One of the happy consequences of recent fundraising efforts has been the organisation of various social events which have helped bind St Cuthbert’s Parish together as a Christian community. Having achieved our immediate and urgent fundraising goals, we are instituting an Events Group which can take over from the Fundraising Committee and continue to build up the community in the Parish through social events (many of which will still raise money for the parish or other good causes).
The inaugural meeting of the Events Group will take place after the 10:00 Mass on Sunday 29 November: if you have ideas for social events or can give a little of your time to bringing our community together, please come along.
The Diocesan Forward Together in Hope process has identified a need at St Cuthbert’s to have an up-to-date register of worshippers here, and also an up-to-date audit of the skills you have to offer and the needs you may have. It has been twelve years since there was last a parish census and audit of this kind.We’re therefore distributing a simple registration form asking for details and needs of the members of your household on the front, and the skills and talents they can offer on the back.
We would ask all parishioners and regular worshippers to take one (or if necessary more) of these forms and return it to the parish office (or to the box provided at the back of church). This will help us make sure we’re all doing what we can to help our parish community in its mission of serving God and our neighbour.
If you know of parishioners who aren’t able to get to Mass, please do take a form for them too: they are part of our community, who have much to offer and whom we’re keen to help.
NB We already have a student registration system in place via www.durhamcatholic.org and the yellow slips available at the back of the church. So students do not need to use the parish registration form (but are welcome to do so if they wish).
Thanks to your generosity, the Dominican Friars have now raised 50% of the total toward their £1m training fund appeal. There will be a brief update available at Mass on Sunday 29 November, and an opportunity to make a further contribution to supporting the next generation of friars preachers. Thank you for your generosity! See http://english.op.org/support-us/dominican-friars-training-fund.htm for details.
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.