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Holy Week Liturgies

The times of liturgies during Holy Week will be as follows:

  Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Thursday 1st April at 7.00pm

   Celebration of the Lord’s Passion; Friday 2nd April at 3.00pm

   Easter Vigil; Saturday 3rd April at 8.00pm

   Easter Sunday Mass; 4th April at 10.00am 

  (No Evening Mass on Easter Sunday).  

All of the services are now fully booked.

All of these liturgies will be live streamed on St Cuthbert’s YouTube channel.

Diocesan Chrism Mass

The Diocesan Chrism Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle at 11am on Holy Thursday. At this celebration, the Holy Oils are blessed, and the priests and deacons of the diocese renew their commitment to service. Attendance at this year’s Chrism Mass is by invitation only, due to Covid restrictions, but you can watch a live stream on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel.

Wherever I am, my servant will be there too

We are coming closer to Easter. Today’s Gospel finds Jesus in Jerusalem. The authorities are already plotting to kill him. Jesus knows that he has only a few days to live, and knows that he will face a horrible death on the Cross. But he will not be dragged to his death; he goes willingly. The parable of the wheat grain that has to fall to the ground and die, so that it can bear fruit, shows us that Jesus accepts it all as part of the plan of God the Father. His prayer – ‘Father, glorify your name!’ – and the voice of the Father, coming from heaven in response, show us the perfect unity between Father and Son. Jesus’ death will bring glory to his Father, and it will bring hope for us; ‘When I am lifted up, I will draw all people to myself.’ 

Jesus also says, ‘Wherever I am, my servant will be there too.’ Where do we see Jesus? We see him curing the sick and forgiving sinners. We see him among the poor and the outcasts. We see him, in the end, lifted up on the Cross. If we want to be his disciples, we have to be ready to let go of the things of the world – even of life itself. It’s a challenging teaching. But the reward that the Lord promises us is eternal life with him.

Lenten Alms

A message from the Chief Executive of St Cuthbert’s Care:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank  everyone for their kindness throughout the  pandemic – it has been truly heart-warming. Parish support makes all the difference, allowing us  to go that extra mile in ensuring we provide  outstanding care and peace of mind to families and  loved ones. If you are able to do so, please may I  ask that you consider supporting our work once  more. Thank you.

For information and donations, see https://www.stcuthbertscare.org.uk/

Lenten Stations of the Cross

Our Lenten Stations of the Cross continues this Friday at 6:30pm on Zoom. Joining details can be found in the St Cuthbert’s Parish Community Facebook Group or by contacting Andy Doyle (andydoyle1066@sky.com or 0798 543 4185).

If you would like to lead Stations on one of the Fridays of Lent (excluding Good Friday), get in touch with Andy.

If you’re not able to join us on Zoom on Fridays, there’s a recorded version of the Stations, with readings and meditations based on the Gospel of Mark, on our YouTube channel.

Living by the truth

Nicodemus was one of the Pharisees, an important leader and teacher in Israel. He came to Jesus in secret, at dead of night. Jesus was already suspected as a troublemaker, and it wouldn’t be wise for Nicodemus to be seen with him. And yet, Nicodemus could see that Jesus had come from God. He wanted to meet him and find out more – but not in public.

Jesus challenges Nicodemus. Why is he creeping around in the dark? The things that we do under cover of darkness are the things that we are ashamed of. The person who lives by the truth is not afraid to come out into the light and be seen.

Jesus himself was never afraid to be seen. We saw this in last Sunday’s Gospel, when he fearlessly drove the sellers and moneychangers out of the Temple. Jesus openly challenged the leaders of the people, cured the sick and welcomed sinners. It was almost inevitable that he would fall foul of the authorities, and in the end would die a shameful death on the Cross. But in today’s Gospel, Jesus foretells that those who believe in him will have eternal life through his sacrifice. God has sent his Son into the world to save us from our sins. Jesus will be lifted up on the Cross, not as a symbol of shame, but of hope. When the time came, Nicodemus would be there to help bury Jesus’ body. Through meeting Jesus, he had come to believe in him. Lent is the time for us to encounter Jesus again, and to renew our faith.

My Father’s House

Today’s Gospel reading shocks us. What happened to ‘Gentle Jesus, meek and mild?’ Today, we see Jesus full of anger. The explanation, perhaps, lies in the words of the Psalm that are quoted by John: Zeal for your house will devour me. The Temple in Jerusalem was God’s house; the sacred place where every Jew, rich or poor, could come to worship God. But when Jesus came to the Temple, he saw that before they were allowed to offer their sacrifice, worshippers had to buy animals from the sellers in the Temple precincts. They paid for the sacrificial animals by changing their hard-earned money for Temple coins. Money was being made from the people’s faith.

We should read the story with close attention. Jesus is angry at the injustice being done to his people, and at the disrespect shown to his Father’s house. But John doesn’t tell us that Jesus raises his fist or hurts anyone, though he turns the tables over and drives out the animals. We should remember, too, that Jesus did not use his power as Son of God to defend himself when the soldiers came to arrest him. Violence was never his way. 

Jesus foretold that the sanctuary of his body would be destroyed. On the Cross, he suffered the cruellest death that we can imagine, and instead of using violence, he prayed, ‘Father, forgive them.’

Diocesan Refugee Project

The Diocesan Refugee Project Centre is currently open. Any of the following items would be welcome: toilet rolls, tinned food (tomatoes, fish, and chick peas), biscuits, sugar, rice. Please bring donations on or before Sunday 7th March. Please use the correct box for this project. Ideally items would be in a carrier bag and for anything brought in after Sunday 7th please indicate date/day it’s been donated, as items need to be left for 72 hours before being moved later in the week.