Category Archives: Announcements

Church Flowers

A very big “Thank You” to those who contributed so generously towards the cost of the Christmas flowers. Your generosity means that the cost of the flowers etc. was covered by donations. As Easter is only seven weeks away please keep the black box in the porch in mind towards the cost of these flowers. Would you like to sponsor an arrangement in memory of a loved one, a special birthday or anniversary or indeed any occasion special to you? If you have any ideas/suggestions which you would like to make please contact Cliona Kear on 0191 386 3400 or e-mail

Voices of Mercy

“Visit the Imprisoned” will be held on Wednesday 24 February at 7:00pm, in St Mary’s Parish Centre, Bridge Street, Sunderland. On this evening we will be listening to the voices of people who visit the imprisoned, and have an opportunity to reflect on what this means for us. No booking required. For further information please contact Department for Spirituality telephoning 0191 243 3302, or email

Christmas Collections

Collections taken at the Christmas Masses are taken for Parish Funds, in the same way as at Sunday Masses throughout the year.If you would also like to make a Christmas gift to the Dominican Community of Friars which serves St Cuthbert’s, you may do so using one of the blue envelopes available on display in the narthex. Envelopes can be dropped into the collection basket or returned to the presbytery.

If you are a UK taxpayer, you can increase the value of your gift by completing the Gift Aid declaration on the envelope. Cheques should be made payable to “The Dominican Council”.

Thank you for your generosity both to the Parish and to the Dominican Community now and throughout the year – the Friars wish you a very happy and holy Christmas.

Harry Clarke Greetings Cards

Greetings Cards with images from the recently-restored Canon Brown Memorial Window designed by Harry Clark are available at the back of church. These are ideal as Christmas cards, but also throughout the year. There is a selection of six designs, priced at 60p each or £3 for a set of six (envelopes included).

Youth Ministry Trust Collection

On Sunday 22 November – Youth Sunday and the Feast of Christ the King – there is the annual collection for the work of the Diocese’s Youth Ministry Trust. Envelopes are available at the back of the church and can be dropped into the usual collection baskets. More information about the work of the Youth Ministry Trust can be found at

Prisons Week: 15-21 November

Parish Seeks to offer support to prisoners and their families in a
number of ways. On Sunday 22 November we will be having our annual
collection of toys, puzzles, coloured pencils etc. for children to
play with whilst visiting family members in prison. Please leave your
items under the bench in the narthex. 

Café Lumière

During the Lumière festival Thursday 12th – Saturday 14th November the church will be open and we hope to serve soup and refreshments from 6:30pm until 9:30pm. We are seeking volunteers who would be able to welcome festival visitors and prepare refreshments during this period. If you are able to help please contact Andy Doyle on 0191 378 3660 or

New Students

We warmly welcome to Durham newly-arrived students. The First Sung Student Mass takes place at 6:30pm on Sunday 11 October, followed by a welcome reception and buffet supper for all student (including those who might have gone to an earlier Mass!).

More details about activities for students now and throughout the term can be found in the yellow Chaplaincy bulletins and on the Chaplaincy website

Shared Harvest

Our annual Shared Harvest takes place after the 10:00am Mass on Sunday 27 September.

Produce that members of the Parish have grown or made will be on sale in the Parish Room; please be generous in enjoying sharing the fruits of our labour! Proceeds will support Patrick Laing’s project to build new classrooms in Peru in the summer of 2016.

Patrick writes: In August 2016 I will part be part of a group heading to Peru to build 3 classrooms in a deprived area called Iquitos. This is going to finish an ongoing project started in 2011 by St Leonard’s School in which a clinic, classroom and toilet block have already been built. Whilst there I will be working with the parish community and clergy. To fund our work we need to raise £4000 each. I would like to thank the parish for all of their support so far.

Gift Aid Statements

Envelopes containing Gift Aid statements are now available for donors to collect from the narthex. If you have any queries please contact Andy Doyle on 0191 378 3660 or

Please also get in touch with Andy if you would like to start supporting St Cuthbert’s through planned giving (either in envelopes or by standing order). If you are a UK taxpayer, don’t forget to Gift Aid your offering – this enables us to claim back an extra 25% from the Government.

Assisted Suicide Bill

From Bishop Séamus: On Friday 11 September the House of Commons will debate and vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide. This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk. Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate and vote against the Bill.

You can send an e-mail to your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website (; postcards you can send are available at the back of the church. The MP for Durham City is Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods.

Sponsored Steeplechase

Support our church and other
historic churches in the region by visiting as many of them as
possible between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 12 September. Money
raised in sponsorship is shared 50:50 between the parish and the
Northumbria Historic Churches Trust. A poster and sponsorship forms
are on the noticeboard and people seeking sponsors will be making
themselves known! If you wish to see the most up-to-date list of
participating churches, visit

Human Trafficking in Europe

The Justice and Peace Groups of the Durham Parishes invite you to a talk by Sr Imelda Poole IBVM on Human Trafficking in Europe – Modern Slavery at St Cuthbert’s at 7:30pm (after the 7:00pm Mass) on Wednesday 26 August 2015. All are welcome.

Sr Imelda is currently working with women in Albania as part of the Mary Ward Loreto Foundation. She will also be speaking to the Catholic Women’s Network – Durham on Thursday 27 August 2015 at 7:00pm at 6 Albert Street; there will be a shared supper at that meeting.

Two-week bulletin

The bulletin published on Sunday 16 August covers a two week period. Weekly publication of the Parish Bulletin resumes on Sunday 30 August. 

Please keep an eye on the Parish Website (or sign up for the e-Bulletin) for any changes to Mass times – e.g. because of funerals.

Miners’ Gala

Many thanks to all who volunteered their time and talents providing refreshments at the recent Miners’ Gala. The sum of £772.30 was raised for NEPACS (supporting prisoners’ families) and Parish overseas development projects. A further £74.05 was raised for twinning our toilets with facilities in the developing world. Well done to all involved!

Belpahar Donations

For a number of years, St Cuthbert’s Parish has engaged in fundraising to support development in a parish in Belpahar, India. Due to circumstances beyond our control, it has become impossible to verify that funds transferred to India are being received by the intended recipient. This has been a matter of great concern to the Parish Priest, Justice and Peace Group and Finance Committee. Having taken appropriate advice, it has been agreed that without assurance of proper receipt and use of funds it is no longer appropriate or responsible to continue to send money to India.

Since September 2012, when funds were last transferred to India, just over £4000 has been raised which we had intended to send to Belpahar. It is now proposed that these funds be applied instead to other similar overseas development projects identified by the Parish Justice and Peace Group. The Group has in mind in particular the project at Tierra Firme, a barrio in Ibagué, Colombia supported by our friends at the Durham Martyrs’ Parish.

In accordance with Charity Commission guidance for such situations, individuals who have made identifiable donations for Belpahar since September 2012 are entitled to reclaim their donation. Any claims should reach the Parish Office by Monday 29 June 2015. After that date the funds given for Belpahar will be applied as described above.

Please keep all those affected in your prayers. If you have any queries, please speak to fr. Ben or a member of the Parish Justice and Peace Group.