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On Saturday, April 28th we are planning a Day of Reflection at the Parish Centre in Newhouse. This will be from 10.30am – 3.30pm. In this Easter season Fr Jeroen (Minsteracres) will lead us in thinking about ‘Discipleship’. This is for all of us in our partnership of parishes but we’d like to extend a special invitation to those people who have been received into the Church over these past few months, and at Easter. The day will be free of charge but we ask that people sign up on the list at the back of church. Tea and coffee will be available but maybe participants could bring a packed lunch.
Lenten Quiet Day: An opportunity to step aside during the season of Lent, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. Wednesday 7th March, led by Kathryn Turner, Wednesday 14th March led by Sr Anne McCarthy RSCJ and Wednesday 21st March let by Sr Sheila McNamara RSCJ. 10am-4pm, with a light lunch provided. Suggested donation: £20.
Love and Suffering: a day of reflection led by Prof Karen Kilby. Grace, love and joy are at the absolute centre of the Gospel, and of the Christian life. And yet we live in a world drenched in suffering. How do the two things go together? How do we think about them together, and how do we live them together? The day will combine theological input, conversation, and time for prayer and quiet reflection. Saturday 10th March, 10am–4pm, with lunch provided. Cost £25.
St. Cuthbert’s Parish runs a Children’s Liturgy group every Sunday during term time at 10am Mass.
The group is designed to meet the needs of young children between the ages of three and eight years. Younger children may attend but will need to be supported by a parent or carer. Older children are also welcome, and often help the younger ones, although we do suggest that once children have made their first Holy Communion, they might prefer to remain in church with the rest of the parish community.
We try to follow a routine each week which corresponds with the order of the Mass. After the sign of the cross, the children think about forgiveness and we say a “sorry prayer”. We listen to and talk about the gospel of the day. We then do activities which relate to the gospel story. This might be a game or a role play, a word search or crossword or colouring in activities. We also enjoy singing!
The group is run by parent volunteers. The volunteers do not have a formal training. We take it in turns to prepare the liturgy and usually lead the group once a month. All volunteers have a DBS check with the diocese. We are always looking for more volunteers – please do let us know if you would like to help out!
The minutes of the recent Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Assembly meetings are now available here.
Thank you to everyone who came along to Ushaw College last Sunday for our first Partnership event. 168 people came from across the Partnership, and, despite the weather, we had a great afternoon, with activities for families, tours of the college and Vespers in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel. Thank you to Ushaw and their volunteers for their hospitality.
There are some photos of the event here
Glory be to the Father – in whom we live and move and have our being.
Glory be to the Son – whose name we bear and who calls each of us to be his disciples; to build his Kingdom and to go out into the world and bear its fruit.
Glory be to the Holy Spirit – pouring out grace and guidance, forming us and renewing us.
Inspire us all in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to live the Gospel, to be open to change and to move forward together in hope.