Centre for Catholic Studies 10th Anniversary Celebratory Conference

Registration opens for the Centre for Catholic Studies 10th Anniversary Celebratory Conference: Catholic Theology in the Public Academy: Searching the Questions, Sounding the Depths. Programme includes:

  • Academic Colloquium featuring panels of leading scholars

  • Celebratory Dinners in Durham Castle’s Great Hall and St. Chad’s College

  • Anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving in Durham Cathedral

  • Anniversary Public Lecture by Baroness Nuala O’Loan on Catholicism and Public Life.

More information available at www.centreforcatholicstudies.co.uk or by calling 0191 334 1656. Early booking strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

Thank You

To everyone who contributed in many different ways to making our Advent and Christmas liturgies such a wonderful celebration. Several people have commented to me on how beautiful the church looked, and how welcoming our liturgies were. Thank you also for your kindness and generous support for me, at Christmas and throughout the year – Fr Andrew.

A Message from Vietnam

From Fr Thomas Vu kim Long, Salesian Priest, Rector of the Vocational Training Center of Đông thuận, Vĩnh long in Vietnam. Through Mr Peter Hampshire, I received from you an amount of £801.64 for the scholarship to our poor pupils. I’m very touched and happy about it. This school year, we need $35,000 to help 38 pupils, including 11 orphans, 16 ethnic minorities and 11 pupils who do not have money to go to school. Your money expresses a great love and a boundless generosity of the parishioners to share with our poor children. We are very happy to have people who are interested in and collaborate with us in educating the young people. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.” Peter adds that, after consulting the Director, he spent the remaining £75 of the parish donation on activity books to be used by the students in his English class. Please continue to pray for Peter, and for the Salesian project in Vietnam.

We have come do to him homage

On the twelfth day of Christmas, we remember the wise men who came from the East to find the baby Jesus. They are magi – perhaps astronomers, astrologers or magicians. Their study of the stars has led them to seek out the infant King of the Jews. The chief priests and scribes of Israel are experts in the Scriptures, but their knowledge of the prophets doesn’t lead them to recognise the coming of the Christ, and they will oppose Jesus throughout his life. Herod, blinded by worldly ambition, sees the newborn King only as a threat to his own position. The wise men, in contrast, are pagans from a distant country, but they have recognised the sign, given by God, of the Saviour’s birth. When they find Jesus with Mary, they know that they have reached their goal. Jesus is the Saviour for all the nations. The wise men kneel down to worship him, and the revelation of God’s salvation to the whole world has begun. As we begin a new year, the feast of the Epiphany prompts us to ask what goals we are pursuing. Are our eyes, our hearts and our minds open to the signs that God is showing us, and are we ready to meet Christ and worship him?

Memory Cafe

Following its launch in December the memory cafe will continue running on a monthly basis, on the second Tuesday. This Memory café is for those affected by dementia and their carers. Come and chat to people affected by dementia in a friendly and relaxed social environment. The date for the next café is Tuesday 9 January 2018, at St Josephs, Gilesgate 1 -3 pm.

St Leonard’s School

Congratulations to students, staff, parents and governors of St. Leonard’s Catholic School who were inspected on 22/23rd November 2017 by the Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Inspectors. The Inspectors’ assessment of the Catholic Life of the School was outstanding, ‘…students are involved in a range of ministries and are eager to contribute’. In Collective Worship the assessment was again outstanding, ‘Students and staff are involved in the preparation, planning and leading of prayer and liturgies’ and ‘…students value the prayer life of the school and enjoy the range of opportunities to pray each day’ . In Religious Education the assessment was also outstanding with ‘Results at GCSE and A- level … high and above the national average’ and ‘Pupils enjoy their learning and achievement is strong’. This resulted in an overall ‘outstanding’ assessment. Once again many congratulations to all concerned. The full Section 48 report is available on the school website: www.st-leonards.durham.sch.uk

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