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Holy Week Volunteers

If you can help with welcoming, reading or administering Holy Communion at our Holy Week and Easter services, please sign up on the rota on the noticeboard as soon as you can. We need lots of volunteers to avoid overloading just a few people and to ensure that our liturgies are celebrated with dignity, reverence and joy. Members of both the parish and chaplaincy communities are invited to volunteer, so please do sign up.

Parish visit to Auckland Castle, Gardens and the Faith Museum

The parish is planning a visit to Auckland Castle, gardens and the Faith Museum on Thursday 11th April. The group admission fee is £17.10 per person, although anyone who already has an Unlimited Pass would be able to use that to enter free of charge. Anyone who is interested should give their name to Helen Schofield after Mass or get in touch via the parish office office@stcuthberts-durham.org.uk or 0191 3843442, before Monday 25th March.

Synod Meeting: Structures and Decision Making

We’re holding a series of meetings to talk about some of the issues raised in the summary document from the Synod Assembly in Rome last October. The third meeting this Sunday 25th February at 2.30pm, at St. Cuthbert’s, and the subject will be ‘Structures and Decision Making’.  

Please come along and share your ideas on the following questions: 

The Synod Assembly agreed that ‘synodality represents the future’, and is an essential part of ‘advising, discerning and decision making’ in the Church. The Assembly also called for obligatory Diocesan and Parish Pastoral Councils. How should we take forward a synodal approach (including Conversations in the Spirit and listening to those on the margins) in our Diocese? And how can we best use this approach in our Partnership and our parishes?

Palms to Ashes

Traditionally, we burn the blessed palm leaves and crosses from last year in order to provide the ashes for Ash Wednesday and so, if you have palms at home, please bring them to church and place them in the box provided in the porch on or before Sunday 11th February. On the Friday evenings of Lent, starting from 16th February, we shall be praying Lenten Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 6:10pm, followed by Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm. If anybody from the parish or chaplaincy community would like to suggest and/or lead a version of Stations, please let Fr Andrew or Andy Doyle know as soon as possible.

Retreat in Daily Life

An introduction to Ignatian prayer, led by a team of trained retreat guides from St Bueno’s Jesuit spirituality centre. Participants meet with a guide each day to talk about their prayer life, and there are evening workshops on ways of praying. You can take part in person or online. This year’s Retreat in Daily Life will be held from this Sunday 21st-Friday 26th January. For more information or to sign up, contact Fr Andrew on andrew.j.downie@durham.ac.uk 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be a available on Thursday 25th 4.00-5.00pm in church.


Thank you to everybody who has taken up a volunteering role in the parish and completed the necessary paperwork. Just a reminder it is Diocesan policy that before starting any volunteer role in the church a simple volunteer registration form needs to be completed. It is a very simple process. Please contact the parish safeguarding representatives Stephanie Brown 07809611640 or Mark Miller 07958174805 for the necessary form. It is important that all volunteers old and new read the Diocesan Safeguarding Guidlines. A copy of these can be found on the notice board at the back of church and here Diocesan Safeguarding Guidelines

Calling all Readers, Welcomers and Ministers of Communion

We are in desperate need for 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: 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 andydoyle1066@sky.com Please do not leave it to the last minute.

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 andydoyle1066@sky.com) if you are planning to come along. 

Synodality: the Next Steps

12 months ago we had several local meetings to discuss the Synod on Synodality. We had some good discussions and were able to contribute to the synthesis which our Diocese sent in. During October, the Assembly of the Synod on Synodality met with Pope Francis in Rome and they have now published their report. Once again, we have the opportunity to share our thoughts, to listen to others and to make a contribution to the Synod.

We’ll be holding a series of discussions, and the first will be at 2.30pm this Sunday 3rd December in the parish room. We’ll be joined by Avril Baigent, who is a Director of the School for Synodality and synod co-lead for the Diocese of Northampton. Avril will be talking about Conversations in the Spirit, and sharing some advice on how to get the most from our meetings.

You can also take part in the meeting via Zoom; contact Fr Andrew on parish.priest@stcuthberts-durham.org.uk for login details.

Month of the Holy Souls

November is the month in which Catholics bring to mind those who have died and pray for their souls. From All Souls Day (November 2nd), our Parish Book of Remembrance will be placed on the font and opened for you to write within it the names of your departed family members and friends. If you cannot come along to church in person, please e-mail Andy Doyle (andydoyle1066@sky.com) and he shall arrange for names to be added.

Advent Day of Reflection at Ushaw

Advent is a time of waiting, and of preparation for the birth of Jesus at Christmas. At the start of Advent, Ushaw is providing a day of reflection with an Advent theme.  The day will include Mass, and time for prayerful reflection as we await the coming of the Saviour – an opportunity to take time away from our busy lives and think about the real meaning of Christmas.

Everyone is very welcome to join us on Friday 1st December, from 10.30am to 3pm.  Tickets for the day cost £10.  Refreshments will be provided on arrival.  Bring a packed lunch, or you can buy lunch in Welby’s café.  You can book your place at https://ushaw.org/whats-on-at-ushaw/ or by phone on 0191 373 8500.  

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 

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 (andydoyle1066@sky.com or 0798 543 4185) if you can help.