We warmly welcome to Durham any students who have arrived early, whether as post-graduate or pre-sessional students, in advance of the start of the University academic year! We encourage all Catholic students to register on-line with the Chaplaincy – that way we know who you are and can keep you up-to-date with what is going on. See www.durhamcatholic.org/freshers for details of the programme for the induction weeks and to sign up.
Not going to Durham? Most of our Universities and Higher Education Institutions have a dedicated Catholic Chaplain based in the university or the local parish. The Catholic Chaplaincy is a place for you to explore your faith as a young adult, to meet other young people with similar interests from a great range of backgrounds, and to get involved in activities and social outreach. If you already have a strong faith, this is a chance to deepen it. If you are full of questions and doubts, this is a chance to share them and search for some honest answers about life and faith. Everyone is welcome.
To find your local Chaplaincy, and for contact details of all the University Chaplains and Catholic Student Societies, visit the “CathChaps” website at: www.cathchaps.co.uk
On Saturday 10 September, between 10:00am and 4:00pm, our church will be taking part in the national Heritage Open Day and Northumbria Historic Churches Steeplechase. The church will be open to visitors, a small exhibition will be in place and light refreshments will be available. If you could help staff the church for 30 minutes or more during the day, then please sign up on the list on the noticeboard or contact Andy Doyle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!
Durham Churches Together is organising a “Walk of Witness” on Good Friday, 25 March. We gather at 11:45am in St Nicholas’ Anglican Church on the Market Place; opening prayers will take place there, and then the Walk of Witness itself begins at noon. All are welcome.
Mandy Hampshire will speak briefly after the 10:00am Mass on Sunday 31 January about the ways we can help support refugees here in our local area.
The Hoper Dixon Trust is a registered charity associated with the Dominican Friars which makes grants for the relief of poverty of those who live near or are connected in some way to a Dominican house. Grants can be made for essential household items, furniture, white goods etc.; help with educational expenses; or for participation in activities, retreats and courses. If you or someone you know might be able to benefit from a grant, please speak to fr. Ben.
Bishop Seamus Cunningham will be celebrating Mass on Thursday 4 February, 7:00pm at St Bede’s Church, South Shields, to commission the port chaplains and ship visitors of the Apostleship of the Sea for their work with seafarers on behalf of the Church. The Mass will be followed by a reception in the parish hall. Everyone is welcome to both the Mass and reception. For further information please contact Paul Atkinson (07906 212426) or Peter Barrigan (07713 924504).
Durham Churches Together – the group of Christian communities in Durham (including St Cuthbert’s) working together – holds its annual Candlelit Procession and service on New Year’s Eve (Thursday 31 December) in thanksgiving for the year past, and praying for God’s blessings in the year to come.We gather in the Market Place at 6:15pm (please bring your own candle/lantern), and then proceed along the Bailey to Palace Green. There is a service of prayer together in Durham Cathedral at 6:30pm.
On Sunday 20 December please do come along and join us to sing Christmas Carols for the residents of Hallgarth Care Home. We will meet at the church at 1:45pm to walk up to the home.
Following the carol singing there will be a childrens party in the parish room 3:30 – 5:30pm. All children (big and small) are welcome to join us for fun and party games. Please bring something for a shared party tea.
Over the last few years, the parish has gradually populated a virtual village for CAFOD. In Advent last year the young people of the parish, raised enough money to buy a camel. This year we are hoping to add another camel to the village.
A camel costs £400. The gift of a camel provides a poor family with up to seven litres of milk a day, which can be sold to buy food and school books. The family can also rear and sell calves for a much needed income. Furthermore a camel can carry weights of up to 200kgs, meaning that a family has a source of transport, that can be used to help them earn a living. Thank you for help with this project.
The launch of the Pope John Paul II Award in our Diocese will take place over September and October this year. This is an award for young people in the age range of 16 to 18 and is intended to empower them to take an active part in the life of the Church. If you are a pupil in a Catholic secondary school, you should already be aware of the Awards but if you are being educated elsewhere, or have left school you may not be aware but are encouraged to participate in the award. To find out more visit www.thepopejohnpauliiaward.com/hexham-and-newcastle, or talk to our parish coordinator, Mandy Hampshire (384 4805).
Friday 2 October was the annual CAFOD Harvest Fast Day – don’t forget to pop your envelopes with the savings on your food (or other donation!) in the collection at Mass on Sunday 4th. For more information see cafod.org.uk/harvest.
We have been sent a number of “Tree of Life” car stickers for Home Mission Sunday – while stocks last these can be picked up free of charge at the back of the church for you to display in your car and proclaim your faith in the message of the Cross.