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Visiting St. Cuthbert’s: What to Expect

If you haven’t yet visited St. Cuthbert’s since we re-opened, you are very welcome. This what you can expect.

As you come into the church, please use the hand sanitiser and follow the one-way system. There are no Mass or hymn books available, but we will provide paper bulletins and Mass sheets at Sunday Mass, and you can access the readings and Morning and Evening Prayer from Universalis on your phone, using the QR codes displayed on the noticeboard.

Many of the benches are not available, and those that are, are clearly marked so that you will be able to find a place to sit. At Sunday Mass, you will be shown to an allocated seat by the stewards.

Face coverings are mandatory in Places of Worship from Saturday 8th August 2020. All those who are attending churches must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so.


Receiving Communion: Please wait in the pews until instructed by the Stewards to come forward to the priest for Holy Communion, always aware of social distancing in the queue. Please wait behind the yellow line until you can move forward to the square marked on the carpet. Please unloop your face covering, hold your arms at “full stretch” so that there is a good distance between you and the priest, with hands, palms upwards, one of top of the other, extended as flat as possible, consume the Sacred Host and then replace your face covering before moving back to your pew.

Volunteering for Cleaning

We are currently opening the church 3 times a week for private prayer, and for Mass on Sunday. Every time church is open volunteers are needed to clean the church.

Please note the  following, from the Diocesan Handbook for the Reopening of Churches: 

‘Stewards and cleaners must not be drawn from the clinically extremely vulnerable group. Those in the clinically vulnerable group, including people aged 70 or over, could be at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. The clinically vulnerable group are advised to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household or support bubble. Those from this group who still wish to volunteer will be asked to confirm that they have read and understood the Diocesan Handbook for Re- Opening of Churches and HM Government Guidance on Staying alert and safe (social distancing.)’ 

If, having considered this information, you wish to volunteer, please get in touch by emailing or telephoning 0191 384 3442.

Keep in Touch

There are many ways to keep in touch over the coming weeks and months. The website will be regularly updated to give you the latest information.

Please sign up for our e-bulletin, and you’ll receive a weekly email.

Please follow us on Facebook.

We’ve also set up a new Facebook Group, St.Cuthbert’s Parish Community, where you can share your thoughts, prayers, reflections and news. You can join the group on our Facebook page.

If you know of anyone who isn’t able to keep in touch on the internet or the Facebook page, but would welcome contact, please ask them to get in touch with Fr. Andrew on 0191 3843442. We have a network of volunteers who are happy to phone people to chat and pass on any news, and have already been in touch with some people.

Coronavirus & Events at St. Cuthbert’s

This is the latest position on what is happening at St. Cuthbert’s:


Public Acts of Worship have been suspended from Friday 20th March in line with the statement issued by the Bishops’ Conference.

Events which have been cancelled or postponed:

19 March: Catholic Theology Research Seminar

Friday soup lunches for Lent

21 March at St. Cuthbert’s & 26 April at Langley Moor: Finchale Partnership Bible Basics

1 April: Parish Dinner

2 April: Finchale Partnership Prayer & Spirituality: the Stations of the Cross

5 May: Book Group

Events which are still scheduled to take place (but keep in touch for updates):

20 March: Sung Vespers for the Solemnity of St. Cuthbert at 6.30pm.

4 April: Spring Cleaning the church for Easter

Keeping in touch:

For the latest information, sign up for our e-bulletin here or follow us on Facebook.

Bible Basics

A casual and informal overview of the Bible, looking at the major events and the different books of the Bible. This is for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Bible. Beginners welcome! This will be facilitated by Dori Berahya, who has 20 years of experience in Adult Religious Education. Saturday 21 March at 10.30am at St. Cuthbert’s Durham, and repeated on Thursday 26th March at 7.00pm at St. Joseph’s, Langley Park.

Finchale Partnership Prayer & Spirituality

In the first of a series of sessions on different prayers and devotions, we’ll be talking about the Stations of the Cross.  We’ll be exploring the history and practice of the Stations, so whether you are very familiar with praying the Stations, or if you’ve seen them in church and simply want to know how it works, join us on Thursday 2nd April at 7.00pm, at St. Cuthbert’s. There will be a talk, the opportunity to ask questions and we will finish with Stations of the Cross in church.

A guided tour of the Parish Website

People sometimes ask where they can find out more about the parish, and you may not realise just how much information there is on our website.

On Sunday 8th March there will be a guided tour of the website, to help you find your way round, and explain how you can find the Facebook page and sign up for the e-newsletter. Please join us over coffee after the 10.00am Mass.

Parish Dinner

The Parish Dinner will be held on Wednesday 1st April at 7.30pm at Finbarrs Restaurant, Aykley Heads. Menus and details of how to book a place or places are now available in the porch. Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. The final day to book and pay for your booking is Sunday 22nd March. Gil Bolton is the contact for the dinner. Please hand your booking forms to Gil after Mass or contact him; email or by phone 07816819515.

Faith and Science: The Bible and the natural world

On Tuesday 18th February 2020, during the February Half Term, the Finchale Partnership will be hosting a ‘Rock Day’. It’s a great opportunity for anyone over the age of 16 who has an interest in science, debating and faith – in particular our Year 11 and Sixth Form pupils who are studying A Level RE or Science – ALTHOUGH ALL ARE WELCOME.

We’ll be exploring ideas of faith and science, talking about geology, evolution and creation, and the day will include a walk round the geology of the Durham riverbanks, and a debate with experts from the fields of Geology and Theology.

The cost for the day is £5 to cover food and resources. For more information contact Katie on or telephone 0191 3341656.