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Coffee after Sunday Morning Mass

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.

Gospel Reflections

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 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.

Please Pray For ….

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.

Woolly Hats for Seafarers

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.

The Pugins at Ushaw Study Day

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.

Tickets available at : Further details from Mike Galloway

Synod 2021-23: Submission for England & Wales

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. 

Reading Group

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 or phone 0191 3840080, if you would like to join the group.

Online Events

  • 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

Parish Annual General Meeting

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 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

Parish Reading Group

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 or phone 0191 3840080, if you would like to join the group.

Holy Week Liturgy

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.

Covid -19 Precautions

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.