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19 September – 3 October 2021

Sunday 19 September – Sunday XXV
Open for pre-booked attendance only
Public Mass
Tuesday 21 – St Matthew Apostle & Evangelist
Public Mass
Wednesday 22
Public Mass
Friday 24
Public Mass
Elizabeth Gaffing
Saturday 25
Public Mass
Laura Richardson
Sunday 26 – Sunday XXVI
Open for pre-booked attendance only
Public Mass
Tuesday 28
Public Mass
Private Intention
Wednesday 29 – SS Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels
Public Mass
Thursday 30 – St Jerome P, D
Public Mass
Friday 1 October – St Therese of the Child Jesus V, D
Public Mass
Thanksgiving (DB)
Saturday 2 – The Holy Guardian Angels
Public Mass
Sunday 3 – Sunday XXVII
Open for pre-booked attendance only
Public Mass

St. Cuthbert’s Parish during the 2020/21 pandemic

The last 18 months have been a difficult time for all of us, because of the COVID pandemic. Even those of us who have not been ill have been subject to lockdown and restrictions in many aspects of our lives.  Our church and parish have also been affected – who would have guessed 2 years ago that people would need to book in advance to come to Sunday Mass?   

We would like to hear your views and experiences of how the life of the parish has been affected during the pandemic. There will be a meeting on 28 September at 7.00pm for us to share our experiences. The meeting will be on Zoom and the joining details will be in the parish Facebook Group or contact margaretdoyle1066@sky.com .

If you’d rather tell us about your experiences in writing, there’s questionnaire you can fill in, and if you’d like to talk about your experiences but won’t be attending the meeting, please contact Margaret on 07719 906711.

Please follow the links below for more information about why we are doing this, data protection, etc., and for the questionnaire.

Mass at St. Cuthbert’s – Updated COVID restrictions

Bishop Robert has issued new Covid-guidance to the Diocese and the main points affecting St. Cuthbert’s and the Catholic Chaplaincy are:

  • Please continue to use the hand sanitiser available in the narthex and porch.
  • Please continue to wear a face covering in Church.
  • Our seating capacity can now be increased, but you still need to book for the Sunday 10am Mass. As University term begins soon and attendance is likely to rise, then we may need to re-introduce bookings for the 6:30pm Mass as well.
  • Cleaning routines in church are to be simplified.
  • Congregational singing can commence again, whilst continuing to wear a face covering.
  • The offertory collection will be re-introduced.
  • Please note, however, that the physical Sign of Peace, reception of Holy Communion from the chalice and the availability of Holy Water remain suspended for the moment.
  • At Holy Communion, especially on Sundays, we will continue to use our one-way system.

All these points will be reviewed again at the beginning of November.  

On-line Gospel Reflection and Coffee Morning

From this week our on-line Gospel Reflection moves to Saturday morning.

Join us at 10.30am for the Gospel Reflection, which we expect will last about 50 mins. We’ll then take a 10 minute break (to get a drink!), and our social coffee morning will start at about 11.30am.

You are very welcome to join for the whole 2 hours, but you’re also welcome to leave after the Gospel Reflection, or to join at 11.30am for our social time.

We will be meeting on Zoom, and the joining details are available in St. Cuthbert’s Parish Community Facebook Group, or from margaretdoyle1066@sky.com

Diocesan Year of the Eucharist

Bishop Robert has announced the Year of the Eucharist will be celebrated in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and will be launched during Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday 17 October, simultaneously with the launch of the Synod.

The aims of the Year of the Eucharist are:

To celebrate the Eucharist at the heart of the life and mission of the Church and to gather people back.

To grow as a Diocese in our love and appreciation of the Eucharist.

To deepen our appreciation of the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist through the rites.

To revitalise and renew our faith through a deepening prayer and devotion of the Eucharist.

To go out and serve the world through the nourishment of the Eucharist.

The Year of the Eucharist will be celebrated in Episcopal Areas, Partnerships, Parishes and Schools and will provide a framework of prayer for the Diocese’s participation in the first stage of the Synod.

Heritage Open Days

On Fridays 10th and 17th, Saturdays 11th and 18th and Sundays 12th and 19th of September, St Cuthbert’s will be taking part in the national Heritage Open Days event (https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/st-cuthberts-catholic-church-durham) The church will be open to visitors, a small exhibition will be in place and light refreshments will be available. If you can help staff the church for 60 minutes or more during the day, welcoming visitors and offering refreshments, then please sign up on the list on the noticeboard or contact Andy Doyle (0798 543 4185 or andydoyle1066@sky.com).

Diocesan Days of Reflection

For Readers; Saturday 9th October, at Ushaw College.

For Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion; Saturdays 16th and 30th October, at Ushaw College.

This is an opportunity to pray and reflect on your ministry, as we move back towards normality after the restrictions of the pandemic. Training is also being offered for Welcomers, Readers and Sacristans. If you are interested in any of these events, please speak to Fr Andrew or see the leaflet on the church noticeboard.

Call for ministers

Thank you very much to those who have been able to come along to Mass over the last months and who have gladly responded to last-minute requests for readers etc. We hope we can return to more regular and formal rotas in the next few weeks.  We will be looking for welcomers, readers, servers, extraordinary ministers of communion, collectors and offertory bearers. Appropriate training will be available, especially for readers and servers.  If you feel you could help with these ministries, at either of the Sunday Masses and particularly if you are new to the parish, please contact Andy Doyle (0798 543 4185 or andydoyle1066@sky.com)   

Faith and Science: the role of the Vatican Observatory.

A talk by Br. Guy Consolmagno SJ, the Director of the Vatican Observatory. This is a joint Chaplaincy / Parish event and everyone is welcome.

The talk will be on Friday 18 June at 4.00pm, on Zoom. The dial in details are available in the parish Facebook Group or by email from margaretdoyle1066@sky.com.

If you are not able to join us for the talk, a recording will be available afterwards on our YouTube channel.

Pope Francis’s vision for a synodal Church

The University Catholic Society would like to invite parishioners to join their Wednesday evening talk on16th of June at 8:00pm.

Dr Austen Ivereigh is a writer, commentator and papal biographer who recently collaborated with Pope Francis on his Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future. He is the co-founder of Catholic Voices and Fellow in Contemporary Church History at Campion Hall, Oxford. 

The talk will be on Zoom and the log in details are available in the parish Facebook Group or from margaretdoyle1066@sky.com

Pentecost Renewal Retreat

Pentecost renewal retreat at Minsteracres. ‘Jesus breathed on them and said; Receive the Holy Spirit.’ In this retreat we will reflect on the role of the Holy spirit in John’s Gospel and pray for the release of the Spirit in our lives, that we may  learn how to act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with our God. There will be times of input, times of silence and times of prayer and praise to help us open ourselves more fully to God. Led by Fr Chris Thomas. Friday 21-Sunday 23 May. Suggested donation: £175. See www.minsteacres.org for details.

What do you believe? An Evening with Fr. Stephen Wang (Sycamore)

Fr. Stephen Wang is the author of Sycamore, a programme that has grown into a resource being used throughout the world. In the bible, Jesus comes to the town of Jericho. A man called Zacchaeus is so curious about Jesus that he climbs a Sycamore tree to get a better view. When he finally meets him, they begin a conversation, and his life is changed forever. The Sycamore tree seemed to be the perfect image of something that helps others to get a wider perspective on life and faith. 

The Diocese’s Vicariate for Faith & Mission is pleased to welcome Fr. Stephen to our diocese on Wednesday 21st April 7-8pm for a virtual conversation about how we can make genuine human connections, share our Catholic faith and reach out for a real sense of community with a spirit of friendship. Booking is essential; please register at https://forms.office.com/r/X42EZKpGKz or contact Faith & Mission by email at adminfaith.mission@diocesehn.org.uk or telephone 07375 934713.

Holy Week Liturgies

The times of liturgies during Holy Week will be as follows:

  Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Thursday 1st April at 7.00pm

   Celebration of the Lord’s Passion; Friday 2nd April at 3.00pm

   Easter Vigil; Saturday 3rd April at 8.00pm

   Easter Sunday Mass; 4th April at 10.00am 

  (No Evening Mass on Easter Sunday).  

All of the services are now fully booked.

All of these liturgies will be live streamed on St Cuthbert’s YouTube channel.

Lenten Stations of the Cross

Our Lenten Stations of the Cross continues this Friday at 6:30pm on Zoom. Joining details can be found in the St Cuthbert’s Parish Community Facebook Group or by contacting Andy Doyle (andydoyle1066@sky.com or 0798 543 4185).

If you would like to lead Stations on one of the Fridays of Lent (excluding Good Friday), get in touch with Andy.

If you’re not able to join us on Zoom on Fridays, there’s a recorded version of the Stations, with readings and meditations based on the Gospel of Mark, on our YouTube channel.

Celebrating the Year of St Joseph, 2021

The Finchale Partnership has 4 churches with a dedication to St. Joseph, and during this Year of St. Joseph we will be celebrating by providing a variety of different materials for you.

St. Joseph’s church in Gilesgate is part of Durham Martyrs parish, and they have produced a prayer pack and resources for the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19th. The pack includes a summary of Pope Francis’ note on the Year of St. Joseph, prayers based on the 7 Sorrows and 7 Joys of St. Joseph, a history of St. Joseph’s church in Gilesgate and activities for children. You can find the pack on Durham Martyrs website at www.durhammartyrs.co.uk