Have you ever wondered why we say the creed each Sunday? The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that ‘Communion in faith needs a common language of faith, normative for all and uniting all in the same confession of faith’ (CCC 185). The creed is a gift, and an essential part of what constitutes us as a community. When we say the creed, we accept the gift of faith that is the Church’s faith, and we put our trust in the One she names as Lord and Saviour.
Do we need to understand every word of it in order to proclaim it? No. A child learns to say ‘I love you’ long before she really grasps what love is, and yet she speaks truly. So also we say ‘I believe’ as we grow in understanding of the commitment we make together. Nor do we come to understand it in the order in which we speak it. We may feel we grasp more clearly the statements of the second article of the creed, those which remind us of the narrative of Jesus’ incarnation, life, passion, death and resurrection—and so we should. The tender love and compassion of ‘God the Father Almighty’ who might seem rather distant as ‘maker of heaven and earth’ shows forth in all its gentleness and forbearance in the life of Christ.
The creed offers us a chance, week by week, to meditate upon the faith we have received, and to make it our own.
This is the first in a series of thoughts on the Creed by Medi Ann Volpe.
Durham Churches Together is organising an evening to introduce Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ on the care for our common home on Monday 19th October at 7.30 pm at Elvet Methodist Church. Speakers: Canon Simon Oliver (Van Mildert Professor of Divinity) and Jonathan Elmer (Ecological Consultant).
This will be a café style evening enabling discussion on issues raised by the speakers with further feed-back. Refreshments will be served. The evening will be free and all are welcome.
We warmly welcome to Durham newly-arrived students. The First Sung Student Mass takes place at 6:30pm on Sunday 11 October, followed by a welcome reception and buffet supper for all student (including those who might have gone to an earlier Mass!).
More details about activities for students now and throughout the term can be found in the yellow Chaplaincy bulletins and on the Chaplaincy website www.durhamcatholic.org.
For Year 7 and upwards a pizza and film night will take place on Saturday 10 October at 5:30pm. We will have our usual shared meal and watch a film together or possibly the new episode of Dr Who. Please bring something for a shared table. Please feel free to bring a friend or two! Everybody is welcome.
The launch of the Pope John Paul II Award in our Diocese will take place over September and October this year. This is an award for young people in the age range of 16 to 18 and is intended to empower them to take an active part in the life of the Church. If you are a pupil in a Catholic secondary school, you should already be aware of the Awards but if you are being educated elsewhere, or have left school you may not be aware but are encouraged to participate in the award. To find out more visit www.thepopejohnpauliiaward.com/hexham-and-newcastle, or talk to our parish coordinator, Mandy Hampshire (384 4805).
“Called to the Supper of the Lamb” is a day of reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. It is led by Sister Sheila McNamara and takes place at Saint Joseph’s Parish Hall, Gateshead on Saturday 17 October 2015, 10.30am – 3.30pm. Cost: £7.50.
This day fulfils the undertaking made by Extraordinary Ministers to attend an annual day of recollection. To book a place contact Ciara in the Parish Office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the start of the University Term, “Holy Half Hour” (Exposition with confession available) will resume 6:30pm-6:55pm on Wednesday 7 October (and will be a regular feature most Wednesday evenings between now and Christmas). The Sunday evening sung Student Mass begins again on Sunday 11 October at 6:30pm.
Friday 2 October was the annual CAFOD Harvest Fast Day – don’t forget to pop your envelopes with the savings on your food (or other donation!) in the collection at Mass on Sunday 4th. For more information see cafod.org.uk/harvest.
The Parish Fundraising Committee meets on Thursday 1 October at 8:00pm. Earlier in the year we were able to announce the successful completion of fundraising for the recent £300,000 stonework and Harry Clarke window restoration project. But there remain many smaller projects, both in our own parish and further afield, which will require funds in coming years.
If you can help with fundraising, or can help organise the social events which both bind together the community and express solidarity with those in need of support, please come along to our meeting.
Our annual Shared Harvest takes place after the 10:00am Mass on Sunday 27 September.
Produce that members of the Parish have grown or made will be on sale in the Parish Room; please be generous in enjoying sharing the fruits of our labour! Proceeds will support Patrick Laing’s project to build new classrooms in Peru in the summer of 2016.
Patrick writes: In August 2016 I will part be part of a group heading to Peru to build 3 classrooms in a deprived area called Iquitos. This is going to finish an ongoing project started in 2011 by St Leonard’s School in which a clinic, classroom and toilet block have already been built. Whilst there I will be working with the parish community and clergy. To fund our work we need to raise £4000 each. I would like to thank the parish for all of their support so far.
Minutes of St Cuthbert’s Parish Pastoral Council Annual
28th May 2015
1. The meeting opened with prayer.
3. Minutes of
6. Financial Report: A copy fo the Financial Report was distributed. There is a cap pf £8,000 for Gift Aid on
7. Reports from sub-committees/groups:
Period ending 28th May 2015
Sunday evening Mass is very well attended. Around 20 at Lauds. The dinners are popular. The Choir is taking off and there is a new
How to manage the Accounts? Should families donate to Cathsoc? Should a Grant be sought? There are 90 Alumni on the database – is
d. Churches Together in
Justice and Peace Group Report 2014-15
The group has met together three times in the past
We meet after Sunday Mass. We continue to maintain links with members of
We have been very concerned about the lack of
Miner’s Gala day raised £770 which was split between
Our Fair Trade stall continues to run twice a
Our annual Shared Harvest took place in September and
We continue to collect
We also tried to collect second hand toys on
The parish contributes to the diocesan scheme to
We are also raising money to twin the parish
The group organised a carbon Fast in Lent where
We would like to thank everyone at St Cuthbert’s for
f. Liturgy & Music:
g. Diocesan Meetings:
Pope John 11 Award Mary
The John Paul 11 award
The team is currently
Update from the Synod on Family Life – Deacon
More tha 750 people in the Diocese responded to the
The next stage of
Update from the Council of Priests:
The Council of Priests
Forward Together in Hope – Fr Jim O’Keeffe and
Since the last Council
The next stage will be
8. Forward Together in Hope:
There is a DVD on the Diocesan website.
Margaret Doyle will draw up a timetable and there will be handouts at
10th to 13th September. fr Ben will confirm with the Council re our
10. Items from the Parish Priest: All items have been covered
11. Any other business:
There will be a presentation after Masses at the end of September on
12. Date of next meeting: 22nd
13. The meeting closed with prayer.
We have been sent a number of “Tree of Life” car stickers for Home Mission Sunday – while stocks last these can be picked up free of charge at the back of the church for you to display in your car and proclaim your faith in the message of the Cross.
Sunday 20 September is “Home Mission Sunday”: the day in the Church’s calendar when the Catholic community in England and Wales is invited to pray for, celebrate and support the work of evangelisation in this country.
You can make a gift towards this important work via the Bishops’ Conference website: www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Donate/Donate-Home-Mission-Sunday
Envelopes containing Gift Aid statements are now available for donors to collect from the narthex. If you have any queries please contact Andy Doyle on 0191 378 3660 or email@example.com.
Please also get in touch with Andy if you would like to start supporting St Cuthbert’s through planned giving (either in envelopes or by standing order). If you are a UK taxpayer, don’t forget to Gift Aid your offering – this enables us to claim back an extra 25% from the Government.
Many thanks to those who have been taking part in the series of Open Meetings as part of our parish response in the Forward Together in Hope programme of renewal in the diocese. The series continues in September, and all parishioners and members of the Chaplaincy are warmly invited to come along and consider aspects of where we find ourselves now and how we can move forward as a Christian community here at St Cuthbert’s and across the diocese. The remaining sessions are:
- Wed 16 September 2015, 7:30pm: Leadership; Active Involvement; Outreach; Young People
- Thu 15 October 2015, 6:30pm: University Chaplaincy
- (Thu 22 October 2015, 7:30pm: Parish Pastoral Council)
- Thu 5 November 2015, 7:30pm: Thoughts and Ideas
For those who have requested a place, don’t forget Living the Joy of the Gospel – an ecumenical celebration at Durham Cathedral with the Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool (fr. Malcolm McMahon OP) and the Anglican Archbishop of York (Dr John Sentamu), to celebrate our common call to proclaim and live the
Gospel with joy and hope – this Sunday 6 September, 3:30pm.
From Bishop Séamus: On Friday 11 September the House of Commons will debate and vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide. This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk. Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate and vote against the Bill.
You can send an e-mail to your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website (www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide); postcards you can send are available at the back of the church. The MP for Durham City is Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods.
Heritage Open Days will be taking place all over the country from this Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September 2014. St Cuthbert’s will be taking part this year, opening the doors of the church to the public from 9:00am to 4:00pm (longer than usual) on Saturday 13 September. There will be a display of historic photographs and documents, the beautiful garden will be open to visit and refreshments will be available. That day also sees the Northumbria Historic Churches Trust “Steeplechase”.
Please do pop in and visit the church and have a cuppa! Admission to the church and garden is, of course, free, but proceeds from the refreshments will help our funds.
If you have a little more time to give, do join the team of volunteers who will be welcoming our visitors: please sign up on the lists available in the narthex.
More information on the Heritage Open Days is available at: www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/st-cuthberts-catholic-church-durham.