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 notice 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

Parishioners in year 9 or above are warmly invited to join the 2017 Confirmation Preparation Programme. There will be an information meeting for potential candidates and their parents/carers on Saturday 18 March at 3:45 pm in the Jubilee Room at St Joseph’s Church, Gilesgate. The Confirmation team are looking forward to meeting you and sharing the programme outline and dates with you. If possible, please bring your Baptismal Certificate along with you. Please contact the parish office if you require any more information.

Parish Pastoral Council

The first meeting of the newly constituted Parish Pastoral Council will be held on Thursday 23 March. If you have any items that you would like to have discussed by the PPC, please give them to Fr Andrew or to Margaret Doyle. Elections for members of the PPC will be held at the Parish Assembly on Thursday 25 May.

Truly God and truly human

Jesus is the Son of God, and he is also truly human. He experiences everything that we do – even the temptation to sin. After a long time of fasting in the desert, Jesus feels hungry, just as we would. It’s tempting to use his miraculous powers to conjure up food for himself. As he looks ahead to his ministry, he must realise that it will be a hard road – so it’s tempting to take the easy way out, and win the people over by a spectacular demonstration of his power. Or to give in to the powers of the world, and become a worldly leader.

Adam and Eve are deceived by the lies of the devil. Their story symbolises the way that we can be taken in by the superficial attraction of sin. We choose what seems immediately tempting, instead of what is truly good. One sin leads to another, until it seems impossible to find the way back to truth and integrity.

Jesus stands firm in the face of the devil’s temptations. To sin would be to go against his complete love and trust for his Father. He shows us the way to choose truth instead of lies, and what is truly good instead of what is only superficial. Our Lenten penance should help us to stand firm, and make the right choices in our lives.

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?

CAFOD Lent Fast Day

Is this Friday 10 March. Florence is a hard-working mother who is devoted to her family. A few years ago, she was only just making enough to feed her family. However, CAFOD’s partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, recognised how determined Florence was to stand on her own two feet and so they gave her 500 tiny fish, tools and training to build a pond and farm fish. By selling some of the fish at market, Florence was able to give her children a future – she was able to send them to school. Please support this Lent Fast Day, to ensure more people like Florence can turn tiny fish into something amazing.

Lent: Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving

During Lent we are asked to think about Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving.  If you’re giving something up for Lent (Fasting), or doing something extra (maybe Prayer), you may wish to add your name to the Pledge Board at the back of church.  Of course it’s not compulsory, but it’s a good way of supporting each other, and the things other people have put on the board may give you some ideas about what you could do.

If you’ve saved money by giving up chocolate, or if you’d just like to make a donation (Almsgiving), the Justice & Peace Group will be collecting at Easter for CAFOD (let us know if you would like to Gift Aid your donation), and to support Phoebe Sowerby, one of our young people, who will be taking part in a World Challenge project.  There’ll be more information about Phoebe’s project in the next few weeks.

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.

 

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