Book Launch and Reading at St Cuthbert’s

Sonnets from the Spirit is a collection of 52 icons in poetry on major episodes from Sacred Scripture, written according to the ancient practice of midrash, by the award-winning British theologian and poet Christopher Villiers. This book is intended to provide readers with a little feel for God working through, and sometimes despite, very human people whose strengths and weaknesses greatly resembled those of 21st century humankind. Monday 5 December, 5:00-6:15pm, with refreshments.

Advent camel

In Advent 2014 and 2015, the parish raised enough money to buy two camels. This year we are hoping to add a third camel to our virtual village. A camel costs £400. The gift of a camel provides a poor family with up to seven litres of milk a day, which can be sold to buy food and school books. The family can also rear and sell calves for a much needed income. Furthermore a camel can carry weights up to 200kgs, meaning that a family has a source of transport that can be used to help them earn a living. Thank you for your help with this project.

Forward Together in Hope

Forward Together in Hope Poster TopOur draft proposal for working in partnership with neighbouring parishes will be submitted to the diocese today. The proposals received from across the diocese will then be considered by Bishop Seamus and the Diocesan Board, and a plan will be developed for the diocese as a whole. The Bishop’s decisions will then be communicated widely, and partnership arrangements will be firmed up and implemented. Thank you to everyone who has given generously of their time and skills in the preparation of our draft proposal.

Book Launch and Reading at St Cuthbert’s

Sonnets from the Spirit is a collection of 52 icons in poetry on major episodes from Sacred Scripture, written according to the ancient practice of midrash, by the award-winning British theologian and poet Christopher Villiers. This book is intended to provide readers with a little feel for God working through, and sometimes despite, very human people whose strengths and weaknesses greatly resembled those of 21st century humankind. Monday 5 December, 5:00-6:15pm, with refreshments.

Area Partnership Proposal

For the last few months, we have been working with neighbouring parishes to put together a proposal for an area partnership.  Our proposals are to be submitted to the Diocese by 27 November.

The draft proposal is available here

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If you have any feedback, questions or comments, please speak to Margaret Doyle after Mass on Sunday, or contact Margaret on 0191 3783660 or margaretdoyle1066@sky.com

 

Forward Together in Hope Prayer

Glory be to the Father – in whom we live and move and have our being.

Glory be to the Son – whose name we bear and who calls each of us to be his disciples; to build his Kingdom and to go out into the world and bear its fruit.

Glory be to the Holy Spirit – pouring out grace and guidance, forming us and renewing us.

Inspire us all in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to live the Gospel, to be open to change and to move forward together in hope.

Amen.

CAFOD Memorial Mass

On Wednesday 30 November there will be a Mass of Remembrance for all the deceased volunteers and supporters of CAFOD at 7:00pm, St Mary’s RC Church, Vart Road, Bishop Auckland DL14 6PQ. All are welcome.

If parishioners would like the name(s) of their deceased loved ones entered in the CAFOD Book of Remembrance then please email their names to hexhamandnewcastle@cafod.org.uk no later than Monday 28 November.

Book of Remembrance

During November, when the Church traditionally encourages us to remember and to pray for the dead, our Parish Book of Remembrance will be open at the font. Please write the names of your deceased family and friends as a sign of solidarity with those who have gone before us and as a small act of prayer for their souls.

Minsteracres

Walking retreat at Minsteracres Retreat Centre
Saturday 19 November, 10:00am-4:00pm. Enjoy 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. Cost £10.

Quiet day at Minsteracres
Wednesday 23 November, 10:00am-4:00pm. A quiet day led by Sister Rosarie Spence RSM. An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquility at Minsteracres. Coffee and tea are provided. Please bring a packed lunch. Cost £15.

For more information on the above and Minsteracres Retreat Centre please visit www.minsteracres.org

Do Not Be Afraid

As we come to the end of the Church’s year, the Sunday Gospel readings focus our attention on the “end times.” Jesus foretells the destruction of the magnificent Temple in Jerusalem, which took place in 70 AD, when the Romans ruthlessly put down a Jewish uprising. He warns his disciples to expect natural disasters, turmoil and persecution of Christians. But the Lord reassures his disciples that God will be with them in the time of trial – not a hair of their heads will be lost.

When the world around us seems confusing and frightening, these words of the Lord encourage us to stand firm in our faith. St Paul tells us to “go on quietly working” – doing the right thing with patience and courage. The truths of the Gospel remain true for all time. God is with us.

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