This Friday, 29 June, is the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul, a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be celebrated at St Cuthbert’s at 7.00pm on Thursday (Vigil Mass) and at 12.15pm on Friday.
Masses in other local churches: St Bede’s 9.15am, St Godric’s 10.00am, St Joseph’s 7.00pm; St Patrick’s, Langley Moor, Vigil Mass on Thursday at 7.00pm and Mass on Friday at 9.30am.
Please pray for Patrick Jackson, Paul Nichol and Peter Smith, who will be ordained to serve in our diocese as Permanent Deacons on Saturday 30 June.
This year’s pilgrimage to Holy Island with Churches Together in Elvet & Shincliffe takes place on Saturday 1 September. A coach will leave the student union building at Dunelm House at 9am arriving back at Durham in the early evening having returned via Seahouses. Unfortunately, the fares have had to be increased this year and will be £12.50 for adults and £10.00 for children. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
For more details and booking forms please see the notice board in the narthex.
From Sunday 24 June and throughout the summer, our 6:30 Mass becomes a quieter celebration. However, we do need volunteers to welcome, read, take the collection and minister Holy Communion. If you can help, whether from the parish or chaplaincy community, please sign up on the list on the noticeboards. Please don’t leave it to the few.
Saturday 14 July will see the streets of Durham filled with people for Gala Day. As usual, we will be serving refreshments to help with our fundraising for charity and to offer a slightly quieter place for people to sit and relax. We will need items to sell and, just as importantly, lots of people to sell them! Please do sign up as soon as you can if you can offer a couple of hours on the day and/or some cakes, drinks or other produce.
The chapels, principal rooms, Divines Tearoom, gift shop and gardens are open Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-5pm. The tearoom, gift shop and gardens are also open on Monday and Tuesday, 11am-2pm.
CAFOD’s gap year programme, aimed at those aged 18 – 30, is an opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit CAFOD partners and the communities with whom CAFOD works. Applications are open for a September 2018 start, deadline 30 June. Email email@example.com to register your interest and find out more.
Will be holding a recording of modern worship songs at the Church of St Thomas the Martyr, Newcastle, on Thursday 5 July, 6.30-9.30pm. Fr Andrew has details, if you’re interested in taking part.
Three-day Walking Retreat with walks of 8-10 miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres. Every day starts with a reflection. You will need suitable walking boots and weatherproof clothing. Tuesday 10th-Thursday 12 July, cost £125.
Minsteracres Summer Fayre: Saturday 14th July, 11am-4pm.
All those concerned about how we can support young people on their faith journey are invited to a co-workers’ meeting at the Emmaus Village on Sunday 8 July at 3.00pm (Tea, coffee and cake from 2.15pm). YMT will present a number of opportunities including the national Flame event which happens in March 2019 and this will also be a time to share good practice with people from other parts of the diocese. Please let YMT know if you are coming on 01207 592244 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This national Catholic award scheme for school years 6-11, encouraging young people to reflect on their faith and put into action, can be carried out in both school and parish groups. Two training sessions will take place for those who would like to run the Award: Thursday 5 July 7pm – 8.30pm St Aloysius Parish Hall, Hebburn and Friday 6 July 1.30pm – 3pm at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Hebburn. To book a place, please contact email@example.com
Congratulations to Grete, Ben and Emily, who made their First Holy Communion at the 10.00am Mass on Sunday, and to their families. Here are a few of the photos.
Last week’s picture was from the Stations of the Cross. The second station includes a child carrying the sign that was placed on the cross at the crucifixion. INRI stands for ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’.
Where is this?
We will publish the answer next week.
Congratulations to Grete, Ben and Emily, who make their First Holy Communion at the 10.00am Mass on Sunday, and to their families. Please join us for a small celebration in the Parish Room after Mass.
Sunday 17 June, 3.00-3.30pm, at the Memorial at the junction of Southfield Way (A691 and B6532.) This short ecumenical service to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Durham Martyrs Memorial will be followed by refreshments at St Cuthbert’s Church, North Road. (The Memorial is diagonally across from County Hall and is at the housing side of the Roundabout in the former Dryburn Hospital site.) Everyone is welcome.
Our next film and pizza night is on Friday 22 June, with doors opening at 6:30pm with the screening beginning about 7pm. We will be showing the 1953 film “Roman Holiday”, starring Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn and a Vespa scooter! The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, with Audrey Hepburn winning as Best Actress (and Vespa scooters enjoying record sales after the film’s release!) All are very welcome.
Will meet on Tuesday 19 June at 8pm at Orchard House, New Elvet, to discuss James Meek, Private Island.
We will also choose the books for our next meetings and fix where we would like to meet for a meal over the summer, Please contact Margaret Harvey for more details  3840080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org All are welcome.
Durham Martyrs are celebrating 5 years as one Parish with Mass on Thursday 21 June at 7pm in St Godric’s Church, with the official debut of “The Mass of the Durham Martyrs” composed by talented parishioner Roger McKone.
From 30 June – 8 July, people in all corners of the country are preparing to Speak Up on climate change and renewable energy to their MPs. You are invited to hold a climate change event and to invite your MP to come along. It could be anything from a pub quiz, a climate bake-off or a climate Q&A. This is your opportunity to make sure that the concerns of the world’s poorest people are on your MP’s agenda. Find out more at https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Power-to-be/Week-of-Action