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Jewels Galore!

A big thank you to the parish for the generous response to the Traidcraft recycling collection. Three weighty packages were posted containing costume jewellery, watches and old foreign bank notes to be recycled in aid of a farming project in Bangladesh. More contributions are always welcome- just see Marianne Fleming or other member of the Justice and Peace group.

From parish to partnership

The current stage of the Forward Together in Hope process is called Exploring the Way with our Neighbours. Over the next few months, St Cuthbert’s, the Chaplaincy and Durham Martyrs will be working together to decide how best we can support each other in an area partnership. We feel that the city of Durham could form a natural hub for the parishes in the area and it’s possible that some of the other local parishes will also join us in the partnership. But we need your help in deciding how the partnership will work. What will work best?

Do you think our partnership should be based on informal links between the existing Parish Pastoral Councils, the clergy and the parish secretaries, aimed at improving communications and learning from each other?

Or perhaps we should have an area committee or council, with quarterly meetings and a shared action plan, shared services and sacramental preparation, and regular joint social events?

Or do you think we need to employ a partnership manager to do all the administration, buildings and finance centrally for the area?

There will be the opportunity to contribute your views and ideas over the coming weeks. Please speak to Margaret Doyle 0191 3783660 or margaretdoyle1066@sky.com. if you have any questions or ideas, and do go along to the open meeting for all the Durham parishes on Tuesday 8 November 7:00pm in the 6th Form Centre at St Leonard’s School.

If you do intend to go along, please sign the sheet which can be found on the notice board by Friday 28 October, so that for reasons of health and safety, It can planned accordingly.

EVC Uganda

Rebecca Lland, co-founder of the charity EVC (Empowering Vulnerable Children) Uganda will speak at the 10:00am Mass on Sunday 30 October. The charity raises funds to provide desperately poor children with an education in a loving, caring and supportive environment. The Sponsor a Child Programme provides a route out of poverty and destitution through education, offering a real hope for the future. After Mass, Rebecca will be available in the Parish Room with further information and to answer questions about the charity.

Your faith has saved you

Jesus meets ten lepers. Ten men who are excluded from society – unable to take part in family life or worship, because their condition makes them “unclean.” They have to live outside the town, and are forbidden any sort of contact with their fellow men and women. They see in Jesus a man who has both the compassion to care for them, and the power to heal them.

When Jesus cleanses the ten lepers, he not only cures their illness – he also restores them to full membership of society. They can go home – Jesus has given them back their dignity. But only one man, a Samaritan, comes back to thank Jesus. He praises God, because he knows that only God, working in Jesus, could have brought about his cure. The gift of healing has brought him to faith in Christ.

Our faith in Christ should prompt us to ask the Lord for all that we need, believing that he has power to heal us. And if our faith is alive and active, it will lead us to recognise God at work in our lives – and remind us to give thanks.

Catholic Theology Research Seminar

Centre for Catholic StudiesOn Thursday 13 October, Marco Politi (Author and journalist, Rome): ‘Pope Francis Among the Wolves’. The evening will begin at 5:30pm with drinks; the seminar will start at 5:45pm-7:15pm at Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, Durham. Please note the new time and day of the week. 

A group will share a meal afterwards at a local restaurant. All welcome. Please contact Jane at ccs.admin@durham.ac.uk or call 0191 334 1656 if you wish to attend, noting whether or not you wish to dine afterwards.

Prisoners Sunday

 Sunday 9 October is Prisoners Sunday. Please pray for those in prison, for their families and dependants, and for the work of the Prisoners Advice and Care Trust (PACT), which works to help prisoners to turn their lives around. Are you interested in volunteering with NEPACS?  For more details or visit www.nepacs.co.uk  or call 01913757278.

PARISH READING GROUP

The next meeting of the group will be on Tuesday 25 October at 8:00pm at 25 Orchard House. We will discuss Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch.

Photo by Johannes Jansson
Photo by Johannes Jansson

All are welcome. The Group is open to undergraduates and post-graduates as well as parishioners and their friends.

On arrival at the front entrance to Orchard House dial 48 on the key pad, following its instructions which will lead you to the lounge where everyone will meet.

EXPLORING POPE FRANCIS’ ECOLOGICAL VISION IN LAUDATO SI’

To live wisely, think deeply and love generously” with Karen Kilby. All sessions will run from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at the following venues;

  • Wednesday 5 October St Aloysius’ Parish, Hebburn
  • Thursday 6 October St Anne’s Parish, Darlington
  • Monday 10 October St Michael’s Parish, Houghton Le Spring
  • Wednesday 12 October St Cuthbert’s House, Newcastle

To book, please contact the Diocesan Department for Adult Formation and Evangelisation at: adult.formation@diocesehn.org.uk | 0191 2433313.

FR BEN WRITES…..

After a break of a couple of weeks I am now safely arrived in Rome, where I am missing the milder climes of Durham! I write to thank all at St Cuthbert’s for their kind words at the time of my departure, for your generous gifts, and once again for your welcome and support over the last four years. Please keep me in your prayers as I will you: may God bless you all.

CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY

This Friday 7 October is Harvest Fast Day. We are invited to join 32-year-old Nicanora, from Bolivia, on her journey from poverty to abundance.

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We can stand alongside Nicanora as she learns new skills and receives materials and seeds that will enable her to grow enough food to feed her family. Please pick up a Fast Day envelope today and give what you can.

Justice and Peace Group

The Justice and Peace group are holding a collection of unwanted / broken jewellery / watches to be recycled in support of Traidcraft. More than £16,000 has already been raised through this scheme which helps families in Bangladesh to grow tea and so provide themselves with an income that will feed their malnourished children for years to come.

Please have a clear-out of old costume jewellery, gold, silver or watches that you don’t wear or need and bring them to church next Sunday 9 October.

EXPLORING POPE FRANCIS’ ECOLOGICAL VISION IN LAUDATO SI’

“To live wisely, think deeply and love generously” with Karen Kilby. All sessions will run from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at the following venues;

  • Wednesday 5 October St Aloysius’ Parish, Hebburn
  • Thursday 6 October St Anne’s Parish, Darlington
  • Monday 10 October St Michael’s Parish, Houghton Le Spring
  • Wednesday 12 October St Cuthbert’s House, Newcastle

To book, please contact the Diocesan Department for Adult Formation and Evangelisation at: adult.formation@diocesehn.org.uk | 0191 2433313

JUSTICE AND PEACE

Our parish collects biscuits and toilet rolls to help provide basic supplies to asylum seekers in the diocese. These are collected regularly, on the first Sunday of the month. If you would like to donate items and haven’t brought anything in yet then please remember to bring them to Church next Sunday 1 October and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected.

The Justice and Peace group are also holding a collection of unwanted / broken jewellery / watches to be recycled in support of Traidcraft. More than £16,000 has already been raised through this scheme which helps families in Bangladesh to grow tea and so provide themselves with an income that will feed their malnourished children for years to come. Please have a clear-out of old costume jewellery, gold, silver or watches that you don’t wear or need and bring them to church on Sunday 9 October.