The Partnership Development Group met in September. At the meeting, the PDG discussed a proposal for the amalgamation of parishes in West Durham, and plans for Partnership events over the next few months. The full minutes of the meeting are available on the our partnership webpages currently hosted at https://www.stcuthberts-durham.org.uk/the-finchale-partnership/partnership-development-group-information
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 minutes of the PDG meeting on 10 July are now available 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
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.
Maundy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
|6.30pm||St. Patrick’s, Langley Moor|
|7.00pm||Durham Martyrs – St. Godric’s, followed by watching at the Altar of Repose until Night Prayer at 8.45pm|
|7.00pm||Ss Joseph, Patrick & Cuthbert, Coxhoe, followed by watching at the Altar of Repose until 9.00pm|
|7.00pm||St. Cuthbert’s, Durham, followed by the stripping of the altars and watching at the Altar of Repose until Compline at 9.50pm|
|7.00pm||West Durham Family of Churches, St Cuthbert’s Chapel, Ushaw College followed by watching at the Altar of Repose until 9.30pm|
|10.00am||Stations of the Cross, St. Patrick’s, Langley Moor|
|10.00am||Tenebrae followed by confessions until 11.00am, St. Cuthbert’s, Durham|
|10.00am||Stations of the Cross, Durham Martyrs – St. Joseph’s, Gilesgate|
Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
|3.00pm||St. Patrick’s, Langley Moor|
|3.00pm||Durham Martyrs – St. Leonard’s School|
|3.00pm||Ss Joseph, Patrick & Cuthbert, Coxhoe|
|3.00pm||St. Cuthbert’s, Durham|
|3.00pm||West Durham Family of Churches, St Cuthbert’s Chapel, Ushaw College|
|10.00am||Tenebrae, St. Cuthbert’s, Durham|
Vigil of the Lord’s Resurrection & First Mass of Easter
|5.00pm||St. Patrick’s, Langley Moor|
|6.00pm||Ss Joseph, Patrick & Cuthbert, Coxhoe|
|8.00pm||Durham Martyrs – St. Leonard’s School|
|8.30pm||St. Cuthbert’s, Durham (followed by light refreshments)|
|7.30pm||West Durham Family of Churches, St Cuthbert’s Chapel, Ushaw College|
Easter Sunday Mass
|9.00am||St. Michael’s, Esh|
|9.15am||St. William’s, Trimdon|
|10.00am||St. Patrick’s, Langley Moor|
|10.00am||Durham Martyrs – St. Leonard’s School|
|10.00am||St. Cuthbert’s, Durham|
|10.30am||Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Newhouse|
|10.45am||St. John Fisher, Sedgefield|
West Durham Family of churches have been invited to celebrate Easter at Ushaw to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the foundation of Douai College: Ushaw’s predecessor in Flanders.
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.
The Partnership Development Group met for the 3rd time in December. At the meeting, Graham Donachie (the Chair of the PDG) reported back from a Diocesan meeting of PDG Chairs. We also agreed the guidelines for our own PDG and discussed a draft development plan for the whole Partnership. This will set our priorities for working together across our 9 parishes over the next few years, and there will be a consultation about these priorities during January and February. More information will be available very soon. In the meantime, the full minutes of the meeting are available on our partnership webpages currently hosted at https://www.stcuthberts-durham.org.uk/the-finchale-partnership/partnership-development-group-information
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.
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
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.