It’s shocking to see pictures of the war in Ukraine. Cities being bombed, families driven from their homes, innocent people shot in the street. And, of course, this is not the only war that is raging in the world today. In Syria, in Yemen, in Afghanistan, people’s lives are being turned upside down by conflict. In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus say, ‘My own peace I give you,’ but peace seems as far away as ever.
Jesus promises his disciples ‘a peace the world cannot give.’ There can be no peace where there is hatred, suspicion and anger. Peace can only come when we follow the teachings of Christ, who tells his disciples, ‘If anyone loves me they will keep my word.’ If we love Jesus and keep his word, he will change our hearts, moving us from hatred to love, from fear to trust, from vengeance to forgiveness. He will teach us to listen to others and be reconciled to those we think of as enemies. This is the only way to peace, in the world and in our own communities. This is the peace that Christ gives to his disciples; a peace that the world cannot give.
The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated this Thursday, 26th May. Mass at St Cuthbert’s will be on Wednesday at 7pm (vigil) and on Thursday at 12.15pm.
World Communications Day is next Sunday, 29th May. We are asked to pray for those who work in the media. A retiring collection will be taken to support the work of the Bishops’ Conference Media Office, which promotes the Church’s and the Bishops’ message in the local, regional, national and international mass media, and helps journalists to a better understanding of the Church’s activities and witness.
This event has been POSTPONED due to unforeseen circumstances.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales has issued a statement about attendance at Sunday Mass, as we emerge from the Covid pandemic. The Bishops judge that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply. However, the Bishops recognise that there will still be some members of our congregations who are unable to return to Mass for reasons such as ill health, responsibility for the care of others or genuine concern about their safety. In these circumstances, there is no breach of the Sunday obligation.
Read the Bishops’ full statement here.
Please sanitise your hands as you enter and leave the church, and wear a face covering. If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19, you should stay at home and not come to church.
Now that we are able to use social areas without restrictions, coffee and tea will be served again after Sunday morning Mass in the parish room. Please come along and enjoy a chat with other parishioners.
We have a rota of volunteers for the first few weeks but if anyone else would like to sign up to take a turn in future they would be most welcome. For further details please contact Helen Schofield via the parish office or after Mass on Sunday.
Those who are sick:
Liz Carr, Francis Mangion, Andrew S, Christopher Browne, Rosemary Cramp, Hugh McElhennon, Mary Skelton, Clare Carver and David Moore.
Those whose anniversaries occur at this time:
Tessa Kirk, James Mahan, Frank Scollen, David McIlvenna, Martha Anderson, Sarah Ann McManus, Thomas Quinn, James Errington, Margaret Hopper, Anne Cullen, Kevin Quinn. May they rest in peace.
The Platinum Jubilee of HM The Queen will be celebrated in a special service of thanksgiving at Durham Cathedral on Saturday 4 June at 3.00 pm. You can book free tickets at: https://durhamcathedral.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173624846/events All congregational seating is unreserved. The service will last about one hour.
There is an ongoing collection of items for this project including: toilet rolls, biscuits, sugar, rice and tins (meat, fish, baked beans, chick peas, tomatoes etc).Please leave your donations in the labelled box in the narthex at any time. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
The Gospel Reflection Group started during lockdown, and it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the readings for Sunday’s Mass, to share your thoughts and to listen to what others have to say. Join us at 10.30am on Saturday mornings. The reflection takes place on Zoom, and you can find the joining details in the Parish Facebook Group or by contacting Margaret Doyle on email@example.com. If you’ve joined us in the past, please note that we’ve recently changed the dial-in details.
The reflections will last about 50 minutes and then we take a short break to get a cup of coffee and have a social chat. You’re welcome to join us for the whole call, but you’re also welcome to leave after the Gospel Reflection, or join us for social time at 11.30am.
Lay Dominicans North East invite you to A DAY OF STUDY, PRAYER and REFLECTION on Saturday 25th June, 10:45am to 3:30pm, here at St Cuthbert’s.
The day keys in to our Diocesan Year of the Eucharist and is on the theme of THOMAS AQUINAS, THE EUCHARIST and SALVATION. Our main speaker will be Dr Rik van Nieuwenhove of Durham University and the day will include talks, Mass, prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and a buffet lunch.
There is no charge for the day but, to monitor numbers for catering purposes, please book by contacting Andy Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0798 543 4185.
The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has the following vacancies:
Property Surveyor – full-time, fixed term contract – 2 years. Flexible working is available. Closing date for applications: 1 June 2022
IT Project Manager – full-time. Fixed term contract – 12 months. Closing date for applications: 2 June 2022
Please visit www.diocesehn.org.uk for full details or contact us 0191 243 3301
CAFOD’s latest campaign is asking us to email the Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, urging her to ensure that the UK government implements its COP26 commitments to support agricultural systems that put local communities first and protect the planet. For further information please go to https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/102736/-/1
Pope Francis invites Catholic communities around the world to participate in Laudato Si’ Week 2022 from May 22-29. The global event will mark the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on creation care and unite the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics to listen and respond to the cry of God’s creation. In our diocese, a special Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Robert in St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle on Monday May 23 at 7pm.
In aid of The Peru Mission. Friday 17th June at Rainton Arena, Houghton-le-Spring. The evening includes a 3-course meal, Brazilian Dance Band “Viramundo”, raffle and auction. Tickets are £60 per person. All proceeds to sponsor the work of The Peru Mission in education, healthcare and creating opportunities amongst the poor of Peru. To reserve a ticket: email@example.com
Wednesday 25th May at 5.30pm, in Durham Cathedral. Sung by the Cathedral Choir. Preacher: Rev Canon Prof Sarah Foot (Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Oxford.) Followed by drinks in the Cloisters. Tickets (free of charge):
St Vincent de Paul Holy Island Children’s Camp needs volunteers to provide a Christian camping experience for children from the North-East this summer. Details at https://www.svp.org.uk/microsite/holy-island
A conference organised by Durham’s Centre for Catholic Studies. 12-14 July at the University of Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway. Details and registration at https://www.durham.ac.uk/research/institutes-and-centres/catholic-studies/about-us/events/catholicism-literature-and-the-arts-conference/
Day of Prayer: This day enables you to experience different ways of praying in a beautiful setting and gives you time for quiet personal prayer. Led by the Minsteracres team. Lunch, tea and coffee are provided. Wednesday, 25 May, 10am – 4pm. Suggested donation: £30.
Pentecost Retreat: Jesus Breathed On Them And Said ‘Receive The Holy Spirit.’ Led by Fr Chris Thomas. Friday 3-Sunday 5 June. Suggested donation: £190.