Planned Giving

Firstly, thank you to all who donate so generously to our parish. The set of planned giving envelopes for the new financial year is now available in named boxes in the porch for donors to pick up. There are also some unnamed boxes and people are free to take these but please add your name and contact details to the sheet nearby. If anybody wishes to know more about planned giving, envelopes, standing orders or Gift Aid, please contact Andy Doyle (andydoyle1066@sky.com or 0191 378 3660).

HOLY WEEK LITURGY

If you can help with welcoming, reading or administering Holy Communion at our Easter services, please sign up on the rota on the noticeboard as soon as you can. We need many, many volunteers to ensure that our liturgies are celebrated with dignity and joy. Also, if you would be willing to participate in the foot-washing as part of the Mass on Holy Thursday evening, please let Fr Andrew or Andy Doyle know as soon as possible. Many thanks.

HOLY WEEK LITURGY

If you can help with welcoming, reading or administering Holy Communion at our Easter services, please sign up on the rota on the noticeboard as soon as you can. We need many, many volunteers to ensure that our liturgies are celebrated with dignity and joy. Also, if you would be willing to participate in the foot-washing as part of the Mass on Holy Thursday evening, please let Fr Andrew or Andy Doyle know as soon as possible. Many thanks.

Phoebe loses (most of) her hair – for a good cause

Phoebe Sowerby, one of our parishioners, writes: In July, I am going with a team of ten other girls to Sri Lanka to volunteer in two schools, one Kandy and one in Colombo. We will be providing resources such as textbooks, exercise books and writing implements. These will help the children to learn and develop their understanding of the English language, as well as this we will also be funding wall murals for the classrooms which myself and the team will be painting. We want to try and raise as much money as possible for this project to support these children. I have decided to have 9 inches of my hair cut off for the Little Princess Trust, so that it can
be made into wigs for cancer patients. In the end I had 14 inches off !

If you want to find out more about the project that Phoebe will be taking part in, or to support her on her trip, please speak to Phoebe at Sunday Mass, or contact the Parish Office.

See Phoebe’s “before and after” pictures below. We think her new short style looks great…IMG_1708

 

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Events at Minsteracres

Walking Retreat– 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. 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 Marc, 10am – 4pm, with a light lunch provided. Suggested donation: £25.

Events at Ushaw

Organ Recital: The Edwin Bonney Series starts with a recital by Michael Haynes. Saturday 18 March, 2:30-3:30pm in St Cuthbert’s Chapel, Ushaw College. Admission free – retiring collection.

Faure Requiem Concert: A concert by the Young Cathedral Singers. Saturday 18 March , 7:00-9:00pm in St Cuthbert’s Chapel. Admission free – retiring collection.

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.

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