New Lectio Divina – TODAY

This Sunday afternoon, you’re invited to try “New Lectio Divina” – a shared session of immersion in Scripture, which guides participants to a profound experience of the Word of God. New Lectio Divina is a way of praying with words and voice, a purposeful journey into the profound messages embedded in the Bible. Professor Kate Burke of the University of Virginia Department of Drama will introduce us to new ways of entering into the Word, and experiencing the power of God’s desire to speak to us, his people. The session is based on techniques developed in training actors at the Royal Shakespeare Company (but don’t worry, no acting is called for!) The session aims to draw the group together in praying God’s Word.

The session will begin this Sunday afternoon at 3.30pm, in the Chaplaincy Room, and will last about 90 minutes. Everyone is welcome. You can find out more about New Lectio Divina at www.newlectiodivina.com

Events at minsteracres

Walking RetreatEnjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer, reflection and sharing of the beauty of creation. You will need suitable walking boots and warm, weatherproof clothing. Please bring a packed lunch. This retreat will take place on Wednesday 8 March starting at 10:00am and ending at 4:00pm. The walk will be led by the Minsteracres team.

Lenten Day of Reflection: An opportunity to step aside during the season of Lent, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. Led by Sr. Rosarie Spence RSM. Wednesday 15 March, 10am-4pm, with a light lunch provided. Suggested donation: £20.

The practice of faith in a dismissive world: A recent British Social Attitudes Survey found that the number of people who say they have no religion now significantly outweighs the Christian population. This study day will look at some of the reasons behind this collapse in belief and church attendance, and explore how, out of this malaise, a deeper practice of faith may be discovered, and a different kind of knowing may be glimpsed. Led by Patrick Woodhouse, a writer and Anglican priest. Saturday 18 March, 10am – 4pm, with a light lunch provided. Suggested donation: £25.

DAY FOR RECONCILIATION & EUCHARIST

Saturday, 4 March, 10.00am-3.00pm, St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Gateshead, NE8 1LX. An opportunity to develop your understanding of what it means to be a Catechist and to look at the programmes and guidelines available for those involved in catechesis and those interested in becoming involved. No charge, but please bring a packed lunch. Please contact adult.formation@diocesehn.org.uk or phone 243 333 if you would like to attend.

PARISH READING GROUP

The next meeting of the Reading group will be on Tuesday 14 March at 8:00pm at Orchard House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3DB. We will be discussing Alessandro Manzoni: The Betrothed. We will also select next term’s books.

When you reach Orchard House come into the entrance, read the notPhoto by Johannes Janssonice and dial 48 after the preliminaries. This will contact the lounge where we meet. For more information please contact Margaret Harvey on [0191] 3840080 or email margaretharvey@uwclub.net, All are welcome.

 

Confirmation Programme 2017, Parishes of the Durham Martyrs and St Cuthbert’s Durham.

The Confirmation Programme will begin after half term. Young people now in Year 9 or above are warmly invited to join the programme , with a view to being Confirmed in November 2017. If you are interested in finding out more about being Confirmed please contact the parish Secretary at The Durham Martyrs and leave your name, contact details and school name. The Confirmation team will be in touch to send you details about the fabulous programme. For parishioners attending St Leonard’s school, a letter will also be sent out via school. Letters are also available to collect from church this morning Sunday 26 February.

LENTEN PRAYER

During the season of Lent, we shall pray the Evening Prayer of the Church (Vespers) each Friday evening at 6:10pm. At 6:30pm each Friday we shall follow the Way of the Cross using devotions both traditional and modern. Why not take up a discipline of prayer for this holy season and join us for one or both of these Lenten opportunities?

Justice & peace refugee project

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 March and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected.

DAY FOR RECONCILIATION & EUCHARIST

Saturday, 4 March, 10.00am-3.00pm, St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Gateshead, NE8 1LX.
An opportunity to develop your understanding of what it means to be a Catechist and to look at the programmes and guidelines available for those involved in catechesis and those interested in becoming involved. No charge, but please bring a packed lunch. Please contact adult.formation@diocesehn.org.uk or phone 243 333 if you would like to attend.

Catholic theology research seminar

A talk by Prof. Paul D. Murray: ‘What Difference Does Ordination Make? Solving a Catholic Problem through Receptive Learning from Methodist Tradition’. Tuesday 28 February, 5.30pm (Drinks), 5.45pm – 7.15pm (Paper & Discussion) at Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, Durham. If you wish to attend the seminar, please register at eventbrite. Any queries email: ccs.admin@durham.ac.uk or tel: 0191 334 1656.

Love your enemies

When Jesus teaches us to love God and love our neighbour, we can probably accept it as an ideal to aspire to, even if it seems challenging. But when he tells us to love our enemies, surely he has gone too far? The Old Testament law of “Eye for eye and tooth for tooth” was meant to set a limit on revenge. Rather than allowing violence to escalate, the law permitted the wronged party to exact vengeance that was equal to the harm they had suffered. It was a law based on a realistic understanding of human nature.

But Jesus wants to transform our human nature. Instead of meeting violence with violence and hatred with hatred, he teaches his disciples to love their enemies, even in the face of oppression and injustice.

Jesus is giving us good news, not good advice. He is not asking us to do anything that he did not do himself. We can see the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount as a description of Jesus himself, who did turn the other cheek to violence, and who carried his own Cross to Calvary. He is asking us to follow him.

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