Category Archives: Community

Christmas Film and Pizza Night

On Friday 15th December we will be showing our festive film, the 1994 version of “Miracle on 34th Street” starring Richard Attenborough. Doors to the Parish Room open for pizza and drinks at 6:30pm and the screening begins at 7pm. There is no charge but, to help us with the catering, please let Andy Doyle know (0798 543 4185 or if you are planning to come along. 

Calling all Readers, Welcomers and Ministers of Communion

We need many volunteers to minister at the Christmas liturgies. If you can read, welcome or help to distribute Holy Communion at any or all of the following services: Carol Service at 4pm on Sunday 17th; Christmas Mass during the Night at 10pm on Christmas Eve; Christmas Mass on Christmas Day at 10am, then please sign up on the list on the noticeboard or contact Andy Doyle on 0798 543 4185 or Please do not leave it to the last minute.

Christmas Flowers

We are now working on the Christmas Flower Arrangements.  Would you like to sponsor an arrangement in memory of a loved one or for a special occasion?  Perhaps you would just like to contribute towards the cost of the flowers.  Flowers are not getting any cheaper particularly at this time of year!  Donations can be made via the dedicated box in the Narthex or by Debit/Credit card and the machine has a heading for flowers.   Many thanks for your support.  I can be contacted either by phone or email – 0191 386 3400 or  

Next Year’s Local Charity – Your Suggestions

Money raised each year from Coffee after Mass supports one local charity and one overseas charity. From April 2024 to Mar 2025, Kidshelp Cambodia is the chosen overseas one.

For the local Charity, suggestions are now being invited from parishioners. It must be a registered Charity.

If you have a charity which you wish to be considered please complete the details on the sheet in the narthex. The Justice and Peace group will then make decisions for the coming and possibly future years.

Proposed Sunday Parking Charges

Durham County Council is currently proposing to increase on-street car parking charges in Durham city and to extend them to Sundays. Details can be found at and this page also includes a simple form where we can give our opinion regarding the proposal. If the proposal to extend charges to Sundays were to be approved this would obviously impact the people of our parish and others in the city centre and so please consider reading the proposal and submitting your opinion.

The deadline is 5pm on Monday November 13th.


Lumiere is this week, running from Thursday to Sunday inclusive and we hope to open St Cuthbert’s on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4:30pm to 10pm and on Sunday from after 6:30pm Mass to 10pm. We aim to offer a restful place, a chance to light a candle in prayer or reflection and also some warming drinks. To do this, we URGENTLY need volunteers to be available in the church. Please sign up on the list on the noticeboard or contact Andy Doyle ( or 0798 543 4185) if you can help.


We look forward to welcoming May Rosalia Bottoms, baby daughter of Anna and John, and granddaughter of Jane and Richard Abram, during Mass today Sunday 7 May. May Rosalia will then be baptised on Sunday 14 May at 11:30am. All are welcome to attend.

Durham Miners’ Gala, 9 July 2016

This year’s Miners’ Gala is on Saturday 9 July, and as usual we will be selling refreshments to raise money for charity. If you can help on the day itself, or with preparations beforehand, please sign up on the list at the back of church.

We are also looking for contributions of quiche and of cakes. Please sign up on the list if you can help, so we will have some idea of how much we may need to buy.

And, of course, if you are visiting the Gala, do drop in to our little oasis of peace and (relative) quiet!

Chaplaincy Mass of Thanksgiving, BBQ and Garden Party

The last Saturday of the University Term, 18 June 2016, sees a double celebration. At 12:15pm there will be a Mass of Thanksgiving for the academic year now ending. All are warmly invited.

The Mass will be followed by a barbecue and garden party for all members of the Chaplaincy past and present – current students and staff as well as alumni.

NB As a result of these celebrations, there will be no Mass at 9:15am on Saturday 18 June.