Category Archives: Announcements

Christmas Flowers

With Christmas fast approaching please keep the Church flowers in mind. Any donations will be very welcome either through the Donation Box in the porch or directly with Cliona Kear. Would you like to support an arrangement in memory of a loved one, a birthday or any occasion special to you? Please contact Cliona Kear on 0191 386 3400 or c.m.kear@dunelm.org.uk

The Finchale Partnership – Advent Service

Please join us at Ushaw College for our Partnership Advent Service on Sunday 2nd December, at 4.00pm.  During the service we’ll be lighting the first candle of the Advent wreath in the magnificent surroundings of St Cuthbert’s chapel.  There’ll be drinks afterwards, and a treasure trail for the children. We’ll be taking a collection for the college (and please be generous as you will also have the opportunity to see the Christmas tree festival while you are there).

Justice and Peace invitation

The Outreach Committee of the Finchale Partnership is seeking to meet with all Justice and Peace groups within the partnership, and anyone else who has in interest in justice and peace issues, with a view to learning from each other and investigating ways we might work more effectively together across the partnership. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 06 December, from 7:00pm at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Esh Winning. Please contact Fr Robert Riedling at St Patrick’s, Langley Moor with any enquiries (langleymoor.stpatrick@rcdhn.co.uk  / (0191) 378 4486).

Truth? What is Truth?

Jesus stands before Pilate: an accused criminal, facing the judge. Jesus describes himself as a witness to the truth. Pilate’s cynical reply is, ‘Truth? What is that?’ For Pilate, the reality is power, and truth is negotiable. Jesus has come into the world to witness to the truth; the truth that, through his sacrifice, our sins are forgiven and death is overcome. Jesus and Pilate are speaking different languages.

Pilate’s
attitude seems to prevail in today’s world. Though we have access
to more information than ever before, there often seems to be little
respect for the truth. The voices of the poor are drowned out by
those of the wealthy and powerful. Today’s Feast of Christ the King
reminds us that those who exercise worldly power are answerable to a
higher authority. God’s kingdom will not pass away. The truth will
prevail.

HM Prison Durham: A message from the Lay Chaplain

Having HMP Durham as your close neighbour is doubtless a constant call on your generosity as a Parish, and I am appealing for your support again. Many of our men are desperate to engage in some way with their Faith and foster a relationship with the Lord. One of the ways we can support this is by creating a welcoming, accessible and accepting environment in our St Cuthbert’s Chapel. The Chapel itself is beautiful, peaceful and a place of sanctuary in an often brutal environment. We do use the space for Bible Study Groups as well as the weekend Liturgies and I’m looking to see if we can buy some more accessible materials to use with the men, many of whom are illiterate. To that end, I would be grateful for donations so that we can build a varied resource bank to fully include all of our men who are seeking to continue their Faith Journey by learning more about the Good News. (To donate, speak to Fr Andrew.)

Clergy Training Fund

The annual appeal for the Diocesan Clergy Training Fund remains open for another week. This is the sole means of supporting the formation of men training for the Priesthood and the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. Your kindness will ensure that our Diocese has the resources to train ministers for the Church both today and into the future. The fund also supports ongoing formation for clergy.

Youth Sunday Collection

Next weekend we celebrate Youth Sunday. Bishop Seamus and the Youth Ministry Trust wish to thank you for your generous contributions to last year’s collection and for all you have done throughout the year to support our young people on their faith journey. There will be a collection next week to support the work of YMT. Envelopes are available if you wish to Gift Aid your donation.

Boundary Wall

Work has now started  on repairing the boundary wall. The work was tendered and the successful contractor is Redfern Building Services. The work will be done in sections to keep disruption to the pavement and parking to a minimum and is expected to last approximately six weeks. The cost of the work is £24,600