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Finchale Partnership open afternoons

People often say they would like to know more about the other parishes and churches in the partnership.  St. Patrick’s, Langley Moor will be hosting an open afternoon on Sunday, 2nd June, from 2.00 – 4.00pm.  They look forward to welcoming you to look around the beautiful church and grounds and share something of the history and spirituality of St Patrick’s. Refreshments will be available. All are welcome!  You don’t have to sign up in advance, but if you need a lift to Langley Moor, or if you are able to offer someone else a lift, please leave your details on the sheet on the noticeboard.

Day of prayer and reflection at Ushaw

The next day of prayer and reflection at Ushaw, led by Sister Rosarie Spence RSM, will be on Thursday, 20th June, 11.00am – 4.00pm.

Experience different ways of praying, and an opportunity to step aside and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.

£10.00 per person, including coffee, tea and biscuits served on arrival from 10.30-11.00am, and at the end of the day. Lunch is not provided, but there is a delicious range of food available in the Refectory.  Bookings can be made on-line via www.ushaw.org or by calling 0191 3345119.

Partnership Day at Ushaw


The Finchale Partnership are organising a Partnership Day at Ushaw on Sunday 30 June.  There will be Mass at 12.30pm (including children’s liturgy), followed by activities and prayer for the rest of the afternoon.  There will be a schools’ choir concert and games for families, information about all the parishes in the partnership, a Memory Cafe for those affected by dementia, treasure trails and guided tours. Please see the poster on the noticeboard, and there will be more information on the programme for the afternoon and how to sign up for guided tours or if you need a lift to Ushaw in the coming weeks.

Each parish will have a stand to share information about the parish, and we are also asked to organise activities. Some parishes have already volunteered to provide face painting and a tombola. If you have ideas about what St. Cuthbert’s could contribute, or if you would like to volunteer to welcome people to Ushaw, to help supervise children’s activities or to help on our parish’s stand, please contact Margaret Doyle on 0191 3783660 or margaretdoyle1066@sky.com

Thanks from nepacs

During Lent, we collected toiletries for people being released from HMP Durham and Low Newton. The parishes of the Finchale Partnership also contributed to the collections and your generosity really is very gratefully received. We’ve received a letter from nepacs, which says:

To:  The Catholic Churches of The Finchale Partnership

A huge thank you one again for all the contributions we have received for HMP Durham and HMP Low Newton.

The number of men and women released from custody without any possessions is ever increasing therefore the toiletries we can provide are so appreciated by them, it is so satisfying to see their reactions when given a pack of items, it is quite humbling.

Your continued support has been amazing and as a charity we strive to improve the transition for ex-offenders from prison life to being released.

Thank you

Finchale Partnership open afternoons

People often say they would like to know more about the other parishes and churches in the partnership.  So, the parish of Bl. Edmund Duke will be hosting an open afternoon on Sunday, 5th May, from 3.00 – 5.00pm.  They are looking forward to welcoming visitors from across the partnership at St Joseph, Coxhoe, DH6 4DA, to look around, chat over refreshments, learn a little about the parish and experience the spirituality of Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.  You don’t have to sign up in advance, but if you need a lift to Coxhoe, or if you are able to offer someone else a lift, please leave your details on the sheet on the noticeboard.

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.

Finchale Partnership

The minutes of the recent meeting of the Partnership Development Group are on the noticeboard.  The meeting reviewed our progress against the Diocese’s list of ‘Partnership Must Haves’.  We also agreed our approach to Confirmation programmes for this year, and decided to set up a Partnership Facebook page and a new Liturgy group to organise Partnership level services.  The full minutes can also be found on the Partnership webpages.

Finchale Partnership Dinner

The Partnership has organised a dinner at Ushaw, on Saturday 30th March.  The cost is £35, and Canon Bob Spence will be the after dinner speaker.  See the poster on the noticeboard for details.  Please complete a sign-up slip and hand it, together with a deposit of £10 per person, to Margaret Doyle by Sunday 17th March.