An exhibition of icons of well-loved Northern saints from Anglo-Saxon to Elizabethan times.
The icons reflect people of faith from every walk of life – from housewives to kings, from hermits to bishops. They were “written” by a group of keen amateur iconographers at the Oaklea Centre in Sunderland. Icon workshops are held there every year and have attracted a number of enthusiastic followers.
The exhibition will run from 17th June to 4th July in St Joseph’s Chapel, Ushaw. Free with entry pass.
As lockdown restrictions are eased, members of our community could still be feeling isolated. If you are in need of practical help, or if you just want to chat, please contact Fr Andrew on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0191 384 3442. If you know of someone who needs support, please contact them, or let Fr Andrew know.
Parish bulletins and Catholic newspapers will be available for collection in a box outside the church door. Please pick up a copy of the bulletin and put it through the letterbox of a friend or neighbour who might not be able to get out.
Mass by Telephone: The Diocese of Middlesbrough has set up a system to allow people who do not have internet access to listen to Mass over the telephone. This service can be accessed by calling 01642 130120.
Hospital Visits: The University Hospital of North Durham still has restrictions in place regarding visits to patients – see the hospital website for the latest information. However, the Catholic Chaplain is still able to visit patients, and can bring them Holy Communion and the Sacrament of the Sick. If you know of a patient who wishes for a visit from the Catholic Hospital Chaplain, please inform Fr Paul Tully on 01388 818544 or email@example.com
For visits to patients in St Cuthbert’s Hospice, in care homes or in their own homes, please contact Fr Andrew.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last week, we remain in Step 3 of the Government’s planned reduction of lockdown restrictions.
The arrangements for celebration of Mass are as follows:
Stewards will no longer be needed for weekday Masses. However, you must provide Track & Trace details when you attend Mass. We have a QR code displayed at the church entrance, which you can scan using the NHS Track & Trace app. Prior booking is still required for Sunday Masses, and stewards will be present.
Congregational singing and sharing of the Sign of Peace are still not permitted.
Holy Communion is recommended to be given in the hand, but if you wish to receive on the tongue, you should wait until the end of the Communion line, to minimise the risk of infection.
Please continue to sanitise your hands on entering and leaving church, wear a face covering and observe social distancing, to keep everyone safe
If you wish to attend Sunday Mass, you must book a place, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 0191 384 3442, by 6pm on Saturday. You will be asked to give a contact telephone number or email address. If you come to church without having booked a place at Mass, you may be asked to leave.
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.
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 not until Tuesday 6 July, when we will be discussing Rebecca West’s The Fountain Overflows.
Everyone is welcome to join us at 8am, Monday to Friday. It lasts about 15 minutes. The Zoom details will be the same every day and you will always find them in the Announcements section of the St. Cuthbert’s Parish Community Facebook group or by contacting email@example.com
Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the Prayer of the Church – you’ll soon pick it up. We use Universalis and will share screens so you don’t need a Morning Prayer book to join us.
Fr. Stephen Wang is the author of Sycamore, a programme that has grown into a resource being used throughout the world. In the bible, Jesus comes to the town of Jericho. A man called Zacchaeus is so curious about Jesus that he climbs a Sycamore tree to get a better view. When he finally meets him, they begin a conversation, and his life is changed forever. The Sycamore tree seemed to be the perfect image of something that helps others to get a wider perspective on life and faith.
The Diocese’s Vicariate for Faith & Mission is pleased to welcome Fr. Stephen to our diocese on Wednesday 21st April 7-8pm for a virtual conversation about how we can make genuine human connections, share our Catholic faith and reach out for a real sense of community with a spirit of friendship. Booking is essential; please register at https://forms.office.com/r/X42EZKpGKz or contact Faith & Mission by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07375 934713.
Due to the restrictions on numbers in all our churches across the Partnership, many of the Easter services are fully booked. If you are not able to attend services in person, here are the services in the Partnership which you will be able to join on-line.
We are working across the Partnership to develop new opportunities for our young people, while continuing to offer Confirmation preparation in each parish. We can also make arrangements to support the Confirmation of older candidates if you have not yet had the chance to be Confirmed. It was hoped to begin the next Confirmation preparation programme in Spring 2021. However, as you will appreciate, the uncertainties arising from the current Covid situation make it difficult to plan a meaningful and engaging Partnership Confirmation programme for our candidates at present. The start of the 2021 programme has therefore been postponed, and we are provisionally planning to commence the programme in September. We will provide a further update after Easter.
We have a number of regular online events. Please do join us on Zoom. You can access the log-on details by joining the parish Facebook Group, ‘St Cuthbert’s Parish Community’, or by emailing email@example.com
Sunday: There will be a shared reflection on the readings and the Gospel, at 11.00am.
Saturday: There will be a virtual coffee morning, at 10.30am.
Monday to Friday: Morning Prayer of the Church (Lauds), at 8.00am.
The Finchale Partnership has 4 churches with a dedication to St. Joseph, and during this Year of St. Joseph we will be celebrating by providing a variety of different materials for you.
St. Joseph’s church in Gilesgate is part of Durham Martyrs parish, and they have produced a prayer pack and resources for the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19th. The pack includes a summary of Pope Francis’ note on the Year of St. Joseph, prayers based on the 7 Sorrows and 7 Joys of St. Joseph, a history of St. Joseph’s church in Gilesgate and activities for children. You can find the pack on Durham Martyrs website at www.durhammartyrs.co.uk
Join us on Thursday 28th January, at 7.00pm, on Zoom, for the fourth session in our series on Spirituality.
We live in uncertain times, to say the least! Something this world seems desperately in need of is spiritualities that are embedded in that reality, unafraid to engage with the complexity, in ways which foster Life. This evening, join us for a workshop exploring Ignatian spirituality – a down-to-earth mysticism for these modern times.
For the link to join this session, see the details of the event in the Parish Facebook Group or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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