Category Archives: Announcements

Cycle to Ushaw

A number of us are planning to cycle to Ushaw College for the Partnership Mass on the 30th June. Everyone is welcome to join us. The plan is to leave St Cuthbert’s by 10:30am on Sunday 30th June, in order to have some time before Mass to cool off. If interested let Martin Forester or Chima know you will be coming.

Annual Collection for the Diocesan Lay Training Fund

Begins Sunday 9th June. Whatever our role in the Church, we need to understand our faith and to know what the Church teaches, and be able to discern our calling, so that we can live out our vocation and mission and thus witness to our faith. The Lay Training Fund is available to support this vision, and has funded many scholars at the Centre for Catholic Studies. The collection continues until 7th July.

The Spirit of truth will lead you to the complete truth

The Son of God became human to reveal God to us. During his life on earth, Jesus taught his disciples in parables; he worked miracles which were signs of God’s power; and he taught them by his whole way of life. But at the Last Supper, preparing to face death, Jesus knows that his disciples have not yet fully grasped the truth that he is teaching them. The Holy Spirit, who comes at Pentecost, will lead them into the fullness of the truth. And the truth is that at the heart of God is loving relationship: three Persons, Father, Son and Spirit, living in mutual love and self-giving. This truth is a mystery that is beyond human understanding, even with the help of divine grace. Like some of the other great truths that we encounter in our lives – the wonders of nature, the mystery of a person we love – the Trinity is not a problem to be solved, but a truth to be encountered, accepted and lived.

Advance Notice- Miners Gala

Saturday 13th 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 as described in the last few bulletins and also 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, to tidy up, wash up and all the other things that need to be done! Please do sign up as soon as you can if you can offer a hour or more on the day and/or some cakes, drinks or other produce.

Holy Island

This years pilgrimage to Holy Island with Churches Together in Elvet & Shincliffe takes place on Saturday 20th July. 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. The fares remain £12.50 for adults and £10.00 for children. Please book early to avoid disappointment. More details are on the poster in the narthex where booking forms are also available.

Events at Ushaw

Ushaw Lecture: Bishop Cuthbert Tunstall and Durham’s Response to the Reformation. Dr Elizabeth Biggs (Lendrum Priory Library Visiting Fellow, Durham Residential Research Library.) Tuesday 18th June. 5.30pm: Drinks reception in the Refectory. 6pm: Lecture in the Exhibition Hall. Everyone is welcome. Minibus transport is available from Durham city centre: to book transport, please register at

Day of prayer and reflection at Ushaw: Led by Sister Rosarie Spence RSM, Thursday, 20th June, 11.00am – 4.00pm. Experience different ways of praying, and an opportunity to step aside and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.

£10.00 per person, including coffee, tea and biscuits served on arrival from 10.30-11.00am, and at the end of the day. Lunch is not provided, but there is a delicious range of food available in the Refectory. Bookings can be made on-line via or by calling 0191 3345119.

Poetry Reading & Discussion with award winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts. Monday 24th June, 7:30–9pm at Ushaw College. Entrance is free, and transport is available from Durham city, but booking is required at

The Challenge of Change

New homes, new communities and the impact on Durham City. The Revd. Chris Beales (Director of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Commission on Housing) will lead a discussion on new housing development in Durham City. At Elvet Methodist Church, Thursday 20th June at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided.

Finchale Partnership Open Afternoons

In our area, and especially to the people of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs at Newhouse, Esh Winning, St John Boste is ‘a local lad’.  At a time when it was illegal to be a Catholic priest John Boste was arrested in what is now our parish, and then executed in Durham in 1595.  More recently mining has played a big part in building up our community, though, obviously, all of the collieries are now closed.  You are welcome to come and visit our Church and Parish Centre in Newhouse on Sunday 7 July, 2.00 – 4.00 pm (DH7 9LF). We’ll be delighted to meet you and show you our Church.

Partnership Day at Ushaw

The Finchale Partnership are organising a Partnership Day at Ushaw on Sunday 30 June.  There will be Mass at 12.30pm (including children’s liturgy), followed by activities and prayer for the rest of the afternoon.  Because of the Partnership event, there are changes to Mass times in many of our churches, so please take a sheet with the revised Mass times for the weekend of 29/30 June.  There will be a schools’ choir concert and games for families, information about all the parishes in the partnership, a Memory Cafe for those affected by dementia, treasure trails and guided tours. Please see the poster on the noticeboard, where you will also find sign up sheets for guided tours or if you need a lift to Ushaw on the day. There will also be a group cycling up to Ushaw from St. Cuthbert’s if you would like to join them.

Each parish will have a stand to share information about the parish, and we are also asked to organise activities. Some parishes have already volunteered to provide face painting and a tombola. If you have ideas about what St. Cuthbert’s could contribute, or if you would like to volunteer to welcome people to Ushaw, to help supervise children’s activities or to help on our parish’s stand, please contact Margaret Doyle on 0191 3783660 or