Pizza and Film Night

We will be showing the film “I, Daniel Blake” on FrIday 29 September in the Parish Room. Doors open at 6:30pm with pizza and refreshment and we will screen the film at about 7:00pm. Mark Kermode, critic for the Guardian wrote of the film: For all its raw anger at the impersonal mistreatment of a single mother and an ailing widower in depressed but resilient Newcastle, Paul Laverty’s brilliantly insightful script finds much that is moving (and often surprisingly funny) in the unbreakable social bonds of so-called “broken Britain”. It is a film worth watching and all are welcome.

FairTrade Stall

We have a beautiful new cupboard for the Fair Trade stock. However we urgently need volunteers to run the stall. Please let us know if you would like to be included on the rota by contacting the parish office. The stall is open every second Sunday so you would probably only need to commit to one Sunday a term. With many thanks.

Welcome to Professor Michael Snape, of Durham University Department of Theology, who will be staying at St Cuthbert’s for this academic year; and to Fr Jean-Baptiste Siboulet, of the Diocese of Nantes, who will be with us until January, studying ecumenical theology.

17 September – 1 October 2017

Sunday 17 September – Sunday XXIV
10:00am
Parish Mass
6:30pm
Quiet Mass
Tuesday 19
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Wednesday 20
7:00pm
Priest’s intention
Thursday 21 – St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Friday 22
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Saturday 23
9:15am
Framk Eugene Brown
Sunday 24 – Sunday XXV
10:00am
Parish Mass
6:30pm
Quiet Mass
Tuesday 26
12:15pm
Mangion Family
Wednesday 27
7:00pm
Priest’s intention
Thursday 28
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Friday 29 – SS Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Saturday 30 – St Jerome P, D
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Sunday 1 October – Sunday XXVI
10:00am
Parish Mass
6:30pm
Quiet Mass

Human vengeance, God’s mercy

Jesus’ teaching continues to challenge his disciples. Last Sunday, we heard him put into their hands the power to forgive sins – to bind and to loose. Peter’s reaction is a typically human one. How many times do I have to forgive my brother? Surely there has to be a limit? But Jesus wants to move the disciples on from a human way of thinking. The sum of money owed by the king’s servant in the parable is unimaginably large – impossible to repay. And yet the king releases him from his debt. This is how God’s mercy works. But the servant goes on to pursue one of his fellow servants, over a trivial sum. He hasn’t learned the lesson of forgiveness, but is stuck in human ways, demanding the last penny.

We can never pay back our debts to God. Every time we celebrate Mass, we remind ourselves that we are sinners, utterly dependent on God’s forgiveness. Having received mercy, we are challenged to become merciful ourselves; to allow God’s grace to transform us and to convert our hearts from hardness to compassion. Knowing that God has forgiven us, how can we refuse to forgive our brothers and sisters?

The Pearl of Africa

The Pearl of Africa a Ugandan Children’s Choir will be performing on Tuesday 3 October, 7pm in St Leonard’s Sports Hall. Admission to the evening concert is free but you will need a ticket as seating is limited. Tickets can be reserved at the school office by phoning 0191 3848575 or emailing admin@st-leonards.durham.sch.uk

There will be refreshments and crafts for sale during the evening to help raise funds for the choir. This is an event not to be missed!

Church Stewarding

Our church is kept open for prayer and visiting on Fridays from 10am to 3pm and Saturdays from 10am to 12 noon. This is made possible with the help of volunteers and we are looking for some extra people to help those already involved. It is not an onerous task. It mostly involves sitting in the narthex and being able to welcome visitors and answering any questions they might have about the church. We do not have a vast flow of people coming in so it is a chance to do your knitting, solve the crossword or whatever passes time for you.
If you can help at all please let Ciara or Fr Andrew know or David Crookes (davidcrookes@talktalk.net)

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