Category Archives: Diocese

Forward Together in Hope – our Area Partnership

In February, the Bishop announced 18 Area Partnerships, covering the whole Diocese.  Our partnership covers Durham, Langley Moor, Coxhoe, Sedgefield, Trimdon and the West Durham family of parishes – 9 parishes with 11 churches and a weekly Mass attendance of about 2000.  The partnership arrangements will start formally at Pentecost (4 June) and Fr. Andrew will be our Partnership Dean.

The FTiH representatives from across the partnership recently met with the clergy, to start getting to know each other’s parishes.  We shared some of the information from the parish questionnaires which we all completed in 2015, and talked about the challenges of how we involve people in our parish life.  We also shared information about some of the positive things which are happening in our area and agreed that there are real opportunities for sharing ideas and inviting our neighbours to join us for services and social events.

The next step is to set up a Partnership Development Group.  This group will meet before Pentecost, and our priorities will be to look at how we communicate across the area, how we make clear links with the schools and to identify opportunities to join together for prayer and outreach.  We will let you know who is representing this parish on the Partnership Development Group very shortly.  Until this is confirmed, if you have any questions or ideas, please speak to Margaret Doyle (0191 3783660 or margaretdoyle1066@sky.com)

Diocesan Church Music Association

The DCMA invites you to a music workshop led by Paul Berry, Director of Music at St. Mary’s RC Church, Hexham.

The workshop will be held at St. Mary’s RC Church, Hexham, on Saturday 25 February, starting at 10:30am, and finishing with Mass at 4:00pm. There is also the possibility of a guided tour of Hexham Abbey in the extended lunch break. More details of the day soon on www.rcdhn.org.uk.

The day is open to anybody who is interested in liturgical music, whether it be for schools or parishes. Should you wish to attend the session, then you are encouraged to email the Chairperson our very own Alison Purvis at alisonpurvis1@hotmail.com so that numbers for the day can be ascertained and sufficient copies of music can be brought along. Why not drop in to the session and meet new people across the Diocese facing the same musical challenges that you are?!

Saturday 25 February, 2017 Save the date!

The DCMA invites you to a music workshop led by Paul Berry, Director of Music at St. Mary’s RC Church, Hexham.

Following a series of very successful workshops including: Paul Inwood – A walk through the new Mass Translation in 2013; Lent/Easter workshop, led by Fr. Peter Carr and Philip Robinson at St. Mary’s Cathedral in April 2014, and Martin Foster’s Advent workshop in November 2015, the DCMA committee has asked Paul Berry, a gifted and talented liturgist and musician to lead a day for both instrumentalists and singers in February 2017. The focus of the day will be Holy Week, with three sessions centred around the Easter Triduum. Instrumentalists are welcome to bring their instruments and we hope that choirs will collectively participate in the day.

The workshop will be held at St. Mary’s RC Church, Hexham, on Saturday 25 Februdcma-paul-berry-publicity-2ary, starting at 10:30am, and finishing with Mass at 4:00pm. There is also the possibility of a guided tour of Hexham Abbey in the extended lunch break. More details of the day soon on www.rcdhn.org.uk.

The day is open to anybody who is interested in liturgical music, whether it be for schools or parishes. Should you wish to attend the session, then you are encouraged to email the Chairperson our very own Alison Purvis at alisonpurvis1@hotmail.com so that numbers for the day can be ascertained and sufficient copies of music can be brought along. Why not drop in to the session and meet new people across the Diocese facing the same musical challenges that you are?! Enjoy a choir day out with fellow singers and musicians.

 

Area Partnership Proposal

For the last few months, we have been working with neighbouring parishes to put together a proposal for an area partnership.  Our proposals are to be submitted to the Diocese by 27 November.

The draft proposal is available here

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If you have any feedback, questions or comments, please speak to Margaret Doyle after Mass on Sunday, or contact Margaret on 0191 3783660 or margaretdoyle1066@sky.com

 

Forward Together in Hope Prayer

Glory be to the Father – in whom we live and move and have our being.

Glory be to the Son – whose name we bear and who calls each of us to be his disciples; to build his Kingdom and to go out into the world and bear its fruit.

Glory be to the Holy Spirit – pouring out grace and guidance, forming us and renewing us.

Inspire us all in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to live the Gospel, to be open to change and to move forward together in hope.

Amen.

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 margaretdoyle1066@sky.com 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.

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 www.hope.rcdhn.org.uk/resources/exploringway_neighbours.php.

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 margaretdoyle1066@sky.com.

 

 

If only you knew what I was offering you

If only you knew what I was offering you is a day of reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. It is led by Pat Kennedy and takes place at St Thomas Aquinas Parish Hall, North Road, Darlington, DL1 2PU on Saturday 1 October 2016, 10.30am – 3.30pm (refreshments from 10:00am). Cost: £7.50.

This day fulfils the undertaking made by Extraordinary Ministers to attend an annual day of recollection. To book a place contact Ciara in the Parish Office on office@stcuthberts-durham.org.uk by Monday 19 September.

From Parish to Partnership

Following the Open Meeting on Wednesday 27 July, when we gathered to look at the feedback from the Diocese on our parish submission and looked at what is meant by “area partnership”, there will be a further meeting on Wednesday 17 August in the Parish Room after the 7:00pm Mass.

At this meeting we will begin our work in approaching “area partnership” – which local parishes we would be working together with, how we imagine work together and what changes would be necessary. Fr Andrew Downie, who will join us as Parish Priest and University Chaplain in September, will be present for this meeting.

All members of our worshipping community are warmly invited.

More information is available on the Diocesan website hope.rcdhn.org.uk and our parish website at www.stcuthberts-durham.org.uk/ftih.

Diocese becomes Living Wage Employer

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is pleased to announce that it is now an accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that every diocesan employee earns not just the minimum wage but the Living Wage.

The Diocese perceives the commitment to the Living Wage as upholding the Common Good and the dignity of work and ensures that people have quality time to spend for themselves and with their family. This development is a response to Pope Francis’ call to be a ‘poor Church for the poor’ (Pope Francis, Audience with Journalists, 16 March 2013).

The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet. The Living Wage is £1.05 per hour above the National Living Wage which was introduced by the Government in April 2016.

You can find out more about the Living Wage by visiting www.livingwage.org.uk or contact Katherine Nugent on 0191 243 3301 or katherine.nugent@diocesehn.org.uk

Deanery Reflection and Prayer for Vocations

You are invited to come along to Ushaw College on Thursday, 14th July, for a deanery evening of prayer and reflection for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. The evening will begin with coffee at 7.00pm and be finished by 8.15pm. Please give this event your prayers and support. For further details contact Fr Shaun O’Neill (Diocesan Vocations Director) or Fr David Smith (Diocesan Vocations Promoter) on vocations@rcdhn.org or see the poster at the back of the church.

Forward Together in Hope

There is a pastoral letter from Bishop Séamus for Sunday 3 July, and a new leaflet detailing the progress so far in the Forward Together in Hope renewal process across the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

Please take copies of both when you leave Mass, and keep the future of our Diocese, Parish and Chaplaincy in your prayers as we continue together to work out how best to serve and proclaim Christ in Durham and across the North East.

More information about the process is available on the Diocesan website at hope.rcdhn.org.uk, or on the Parish Website at www.stcuthberts-durham.org.uk/ftih.

Celebration of Marriage

Bishop Séamus will celebrate Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday 14th May at 11.00am to give thanks for the Sacrament of Marriage. He has invited each parish community to be represented by two couples, young or old, newly married or celebrating a significant anniversary. This promises to be a wonderful celebration and will provide affirmation and support for Marriage across the diocese and to the wider North-East community.

If you would be interested in representing St Cuthbert’s Parish, please get in touch with fr. Ben: but the Mass is open to all.

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Data Analyst/Manager sought

Forward Together in HopeThe Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle seeks to appoint a Data Analyst/Manager on a Fixed Term Contract ending 30 June 2016.

A temporary Data Analyst/Manager, full or part-time, is required to analyse quantitative and qualitative data from a range of questionnaires arising from the Forward Together in Hope project, summarise findings and produce high quality written reports.

The successful candidate will have a relevant degree and/or equivalent experience in the management of quantitative and qualitative data and the ability to analyse and interpret data to support the development of a qualitative narrative to inform future planning for the Diocese.

Strong problem-solving skills and excellent IT skills including in-depth knowledge of Excel and data quantitative analysis software are essential. A post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. Social Sciences) would be an advantage.

The post-holder must be conscientious and loyal to the aims and objectives of the Diocese, having regard at all times to its Catholic character.

Salary: £22,603 (FTE) per annum rising to £23,010 on 1 April – or pro rata

Hours: Up to 37.5 per week– part-time hours will be considered. Normally between 8.30am – 4.30pm

Further information is available on the Diocesan website www.rcdhn.org.uk or contact Tony Sacco for an informal chat on 0191 243 3304.

To apply, please forward your CV, along with two referees and a covering letter to human.resources@diocesehn.org.uk. Please include detail of the time commitment you can make.

Calling the Diocese to Prayer

Bishop Séamus will lead Days of Prayer for Clergy and Laity, “Calling the Diocese to Prayer and to be Missionary Disciples” on Tuesday 23 February, at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle and Thursday 25 February, at St Mary’s, Sunderland.

  • Reflection led by Bishop Séamus at 10:30am and 7:00pm
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 11:15am and 7:45pm
  • Concelebrated Mass at 12:05pm and 8:30pm
All are welcome.