Christmas Service Times

Wednesday 14th December

6:30pm          Carols by Candlelight for Parish and Chaplaincy                            followed by mulled wine and mince pies

Saturday 24th December:  Christmas Eve

9:15am           Mass

9:45am           Sacrament of Confession* (until 10:45am)

Midnight        Midnight Mass Doors open 11:15pm

 

Sunday 25th December:  Christmas Day

10:00am        Family Mass with Blessing of Crib

Please note there is NO evening Mass on Christmas Day

Parish Reading Group

The Reading Group will meet on Tuesday 16 May to discuss Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad, and on Tuesday 27 June, to discuss Hans Fallada, Alone in Berlin.

Meetings are at 8pm at Orchard House, New Elvet. If you go to the front entrance, read the notice and dial 48 to be let in.

The group is open to all and new members are welcome. For further information Contact Margaret Harvey . tel 0191 3840080 or margaretharvey@uwclub.net

Christmas Film and Pizza Night

On Friday 16 December, we have our festive film and pizza night for young and old alike. Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm screening of what has been described as “one of the greatest Christmas films – and literary adaptations – of all time” (Charlotte Runcie of The Telegraph). Starring Michael Caine in “frankly, a brilliant performance” as Ebeneezer Scrooge, The Muppet Christmas Carol is “a wonderful festive story, enchantingly told.

Justice & Peace

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

The centre is always very grateful for our supplies and with the holiday period coming up they would welcome an even bigger stock of things to draw from. Please give generously.

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.

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