Forward Together in Hope is taking place across the whole of the Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. It is about everyone, young and old, getting involved in thinking about and discussing what our Church should be like so that we can bring the Good News of God’s love to others.
We are really keen to get views from young people aged 11-19, whether you are Catholic or not – and whether you go to church or not. We want to look at our Church through your eyes and want to learn from you.
The survey can be found at forwardtogether.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/young-peoples-survey and more information about the process can be found at www.hope.rcdhn.org.uk.
Over the last few years, the parish has gradually populated a virtual village for CAFOD. In Advent last year the young people of the parish, raised enough money to buy a camel. This year we are hoping to add another camel to the village.
A camel costs £400. The gift of a camel provides a poor family with up to seven litres of milk a day, which can be sold to buy food and school books. The family can also rear and sell calves for a much needed income. Furthermore a camel can carry weights of up to 200kgs, meaning that a family has a source of transport, that can be used to help them earn a living. Thank you for help with this project.
Collections taken at the Christmas Masses are taken for Parish Funds, in the same way as at Sunday Masses throughout the year.If you would also like to make a Christmas gift to the Dominican Community of Friars which serves St Cuthbert’s, you may do so using one of the blue envelopes available on display in the narthex. Envelopes can be dropped into the collection basket or returned to the presbytery.
If you are a UK taxpayer, you can increase the value of your gift by completing the Gift Aid declaration on the envelope. Cheques should be made payable to “The Dominican Council”.
Thank you for your generosity both to the Parish and to the Dominican Community now and throughout the year – the Friars wish you a very happy and holy Christmas.
Greetings Cards with images from the recently-restored Canon Brown Memorial Window designed by Harry Clark are available at the back of church. These are ideal as Christmas cards, but also throughout the year. There is a selection of six designs, priced at 60p each or £3 for a set of six (envelopes included).
Canon Brown memorial window
Otter at the feet of St Cuthbert
On Tuesday 15 December, Prof John Morrill (Cambridge University) ‘Celebrating Advent and Christmas in the Penal Times.’The evening will begin at 5:30pm for drinks and the lecture will start at 6:00pm in the Exhibition Hall, Ushaw College. Followed by the Ushaw Carol Service, 7.30pm in St Cuthbert’s Chapel.
To attend the drinks reception and lecture (free of charge), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0191 334 1656. To obtain a ticket for the carol service, please email email@example.com.
The Jubilee Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis opens this coming Tuesday, 8 December, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.
From 8am to 8pm that day at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions available; Bishop Séamus will celebrate Mass at 7:15am and 12:05pm, and give a talk at 10:30am.
Then, on Sunday 13 December at 3:00pm, Bishop Séamus will open the Holy Door at the Cathedral. All are welcome at any of these celebrations.
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.