The Parish office will be closed from 2:30pm on Tuesday 16 April and re-open at 9:15am on Tuesday 23 April.
Permission has been granted by the governor for parishioners to use 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 from the Narthex from next Tuesday 16 April.
Thank you to everyone who attended Mass at Ushaw College last Wednesday, and especially to those who read, led the music and helped with the planning and organisation of the celebration. It was a wonderful way to welcome our new Bishop.
If you can help with welcoming, reading or administering Holy Communion at our Easter services, please sign up on the rota on the noticeboard as soon as you can. We need lots of volunteers to ensure that our liturgies are celebrated with dignity and joy without overloading our ministers.
Also If you would be willing to take part in the foot-washing which is part of the Mass on Holy Thursday evening, then also sign up on the list on the noticeboard or let Fr Andrew or Andy Doyle know as soon as possible.
We urgently need more readers and foot-washees.
Will be celebrated at 11.00am on Holy Thursday, at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. This is when the holy oils are blessed for the coming year, and the priests and deacons of the diocese renew their commitment to service with the Bishop. Everyone is welcome.
There will be morning prayer on Good Friday and Holy Saturday at 10:00am, Easter Sunday and Sunday 28th April at 8:45am.
Confessions will be Wednesday 17th April 6-6:55pm and Wednesday 24th April 6:30-6:55pm.
Will celebrate both Masses at St Cuthbert’s on Sunday 28th April, while Fr Andrew is in Malta for Deacon Matthew’s ordination. Please give him a warm welcome.
In Holy Week, we walk with Jesus through his Passion. Today, on Palm Sunday, we join the crowd of disciples who welcome the Lord as he enters Jerusalem. On Holy Thursday, we are present at the table of the Last Supper, and watch with Jesus in the garden, as he faces the horror of the death that awaits him. On Good Friday, we are witnesses to his condemnation, crucifixion and death. On Holy Saturday, we wait quietly, before sharing in the joy of the Resurrection on Easter night.
The Church’s liturgy invites us also to share in the emotions of the Passion. Jesus is betrayed by Judas and abandoned by all of his closest friends. The crowd who welcomed him with ‘Hosannas’ shout for his blood. On the Cross, he even feels forsaken by his Father. He dies, mocked and discredited. The Son of God empties himself completely for our sake. The more deeply we enter into the reality of Christ’s sufferings, the more we will understand the depth of God’s love for us, and the greater our joy in the Resurrection.
Nepacs is a north east charity which has been supporting people affected by imprisonment for over 135 years. This Lent we would like to collect items for nepacs to make up Toiletry Packs for prisoners being released who are in particular need. Our previous support to Low Newton has been greatly appreciated.
Useful items to contribute to the Toiletry Packs are toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, shower gel, soap, deodorant (roll-on or spray), flannels, combs and wet wipes. Packs for anyone who is homeless on their release also include socks, plasters, waterbottle/flask, bacterial gel, and a dry food pack (coffee, tea bags, hot chocolate powder, cup-a-soup, cereal bars, sugar, stirrer, Mars Bars). In addition, the packs for HMP Low Newton need lip balm and Sanitary Pack (STs, tampons, panty liners), and those for HMP Durham need disposable razors and shaving foam.
Please put donations in the boxes in the narthex throughout Lent.
The 2019 Confirmation Programme will begin after Easter and is open to anyone in Year 9 and above. We hope the sacrament will be celebrated in November at the end of the Programme. If you couldn’t make it to the information meeting, please let the parish secretary know you are interested and one of the team will be in touch. The first session will be on 27 April, 3-5pm in the Jubilee Room at St Joseph’s. All are very welcome to find out more about Confirmation.
Will be held on the last Saturday of Easter term, 22nd June. Students, alumni and parishioners are welcome- save the date!
Will be held on Saturday 11 May at 10.00am at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. It is jointly organised by the Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council and CAFOD. The celebrant is Mgr. Andrew Faley and Fr. Chris Hughes will preach. All are welcome!
Following Mass, the AGM and Day Conference will be held from 11.00am to 3.15pm at the Mercy Hub, St. Mary’s Cathedral. Speakers include; Fr. Chris Hughes, Joe Kirwin and Sarah Croft. Up to date reports from the Co-ordinating Council will be shared followed by the election of members to the council for the next year. Please bring your own packed lunch (there is also the cathedral cafe). Everyone is welcome.
Will be held on Saturday 18 May at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Robert Byrne at 11.00am. Further information is available from Deacon Rob Wareing, Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Co-ordinator by on 07841 530991.
Diocesan Days of Reflection for all ministries. At Ushaw College on Saturday 4th May, or at St Joseph’s, Gateshead on Saturday 15th June. See noticeboard for details.
Our diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, from 26th July – 2nd August still has several places available for those who need Nursing Care or who are unable to travel or stay in Lourdes on their own. Flights are from Newcastle directly to Lourdes. Accommodation will be in the Accueil Marie St Frai and there will be the assistance of the pilgrimage nurses and doctors throughout the week in Lourdes as well as many helpers. The cost for those staying in the Accueil is £895.00 per person. Anyone wishing to go is asked to contact The Lourdes Pilgrimage Office at St Robert’s Morpeth (01670 513410 or firstname.lastname@example.org ) for a Booking Form and Medical Consent Form. A medical assessment will be made to make sure the pilgrimage can offer the appropriate care. Closing date for application is 21st April.
The Centre for Catholic Studies Conference, The Franciscan Legacy from the 13th Century to the 21st will be held in Durham in November 2019. Proposals for papers are invited now – see noticeboard for details.
Legacies and Revivals. An international conference hosted by Ushaw College and St Chad’s College, 8-10 July 2019. Registration is open now, and there are free places for Durham University postgraduate students. See the Centre for Catholic Studies website for details.
The Frontiers of the Roman Empire; A World Heritage Serial Nomination. Tuesday 30th April at 6pm in Room PG20, The Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham. See noticeboard for details.
Ushaw College have just launched a new exhibition called Hand in Hand, The artistic and spiritual life of Dame Werburg Welch based around the life of Eileen Welch, a Benedictine Nun at Stanbrook Abbey who was a prolific artist during the early 20th century arts and crafts movement. The exhibition showcases a large range of her work and is a collaboration between Ushaw and Stanbrook Abbey in Wass. It will run until the 29th June and Ushaw is open Mon-Sat 11am-3pm.
Palm Sunday is next week, and a collection will be taken for the Catholic community in the Holy Land (the Holy Places collection.)