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Upcoming Justice & Peace Events

Find out more about Open Gate, a local charity that assists women released from Low Newton Prison by joining the Durham Martyrs and St Cuthbert’s Justice and Peace Groups at St Joseph’s Church, Gilesgate on Tuesday 20 September at 7:30pm after the 7:00pm Mass. Representatives from Open Gate will talk about their work. Everyone welcome.

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 on Sunday 9 October.

Handover arrangements

We bade farewell to fr. Tony on Tuesday 30th; he is now based at St Dominic’s, Newcastle, but for the time being will continue to work at Durham Prison.

This Sunday, 4 September, is fr. Ben’s last at St Cuthbert’s will be Sunday 4 September. After the 10.00am Mass there is a barbecue to wish him well for the future.

fr. Ben will celebrate the 9:15am Mass on Monday 5 September – which will be a requiem Mass for deceased friends and benefactors of the Order of Preachers – before departing. After a break for a couple of weeks, he flies to Rome on 23 September and can be reached at:

Convento S. Sabina
Piazza P. d’Illiria, 1
00153 ROMA

Fr Andrew Downie will move in to the Presbytery later on Monday 5 September; he will celebrate Masses from Tuesday 6 September, and his first Sunday at St Cuthbert’s will be 11 September.

Foster Carers Needed

St Cuthbert’s Care fostering agency, Fostering North East, desperately needs more foster carers to provide stable, loving homes for children in the region.

If you think you could foster a child or are interested in finding out more about fostering, you can go along and meet the team for an informal chat at the Farmers’ Market in Market Square, Durham on Thursday 21 July between 10:30am and 2:00pm.

If you can’t go along on the day, but would still like to know more about fostering, please visit or ring Fostering North East Operations Manager Joann Gibson on 0191 2280111 or email

Parish Evening

The next Parish evening will be on Wednesday 20 July, with Mass at 7.00pm, followed by a shared meal and a discussion. We will be joined by Karen Kilby, who will lead our discussion on the relationship of love and suffering. The evening will finish at about 9.30pm. All are welcome.

Parish Reading Group

The parish reading group  have arranged to meet for a meal together at The Rose Tree in Shincliffe at 7.30pm on 24 June. Please contact Margaret Harvey (  or 0191 3840080) if you would like to go.

Future meetings of the reading group will be at 25 Orchard House at 8pm on the following dates:

16 August to discuss J.R.R. Tolkien, Tree and Leaf

25 October to discuss Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch

6 December to discuss Michael Frame, Sweet Dreams.