Category Archives: Announcements

A Message from Bishop Seamus

I would like to express my sincere thanks for the very generous gift presented to me by the priests and people of the Diocese, on the occasion of my retirement. I would also like to offer my thanks to all those involved in education in the Diocese for their very generous gift too. I am truly humbled by the kindness of so many. Rest assured that these gifts will be a great help in my retirement. Please keep me in your prayers and be assured of mine for the priests and people of Hexham and Newcastle diocese. May God bless you all – Bishop Seamus.

Parish Reading Group

The parish has a Reading Group which discusses all sorts of literature (not just theology nor only Christian writing). All members of the Parish are welcome to join, including undergraduates and post graduates.

Will meet on Tuesday 25 June at 8pm at Orchard House to discuss Bart Van Es, The Cut-out Girl.

We will also discuss next term’s books and one for the summer and also where/whether to have supper together before next session.

All are welcome. Note, to gain entrance to Orchard House, come to the front door and press 47 on the keyboard,

Welcomers, Readers & Ministers of Holy Communion

The current rota will ends today. Please could you let the parish office know on 0191 3843442 or email of any Sundays you will not be available for the new rota by noon on Thursday 27 June. The new rota will run from Sunday 30 June until Sunday 1 September. If you would like to be included in the rota more or would like to be on a little less, please do get in touch, thank you.

Annual Collection for the Diocesan Lay Training Fund

Continues today. 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.

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.

Justice & Peace Refugee Project, Sunday 7 July

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 please remember to bring them to Church on or before Sunday 7 July and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected.

As well as our usual collection of toilet rolls and biscuits we have an additional special collection just in July. Gender neutral shampoo, STs ( not tampons) and nappies sizes 5 -6 inclusive (not newborn or smaller) are also requested. Thank you for your generosity.

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.

The café in the Refectory will not be serving a full menu but you will be able to buy light refreshments.  Why not bring a packed lunch or a picnic? Or treat yourself to one of Ushaw’s picnic hampers – see poster for details and phone Ushaw on 0191 3345119 by Tuesday 25 June to order your hamper.
A number of people are planning to cycle to Ushaw. 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 and everyone is welcome to join us.