Forward Together in Hope is taking place across the whole of the Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. It is about everyone, young and old, getting involved in thinking about and discussing what our Church should be like so that we can bring the Good News of God’s love to others.
We are really keen to get views from young people aged 11-19, whether you are Catholic or not – and whether you go to church or not. We want to look at our Church through your eyes and want to learn from you.
The survey can be found at forwardtogether.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/young-peoples-survey and more information about the process can be found at www.hope.rcdhn.org.uk.
The Diocesan Forward Together in Hope process has identified a need at St Cuthbert’s to have an up-to-date register of worshippers here, and also an up-to-date audit of the skills you have to offer and the needs you may have. It has been twelve years since there was last a parish census and audit of this kind.We’re therefore distributing a simple registration form asking for details and needs of the members of your household on the front, and the skills and talents they can offer on the back.
We would ask all parishioners and regular worshippers to take one (or if necessary more) of these forms and return it to the parish office (or to the box provided at the back of church). This will help us make sure we’re all doing what we can to help our parish community in its mission of serving God and our neighbour.
If you know of parishioners who aren’t able to get to Mass, please do take a form for them too: they are part of our community, who have much to offer and whom we’re keen to help.
NB We already have a student registration system in place via www.durhamcatholic.org and the yellow slips available at the back of the church. So students do not need to use the parish registration form (but are welcome to do so if they wish).
The parish questionnaire will be
submitted to the diocese by 29 November. The draft questionnaire is available on the parish website at www.stcuthberts-durham.org.uk/ftih. There will also be a few copies
available in the parish room after Mass. If you have any comments on
the draft, please speak to Margaret Doyle after 10am Mass, or contact
her on 0191 3783660 or email@example.com
by Wednesday 25 November.
Please give us your views about the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle – and ask as many other people as you can to do the same.
As part of Forward Together in Hope – the Diocese’s three-year programme for renewal – a short on-line questionnaire has been developed that provides the opportunity for anyone to offer comments about the present and the future of the Catholic Church in the Diocese.
We are inviting as many people as possible, people of all faiths and none, to offer their views. We want to look at our Church through your eyes, to see ourselves as others see us. We want to learn from you, and we appreciate any help you are able to give us.
Please publicise the link https://forwardtogether.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/hope – as widely as you can – for example through forwarding it to friends, through newsletters, websites, schools, social media etc.
Many thanks to those who have been taking part in the series of Open Meetings as part of our parish response in the Forward Together in Hope programme of renewal in the diocese. The series continues in September, and all parishioners and members of the Chaplaincy are warmly invited to come along and consider aspects of where we find ourselves now and how we can move forward as a Christian community here at St Cuthbert’s and across the diocese. The remaining sessions are:
- Wed 16 September 2015, 7:30pm: Leadership; Active Involvement; Outreach; Young People
- Thu 15 October 2015, 6:30pm: University Chaplaincy
- (Thu 22 October 2015, 7:30pm: Parish Pastoral Council)
- Thu 5 November 2015, 7:30pm: Thoughts and Ideas
Information about the sessions already held can be found on the Parish Website at www.stcuthberts-durham.org.uk/ftih
. For more information about the programme as a whole see hope.rcdhn.org.uk
or contact Margaret Doyle on firstname.lastname@example.org
. Margaret would also be happy to receive any comments or suggestions you have, especially if you aren’t able to attend the open meetings.
Bishop Séamus will celebrate Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday 9 May at 11.00am to
give thanks for the Sacrament of Marriage. All are welcome for what promises to be a wonderful celebration providing affirmation and support for Marriage across the diocese and to the wider North-East community.