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Finchale Partnership Open Afternoons

In our area, and especially to the people of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs at Newhouse, Esh Winning, St John Boste is ‘a local lad’.  At a time when it was illegal to be a Catholic priest John Boste was arrested in what is now our parish, and then executed in Durham in 1595.  More recently mining has played a big part in building up our community, though, obviously, all of the collieries are now closed.  You are welcome to come and visit our Church and Parish Centre in Newhouse on Sunday 7 July, 2.00 – 4.00 pm (DH7 9LF). We’ll be delighted to meet you and show you our Church.

Thanks from nepacs

During Lent, we collected toiletries for people being released from HMP Durham and Low Newton. The parishes of the Finchale Partnership also contributed to the collections and your generosity really is very gratefully received. We’ve received a letter from nepacs, which says:

To:  The Catholic Churches of The Finchale Partnership

A huge thank you one again for all the contributions we have received for HMP Durham and HMP Low Newton.

The number of men and women released from custody without any possessions is ever increasing therefore the toiletries we can provide are so appreciated by them, it is so satisfying to see their reactions when given a pack of items, it is quite humbling.

Your continued support has been amazing and as a charity we strive to improve the transition for ex-offenders from prison life to being released.

Thank you

Parish Pastoral Council

At a recent meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council, David Hughes stood down as Chair of the PPC. Thank you to David for all the work he has done in the last few years as chair.

The PPC elected Helen Schofield as the new chair. If you’d like to know more about the PPC, or have ideas about issues we should put on our agenda, please let Helen know. She can be contacted via the parish office.

Book of Remembrance

Each November we traditionally bring to mind those who have died and pray for the repose of their souls. Our Book of Remembrance will be open at the font all month from All Saints Day for you to write the names of your departed family and friends. We invite all who have been bereaved in the last few years to a special Mass at 10am on Saturday November 17 which will be followed by light refreshments. Also, our 10am Mass on November 11 (Remembrance Sunday) will be a sung Requiem Mass for the souls of all who died in the World Wars and other conflicts of recent years. Of course, in this centenary year of Armistice Day 1918 the day will have an added poignancy and our Parish Roll of Honour will be displayed.

Day of Prayer at Ushaw – A Time of Words, Music and Silence

Wednesday, 24 October: 10.30am to 4.00pm. Led by Sister Rosarie Spence. £10.00 per person including coffee, tea and biscuits served both on arrival and to conclude the day.
10.30am Coffee / Tea and biscuits
11.00am First Session
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Second Session
4.00pm Coffee / Tea and biscuits
Lunch is not provided, but there is a delicious range of great value home-made soups, pastries and cakes available in the refectory. Bookings can be made on-line via Ushaw’s website (www.ushaw.org) or call 0191 3345119.

Ushaw Prayer Group

Following the recent Mini Retreat at Ushaw College, a prayer group has now been set up.  The Ushaw Prayer Group plans to meet every fortnight, on a Friday afternoon.  Following the 12.30 pm Mass, there will be time for a light lunch, after which we will join together for a period of quiet prayer.

The next Prayer Group meeting will be on Friday 6th July.


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A Day of Reflection for the Finchale Partnership

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.

Events at Ushaw and Minsteracres


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.


Children’s liturgy

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!

Finchale Partnership event

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

Forward Together in Hope Prayer

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.