Holy Week Liturgy & Foot washing

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.

Walking With Jesus

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.

Lent 2019: Collections for Prisoners being released from Durham and Low Newton Prisons

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.

Confirmation Programme 2019, Parishes of The Durham Martyrs and St. Cuthbert’s:

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.

The Diocesan Mass for Justice, Peace and the Celebration of Creation

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.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

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 lourdes@rcdhn.org.uk ) 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.

Ushaw College

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.

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