Dr Ben Kautzer will speak on “The Sacramentality of Mercy: Practising the Compassion of God” at the Catholic Theology Research Seminar on Tuesday 1 December.
5.15pm for drinks; seminar 5.30pm-7.00pm
Venue: Seminar Room C, Abbey House, Palace Green
A group will share a meal afterwards at a local restaurant.
All are welcome to attend. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 334 1656 if you wish to attend, noting whether or not you wish to dine afterwards.
The parish questionnaire will be
submitted to the diocese by 29 November. The draft questionnaire is available on the parish website at www.stcuthberts-durham.org.uk/ftih. There will also be a few copies
available in the parish room after Mass. If you have any comments on
the draft, please speak to Margaret Doyle after 10am Mass, or contact
her on 0191 3783660 or email@example.com
by Wednesday 25 November.
All are invited to join this year’s participants in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) in the Parish Room on Thursday 26 October at 7:00pm when Prof. Lewis Ayres on the subject of the Most Holy Trinity.
Teams of Our Lady is a worldwide organisation which helps married couples to develop and live out their married spirituality. Tom and Maureen Hoban will give a presentation about Teams after the 10:00am Mass on Sunday 22 November. We hope to start a group here at St Cuthbert’s and would encourage interested couples to attend this presentation. If you are unable to attend the presentation and would like to know more about Teams please contact fr. David.
On Sunday 22 November – Youth Sunday and the Feast of Christ the King – there is the annual collection for the work of the Diocese’s Youth Ministry Trust. Envelopes are available at the back of the church and can be dropped into the usual collection baskets. More information about the work of the Youth Ministry Trust can be found at www.ymt.org.
Dixon of Dock Green? The Sweeney? Cuffs? Come and listen to Inspector Dave Coxon’s presentation on the subject of real modern policing. Hosted by St Cuthbert’s Catholic Church on Tuesday 17th November at 7pm, this talk is one of Churches Together in Elvet & Shincliffe’s occasional series looking at the many facets of the world in which we live.
A Public Forum at the Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral, Thursday 19 November 7:00pm-9:00pm on the subject of gift and offerings in Judaism, Islam and Christian denominations. How religious institutions are supported, how this is connected to conceptions of the afterlife, and what the place of money is (or is not) within religious and spiritual life will be explored.The following day, Friday 20 November, 10:00am-4:00pm, there will be a workshop in gifts in the Christian Middle Ages.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is providential that the readings for Remembrance Sunday this year speak of two widows: the Sidonian widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:10-16) and the widow putting two copper coins into the temple treasury (Mark 12:41-44).We do not know how these two women came to be widows: it may or may not have been through warfare. But certainly we know the immense human cost of war through the ages on those who are made widows and orphans. How should the Christian respond to such tragedy?
The stories of these two widows perhaps give us some guidance. The Sidonian widow, bereaved and believing that starvation is just round the corner, shares what little she has with the Prophet Elijah and receives from him a message of hope from the Lord for the future. In the face of warfare we must continue to hope for a better future, both in this world and the world to come.
The widow at the temple gives “all she had to live on” to the temple; we too should give our all for the building up of God’s temple: not so much the physical edifice, but the communion of faith, charity and peace which is the Church. After the destruction of war, we rebuild for a peaceful and faithful future.
We hope, and we rebuild: and thus show a world of despair and destruction a better way.
A simple soup lunch will be available after the 12:15 Mass on Friday, 6 November. Donations requested for the Parish’s international development work.
If there is sufficient support it is hoped this can become a monthly “First Friday” event once again.
The Dominican Friars will be celebrating 800 years from their approval by Pope Honorius III on 22 December 2016, preceded by a year (and a bit) of jubilee celebrations. At St Cuthbert’s we open the Jubilee with Mass at 2:00pm on Saturday 7 November for the Feast of All Saints of the Order of Preachers. All are welcome and warmly invited to this celebration, which also forms part of study day organised by the Dominican Youth Movement.
Please note that because of this jubilee celebration there will be no 9:15am Mass on 7 November.