The Almighty has done great things for me 

Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, because of her special part in God’s plan of salvation, was taken up directly into heaven at her death. She has gone ahead of us to eternal life with God.

The Church gives Mary the title of ‘Mother of God,’ because she brought the Son of God into the world. Even before Jesus’ birth, Mary was the first disciple to believe in him, and the first to love him. In today’s Gospel, we hear Mary’s hymn of praise, the Magnificat. Mary rejoices in what God has done for her, and in what God is doing for the whole world – pulling down the mighty, raising up the poor and the humble. The Magnificat is prayed every day in the Church’s Evening Prayer.

Mary was called by God to be the mother of his Son, and she said yes, putting her whole life into God’s hands. Like Mary, we are called by God to play our part in his plan for the world. Like Mary, we are saved from sin by the sacrifice of Christ. Like Mary, God has prepared a place in heaven for us. Where Mary our Mother has gone before us, we can hope to follow, by God’s grace.

Coffee after Sunday Morning Mass

Now that we are able to use social areas without restrictions, coffee and tea will  be served again after Sunday morning Mass in the parish room. Please come along and enjoy a chat with other parishioners.

We have a rota of volunteers for the first few weeks but if anyone else would like to sign up to take a turn in future they would  be most welcome.  For further details please contact Helen Schofield via the parish office or after Mass on Sunday.

Gospel Reflections

The Gospel Reflection Group started during lockdown, and it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the readings for Sunday’s Mass, to share your thoughts and to listen to what others have to say. Join us at 10.30am on Saturday mornings. The reflection takes place on Zoom, and you can find the joining details in the Parish Facebook Group or by contacting Margaret Doyle on margaretdoyle1066@sky.com. If you’ve joined us in the past, please note that we’ve recently changed the dial-in details.

The reflections will last about 50 minutes and then we take a short break to get a cup of coffee and have a social chat. You’re welcome to join us for the whole call, but you’re also welcome to leave after the Gospel Reflection, or join us for social time at 11.30am.

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) 2022-2023 

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies is managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The programme seeks to ensure that participants have a basic understanding of the central beliefs of the Catholic faith . This programme is available for catechists, lay leaders and other adults wishing to deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith and Catholic education, serving teachers in Catholic and other schools, and teachers in training preparing to take up posts in Catholic schools. The CCRS course programme is now available for 2022-2023 and there is a short presentation shown on the Diocesan website https://diocesehn.org.uk/education/continuing-professional-development-and-formation/#ccrs

If anyone would like further information, they can contact Eamonn Diffley at the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Department for Education on 0191 243 3313 or email education@diocesehn.org.uk   

Woolly Hats for Seafarers

Stella Maris supports all those who live and work at sea. Seafarers and fishers play a vital role in all of our lives, but they often work in difficult, hazardous conditions. Your support will make a big difference to seafarers and fishers in need. You can help by knitting hats for sailors. The pattern is available on our website and you can bring the hats along to St. Cuthbert’s.

The Pugins at Ushaw Study Day

On Thursday 18th August 2022 Pugin expert Gerard Hyland will lead a study day looking at the work of the Pugin family at Ushaw. The day will include a visit to the library to see the Pugin drawings and books, viewing the Pugin church plate and vestments and a tour that will include parts of Ushaw not normally open to the public including the infirmary, bake house, maids dormitory and the nuns’ living quarters.

Tickets available at :  https://ushaw.org/whatson/the-pugins-at-ushaw/. Further details from Mike Galloway michael.galloway@btinternet.com

Lindisfarne Gospels Pilgrimage

Lindisfarne Gospels Pilgrimage: The Lindisfarne Gospels will be on display at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle from 17 September-3 December 2022. To celebrate this occasion, a challenging 140-mile journey will be undertaken with pilgrims carrying a replica of St Cuthbert’s Coffin from the River Tees to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The pilgrimage will pass through Durham on 14-15 September. For details of how you can get involved, see: https://durhamdiocese.org/the-lindisfarne-gospels-pilgrimage/

Where your treasure is.

We often say that ‘actions speak louder than words.’ Jesus expresses the same idea in a different way when he tells his disciples, ‘Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’ It’s our actions, and the choices that we make, that reveal what is most important to us.

Jesus tells Peter and the twelve apostles to be good stewards. A steward is a senior servant, responsible for taking care of the master’s property. Jesus knew that he would return to God the Father, and he entrusted the apostles with a treasure – the Good News of eternal life. He gave them the responsibility for keeping it safe and passing it on to others. He trusted them to be good stewards – faithful servants. 

To be a Christian is to be a person of hope. We live our lives in this world, but we are always looking forward to the life to come. Whatever position or possessions we may enjoy in the world, our hearts are in heaven and we put our trust in the promises of Christ. He is our real treasure.

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