The Feast of All Saints is this Wednesday, 1 November, and is a Holy Day of Obligation. The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) is on Thursday.

Please note there is no Vigil Mass for All Saints at St Cuthbert’s but there will be a Vigil Mass at St Joseph’s, Mill Lane, Gilesgate at 7:00pm on Tuesday 31 October.

A big thankyou for Low Newton donations

Your overwhelming response included so much clothing that sadly not all of it could be stored. It therefore seems best to donate the surplus to a Charity Shop, most likely a St Cuthbert’s Hospice store. If anyone is unhappy about this please can you let Ciara know, preferably by email office before 14 November after which the clothing will go. All the toiletries were very gratefully received and we are told the women are extremely appreciative of all practical support on release.

Justice and Peace

Our parish collects biscuits and toilet rolls to help provide basic supplies to asylum seekers in the diocese. These are collected regularly, on the first Sunday of the month. If you would like to donate items and haven’t brought anything in yet then please remember to bring them to Church next Sunday 5 November and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected.

Safeguarding

DBS rechecks are now required every three years. There are a large number of volunteers in the parish who have not had these rechecks done for a number of years, therefore the parish safeguarding rep, Stephanie Brown, will be providing you with a Safeguarding Self Declaration Form (DBS4) over the next few weeks. When it is your turn it would be appreciated if all forms could be returned as quickly as possible.

Centre for Catholic Studies

Thursday 2 November: Catherine Pepinster (former editor of The Tablet): The Keys and The Kingdom: The British and the Papacy from John Paul II to Francis. A Catholic Theology Research Seminar. 5.30pm talk in Seminar Room B, Abbey House, Palace Green, followed by drinks at 7pm. All are most welcome to attend; please register via http://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com or 0191 334 1656.

Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar…

The Pharisees and the Herodians get together to set a trap for Jesus. If he tells the people not to pay their taxes to Caesar, he risks being arrested by the Roman rulers as an insurrectionist. If he tells the Jews that they should pay, he will anger his followers, who hate the Roman occupation. Jesus’ reply doesn’t evade the question, but rather takes it back to the principle that is at stake. Authority should be respected, as long as it acts justly and serves the common good. But the inscription on the coin handed to Jesus would read “Tiberius Caesar, son of the divine Augustus, great high priest” – a blasphemous claim of divine status for the Roman Emperor. Caesar is claiming what belongs to God.

The modern world is complex and confusing. We are sometimes told that we live in a secular society, and that faith and politics don’t mix. But Christians have a responsibility to engage with political life and to put into practice the values of the Gospel. We should hold our leaders to account, seek the common good and uphold the rights of the poor and vulnerable. Some principles are more fundamental than party politics. Every person belongs to God.

Postgrad student seeking accommodation

My name is Jakub Betinský (29), from Slovakia, about to begin a PhD at Durham. My wife Justína and I are moving to Durham on November 12th. We are Catholic newly-weds looking for reasonably-priced accommodation: a flat in the outskirts of Durham or a large room with double bed and shared kitchen anywhere closer to the city centre. Since we are new to Durham, we will accept all help we can get to find our new home. If you know of any accommodation of this type, please do not hesitate to contact me either via email jakubbetinsky@gmail.com or call me at 00421 903 069 029. If you yourself have a spare large room/flat to rent, we would be happy to help out around the house too: gardening, cleaning at weekends, etc. Thank you.

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