Category Archives: Announcements

Journey in Faith

Our Journey in Faith programme continues on Tuesday 21 November at 7pm in the Dining Room. Although designed primarily for those looking to be baptised, received into the Catholic Church and/or confirmed, all parishioners and students are very welcome to come along and to explore the Catholic faith.

This week’s session is the second of two exploring our understanding of Scripture and focuses on the New Testament

Events at Ushaw and Minsteracres

Advent: through the music of Handel’s Messiah (Minsteracres)

An Advent pilgrimage through Part 1 of the Messiah. You will experience the deeply loved Handel Messiah in a new way: the released energy of its opening overture, the tenderness of “Comfort ye” that sings of God’s answer to us. Led by Euan Tait, a librettist and poet, a retreat leader who works across the country, and a Lecturer in English & Creative Writing. Friday 1-Sunday 3 December. Cost £130.

 

Fair Trade at Christmas

Following the great response to the Real Easter Eggs this year, you can now buy (or order) The Real Advent Calendar (£3.99) and Meaningful Christmas Crackers (£9.99) from our Fair Trade Stall. You can also buy Traidcraft Christmas cards (please see the poster) at the Gateway World Shop at St Nicholas Church in Durham or online at www.traidcraftshop.co.uk  Alternatively you might like to buy an unusual Christmas present by buying a gift that gives twice at www.cafod.org.uk/worldgifts or http://www.oxfam.org.uk/unwrapped

Remembering our loved ones

Morning Mass this Saturday 25 will be at 10am and will be offered for all the deceased family and friends of our parishioners. During the Mass, we will be invited to light a candle and to name those whom we have lost. All are invited and those who have been bereaved in the last 12 months are especially welcome.

Confessions will be available before Mass (9:00-9:30am) and light refreshments will be served in the Parish Room following.

World Day of the Poor

Pope Francis has asked the worldwide Catholic community to observe the World Day of the Poor for the first time on, Sunday 19 November. The World Day of the Poor will be observed each year on the 33rd Sunday of the Church’s liturgical calendar.

Loving God, Open our ears to hear you in the cry of those living in poverty.

Open our eyes to see you in the lives of the oppressed.
Open our hearts to meet you in others and to respond with mercy and compassion.

Pour out on us your grace, so that we may grow as your faithful people,
always seeking your kingdom of Truth, Justice and Peace.

Through Christ our Lord,
Amen

Children’s liturgy

St. Cuthbert’s Parish runs a Children’s Liturgy group every Sunday during term time at 10am Mass.
The group is designed to meet the needs of young children between the ages of three and eight years.  Younger children may attend but will need to be supported by a parent or carer.  Older children are also welcome, and often help the younger ones, although we do suggest that once children have made their first Holy Communion, they might prefer to remain in church with the rest of the parish community.
We try to follow a routine each week which corresponds with the order of the Mass.  After the sign of the cross, the children think about forgiveness and we say a “sorry prayer”.   We listen to and talk about the gospel of the day.  We then do activities which relate to the gospel story.  This might be a game or a role play, a word search or crossword or colouring in activities.  We also enjoy singing!
The group is run by parent volunteers.  The volunteers do not have a formal training.  We take it in turns to prepare the liturgy and usually lead the group once a month.  All volunteers have a DBS check with the diocese.  We are always looking for more volunteers – please do let us know if you would like to help out!

Parish trip to Rome

There will be a short meeting after 10.00am Mass, this Sunday, 19 November, for anyone who wants to find out more about our plans for the trip to Rome.

We will be travelling on Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday) and staying in Rome for a week.  At the meeting, we’ll talk about plans for the week, hotels, practical arrangements and any questons you may have.

If you can’t come along to the meeting, please contact Margaret Doyle on 0191 3783660 or margaretdoyle1066@sky.com, for more information or a booking form.

News from Vietnam

Peter Hampshire has written to us from the South of Vietnam, where he is living in a Salesian community, and working with young people. Peter admits, “The first few weeks have been interesting, but I’m still not sure what’s going on half the time because communication is often difficult.” But he says that the Salesian community does a great job of supporting young people in difficult circumstances, and he thanks you for your generous support of his project.

Parish Assembly

The next meeting of the Parish Assembly is on Thursday 23 November at 7.30pm.  The Assembly meetings are open to every member of the parish, and the meeting will include updates from the Parish Pastoral Council and the Partnership Development Group.

If you have any items for the agenda, please contact the secretary, Cliona Kear.

Lumiere 2017

As on previous occasions, we shall be opening the Church during the forthcoming Lumiere festival in Durham (16th to 19th November).  In common with many of the churches in the centre of the city, we hope to provide a place for quieter reflection where people can light a candle, say a prayer and also find some “light” refreshments.  We hope to be open from about 5pm to 10pm on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday and after the evening Mass on the Sunday.

To offer this opportunity, we will need willing hands to staff the church, to make soups, to sell tea and coffee etc.  If you can help, in any way, please sign up as soon as you can on the lists on the noticeboard or see Andy Doyle.  Thank you.

There will also be an installation lighting the boundary wall of St. Godric’s (Durham Martyrs parish) and the church will be open each evening, so you can also call in there for refreshments and to light a candle.

Parish Trip to Rome

The details of the parish trip to Rome have now been agreed.

We will be travelling on Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday) and staying in Rome for a week.  The cost is £956.00 per person (£160.00 single supplement), on a half board basis, including 2 half day tours around Rome.  We are also planning a day trip to Assisi.

Please contact Margaret Doyle on 0191 3783660 or margaretdoyle1066@sky.com, for more information or a booking form.

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.

Journey in Faith

Our Journey in Faith programme continues on Tuesday 7 November at 7pm in the Parish Room. Although designed primarily for those looking to be baptised, received into the Catholic Church and/or confirmed, all parishioners and students are very welcome to come along and explore the Catholic faith. This week’s session looks at the question “Who is Jesus?”.

Holy Souls

November is the month in which Catholics traditionally bring to mind those who have died and pray for their souls. Our Parish Book of Remembrance will be open at the font all month from All Saints Day for you to write the names of your departed family members and friends. The 10am Mass on Sunday November 12 will be a sung Requiem Mass for the souls of all who died in the World Wars and other conflicts of recent decades.

We will also invite all who have been bereaved in the last few years to come along to a special Mass at 10am on Saturday November 25th which will be followed by light refreshments.IMG_20141101_114912