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Last week’s picture was a detail of the Stations of the Cross. It’s from the seventh station.
The minutes of September’s meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council and November’s meeting of the Parish Assembly are now available on the website.
On Thursday, 12th December at 6.30pm, there will be a service of scripture, poetry and song, followed by refreshments including mulled wine and mince pies.
have reached the end of this term’s programme and there is no session
this week, with the next being on Tuesday
January 14th. Please
pray for our participants as they seek to explore the Catholic life
and take a definitive step along their journey.
Please come along on Sunday 15th December to sing Christmas Carols for the residents. Meet at the church at 1.45pm.
Please support the missions and bring in your ‘Red Box’ for emptying before 15 December. Your box will be available for collection in the porch by the newspapers after it has been emptied. Thank you for your support.
The church is open apart from service times from 10 to 3 on Fridays and 10 –noon on Saturdays. This allows people to pop in and pray and gives visitors to Durham a chance to see inside a building of considerable beauty.
To enable this to happen there is a small but dedicated band of stewards. There are proposals to extend the occasions when the church is open but for this to happen we need more stewards. It is not an onerous task. It usually means sitting in the narthex and saying ‘Hello’ to people, keeping an eye on the place and answering, as best you can, questions visitors might ask. There is a folder containing information on just about everything to do with the church. It is possible that no one visits on some days so it is a chance to read the paper do a few lines of knitting or whatever.
If you would like to join this group please let Fr Andrew, Ciara or David Crookes (firstname.lastname@example.org) know. Students are eligible too. It means studying in the narthex rather than the chaplaincy for a while.
With Christmas fast approaching please keep the Church flowers in mind. Any donations will be very welcome either through the Donation Box in the Narthex or directly with Cliona Kear. Would you like to support an arrangement in memory of a loved one, a birthday or any occasion special to you? Please contact Cliona Kear on 0191 386 3400 or email@example.com
Each year, the proceeds from tea and coffee after Mass, the sale of refreshments at the Miner’s Gala and other parish events are divided between one international and one local charity. Currently these are St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham and the Adhanur Helping Hands orphanages and education project in India. The latter is also supported by Durham Martyrs Parish. In January 2020 we decide which two charities should be supported during the next financial year. Please offer some suggestions using the form in the narthex. You can opt to keep either or both of the current charities, or go for different ideas. Charities need to be UK registered and information about them needs to be provided to Father Andrew or the Parish Secretary.
St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, welcomes everyone to find a moment of peace in a busy city. At Reach Out we will make an extra effort to invite people in, whether finishing or on the way to work, Christmas shopping, wandering the markets or about to meet friends. Everyone is welcome to stop for a few moments of quiet reflection, prayer or to light a candle.
Volunteers are needed to:
• reach out and invite passers-by into the Cathedral;
• welcome and guide within the Cathedral;
• provide hospitality;
• pray for all those we encounter.
Choose whatever you feel comfortable with and feel free to volunteer for all or part of the event.
The event is on Wednesday 11th December, 4.30-9pm, but you can come and go whenever you’re able to. If you’re interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to Fr Andrew.
Including seasonal music by J S Bach. Thursday 19th December at 7.00pm, in the school Sports Hall. Tickets: £5 adults, £2.50 under 19s, including festive refreshments.
Tuesday 10th December at 7.00pm at St Patrick’s Church, Goatbeck Terrace, Langley Moor DH7 8JJ.
A Retreat in Daily Life or Week of Guided Prayer brings the experience of an Ignatian individually guided retreat to you, fitting around your work and study commitments. Following our successful Retreat in Daily Life last year, we will be offering another for students and parishioners from 19-24 January 2020. Put the dates in your diary now, and speak to Fr Andrew if you’re interested.
Please consider supporting the Red Van, which over the past two years has delivered thousands of food parcels, good quality clothing and toys to some of the most needy families and individuals in our Diocese. Your Advent Alms will help to keep this essential service on the road. www.stcuthbertscare.org.uk
Pope Pius XII’s Christmas Messages by Dr. Anna Rowlands of Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies. Tuesday 10 December; lecture from 6.00pm in the Exhibition Hall (drinks reception from 5.30pm), followed by mulled wine and mince pies at 7.15pm. Book online at Eventbrite or by telephone on 0191 334 1656.
On Friday 20th December we will be showing our festive film, the 1947 classic version of “The Bishop’s Wife” with Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young. Doors to the Parish Room open for pizza and drinks at 6:30pm and the screening begins at 7pm.
In recent Advents, the parish raised enough money to populate a crib with cattle, goats, pigs, chickens and camels. This year we are hoping to add a solar street light. It costs £355. It will not light up a stable but it will light up the lives of families living in refugee camps. Solar street lamps can be used to provide a clean, renewable source of light so that women, men and children can walk about the camps safely at night. There will be collection buckets at the door after Mass during Advent. Thank you for your support.
Please sign up on the list in the narthex if you can minister at our Candlelit Service on Thursday 12th December and/or our Christmas Masses by welcoming, ushering, reading or distributing Holy Communion. We do need lots of volunteers from the Parish and University communities, so please don’t be shy!
Please come along to give the Church a Christmas spruce-up on Christmas Eve between 10:30 and 12:30. Dusting, polishing, vacuuming, washing – there will be plenty to do!
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