Sunday 20 June marks the Day for Life, an annual celebration of the intrinsic value and dignity of every human person from conception to natural death. There will be a retiring collection to support the Church’s work of protecting life at its most vulnerable stages. For a message from Bishop Sherrington, see https://www.cbcew.org.uk/life-bishops-message-for-the-2021-day-for-life/
A small group of Lay Dominicans meets on the third Sunday of each month at 2:30pm – currently on Zoom – for about 60-75 minutes. We have a blend of prayer and of discussion as we consider what it means to bring the Word of God into our daily living. If you would like to know more about the Lay Dominicans or would like to join our Zoom meeting on Sunday 20th June when we shall be exploring our celebration of liturgy in a time of pandemic then contact Andy Doyle (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0798 543 4185).
The June edition of our diocesan newspaper is now available to view at www.northerncross.org.uk Please consider taking out a postal or online subscription to support the Northern Cross.
The diocesan Emmaus Team are trained in listening skills and in supporting those who are suffering loss. If you feel that it would help you to talk with a member of the team, you can contact them on 07732 908 740, or speak to Fr Andrew.
- Virtual Coffee Morning; Saturday at 10.30am.
- Online Gospel Reflection; Sunday at 11.00am.
- Morning Prayer: Monday to Friday at 8.00am
For login details, see the ‘St Cuthbert’s Parish Community’ Facebook page, or email email@example.com .
Universe Catholic Media has ceased trading with immediate effect. Sadly, there will be no more editions of the Universe and Catholic Times. For a statement from Cardinal Vincent Nichols, see https://www.cbcew.org.uk/cardinal-expresses-sadness-as-universe-catholic-media-ltd-stops-trading/
The Little Sisters of the Poor have launched a fundraising appeal in response to the increasing pressures faced by St. Joseph’s Care Home during the current pandemic. Details at http://www.rcdhn.org.uk/caritas/pdfdoc/2021/Diocesan%20Website%20Appeal%20April%202021.pdf
Seeing in the Dark – Meeting God within struggle and uncertainty. Offered by the Sisters of the Christian Retreat. Saturday 26 June, 10am-4pm. For details, see https://www.christian-retreat.org/our-programme/seeing-in-the-dark-meeting-god-within-struggle-and-uncertainty
We all love a good story. A story makes us think, and stimulates our imagination. Jesus often used stories – parables – as a way to get the attention of the people. He wanted his teaching not only to enter their heads, but their hearts, too.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells two little parables about seeds. Many of those listening were farmers. They knew what it was to plant seed and to wait anxiously, watching for the rain and the sunshine, hoping that the crops would grow. It would seem like a miracle when the precious crops grew and ripened and the harvest was ready at last. Jesus’ disciples knew, too, how a tiny mustard seed could grow into a tough and straggly plant.
What does the seed in the parables represent? It could stand for Jesus’ own teaching. Starting with a few disciples, he had now gathered a crowd of followers. The kingdom of God was growing, and it would go on growing. The tiny seed that Jesus planted has sprouted until, today, his disciples are all over the world. Or, the seed could stand for our own response to Jesus’ teaching; our words and actions of love. Whenever we show our care for one another and witness to our faith, we are planting seeds of the kingdom of God, and the Lord will make them grow.
St Cuthbert’s Parish Pastoral Council will meet online on Thursday 17th June. If there are any matters that you would like the PPC to discuss, please contact Fr Andrew or the Secretary, Susan Penswick
The Real Sister Act – Confronting the Uneasy History of Racial Segregation and Exclusion in Female Religious Life in the United States. Dr Shannen Dee Williams (Villanova University, USA.) Tuesday 15 June at 6.00pm, online. Register at https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com
Educating in Virtue – Appealing to the Young Mind by Corinna Turner. Thursday 24th June at 7.30pm, online. For details, see www.christianheritagecentre.com/events
A talk by Br. Guy Consolmagno SJ, the Director of the Vatican Observatory. This is a joint Chaplaincy / Parish event and everyone is welcome.
The talk will be on Friday 18 June at 4.00pm, on Zoom. The dial in details are available in the parish Facebook Group or by email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not able to join us for the talk, a recording will be available afterwards on our YouTube channel.
The University Catholic Society would like to invite parishioners to join their Wednesday evening talk on16th of June at 8:00pm.
Dr Austen Ivereigh is a writer, commentator and papal biographer who recently collaborated with Pope Francis on his Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future. He is the co-founder of Catholic Voices and Fellow in Contemporary Church History at Campion Hall, Oxford.
Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. Usually, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion would be asked to renew their commitment to service at Mass this Sunday, but this has been postponed due to the continuing Covid restrictions.
Click here to read a reflection for the Feast of Corpus Christi from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales.
Congratulations to Aiyana and Samuel, who will make their First Holy Communion at the 10am Mass this Sunday (6th June) and to Marcos and Michele, who will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on the same day. Please pray for them and for their families. The Confirmation Mass will be live streamed on our YouTube channel at 3pm on Sunday.
The Bishops of England & Wales have issued a paper reflecting on the way ahead for a return to a normal pattern of worship in our churches. You can read the paper here.
The next collection is Sunday 6th June. 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
Salvation as Healing and Healing as Salvation. Prof David Albert Jones (Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford.) Wednesday 9 June at 5pm, online. Everyone is welcome – please register at https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com
How Do You Know It’s God? Discerning a Vocation to Ministry in Churches. Featuring Lynne McChlery, Mike Higton and Clare Watkins, chaired by Karen Kilby. Thursday 10 June, 5.30-6.45pm, online. Register at https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com