can be contacted on 0798 543 4185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ash Wednesday this year is on 6th March. After the 10am Mass on Sunday 3rd March we shall, as is traditional, burn your palm leaves and crosses from last year in order to provide the ashes – so please bring your palms to church and place them in the box provided in the porch.
Prof Myriam Wijlens (University of Erfurt and Durham University): Communio Fidelium, Communio Ecclesiarum, Communio Episcoporum: Representation in Synodal Structures. At Ushaw College. Tuesday 26th February: 6pm; Lecture in the Exhibition Hall, 7.15pm; Drinks reception in the Refectory (optional.)
Everyone is welcome. This is a ticketed event and tickets must be booked online by 10am Tuesday 19th February. Lecture only tickets: £5 per person (concessions £2.50; Durham University staff and students free of charge with assistance from Durham University Catholic Chaplaincy). Drinks reception: £5 per person (no concessions). For more information (including details of transport from Durham city centre) contact email@example.com or 0191 334 1656.
Catholic Medical Association North-East branch will meet at St Cuthbert’s on Thursday 21st March at 7.15pm. There will be a talk and discussion on ‘Challenges facing Catholics in Healthcare in 2019,’ with light refreshments and an opportunity to meet and socialise. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
If your son or daughter is in school Year 4 (or above), they are eligible to make their First Communion this year. If you would like your child to begin the programme of preparation for First Communion, please speak to Fr Andrew.
A memorial has been set up in the Lady Chapel to commemorate the lives of those lost before, during or soon after birth. Please pray for all those families who have suffered in this way.
A photography exhibition by Durham Photographic Society, depicting celebrated musicians from the North East or who perform regularly in the area, including Kathryn Tickell, Zoe Gilby, Folkworks, Martin Longstaff and Paul Edis. On display at Ushaw College 18th January-23rd March.
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 9th March, 10am-5pm. Led by the Minsteracres team. Suggested donation £10.
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Last week’s picture was the back of the presidential chair, the priest’s chair during Mass.
An opportunity to step aside, to listen to God in scripture and to enjoy the peace. Wednesday, 27th March: 10.30am to 4.00pm. Led by Sister Rosarie Spence. £10 per person, including coffee, tea and biscuits served both on arrival and to conclude the day. Lunch, with a delicious choice of great value home-made food, is available to purchase in the refectory. Bookings can be made on-line via Ushaw’s website (www.ushaw.org) or call 0191 3345119.
Pope Francis has appointed Rt Rev Robert Byrne, currently Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, to serve as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle in succession to Bishop Seamus Cunningham. We look forward to welcoming Bishop Robert to our diocese.
Retirement Mass for Bishop Seamus: To mark the retirement of Bishop Seamus, a Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral at 7pm on Friday 22nd February, the Feast of The Chair of St Peter, Apostle. Everybody is welcome to this Mass, which will be followed by light refreshments in the Cathedral grounds. The Cathedral will be open to everyone and tickets are NOT required.
Installation of Bishop Robert as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle: The Installation Mass for Bishop Robert will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral at 12 noon on Monday 25th March, the Feast of the Annunciation. Entry to the Cathedral for this Mass will be by invitation and ticket only.
Please pray for Bishop Seamus and Bishop Robert as they each prepare for the next phase of their ministry.
In a Pastoral Letter, Bishop Seamus launches our Diocesan Vision, Mission and Values. You will receive a Partnership Prayer card at Mass, on the back of which you will find the full wording of our Vision, our Mission, and our Values.
Today’s Gospel recounts the day when Simon’s life changed forever. He spent the morning listening to Jesus preaching the Word of God to the crowds. Then, at Jesus’ word, Simon and his friends put out their fishing nets, though these experienced fishermen wouldn’t expect to catch anything in the middle of the day. When they did net a tremendous catch of fish, Simon, understandably, felt overwhelmed. His reaction – ‘Leave me Lord, I am a sinful man,’ would probably be ours, too. But Jesus chose this sinful and imperfect man for the leading role among his disciples. Simon would preach the Gospel and draw men and women to Christ, and he would become Peter, the rock on which the Church is built. He responded immediately and generously to the Lord’s call, leaving everything to follow him.
Like Peter, Christ calls us to be his disciples and witnesses. Like Peter (and like the prophet Isaiah), we may feel unworthy, and yet the Lord calls us. He will provide the catch. All he asks of us is a generous response.
Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP will, unfortunately, not be preaching at St Cuthbert’s on Sunday, as an injury has prevented him from travelling.
Evelyn Waugh, Catholicism and America. Presented by Prof. Martin Stannard, University of Leicester. Tuesday 12th February; drinks from 5.30pm, lecture at 6.00. Transport is available from Durham city centre: contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Our diocesan event for young people in school Years 5-8. Live music; Praise & Worship; invited speakers; refreshments and social time. Wednesday 13th February, 6.00-7.30pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Mill Lane, Hebburn NE31 2ET.
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