Category Archives: Announcements

PARISH READING GROUP

The next meeting of the Reading group will be on Tuesday 14 March at 8:00pm at Orchard House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3DB. We will be discussing Alessandro Manzoni: The Betrothed. We will also select next term’s books.

When you reach Orchard House come into the entrance, read the notPhoto by Johannes Janssonice and dial 48 after the preliminaries. This will contact the lounge where we meet. For more information please contact Margaret Harvey on [0191] 3840080 or email margaretharvey@uwclub.net, All are welcome.

 

Confirmation Programme 2017, Parishes of the Durham Martyrs and St Cuthbert’s Durham.

The Confirmation Programme will begin after half term. Young people now in Year 9 or above are warmly invited to join the programme , with a view to being Confirmed in November 2017. If you are interested in finding out more about being Confirmed please contact the parish Secretary at The Durham Martyrs and leave your name, contact details and school name. The Confirmation team will be in touch to send you details about the fabulous programme. For parishioners attending St Leonard’s school, a letter will also be sent out via school. Letters are also available to collect from church this morning Sunday 26 February.

LENTEN PRAYER

During the season of Lent, we shall pray the Evening Prayer of the Church (Vespers) each Friday evening at 6:10pm. At 6:30pm each Friday we shall follow the Way of the Cross using devotions both traditional and modern. Why not take up a discipline of prayer for this holy season and join us for one or both of these Lenten opportunities?

Justice & peace refugee project

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 and haven’t brought anything in yet then please remember to bring them to church next Sunday 5 March and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected.

DAY FOR RECONCILIATION & EUCHARIST

Saturday, 4 March, 10.00am-3.00pm, St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Gateshead, NE8 1LX.
An opportunity to develop your understanding of what it means to be a Catechist and to look at the programmes and guidelines available for those involved in catechesis and those interested in becoming involved. No charge, but please bring a packed lunch. Please contact adult.formation@diocesehn.org.uk or phone 243 333 if you would like to attend.

Catholic theology research seminar

A talk by Prof. Paul D. Murray: ‘What Difference Does Ordination Make? Solving a Catholic Problem through Receptive Learning from Methodist Tradition’. Tuesday 28 February, 5.30pm (Drinks), 5.45pm – 7.15pm (Paper & Discussion) at Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, Durham. If you wish to attend the seminar, please register at eventbrite. Any queries email: ccs.admin@durham.ac.uk or tel: 0191 334 1656.

Confirmation Programme 2017, Parishes of the Durham Martyrs and St Cuthbert’s Durham.

The Confirmation Programme will begin after half term. Young people now in Year 9 or above are warmly invited to join the programme , with a view to being Confirmed in November 2017. If you are interested in finding out more about being Confirmed please contact the parish Secretary at The Durham Martyrs and leave your name, contact details and school name. The Confirmation team will be in touch to send you details about the fabulous programme. For parishioners attending St Leonard’s school, a letter will also be sent out via school. We are looking forward to hearing from you. The Confirmation Team.

Lenten Pledges – Give up ; Take up – Suggestions please!

This coming Lent there will be a pledge board on display for parishioners to sign up for their Lenten effort and donations will be collected at the end of Lent. Funds to be divided between a World Challenge project and CAFOD. Chocolate and alcohol have been suggested as give ups. If you have any other ideas for giving up or positively doing please talk to us. Members of the Justice and Peace group will be at the back of church today Sunday 19 February to collect your suggestions.

Changes to the Parish Pastoral Council guidelines

At the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) meeting on Thursday, 2nd February, we agreed revisions to the guidelines for the PPC itself and for the parish’s other committees and groups.

The guidelines have been updated following discussion at open meetings as part of the Forward Together in Hope process, and the changes help to clarify the responsibilities of each group and to ensure that there are plenty of opportunities for the people of the parish to get involved and to make their views heard.

The revised guidelines are attached below.

PPC Guidelines Feb 2017

If you have any questions about the guidelines, or if you’d like to know more about the background to the changes, please contact Margaret Doyle on margaretdoyle1066@sky.com or 0191 3783660.

Youth Events

The Event
Monthly gathering for young people in school Years 6, 7 and 8, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Mill Lane, Hebburn NE31 2ET, 6.00-7.30pm. Live bands, praise and worship, invited speakers, refreshments and social time. The next Event is on Wednesday 15 February. See poster for full details.

The Source
Our monthly diocesan event for young people in school Year 9 and up. Live music; praise and worship; faith sharing; prayer; social time and chance to meet people. Wednesday 1 March, 7:00-8:30pm at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. To find out more, see www.ymt.org.