St Cuthbert’s Parish Pastoral Council will meet on Thursday 14th December. If there are any matters that you would like the PPC to discuss, please contact the Secretary, Susan Penswick, or Fr Andrew.
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 email@example.com) if you are planning to come along.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Please do not leave it to the last minute.
If you can spare an hour or so to scrub, clean, decorate and generally prepare the Church for Christmas then come along after the 10am Mass on Sunday December 24th, between 11:30am and 1pm. Hot chocolate and mince pies will be available!
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 email@example.com
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.
The ‘knit and natter’ group have knitted a crib (similar to the one we made last year for the children of the parish). We are going to raffle this to raise funds for CAFOD during Advent. Tickets will be available after Mass on Sunday. Tickets cost £2 for 1 ticket and £10 for 6.
St Cuthbert’s Parish Assembly will be held this Sunday 19th November after 10am Mass, in the Parish Room. There will be reports from the Parish Pastoral Council, the Parish Finance Council, Fr. Andrew and other parish groups and committees. Everyone is welcome – come along for an update about what’s happening in our parish.
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
https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/30424/Car-parking-charges-and-tariff-review 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0798 543 4185) if you can help.
We are meeting again on Saturday 4th November at 11am in the parish room to complete the crib for CAFOD and possibly start some new projects. If you would like to get involved, please come and join our ‘knit and natter’ group. Everyone is welcome (including beginners!)
CAFOD Shared Harvest raised £216.60. Thank you to everyone for supporting us, either by bringing the fruits of your harvest or by buying all the delicious products!
St Cuthbert’s Parish Pastoral Council will meet this Thursday, 21st September. If there are any matters that you would like the PPC to discuss, please contact Fr Andrew or the PPC Secretary, Susan Penswick.
If you have any spare glasses (tumblers, pint glasses or wine glasses) or mugs that are stuck at the backs of cupboards and you are willing to donate to the parish/chaplaincy kitchen, please bring them to St Cuthbert’s over the next few Sundays. Please note that we do not currently need plates, dishes or cutlery. Thank you in advance.
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.
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!
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.
There will be a Parish Film Night on Saturday 4 June at 7:00pm showing the film adaptation of Robert Bolt’s play about the life of St Thomas More, A Man for all Seasons. This film is one all Catholics in England should see!
All are welcome, and refreshments will be available.
A nourishing soup lunch is laid on after the Friday 12:15pm Mass each week of Lent. All are welcome. Donations for CAFOD.