In today’s Gospel, a blind man recognises who Jesus is. Bartimaeus addresses Jesus as ‘Son of David,’ and as ‘Rabbuni’ – Teacher. Bartimaeus is a beggar, pushed to the edges of society. People would look down on him because of his disability. Even when he cries out to Jesus, many in the crowd scold him and try to shut him up. But Jesus sees Bartimaeus, and heals him, telling him, ‘Your faith has saved you.’ The blind man knew that Jesus had the power to heal him, while Jesus’ own disciples showed again and again that they had not understood his teaching.
Jesus not only gives Bartimaeus his sight, but also his dignity. While others ignored the blind beggar and tried to silence him, Jesus had compassion for him. Mark tells us that Bartimaeus became a disciple of Jesus on the spot, and ‘followed him along the road.’ The road would lead to Jerusalem and Jesus’ death on the Cross. Bartimaeus would be there.
There are many people who are pushed to the edges of our society, ignored and despised. As Christians, we should see them and care for them, as Jesus does.
The repose of the soul:
Of David Kelly, who died last week. His Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Cuthbert’s on Wednesday 27th October at 10.00am. If you wish to attend the Requiem Mass, please email the Parish Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mass will be live-streamed at https://youtu.be/MSH9Ou0oh0k
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:
Ann Mary Chambers, Jack Adamson, George Saynor, Alice Barrett, William Anderson, Andrew Michael Mahon, Sarah Henry, Catherine Morton. May they rest in peace.
World Mission Sunday is celebrated this Sunday (24th October). Please pray for the work of missionaries, sharing God’s love with those most in need, and support the collection in aid of Missio. www.missio.org.uk
Bishop Robert Byrne CO will concelebrate the 6.30pm Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, at 6.30pm today. Fr. Anthony Chantry MHM, National Director of Missio, will preach at the Mass, which will be live streamed on the cathedral’s YouTube channel.
Work to repair the paving in front of the church has now been completed; however, a few days are needed to allow the bedding and pointing materials to set. Thank you for your patience.
British Summer Time ends next week. Clocks go back one hour at 2am on Sunday 31st October. Don’t forget!
Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated at St Cuthbert’s on Thursday 28th October at 7.00pm, by Fr Trevor Tibbertsma.
The Annual Diocesan Altar Servers’ Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Robert on Saturday 20th November at 11.00am, in St Mary’s Cathedral. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to take part in the Mass, please contact Fr Andrew.
Please place donations of coats, waterproofs or fleeces in the labelled box – no other items, please. Local charity Nepacs supports the families of prisoners, and others affected by imprisonment. Their online appeal continues until the end of November: www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/prisonersclothingappealdurham
Synod of Bishops 2023; For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission. 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. Every member of the Church is asked to contribute to this synodal process, which will begin in each diocese in October 2021. Details of the process in our diocese will be announced shortly.
Pope Francis has asked the whole Church: How do we journey together as a local church, and what steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”? We are asked to reflect on this question as a parish and as a partnership. Watch out for announcements on how you can take part in the process and have your say.
COP26 is the United Nations climate change conference being held in Glasgow from 31 October-12 November. CAFOD is asking everyone to pray that the world leaders meeting in Glasgow work together for positive outcomes, for people and the planet. Please take a prayer card, and visit www.cafod.org.uk/cop26
Young Adults (including students) from across the area are invited for a time of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament with some music and reflection. Held every Monday in term time from 7.00pm to 8.00pm at St. Andrew’s Church, Worswick Street, Newcastle, followed by social time in a local pub. Drop in for a few minutes even if you cannot stay for the whole hour!
Paradox and Prophecy: The second online conference on Lived Catholicism, organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University on 15-16 November. Details and registration at https://livedcatholicism2.eventbrite.co.uk
Catholic Theology Research Seminar: Training the Soul: A Black Theological Journey Through The Spiritual Exercises presented by Dr Andrew Prevot (Boston College.) Thursday 4 November at 5pm, online. Everyone is welcome: please register at https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com
Hope for the Earth: A retreat reflecting on the environmental crisis, led by Patrick Woodhouse, Jonathon Hewitt and the Minsteracres team. Friday 5th-Sunday 7th November, at Minsteracres Retreat Centre. Suggested donation; £175. Details and registration at www.minsteracres.org
CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world.
In the tragic situation in Afghanistan, CAFOD are working to ensure the safety of our local partners and their communities.
In Haiti, CAFOD are working with local Church organisations to deliver emergency aid to people affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tropical storm.
You can read more about CAFOD’s work with our sisters and brothers affected by these emergencies on the CAFOD website: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news Your compassion, generosity and prayers help us stand together and enable us to continue to support communities in these difficult times, Thank you.
As Jesus journeyed to Jerusalem with the twelve apostles, he told them clearly what was waiting for him; betrayal, suffering and death on the Cross. The apostles didn’t want to hear the message – or perhaps they weren’t ready to accept it, as we see in today’s Gospel reading. Immediately after Jesus has warned the disciples of what he must suffer, James and John come to him, and ask for a special favour; the places of honour in his kingdom. They are thinking of Jesus as a worldly king, like Herod or Caesar, and they hope to secure a special place for themselves when he comes to power. The other ten apostles must be thinking in the same way, for they feel ‘indignant’ with the two brothers – perhaps wishing that they had thought to ask Jesus first.
Jesus calls the twelve apostles together, to teach them that, if they are to be leaders in his kingdom, they must follow his example. He has come not to be served, but to serve, and he will give his life to save us from our sins.
To be a leader in the Church is to be a servant of God’s people. Pope Francis shows us an example of Christian leadership. If, instead of serving others, we are seeking power and glory for ourselves, then we are not listening to the teaching of Christ.
We intend to commence a rota for readers at the 10am Mass from Sunday 24th October. We asked a little while ago for readers (new and not so new) to indicate whether they were willing to continue with this ministry and thank you to those who responded. If anybody else would like to join the rota, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible, also commenting whether you would like some training for the role.
Shine a Light: a conference on Ecology and Christian Unity, at Durham Cathedral, Saturday 23rd October, 11am-3pm. For details and registration, contact Jenny Spruce on firstname.lastname@example.org
Bishop Robert has announced the Year of the Eucharist will be celebrated in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and will be launched during Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday 17 October, simultaneously with the launch of the Synod. You can watch a live stream of the Mass on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/c/StMarysRCCathedralNewcastle
The aims of the Year of the Eucharist are:
To celebrate the Eucharist at the heart of the life and mission of the Church and to gather people back.
To grow as a Diocese in our love and appreciation of the Eucharist.
To deepen our appreciation of the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist through the rites.
To revitalise and renew our faith through a deepening prayer and devotion of the Eucharist.
To go out and serve the world through the nourishment of the Eucharist.
The Year of the Eucharist will be celebrated in Episcopal Areas, Partnerships, Parishes and Schools and will provide a framework of prayer for the Diocese’s participation in the first stage of the Synod.
A man approaches Jesus, asking what he needs to do in order to follow him and to have eternal life. But he isn’t ready for the answer that he receives; Jesus asks him to give up all his wealth. The most powerful phrase in this reading from Mark’s Gospel is: ‘Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him.’ Jesus loves the man, and sees that his question about eternal life is sincere. So Jesus challenges him to let go of the one thing that is stopping him from giving his life completely to God – his riches. The challenge is too much. The man goes away sad, not prepared to give up all his possessions.
Jesus takes the opportunity to teach his disciples that it is hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. We may think that money and possessions make us secure. But our only real security comes from our faith in God.
Jesus looks steadily at each one of us, loves us, and asks us to give up whatever it is that prevents us from following him. We may not be rich, but we may have our own obstacles; we may be looking for security in worldly things. Only through faith in Christ can we inherit eternal life.
The Lay Dominicans of North East England invite you to AN OPEN DAY OF PRAYER AND STUDY, Saturday 16 October, 10:30am to 3:30pm at St Cuthbert’s.
Celebrating the 800th anniversaries of the death of St Dominic and the arrival of the first Dominicans in England, the day will include Mass, Rosary, Quiet Prayer and 3 talks on the artistic heritage, history and contemporary living of the Dominican life.
A buffet lunch will be available.
There is no charge for the day but please book, to manage numbers for COVID and catering purposes, by contacting Andy Doyle at email@example.com or 0798 543 4185