Corpus Christi Procession at Ushaw College – Sunday 7 June, 2:00pm.
First Communion Mass at St Cuthbert’s – Sunday 14 June, 10:00am.
Parish Garden Party and Barbecue: from 11:30am (i.e. after Mass) on Sunday 28 June – to celebrate completion of payment for the stonework project!
Living the Joy of the Gospel: ecumenical celebration at Durham Cathedral with the Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool (fr. Malcolm McMahon OP) and the Anglican Archbishop of York (Dr John Sentamu), to celebrate our common call to proclaim and live the
This year’s pilgrimage to Holy
Island with Churches Together in Elvet & Shincliffe will take
place on Saturday 20th June when we will travel, pray and
socialise together with our friends in the local churches. A coach will leave Dunelm House at 9:00am returning at about 8:00pm. Fares will be just £10.00 for adults and £8.00 for children so please book early to avoid disappointment.
More details and booking forms can be found on the noticeboard in the narthex.
The day begins with refreshments from 10:00am for a 10:30am, and includes Mass (at 12:15pm, which will be the Parish Mass that day) and will finish by 4:00pm. All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be on a “bring and share” basis.
Please note that because of this Study Day there will be no Mass at 9:15am on Saturday 30 May.
fr. David Sanders will also preach at the Masses at St Cuthbert’s on Sunday 31 May, Trinity Sunday.
The third Diocesan Festival will take place over the weekend of Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 June at Emmaus Youth Village, Consett. There is guaranteed to be something for everybody! For more information please see the poster on the noticeboard; booking forms (to be returned by 31 May) can be found in the narthex or on-line at the diocesan website www.rcdhn.org.uk.
The first college Mass of term takes place at 7:00pm on Wednesday 27 May in the Chapel of St Chad’s College (a CathSoc exec member will be in the lodge for directions). All are welcome and warmly invited to the Mass.
Because of the college Mass there will be no “holy half hour” of Vespers, exposition and confessions at St Cuthbert’s that Wednesday evening.
Minutes of St Cuthbert’s Parish Pastoral Council
26th February 2015
1. The meeting opened with prayer.
3. Minutes of
5. Reports from sub-committees/groups:
a. Building committee report to St
In the absence of a report fr Ben said that the
e. Churches Together in
f. Justice and Peace
g. Liturgy & Music:
h. Diocesan Meetings:
There have not been any meetings since the last PPC
In fr David’s absence the following dates were announced:
Parish Retreat Day is 25th April – fr John Farrell
Study Day is 30th May – fr David Sanders from Blackfriars,
8. Forward Together in Hope – fr Ben
Whilst Michael Laing is unavailable Margaret Doyle is the contact for the
9. Items from the Parish Priest: All items have been covered
10. Any other business:
11. Date of next meeting: 28th
12. The meeting closed with prayer.
On 11 July, 35 people from the diocese led by Bishop Séamus will join 850 people from around the country for a one day gathering whose aim is to introduce people to the need for evangelising or missionary parishes in England and Wales.
The event is in Birmingham and a coach will pick up at Newcastle and Hartlepool or Darlington. It is hoped that those who attend will be on fire with the desire to spread the Good News of the Gospel. On their return they will be encouraged to put ideas into practice in our own diocese and create many missionary parishes and disciples – all in keeping with Forward Together in Hope and the Pope’s vision in Joy of the Gospel.
Anyone interested should contact Sr Michael on email@example.com or 0191 581 3249: there are still a few seats available. More details on the poster on the noticeboard.
Dr Meghan Clark will give a lecture entitled “Pope Francis and Solidarity” on Monday 18 May 2015, 4:00pm-6:00pm at Elvet Riverside 141.
Dr Meghan Clark is from St John University in New York. She is a world authority on Catholic Social Teaching and has worked in particular on the concept of “Solidarity”, and written widely on Human Rights and Theology. There will be plenty of time for discussion after the lecture.
If you would like to book a place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Booking is not essential, but it helps us to know numbers.
The first reading for this Sunday reminds us that “God does not have favourites” and that “anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him” (Acts 10:34-35).
I am writing this text before the result of the General Election and the composition of the new government is known. But, given what the major parties have said during the campaign, it seems clear that tough immigration rules and targets will remain. Indeed, things may yet get more difficult for those who want to come here to live, work, study or visit.
It is, of course, reasonable that a society should protect itself from those who would harm it; but we must remember that welcome to people of all nations is part of what Christianity is built upon. St Peter and St Paul, those pillars of the early Church’s preaching, both became migrants. St Paul was shipwrecked three times and spent a night and day in the open sea (2 Cor 11:25). It is through their efforts to reach distant nations that we can now rejoice in the name of Christian.
Peter and Paul both got to Rome, where they died martyrs’ deaths; many hundreds of people each year do not make it as far as Italy, but drown in the Mediterranean or die in other futile attempts to cross borders. Whether these people are called migrants or refugees, the causes of their situation are complex; but the human tragedy is all too plain.
We have in the last few weeks focussed, unsurprisingly, on what is for the good of our national society; but now the election is over we must remember that our duties to a national society are secondary to our fundamental obligations as human beings and as Christians to cherish, support and welcome all human life. We must urge our newly-elected leaders to make these values a reality.
Bishop Séamus will celebrate Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday 9 May at 11.00am to
give thanks for the Sacrament of Marriage. All are welcome for what promises to be a wonderful celebration providing affirmation and support for Marriage across the diocese and to the wider North-East community.
This coming Thursday, 7 May, sees one of the most significant responsibilities most of us have in making a decision for the good of our society. The Bishops of England and Wales, in their recent letter, remind us:
“The Gospel is radical and challenging. It is the saving message of Jesus Christ. It is a way of life. It teaches us to value each person: the vulnerable child inside the womb; the parent struggling with the pressures of family life; the person striving to combat poverty; the teacher inspiring students to seek the truth; the stranger fleeing violence and persecution in their homeland; the prisoner in his cell in search of redemption; the child in a distant land claiming the right to a future; and the frail elderly person needing care and facing the frontier of death.
“As Catholics, we are called to work for a world shaped by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel proclaims the mercy of God and invites us steadfastly to love God and our neighbour. Our relationship with God leads to the desire to build a world in which respect, dignity, equality, justice, and peace are our primary concerns…
“At this General Election we are asked to think about the kind of society we want here at home and abroad.”
Having heard the candidates, may we take time to pray and ponder this week about how best to serve our society by the way we vote. May the Holy Spirit give us the gift of right judgement in casting our votes, and rest upon the counsels of all those who are elected.
The Bishops’ letter is available at the back of the church or on-line at www.catholicnews.org.uk/election15.
Ahead of the forthcoming Ordinary
The Bishops of England
It is recommended that
Feedback from this
Durham Churches Together (DCT) is organising hustings for the Parliamentary Election for the City of Durham Constituency. These will be held at Durham Town Hall on Monday 27 April at 7:30 pm. The Dean of Durham Cathedral, Very Rev. Michael Sadgrove, will chair proceedings.
You are encouraged to send in questions for all candidates to the DCT Secretary, Kirsty Thomas, at email@example.com.
Candidates present will be: Roberta Blackman Woods (Labour), Rebecca Coulson (Conservative), Jonathan Elmer (Green Party), Craig Martin (Lib-Dem), John Marshall (Independent)
If you haven’t already done so, please take a copy of the Bishops’ letter to Catholics for the General Election (available at the back of the church), or view information from the Bishops’ Conference on-line at www.catholicnews.org.uk/election15. This may well raise some questions which you would like to put to candidates!
The sung 6:30pm Student Mass resumes on Sunday 19 April.
fr. John Farrell OP, Prior Provincial, will be giving a day retreat at St Cuthbert’s on Saturday 25 April on the theme of The Risen Lord and the Community of Disciples. Refreshments will be available from 10:00am, with the day beginning at 10:30am, and finishing by 4:00pm. The programme will include Mass at 12:15pm (which will be the Parish Mass that day), a “bring and share” Lunch and will conclude with Vespers. All are welcome to attend.
This day is particularly recommended to all undertake particular ministries at St Cuthbert’s: music, reading, catechesis etc. It will count as the annual day of recollection which all Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion undertake to participate in.
NB As a result of this retreat day, Mass will be celebrated at the later time of 12:15pm instead of 9:15am; the Mass is for everyone, not just those participating in the retreat day.
It is no mere co-incidence that the gospel passage we read on the Second Sunday of Easter – the eighth day of the Easter season – is always that of St Thomas, who did not encounter the Lord when first he rose, but only eight days later (John 20:19-31).
For Christians there is always a link between the first day of the week and the eighth. It’s not really correct to talk of Sunday as a “Christian Sabbath”. Saturday is the Sabbath day, the seventh day; Sunday is the first day of the week. But as Sunday is also the day which saw the Lord rose from the dead, we speak of it as being the first day of the new creation: the day after the Lord rested. The first day of the new creation is then, in a sense, the eighth day of the old creation.
The most intense part of the Easter celebration is also an eight-day festival, an “octave”. Every day in this Octave is Easter Day, and the liturgical celebrations of the octave – with Gloria, sequence and extra alleluias – recognise this. One single 24-hour period is insufficient for the joy of Easter Day.
So Thomas is not late when he meets the Lord on the eighth day: for the eighth day is Easter Day. The slight delay has the benefit of enabling Jesus to demonstrate how real the resurrection is: Thomas can touch him, and recognised him not just as his friend and teacher risen from the dead, but as his Lord and God.
On this Octave Day may we too recognise Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, and believing have life through his name, eternally singing, “Alleluia!”
Holy Week and Easter are times of the year when Catholics use words which we never use at other times of the year, and which perhaps leave us a little bemused if we’re not quite sure what they mean!
The Easter Triduum is the high point of the Church’s year, and consists of a liturgy in three acts over three successive days as we follow Christ through his Passion and Resurrection. It begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00pm in which we commemorate Christ’s washing of his disciples’ feet, the institution of the Eucharist and his night of intense prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The “second act” of the Triduum is the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion of the Lord at 3:00pm on Good Friday. We recall Christ’s death on the cross, by which the sins of the world are taken away. It is a hugely moving yet stark and solemn liturgy.
The climax of the whole liturgical year comes with the Easter Vigil beginning at 8:30pm on Holy Saturday, a dramatic celebration of Christ’s resurrection with full sensory immersion! The liturgy starts with the blessing of the new fire and the proclamation of the resurrection, continuing with a vigil of readings and psalms, celebration of baptism and confirmation, and first Mass of Easter. Appropriately enough, after the liturgy we celebrate with a joyful Paschal party in the Parish Room!
We warmly encourage those who are able to join us for the celebration of all three parts of the Triduum. The Vigil may be a little late for young children, but is an intensely moving experience for teenagers and adults. It is also much easier to find a seat at the Easter Vigil than at the packed Easter Sunday morning Mass.
A quieter celebration is the office of Tenebrae at 10:00am on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. This is a meditative service of psalms, readings and prayers as we think on Christ’s passion and death. It lasts about 45 minutes, and is followed by an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance (Confession).
Until 13 April, Durham Cathedral is hosting an Exhibition of Icons of twelve of our local Saints. These icons were “written” by amateurs – in prayer and fasting at the Centre for Prayer and Mission, Seaham, part of the Evangelisation Team of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. The icons are part of our evangelising outreach, for just as these saints carried the Gospel to all around them and even gave their lives in times of persecution, so we are encouraged to go out to live the Gospel in our times and circumstances. Many visitors praying with the icons would be a great witness to the strength of our faith.
See the Diocesan website for more information, including a “prayer walk” along the Wear.
Dr Angela Kim Harkins will give a Lenten talk at St Cuthbert’s Church on Saturday 28 March at 10:30am entitled, In the Garden of Gethsemane: The Bodily Experience of Prayer.
Angela is an Honorary Fellow at the Department of Theology and Religion here at Durham, and has been a member of our Parish and Chaplaincy community since coming to Durham eighteen months ago. She also holds a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship at the University of Birmingham, where she is undertaking research on emotion, prayer and religious experience at Qumran. Her talk will reflect her research and consists of a Lenten reflection on the Garden of Gethsemane prayer in Matthew 26:36-46. All are welcome.
There will be a Lenten Penitential Service for the Durham Deanery at St Patrick’s Church, Langley Moor on Sunday 22 March at 4:30pm. Priests from around the Deanery will be available to hear individual confessions.
Of course, the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) is also available at St Cuthbert’s from 6:30pm on Wednesday evenings during Lent and from 9:45am on Saturday mornings, or by appointment, or on call. There will also be extra opportunities for Confession during Holy Week.
This is an excellent time to bring our sins before the Lord, and prepare to celebrate Easter cleansed and renewed by him.