The collection for the Holy Places is taken at Mass today, Palm Sunday. Bishop Seamus writes: The Holy Places of our faith are eloquent witnesses of the death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. From those places, the Easter proclamation has spread throughout the world, and it continues to spread. A Christian community has remained in those regions down the centuries, even at the cost of great sacrifice and martyrdom. Since the first Pentecost, it has bravely shown the universal face of the Church to the world. Today, as we know, living the Christian faith in the Middle East is not all that easy. Especially in Iraq, Syria and Egypt, where Christian communities have experienced an “ecumenism of blood”, individuals are daily pressured to abandon their land, or even their faith. Keeping hope alive in such circumstances is both difficult and vitally important.
Please pray for Keira Robson, daughter of Kathryn and Anthony, sister of Sophia and granddaughter of Joan and Dave Grady who was welcomed at Mass last Sunday and is to be baptised after Mass on Sunday 9 April. All are welcome to the service.
A happy and blessed Easter to you all. Thank you for your support for St Cuthbert’s, and your kindness to me – Fr Andrew.
If you’ve saved money by giving up chocolate or alcohol, or if you’d just like to make a donation (Almsgiving), and you would like to support CAFOD (let us know if you would like to Gift Aid your donation), and Phoebe Sowerby, one of our young people, who will be taking part in a World Challenge project, the Justice & Peace Group will be collecting at the back of church after the 10.00am Mass, for the 2 weeks after Easter.
Durham Martyrs Prayer and Discussion group will be presenting, “The Gift”. A six part DVD course in deepening our faith. It will be held between Easter & Pentecost, beginning on Thursday 27 April from 7:00pm-9:00pm in the Jubilee room at St Joseph’s Church.
To help distribute the Easter service cards; please collect these from the porch.
This is the annual celebration when the holy oils are blessed for the coming year, and the priests and deacons of the diocese renew their commitment to service, in communion with the Bishop. The Chrism Mass will be celebrated on Holy Thursday, 13 April, at 11.00am in St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. Everyone is welcome.
Today’s Gospel shows us the humanity of Jesus. He weeps at the death of Lazarus, his friend. He shares in the grief of Martha and Mary. But this miracle is also a sign that Jesus is the Son of God, with power over life and death. Lazarus was thoroughly dead, four days in the tomb. At a word from Jesus, he is restored to life, and returned to the people who love him. It’s a stunning demonstration of Jesus’ power, and of his unity with God his Father. It brings many people to believe in him.
God’s will is for all his people to be fully alive and free. When we choose sin, we choose to be less alive. We may be tempted to hide in the dark tombs that we make for ourselves. But Jesus comes to seek us. Like Lazarus, he calls us to come out of our tombs, and to enjoy the fullness of life and freedom that comes from faith in him.
Next Sundays bulletin will cover the period from Sunday 9 April to Sunday 16 April. The following bulletin will be on Sunday 23 April. Any items you would like to be included in this bulletin please let Ciara in the parish office know email@example.com 0191 3843442 by 12:00pm on Thursday 6 April.
Lenten Days 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. On Wednesday 5 April, 10:00am–4:00pm, with a light lunch provided. Suggested donation: £20.
Holy Week Retreat: Join the community on their journey towards Easter, including time for reflection and the opportunity to take part in the liturgies of Holy Week. This retreat starts on Thursday 13 April at 6:30pm and ends on Sunday 16 April at 2:00pm. Led by the Minsteracres team. Cost £165.
As we move into new partnerships, an important emerging priority is our relationship with young people. The report of the young people’s survey ‘The Way We See It ‘ and Pope Francis’ call for a Synod on Youth invite us to reflect on this relationship. All adult parishioners and young people of sixth form age are invited to a Diocesan Conference at the Newcastle Assembly Rooms on Saturday 13 May Every church community is asked to be represented. Further details are in the booking form available from the parish priest or from the Youth Ministry Team (01207 592244 or firstname.lastname@example.org) Details also on YMT website www.ymt.org
Saturday 29 April 2017, 10:00am – 3:00pm at St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Gateshead, NE8 1LX. This day will look at the following:
Exploration of the Sacrament of Confirmation, Principles and planning of a Confirmation programme using the diocesan guidelines, What it means to be a Confirmation catechist.
There is no charge for this day. Please bring a packed lunch. Booking is essential. If you would like to attend, you can book online at https://confirmation2904.eventbrite.co.uk or contact us at email@example.com or on 0191 243 3313
Our monthly diocesan event for young people in school Year 9 and up. Live music; praise and worship; faith sharing; prayer; social time and chance to meet people. Wednesday 5 April. 7.00-8.30pm at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. To find out more, see www.ymt.org
Mostly Mozart, Thursday 6 April 7:00pm , £5 adult £2.50 under 19, including refreshments. Tickets available from the school office, by calling 0191 3858575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are organising parking permits for the prison car park on Good Friday. As in previous years please sign the list at the back of church to request a permit as there are limited spaces available. Permits will be available to collect next Sunday 9 April.
Please pray for Keira Robson, daughter of Kathryn and Anthony, sister of Sophia and granddaughter of Joan and Dave Grady who is to be welcomed at Mass today. She will be baptised after 11:30am Mass next Sunday 9 April. All are welcome to the service.
Service of reflection and witness, starting at
St Nicholas Church in the Market Place at 11:45am. Members of all the churches in Durham are invited to take part.
Easter is fast approaching and planning is underway for the flowers.
Would you like to sponsor an arrangement in memory of a loved one, a special birthday or anniversary or indeed any occasion special to you? If you have any ideas/suggestions which you would like to make please contact Cliona Kear on 386 3400 or e-mail email@example.com
We are organising parking permits for the court car park on Good Friday. As in previous years please sign the list at the back of church to request a permit as there are limited spaces available.
Following the events in London earlier this week, there will be an Interfaith Prayer for Unity Service on Sunday 26 March at 3pm at St Mary’s Cathedral.
We will come together to pray and encourage people to continue to work together for peace and unity.