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.
Parishes and Placemaking: Observations from the Making (and Unmaking) of Catholicism in Modern Communities. Presented by Dr Tricia Bruce, Maryville College, Tennessee. Thursday 18 January, here at St Cuthbert’s. 5.30pm: Drinks; 5.45-7.15pm: Paper and discussion.
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Last week’s picture was a detail of the Harry Clarke stained glass window. In the robes of St Bede (bottom left) is written ‘Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost’.
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.
“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.
Meets on Thursday 11 January at 7:30pm. If there are any items that you would like to add to the agenda for the PPC to discuss, please give them to the Secretary, Cliona Kear or Fr Andrew.
The Reading Group will meet on Tuesday 30 January to discuss Ursula le Guin, The Dispossessed. All meetings at 8pm at Orchard House, New Elvet. To gain entrance come to front door, read the notice and dial 48.
For further information firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0191 3840080. The group is open to all, parishioners, their friends, students of all varieties.
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?
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.
‘The Power of Music.’ Mr Simon Wallfisch will tell the story of his grandmother, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a survivor of Auschwitz and Belsen. Tuesday 23 January at 7.00pm, at St Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Park Road, Longbenton, Newcastle. Further information available from Mr Graham Wilkins, 07929 115712 or email@example.com
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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After 10.00am Mass, please join us at the church doors for the traditional blessing of chalk and of the doors. There will also be a copy of the blessing and some chalk available for you to take home.
On 1 January, there will be Mass at 10.00am for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Please join us for a glass of Prosecco in the Parish Room after Mass, to celebrate the New Year.
A blessed and peaceful Christmas to you and your families. Thank you for your kindness and support throughout 2017 – Fr Andrew.
For Year 7 and upwards on Thursday 4 January at 5.30pm. We will have our usual shared meal and watch a film together. Please can you bring something for a shared table and any dvds you think we would all enjoy. Please also feel free to bring a friend – everyone is welcome!
Many thanks to all who supported this event. The residents really enjoyed hearing the carols and were reportedly still singing them the next day!
Morning Prayer- Monday 25, Sunday 31 December & Sunday 7 Jan 8:45am.
Confession – Saturday 30 December and Saturday 6 January 9:45-10:15am and Wednesday 3 January 6:30-6:55pm.
The Parish Office is now closed and will re open on Friday 5 January.