Join us for Morning Prayer at 8.00am, Monday to Friday on Zoom. For the login details, see the St Cuthbert’s Parish Community Facebook group, or email email@example.com
Now that we are able to use social areas without restrictions, coffee and tea will be served again after Sunday morning Mass in the parish room. Please come along and enjoy a chat with other parishioners.
We have a rota of volunteers for the first few weeks but if anyone else would like to sign up to take a turn in future they would be most welcome. For further details please contact Helen Schofield via the parish office or after Mass on Sunday.
The Gospel Reflection Group started during lockdown, and it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the readings for Sunday’s Mass, to share your thoughts and to listen to what others have to say. Join us at 10.30am on Saturday mornings. The reflection takes place on Zoom, and you can find the joining details in the Parish Facebook Group or by contacting Margaret Doyle on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’ve joined us in the past, please note that we’ve recently changed the dial-in details.
The reflections will last about 50 minutes and then we take a short break to get a cup of coffee and have a social chat. You’re welcome to join us for the whole call, but you’re also welcome to leave after the Gospel Reflection, or join us for social time at 11.30am.
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:
Elsie Elizabeth Allen, Ann Norah Keetly, William Airton, Allan Thompson, Harry O’Neill, Joan Pulford-Hurn, Frank Leslie Firth. May they rest in peace.
It’s now possible to donate on-line to support our parish, through the Diocesan website. You can make one off or regular donations via the website, and please Gift Aid you donations if you can.
There’s a link at the bottom of our own website, for easy access to the donations page,
Stella Maris supports all those who live and work at sea. Seafarers and fishers play a vital role in all of our lives, but they often work in difficult, hazardous conditions. Your support will make a big difference to seafarers and fishers in need. You can help by knitting hats for sailors. The pattern is available on our website and you can bring the hats along to St. Cuthbert’s.
On Thursday 18th August 2022 Pugin expert Gerard Hyland will lead a study day looking at the work of the Pugin family at Ushaw. The day will include a visit to the library to see the Pugin drawings and books, viewing the Pugin church plate and vestments and a tour that will include parts of Ushaw not normally open to the public including the infirmary, bake house, maids dormitory and the nuns’ living quarters.
The National Synthesis, reflecting on Synod reports from all round England and Wales, has now been published by the Bishops’ Conference on their website. The Bishops of England and Wales are gathering to discern their response to this National Synthesis. Their work, together with the synthesis document itself, will be sent to the Synod Office in Rome as the formal submission to the Synod from England and Wales.
This year, we will not be opening the church to visitors on Miners Gala Day, as we do not have the volunteers to support the event.
The Diocesan submission to the Synod process is now available on the Diocesan website at https://diocesehn.org.uk/news/diocesan-submission-to-universal-synod/. There’s also a message from Bishop Robert thanking everyone for our contributions and encouraging us to continue the conversation.
The minutes of the Parish AGM, which took place on 5th May, are now available. You can also read the minutes of recent meetings of the Parish Pastoral Council.
The Parish Reading Group will be meeting at 8.00pm on Monday 6 June to discuss Noreena Hertz, The Lonely Century. We’ll be meeting face to face at Orchard House (after meeting on Zoom for the last 2 years).
New members are always welcome, from the parish and the Chaplaincy communities. Contact Margaret Harvey: email email@example.com or phone 0191 3840080, if you would like to join the group.
The next meeting of our local group of Lay Dominicans will be on Sunday 15th May at 2:30pm when we will be talking about some of our Northern Saints. The meeting will be hosted on Zoom and if you would like to join our Zoom meeting, or to learn more about the Lay Dominicans, then contact Andy Doyle (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0798 543 4185).
- Gospel Reflection & Coffee Morning; join us at 10.30am on Saturday mornings to reflect on the readings for this Sunday’s Mass. The reflection will last about 50 minutes and, after a 10-minute break, our social coffee morning will start around 11.30am. You’re welcome to join us for the whole two hours, but you’re also welcome to leave after the Gospel Reflection, or join us for social time at 11.30am.
- Morning Prayer of the Church; Monday-Friday at 8.00am, in church and on Zoom.
Both these events take place on Zoom; for the login details, see the St Cuthbert’s Parish Community Facebook group, or email email@example.com
The Lay Pastoral Forum have submitted their report to the Bishop. This is the group which have pulled together the reports from all the parishes and partnerships of the Diocese. You can read the report on the Diocesan website.
This year’s AGM will take place on Thursday 5th May at 7.30pm in the parish room. The meeting is open to everyone – please do come along to hear reports about everything that’s been happening in the parish in the last 12 months, and to let us know your opinions on what we are doing and your ideas for our parish community. The AGM will also include elections for the Parish Pastoral Council. We haven’t had elections for the last 2 years because of the COVID disruption and we’re always keen to get new people involved, so please do consider standing for the PPC – there are 3 posts.
You can also attend the AGM via Zoom – email firstname.lastname@example.org for login details.
If you have any agenda items for the AGM, please contact the secretary, Susan Penswick. If you’d like to talk about what being on the PPC involves, contact the chair, Helen Schofield. Susan and Helen can be contacted via the parish office at email@example.com
Did you know that the parish has a Reading Group? Over the years we’ve read fiction and non-fiction, from Helene Hanff’s ’84 Charing Cross Road’ and Jodi Picoult’s ‘Small Great Things’ to Michael Sandel’s ‘The Tyranny of Merit’ and Derek Scally’s ‘The Best Catholics in the World’..
New members are always welcome, from the parish and the Chaplaincy communities.
The group is currently meeting on Zoom, and our next meeting is on Monday 25 April at 8pm, when we’ll be discussing ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ by Virginia Woolf. Contact Margaret Harvey: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0191 3840080, if you would like to join the group.
If you can help with welcoming, reading or administering Holy Communion at our Holy Week and 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.
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. Many thanks.
Following new guidance from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, our practice for Mass and worship will be as follows:
- Hand sanitiser will be available for you to use as you enter and leave the church.
- Social distancing is no longer necessary. We can operate at our normal capacity, without the need to book before attending Mass.
- You are encouraged to wear a face covering during the celebration of Mass.
- Holy Communion will be distributed to the faithful under one kind only (i.e. the Sacred Host).
- Those who distribute Holy Communion should wear a face covering and sanitise their hands before doing so.
- We can sing, and there is a general encouragement to wear face coverings while singing.
The bishops are encouraging all Catholics to be fully vaccinated, including receiving a booster vaccination when available, as the best way of protecting one another. If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19, you should stay at home and not come to church. If you have any concerns about Covid safety, please speak to Fr Andrew.