Category Archives: Announcements

Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture

Bearing Scars and Forging Hope: The Church’s Flawed Expertise in Humanity by Dr Ethna Regan (Dublin City University.) Thursday 22 June: 6pm lecture followed by optional cheese & wine reception, at Ushaw College. Lecture £4 (free for Durham University staff and students – students sponsored by the Chaplaincy), lecture + reception £8. Registration is required – see noticeboard or the Centre for Catholic Studies website for details.

Serving at the altar

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.

Justice and peace refugee project

Our parish collects biscuits and toilet rolls to help provide basic supplies to asylum seekers in the diocese. These are collected regularly, on the first Sunday of the month. If you would like to donate items and haven’t brought anything in yet then please remember to bring them to Church Sunday 4 June and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected.

please pray for

Jim Leighton, father of Fr Peter Leighton, who died peacefully at St Joseph’s Home, Newcastle on 22 May aged 83 years. Jim’s Requiem Mass is on Thursday 1 June at 11:30am at St Bede’s RC Church, Whickham View, NE15 7HP followed by cremation at West Road Crematorium. Family and friends are welcome at St Cuthbert’s High School, Gretna Road, NE15 7PX from 1pm for refreshments. May he rest in peace. Amen

Today is World Communications Sunday

On this day, Catholics are encouraged to pray for all those professionals who work in the field of communications, especially for those who are responsible for communicating on behalf of the Catholic Church in this country through the Catholic Communications Network (CCN.) The CCN is the media office of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and supports the Bishops in their role as teachers of the faith. It works to raise the profile of the Church in the media and public life. Please pray for the work of the CCN, and support the collection generously.

Our Area Partnership

A few weeks ago, we announced that the new Area Partnerships would be officially launched at Pentecost and that Fr. Andrew Downie will be the Partnership Dean for our area.

On Tuesday evening, Fr. Andrew met with for the first time with the Partnership Development Group, a group which will meet regularly over for the next 2 years to establish how our partnership will work.  The group includes the 5 priests who serve the 9 parishes in our partnership, and a lay representative from each parish.  This parish is represented by Margaret Doyle.  We will also be asking our local schools to join the development group.

Our first priority is to get to know each other, by meeting socially and for prayer.  Each parish will be inviting people from across the partnership to events they have planned – Durham Martyrs have already invited us to join their Family Fun Day on Sunday 18 June.  We are also planning our first partnership event, an afternoon at Finchale Priory on Sunday 16 July, with activities and vespers.

Over the next few months the Partnership Development Group will be looking at the questionnaires each parish completed in 2015, to identify where we can help and support each other, and we will keep you up to date with our plans, and how you can get involved, through our newsletters and websites.  If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please get in touch with Margaret on 0191 3783660 or