The repose of the soul of:
Ian Clark, who died recently. His Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Cuthbert’s on Tuesday 7th December.
Fr Peter Smith.
Those who are sick:
Liz Carr, Francis Mangion, Andrew S, Christopher Browne, Rosemary Cramp, Hugh McElhennon, Mary Skelton, Clare Carver and David Moore.
Those whose anniversaries occur at this time:
Denis Dixon, Martha Mahan, James Saynor, Michael Farthing, Anne Wardman, Marjorie Ryan, Kathleen Pringle, Thomas O’Connor, May they rest in peace.
The. Chaplaincy Advent Carol Service will be on Thursday 9th December at 7.00pm.
This year’s Parish Carols by Candlelight will be held in the church on Sunday 19th December at 4pm.
Everybody is very welcome to both of these services.
With Christmas fast approaching please keep the Church flowers in mind. It is incredible to believe that, with all the lockdowns, it is now two years since – apart from a wedding – we have been able to do fresh flowers. During this time flowers have increased unbelievably in price. Any donations will be very welcome either through the Donation Box in the Narthex or directly with Cliona Kear. Would you like to support an arrangement in memory of a loved one, a birthday or any occasion special to you? Please contact Cliona Kear on 0191 386 3400 or email@example.com
Children’s Liturgy Live Sessions have started again. Because of Safeguarding regulations and to minimise COVID risks, parents and carers are advised that they are no longer able to attend the sessions unless they are a designated helper. If you would like to become a helper (either leading or supporting the sessions), please let Fr Andrew or Mandy Hampshire know – we are always looking for new recruits
The PPC meeting on 12th November would normally have been a Parish Assembly, where elections for new members of the PPC would have been held. As this could not happen effectively at an online meeting, members whose term would normally be over have agreed to carry on for the present. It is hoped that by the next Assembly in May 2022 we will be able to have a face to face meeting where elections can take place. In the meantime, if you are interested in contributing to the work of the PPC, please get in touch with Father Andrew or Helen Schofield via the parish office.
The next collection is Sunday 5th December. Donations can be brought in at any time and left in the box provided. Any of the following items are welcome :- toilet rolls, tinned (tomatoes, fish, chick peas), biscuits, sugar, rice. Thank you.
From this month, our diocesan newspaper is back in print! Please support the Northern Cross, either by buying a copy at church, or by taking out a subscription through www.northerncross.org.uk
Medieval Christmas – Customs and Consumption by Prof Giles Gasper, Durham University. Wednesday 8th December at Ushaw College, 5.30pm drinks for 6.00pm lecture. For details of registration and transport, see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/giles-gasper-medieval-christmas-customs-and-consumption-registration-211726659137?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
A magazine to help us to make the most of the season of Advent, with daily reflections and articles. Cost £2 (£1 for students.)
Advent Thanksgiving for the Earth with readings, poems and music. At Waddington Street United Reformed Church on Sunday 5th December at 3.00pm. Seasonal refreshments. Everyone is welcome.
This Advent, please support our local charity, St Cuthbert’s Care, which provides frontline registered care services for people with complex disabilities, residential homes and fostering for young people, and two Catholic nursing homes for older people. Your Advent donations will help to purchase gifts for residents in care, and electronic devices to help them stay connected. https://stcuthbertscare.org.uk/
We have added a page to the parish website, containing a transcription of all of the information on our parish Roll of Honour. It can be found in the ‘About Us’ section. Some research has been done on a few of the men named on the roll, but if you have a relative named there, and have information that you wish the parish to preserve, please send it via the parish office.
Many thanks to all those who contributed to the online appeal which raised £310, slightly higher than their target!
The parish has a Reading Group which discusses all sorts of literature (not just theology, nor only Christian writing). All members of the parish are welcome to join, including undergraduates and postgraduates. The group is currently meeting on Zoom.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 7 December at 8pm, when we will be discussing Derek Scally’s The Best Catholics in the World: The Irish, the Church and the End of a Special Relationship
Contact Margaret Harvey: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0191 3840080, if you would like to join the group.
Today, the Church begins the Season of Advent, the time of waiting for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. It’s a time of hope and expectation. The child Jesus will come as a Saviour, bringing joy to the whole world. But in today’s Gospel, Jesus warns his disciples of a time of trial to come, with natural disasters and great disturbances. He tells them to stand firm.
As we look around our world, today may seem a time of trial, with Covid and climate change, wars and famines in different parts of the world. Many people feel fearful and anxious; some look for scapegoats, while others suspect dark conspiracies. As Christians, however, we are called to be people of hope and not of fear. Whatever difficulties and challenges we may be facing, we believe that our future is in God’s hands, and so we have no reason to be fearful. Jesus teaches his disciples to stay awake, to pray at all times, and to avoid getting too caught up in the ‘cares of life.’ This world will pass away, but the teaching of Jesus will not pass away. Our faith and our hope is in him.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to open St Cuthbert’s during Lumiere. We had a total of 171 visits on the three evenings that the church was open.
Mass in the Dominican Rite will be celebrated by Fr Peter Hannah OP on Thursday 2nd December at 7.00pm, at St Cuthbert’s.
The Diocese has provided a short reflection for each of the days of Advent, to help us to prepare prayerfully for the Lord’s coming. Take a printed copy, or see https://diocesehn.org.uk/news/seasonal-reflections-advent-2021/
Pope Francis has asked the whole Church to begin a process of listening and discernment, in preparation for the Synod of Bishops to be held in 2023. The theme is:
For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission.
Every member of the Church is asked to contribute to this synodal process, and we’ve already had 2 meetings in the parish .
We’re planning more meetings so that you have the opportunity to join discussions face to face or on-line, during the day or in the evenings. Our next meeting is planned for Monday 29 November at 7.00pm, on Zoom. The joining details are available in our Parish Facebook group or from email@example.com. We’ll be talking about ‘Celebrating: Lockdown made several people think about the importance of being part of a congregation, and of good liturgy and preaching. It made others think more deeply about scripture as we introduced on-line Gospel reflections’.
We’ll also be meeting face to face, in the parish room, on Thursday 2 December at 2.00pm when we’ll be talking about ‘Listening: how do we listen to young people who do not see church as relevant, and how do we engage with the world which is very secular, individualistic and has no concept of objective truth?’