We will celebrate our patron saint with Sung Vespers at 6.30pm on Friday 20th March (no Stations this week.) The preacher will be the Revd Michael Everitt, Canon Pastor of Durham Cathedral. This event is going ahead, and will be our last act of shared worship for the time being.
The programme of events scheduled to take place at Durham Cathedral for St Cuthbert’s Day has been cancelled.
In accordance with the statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, there will be no further public acts of worship at St Cuthbert’s after Sung Vespers on Friday 20th March, until further notice. This decision has been taken by the Bishops in line with official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS. The celebration of Sunday and weekday Mass will take place without a congregation.
An excerpt from the Bishops’ statement:
‘Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated; joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the live-streaming of the Mass; following its prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion: this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days. These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day. We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the ‘serious reason’ why this obligation does not apply at this time.’
St Cuthbert’s Church will not close, but will continue to open as a place for prayer and reflection. We will need stewards to watch the church during opening hours. If you are able to volunteer to steward for an hour or two, please contact Fr Andrew on email@example.com or 0191 384 3442.
Please watch the parish website and Facebook page, and our e-bulletin, for updates. You can read the statement from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference here.
you can help with welcoming, reading or administering Holy Communion
at our Easter services, please sign up on the rota on the noticeboard
as soon as you can. We need lots of volunteers to ensure that our
liturgies are celebrated with dignity and joy without overloading our
If you would be willing to take part in the foot-washing which is part of the Mass on Holy Thursday evening, then also sign up on the list on the noticeboard or let Fr Andrew or Andy Doyle know as soon as possible.
Can you spare an hour or more to help get the Church and Parish Room ready for Holy Week and Easter? We will be having a spring clean on Saturday 4th April from about 10:30am and if you can help, please do come along.
This year’s appeal is for the St Cuthbert’s Care Hardship Fund, which offers financial support to older Catholic people who wish to live in the St Cuthbert’s Care nursing homes in Sunderland or Newcastle, but lack the full means to do so. Details at www.stcuthbertscare.org.uk
encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well would seem
shocking to his disciples. A Jewish man of that time was not supposed
to speak in public to a woman outside his family. Jews and Samaritans
distrusted and shunned one another. And it seems that this woman may
be an outcast even among her own people; she has had five husbands,
and she comes to draw water alone, at the hottest part of the day,
when the other women of the community won’t be around.
pays no attention to rules that divide and exclude. He enters into a
conversation with the woman, and draws her to faith in him. She
becomes a disciple, and then a missionary; her witness draws the
people of her town to faith in Jesus. The Samaritan woman who came to
the well to draw water has received the living water that Jesus
promised. The Samaritan town has become a field that produces a rich
harvest of faith. Jesus sets no barriers to his mission. He really is
the Saviour of the world.
We’re hoping to put together a group for parishioners with young families. This will begin as just a WhatsApp group for getting to know each other and prayer support, but we hope to arrange some meetups for coffee and a play at a later date. If you would like to be added to the group please message Annie Glasspool on 07927644241.
If you enjoy the singing at Mass why not consider becoming more involved, even for just a short time? The choir invites you to help support the singing of the Liturgy over the Easter Triduum. We rehearse every Tuesday evening from 7.45 – 8.45pm. Every week, as well as rehearsing for the upcoming Sunday, we will be refreshing/learning items for the Easter Triduum, so why not come and join us? Don’t worry if you can’t read music or feel like your voice isn’t good enough. It’s not a performance; it’s about coming together to use the gifts we have to enhance our Liturgy and help our congregation in its worship. Why not give it a go? If you’d like more details please contact Alison McLean on 07770 884692 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lenten Quiet Day: An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside. Wednesday 18 March, 10am-4pm, with lunch provided. Led by Sr Sheila McNamara RSCJ. Suggested donation: £20.
An opportunity to experience different ways of praying at this time of Lent and on the feast of the Annunciation, led by Sister Rosarie Spence RSM, on Wednesday March 25th, 10.30am-3.30pm. The cost is £10.00 per person, to include refreshments at the beginning and the end of the day. Lunch can be purchased in the Refectory, and you can book online at www.ushaw.org or on 0191 3345119
In the first of a series of sessions on different prayers and devotions, we’ll be talking about the Stations of the Cross. We’ll be exploring the history and practice of the Stations, so whether you are very familiar with praying the Stations, or if you’ve seen them in church and simply want to know how it works, join us on Thursday 2nd April at 7.00pm, at St. Cuthbert’s. There will be a talk, the opportunity to ask questions and we will finish with Stations of the Cross in church.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has now moved to Stage 2 guidance in its guidance to parishes. This means that, as from now, Holy Communion will not be administered from the chalice, and communicants will be asked to receive the host in their hand. There should be no physical contact at the Sign of Peace, and the holy water stoups will be emptied.
To the catechumens and candidates taking part in our Journey in Faith programme, who were welcomed to the Elect by Bishop Robert at St Mary’s Cathedral last Sunday. You can see the pictures at www.rcdhn.org.uk
Pride and Providence: Reflecting With St Augustine on Our Political Malaise. Presented by Sr Margaret Atkins OSA, Augustinian Sisters, Boarbank Hall, Cumbria. Wednesday 10th March at 5.30pm, at Ushaw College. Entry is free, and transport will be provided from Durham city centre, but you need to register at https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com/
Island Summer Camp offers a Christian camping holiday to boys and
girls in school Years 5 & 6. Bookings are open now. Details at
If the cost of camp is a problem, please speak to Fr Andrew.
camp also needs volunteers for dormitory, kitchen and caretaking
roles – see the website.
People sometimes ask where they can find out more about the parish, and you may not realise just how much information there is on our website.
On Sunday 8th March there will be a guided tour of the website, to help you find your way round, and explain how you can find the Facebook page and sign up for the e-newsletter. Please join us over coffee after the 10.00am Mass.
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