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The Confirmation Mass for the Durham Parishes will be celebrated by Bishop Séamus at St Joseph’s Church, Mill Lane, 7:00pm on Friday 19 June. More details of the programme can be found at www.durhammartyrs.co.uk/confirmation-2015.
Judy McLean will be hosting an Open House Exhibition of her paintings, drawings and etchings over the weekend of Friday 12 June – Sunday 14 June and proceeds will go to charity. All are welcome; Please see the poster on the notice board for more details.
Dr James Kelly (Durham): “Inevitable Rebels: Catholics, Conformity and Degrees of Rebellion in England, c. 1530-1745”
The lecture is linked to the Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt exhibition. Drinks reception: 5:30pm; lecture: 6:00pm-7:30pm. Venue: Main Lecture Hall, Ushaw College.
There is no charge to attend; all are welcome, but you must register with Dr Hannah Thomas on firstname.lastname@example.org / tel. 0191 334 1656.
Following a recent legacy to the parish, we are now able formally to declare that the fundraising for the recent project to restore the church stonework and Harry Clarke window is complete. Many congratulations to those who worked hard to raise nearly £300,000 for this work. We will have the opportunity to give thanks and celebrate this achievement at a Garden Party and Barbecue after the 10:00am Mass on Sunday 28 June – more details to follow.
Encounter 2015: Saturday 6 June, 7pm. Come and encounter the living presence of our Lord and God Jesus Christ at St Cuthbert’s. Guest speaker Lynsey Neilson from Mary’s Meals will be sharing their great story of how a simple idea has allowed them to keep feeding almost one million of the world’s poorest children. Praise & Worship will be led by The Protomartyr. The Sacrament of Penance (confession) will also be available and this will be followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All are invited and all are welcome at the Lord’s table! We hope you will be able to join us for this very special evening!
The Durham Juventutem Chapter is organising a Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form for the Feast of Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces (according to the old calendar) at St Cuthbert’s at 7:30pm on Monday 1 June. All are welcome. For more information contact Andrew McDowell: email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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.