In his recent pastoral letter, Bishop Seamus asked that we pray that the grace of Jesus Christ will bring hope to the suffering and healing to the wounds of those who have been so deeply hurt by abuse. He suggested that we should hold Holy Hours in each parish. In the Finchale Partnership, the Holy Hours will be:
Tuesday 2 October
7.00pm St. Cuthbert’s, Durham
7.00pm St Joseph’s, Ushaw Moor Mass at 6.30pm
7.00pm St Patrick’s, Langley Moor Mass at 6.30pm
Thursday 4 October
12 noon St. Cuthbert’s Chapel, Ushaw College
7.00pm St. Joseph’s, Gilesgate, Durham
7.00pm St John Fisher, Sedgefield, concluding with Benediction
The Partnership Development Group met at the end of July, to review the first year, and to discuss the activity of our 6 sub-groups. The PDG concluded that we have achieved a lot in our first year, but we need to make sure that we give more people the opportunity to get involved. The minutes of the meeting are on the Partnership webpages, and there is a copy on the noticeboard at the back of church.
The ‘One Year On’ document which we sent to the Diocese can be found here.
The third edition of our Partnership newsletter tells you more about our development plan and how you can get involved.
Congratulations to flower arrangers from across the Finchale Partnership, who put on a beautiful display at Ushaw College. More than 4000 people visited Ushaw during the festival.
Thursday 21st June is the 450th Anniversary of the birth of Aloysius Gonzaga.
The Junior House Chapel at Ushaw was dedicated to the young Saint and his feast was celebrated as a Playday.
Mass will be celebrated in St Joseph’s Chapel, Ushaw, on Thursday 21st June at 12.30pm
The replica statue of Our Lady of Help which was originally in St Aloysius Chapel will be with us in St Joseph’s as we celebrate the 450th Anniversary Mass.
Durham Martyrs are celebrating 5 years as one Parish with Mass on 21st June at 7pm in St Godric’s Church, with the official debut of “The Mass of the Durham Martyrs” composed by talented parishioner Roger McKone.
On Saturday, April 28th we are planning a Day of Reflection at the Parish Centre in Newhouse. This will be from 10.30am – 3.30pm. In this Easter season Fr Jeroen (Minsteracres) will lead us in thinking about ‘Discipleship’. This is for all of us in our partnership of parishes but we’d like to extend a special invitation to those people who have been received into the Church over these past few months, and at Easter. The day will be free of charge but we ask that people sign up on the list at the back of church. Tea and coffee will be available but maybe participants could bring a packed lunch.
We are planning a Day of Reflection at the Parish Centre in Newhouse, Esh Winning on Saturday, April 28th from 10.30am – 3.30pm. In this Easter season Fr Jeroen (Minsteracres) will lead us in thinking about ‘Discipleship’. This is for all of us in our partnership of parishes. We’d like to extend a special invitation to those who have been received into the Church over these past few months, and at Easter. The day will be free of charge but we ask that people sign up in their parish to give us an idea about numbers.
The Partnership Development Group (PDG) met at the end of February. At the meeting
- the PDG supported the proposal from the parishes of Coxhoe, Sedgefield and Trimdon to become one parish. The proposal has now gone forward to the Episcopal Council.
- we discussed the appointment of a Youth Ministry Co-ordinator in Durham Martyrs parish; and
- we discussed the next steps with the Partnership Development Plan following the consultation meeting.
There’ll be more information about the plan after Easter, but in the meantime, you can read the minutes of the PDG meeting here.
Our Partnership was set up at Pentecost 2017, and we have made good progress in getting to know each other and starting to work together. But it’s important that we agree what our priorities are, so that the Partnership takes forward the right things to support and build the church across our 9 parishes.
The Partnership Development Group (PDG) have drafted a development plan, but we need your views on whether we have included the right things, and we need you to get involved with taking forward all that needs to be done. Please take a copy of the summary draft development plan, and let us have your views, by attending the open meeting at St. Leonard’s School in the main hall on Thursday 22 February at 7.00pm, or contacting Margaret Doyle after Mass or on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full draft development plan can be viewed at the back of church or on our Partnership webpages
The latest edition of the bi-monthly Partnership Matters news update is now available on the front page of the diocesan website (www.rcdhn.org.uk). It includes items on engaging young people in partnerships, being a welcoming community, feedback from a recent meeting of partnership chairs and much more.
Our Advent service will be based on the theme of the Jesse tree, and every church in the partnership will be preparing some of the leaves for the tree during the first weeks of Advent. We will bring all the leaves together at a service on Sunday 17th December at 4.00pm, at St. Cuthbert’s, Durham. Everyone is welcome and there will be refreshments after the service.
The Partnership Development Group met for the second time on 13th September. Following the success of our first partnership event at Ushaw, we have been discussing the strengths of each parish, and the areas where we need support. We have also been joined by representatives from the primary and secondary schools. We are beginning to get to know each other better but we still have a lot of work to do to agree the priorities across our 9 parishes. The Diocese is asking us to look at a range of subjects, from finance and property to liturgy and outreach, and we will need to involve more people in taking things forward once the plans become clearer. In the meantime, we are planning a partnership newsletter to keep everyone informed, and you can keep up to date with information about the partnership on our webpages, where you will also find the name of your parish representative on the group and the full minutes of the meeting.
The first edition is now available online at www.rcdhn.org.uk
Thank you to everyone who came along to Ushaw College last Sunday for our first Partnership event. 168 people came from across the Partnership, and, despite the weather, we had a great afternoon, with activities for families, tours of the college and Vespers in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel. Thank you to Ushaw and their volunteers for their hospitality.
There are some photos of the event here
Please join us for our first partnership event at Ushaw today Sunday 23rd July. It is a chance for us to get to know each other and to pray together.
The afternoon starts at 2.00pm, and you are invited to bring a picnic, to join in games and activities for families, and to enjoy the grounds and the buildings at Ushaw. There will be light snacks and drinks available, and the chance to see several exhibitions in the college, including ‘Secret Faith’, a new exhibition of artefacts made by Catholics during the 16th-19th centuries, when Catholicism was illegal. If you would like to join one of the tours (the General Tour, Hidden Ushaw or the Stained Glass), the cost is £5.00. The afternoon will conclude with Vespers in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel at 5.00pm.
When you arrive at Ushaw, a good place to start is the main entrance hall, where there will be information about what is happening where, where to meet for tours and the arrangements for Vespers.
You can find up to date information on the development of Partnerships in our Diocese in the ‘Partnerships Area’ of the diocesan website, www.rcdhn.org.uk Check it out!
You can find up to date information on the development of Partnerships in our Diocese in the ‘Partnerships Area’ of the diocesan website, www.rcdhn.org.uk
Check it out!
The 9 parishes of the Finchale Partnership are holding our first partnership event at Ushaw on Sunday 23rd July. It is a chance for us to get to know each other and to pray together.
The afternoon will start at 2.00pm, and you are invited to bring a picnic, to join in games and activities for families, and to enjoy the grounds and the buildings at Ushaw. There will be the chance to see several exhibitions in the college, including Secret Faith, a new exhibition of artefacts made by Catholics during the 16th-19th centuries, which could be concealed as Catholicism was illegal. You can also join a guided tour (£5.00 per person) at 3.30pm, but please sign up on the sheet at the back of church, as there are limited places on the tours.
The afternoon will conclude with Vespers in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel at 5.00pm.
God of all Creation,
You have constantly poured out your Spirit
upon our Diocese and kindled here a light
which has spread throughout the world.
Lord Jesus, you gathered disciples to yourself
to learn from yourself and to model their lives on you.
Your Holy Spirit empowered them
to continue your work in the world.
Come upon us, Holy Spirit,
deepen the faith you invite us to share
and inspire us to become faithful witnesses.
As we begin to develop our partnerships,
help each one of us
to use the gifts you gave us
to nurture one another,
to serve the world
and to live in harmony
with the whole of creation.
All of this we ask in the name of
Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today sees the official launch of our Area Partnership, Finchale, named after the 12th-century Benedictine priory that was the home of St Godric. The Finchale Partnership includes 9 parishes and 11 churches, currently served by 5 priests. The Partnership Dean is Fr Andrew Downie. In his Pastoral Letter for today, Bishop Seamus encourages us to “leave behind whatever fear we might have and trust in the Holy Spirit,” as we plan to work together more closely.
The Partnership Development Group, including representatives from all of the parishes, and the local schools, will meet over the next two years to put in place and implement a plan for our Partnership. Our parish is represented on the PDG by Margaret Doyle.
Our first priority is to get to know each other, by meeting socially and for prayer. Each parish will be inviting people from across the partnership to events they have planned – Durham Martyrs have already invited us to join their Family Fun Day on Sunday 18 June. We are also planning our first partnership event, an afternoon at Finchale Priory on Sunday 16 July, with activities and vespers.
Over the next few months the Partnership Development Group will be looking at the questionnaires each parish completed in 2015, to identify where we can help and support each other, and we will keep you up to date with our plans, and how you can get involved, through our newsletters and websites. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please get in touch with Margaret on 0191 3783660 or email@example.com