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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘Liberté égalité fraternité: the revolutionary nature of early Christian liturgy.’ Prof Tom O’Loughlin, University of Nottingham. Thursday 9 November at 7.00pm at St Leonard’s School, North End, Durham DH1 4NG. Drinks from 6.30pm. Admission free – everyone welcome.
An Evening of Interfaith Encounter with personal contributions from different faith traditions and belief systems. Monday 13 November, 6.00-8.30pm at the United Reformed Church, Waddington St, Durham DH1 4BG. Admission free – refreshments provided. Fr Andrew will be one of the speakers.
A monthly gathering for young people in school Years 68. Live bands, praise and worship, invited speakers, refreshments and social time. At St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Mill Lane, Hebburn NE31 2ET, 6.00-7.30pm on Wednesday 15 November.
Glyn Davies (Victoria & Albert Museum): ‘The Survival, Alteration and Appreciation of English Medieval Embroideries.’ Tuesday 21 November: Drinks reception in the Refectory at 5.30pm, lecture in the Exhibition Hall at 6.00. Everyone is welcome – please register via www.centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com or 0191 334 1656.
Bishop Seamus will join us on Sunday 29th October, to celebrate the 6.30pm Mass and to meet the student community. Please give him a warm welcome.
British Summer Time ends next week. Clocks go back one hour at 2.00am on Sunday 29th October. Don’t miss out on your extra hour’s sleep!
Thank you to everyone who supported last Sunday’s cake sale. Your donations will go towards Catherine Laing’s project to support mothers and babies in the Philippines.
Juventutem is for those aged 18-35 who are attached to or interested in supporting traditional liturgy, prayer, catechesis and spirituality, and who enjoy socialising and charitable/parish works. The group meets in the Chaplaincy Room at 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month, beginning 23 October. For more info contact Paul: email@example.com
The Reading Group will meet at Orchard House, New Elvet, Durham DH! 3DB on Tuesday 24 October at 8pm to discuss David Eggers, The Circle. All are welcome, including undergraduates and post-graduates.
If interested, just come to the entrance to the house, enter the lobby and read the instructions for entry. Dial 48 to be let in. Further information: tel  3840080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.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.
Durham Cathedral commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with an ecumenical act of worship, with participants from Anglican, Catholic and other Christian traditions. Sunday 29 October at 3.30pm.
Three Parent Babies by Jan Deckers, Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at Newcastle University. Saturday 28 October, 11.00am-12.30pm (refreshments from 10.30am.) At St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Hencotes, Hexham, NE46 2EB.
In this pastoral workshop Bill will help us explore Pope Francis’ proposals that the Church needs to be open and trained so that we can accompany people from all walks of life on their faith journeys. Places are limited, and booking is essential. See poster for further details. If you would like to attend please telephone 0191 243 3302 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Talk and discussion on High risk pregnancy management: the Catholic perspective. Thursday 26 October at 7:15pm, at Bede House University Catholic Chaplaincy, 14 Windsor Terrace, Newcastle NE2 4HE. Admission is free and everyone is welcome – light refreshments will be provided.