Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Today on the Feast of the Holy Trinity we celebrate the mystery of one God in Three Persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the Gospel for today’s Mass, we hear Jesus’ final words to his disciples, after rising from the dead and before he ascends to God the Father. The disciples fall down in worship before Jesus, though some hesitate. After all that they have heard and seen, it is still hard for them to take it in and to believe that he has truly risen from the dead. Jesus commands them to go out and make disciples of all nations. The Good News is for everyone – no one is excluded from God’s Church. We become members of the Church by being baptised ‘in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ We are baptised into the mystery of the Holy Trinity; by our baptism we are invited to share in the love of Father, Son and Spirit that is the driving force of the whole universe. We will never understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity in this life. The Lord calls us to trust him, to believe in him and, as members of his Church, to live in the mystery of love that he has revealed to us.

Fr. Frans van der Hoff

Fr. Frans van der Hoff died in February. You can read his obituary on-line as it appeared in several newspapers. He was a co-founder of the Fairtrade movement. In 1988 he worked by helping coffee growers in Oaxca, Mexico to gain a fair price by selling directly to consumers via a certification mark. Working with other organisations the idea of ‘trade not aid’ spread and  in 1994 the Fairtrade label was officially adopted. His vision of a peaceful means of asserting the rights of small farmers has had a profound effect across the world. However, sales have fallen with the cost of living crisis and the farmers face increasing costs due to climate change.
Please support our Fairtrade stall and also buy Fairtrade products when you are shopping if you can. Fr Frans abiding belief was that ‘A world with more solidarity is possible.’

Morning Prayer of the Church

Morning Prayer of the Church is celebrated at 8.00am on Monday to Friday, on Zoom and in church. This is a great way to start your day, praying in communion with the whole church; it takes around 15 minutes. For the login details, see the St Cuthbert’s Parish Community Facebook page, or email  

Conversations in the Spirit

In support of the Diocesan Vision, the Vicariate for Faith & Mission is offering workshops to assist local communities in entering into Conversations in the Spirit. These workshops are intended to model synodal methodology, increasing people’s confidence so that they can lead local meetings in this manner. The links to book are below:

Thursday 23 May: English Martyrs and St Peter and Paul, Redhill Road, Stockton-on-Tees. TS19 9BY. Time: 6.30pm – 7.45pm.

Thursday 30 May St Mary, Great Lime Road, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE12 7AB. Time: 6.30pm – 7.45pm.

Further dates will follow in June and July and be advertised in due course via the website:

There is a further opportunity for people to join in a Synodal conversation at Ushaw college on the 8th June 2024:

Significance Festival

All are welcome to the Emmaus Village for the Significance Festival on Saturday 29th June from 10.00am. The day will offer a fayre of stalls and activities, sessions for children and young people, guest speakers and live music. Mass celebrated by Bishop Stepen Wright will take place at 3.15pm, followed by a Barbecue and Ceilidh in the evening. Entry is free with charges for accommodation and camping (self-catered) on Friday and Saturday nights. BBQ tickets will cost £10. All proceeds and any donations will support Significance, the charity founded by Fr Dermott Donnelly. Please support this vital work. To book email Nicole at or Tel. 01207 592244.

Events at Ushaw

Corpus Christi – Sunday 2nd June – Eucharistic Procession with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at Ushaw On Sunday 2nd June, Ushaw will be hosting a Eucharistic Procession with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, led by Bishop Stephen Wright, and starting at 3pm in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel.  Weather permitting, the procession will go through Ushaw’s gardens, returning to the Chapel for Benediction. Teas and coffees will be available after the service. You do not need a ticket for this event, but please sign up at to help Ushaw to estimate numbers. If you are signing up on behalf of a parish group, please indicate how many cars are likely to be coming to Ushaw, or if the group will be arriving by coach: this will help Ushaw to manage car parking requirements. 

Stella Maris

Catholic maritime charity Stella Maris (formerly called Apostleship of the Sea) is very grateful for this parish’s prayer and financial support of its work on Sea Sunday last year. 

To report back on the use of those funds, it invites parishioners to join an online update and thank you webinar on Tuesday 28th May from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

You will hear about the impact of your generosity on the lives of seafarers, fishers, and their families over the last year. Its CEO and chaplains will share inspiring stories of how they have helped seafarers and fishers through your support.

To register for this virtual event, please visit

Filled with the Holy Spirit

Before Jesus ascended to his Father in heaven, he promised his disciples that he would send them the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of truth. Today the promise is fulfilled on the Feast of Pentecost. Even after Jesus had risen from the dead and shown himself to his disciples, they were fearful and hesitant. But the power of the Holy Spirit transformed them into fearless witnesses who travelled across the Roman Empire, sharing the Good News and making new disciples. The Holy Spirit was their guide; giving them courage, empowering them to witness and opening the hearts of those who heard the message. In today’s First Reading, we see the Holy Spirit overcome the division of languages, so that people from all parts of the world can hear and understand the teaching of the Gospel.

The Holy Spirit still guides and teaches the Church today. We have received the Spirit in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. The Spirit leads us into the truth, as Jesus promised, and gives us courage to witness to our faith. Today on the Feast of Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, who transformed the first disciples and transforms us.

Set a Fire

CathSoc would love to invite you to join us for a Pentecost celebration on the afternoon of Saturday 25th May at 3pm at St Cuthbert’s Church. Join us (hopefully in our garden – weather dependent!) for some time of praise and worship together, followed by some social time afterwards. Our choir is made up of people from all over the world, and we will be singing in different languages to reflect that! We would love to see you there!

‘ The Letter’

You are invited to a community screening of the film ‘The Letter’, featuring Pope Francis and a group of people representing different voices from around the world. We see each of these people opening a letter from the Pope, a letter inviting them to come to Rome to meet with him. The Pope chooses people representing the indigenous people, the young, the poor, and wildlife. These people are tasked with putting the 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si‘” into action. They come together as strangers but go back to their various environments as friends with a common purpose: to do what they can to avoid the crisis facing our world, our common home. It tells a true story which has the power to move us in our everyday lives.

‘The Letter’ is being screened at 6.30pm, Wednesday May 22nd at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish Centre, Esh Winning DH7 9JL. Refreshments will be available. Please come & join us, if you can. 

People of the truth

Jesus prays to God the Father for his disciples. He prays that they will be ‘true to his name’ and not be lost, and he asks his Father to ‘consecrate them in the truth.’ As we know, Jesus’ disciples panicked and abandoned him when he was betrayed and arrested. But after receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they became fearless witnesses to the truth. They spread the Good News of faith in Jesus Christ all over the world. They faced persecution and often death for standing up for the truth. As Jesus said, ‘the world hated them.’ The powers of this world wanted to silence the truth of the Gospel.

Still today the powers of the world are often opposed to the Gospel and it is as difficult as ever to stand up for the truth of Christ. With the rise of ‘fake news,’ it can be hard even to know what the truth is. Today is World Communications Day, when we are asked to pray for those who work in the media. Pope Francis has spoken about the ‘wisdom of the heart,’ which no technology can replace, and about the need for integrity in the media. The world needs to hear the truth and we are called to witness.

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