Fr Gerard Kelly will be leaving us this week. Many thanks to Fr Gerard for his contribution to the life of the parish and the chaplaincy – it has been great to have him with us this term. Please pray for him as he returns to his ministry at the Catholic Institute of Sydney.

Fr Kees Thonissen is staying with us for a few days, as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University. Please give him a warm welcome.

Evening Mass

Today Sunday 25 June and throughout the summer, our 6:30pm Mass becomes a quieter celebration. However, we do need volunteers to welcome, read, take the collection and minister Holy Communion. If you can help, please sign up on the list on the noticeboards. Please don’t leave it to the few.

Finchale Partnership – event at Ushaw

The 9 parishes of the Finchale Partnership are holding our first partnership event at Ushaw on Sunday 23rd July.  It is a chance for us to get to know each other and to pray together.

The afternoon will start at 2.00pm, and you are invited to bring a picnic, to join in games and activities for families, and to enjoy the grounds and the buildings at Ushaw.  There will be the chance to see several exhibitions in the college, including Secret Faith, a new exhibition of artefacts made by Catholics during the 16th-19th centuries, which could be concealed as Catholicism was illegal.  You can also join a guided tour (£5.00 per person) at 3.30pm, but please sign up on the sheet at the back of church, as there are limited places on the tours.

The afternoon will conclude with Vespers in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel at 5.00pm.

PARTNERSHIP PRAYER

God of all Creation,
You have constantly poured out your Spirit
upon our Diocese and kindled here a light
which has spread throughout the world.

Lord Jesus, you gathered disciples to yourself
to learn from yourself and to model their lives on you.
Your Holy Spirit empowered them
to continue your work in the world.

Come upon us, Holy Spirit,
deepen the faith you invite us to share
and inspire us to become faithful witnesses.

As we begin to develop our partnerships,
help each one of us
to use the gifts you gave us
to nurture one another, to serve the world
and to live in harmony with the whole of creation.

All of this we ask in the name of
Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Diocesan festival

The fifth Diocesan Festival takes place on Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 June at the Emmaus Youth Village in Consett. This year’s theme is ‘Changing Hearts: The Challenge of Discipleship’. Clare Dixon will speak about the life of Oscar Romero, whose centenary we celebrate this year. RISE Theatre will present a drama about this martyr of our own times. There will be talks from David Wells and Sr Judith Russi. It includes prayer, liturgy, reflection, mime, discussion and music. It is an opportunity for our whole Diocesan family to come together to celebrate and to be encouraged in our faith offering inspiring speakers for adults as well as activities for young people and children. Full details on the noticeboard and on the diocesan website, www.rcdhn.org.uk

Pre-Synod Mega Youth Poll

In 2018, Pope Francis will meet Bishops and others to talk about Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment. At this gathering they will discuss how the Catholic Church can accompany all young people in their faith and help them to hear God’s call. Everyone aged 17-29 in England and Wales are asked to take part in the Mega Youth Poll, to tell the Church what life is like for you, your thoughts on faith and what you would like the Church to offer for young people. Whatever your religious belief, feelings about the Catholic Church or circumstances, we want to hear your views – so please encourage your friends to take part in the poll too. It takes 15-20 minutes to fill in, and is completely anonymous. The Mega Youth Poll is open until Friday 30 June, and you can find it at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/university-youth-poll

We would also love to hear from those who care for or work with young people aged between 13-29. If this is you, please take the time to complete the separate survey at http://www.ukvocation.org/

AN IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT GIFT AID

The Parish will soon be submitting its Gift Aid return for the year ending 31 March 2017. If any Gift Aid donors now believe that, whether through personal circumstances or the increases in tax allowances, they will not have paid sufficient income tax to cover the Gift Aid on their donations (25p for every £1 donated) then please let Fr Andrew or Andy Doyle know as soon as possible. Also, if any donors have changed address in the last year and have not already informed the Gift Aid team at the Diocesan Offices then, again, let Fr Andrew or Andy Doyle know.

If you are not already part of the Gift Aid scheme and would like to know more, contact Andy Doyle on 0191 3783660 or andydoyle1066@sky.com. Thank you for your generosity.

Evening Mass

From next Sunday 25 June and throughout the summer, our 6:30pm Mass becomes a quieter celebration. However, we do need volunteers to welcome, read, take the collection and minister Holy Communion. If you can help, please sign up on the list on the noticeboards. Please don’t leave it to the few.

The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Is celebrated today Sunday 18 June. Ministers of Holy Communion are asked to renew their commitment to service on that day. Today is also the Day of Prayer for Life, when we are asked to reflect on the dignity of every human person, and to pray for respect for every human life, from conception to natural death. There will be a retiring collection next Sunday, to support the Church’s work in defence of life.

Treasure Trail around Durham

On Saturday, 1st July, please join us for a Treasure Trail around Durham.  This is a great opportunity to meet each other and a challenge too!  We will meet at church at 2.00pm, and there will be refreshments in the parish room when you have completed the trail.  There is no need to sign up in advance – please just come along on the day.

Durham Cathedral, built as St Cuthbert's shrine
Durham Cathedral, built as St Cuthbert’s shrine

Partnership Prayer

God of all Creation,

You have constantly poured out your Spirit

upon our Diocese and kindled here a light

which has spread throughout the world.

Lord Jesus, you gathered disciples to yourself

to learn from yourself and to model their lives on you.

Your Holy Spirit empowered them

to continue your work in the world.

Come upon us, Holy Spirit,

deepen the faith you invite us to share

and inspire us to become faithful witnesses.

As we begin to develop our partnerships,

help each one of us

to use the gifts you gave us

to nurture one another,

to serve the world

and to live in harmony

with the whole of creation.

All of this we ask in the name of

Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Diocesan festival

The fifth Diocesan Festival takes place on Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 June at the Emmaus Youth Village in Consett. This year’s theme is ‘Changing Hearts: The Challenge of Discipleship’. Clare Dixon will speak about the life of Oscar Romero, whose centenary we celebrate this year. RISE Theatre will present a drama about this martyr of our own times. There will be talks from David Wells and Sr Judith Russi. It includes prayer, liturgy, reflection, mime, discussion and music. It is an opportunity for our whole Diocesan family to come together to celebrate and to be encouraged in our faith offering inspiring speakers for adults as well as activities for young people and children. Full details on the noticeboard and on the diocesan website, www.rcdhn.org.uk

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