Category Archives: Announcements

CAFOD Memorial Mass

On Wednesday 30 November there will be a Mass of Remembrance for all the deceased volunteers and supporters of CAFOD at 7:00pm, St Mary’s RC Church, Vart Road, Bishop Auckland DL14 6PQ. All are welcome.

If parishioners would like the name(s) of their deceased loved ones entered in the CAFOD Book of Remembrance then please email their names to no later than Monday 28 November.

Book of Remembrance

During November, when the Church traditionally encourages us to remember and to pray for the dead, our Parish Book of Remembrance will be open at the font. Please write the names of your deceased family and friends as a sign of solidarity with those who have gone before us and as a small act of prayer for their souls.


Walking retreat at Minsteracres Retreat Centre
Saturday 19 November, 10:00am-4:00pm. Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer, reflection and sharing of the beauty of creation. You will need suitable walking boots and warm, weatherproof clothing. Please bring a packed lunch. Cost £10.

Quiet day at Minsteracres
Wednesday 23 November, 10:00am-4:00pm. A quiet day led by Sister Rosarie Spence RSM. An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquility at Minsteracres. Coffee and tea are provided. Please bring a packed lunch. Cost £15.

For more information on the above and Minsteracres Retreat Centre please visit

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 would like the opportunity to Gift Aid your donation.

diocesan Vacancies

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is looking to appoint a full-time Safeguarding Co-ordinator. For further information and an application pack please visit our website or contact us 0191 243 3301, email

The closing date for applications is Friday 11 November.

They are also looking to appoint a part-time experienced web and media professional to assist with the development, maintenance and management of media through the diocesan social media channels and websites.

The closing date for applications is Friday 18 November. For more information on both posts please see the notice board in the narthex.

Save St. Cuthbert’s Choir!

Choir numbers have fallen again, this time to their lowest level for 12 years. The last few Sundays have seen 4 or 5 people leading the music, a ministry that was once undertaken by over 20 people. This is not a sustainable situation and you are urged to consider whether you could spare some time to help save our choir. Be assured that you do not have to be able to read music to join; you simply need a willingness to help support the liturgy. Our parish has a long standing tradition of good liturgy and music – please do not let it die. See Alison after Mass or call her on 0191 3719184 if you would like to find out more.Image result for music note images

2016 st leonard’s school lecture

Thursday 10 November, Main Hall, St Leonard’s Catholic School, ‘Development is the new name for peace…’ Reflections on 17 years of the Peru Mission, Joe Plumb (Projects Coordinator of The Peru Mission/British Honorary Consul in Iquitos.)

The evening will begin with drinks from 6:30pm and the lecture will start at 7:00pm. If you require further details please contact the school office on 0191 384 8575.


Tuesday 8 November: Catholic Theology Research Seminar: Dr Andrew Meszaros (St Patrick’s College, Maynooth): Twentieth-Century Catholic Debates on a Theology of History. The seminar will take place at Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, 5:30pm-7:15pm.

Wednesday 16 November: ARCIC III Drafting Group Seminar: Exploring the local, regional and universal dimensions of Anglican and Catholic ecclesial life and their interrelationship. Speakers: Canon Dr John Gibaut, The Right Reverend Linda Nicholls and Professor Paul Murray. The seminar will take place at Prior’s Hall, The College, Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm-9:00pm. Refreshments will be served after the seminar.

Centre for Catholic StudiesTo book, please email or call 0191 334 1656.

Jewels Galore!

A big thank you to the parish for the generous response to the Traidcraft recycling collection. Three weighty packages were posted containing costume jewellery, watches and old foreign bank notes to be recycled in aid of a farming project in Bangladesh. More contributions are always welcome- just see Marianne Fleming or other member of the Justice and Peace group.

From parish to partnership

The current stage of the Forward Together in Hope process is called Exploring the Way with our Neighbours. Over the next few months, St Cuthbert’s, the Chaplaincy and Durham Martyrs will be working together to decide how best we can support each other in an area partnership. We feel that the city of Durham could form a natural hub for the parishes in the area and it’s possible that some of the other local parishes will also join us in the partnership. But we need your help in deciding how the partnership will work. What will work best?

Do you think our partnership should be based on informal links between the existing Parish Pastoral Councils, the clergy and the parish secretaries, aimed at improving communications and learning from each other?

Or perhaps we should have an area committee or council, with quarterly meetings and a shared action plan, shared services and sacramental preparation, and regular joint social events?

Or do you think we need to employ a partnership manager to do all the administration, buildings and finance centrally for the area?

There will be the opportunity to contribute your views and ideas over the coming weeks. Please speak to Margaret Doyle 0191 3783660 or if you have any questions or ideas, and do go along to the open meeting for all the Durham parishes on Tuesday 8 November 7:00pm in the 6th Form Centre at St Leonard’s School.

If you do intend to go along, please sign the sheet which can be found on the notice board by Friday 28 October, so that for reasons of health and safety, It can planned accordingly.

EVC Uganda

Rebecca Lland, co-founder of the charity EVC (Empowering Vulnerable Children) Uganda will speak at the 10:00am Mass on Sunday 30 October. The charity raises funds to provide desperately poor children with an education in a loving, caring and supportive environment. The Sponsor a Child Programme provides a route out of poverty and destitution through education, offering a real hope for the future. After Mass, Rebecca will be available in the Parish Room with further information and to answer questions about the charity.

From Parish to Partnership

Forward Together in Hope Poster TopThe next stage of the Forward Together in Hope process is called Exploring the Way with our Neighbours.    You can find out more about this part of the process on the Diocesan website at

There will be a meeting for the Sunderland & East Durham Vicariate on Thursday 20 October 2016 at St Robert of Newminster Catholic School and 6th Form College, Biddick Lane, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE38 8AF at 7:00pm and everyone is welcome. The purpose of the meeting is:

  • To provide participants with a brief update on where we are on the Forward Together in Hope journey.
  • To present a vision of what new partnerships could be like.
  • To confirm expectations about the next stages of the process – and the development of partnership proposals.
  • To provide the opportunity for participants to discuss and clarify any specific issues.

If you are attending and will need a lift to Washington on 20th October, please speak to Margaret Doyle, or contact her on 0191 3783660 or